This card comes from the Postcrossing meet up in Krasnodar, Russia. Originally called Yekaterinodar ("Catherine's Gift" as in Catherine the Great of Russia), the name was changed after the Russian Revolution to mean "Gift of the Reds".
The card was a surprise card sent by my friend Liza who lives in the city and attended the 2016 meet up!
This is a Polish postcard featuring original artwork for the Polish release of the film Superman III, released in 1983. Poland was and is well known for their original artwork for foreign films released in Poland.
Carolan the Irish Bard, c. 1844 0 James Christopher Timbrell (Irish, 1807-1850)
This painting was featured in an Art Institute of Chicago exhibit on Irish Art a few years ago. The subject of the card is Turlough O'Carolan (center of the card, 1670 – 25 March 1738) who was a blind Irish harpist and bard.
This card features St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Chersonese, near Sevastopol' in Crimea, the Russian occupied part of Ukraine. The city was a Greek colony in antiquity and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is supposed to be built upon the place that St. Vladimir was baptized.
The card was sent from Pyatigorsk, Russia closer to the Russian-Georgian border.
This card is pretty awesome. If it looks a bit unusual on the scan that's because it is a non-paper postcard. It is literally made of a thin piece of wood! Apparently the store featured on the ad is well known and is or was on featured on a reality tv show in the US.
This card comes from not Russia or even Georgia, but from Australia. The text, written in Georgian and Russia reads "Children's Week- children are the flowers of communism. The poster the card is based upon is included from "Russian Revolutionary Posters 1917-1924" by an unknown artist.
This card is of the Explatory Temple of the Holy Family from my friend Laura who lives in Barcelona. Possibly best known in English as Sagrada Família, the temple broke ground in the 1880s and will not be finished until probably around 2028!
Iceland is a fairly rare Postcrossing country. I've so far only sent ONE card there and never received an official postcard from there. Even trying to arrange a private, direct swap with Icelanders has proven difficult.
However, my friend Alma from Houston, Texas traveled to Iceland in 2016 and was willing to send a postcard to me from there!
This card lists various activities that people do in Iceland from Steaming in a sulphuric pond to "catching an Icelander" and trying pickled ram parts.
Alma actually put "x"s towards the ones that she tried or did while there.
This card of the campus of Purdue University features the Bell Tower. The tower is a relatively new addition to campus, but the bells from it date back to the older original Heavelon Hall buildings. The originally building held a bell tower as part of it and burned down and then rebuilt literally one brick higher. After another fire, the building was rebuilt without the bell tower and the bell tower as a stand alone feature was rebuilt around the turn of the 21st Century.
The white stone structures in the foreground that the bell tower is photographed through appear to be parts of the large fountain on the nearby Engineering Mall of the campus.
If this card looks familiar, that's because it is the second time it has been featured on Par Avion! It was previously featured on May 13, 2014. The card is a Russian New Year card.
For 2017 I am going to try something differently. Instead of posting every day, I'm going to move to posting on weekdays as well as the occasional post on holidays and special weekends.
I am also going to be featuring special collections of postcards I've collected over the years. This includes: collections of postcards from late Soviet-era Moscow, Spain, and another bunch of cards from Poland.
I hope everyone is having/has had a wonderful holiday season and here is to new postcards in the new year to come!