Friday, December 31, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: New Year


Unused postcard, with a corner gone for no apparent reason.

Happy New Year, my postcard friends!

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!



viridian

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas: Pink Saturday


Have a safe and blessed holiday.

I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.



Happy Postcard Friendship Friday

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

I am also joining Gemma's Weekend Mailbox Meme.

Another winter scene from Vermont.  May you have a blessed and happy holiday.

viridian

Friday, December 17, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: Winter Scene


An old postcard sent in Vermont.  Addressed to Miss Alice Baird, Pittsford, Vt, postmarked May 17, 1913.
From the back:
"Well alice I will send your Glasses to day we are all well I hope these few lines will find you well I just saw your g yesterday but it was to late to send them From Lois B."

Lois B does not believe in wasting time or ink on punctuation!

I love this image of a wintry sunset because this image captures the last glow of the sun as it slips below the horizon.  I can feel my nose getting cold, and I have a feeling it's time to go home.  After this light is the intense blue of twilight that I swear is best in New England. The thin black branches of trees outlined against deep blue sky and blue tinged snow.   It's not the same here in the Midwest.

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!



I am also joining Gemma's Weekend Mailbox Meme.
Viridian

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Stamps #6


Today we will celbrate the science, service, and dedication of firefighters and their red and white trucks, with Lithuania.

Thank you to this Postcrosser who, like a Chinese postcrosser, included the extra images from the stamp sheet.

viridian

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday - Advent

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!




Verse: Behold I come quickly/ My reward is with Me.  Proverbs XXII. 12
 
This card was sent as a Christmas greeting.  Unfortunately I don't have the card in front of me, so I can't include the details of the greeting, or who received it. :-(
 
However, it seems appropriate for the season of waiting, Advent.
 
Viridian

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Stamps #4


This stamp came to me on a Postcrossing postcard from Latvia.  I don't know what it is commemorating, but I suspect it is the Soviet Occupation of Latvia, given the dates of 1941 - 1991.

viridian

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, a nd pink Saturday


This is a vintage birthday postcard, but I'd like to extend this sentiment to everyone visiting this blog.  Happy Thanksgiving, and may you have a happy holiday season.

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!


I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday . Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.




viridian

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pink Saturday - Nov. 20

Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!
I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.
This is another in my collection of Holy Cards. A very famous verse from Luke is featured, as well as some exquisite roses.
 
Happy Pink Saturday!
Viridian


Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy PFF: Chinese stamps

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!




Today I am sharing some stamps from China.  These came as part of a sheet and my Postcrossing friend included some of the artwork not actually worth money.  Isn't that neat?  The artwork is amazingly detailed!
A question for someone who knows: Are these peahens? Chinese pheasants?  Just wondering!

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!
Viridian

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday stamps #3


Another card from Postcrossing.  Leave it to the Russians to put famous guns on stamps.  Those are not AK-47's but earlier versions. 
And then something as simple as a bicycle, no gears, nothing fancy.

viridian

Friday, November 12, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: A church in Springfield MA


Trinity M.E. Church, Springfield Mass.  A lovely linen postcard, used.
Now known as Trinity United Methodist Church.  Looking at their website, a congregation very active in their community.

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!




I am also linking to Gemma's Weekend Mailbox meme.



Viridian, still very busy AND suffering from a major cold.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Stamps


It is a rare thing at our house to get a postcard from the Sultanate of Oman.  This one came from ShiSia through Postcrossing.  Only card # 168 from Oman.

viridian

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pink Saturday - Nov. 6


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!
I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.
This is another in my collection of Holy Cards. Enlarge the image and enjoy the pink flowers.
 


viridian

Friday, November 5, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor Beach and Thatchers Lights, Gloucester, Mass.

I picked this card today because it's warm enough here (and in November!) to actually think about going to the beach.  And I like the different colors in the sky in this postcard.  I am pretty busy this week so I don't have time to add much - except that these folks look a tad overdressed for the beach!

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

I am also linking to Gemma's Weekend Mailbox meme.

viridian

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pink Saturday


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!


I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.

This is another in my collection of Holy Cards.  Today in honor of fall and Halloween our posting does not have to be pink,but can be in fall colors.
This is the famous quote from Isaiah on peace like a river.  Click on the card image and see.





viridian

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy PFF! The Mysterious Hanging Boulder


Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

On the front: " The mysterious hanging boulder mystifies all who pass under.  Polar Caves, N.H."

On the back:  "Polar Caves, N.H., America's greatest Boulder Caverns.  A maze of caves and spectacular rock formations.  All caverns colorfully lighted.  Different from and [sic] caverns you may have seen.  Nothing like it on the American continent."

I love older tourist postcards like this.  Whether it's a giant dinosaur or jackalope, a big ball of string, or an odd piece of geology, I find it so funny.  Terribly funny, in all senses of the words.  Ken Brown has a good time making fun of these postcards.

Polar caves in Rumney NH is still there and still an active tourist location.  Its website is, of course, http://www.polarcaves.com/.  I browsed the photo album, and yes, the mysterious hanging boulder is still there.


viridian

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday stamps #1


I think I'll make this a semi-regular feature of this blog - some selected stamps, mostly from my postcard collection.
The top stamps are from a postcard from Russia, and are two more stamps in a series of paintings.  I showed one in a previous post.
The bottom stamps are from Macedonia  from a Postcrossing postcard.
I am also linking to Gemma's Weekend Mailbox meme.

viridian

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pink Saturday Oct. 23


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!
I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.

This card is about the size of Holy Cards (Catholics will know what I mean).  The printing quality is excellent. Cars like this were handed out as prized in Sunday School.  I purchased a lot of these to cut up for collages, but now I can't bear to.

"I will bless thee and make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing. Gen. XII 2"

Enjoy the rose and beautiful butterfly, and let them enhance your wonderful weekend.  With two boys in trouble at school this week, I sure need some pretty to contemplate.




viridian

Friday, October 22, 2010

happy PFF: General view of Athol Mass.


Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!


Athol Massachusetts is located in the north-central part of the state, on the Millers river.
The area was first settled in the early 1700's.  It was named by an early settler who thought the hills reminded him of his  ancestral home of Blair Atholl, Scotland.  (If one can believe Wikipedia).

Mills of all sort were set up along the river. According to Wikipedia, "The Athol Machine Company was established in 1868 in order to manufacture a chopping machine invented by Laroy S. Starrett. In 1881, Mr. Starrett established the L. S. Starrett Company, known for making quality precision tools. The company remains the town’s largest employer to this day, and thus does Athol live up to the nickname “Tool Town.”

The town website is http://www.athol-ma.gov/.  Athol has had some hard times but seems to be rebounding.  Population has increased some, and they were designated a green community. In the late summer and fall there is a series of concerts called "Tool Town Live."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pink Saturday October 16

Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!

I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.


This is a card that came as part of a lot on ebay. They are a little smaller, and a slightly different shape than postcards, but not as small as Holy cards. I believe they were given out as awards in Sunday Schools of the past.

The quote on the card is "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."  From Psalm 147.

Last week's card was a classic rose, and this one is also beautiful - the simple wind blown wild rose.

PFF: Brockton, MA



Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

These two postcards are vintage views of Brockton Massachusetts.  I previously showed another postcard of Brockton, the Snow Memorial Fountain.

These are typical and average views of a Northeast city.  I doubt such postcards would be made today however.  Is an arch a tourist attraction?  It's not like the Snow Memorial Fountain.

viridian

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Russian stamps, and a possible meme??


These stamps were on a Postcrossing postcard from Russia.  I wish I could read the language and know more about these paintings.
I am attracted to miniature anything, and what is more perfect than stamps? A mini work of art, or a picture of another land.

I am thinking of starting a meme, say, "Sunday Stamps", where bloggers could share interesting, pretty, or rare stamps.  Would anyone out there be interested?  [voice echoing in the emptiness]

viridian (secret stamp accumulator)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pink Saturday


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!
I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.
 
This is a card that came as part of a lot on ebay.  They are a little smaller, and a slightly different shape than postcards, but not as small as Holy cards.  I believe they were given out as awards in Sunday Schools of the past.
 
I consider my religion to be a private thing, and usually don't quote Scripture on this blog.  Here though is what the card says:
 
"Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them."
"For his great love wherewith he loved us."

I really like the graphics of this period, and this particular pink rose.



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pink Saturday - Oct. 2

Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday!

I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the link and see who else is joining the party.

This is a postcard from Carol in Great Britian, that I received through Postcrossing.  You can read about postcrossing in my previous post.  I have received over 500 card, and I can say that pink ones are rather rare!  It sure is cute.  Unfortuantely the US postal sorting machines have marred the surface.

Thank you Carol, for your card!
Viridian


Friday, September 24, 2010

Pink Saturday card

Good day everyone, and welcome to Pink Saturday!

I am joining with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Click on the links and see who else is joining the party.

 
This is a card I received through Postcrossing.  What is Postcrossing, you ask?  It is an internet project, where "The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world."
How it works:
Register, and then:
"1. request an address from the website.
2. mail the postcard to the address
3. wait to receive a postcard
4. register the received postcard in the system."
 
I have received cards from 62 different countries!  The card above is a hand-made card from Desiree in the Netherlands.  It is sweet and pink.  Pink postcards are NOT as common as you may think!
Happy Pink Saturday,
Viridian

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday - Stamps


Good day everyone, and welcome to Postcard Friendship Friday!


I am joining with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for PFF. Click on the links and see who else is joining the party.

As I have mentioned before, I am an avid member of Postcrossing.  The past two weeks I have gotten a variety of lovely postcards from all around the world.  Today I'd like to share with you some of the beautiful stamps from other countries.

Starting from the upper left, the stamps are from Russia, Bermuda Estonia, and Finland.  I really like the two Estonian stamps.

Such a little world of art in stamps!

Viridian

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy PFF and Pink Saturday


Good day everyone, and welcome to Postcard Friendship Friday and Pink Saturday!
 I am joining with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for PFF, and Bev at How Sweet the Sound.  Click on the links and see who else is joining the party.

This vintage card has the most wonderful colors and of course, pink flowers.  It is embossed and has gold on it too.  The border, which looks like birch trees, is just an extra touch.

Best wishes to you, where ever you are!
Viridian

Friday, September 10, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: A fountain


Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!


This is a postcard of the Snow Memorial Fountain in Brockton Massachusetts.  Clearly an old postcard, and clearly a public fountain.  It is on the National Register of Historic places and even has a web page!  According to the web page:

"The clock which occupies a triangular island at North & East Main streets  in Winthrop Square, was given to the city in 1902 by shoe manufacturer & philanthropist George G. Snow. Mr. Snow built the clock and the granite fountain base so that no one in Brockton would go thirsty. It has a horse trough, a bubbler & at the left & right feet of the clock there are little brass effigies of a dog & a cat, with a bowl at foot level for each.  The clock was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978."

How wonderful that animals were considered in the building of this fountain.
Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Viridian

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy PFF: A pleasant drive


"As the trail winds along Cold River near Charlemont, Mohawk Trail, Mass."

The Mohawk Trail is also known as Route 2, and winds through northern Massachusetts.  It is a beautiful drive in foliage time, late September and October.
Charlemont is currently a town of 1300 citizens.  It was settled in the 1750's, during the Seven Year's War.

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Viridian

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I am joining Bev today for Pink Saturday.
"We are in fellowship with many to celebrate Colette's Miracle Makeover Party. Guideposts Makeover Reveal Party can be viewed by visiting our very own Kelee at The Katillac Shack. Thank you, Kelee, for inspiring us, and for introducing us to Colette. You are a blessing to all of us.


Thank-you Guideposts Magazine for bringing us Colette Gauthier's story."




This postcrossing postcard from China came in January 2009 from a young woman with the most amazing message:


"I look to the new year and my wish for you:
Peace within your heart

Love from family and friends

Hope to make it through each day

Sunshine to light the day

A tear to show compassion

A heart to hold the love.

Happy New Year friend!"

I am of the generation that grew up with images of Chinese people riding bicycles in shapeless Mao suits wearing caps with red stars on them. China was one of the hated Communist enemies. Yes, the country of China has changed greatly since the 1970's. But a postcard message like this changes my thinking, permanently. Maybe there is a chance for world peace to grow, one human interaction at a time.

viridian

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy PFF: Manhattan bridges


Manhattan, back in the days when postcard views of buildings and bridges were the thing to send back home.  Here are the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges over the East River.

School has started for me again and I am pretty busy, so just a short post today.  I'll be joining Bev for a special Pink Saturday tomorrow, so please come back and check that out.
Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Viridian

Friday, August 20, 2010

PFF: My Heart's Gift



Postmarked Feb. 3, 1909 (?), in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  Addressed to Anna Rosenthal, 832 Hancock St. City (which means the same city as where the card was posted).

First about the front: there is some gold-colored embossing.  Also, that is real pink silk ribbon on the girl's dress. It's been flattened with time, and of course, for the scan.  This card most likely cost more than the typical postcard, and it is collectible today.

About the back:  the message is: "From C B Goodman  827 N. 8th answer"

A love note, written just before Valentine's Day, but with the lack of punctuation, this can be read in many ways.  An order? A request? A plea, for an answer? Postcardese: Daydreams on Old Postcard Messages understands the ambiguity.

Google Earth shows that 832 Hancock St. is one block away from I-95, the Delaware Expressway, and now hosts a non-descript building.

I'm Linking up with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for Postcard Friendship Friday, and I hope with Bev at  Pink Saturday.





Viridian

Monday, August 16, 2010

Blue Monday Postcard


I'm linking in with Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ for Blue Monday!



I love the delicate blues in this vintage postcard, especially in the forget-me-nots.  If you have seen these flowers in person, you know what a wonderful blue they are.  They don't make postcards like this anymore, do they?

Viridian

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