Monday, September 1, 2014

Crazy For Cars!

The beautiful car here is a 1936 Cord Armchair Beverly Sedan, and it lives at the Auburn-Cord-Dussenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The museum has been awarded National Historic Landmark status, and Cynthia writes that it is well-deserved. She visited last year and is planning another visit this summer. Cynthia also notes that this small vintage postcard is not nearly big enough to hold her exuberance for the museum :)

The postage Cynthia used is perfect for this card! This is one of five stamps in a series issued in 1988. The US Postal Service is quite enamored of cars and there is usually a new series each year featuring cars. I haven't been fond of recent issues because they have focused on race cars or "muscle" cars. I would rather see an issue that features the US Postal trucks over the years!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

On the Street Where She Lived

Speicherstadt means "warehouse district," and those lovely buildings in the foreground of this view of Hamburg, Germany, still house warehouses, but also some museums. It also is home to the Postal Customs Office, which is just to the southeast of this view. Philip has had occasion to visit the customs office several times. He goes to pick up parcels that the regular postal service won't deliver because of the customs formalities.

I think the true reason this card holds special attraction for Philip is because a bit in the other direction is the place where his mother spent most of her youth. He doesn't know the exact house, but he knows the street.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Back to School

When I sent this card to Sher, I wrote the message on the front in white pen, so it would look like chalk. The pen dried to pink, but, oddly, scans in white.

Sher's favorite subject was English, a subject she still adores as she loves reading and writing. She reads "anything and everything." And, she is considering a professional writing career.

The postage Sher used commemorates 4-H, a youth organization led by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with the mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. This stamp was issued in 1952, when first class domestic postage was only 3¢. It is 49¢ now, which is not really a huge increase over 62 years.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Timeless Beauty

This is a painting by William Keith titled "Sunrise, Columbia River." It was painted in 1869 and Karla writes that this area, the border between the states of Washington and Oregon, has seen many changes since then. It is still beautiful, though!

Karla thinks the rise on the far right of this painting is where Crown Point, in Oregon, now sits. This is a wonderful lookout spot off the highway, with a gorgeous view of the area. I've been there, and would have loved to stay and gaze out for hours, but it was windy! Karla also notes the area's popularity with windsurfers. I've never seen so many people enjoying their windsurfers as I did in this part of Oregon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missouri Love

Rachel lived in Missouri for just a few years, but it holds a special place in her heart. She was a child, about 7-11 years old, but even after her family moved away, they returned for spring vacation for about ten more years. For Rachel, Missouri represents relaxing and crafting with her grandmother and the ushering in of spring.

A few weeks ago I posted another Greeting From card from Rachel. That was featured Illinois, and Rachel isn't as enamored of her current state. It didn't occur to me at the time, but it has since been brought to my attention that an amazing letter-writing duo hail from Chicago, Illinois. If you don't already do so, head on over the The Letter Writers Alliance and add the blog to your weekly read.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reflected Beauty

Kappelbrüke in Luzern, Switzerland, is the world's oldest truss bridge, and one of the most beautiful covered bridges in the world. The bridge almost burned down on 18 August 1993, but has since been restored. This postcard must be quite an old photograph because the cars on the right, in shadow, look quite vintage!

Hella walked this bridge when she visited Luzern. This city is often called the heart of Switzerland and Hella writes that it is lively and the landscape lovely.

This postcard is enormous, and Hella couldn't send it as a postcard ... she had to put it in an envelope. However, she added a very cute stamp to give the card the look of a traveled postcard. I thought that clever, and the stamp is quite appropriate for a watery view.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Watching River Traffic

The Nord-Ostsee-Kanal in Germany, also known as Kiel Canal, links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Julia sometimes crosses this canal on her way to work, and she always looks to see if there is a big ship. Sadly, there is never time to stop and walk down to the canal, which is lined with nice places to watch the river traffic. Funny ... river traffic is always so much more enjoyable than auto!

Julia also notes that the area north of the canal, Dithmarschen, is almost like an island because the canal cuts it off from the mainland. I grew up near a similar man-made "island," Cape Cod. The canal that cuts through the thin part of Massachusetts make the area on the other side a bit of an island. Julia writes that the people of Dithmarschen are "special." I will say the same about the people of Cape Cod ... special in a wonderful way.