Devon House Mansion in Jamaica

Jamaica is a Caribbean island nation. The name comes from the indigenous people’s, the Taíno, language, and means the “Land of Wood and Water”. The Taíno people were virtually exterminated by Spanish colonists, and today the population of Jamaica consists predominantly of the descendants of African slaves brought by English settlers to work the sugar estates. This makes this postcard interesting: the the Devon House Mansion is the former residence of George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. It has been restored, and today it is operated as a house museum and National Heritage Site.

Jamaica postcard

Jamaica postcard

How to get your mail postmarked at Russia’s northernmost post office

Russia’s northernmost post office is located on the Hooker Island, which is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago. It’s probably really hard to find someone who’s staying or going there, let alone convince them to send you mail. I’m not sure they have any stock of postcards at that post office, but they do have awesome postmark!

Franz Josef Land postmark

The most realistic way to receive mail from there, it seems, is to send prepared mail item with return address, and enough stamps. And here’s how you do this according to the Russian Post..

Send prepared cover or postcard to the following address. The mail item must have enough Russian postage stamps for it to be delivered from Russia to you.

Please note, that maritime traffic to the island is from mid-June until September.

Отделение Почты - Начальнику отделения
бухта Тихая, о-в Гукера 
Архипелаг Земля Франца-Иосифа, 1
Приморский район
Архангельская область

Well, in 2020 I did this in January, and my postcards came back with very awesome clear postmarks. When I tried this again in winter of 2021, and again in spring, my envelope were returned with a note from Arkhangelsk that that post office is closed years ago. Confused, I wrote a question to Russian Post, and they replied with the above info.

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Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire is African country with beach resorts and rainforests, and it is world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans. Prior to its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states. It was colonized by France in 1893, and achieved independence in 1960.

Fun fact: Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city, is the city with the third largest French speaking population anywhere in the world.

Ivory Coast postcard

Ivory Coast stamp

Wexford, Ireland

Wexford is a town in Ireland. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD, and for about three hundred years it was a Viking town, a city state, independent from Irish king. Today Wexford is known for its medieval lanes and the opera festival held in the modern National Opera House.

Fun fact: The food of Wexford is distinct from the rest of Ireland, due to the local cultivation of seafood, smoked cod, mussels and rissoles being token dishes in the region.

Ireland Wexford postcard

Ireland stamp

Al Abbas Mosque, Iraq

During ancient times, lands that now constitute Iraq were known as Mesopotamia (“Land Between the Rivers”), a region whose extensive alluvial plains gave rise to some of the world’s earliest civilizations. Pictured on this card is Al Abbas Holy Shrine, which is located in the center of the old city of Karbala in Iraq. Tens of millions of people who visit it annually during pilgrimage.

Iraq postcard

Iraq stamp

Borobudur, Indonesia – the largest Buddhist temple

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indonesia postcard

Indonesia stamp