Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Samba (Somba) Village in Dahomey (Benin)

Republique du Dahomey (Now Benin)
Village Samba
Natitingou

This vintage postcard is unused.

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Shown on the postcard are the great mud castles of the Betammaribe people known as Tata Somba.

The houses consists of a ground floor which has a kitchen and livestock owned by the family and an upper floor or roof designed to dry grains and to sleep.

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Natitingou is a city and commune in north western Benin. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thomas Muller, German Soccer (Football) Player

Thomas Muller

Anyone who sacrifices his dreams to reality is forever beaten. ~Thomas Muller, Germany

This postcard is postmarked in 2017 with three stamps from India.

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Thomas Müller, (born 13 September 1989) is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He has been praised for his positioning, teamwork and stamina, work-rate, and has shown consistency in scoring and creating goals.
Surya Namaskar 
(A yoga warmup routine) 
5.00

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Huss Dog Fish Recipe for International Postcard Week

Celebrate
International Postcard Week
October 2-8, 2016
with Huss Dog Fish

1 dog fish cleaned, skinned and cut in half
250 ml double cream
2 tsp. whole grain mustard
10 cherry tomatoes
5 g. chopped coriander (cilantro)
fresh ground black pepper
Heat frying pan.  Pour in cream, add mustard, fish and tomatoes.  Simmer, turning fish to allow even cooking.  Stir in coriander. Serve

The photo shows a recipe sculpture from Littlehampton, England

The back reads:
Hi,
There are several recipe sculptures along the Arun River Pier in Little Hampton, England.  The dogfish is a small shark.  It was once called a rock salmon.

Enjoy the day!
Demaris Swint

This is postmarked on October 3, 2016.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Frigatebird
Postcard Rate

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Batman -The Animated Cartoon Series



Both of these postcards are postmarked in 2014 with two Batman stamps each.

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Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It originally aired on Fox Kids from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995, with a total of 86 episodes. During its second season, the series was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin.

USA stamp 2014
Batman
Forever a 1st class stamp
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For 75 years, Batman has protected Gotham 
City from the forces of evil.  
In 2014 the U.S. Postal Service chronicles the evolution of the 
character, from his origins to present day.

Issue Date: October 09, 2014
Art Director/Designer: Greg Breeding

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brugge, Belgium ... by Night with a Cut-Out Moon

Brugge ... by night
West-Vlaanderen - Belgie
(West Flanders - Belgium)

The moon is cut out of the postcard.  
The sender writes: 
This is from our cruise from Southhampton, England to Paris, (LaHarve) France and Brugge Belgium.  We loved Brugge!  We toured the very yummy chocolate factory and saw Michelangelo's Madonna and infant child, the same one from the movie The Monuments Men. 

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Belgium butterfly stamp. 
Butterfly, Red Admiral 
1 - A Prior

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Princess Diana and the Spencer Tiara

London
Diana,
Princess of Wales
1961 - 1997
(1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997)

This unused, shaped postcard was bought in England in 2014.

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The Spencer Tiara has been in Diana's family for nearly a century. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

A 1964 Postal Card For The Disney Movie Mary Poppins

 This is the address part of the card ... the back reads:

Dear ACE:

We are happy to announce that arrangements have been made to view Walt Disney's hilarious and joyful film, "Mary Poppins" - starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.

Cotton Warburton, who edited the picture says "It's the best to come from Disney!"

This enchanting film will be shown at Universal Studios' projection room # 9, promptly at 8:30, Friday, August 21.

This Card Will Admit you And Your Guest

This postal card was mailed in August 1964.  The Disney Movie was released on August 26, 1964.

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Here is an advertising postcard for Mary Poppins merchandise...
Walt Disney's
Mary Poppins

Walt Disney Classics Collection

This unused postcard from 2001 is advertising the porcelain figures of Marry Poppins, Bert, and the Penguins. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017

National Postcard Week
May 7-13, 2017

This unused space postcard was designed by Joy Martin.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Huge Elvis Statue for National Postcard Week

NPCW 2016
National Postcard Week

Elvis is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll." Since his officially documented death, August 16, 1977, Elvis has been spotted in many places.  I took these photos of a HUGE Elvis in Crystal River, Florida in the late 1980's.

Photos and Postcard Created By: Penny Andrea-Einmo

This card is unused. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Walt Disney's Bambi and Characters in Porcelain

Classics
Walt Disney Collection

A Celebration of Spring
Bambi takes his first wobbly steps.  Friend Owl shares a few words of wisdom.   Spring is in the air - a special time to celebrate.  And what nicer way than with a gift from the Walt Disney Classics Collection.  Whether it's baby Bambi for that special new arrival, Friend Owl for the wise, new graduate, or bashful Flower just to show your mother that you love her, these beautifully handcrafted animation sculptures are a thoughtful expression of your feelings.  Perfect for any occasion or just because it's spring!

Beautifully detailed animation sculptures from the Walt Disney Classics Collection.
Bambi and Flower "He Can Call Me A Flower If He Wants To" 6"
Thumper "Hee! Hee! Hee!..." 3"
Friend Owl "What's Going on Around Here?" 8 3/5"
Thumper's Sisters "Hello, Hello There!" 3 3/5".

This advertising postcard is oversized and unused. The set was made in 1992 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Bambi the deer (released on August 13, 1942).

If you want to purchase this entire set on the Disney Classics website, be prepared to pay a little over $1,000.00 dollars.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Art by Cline A. Siegenthaler

1991 Cline A. Siegenthaler

I believe this looks like it might be a dragon? Or maybe it is an Alligator with legs and arms??  What ever it is, I like it.

This postcard is unused.

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Cline A. Siegenthaler has been exhibiting his Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork since 1989. His portfolio is an ever-changing zoo of bizarre aliens, whimsical gargoyles and over-engineered, mechanical beasts.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saint Michael Church in Dijon, France

Dijon
Cote-d'Or
L'eglise Saint-Michel
(Saint-Michel Church)

Photo: Olivier Anger

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from France.

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The first mention of the Saint-Michel church in Dijon was in the year 889. At that time it was probably originally a simple wooden chapel. When it became too small in 1020 it was replaced by the bishop of Langres, Lambert Bassigny.

Once again in 1497  it had become too small to accommodate all the faithful so they decided to build a new church. The new church was consecrated on July 29 1529. However, it was not until 1667 after the completion of the main facade that the church took on its final form.
France stamp 2015
The 350th Anniversary of 
The Saint-Gobain Corporation
1665 - 2015
0,68
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Saint-Gobain S.A. is a French multinational corporation, founded in 1665 in Paris. Originally it was a mirror manufacturer but now it also produces a variety of construction and high-performance materials. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Karayou Shepherd in Ethiopia

Mata-Hara, Ethiopia
Karayou Shepherd 
Photo-Art, George Talanos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

This real-photo postcard is postmarked around 1955.

The sender writes:
All continues to go well.  Africa is almost beyond belief for the boys as well as myself.  We have an interview with the king tomorrow.  As he rarely grants them to visitors, we are all quite excited.

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Haile Selassie I  (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor from 1930 to 1974. 

He is on the stamps that are on the back of this postcard.  I wonder if this is who they were able to interview???

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Missile Row at Kennedy Space Center, Florida

John F. Kennedy Space Center
N.A.S.A.
Overall Aerial View of Missile Row Looking North
Launch site of American Astronauts.

This is postmarked in 1972 with an Eisenhower 6 cent stamp and a special NASA postmark featuring a rocket.  
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Here is one more view ..
Aerial View Cape Kennedy, Florida 
Showing Martin's Titan as it blasts off on a 6,000 mile trip down the Atlantic Missile Range. 

This is postmarked on March 6, 1969 with 5 cent Washington stamp. (The first moon landing was on July 20, 1969.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Multiview Postcard of Cuba, A Car, A Crocodile, Traditional Dress and More

Vistas de Cuba: Catedral de la Habana, Plaza de la Revolucion, "Chacon" (cuidador de cocodrilos in Guama), Plaza Mayor de Trinidad, Playa de Varadero y muchachas cubanas en vestidos tipicos de epoca colonial en la Habana. 

Translation:
Views of Cuba: Havana Cathedral, Plaza de la Revolucion, "Chacon '(caregiver crocodile in Guama), Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Varadero Beach and Cuban girls in dresses typical colonial era in Havana.

This is postmarked in 2015 with a stamp from Cuba.
FIFA Football World Cup - Brazil
Soccer, 75

Monday, July 3, 2017

Independence Day (Movie), 3D Postcard

 Independence Day

The success of
INDEPENDENCE DAY
has gone beyond anything we could have ever imagined.  we knew that we were creating a very special film and are pleased that it has struck a chord with such a vast audience.

Now, and in the years to come, we hope you and those close to you will have the opportunity to enjoy this film over and over again.

Dean Devlin (Producer and Co-Writer)
and
Ronald Emmerich (Director and Co-Writer)

This 3-D card was not meant to be a postcard.  However, someone stamped it and mailed it to me with a 'Planet Saturn' stamp in 2016.

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Independence Day, (the main release was on July 3, 1996) is an American science fiction action film. The film focuses on a group of people who unite in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by aliens. Along with the rest of the world, they launch a counterattack on July 4 – Independence Day in the United States.
USA stamp 2016
Views of Our Planets
Saturn 
Forever a first class stamp

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Five Fun Frogs Frolicking in a Bathtub

Both of these fun postcards are designed by E. Schlunegger.  They features five frogs playing in a bathtub and are from 2017.

Here is the second card.  It is exactly the same except for the background.  What a difference!