Peaks of Otter, Virginia

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This lovely card came as a surprise from the awesome Brook. 🙂

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” and the “Mother of Presidents” after the eight U.S. presidents born there.

State symbols:

  • flower – American dogwood
  • bird – cardinal
  • dog – American foxhound
  • shell – oyster shell
  • tree – dogwood

Origin of name: In honor of Elizabeth “Virgin Queen” of England

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Brooklyn Subway

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This card comes from Gabby who lives in NYC. 🙂 The NYC subway is so terribly complex, with so many lines and stations, that it would be impossible to fit on a single postcard. So I guess I’ll have to collect the different boroughs one by one. 😀

The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York. It is the most extensive public transportation system in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation (421, if stations connected by transfers are counted as single stations). The New York City Subway is also one of the world’s oldest public transit systems. Overall, the system contains 337 km of routes. In 2012, the subway delivered over 1.65 billion rides. By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and in the Americas, as well as the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world.

Washington Metro

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This card was originally sent from a Chinese girl to Irina, who lives in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I mentioned I collect subway map cards, so Irina thought I’d enjoy this card more than her, and she sent it to me. So sweet of her! 😀  

The Washington Metro, commonly called Metro, and unofficially Metrorail, is the rapid transit system in Washington, D.C., United States, as well as its surrounding suburbs. Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway. Since opening in 1976, the Metro network has grown to include five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles (171.1 km) of track

Pictorial map of Oregon

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This is one of the cards I took from Vanessa’s Travelling Envelope (facebook Surprise me group) 😀

While most states have an official nickname, the Oregon Legislature never officially adopted one. Oregon’s unofficial nickname is “The Beaver State”. Unofficial slogans for Oregon include “things look different here” and “Oregon. We Love Dreamers”, the latter of which alludes to the “basic sense of idealism” of the state’s culture.

Mobile, Alabama

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This card came as a surprise from Carey. 🙂

Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1813, with the annexation of West Florida under President James Madison. It then left that union in 1861 when Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which collapsed in 1865.

Located at the junction of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico, the city is the only seaport in Alabama. As one of the Gulf Coast’s cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture.Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival celebrations in the United States. The festival began to be celebrated in the first decade of the 18th century, during the city’s French colonial period. Mobile was also host to the first formally organized Carnival mystic society, known elsewhere as a krewe, to celebrate with a parade in the United States, beginning in 1830.

Harvard

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This Harvard postcard comes from Arnold who lives in Texas and who is responsible for half of my American postcards. 😀

Harvard University, sometimes simply refer to as Harvard, is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature and soon thereafter named for John Harvard (its first benefactor), Harvard is the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning. Eight U.S. presidents have been graduates, and 144 Nobel Laureates have been student, faculty, or staff affiliates. Harvard is also the alma mater of sixty-two living billionaires, the most in the country. The Harvard University Library is also the largest academic library in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.

The City of Angels

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This card came from Kim who lives in LA. 🙂

Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York City. Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States.