Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Vanguard Rocket and the 'Baby Moon'

Baby Moon

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
U.S. Navy Vanguard - Satellite Vehicle

The Vanguard blasts off from its launching stand at Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying in its nose a small earth satellite.  This "baby moon" is now circling the earth as part of United States participation in the International Geo-physical Year.  The Vanguard, undertaken by the Naval Research Laboratory, is one of the rockets now being tested at the Air Force Missile Test Center.

This is an unused vintage 'Curteich Color' postcard.

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I believe this was on March 17, 1958. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Mauritius Postcard Featuring The Colors of their Flag

Ile Maurice

This is postmarked in 2016.

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The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands, was adopted upon independence on March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal bands of equal width with the colors red, blue, yellow, and green.
Mauritius stamp 2013
Bras D'Eau National Park
Mascarene Swallow (or Martin Bird)
Phedina borbonica, Rs 18

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Elizabeth Taylor Biography Special on A&E

It's Liz Taylor.

You should really consider first class postage.

Biography Special
Elizabeth Taylor
Premieres Sunday, March 16, 8PM / 7C

A & E
Watch it on Comcast.

The is a free advertising 'Supercards', postcard.  It was printed in 2003.

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I love Liz's (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) violet colored eyes on this card. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Oddest Valentines Postcard Ever ...

To greet My Love

This is an unused embossed postcard featuring cuped with snowshoes, wearing an animal pelt standing in the woods by a burning heart. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia 2014

Sochi, Russia
Fisht Olympic Stadium

This postcard is unused.

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Fisht Olympic Stadium is an open-air stadium located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht.  At a cost of $779 million, the 40,000-person-capacity stadium was built primarily for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, serving as the Olympic stadium and the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.

Now that the games are over, it serves as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football (soccer) team,  and as a site for matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Walt Disney's Peter Pan

Walt Disney's
Peter Pan
Color by Technicolor

Peter Pan
The original one-sheet for Peter Pan, released February 5, 1953

This unused postcard is from 'Disney Classics, A Postcard Book'.

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Peter Pan is an animated movie based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney's founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr., Sleeping on Space Shuttle Columbia

Astronaut Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr. demonstrates sleeping accommodations onboard space shuttle COLUMBIA during its flight which ended successfully on July 4, 1982.
NASA photo

This postcard is unused. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Boston Pops Concert with Keith Lockhart

Greetings from
Boston Pops
Don't Miss America's Orchestra!
January 30, 2017 at 8 pm
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Keith Lockhart, Conductor

George Gershwin fans will love this Boston Pops celebration! Honoring a composer whose masterpieces are vibrant, lush, jazzy and uniquely American, the Pops will perform many of Gershwin's classic pieces, including his iconic Rhapsody in Blue, played by Michael Chertock, and An American in Paris, as well as his songs made famous by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly, such as I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, and 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous.

This advertising postcard is postmarked in December 2016 with a pre-printed 'presort' stamp

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Live - In Concert - The Blues Brothers

In Concert

The Blues Brothers

Special Guest
Jerry Garcia
July 11 - 1979
Freedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky

This is an unused reproduction postcard that was bought in 2015.

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The Blues Brothers were founded by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live.  There first appeared on Saturday Night Live on January 17, 1976.

Monday, January 1, 2018

All Good Wishes for the New Year

All Good Wishes for the New Year.

Raphael Tuck and Sons
New Year Post Cards Series No. 145
Art Publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen

This embossed postcard features a young girl with a horse shoe for good luck in the new year and a clock showing midnight. It is postmarked in December of 1909.
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year - Sretna Nova Godina from Yugoslavia

 Sretna Nova Godina
(Translated from Croatian: Happy New Year)

This postcard is postmarked in 1976 from Yugoslavia.
Revolution Monuments
Architecture, 5,00 ptt

Thursday, December 28, 2017

President Woodrow Wilson and His Birthplace in Virginia

Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace
Staunton, Virginia
This house served as the Presbyterian Manse at the time of Wilson's birth and boyhood.  Now a national shrine and mecca for visitors from all over the world.

This postcard is unused.

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The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace is referred to as The Manse, which is the name of a Presbyterian minister's home. The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has twelve rooms with twelve fireplaces. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855 and Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the "birth room" on December 28, 1856. The Wilsons left The Manse in early 1858.

After the Wilsons moved out of The Manse it remained a Presybterian minister's home well into the 1920s. It was only after Woodrow Wilson's death that his widow, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, returned to Staunton with plans of creating a memorial. The house was restored to its 1850s look over the next 80 years, which included removing bathrooms, changing light fixtures, and stripping paint. Recently The Manse was restored to its original red brick, having been painted white for almost a century.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Shown on the postcard is also the Woodrow Wilson presidential car, a Pierce Arrow limousine.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas from the TV Show 'I Love Lucy'

What's Christmas  ... Without a few Flakes?
I Love Lucy

This postcard features Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and William Frawley dressed as santa claus .

This postcard is unused. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Ariane 5 Rocket in French Guiana

Guyane L'Espace

Decollage du lanceur Ariane 5 GS, vol 193, le 18 d├ęcembre 2009 depuis le Centre spatial guyanais.  Le lanceur a place en orbite la satellite militaire Helios 2B.

Loose Translation:

Guiana Space
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 GS launcher, vol 193, 18 December 2009 from the Guiana Space Center. The launcher placed in orbit military satellite Helios 2B.

CNES / ESA / Arianespace / Photo Service Optique Video CSG, 2009

This postcard is a gift card that was sent to me with three Italy stamps in 2015.    :D

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The Guiana Space Centre or, more commonly, Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) is a French and European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. Operational since 1968, it is particularly suitable as a location for a spaceport as it fulfills the two major geographical requirements of such a site:

-- it is quite close to the equator, so that the spinning earth can impart some extra velocity to the rockets for free when launched eastward, and
-- it has uninhabited territory (in this case, open sea) to the east, so that lower stages of rockets and debris from launch failures cannot fall on human habitations.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), and the commercial Arianespace company conduct launches from Kourou.  Also, this is the spaceport used by the ESA to send supplies to the International Space Station.

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Italy (Italia) stamp 2013
Flying Mail Envelope, 0,70
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and two of these stamps ... 
Italy (Italia) stamp 2014
Flying Mail Envelope, 0,80

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

Rogue One
A Star Wars Story

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This was a flyer they were handing out at the movie theater on opening night.  I put a space related stamp of the planet Mercury on it and mailed it to myself to make it a postcard  :D

Below you can see the back of the flyer/postcard.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, released on December 16, 2016, is an American epic space film. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars film.

Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

God Jul, Merry Christmas from Norway

God Jul (Merry Christmas)

Anne Forlag AS

This is a Hallmark postcard that was mailed from Norway in 2016.
It features a gnome petting a cat.
Norway (Norge) stamp 2016
Santa on a Sleigh
A Innland
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Norway (Norge) stamp 2001
Norge, Postfrim. 1 KR
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and two of these. . .
Norway (Norge) - stamp 2005
3 kr

Monday, November 27, 2017

Two Postcards of Jimi Hendrix Playing Guitar

 Jimi Hendrix

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from the Netherlands. 
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Jimi Hendrix, 1969
Photograph by Nona Hatay

This unused postcard was bought in 2012.

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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history.  After initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival.