vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

26 May 2024

summit shapes


2002 was the United Nations International Year of Mountains.         Here we have Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Elbrus (Russia), Puncat Jaya (Indonesia), Everest (Nepal)

23 May 2024



 Not exactly an ocean, the northernmost tip of Borneo is where the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea meet
and about 9,500 miles off to the northeast, waves of a different sort crash against the eastern shores of the US.

19 May 2024

king of the belgians


a 1977 stamp of King Baudouin, also known as Boudewijn (Flemish name) and Balduin (German name) who reigned from 1951 until his death at age 63 in 1993.  As the fifth King of the Belgians, he was much more popular than his father, Leopold III.

16 May 2024

sun moon

two views of Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of water in Taiwan

the lake is so named as it surrounds an island with the east side resembling a sun and the west side resembling a moon

an alpine national scenic area in Taiwan for Thursday Postcard Hunt

12 May 2024

a strong voice

 Sheikh Hasina, the longest serving Prime Minister of Bangladesh at 20 years (combined)

She is also the world's longest serving female head of government.  During her political career, she has endured 19 assassination attempts.

10 May 2024


 the sky has been having a moment...

anyone managing to see the aurora this weekend?

09 May 2024

a mighty river

Finding rivers on postcards turned out to be more challenging than I anticipated!

the Mississippi River (in Iowa)

and somewhere else, pushing the barges, which I think would be quite something to watch.

It starts in northern Minnesota and flows for around 2,340 miles (3,766 kms) on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.  Its total drainage basin is 1,151,00 sq mi (2,980,000 km2)
and now a detour for a musical interlude, The New Christy Minstrels

05 May 2024

industrial revolution

 1732 - 1792

Showing Arkwright's spinning machine and drawings.  Patented in 1769, this machine was too large to be used by hand and was powered by water.  It propelled the introduction of the modern factory system.

02 May 2024

watkins glen

Watkins Glen State Park is in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  A two mile hike will take you past 19 waterfalls.  Here are four of them.  Altogether there are 832 staircase steps, which should give you a good workout.

a waterfall tour that is definitely worth the challenge of the climb through the gorge.