Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Le Château avec le Moléson

Sender: lilibiggs
Gruyères : Le Château avec le Moléson (Castle of Gruyères)

Gruyères is a small town in the district of Gruyère, canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. The medieval town is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane river, and gives its name to the well-known cheese.


Sender: Olga
Picture shows Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region

Win A Bike!

Sender: martine

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flexible Flyer

Sender: BelleSouth
'F' is for 'Flexible Flyer'.

A Flexible Flyer is a steerable wooden sled with thin metal runners invented over 100 years ago. The rider may sit upright on the sled or lie on their stomach, coasting the snow. I want to give one a try (imagine the fun!) but we don't have snow here except artificially made snow, in small areas, for some theme parks!
Adorable snowman stamp!

Son Marroig Manor

Sender: Alienne
'M' is for 'Majorca'

Son Marroig Manor Near Dela, Majorca. A perfect place to sit and gaze at the stunning scenery of rolling landscapes. Love it!

Ready to Party

Sender: sandramr
10 Jahre Club Fur Dich - Party am 22.09.95
Maybe this is a celebration card (to celebrate 10 years) of a club? 

Dyer's Quarters

Sender: BelleSouth
'H' is for 'Horoshige'

Hiroshige. "Dyer's Quarters, Kanda". Edo Period, Ansei Era, 1857. Woodblock colour print, 36 x 23.5 cm.

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (1797-1858) is a Japanese artist. This picture shows strips of cloth hanging out to dry at a shop where it has been dyed, can you almost feel the breeze stirring the cloth? The background is of the famous volcano, Mount Fuji and there is a bird flying in the sky. The red colour is maybe sunrise or sunset. I feel at peace looking at this scene..

Bicycles and Balloons

Sender: Dancing-Sun
As written on the card, "We have to move ahead. But we are not going to leave our friends behind." A beautiful and meaningful quote!


Sender: hel-per

hel-per was so thoughtful to send a Viktoria Kirdy's card to add to my collection. I really love her cards!! There are some quotes at the back of the card and hel-per translates the same to, 

"Friends are people who know us well but still love."

"Woman is changeable. Women - this is not a train schedule." - Joanna Chmielewska. 
Joanna Chmielewska is a Polish writer and screenplay author.
Lovely stamps!

A Dainty Birthday-Fairy

Sender: jhbr
"Birthday Fairy", artwork by Mary Lynne Raske, 2007. Her greeting cards portfolio is so adorably cute :-)

A Colourful Train

Sender: Nordbaer

I love naïve art and was happy to receive this print of a train. Wish I could read the name of the artist in the signature. It's on the right side but very tiny indeed...

Fish Society

Sender: mindanao

"Fish Society" by Olena Kormuhina, a Ukrainian artist. I googled some of her other works, they are colourful and bright just like this picture!

Another World Alongside Ours

Sender: superkt13

"My Son There Exists Another Word Alongside Our Own" (2007) - by Andrea Dezsö, an award-winning visual artist, illustrator and writer. Ah, what a profound statement. A weird card received for the Weird RR group!

Matryoshka Dolls "Mezen Fantasy"

Sender: Siguanea

10 piece set of Matryoshka dolls "Mezen Fantasy" from the Matryoshka Museum. I like these dolls, I first saw and bought them in Moscow when I went there as a wide eyed teen with my aunt & uncle. I had never seen nesting dolls before the trip & I thought they were so cool!


Sender: Cardsgoround

A moody black & white postcard entitled "Circus', maybe due to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus advert on the wall. Can you recall the last time you went to the circus?
This time the stamp picturing the Queen's profile has a different background. It is not just a solid colour but printed with continuous "ROYAL MAIL" words in iridescent printing. Which were not picked up by my elderly scanner!

The Grinning Tomato

Sender: TheGreenOne
A grinning tomato from TheGreenOne! Looks as if it belongs in a Disney fairytale or something! :D
Pumpkin stamp!

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Time Caller

Sender: Lilla
Hugo Simberg, Finnish Painter, 1873 - 1917.
Kellonsoittaja, 1902.

It means Time Caller, I think? The boy is ringing the church bells and the black cat is arching its back in response. I read that Simberg's paintings emphasise mainly topics macabre or supernatural. Don't you feel something eerie in this picture? As usual with art, the viewer is left free to make his or her own conclusions ...

Zoot Suit!

Sender: BelleSouth
'Z' is for 'Zoot'!

El Catrin in Zoot suit. From Day of the Dead / Dia des los Muertos. 

A Zoot suit is with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders popular with certain sectors during the late 1930s and the 1940s.

Le Style Empire

Sender: TeamBearCat
Le Style Empire (The Empire Style)

The Empire Style is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830. The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of  Napoleon I, known as the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealise Napoleon's leadership and the French state.

Happy Children

Sender: Yolandawang
A happy card for the Just Postcards RR! :)
Love the stamps!

Botaniska II

Sender: Scarlett
"Botaniska II" by Maria Mendez (for Ikea)

Scarlett wrote a passage from her chosen book for the TM RR (Books Group), taken from "A Place Called Here" by Cecilia Ahern. She made me want to get the book and continue reading..

Gold Coast

Sender: Gillian
Gold Coast, Australia

Puss In Boots

Sender: NikaZ
'S' is for 'Short' trousers and 'Stockings'!

NikaZ writes that this picture is from "Puss In Boots', done in the Rococo style (an 18th-century style), and at a time when men wore wigs, short tight trousers, stockings and heels!
The writer Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), the painter Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910).

Kreschatyk in Kiev

Sender: Neitel
Kreschatyk in Kiev. Khreschatyk is Kiev’s main and most famous street.


Sender: Raubella
Sonsbecker Ansichten 

I think this means, Views of Sonsbeck, in Germany. And "Rathaus" means city hall. A pretty multi-view postcard.