Thursday, October 02, 2014

Back to PORTUGAL

Hello

I'm glad to inform you that I've returned to Portugal with my mother... her recuperation on the last weeks is simply amazing and, against all odds, there will be no major sequels to the sepsis - she's a survivor!

At the moment she is in a physical rehabilitation center to regain muscular strength and it will take another 5-6 weeks until the magical moment when she can return home... sometimes all this still feels unreal, first the accident and the suffering and now the wonderful recuperation that helps replacing all the bad memories.

Meanwhile my wife is also recovering well, still in physiotherapy because of the fractures on the hipbone, gaining strength slowly but steady...

I still don't know when will I return to my postcard hobby, maybe in January (new year, new life)... until then I would like to thank all the postcards and e-mails I received with nice words that really helped me keeping the faith.

See you soon... 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This blog is now on hold...

Dear Friends

I 'm sorry, but this blog is temporarily closed... on Aug 11 I had a terrible car accident in Czech Republic. I'm physically ok, just somebruises and a terrible back pain, but my wife had multiple bone fractures, she's already in Portugal recovering and resting, in a couple of months should be ok. I'm still at Kromeriz in Czech Republic, because unfortunately my mother who was traveling on the back seat had suffered major injuries... she's in the intensive care unit, woke up yesterday from a 2 week induced coma and is still in a critical condition, fighting with a serious sepsis... I don't know when I'll return to Portugal and it will probably take lots of time before I can think in postcards again... I want to apologize for any official card not registered or a swap I've arranged and hasn't fulfill...

Thank you all for understanding, best regards

Joao Nogueira

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Leaving for vacations...

My dear friends, for the next month there will be no updates on this blog... I'm leaving for my summer vacations - I'll be out of home most of the time and, hoping to find my mailbox stuffed with postcards when I return. Thank you all for following my posts and helping me on this addictive hobby. I honestly wish you all the best summer ever with lots of funny and happy moments filled with love among friends and family. See you in late August!
  
this is not a postcard, just a image I found on the web... :)



Friday, July 18, 2014

Gates Fort - BERMUDA - UNESCO #983

My first card from Bermuda arrived today! Still part of the United Kingdom, the island of Bermuda played a strategic role on the naval connection through the Atlantic between the Old and the New World (of course that it's mostly famous for being the top point of the Bermuda Triangle where ships and plains get lost). Thank you Carol, you live in a beautiful place and I really like your card and the stamp you used, and since this is a UNESCO WHS, I now have 432 on my collection, only 575 left to complete it. This postcard took 19 days to arrive! 
  
UNESCO #938 - Gates Fort, St. George - BERMUDA - UK
 
The Town of St George, founded in 1612, is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. Its associated fortifications graphically illustrate the development of English military engineering from the 17th to the 20th century, being adapted to take account of the development of artillery over this period.
   
  
 

Greetings from Seatle - WA - USA

Seattle is another of those American cities like New York or San Francisco that we feel we know thanks to the constant appearances and references in movies and TV series (I'm a huge fan of Frasier sitcom). This beautiful touristic postcard uses the cityscape (with the famous Space Needle) in a stained glass pattern - I saw it on a card gallery and asked a Seattle postcrosser to send me one and she manage to find it on a small store downtown. Thank you so much Beckie for taking the time and look for this specific card for me. This postcard took 10 days to arrive!
  
Greetings from Seattle, Washington - USA
 
Seattle is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington. With an estimated 652,405 residents as of 2013, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and the fastest-growing major city in the United States. The Seattle area had been inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers.I was named "Seattle" in 1853, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
  
  
 

Boudoir Photo, Jean Agélou

Along with the 3 cards that we've arranged to swap, Anna decided to slip a extra one on the envelope - quoting her message "after a map with costumes I send you a girl without costumes". Thank you so much Anna, even being a modern Ukrainian reprint, this is my first Boudoir Card (known in the United States as "French Postcards"), one of the first mass-produced type of cards and a must buy for everyone who visited Paris one century ago (the touristic cards only came later...) - I really like the vintage erotic photos and films made by Jean Agélou, some of them are just awesome and with a certain innocence, not cheap or dirty like the most recent (Google it and see for yourself). This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
  
Boudoir Photo by Jean Agélou
  
A French postcard is a small, postcard-sized piece of cardstock featuring a photograph of a nude or semi-nude woman. Such erotic cards were produced in great volume, primarily in France, in the late 19th and early 20th century. The term was adopted in the USA, where such cards were not legally made. The cards were sold as postcards, but the primary purpose was not for sending by mail, as they would have been banned from delivery.
  
  
 

Map of Traditional Costumes - UKRAINE

This is my first Map-Card from Ukraine and it's a special Map, because it includes the main regional variations of the Ukranian Traditional Costumes with its typical embroidery. Thank you very much Anna for this beautiful postcard and your funny message. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
  
Map of National Traditional Costumes of UKRAINE
   
The traditional dress of Ukraine is a centuries old unique and distinctive emblem of the Ukrainian culture. The traditional dress of Ukraine is full of ornamental designs, fantastic embroidery and remarkable exposition. Even today, the national dress of Ukraine is hand woven and fabulously decorated. The embroidery is an ancient practice which is applied to the traditional dress of Ukraine and it is varied from region to region in the country, embellished with the antiquated motifs and harmonic arrangements full of colors and exotic stitches.
  
  
 

"The Final Touch" (1954), Gil Elvgren

The second card I got from Anna has another amazing pin-up illustration, this time made by the most famous pin-up artist, the American Gil Elvgren (if he was alive he would celebrate his 100th anniversary this year). I really love the work of Gil Elvgren (have several books and always like to imagine a story behind every picture and every girl). For those of you that think this is a under-form of art, I just find out that the original of this illustration was recently sold in auction for $77,675! Thank you very much Anna, for sending me another pin-up postcard to my collection. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
  
"The Final Touch" - Gil Elvgren (1954)
  
Gil Elvgren (1914 – 1980), born Gillette Elvgren in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren studied at the American Academy of Art and was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. His clients ranged from Brown and Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric and Sealy Mattress Company.
  
  
 

"Woof!" (1952), Peter Driben

Today I received a envelope with four postcards from a Ukrainian postcrosser that, like me, loves pin-up art cards. This one is another wonderful Peter Driben drawing for a 'Flirt Magazine' cover (April 1952) and it shows a nice puppy grabbing a hot girl dress (a recurrent theme in pin up world). Thank you very much Anna. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
  
"Woof!" - Peter Driben (1952)
   
Peter Driben (October 22, 1903 - September, 1968), an American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950s. Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben's pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s. 
    
    
    

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur - INDIA - UNESCO #1338

The second card (this one really damaged) shows the astronomical observation site of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. Several instruments are impressive in their dimensions, and some are the largest ever built in their category. Thank you very much Akhil for another great contribution to my UNESCO collection (reached 431 sites, 576 more and I'm done). This postcard took 17 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1338 - The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur - INDIA
 
The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.