I love this card. I am particularly interested in photography (and especially B&W photographs) so was very pleased when this postcard showed up in my mailbox. It shows Kazimierz, which is a historical district in the city of Krakow in Poland "best known for being home to a Jewish community from the 14th century until the Second World War."
According to the Wikipedia this is where Steven Spielberg shot much of his film, Schindler's List.
This very colorful stamp shows a Calendula flower.
I'm acquiring quite a collection of postcards of the Russian Royal Family--the Romanovs. I'd not seen this view before, but it shows the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, the fourth daughter of Nicholas and Alexandra.
I love vintage images, and was surprised by one in the mail today. It traveled 24 days and almost 8,000 miles to me from Kralerii (Karelia?), Russia (northern Russia--interestingly the Postcrosser speaks English and Finnish). The sender tells me it is an Easter card (not sure what it says on the front of the card).
The youngest Postcrosser to whom I've sent a postcard is a mere three, and now I think the youngest Postcrosser who has sent me a postcard is only a few years older, she's eight. Although she was born in Lithuania, she now lives in Great Britain. She writes that she was on vacation in Portugal, where she bought this postcard. I love it for a couple of reasons--not only do I love B&W images, but it's cool that the young Postcrosser addressed the card and wrote a message to me by herself. She tells me she also loves to read and her favorite book is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
As for the image on the card, it lists Joao Martins on the flip side, who is perhaps the photographer? And it's titled "Fado Corrido" com Amália Rodrigues, 1964.
"Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. She was known as the Rainha do Fado ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was one of the most important figures in the genre's development, and enjoyed a 50-year recording and stage career."
Very cool image. Had it not been for Postcrossing I don't imagine I would ever have come across it otherwise.
Since I am new to Postcrossing and can only have a few cards traveling at once, and am generally impatient, I've been participating in a few swaps on the Postcrossing forum. I tried my first 'round robin' recently where a group will send postcards to each person and end up with several of one theme. In this case the theme was B&W photography with a color accent.
I don't have scans of the cards I sent, but mine (the only ones I could find locally) had B&W images with a dash of tinting. I had not seen images like this and the one below before--all B&W with one element colored in.
This first card came from the Netherlands and shows a very sweet, pudgy little hand with a daisy. No artist credit on this one I'm afraid.
This second card came from Austria though the sender is actually from the Netherlands. The title: "Anne Valverde: Agathe's Flip Flop". I love the hot pink color.
Although the first two cards are great images I confess I really love this third one and it is my favorite of the group. I love photography and have a soft spot for art cards, and this is not only a wonderful idea but also a great composition. It came from Belarus. The artist is Sergey Kuranov and it's titled "Family Portrait".