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Re: Recent purchases

Postby TotallyUncool » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:30 am

You're right -- I do see some Aika!
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby boinsie » Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:34 pm

Haha, thanks. I've definitely gotten the Aika resemblance on here before. :fear:

But back to the coat! The exterior is corduroy, and 40% wool, so it's deceivingly warm! :rock:
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby Zunu » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:02 pm

boinsie kawaii!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!

カイは「いい」!!

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby CaptainBerryzGiraffe » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:00 pm

Lookin' good!
I definitely see the Aika (and you also look like one of my great aunts weirdly enough >.>)
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Dat coat... you look stylish wearing it! I envy because I can't look stylish in anything. xD
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby Moh » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:02 am

I needed a calendar for next year, so I got this very cute one on Amazon:
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:38 pm

A couple of old postcards written in Volapük that I bought on eBay arrived today:

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The top one is from the Netherlands, written and mailed on New Year's Day in 1888, which makes it the oldest Volapük postcard in my collection. The bottom one is from Finland, written in 1889. These are my first Volapük postcards from these countries.

It's been an amazing month for Volapük postcards on eBay. There was one from Amoy, China, up for auction, but it got too rich for my blood, ending up at around $200. But in addition to the two that arrived today, I managed to find (and buy at affordable prices) one from Belgium from 1895 and one from Suriname (!) from 1897. :yahoo:
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:52 pm

Another old postcard from eBay….

I had already bought a few old postcards of the R.M.S. Aquitania, the ship that brought my grandmother to America in 1924, but now I also have one of the S.S. Martha Washington, the ship that brought my grandfather over in 1911:

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:14 pm

Today I got four more pieces of Esperanto postal history from eBay for my collection. All four were mailed to the same Esperantist in Bulgaria: (1) a postcard from Australia with the postmark of the 82nd World Congress of Esperanto (Adelaide, 1997); (2) a postcard from China, commemorating and bearing the imprint of the 89th World Congress (Beijing, 2004); (3) an envelope from Canada containing a greeting card, both bearing imprint and poster stamp of the 69th World Congress (Vancouver, 1984); and (4) a postcard written in Esperanto from Vietnam (1991).

Earlier this month I got another interesting piece for the collection: an envelope bearing an Esperanto inscription and Esperanto labels, sent in 1932 to Australia from Togo. This is the first item I've managed to get for the collection that was mailed from any country in Africa, though I already had a couple of postcards mailed from the U.S. to South Africa in 1919. Esperanto has found relatively few adherents in Africa (it is the only continent apart from Antarctica that has never hosted the World Congress), and the fact that the sender had an African name (S.B. Anomah) and was not just a European colonial makes the cover from Togo that much more unusual.

I made one more really great score for the collection this month: an envelope from 1968 bearing the commemorative postmark of the 50th anniversary of the Newcastle upon Tyne Esperanto Society and the autographs of the President of that society, the President of the British Esperanto Association, and the President of the Universala Esperanto-Asocio (Ivo Lapenna, an important figure in the history of the Esperanto movement). Also included are autographed letters from the first two individuals. And it only cost me twelve bucks and change.

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:04 pm

My latest eBay purchase just arrived in today's mail:

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It's a Korean stamp from 1946, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Hangul, the Korean alphabet, which was published in the Hunmin Jeongeum on 9 October 1446. Korea was just barely able to issue such a stamp, since the newly liberated country had only started issuing its own stamps (under American occupation) earlier that same year. Such a stamp would never have been issued in 1945 under Japanese rule.

Hangul fascinates me. It displays a linguistic sophistication not seen in any other script in general use as the official writing system of a nation-state, even though it was created in the 15th century. A few scripts invented in the West have a somewhat similar "featural" structure, whereby certain phonetic similarities between sounds are reflected by graphic similarities in the corresponding characters, including Francis Lodwick's Universall Alphabet (1686), Sir Isaac Pitman's shorthand (1837), and Alexander Melville Bell's Visible Speech (1867), not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien's various Elvish writing systems (beginning in 1919). But Hangul preceded even the earliest of these by over two centuries.
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Mon May 02, 2016 3:15 pm

I spent too much at the WESTPEX stamp show this weekend, mostly filling gaps in my U.S. album. I also picked up a few old picture postcards that I found particularly interesting or attractive. Here's my favorite of the lot, a hundred-year-old card showing cute Japanese girls playing karuta:

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:06 pm

I just bought another Esperanto postcard on eBay, this one from Austria-Hungary (specifically Pardubice in Bohemia) from 1912. I was compelled to get this one because of the unusual handwriting and the old-timey aeroplane. This card reminds me of the first Esperanto postcard I got for my collection, though that one depicts a German village with a zeppelin flying overhead.

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby Moh » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:09 pm

Got a lot of bread at the Tastykake outlet. I could live in that place. :fear: Also got some other groceries.
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:32 am

Everything at Half Price Books is 20% off this weekend, so I swung by to pick up a couple of books that I was waiting to buy during their next sale and another that I spotted while browsing. To anyone who didn't know me, it would seem like a completely random assortment, but it's a pretty good representation of my usual hodgepodge of interests.

Astro Boy, Volume 7 by Osamu Tezuka, translated by Frederik L. Schodt. I now have volumes 1-12 without any gaps.

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine. Memoirs of the guitarist of the seminal female punk band, the Slits.

Northern Antiquities; or, An Historical Account of the Manners, Customs, Religion and Laws, Maritime Expeditions and Discoveries, Language and Literature of the Ancient Scandinavians, (Danes, Swedes, Norwegians and Icelanders) with Incidental Notices Respecting Our Saxon Ancestors, translated from the French of M. Mallet, by Bishop Percy (London, 1890). I caved in when I saw the stuff on languages and runes, and for $4 after discount, why not?
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby TotallyUncool » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:54 am

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:24 pm

^ I hope you got a lightweight Japanese designer chainsaw like the "Blues Campbell's Right Hand 2" from the movie Stacy. Perfect for dispatching teenage female zombies. XD

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby TotallyUncool » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:40 pm

It would be great if they came in 12-packs -- perfect for zombie parties! XD
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:43 pm

Check out the book I bought on eBay! It’s called 改進用文 — “Writing for Reform,” “Literature for Progress,” or something like that — printed in Tokyo in Meiji 21 (1888).

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The book seems to relate to Japan's focus on modernization and westernization during the Meiji Era, and it includes ten pages on a progressive European invention from the 1880s that is of particular interest to me: the international language Volapük! (Which explains my willingness to pay as much as I did....)

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Re: Recent purchases

Postby Moh » Wed May 17, 2017 12:27 pm

Since UC made me smaller, I ordered some clothing items:
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I like florals, clearly. Also, the dress has a French bulldog print!
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby erilaz » Mon May 22, 2017 12:29 pm

Himawari-kai's monthly used Japanese book sale was today, so I went and found a couple of $1 paperbacks that were worth buying:

Yowamushi Obake by Watanabe Megumi — It's a children's book about a supernatural being named Coal Tar (コールタール), and it's written at a low enough level that I can probably soldier through it with the aid of a dictionary, even though it's much longer than anything I've ever tried to read in Japanese before. がんばります!

Batoru Rowaiaru by Takami Koushun — Far too long and far too difficult for me to attempt to read it, but Battle Royale in the original Japanese for only a buck? Yes, please!
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Re: Recent purchases

Postby Moh » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:05 pm

The last personal purchase I made on Amazon was in 2015. :?: A very generous relative sent me a 50 dollar gift card!
Since my birthday's coming up, I decided to treat myself. Still have some money on it, too. :lol:

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