Friday, 24 February 2017
A picture of serenity, Avalokitehvara is said to be the embodiment of the Buddha's compassion and is always depicted in white and holding a lotus. The four arms and hands signify the four immeasurables: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity but like all religious art there is a whole lot more symbolism going on in the painting. Avolokitehvara is the patron bodhisattva of Tibet under the name Chenarezig. The Chinese buddhists portray him as a woman, Kuan-Yin (she who hears the cries of the world), India sees Avalokitehavara as a cosmic being who takes countless shapes in whatever form will most effectively free beings from suffering.
The artist is Andy Weber whose spent seven years in the 1970s living and studying the iconographical art of Tibetan Buddhism in India and Nepal; one of his teachers had escaped from Tibet with some 250 year old scroll paintings (thankas). Andy paints many thankas for western Buddhist centers and travels the world teaching but his studio is not far from where I live, as is the Manjushri Meditation Centre where I found this card last century and more years ago than I care to remember, since that time they have built a Peace Temple in the grounds with a golden top which glistens in the sunlight and no doubt serenity can be found inside.
Postcards for the Weekend theme - Serenity - be serene at Connections to the World
Sunday, 19 February 2017
|2009: Travel Series 5: Nara National Park|
|1963: Japanese Birds|
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Eastern Hemisphere - go east at See It On A Postcard
Friday, 17 February 2017
"Sometimes we stopped by a neighbour, and had coffee with buns. Time went by , we had a good time together - and still have".
The card came with this stamp
|2011: 100th Anniversary Kaj Frank|
The postcard is part of a series of summer poem cards featuring bicycles, flowers and all things of the season with poems that encourage warm thoughts of past summer days and perhaps gratitude for the people and places that have inhabited them.
Postcards for the Weekend theme - Gratitude - at Connections to the World
Sunday, 12 February 2017
|2013: Europa - Postman's Van|
Having sailed along the River Tagus and left Lisbon's harbour. given a wave to the tourists on the top of Belem Tower on the way past, then hugged the Atlantic coastline of Portugal and Spain it takes us ultimately to the calmer waters of the Mediterranean after calling in at its gateway, Gibraltar.
|2012: Europa - "Visit"|
The Great Siege of 1779-1783 against the forces of Spain and France in the American War of Independence.
Sunday Stamps II theme - Western Hemisphere - Go West for more at See It On A Postcard
Friday, 10 February 2017
|"Divin baiser, soupir du coeur, est toujours l'éternel vainqueur"|
The initials ELD at the bottom right are the publishers E. Le Deley who resided in the city of romance, Paris (it was a family business who published postcards from 1900 to 1930). They produced black and white cards of life on the western front during World War One and published in the dual languages of French and English for the troops to send home to the ones they loved.
The card is unsent but probably from 1907-1912
Postcards for the weekend theme - Love - join the love boat at Connections to the World
Sunday, 5 February 2017
|2007: World Wildlife Fund: Royal Penguins|
|1988: Australia New Zealand Bicentenary Joint Issue|
|1988: Definitive Series 1 - 'Living Together'|
Here are some other things you might see flying around in Australia
|1979: Australian Birds|
|1987: America's Cup|
|2004: Celebration: Southern Cross (Designer: Brian Sadgrove)|
|1989: Endangered Birds (Designer: G. Drummond)|
Friday, 3 February 2017
|Birthday Greetings. In the Garden|
The postcard was published by E A Schwerdtfeger who set up business in the 1880s and were large producers of real photo postcards, many hand coloured, but unfortunately not this one. They also produced a number of series featuring actresses of the day, portraits, holidays and fashionable women in a variety of costumes. Birthday postcards seem to be one of their major outputs and eventually they would become Germany's largest greetings card company. Their other products were calendars and glanzbilder (decorative elements printed on paper which could be pasted on household items, furniture, walls or displayed in one of the great leisure pursuits of the time, scrap books). Schwerdtfeger had offices in London and New York but the business and factory was located in Berlin and despite being damaged in World War Two they continued to trade until the 1980s.
Postcards for the Weekend theme - Happiness - be happy and travel to Maria's Linky Party at Connections to the World