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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Britannia!

 

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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Coimbra

 

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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Japan in 1595

 

Scan 1 - Version 3This amazing card comes from Asami in Japan and shows an old map of her country way back in 1595 – during one of the most turbulent times in Japanese history. Warlords had fought for centuries over territories, but by the end of the 16th century, things were beginning to become more peaceful and the country was starting to become the united Japan we know today. Fantastic card!

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Virginia

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It’s been a while since I last posted – my posts seem to be coming like buses at the moment! But here is a lovely envelope-full of cards I received from Brook in Virginia, USA. I am particularly in love with the I ❤ Zombies card! For those of you who don’t know, I am currently writing an action-adventure zombie novel, which you can read in its first draft here. So for me, that is super cool. As for the others, they are probably more likely Virginian sites! Situated in the east of the USA, Virginia is the 12th most populous but 15th smallest state! It was named Virginia after Queen Elizabeth the First – England’s famous Virgin Queen in the late 1500s. Famous for the Blue Ridge mountains and stunning nature, it is definitely a place I would like to visit one day! Thanks Brook for these amazing cards!

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The Russian Empire

postcards2_2_3From Sofia in Russia comes this cool map of the ‘Russian Empire’. Now, I’m not particularly the worst person in the world with geography, but I have to admit that I have no idea when this image dates from. Is it a modern map of Russia with just the title ‘the Russian Empire’ or does it show said empire at a certain point in time…? I don’t know. It is made especially unclear by the vague borderlines too. However, Russia can safely be said to be the largest country in the world and spans across two continents (Europe and Asia). Although most of it is vast wilderness, it has a real beauty to it. Awesome card.

Edit: Thanks to Igor in his fascinating comment below, I can say that this map relates to roughly 1800. Amazing, thanks Igor!

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A Postcard Guide to The Land Down Under

postcards1_2_3This awesome card from one of my favourite countries in the world comes from Christine in her little town in South Australia. This card, though, shows some of the enormous country’s most famous spots and where they’re located. So, since everyone (hopefully) can recognise Uluru in the top centre, I’ll go through them clockwise from there. Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is perhaps Australia’s most famous tourist destination, listed as a UNESCO attraction and covered in (pre)historical and natural beauties. Next is Whitehaven Beach, 7km long and situated on Whitsunday Island. Then Brisbane, Sydney (not Australia’s capital, by the way), the Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains – named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo and surrounded with legends, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road – the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned WW1 soldiers between 1919 and 1932, Cradle Mountain – Tasmania’s number one tourist destination, Uluru again, Perth, the Pinnacles – limestone rock formations in Nambung National Park, the Bungle Bungle range – beehived shape mountains in Purnululu national park and then, of course, some cutesy kangaroos and a koala. Thanks so much for this Christine, I love it! I hope everyone knows a little more about Australia than they did before!

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A Pictorial Map of Russia

postcards3_2This adorable card comes from Marina in Russia and it is just too sweet! What a fun way to represent a country! Marina tells me she lives in the Urals (the mountain range down the middle) which separate European Russia from Asian Russia. And on the card we can see the major cities – Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Vladivostok to name a few (interesting fact about Vladivostok that I always like to throw out there, владивосток – in cyrillic – comes from the two words влади (Vladi – meaning ‘ruler’) and восток (meaning east), translating as the ruler of the east). Of course, across the length of the map we can also see the world famous Siberian Railway. Lovely card!

Edit: Huge thanks to Igor for enlightening me more about this. Where before, I thought that Vlad (the man’s name) was the ruler, he has actually informed me that Vladi means ruler. Silly me! You can read his comment below for more information.

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The Golden State

postcards_2This great card comes from Ekaterina in one of the USA’s most well-known states: California. Famous for – well, just about everything! This card highlights just a few of those: Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco (and the Golden Gate Bridge) and Lake Tahoe to name places, its golden beaches, its famous wine, its food stuffs, its forests… Arnie himself, the list is endless. Ekaterina tells me she is enjoying some peace and quiet after breastfeeding her 6 month old son and sending him to sleep. Sounds blissful!

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Romantische Strasse

postcards_3This pretty card comes from Marlen in Germany who tells me that she lives not far from Augsburg in Bavaria and that this card shows their Romantische Strasse (or Romantic Road). Apparently this road was created in the 1950s as a tourist route, based on a medieval trading route, linking together beautiful, traditional and picturesque areas for people to visit. Definitely seems pretty!

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