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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Hollywood

 

Scan 2 - Version 4This cool card comes from the USA, of course and shows one place name everyone knows! Hollywood. Situated in California, it is of course an area famous for, well… fame! In 1870, however, it was just a small community and it wasn’t until after its merge with Los Angeles in 1910 that its film industry began to emerge, eventually dominating world films! Awesome card – and it also came with some of the new Harry Potter stamps too, which is even more awesome!

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Little Pine State Park

 

Scan 1 - Version 4This beautiful card comes from Leslie in the USA and shows a beautiful view of the Tiadaghton State Forest  – specifically the Little Pine State Park. The forest alone covers 215,000 square acres, which for me, at least, seems enormous! Little Pine is most famous for this beautiful lake, which was created through damming and is very popular for fishing, boating and, of course, swimming. Gorgeous!

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Snail Mail!

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These three awesome cards come from Heather in the USA. The top two were lovingly designed by herself and the third, obviously, shows most people’s dream! Ben and Jerry’s! In case you have been living under a rock your whole life or live in a country unlucky enough to not have access to B&J’s this delicious snack is only the BEST ICE CREAM IMAGINEABLE! That being said, Heather tells me she once sent this card to someone and they replied saying “I don’t like ice cream.”. Maybe part of me (my waistline) wishes I didn’t like ice cream, but in reality, it is just too scrummy to ever give up! Thanks Heather!

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LA’s Oldest Street

 

Scan 6This beautiful card comes from Igor in the USA and shows Avila Adobe, Los Angeles’s oldest street. He tells me that the city itself was founded in 1781 by the Spanish colonists and later became the Mexican capital of Alta before it became LA in 1847. Fascinating and so interesting to see some of the older American architecture which is so often overlooked in favour of the big, bright modern buildings. Thanks Igor!

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Who Doesn’t Love It?

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This cool card comes from Hezzie in the states, expressing her love for the 6th smallest state in the USA but with the 3rd highest population density. Home to the famous capital of Boston, really, what isn’t to love about Massachusetts except trying to type the name quickly?

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Texas Bluebonnets

 

Scan 1 - Version 3This beautiful American panorama comes from Shannon in Texas. Bluebonnets are the national flower of the state and from this picture, you can tell why. Plentiful and very pleasant to look at! Lovely card!

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A Traditional Valentine

Scan 5 - Version 3From the lovely Maura in the USA comes this cute Valentine’s card – definitely different in theme to the previous one! The history of Valentine’s Day is not easy to decipher. Although there were many martyred Valentines, it is thought that only two (or possibly three) actually relate to the Saint whose day is celebrated on February the 14th, the most famous being Priest Valentine of Rome. Whilst there are many myths and legends surrounding these saints, one thing is known for certain – they were killed for their beliefs by the Romans. It first became a day with connotations of love during the Early Middle Ages, but it was not until the Victorian times (so sweetly depicted in this card) that traditions of gift giving and courtship began to arise. Nowadays it is common to write Valentines cards which are often filled with ‘poetry’ or variants of the old ‘roses are red’ cliché, but did you know that the original of Roses are Red dated back to 1784 and is actually quite beautiful?

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

 

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My Cheeky Valentine

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This cute card arrived on Valentine’s Day from my ‘secret admirer’ and says nothing more than that on the back, apart from a sticker in the shape of lips. No need for concern though, my secret admirer is a part of a lovely little facebook surprise postcards group I’m part of, and sent out a batch of these to lucky receivers all around the world. So what do I know? This card is from the USA and is postmarked from Medford, Oregon. But I’m not going to look into who the sender could be, I like the mystery!

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The Swamps of Louisiana

Scan 1 - Version 3This beautiful, serene card comes from the awesome Igor in the USA whilst on a trip to the state of Louisiana which is somewhat famed for this sort of environment.Unlike most of the USA which can place its colonial heritage with the English or the Spanish, Louisiana was claimed by the French and named after King Louis XIV of France. Louisiana Creole is still spoken in many areas and much of the land is incredibly marshy and home to alligators – which Igor says he had a close encounter with (go on Igor, tell us more, we’re dying to know the story!). Surprisingly, the states largest industry is in seafood, which directly provides locals with 16,000 jobs. What a beautiful card! Thank you!

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