Friday, April 7, 2017

A Novelty 'Slide' Postcard of the Barcelos Rooster

The Barcelos Rooster

Slide to see more (Below is a picture of what the postcard looks like when you 'slide' the top of the postcard over).

The sender writes:
Greetings from Portugal. I just found this lovely postcard for you.  I have never seen anything like it! 
(I agree!  It is lovely and I too have never seen one exactly like it).

This very unique novelty postcard is from Portugal in 2017.
Here is a video of the postcard 'in action' ... 


An Otter from the Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium
Our Mission is the entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environments.
2017

3D Jellyfish

Jelly Jiggle
by Michael Searle 2014

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Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Scyphozoans (true jellyfish) are exclusively marine, but some hydrozoans (an example is freshwater jellyfish) live in freshwater. 

A Bear .. Quilting verses Housework

Quilting Forever
Housework Whenever

Design: Rainbow Cards

The sender writes:
This postcard is in honor of all those beautiful quilts you made and the ones yet to come!
2013

(It looks like the 'whenever' is now!  If not, the bear would be quilting instead of cleaning). 

A Mouse Astronaut

Art by: Lenka Hroch√°zkov√°

This astronaut mouse postcard is from 2017. 

A Cougar Cub from Colorado

North American Wildlife
Colorado

# 1141 Cougar Cub (Felis concolor).
The young cougar is born in protected dens in caves or under ledges or roots.  There can be up to six young born at one time.  It has a speckled coat and a ringed tail, but these markings disappear as it grows.  It becomes independent of the mother after two years.

Photographer -Breck P. Kent
2015

Two Postcard of Bobcats

 North American Wildlife
Colorado

Bobcat (Felis rufus).
The bobcat is secretive as well as curious.  It has keen eyesight and hearing that enable it to ambush its prey.  It is a small cat, wieghing (error - should be weighing) approximately 20 pounds and its 6-inch tail accounts for its name.  Its tufts of hair rising from its ears are used as a form of communication with other bobcats.

Photographer -Tom Stack and Associats / Robert Winslow
2015
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North American Wildlife
Colorado

# 6674 Bobcat (Felis rufus).
The young bobcat will leave its range of birth at 11 months and will seek out a range of its own.  A bobcat mother has been known to abandon her young because of the scarcity of food for her and her kittens.  Its ability to adapt to habitat and diet has made it possible for it to survive from swampland to wooded mountainsides.

Photographer -Richard Stacks
2015

A Red Fox Kit from Colorado

North American Wildlife
Colorado

# 10942 Red Fox Kit (Vulpes vulpes).
Regarded as the embodiment of cunning, the red fox is shy and nervous.  When the kit is about a month old, it will play aboveground.  The parents bring food to their young, consisting of vegetation in the summer and birds and mammals in the winter.

Photographer -Breck P. Kent
2015

A Moose from Colorado

Colorado
North American Wildlife

Moose (Alces laces).
The moose is the largest species of the deer family.  Their diet consists of tree twigs and vegetation found in shallow ponds and streams.  Moose are found in remote regions of the northern United States and Canada.

Photographer - Mark Ferrari
2015

Three Barcelos Rooster Postcards

A Genuine Symbol of Portugal
2012
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The Cock of Barcelos
the legend

The inhabitants were very disturbed by a crime of which it had not been possible to discover the author.  One day, however, there appeared a man from Galicia, who was suspected of having committed it.  He was arrested and, not-withstanding his protestations of innocence, nobody believed him when he said that he was on his way to Saint James of Compostelle (Spain) to fulfil a vow and that he was a fervant devotee of the Saint venerated in Compostela on a par with St. Paul and Our Lady.  And so he was condemned to be hanged.  But before the execution he asked to be taken to the presence of the judge who pronounced the sentence.  His request was granted and they took him to the house of the magistrate, who was dining with some friends.  The Galician once again protested his innocence and, to the amazement of those present, pointed to a roasted chicken on the table and exclaimed: "As surely as I am innocent will that cock crow if I am hanged!"  There wa an outburst of laughter and comments, nevertheless nobody touched the cock.  An what seemed impossible actually happened.  When the pilgrim was being hanged, the cock stood up on the table and crowed.  The judge rushed to the gallows and horrified saw the wretched man with the rope around his neck, but the knot was caught and thus prevented him from being strangled. He was immediately released and sent on his way in peace.
2012
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The Old Legend of Barcelos Cock

Once at Barcelos, a small town on the North of Portugal, a certain man was condemned to be hanged.  Convinced of his innocence and in order to prove it he implored a miracle to "Our Lady".
As his last wish he asked to be allowed ad Judje's (judges) home, who received him in his dining-room.  Then the condemned under a sudden faith impulse said that, as a prove of his innocence, the roasted cock which was laying on the Judge's table, would get up and crow.   Indeed the rooster immediatly jumped up and started crowing vibrantly.  This legend has passed from generation to generation, and the typic "Cock of Barcelos" became a symbol of faith, justice and good luck.
2012

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Panda Bears

Giant Panda

The sender writes that this was bought at the China Pavilion in Epcot Center, Walt Disney World.
2017

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While the dragon has often served as China's national symbol, internationally the giant panda appears at least as commonly.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows
Collection
1995

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The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. It focuses on four animals, a mole, a toad, a badger and an otter, with human characteristics in Edwardian England. 

Paddington Bear

Please Look after this Bear
Thank You.

Paddington Bear
Paddington and Company 1994

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Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on October 13, 1958 and has been featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

Paddington is a friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru. He has an old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment, enabling it to hold more items than it would at first appear), duffel coat and a love of marmalade.

Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.