Stash clearing: Animals from the Americas


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And now the third and final installment of my animal card stash clearing series. First we saw animals from Europe, then animals from Asia. Today it is time for animals from the Americas!


This card comes from Brazil as an official Postcrossing card. It says (roughly) “People faithful to their responsibility do not eat those with eyes.”


This card comes from Glenn in Canada, who included some stamps and a note about the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Shown here is the horse and chuck wagon race. Here are the Calgary Stampede stamps:



This card shows some Florida manatees and comes from Cognac on the Postcrossing forum.


This card from the Saint Louis Zoo shows parent and child giraffes. It was sent by Julie via the Postcrossing forum.


Finally, this card is an official Postcrossing card from the United States. My favorite part of the card is the assortment of pretty stamps that the sender used:


The sender tried to get some of all of my favorites in the stamps: owls, elephants, cherry blossoms, and sheep!

That’s all for the stash clearing animal series!

Petäjävesi Old Church, Finland



Today I have two views of the Petäjävesi Old Church, a UNESCO site in Finland.


The first view is of the outside of the church from a Postcrosser in Finland. The Church was built between 1763 and 1765 and celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.UNESCO-petajavesi

Here is a view of the inside, showing the carving on the pulpit. Petäjävesi was listed on the UNESCO list as an example of unique Scandinavian church architecture. There is also a cemetery around the church where about 9,400 people are buried. This card was sent by Taru T. from the Postcrossing forum.

Here are the stamps, including a Petäjävesi commemorative from 2005 that Taru T. used:

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Krakow and Centennial Hall, Wroclaw


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Two Polish UNESCO sites for you today, both from Martuchaa on the Postcrossing forum:


First is the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, also known as the Hala Ludowa (People’s Hall). The hall was built in 1911-1913 out of reinforced concrete. The hall was called the Centennial Hall because it was built to honor the centennial of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Leipzig. The Hall is very large. The dome is 75 feet (23 meters) high and it seats 7,000 people. The Hall was listed on the UNESCO list in 2006.


Next is the Wawel Castle in Krakow. Wawel Castle was built on Wawel Hill under the reign of Casimir III the Great in the 14th century. It was the home of the Polish kings for many centuries. Wawel Hill has been inhabited for almost 50,000 years; the small settlement on Wawel Hill eventually spread to become the city of Krakow, Poland’s second largest city. The Historic Center of Krakow, including the Castle, was listed on the UNESCO list in 1978.

Martuchaa used a very appropriate stamp on the cards, depicting Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pope, who was born in Wadowice, about 30 miles from Krakow, and who was the Archbishop of Krakow before becoming the Pope:


This stamp was a joint issue by Poland and the Vatican, released in March 2014.

Stash clearing: Animals from Asia


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Welcome to part 2 of my animal-card stash-clearing. Today are animal cards from Asia! See the previous installment, animal cards from Europe.


These pandas are from a forum swap with bjsusu, way back in February 2013.


This card shows stamp designs of Malaysian primates. It was sent by hafsah in Malaysia.


And finally, penguins, an official Postcrossing card. This card was sent from China.

The card from Malaysia had a new to me stamp:


They appear to commemorate wood products.

Fun with Flags Friday


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Happy Friday, everyone! Today we will have some Fun with Flags, with two national flag cards and one other flag:


First is the flag of Indonesia, from Postcrossing forum member shinta. The flag is called the Sang Merah-Putih, which means “the red and white.” It is based on a flag from the 13th century Majapahit Empire, but was officially adopted on August 17th, 1950, when Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands.


Next is the flag of Macedonia, from Postcrossing forum member animak. This flag was adopted in 1995 after a dispute with Greece over the use of the Vergina star on Macedonia’s old flag. Greece obtained an international copyright of the Vergina star after designating it an official Greek symbol. Greece then imposed an economic blockade on Macedonia until it changed its flag to the one seen here.


Finally, the flag of Cornwall, in England, another potentially contentious flag. The sender, Mallory, writes that many Cornish people fly the flag at their house or garden, but some people from other parts of the country can take offense. She doesn’t offer an explanation why, and I can’t offer my own, either. The flag is known as St. Piran’s flag, after St. Piran, a 6th century abbot who is the patron saint of Cornwall.

Here are the new stamps from the cards:


A Macedonian stamp from 1998.


And a set of three Indonesian stamps from 2014.

Two views of Riga, Latvia


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Today I have two views of Riga, the capital of Latvia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.


This postcard shows a modern view of Riga. It was sent by Oleksa via the Postcrossing forum.UNESCO-riga2

This second card is a panoramic card and shows how Riga looked in 1572. The card is a reproduction of a copperplate by Franz Hogenberg, a 16th century artist. This card comes as an official Postcrossing card.

Riga was a member of the Hanseatic League and prospered in the 13th through 15th centuries. Its historic center was inscribed on the UNESCO list because of the many preserved buildings from different time periods and styles, notably the medieval buildings and 19th century Art Nouveau and Jugendstil buildings.

These are the stamps from the cards:


The leftmost stamp shows Pope John Paul II. The stamp in the middle is one issued for Christmas in 2006.LATVIA-christmas

And this stamp is a Christmas stamp from 2012.


Stash clearing: Animals from Europe


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I have an incredible stash of un-blogged postcards, they come in faster than I can scan them and find something to say about them. So here is the first in a three-part series of back-logged animal postcards from various continents. Today we will do Europe, next Asia, and we’ll wrap it up with the Americas.


The tortoise comes first because it is a card I have been meaning to feature for a long time (more than a year). Isn’t it a great card? It comes from eisdrache on the Postcrossing forum. I would like to collect more tortoise cards, but I only have this one.


This card is a more recent swap, from Belarus. It features many different birds on stamps that have been released in the last 20 years.


This is an official Postcrossing card from Russia.


This is a card showing chamois in the Tatra National Park of Slovakia. The chamois is a small goat-antelope animal. They are good runners and jumpers. Chamois cleaning cloths were traditionally made of chamois hide leather.


This is an official Postcrossing card from Ireland, showing some Irish sheep.


This wolf is an official Postcrossing card from Russia.


And finally, this card of this woman and her dog comes from Poland.

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Foods of Belarus and Ukraine


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Today I have three official Postcrossing cards, two from Belarus and one from Ukraine, showing some cuisine from those countries.


This first card comes from Belarus and shows many different dairy products, like cheese and cream, as well as some eggs. It was sent by a woman named Lera, who writes that she has been cooking a lot recently and trying out new recipes.


This next card is also from Belarus and shows a cold soup type dish, which I think is made with cucumbers and yoghurt. Google Translate was not helpful with the writing on the back of the card, my best guess is that it is called a ‘holodnichka.’


Finally, this sausage is from Ukraine. The sender writes that it is cooked in a special oven at high heat, and served with rye bread, garlic, and onion.

Here are the stamps from the cards, in reverse order of how the cards were presented.


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The dairy card from Belarus came with its own decorative envelope.

Four New State Maps


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Today I have four new map cards for my U.S. map card collection, all thanks to Erin via the Postcrossing forum. Now I have only four missing state map cards: Rhode Island, Alaska, Maine, and Kansas.



Erin has been to all 50 states, with North Dakota being the last one she hadn’t visited until a recent road trip (where she bought the North Dakota map card).

Now that I am nearly finished with collecting the maps, I have started on collecting state flag cards. So far I have only four.

Erin used unique stamps on the cards:USA-puppies

From left to right: George Washington Carver, Elizabeth Blackwell (first woman physician), and a 13¢ stamp of a kitten and a puppy


Coral Reefs 15¢ (depicting Chalice Coral in American Samoa); John McCormack 20¢


This is the postcard rate (34¢) stamp issued this year, depicting a hummingbird.


And finally, a 10¢ stamp from 1975 depicting the Apollo and Soyuz space missions, and a 20¢ stamp honoring Eleanor Roosevelt.

UNESCO in the United States


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Today I have three American UNESCO sites, one new to my UNESCO collection.


First, the new UNESCO card! This card shows the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois. In the 11th century, Cahokia was a large city — one of the largest cities in the world. It was built and inhabited by the native peoples who were part of the Mississippian culture. The tallest mound at the site is Monk’s Mound, which is 100 feet (30 meters) high.

The  site was listed on the UNESCO list in 1982. The card was sent by Glisten on the Postcrossing forum.


The next card comes as an official Postcrossing card. It shows the Grand Canyon in Arizona, a UNESCO site since 1979.


And finally, another official Postcrossing card showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Independence Hall was the site where the the Declaration of Independence was signed, and where the Constitution of the United States was debated on and drafted. The Hall was also listed as a UNESCO site in 1979.

Interestingly, both of the official Postcrossing cards used the same stamp:

1963 March

This stamp was released in 2013 to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington, an important event during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


And Glisten used this new 2014 stamp depicting some stylized stars and stripes.


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