Monday, January 2, 2017

The 200 Olympic Animals - A Kookaburra, A Platypus and An Echidna

Sydney 2000 Millenium card with Olly, Syd and Millie
Olympic Games Official Licensed Product

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Here is some info on the characters...
Ollie, Syd and Millie, designed by Matthew Hattan, are three native Australian animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney 2000 Games. They represent earth, air and water. "Olly", a kookaburra, epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity (from Olympic); "Syd", a platypus, represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people (from Sydney); "Millie", an echidna, is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips (from Millennium).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Masked Boobie from The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Islas Galapagos
Ecuador

Piquero Enmascarado - Isla Espanola
Masked Boobie - Espanola Island
2015

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The masked booby (Sula dactylatra) is a large sea-bird of the booby family, Sulidae.  It is also called the masked gannet or the blue-faced booby.

Masked boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish.

Black Diamond Peacock

Exotic Wildlife

Black Diamond Peacock (Pavo cristatus).
The male peacock will court a female by spreading his fanlike train, which is more colorful than the female's.

Photographer - Ron Kimball
2011

Squirrels and Birds for my Brother Greg

This 3D postcard features birds and squirrels and was sent from a very young me to my even younger brother Greg.

I wrote:

Dear Gregory,
Would you believe I miss you?  I do.  I am having fun.  I hope you are too.  I had 4 teeth filled by the dentist

Good bye, Brenda

(I'm not sure why having four teeth filled was fun, but whatever.)
1972

Here is the back with my lovely 7 year old handwriting...

Animals from the Cartoon Movie Madagascar

Madagascar: From left to right, in this Photo are standing:
Marty the Zebra, Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, on his neck is a crew of penguins (Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, Private) and King Julien the Lemur.

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Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and released to theaters on May 27, 2005.

The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. It features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith; others voices include Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. 

Emu and Nest in Australia

Emu and Nest
Australia

The sender writes:
Dear Darrell:
I lost my list of addresses and found it only yesterday. Sorry not to have sent this from Australia
We had a fine trip but glad to be home.
-K.A.

This 'real photo' postcard is from1938.

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Emu breeding takes place in May and June, and fighting among females for a mate is common. The male does the incubation; during this process he hardly eats or drinks and loses a significant amount of weight. The eggs hatch after around eight weeks, and the young are nurtured by their fathers. 

A Frog for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week 2016

Oregon City, Oregon
This is my favorite picture of my backyard garden pond.  My pond is full of frogs and goldfish.  It is a very peaceful and relaxing place.  The sounds of the waterfall and frogs is so wonderful. Hope you enjoy this card!
From Dianna

Birthday Cake Mishap, Alfred Mainz Cats

Alfred Mainzer
# 4906

This postcard features cats having a birthday party, only problem is, one of them dropped the birthday cake. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Polar Bears (Isbjorn) from Norway

Isbjorn (Norwegian for Polar Bear)

Photo: Minden Pictures

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Norway.

If I am laying out like the bear in the front, I want the sun beating down on me while I'm on some tropical island.  No snow for me! 

Cats Playing Music and Fishing

Taiwan
Music all the way . . .

The 'cat band' is pretty cute  :D  I like the one fishing and listening to the music.

The sender writes:

May 31, 2016
Happy Summer! We just broke a record - of having the hottest day in 120 years.  Today the temperature soared to 42 degrees C.!  This is very unusual as the summer temperate rarely goes over 35 degrees C. (usually 32 C. is the max).

--Then they go on to talk about the commemorative stamp.  However the stamp is missing on the card  ;-(
2016

Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrels, (Striped Gopher)

National Postcard Week
May 3 - 9, 2015

The thirteen-lined ground squirrel - Their coat pattern is unique, with 13 dark and pale stripes running the length of the back, the dark stripes are patterned with small white spots.  They burrow in prairies and fields.

This postcard was made by Pete Klinger and is number 47 in a limited edition of 100. 

A Golden Fronted Woodpecker

National Postcard Week
May 3 - 9, 2015

Golden Fronted Woodpecker on a tree stump in Alamo, Texas.

This limed edition postcard from Demaris Swint is a limited edition of 250. 

A Bluebird from Missouri and New York

Happy National Postcard Week!
May 3 - 9, 2015

Kelly Glazner
NPCW 2015

The Bluebird is the state bird of Missouri and New York.  These birds provide excellent insect control which makes them popular garden birds in the eastern Untied States.  People attract Bluebirds to their homes by offering nesting boxes.

This postcard is number 73 in a limited edition of 80.