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Today’s post had two cards in store for me, one from Russia and one from South Korea ,which I’m rather chuffed about as it’s the first card I received from there.

And here it is, depicting a lovely painting by Lee Myung Shin. It’s called A Winter Evening Scene at the East-side Gate. The stamps were very cool, too – one of the South Korean flag and the other of a scelidosaurus.

Lee Myung Shin: A Winter Evening Scene at the East-side Gate, 2008

Komapsumnida catherinesword!

 

The card from Russia shows St. Isaac’s Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Monument to Nicholas I in St. Peterburg.

St. Isaac's Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Monument to Nicholas I in St. Petersburg, Russia

Spasibo Lina3000!

 

Amongst today’s post were two art cards. Funnily enough both feature a nude theme.

The first card shows a painting by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).  As one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art, he is best known for co-founding Cubism. Picasso was born in the Andalusian city of Malaga in southern Spain. Here’s something I never knew about Picasso and I bet you didn’t either. His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Wow! 😮

Pablo Picasso: The Two Brothers, 1906

Pablo Picasso: The Two Brothers, 1906

Thanks so much for the card tobiejonzarelli!

 

This painting by Czech artist Günter Hujber (born 1966) very much reminds me of Salvador Dalí. Unfortunately I don’t speak Czech so I can’t understand what the title of this painting is. Anyone out there who could translate it for me please? It says “Don Quiote se snaží pod psím hradem zvednout dodělávající duhu.” If you know what this means, please leave a comment with the English translation. Thanks very much! It was painted in 1998 and depicts Don Quiote trying to raise The Dying Rainbow under the Dog Castle. Thanks very much Günter for translating the title into English! 🙂

Günter Hujber: Don Quiote, 1998

Günter Hujber: Don Quiote is trying to raise The Dying Rainbow under the Dog Castle, 1998

Tusen takk for postkort Lorentze!

Four new cards arrived in today’s post from Finland , Netherlands , New Zealand  and Germany .

This lovely card from Finland depicts the four seasons. I particularly like the small picture of the butterfly.

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Kiitos paljon mummeli!

 

What a stunning night view of Den Haag (The Hague in English)! Although not the capital of the Netherlands, Den Haag is the seat of the Dutch government. All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Supreme Court. Den Haag is called the city of peace and safety.

Den Haag, Netherlands

Den Haag, Netherlands

Dank u zeer voor de briefkaart atimmerman!

 

I received my first card from New  Zealand today! It shows Whakaari/White Island, which is an active volcano. The full Maori name for the island is “Te Puia o Whakaari”, which means “the dramatic volcano”. It was named White Island by Captain Cook in 1769 because it always appeared to be in a cloud of white steam. Here’s what the back of the card says: “This is New Zealand’s classic marine volcano in the Bay of Plenty. It is always mildly active and sometimes erupts in bigger and better ways.” 

Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand

Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand

Thanks so much for the card LilzGold!

 

Last but not least, this lovely art card arrived from Germany. It shows a painting by P.S. Krøyer (1851-1909), a Norwegian-Danish painter whose work I wasn’t familiar with before receiving this card. He is one of the best known and undeniably the most colorful of the Skagen Painters, a community of Danish and Nordic artists who lived, gathered or worked in Skagen, Denmark, especially during the final decades of the 1800s. Krøyer was the unofficial leader of the group. The painting shows his wife, Marie Krøyer, and Anna Ancher (one of the Skagen painters) on a summer evening Skagen’s southern beach.

P.S. Krøyer: Summer evening on Skagen's southern beach (Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer), 1893

P.S. Krøyer: Summer evening on Skagen's southern beach (Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer), 1893

Vielen Dank für die Karte Goyesca!

Today’s post brought seven cards, four of which came from Europe.

Two of the cards arrived from Germany . The first one shows a gorgeous view of Reichsburg Cochem, a medieval castle in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany.

Reichsburg Cochem, Germany

Reichsburg Cochem, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte TG250607! 

 

The second card from Germany is a multiview of CentrO, Europe’s biggest shopping and leisure centre. It’s located in Oberhausen, which is about 35km north of Düsseldorf. It was nice to receive this card as I’ve actually been on shopping trips to CentrO before. Although I do wonder if it’s still the biggest shopping centre in Europe, now that Westfield has opened in London…

CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany

CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte Trisa!

 

This beautiful view of Lake Triglav in Slovenia  arrived among today’s cards. The lake is situated in Triglav National Park, the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag. The view is just idyllic,don’t you think? 

Lake Triglav in autumn colours (Twin Lakes, 1676 m), Slovenia

Lake Triglav in autumn colours (Twin Lakes, 1676 m), Slovenia

Najlepša ti hvala tinkara!

 

This lovely card from France  depicts the Place de la Cathédrale in Colmar in 1933. It was painted by Jean-Jacques Waltz (1873-1951), also known as Oncle Hansi or simply Hansi

Place de la Cathédrale, Colmar, 1933

Jean-Jacques Waltz (Hansi): Place de la Cathédrale, Colmar, 1933

Merci beaucoup Doumik!

Today’s post brought four cards, two each from Ukraine  and Finland .

The first card from Ukraine shows a beautiful view of Kiev, more specifically of the Andriyivsky Descent, which is described as the city’s most romantic street.

Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine

 

Another beautiful view from Ukraine, this card depicts the island of Anti-Circe in Sofiyivka Park in the central Ukrainian city of Uman. What a view!

Sofiyivka Park in Uman, Ukraine

Sofiyivka Park in Uman, Ukraine

Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka raven!

 

This gorgeous night view shows the medieval castle Häme Castle (Hämeen linna in Finnish) in the Southern Finnish town of  Hämeenlinna.

Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Vielen Dank für die Karte pimennys!

 

This art card depicts a sculpture by Finnish/Dutch geometric abstract sculptor Lucien den Arend. Meduusa, who sent me the card, said that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t figure out why this sculpture is art and what its point is. I have to admit that I don’t get it either – no offence. According to Wikipedia, “In his sculpture [den Arend] avoids composition. As is the case with concrete art, his work is not modelled after any existing object – his sculpture represents only itself.” Does that help?

Gothic II, Noordpark, 1981-96

Lucien den Arend: Gothic II, Noordpark, 1981-96

Kiitos paljon Meduusa!

Today’s cards are all different from one another and don’t fit the same categories. So, instead of posting each card individually, I decided to show this colourful mix together in one post.

The first card arrived from Canada  and is a real vintage card. It’s even older than I am, albeit only by a few years (I won’t tell you how many years exactly though 😉 ). It shows a Swedish stamp depicting the portrait of the singer Jenny Lind. The stamp was issued on 25 March 1975 in connection with the International Women’s Year 1975. In fact, wackystuff, who sent me the card, originally posted it to himself from Sweden  in 1976. The postmark is very clear and the exact date on it is 6.6.1976. I am very impressed by this card!

A real vintage card from 1975

A vintage card from 1975

Thanks so much for this card wackystuff!

 

I also received my first card from Brazil  today. It shows the Planetarium in Fortaleza, which is the state capital of Ceará in Northeastern Brazil. Luana, who sent me the card, told me about how Brazil got its name. Basically, the Portuguese named the country after redwood trees, of which there were many, when they arrived in Brazil in 1500. Redwood trees, or Brazilwood as they are also known, are called “Pau-Brasil” in Portuguese. Hence, Brazil.

Planetarium in Fortaleza, Brazil

Planetarium in Fortaleza, Brazil

Muito obrigada para postal LuanaBessa!

 

This wintery card from Hinterzarten in Germany  arrived today, too. Hinterzarten is a resort village in the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany. It’s mostly famous for its ski jumpers. It looks nice, doesn’t it?

Hinterzarten, Germany

Hinterzarten, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte Mondfalke!

 

A couple of cards from the US  were also among today’s cards. The first arrived from Utah and shows a beautiful autumnal scene.

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Utah, USA

Thanks so much for this card utahgirl!

usa_0030usa_0031Utahgirl, who sent me this card, chose some really cool stamps for me: two “Vintage Black Cinema” movie poster stamps. The first shows the movie poster for 1921 silent film The Sport of the Gods, based on a novel of the same name by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). The second shows the poster for 1929 film Hallelujah!, which earned King Vidor an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

 

The second card from the US is an art card, depicting a beautiful painting by Claude Monet (1840–1926).

The Seine at Argenteuil, 1872

Claude Monet: The Seine at Argenteuil, 1872

Domo arigato Chieusa!

usa_0033usa_0032Chieusa also chose very cool stamps for me, namely Marvel Super Heroes stamps. One depicts Wonder Woman (I absolutely love Wonder Woman and couldn’t be happier about receiving this stamp 😀 ), while the other shows Green Arrow. Wow, so many cool stamps in one day!

 

Last but not least, today’s final card arrived from Ukraine  and shows a lovely view of Lviv in Western Ukraine. The city is regarded as one of the main cultural centres of the country.

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Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka raven!

I also received two black-and-white postcards from Italy  and USA  today.

The first one is a vintage card depicting a fresco by Giambattista Tiepolo in Villa Cordellina-Lombardi at Montecchio Maggiore.

Villa Cordellina-Lombardi, Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza)

Villa Cordellina-Lombardi, Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza)

Grazie mille per la cartolina frantisek!

 

The second card is a really cool black-and-white photograph by Vincent Cianni with an old school feel to it.

Welcome to Crooklyn, 1996

Welcome to Crooklyn, 1996

Thanks so much for the card heatherc!

Wow! I was so surprised when today’s post arrived and I could barely believe what I saw…because twelve postcards arrived for me! Twelve! 😀

Among them, there were two art cards from Germany  and Turkey .

Funnily enough both cards depict paintings by two of my favourite artists – Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) and Claude Monet (1840–1926).

The White Horse, 1898

Paul Gauguin: The White Horse, 1898

Vielen Dank für die Karte nordbaer!

 

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Teşekkür ederim cappion!

There were four postcards in today’s post – three city views and an art card. I’ll show you the city views together in the next post. The art card came from the Ukraine . It depicts a painting by Russian artist Konstantin Makovsky (1838-1915).

Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka mindanao!

It’s so cool to receive lots of post each morning that does not consist of bills or junk mail. (Of course we do still get those but at least it’s not all we get.)

There were two more cards in today’s post, both art cards. The first came from Finland and shows a print of an automobile poster by the Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1913).

Bil-Bol, automobile poster, litography 1907

Bil-Bol, automobile poster, litography 1907

Kiitos paljon Hurmi!

The card from the US came from tobiejonzarelli and is a print of an illustration by one of her favourite illustrators, Wolf Erlbruch. She said he has a wonderful simplicity that always makes her smile. I know what she means – the card made me smile too!

From Animal Friends

From Animal Friends, 1998

Thanks so much for the card tobiejonzarelli!

There were some pretty cool stamps on the envelope too but I particularly like this “Latin jazz” stamp. That image would make an awesome postcard… If anyone happens to have such a card, please send it my way. 😉

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