This postcard made its way to me from Gaurav. He says that it’s the first postcard that he’s ever sent to South Africa and luckily it was a successful swap. I have to admit that I am not sure what these contraptions are, since I don’t live near the coast and when at the coast, I generally do the touristy thing, so, no fishing for me. Well, it’s pretty cool either way. Thank you Gaurav!
This postcard comes from Hanna. I always love these postcards that have specific dates for events and stuff on them, as I know that one would never find a duplicate of it again in future. On the back of the postcard Hanna writes: “I know how much you want to go to an Oktoberfest, but nah nah nah nah, you can’t come here!” How mean! Okay, I am totally lying, she never wrote that. Anyway, this postcard is of the official Oktoberfest 2013 poster, which is pretty awesome! Oktoberfest has been held in Munich since 1810 and attracts around 6 million people there per year. On average, around 7 million litres of beer is consumed at the event. Double that in years that I attend. Thank you Hanna, I cannot wait to go to my first Oktoberfest!
Words fail to describe my admiration for this man and Irma really blessed me with this wonderful postcard of the free world’s greatest ever president, in my humble opinion, Abraham Lincoln. Born on 12 February 1809 in Kentucky, little boy Abe probably never knew what a great man he would become. He was later to become a Congressman from the State of Illinois, the only Whig from the state, and he did his party proud by being quite the working politician. He obviously later became the 16th president of the United States of America. Here he ensured the modernisation of the US economy and financial systems, particularly in banking. What’s that other little thing he’s known for? Uhm… Oh yes, the abolition of slavery! What a politician he was, what a statesman, what a man! He went to war rather than give up on a matter of principle and so ensured that millions of people were insured the liberty that they deserved. A certain book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, also suggests that he was a man that never criticised but had a stern manner of reprimanding others, yet never from a bad place. My love for Lincoln began at high school, where I had an English teacher who absolutely adored him. That clearly rubbed off on me because I just think Good Ol’ Abe is the bees knees! Thanks so much Irma!
This postcard, written in Dutch, comes from Patty who lives in Noordwijkerhout, a small town in the province of South Holland in The Netherlands. Small is actually an understatement, since this tiny town is only 23.42 square kilometers and is home to just under 16 000 people. Almost a square kilometer of this is water. The town is famous for growing tulips and archaeological data suggests that the area has been inhabited since before the birth of Christ. Quite interesting to get to know the small places in the world too. Thank you so much Patty!
Yet another beautiful map card from Taiwan has come my way. This one is from Tina. I absolutely adore these old-looking map postcards. Furthermore, I only realise now that I should have scanned the postcard vertically and not horizontally like this. Oh well, I’m sure you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me. Like with some previous posts, since I have already written about the topic of Formosa, I am merely going to refer you to the previous post for information on the subject. Thank you Tina!
This absolutely beautiful postcard of the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary comes from Edit. It’s so awesome that Edit chose the beautiful postcard for me because whenever I think of Budapest, it is the first thing that pops into my head. It is also very similar to a postcard that I received a few months ago, so I am not going to post more information on it, just read the other post. Thank you Edit!
This postcard of the snow-covered Mount Mansfield in the US state of Vermont comes all the way from Don, who is from Pennsylvania. The mountain’s peak is the highest point in the state of Vermont, at 1339 meters above sea level. Don tells me that Pennsylvania does not look too different. The mountain was named after a dissolved town in the area, Mansfield. I found the postcard quite entertaining, as Don greeted me in Dutch and above the “Airmail/Par Avion” sticker, he also wrote “Lugpos,” which is of course Afrikaans, for airmail. Very thoughtful of you Don, but I am sure it would have found its way here. Thanks a lot!