Sunday, January 31, 2021

Postcards of Famous Paintings

2081.  American Illustrator
Jessie Willcox Smith (1863 - 1935)

2068. Spanish
 Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Woman Reading
1959.  American
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
Young Lady Reading

1940.  Dutch
Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675)
 "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" c. 1664

1929.  Danish
Peter Severin Kroyer (1851-1909)

1919.   American
 Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
Room in New York

1904.  British Illustrator & Painter
Walter Crane (1845-1915) 
The Grave of Keats
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

1239.  American
Marsden Hartley (1877 - 1943)
Mount Katahdin, Autumn, No. 2, 1839-40
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

1139. American
 William Worcester Churchill (1858 - 1926)

990.  American
Edward Gorey (1925 - 2000)
  Mysterious Messages, Cryptic Cards, Coded Conundrums, Anonymous Notes

947.   Dutch
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
The Novel Reader 

823.  Russian
 Ekaterina Nikolaevna  Kachura-Falileewa (1886-1948)
 At the Samovar

814. Russian Illustrator 
Ivan Bilibin (1876 - 1942)
Tsaritsa Militritsa

783.  French
Clementine-Helene Dufau (1869 - 1937) 
Lady Reading at an Open Window

670.  Belgian
Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862 - 1926)
Junge Frau am Ufer des Greve (Young Woman on the Banks of the Greve), 1901

584.   English
 Edmund Blair Leighton (1853 - 1922) 
Sweet Solitude

505.  American
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 - 1926)
Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading, 1876
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
457.  American
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)
National Portrait Gallery:  Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

Postcards Received from Uzbekistan

1244.  Uzbekistan
Islom Xo'ja inorasi va Paxlavon Maxmud maqbarasi
Islam Khoja Tower & Mahmud Mausoleum
Hi Chris.  Hope you are enjoying postcrossing.  Couldn't decide what to send and chose this one from my collecgtion.  Regards, Sahongir

Postcards Received from Singapore

2078.  Flower Arrangement
Hello Chris, Greetings from Singapore.  I'm Japanese and living here.  Every day too hot.  I love autumn.  But not in Singapore.  School teachers are hard.  Please take care of your health.  Yuri.  
30 May 2021

1933.  Singapore
No message on card, sent through the mail, though! Shaped like the book.

Postcards Received from Maine

1806.  Lighthouses of Mount Desert Island, Maine
Bass Harbor Light, Egg Rock Light, Mt. Desert Rock Light, Baker Island Light, Bear Island Light
Welcome to the spring season and the school year is at 50 days.  We had 2-3 inches of snow yesterday with a 1-hour delay.  Cooler weather is predicted for this week.  What is this crap anyway?  I am ready to get my ragtop on the road.  Brian Cote's little girl is too cute to believe.  Arts week was a success.  I worked with Dan Falt.  Enjoy every day.  Steve. D. 1 April 2003

1802.  Freeport, Maine
The L. L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine
6 July 2017
Dear Nan,  I have done a lot of kayaking in the ocean right by the house we're renting.  I am having loads of fun with the Graves!  It feels amazing in Maine!  

1239.  Mount Katahdin, Autumn, No. 2, 1939 - 40
Marsden Hartley (1877 - 1943)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
huge/oversized card, sent from New York
Dear Chris,  I was born and raised in Waterville Maine and moved to New York City in 1974 for a career in fashion design.  I thought you might enjoy this view of Mt. Katahdin painted by a Maine artist whose style I love very much, especially his clouds.  Sincerely, Nanette

7. A Tail as Old as Time by Elle Hay

an Audible Original
narrated by Therese Plummer
Unabridged audio (1:32)
100 pgs. ??
Finished 1/31/21
Goodreads:  3.48 - 116 ratings
My rating:  2

My comments:   Two next-door neighbors chase their escaped darling dog and cat all around Coral Gables, only to discover they ran home again.  Love how they even get up and down on the elevator on their own (not!)  And of course the neighbors end up really liking each other.  Totally stupid from beginning to end.

Goodreads synopsis:  A rom-com novella that will warm every animal lover’s heart about two neighbors who fight like cats and dogs - but who can’t deny their animal attraction.
          Ever since Alana Diaz adopted her cat Furrari, she has found herself in a feud with her infuriating neighbor, whom she knows only by the name on the passive aggressive notes he leaves on her door - R. Jones. Alana works hard all day, and the last thing she needs when she finally relaxes on her balcony with a glass of wine and her new furry roommate is her neighbor’s dog barking his head off. The only solution is to retreat inside. So what if her neighbor has smoldering good looks? It’s ruined when he glares at her little fuzzball of joy for upsetting his dog Kevin. And who the hell names their dog Kevin, anyway?
          But when Furrari and Kevin both go missing, Alana and Jones are left with no choice but to team up. As their pets lead them through the beaches, fancy hotels, and more all over Coral Gables, two lonely, jaded people might find they've been chasing the wrong things all along.

Postcards Received from Missouri

826.  Kearney, Missouri
Jesse James Farm and Museum
Zerelda's Tragedy, January 25 - 26, 1875
On a snowy January night, Pinkerton detectives threw a bomb into the James-Samuel home, killing eight-year-old Archie Payton Samuel (half-brother to Frank, Jesse, and Susan James) and mangling Zerelda's right arm.  Pictured left to right:  Archie's headstone, remains of the bomb, Zerelda after the partial amputation of her right arm, and the James-Samuel farm house.
My daughter and I visited the James' farm a couple of years ago when we were in MO. for a Girl Scout zipline activity.  Jen.

418.  Blueberry Hill - St. Louis
Blueberry Hill, pub & restaurant, is a St. Louis landmark filled with eclectic collections of pop culture memorabilia ... #1 jukebox in U.S. ... famous for hamburgers, soups, salads ... Rock & Roll Beer, window displays, graffiti ... darts, pinballs, video games ... live music on weekends ... open 7 days from 11 am the University City Loop are of St. Louis, Missouri.
Card was used to share handcarved stamp by Atlas Quest member:

Postcards Received from Cape Town, South Africa

376.  Cape Town, South Africa
Hi Chris,
I thought that this card will fit your profile perfectly!  I took this photo a while ago.  My husband is a self-confessed coke-aholic!  I live and work outside the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa.  You can drive one hour into any direction from the CBD and you are guaranteed to find magic in the countryside.  Charming towns, vineyards, scenic mountains and beaches.
Greetings, Magaretha
296.  Cape Nature, South Africa
Monday, 4 April 2016
Temp 30 degrees C.
Dear Chris,
My name is Sonette and I live in a small town, Ifafi, in the north west of South Africa.  I love nature, reading, photography and cross stitching.  My home language is Afrikaans.  It is similar to Dutch.  A few words in my language:  "Lekker" = nice; "Pragtig" = beautiful; 'Vrede" = peace.  I hope you enjoy the postcard.  It is taken in a reserve called "The Hell" because it is so remote!
Warm regards, Sonette.

Postcards Received from Tunisia, Africa

546.  Waterfall of Tamerza, TUNISIA
Happy postcrossing.

Postcards Received from Algeria, Africa

935.  Annaba - northeast Algeria
Hello Chris!  I hope you're fine and hope you'lllike this map card from my home town "Annaba."  It's the fourth largest city of Algeria.  All the best, Kadir

Postcards Received from Cape Verde, Africa!

077.  Cape Verde, Africa
Baia das Gatas, Island of S. Vicente
Hell Chris!  Baia das Gatas is the best place to go for a swim in this beautiful and small island where I live.  Fishing is obviously one of the traditional economic activities in Cape Verde, which is an archipelago country.  We are planning on spending the day outdoors and cook "cachu pa guisod'  (a typical Cape Verdean dish with corn) over a wood fire on the beach...but it's raining cats and dogs!  All the best to you! 18 October 2015 28 degrees C

Postcards From and About the Country of Georgia

1079.  Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi, Georgia
card send from Latvia
Big greetings from Latvia, from capital city Riga with best wishes you and your family.  Take care, Alisa.

Postcards of Religious Places

1244.  Uzbekistan
Islom Xo'ja inorasi va Paxlavon Maxmud maqbarasi
Islam Khoja Tower & Mahmud Mausoleum
Hi Chris.  Hope you are enjoying postcrossing.  Couldn't decide what to send and chose this one from my collection.  Regards, Sahongir 

1240.  Arunachal Pradesh, India
Buddhist Monastery
Dear Chris,  Greetings from India.  I am from Chennai, one of the major cities in India.  Here we speak Tamil, one of the longest surviving languages in the world.  This card features a Buddhist monastery in the state of Arunachel Prodesh in India.  Wish you and your family a happy life.  Love from India. 25.02.2018

962.  Unalom Pagoda (Wat Ounalom Pagoda/Buddhist Monastery)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hello from warm, sunny Florida, USA.  Love the Pocono Mountains.  Heading to North Carolina for autumn leaf show.  Pray for peace and Trump.  Very scary times.  Hank

Postcards From/Of Cambodia

962.  Unalom Pagoda (Wat Ounalom Pagoda/Buddhist Monastery)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hello from warm, sunny Florida, USA.  Love the Pocono Mountains.  Heading to North Carolina for autumn leaf show.  Pray for peace and Trump.  Very scary times.  Hank

Postcards Received from Hungary

1056.  Hungary
Hello Chris, my name is Csaba (an old Hungarian name).  I'm a programmer (with remote job).  I like gardening (community garden) and nature!  With warm greetings, Csaba  16.11.2017

847.  Karbala, Hungary
I'm sending my warmest greetings to you from Karbla, Hungary.  I hope you are well and you will like this card.  I wish you all the best to this summer! Kriana

Postcards Received From New Mexico

2068.  High Desert of New Mexico
"Woman Reading" Picasso
1 June 2021
Hello from the high desert of New Mexico.  I agree you have a great job!  My first (though unpaid) job was in the library ofn my dad's military post.  Lifelong love affair with books.  Hope this card is quirky enough.  Be safe.  'abqgranny' Diane

 2032. Greetings from Santa Fe!
I've worked with teens for many years and one of my favorite books of all-time to connect with them is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  It's poignant and hysterical.  Alexic also wrote a powerful memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me that I couldn't put down.  I also love There There by Tommy Orange, who studied at IAIA in Santa Fe.   -Nola

966.  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is an ideal location for this exciting event because of something called "the box," which is a set of predictable wind patterns that can be exploited to navigate the balloons.  Higher elevations tend to be northerly while lower elevations are normally southerly and the balloonists use this theory to navigate their balloons in a sox-like shape staying in the are to show off their wild and wonderful creations to the enthusiastic fans below.
Best wishes from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Every October my city hosts the biggest in the world, International Hot Air Balloon Festival.  The sky is filled with balloons and the city with thousands of visitors.  Fall colors are spectacular!  14 October 2017

Postcards of Books in Particular

863.  Philippines
Alice in Wonderland, 1951 Concept Art by Mary Blair

835.  Hello from New Mexico!  
I hope this card finds you happy and healthy.  Megan

828. Greetings, Neighbor!
Alice in Wonderland by C. S. Lewis
(card postmarked Philadelphia)
Your dream job sounds a lot like my dream job.  I spent my teenage years as a library aide and would love to return to the world of books.  Hope you enjoy this card from one of my favorites.  Curiouser and curiouser!  Terri G.  July 22, 2017

782.  Wuppurtal, Germany
Tomi Ungerer, Book Cover for Joan Aiken's Die Kristallkrahe (The Crystal Crow)
Hi chris, My name is Lothar and I'm from Wuppurtal, a town of 350,000.  It's situated in a green area with several artificial lakes and well know for the unique suspension railway.  Best wishes, Hepman

537.  "have a Coke and a smile" 
Cologne, MN
(I looked this book up - I'd never heard of it, bad me... First published in 1945, it won an Edgar for best first novel in 1946 and is considered a "classic of crime fiction."  It's a 70-year-old mytery novel...looks like I'm going to have to at least research it more, if not attempt to find it and read it....)
Hi Chris!  My name is JOAN.  I'm writing from Cologne, MN.  I was going to get a box from a 12 pk of Diet Coke and cut it into a postcard but I'm not sure how soon I would get to the store.  Joan

522.  The First meeting of Jane Eyre and Rochester by Thomas Davidson
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth
Dear Chris,
Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland.  I hope you like my choice of postcard.  As a reader, I'm sure Jane Eyre is known to you.  Lovely story.  Edinburgh Book Festival is on at the mment, part of the yearly celebrations.  Best wishes, Pat

441.  Charleston, South Carolina
She used these awesome stamps to mail
Hello from North Carolina.  I hope these doorways from Charleston, SC are of interest to you.  I'm a native of NC, mom to 5 children, ages 29 down to 9 years old.  We also love spoiling our 2 dogs and two cats.  I love reading, paper art, and hanging out at home in comfy (cool) clothes.  Have a great summer - Sherri July 1, 2016

437.  Winnie the Pooh
Hi Chris, This is my record card for you.  The first  I wrote for my grandma.  She liked to get postcards from all over the world.  This is the card of my account.  Have a nice Day.  Best wishes.