I collect postcards. I am an artist. This blog showcases both hobbies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I got a card from Belarus which I really like but I've yet to get a pic of it. Here is my card from Suriname, a place you never hear of hence my fascination. Thanks!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Belarus, Russia

I decided if I receive a few cards in one post office visit, or if I just get to loading more than one postcard photo at a time, I will put them all in one post.
So the postcards today are...
From Alexandra in Belarus, a view of her city Mogilev. The building reminds me of Montreal and Massachusetts combined for some reason. Thanks Alexandra!
Then a random card from Russia, Moscow. Thanks Julia! A view of the important Kremlin.

Sigh. My last card as I've sent 9 cards...ok more but 9 have been registered and this is my 9th received. I am waiting on a US and UK card, both folks haven't been on in over a month and 2 more to Russia which can take some time, I think cards come from Russia quicker!

I will try and remember to rotate the images when things want to cooperate with me.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cuba and Germany

Cuba via a direct swap, thank you Mauroh. I like the idea of painting on a mountain!
And "random" postcrossing from Germany, thanks Marcel, I like the night view. Blogger is acting up and double-posted the Germany card and won't allow a delete.

Updated USA map

....a work in progress! I want cards from states I don't have, of course

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

silly reminder to myself

I have to update my Europe map to include Lithuania, Macedonia, Minsk Belarus, Wales.
And for the USA....
OR- Portland
AK- Ak in general
OH- Oh in general
AZ- general plus Sedona and Monument Valley
NM Albuquerque
TX El Paso, Victoria
OK- Arkansas City, Oklahoma City
KS- Whitewater
SD- in general
WY- Yellowstone
PA- Connaught Lake
ME- Rumford
MI- UP area
AL- Birmingham
GA- Atlanta
FL- Miami Beach


one of my first cards, from when I went camping nearby.
another of my first cards; as a child (and still)I was interested in plants and animals that live in the area.
Another "first"
And another "first". I am missing my very first, with a kitten and pink border but these "firsts" were from the same year so close enough, as they were the first as a collection, the kitty one being my very first but these were what began a collection.
Cheesy but I like it for that reason
another of the mystery family postcards from Whitewater KS
The Sutro Baths were a large, privately owned swimming pool complex in San Francisco, California built in the late 19th century. The building housing the baths burned down in 1966 and was abandoned
From the Route 66 era, 1950s??? Once again the car can probably date it. I went to NM and went along part of Route 66 which was neat, seeing some of the roadside attractions.
Hoover Dam
Regarding the card below, this is its back side, 1911. No clue who the people are, meaning Carrie or Elmer.
A greeting type card from 1911. 100 years old, in my hands. Really neat! And pretty too.
Montreal. Not sure how old this is but I can tell you it looks nothing like when I visited there in 1999.
Fireze (maybe?) Italy. Cool scalloped edges.
Says quake fault 5 14 40 magnitude of quake (not on card, found via research) was 7.1 geez!!!
The 1940 El Centro earthquake struck on 18 May 1940, due to a rupture of the Imperial Fault, and was the strongest recorded earthquake to hit the Imperial Valley. The earthquake killed nine people[1] and was felt in Los Angeles and Tucson, Arizona.[2]

The main earthquake happened at 9:35pm local time, with a strong secondary quake at 10:51pm.[1]

Nine people were killed by the May 1940 Imperial Valley earthquake. At Imperial, 80 percent of the buildings were damaged to some degree. In the business district of Brawley, all structures were damaged, and about 50 percent had to be condemned. The shock caused 40 miles of surface faulting on the Imperial Fault, part of the San Andreas system in southern California. It was the first strong test of public schools designed to be earthquake-resistive after the 1933 Long Beach quake. Fifteen such public schools in the area had no apparent damage. Total damage has been estimated at about $6 million. The magnitude was 7.1

San Francisco, a colored type card.

sideways but an old card, circa 1920-30 of the great trees in California
more of the same, I'm certain anyone who knows cars could date it
circa about 1912!!! Whitewater KS. I have a bunch of photos too, with people of the Dilzer, Pennybaker families and another name which escapes me. I haven't a clue who they are of why I have all their photos....very intriguing! I've tried to link them to my family tree with no success.
From El Paso TX, cool retro style
another of the not a photograph style of cards.

Some "retro" old cards I finally found which had gone missing. They're cards mostly from my great-uncle and great-great aunt with a few I collected as a young child. I didn't edit my pics or crop them or remove shadows and things so excuse that please. Without further ado..... highlights of my collection

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Re-loading my postcards so far as I got my good camera working. So here there are, without descriptions since they've been described in previous posts.


Now I have a card from Belarus and it was "random" from Postcrossing, a fellow nature and photography lover, thanks Arina! I think it is Baroque Architecture?


A direct swap, thanks Mary, looks like a beautiful city And now for sure I'm going to need to re-do my USA map but alas I'm lazy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A direct swap from Alaska, and some info on why "their" bald eagles are "here" early. I like the colors and design of the card. Thanks Bansheeandme
Now I need to re-do my USA map! :)

Thanks Marjo for the card via random postcrossing! I had cards from here already but I like this one the best. It is artistic in my opinion, and I can almost feel the breeze and hear the waves.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

South Dakota

from scythianlingo via direct swap, a card from South Dakota, The remote beauty of the state always has intrigued me. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yay! My mom was going through some boxes and found my oooooold postcards. I still can't find my very first card with the kitten on it but I found ones I have that were probably my second and third and the like! So I am very happy. I also found some cards given to family members many years ago and even a card, more of a greeting card type post card, from 1911! 100 years old. Lastly I found some cards from the 1960s of my area where I live which is neat, to track the changes in roads and buildings and landscaping. It's so exciting to hold history in your hands. The cards are from around the USA, mostly California, and a few from Australia and Canada. Oh and I have a duplicate or two which I will post in case any one wants one. They're not in perfect condition as they were stored in a dusty attic inside a plastic lunchbox but they're in decent shape.

I've still yet to catalog them or find a storage place better than a lunchbox, and I've just glanced through them but many are from 1930-1970 which is so cool, retro.


A direct swap, thanks Michelle! I did no know there was downhill skiing there. But then again I've only been to SE coastal Maine and only for an hour or two- but loved it nevertheless.


Thanks Emily for sending a random postcrossing my way from your country of Taiwan! I guess the lake, Sun Moon lake is very well known, a popular place to visit!