The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

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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Dolphins!

 

Scan 1This cheery card comes from Karin in the Netherlands and shows a cute family of dolphins. Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent species of animal in the world, these little guys are incredibly social and love to play with each other and just about anything they can wrap their little snouts around. Adorable!

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Lange Jaap

 

Scan 1 - Version 4This cool card from Bo in the Netherlands shows Lange Jaap: the tallest non-skeletal, cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Well now, I bet you didn’t know that! Built in 1878, Lange Jaap is 63 metres tall and believe it or not it has 17 floors and 284 steps! Ouch! Wouldn’t want to work up there!

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Arnhem

 

Scan 2 - Version 3This lovely card comes from Chris in the Netherlands and shows the city of Arnhem which has an incredible history and prehistory. First mentioned in literature in the 800s, human settlement in the area has been dated to at least 70,000 years ago with the find of two ancient fire-stones. Amazing. In more modern history, it was the site of a WW2 battle and now is one of the largest Dutch cities. Here you can see Sonsbeekpark.

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Den Haag

 

Scan - Version 3This beautiful cultural card comes from Marlies in the Netherlands. He tells me this carriage, in The Hague (or Den Haag), is used on the third Tuesday of September to transport the King to the Houses of Parliament for the opening of the parliamentary year. The current kind Willem-Alexander has only made this trip once so far, as he was only coronated in 2013. Great card!

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Dutch Sheepies!

postcards3_2This pretty picture was actually part of a folded, greetings card sent to me by postcrosser Ellen in the Netherlands. I just cut the back off so that it’s now a postcard! Sort of… So, there isn’t much to say about this image despite the fact that it is very beautiful! Ellen tells me that she lives in a traditional canal house in Haarlem, not far from Amsterdam. Lovely!

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Holland!

postcards2_3Ingrid in the Netherlands says she chose me this card to show off some typical Dutch stuff: flower fields, windmills and clogs! She says her favourite meal is pancakes… oh, good choice! And her favourite names are her children’s names: Thierry, Danique and Yoëll – beautiful!

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Something Else Weird…

postcardsAlright Dilyana, what is weirder than your penis-sheathed skeleton card? Oh, right, yeah, this card from Maud in the Netherlands who bought it on a trip to Israel. It shows a water skin, within which the Bar Kokhba letters were found in the Cave of Letters in the early 1960s. Not so weird in itself, but as a postcard image, a little strange. However! That being said! How interesting is this? These letters date back to 132-135 AD during the Bar Kokhba Revolt and show direct correspondence between the Jewish leader Bar Kokhba and his subordinates, documenting historical events. Fascinating! Thanks Maud, for such an interesting archaeological card!

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Something Weird

postcards_2This card arrived with me with just the message “something weird” from postcrosser Ans in the Netherlands. It is apparently an ad card for the new Citroen C2. Well, it is definitely weird!

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Beautiful Holland

postcards2This beautiful shaped postcard comes from Chun in the Netherlands who tells me he chose this card to show off the countries ‘flat’ beauty (because there are no real hills or mountains). Of course, Holland is famous for both its tulips and its windmills so this pretty card really sums it up nicely, I think!

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