I apologize for not keeping you up to date on my postcard journey…
Let’s start with the ones I sent to people.
While I was poking around on the postcrossing website, I found the forums where you can request postcards from people. Two areas that interested me were one where cards are sent to/from the US (every other person who posts is from the US), and the other is where you randomly select a card (such as from that stash you aren’t sure what to do with) and send it to the next person on the list (the Tag group is appropriately named “Eyes Closed”). Here is a postcard going to China from the “Eyes Closed” group.
This one actually came from a group of postcards my FIL gave me, most are from the Crystal Cave park in Pennsylvania.
Alright, next up are the postcards I received (in order).
This is from Australia and it is from the Old Government House in Parramatta, New South Wales (a suburb of Sydney). This is actually the second government house, built in 1790. It was used until about 1845 when the current one was built. It is furnished in early 1820s style.
This card came from Hong Kong, and after some research on Amazon, it appears to be some books in German edition, possibly textbooks? Unsure of the translation on the card, so feel free to translate that as well for me, if you know.
Our next stop is in Finland, and I am a personal fan of this card for two reasons. One, its Disney theme, of which I am a fan (Aku Ankka = Donald Duck). Secondly, Donald is running on the front (okay, he’s doing the long/triple jump, but still, its track and field which does contain running events) and I received this card just shortly after completing my first 10K. An awesome coincidence in my book!
The New Palace (Neues Palais in German) is in Potsdam, Germany. It began contstruction in 1763 as a way to celebrate the end of the Seven Years’ War and was completed in 1769. If you read about it in Wikipedia, it would indicate that the palace is not open to the public for tours, but the sender does indicate that the public was allowed to visit recently, due to Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday taking place recently (2012). Frederick the Great was King in Prussia (1740-1786). This palace appears to not have been a place of residence for him, but more of a place to host visitors.
The final card comes from Russia, and shows where the sender is going to school. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian: Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносова, Moskóvskiy gosudárstvennyy universitét ímeni M. V. Lomonósova) was founded in 1755, but renamed in 1940, and is one of the oldest and largest universities in Russia (although St. Petersburg State University would like to dispute that saying they are the oldest). According to Wikipedia, it was the Tallest Building in the Soviet Union (1953-1991) and the Tallest Building in the Russian SFSR (1953-1991) – taking both titles away from the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, and held the following titles until beaten by the Triumph Palace in 2005: “Tallest Building in the Former Soviet Union, Tallest Building in Russia, and Tallest Building in Moscow” (which it also took away from the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment)
One last set of photos for you. These are from my display on the wall which will showcase my postcard collection to all who enter (until I start getting more, then they will rotate and be stored in an album of some sort).
A close up of how the cards are displayed. For reference, I took ribbon and created the border around the map (the map was purchased at a teacher store). The postcards are tacked on by map pins (bought at an office supply store). Yarn is strung from the postcard to the location it came from on the map. Here’s a close up of the start/end of the yarn…
Hope you enjoyed this little world-wide vacation with me. I’ll see you next time when another postcard graces my mailbox.
*Disclaimer: Some historical facts were found via wikipedia