The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

The Celestial Globe


Scan 1 - Version 3This gorgeous card comes from Susanne in the USA and really looks outside the box to find something that matches my love for ‘vintage map cards’. And I love it! It is so unique! Here you can see an old celestial map, dating to 1729 and the constellations as seen then. I love old paintings like this and the stars have always intrigued me. Thank you so much Susanne! It’s a hit!

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Scan 6 - Version 3This cool card comes from Sebastian in Germany and shows Moritzburg Palace. 8 miles from Dresden, this old Baroque castle dates to the 1500s and was built for its exceptional hunting grounds. Named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, the old hunting lodge is now a beautiful tourist attraction!

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Scan 3 - Version 3From Martina on a trip to Germany I received this card showing the city of Passau. Home to 50,000 people, more than 20% of the population of this city are students. Also known as the City of Three Rivers, Passau is the meeting point of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. As such, most of the touristic spots in Passau are located along the river. Very pretty card!

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The Elbe Sandstone Mountains


Scan 2This beautiful card comes from David in Germany and shows the stunning Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The range straddles Germany and the Czech Republic and is full of spectacular scenery such as that above. The stunning sandstone peaks were formed millions of years ago when the area was beneath the sea and are now eroded into these eery pinnacles of rock. Absolutely beautiful card, thank you David!

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Scan 2 - Version 2This great card is from Milad in Iraq and shows Liberation Square and the Freedom Monument on the left and a sunset over the Dijla (Tigris) River on the right. Liberation Square is the largest square in Baghdad and commemorates the 1958 establishment of the Republic of Iraq. The river runs close by. Lovely card!

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Scan 1 - Version 2This awesome card comes from Tonje in Norway and I love it! As a child I had a total fascination with Norwegian trolls, so this card totally takes me back to my childhood! Trolls in Scandinavian folklore are usually dangerous or at the very least to be avoided and in many stories will eat children. However, if you can trick a troll (they are usually described as slow-witted) and make him stray into the sunlight, he will be turned to stone. Incidentally, this image has been based on a view at the village of Geiranger. Great card! Thank you Tonje!

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Scan 2 - Version 3I love this really cool map card of Britain, sent to me by Ina in the Netherlands. I have no idea when it dates to, but I am a huge fan of vintage maps and seeing how differently places were once depicted. I guess this one can’t be too old as it is fairly accurate, but that doesn’t make it any less special! This one shows the kingdoms in the times of the Anglo-Saxons. Furthest north are the Scots, a little further south (in what is now southern Scotland) are the Picts, then Northumbria, below which are (left to right) Wales, Mercia and Essex. Below Essex is East Anglia and below that (left to right again) Wessex, Sussex and Kent. Most of these are still county/country names in the UK, but the counties are now far smaller. So fascinating! Thank you Ina!

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Wild Aus!

Scan Scan - Version 2 Scan - Version 3 Scan 3From my old friend Michael in Australia came this awesome parcel. Normally I don’t scan anything more than cards and the occasional stamp, but I had to include the message that came with the items in the package since it really cracked me up! This actually took FIVE and a half MONTHS to reach me after taking a detour via Spain (presumably due to confusion with the Canary Islands and Channel Islands? Who knows!). Michael also wrote an essay on the back of the above 3 cards! Made my day! Here though, you can see: a young wedge tailed eagle with its prey, two frilled lizards which are found in northern Australia and actually spend most of their lives in trees and finally a view of Esperance, where Michael often works and stays at Orleans Bay Caravan Park. Strangely this card obviously makes him think of me since he sent me the same card way back in 2012! Thanks Michael, loved this parcel!

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Hogback Tombs


Scan 2 - Version 2This stunning card comes from my dad during the aforementioned trip to the Lake District. These beautiful Hogback Tombs can be found in Gosforth church. What is particularly fascinating about this seemingly non-descript little church hidden in the Lake District is that it is teeming with Anglo-Scandinavian (read: Viking-style) motifs and carvings, including these beauties! Amazing!

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Scan 2 - Version 3This cool card comes from Teresa in Portugal and shows the city of Coimbra. With a magical library and a university that was established in 1290, this city is just full of culture and history! Hidden in the city’s depths you can also stumble across Roman structures and buildings that date back to the days when this was actually Portugal’s capital. Amazing!

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