Sunday, August 21, 2016

It Was The Yukon, Alaska or Bust

Hello again. Another update on the way. Back in Sept of 2014 I had the pleasure of sailing into Skagway , Alaska on a cruise ship. I said at the time, that the next time I visit Skagway, I would like to drive there. So that's what I did, My Lovely Teena and I set out to drive to The Yukon and Alaska via The Alaska Highway. And of course I had to send postcards from the stops on the way. So that's what this blog will be about. Now as sometimes happens all the postcards have not arrived back, maybe they never will. I am still missing cards from Dawson Creek, Mayerthorpe and Atlin. Dawson Creek is Mile 0 of The Alaska Highway. Why it's not Kilometer 0 , I can't say, we are in Canada after all. Mayerthorpe is the town where 4 RCMP members were murdered in 2005 and Atlin is the most beautiful place on Earth, in any season, in any weather. At least that's what their some websites about Atlin say.

Let's start with this card from Watson Lake, British Columbia. Today  Watson Lake is known as the home of the world famous Sign Post Forest. It all got started in 1942 when Carl Lindley, a lonely American G.I. working on the Alaska Hwy, put up a sign indicating the mileage to his hometown of Danville, Illinois. As of Sept 1, 2015 there were 82,036 signs. When Teena and I left there were 3 more. We put up signs for Airdrie, where we now live,  Grand Falls , NL, my home town and Victoria, NL, Teena's home town. Here's  a card that Teena posted for me  in Watson Lake.


This card arrived with a great stamp from 2008. It is a Yousuf Karsh photo of Audrey Hepburn, a single from An Art Canada Souvenir Sheet. A great stamp. It received a wonderful Signpost Forest, Gateway to the Yukon cancellation.

Here I am erecting the Airdrie sign.

My next card is from Teslin, Yukon. The village of Teslin , at Mile 804 of the Alaska Highway, is located along the shore of Teslin Lake. Population in 2011 was just 260. This is where you will find Nisutlin Bay Bridge, the longest water span on the Alaska Highway at 584 meters. Here's a card showing the bridge.

Another fine cancellation on the stamp. And the stamp is 1 of the 5 Dinos of Canada set issued in May of this year. Shown here is the Comox Valley Elasmosaur.

Now it's on to Whitehorse, the Capital of The Yukon. In Whitehorse, population around 28,000 winter days are short and summer days have up to 19 hours of daylight. The Guinness World Records has reported that Whitehorse has the least air pollution of any city in the world.
I have a couple of cards from Whitehorse to have a look at. The first one is of Cf-CPY, the World's Largest Weathervane, located at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. Pivoting on a finely balanced mount this old Douglas DC-3 requires less than 5 knots of wind to turn  her.

This one arrived with a Renne Martel stamp and another clear cancellation. Martel is a country artist from Quebec with some 25 albums to her credit in both country and pop.

After Whitehorse it was on to Alaska, with a stop first in Carcross, Yukon. Carcross is located on Bennett Lake and Nares Lake and is home to the Carcross Tagish First Nation. Located on the Klondike Highway, it's population is 289.

First card from Carcross is of Emerald Lake. The lake got its name from the green color of the water. This is a result of sunlight reflecting off of, what is called mari. Mari is the white calcium carbonate that settles on the lake floor. It is created by mixing the limestone remains from the ice age with the calcium in the alpine water. Here is Emerald Lahe, Yukon.

The stamp on this one is one from the Star Trek issue of May this year. There are 5 in the set. Shown on this one is Lt. Commander Montgomery " Scotty " Scott. Speaking of great cancellations, I really don't need to say anything about this one, other than WoW.

Each of the cards from Carcross is covered with great cancellations.

Here is the Carcross Post Office.

 It is the oldest continuously used post office in Canada. It was built in 1905. There are older post offices of course, but none that have been used continuously as a post office.

Now let's have a look at the Matthew Watson General Store in Carcross. It is the oldest continuing store in the Yukon and has operated since 1910. When you enter it's like walking back in time, there's lots of old stuff around.

Another Star Trek stamp , this time The Big Guy himself - Captain James T Kirk. He negotiated treaties, met new alien species, and repeatedly saved the United Federation of Planets, and often the galaxy itself from destruction. Always a busy guy.

Carcross Desert- I never knew there was a desert in the Yukon, but I do now, I walked across it. One km north of Carcross is reputedly the world's smallest desert, a 260 hectare expanse of sand that once lay on the bottom of a glacial lake.

One more Star Trek stamp - this time it's Commander Spock.

This next card is my last from Carcross. It's a view of Tutshi Lake - camping under the midnight sun. Located on the South Klondike Highway, the lake is 36 kilometres long and about 2 kilometres wide.

Along with a selection of Beneficial Insects stamps from a few years ago, we also have a stamp from the Canadians in Hollywood series from 2008. It's Norma Shearer, winner of The Academy Award for Best Actress for the movie The Divorcee.

Next stop - Alaska , Skagway in fact. Skagway on the Alaska Panhandle had a 2015 population of 1,057 people. The population doubles in the summer months in order to deal with the more than 900,000 visitors, most of who arrive on cruise ships.
Here's a card showing Broadway Street in the historic part of town.

Do I see an Inverted Jenny, from 1918 on this card ? I think not, but one can dream, no ?  It's not even an Upright Jenny from 2013. It's 1 of 6  in the 2013 sheet issued to celebrate the original Inverted Jenny.

I have another card from Skagway. It's the AB Building ( Arctic Brotherhood ) , built in 1899 . It now houses the Visitor Information Center. The building is the most photographed building in town. The front is covered with 8,883 driftwood sticks , all nailed on. No, that's not me sitting on the bench. I don't do white pants and white shoes.

There are 3 great Circus stamps on this one. I just love this set of stamps.

Now before I move on , I want to show a photo that I took on the Klondike Highway. It may not be a postcard but I think it's pretty nice.

Only a few more cards to go, so try and hang in there .

The next card is from Haines Junction, Yukon . You can find Haines at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Highway. In 2011 the population was 593. The town is situated on the doorstep of Kluane National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the most dynamic and spectacular landscapes in the world.
The card is of Kathleen Lake. The photo was taken at daybreak September 11, 2001 , just south of Haines Junction. One would never know from that photo, how the world changed that day. It may have been calm at Kathleen Lake but unspeakable horror was taking place elsewhere.

The stamp on this one is quite small and a little hard to see. It shows a Great Horned Owl, one of five in the new Birds of Canada set issued in July. The cancellation really dominates.

The next 2 cards are views of Kluane National Park, Yukon. Located in the extreme southwestern corner of Yukon, the park was established in 1972 and covers 22,013 sq km. The park includes the highest mountain in Canada, Mount Logan at 5,959 m. It is park of the Saint Elias Mountains. Let me just say - the scenery is simply stunning. This first card shows the midnight sun lighting up the clouds and sky above Kluane lake.

Now here's the extra bonus attached to this card. It was posted in Destruction Bay, Yukon, a small town on the shore of Kluane Lake. Population 35. Postcard collectors often  think it difficult to get a card from Pitcairn Island with 56 people, good luck with Destruction Bay at 35 people.

The Comox Valley Elasmosaur stamp was used here. I mentioned it earlier with the card from Teslin.

Here's the second card from Destruction Bay and Kluane National Park. It's an aerial view of Mount Maxwell and a little of the Kaskawalsh Glacier.

It's another Dinosaur stamp here again. Found in eastern Canada, this is the Dimetrodon .

My pictures may not be postcard quality, but I did manage a few nice ones of beautiful Kluane Lake. Of course no picture is as good as seeing it with your own eyes. But I do want to share a coupe of pics with you, if only to make you want to check it out for yourself. So here they are.

Here's My Lovely Teena and I on the shore of Klaune Lake, Yukon.

The last 2 cards for today are from the Village of Pouce Coupe in north western British Columbia. It's pronouced  /pu s ku pi/ and the population is 739. The village was probably named after Chief Pooscapee of the Beaver tribe.
This first card shows a few of the buildings in the village, museum, post office, village office and a government building.  The town celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 1982.

The 2nd card from the village shows reflections from the past. History of Pouce Coupe all on one postcard.

The stamp on each of the above 2 cards complete the set of Hydrangeas issued in March of this year.

That's the update for today. The record of our road trip to Yukon and Alaska as seen through the postcards of the region. We put 5,500 km on the car , saw lots of great and beautiful scenery and thoroughly enjoyed The True North and Alaska. I have to thank a couple of people for a few cards, My Lovely Teena of course, Lauranne for the Pouce Coupe cards and Dennis for the Destruction Bay cards.  
Now if and when the cards of Atlin, Mayerthorpe and Dawson Creek arrive, you'll see them here first.
Take care, sorry about the length of all this , but I really wanted to keep it all together.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's Not Tuesday , But It Is Thursday

Good day to you all. My last couple of updates have been on a Tuesday, but today I see no reason to wait for another Tuesday. This will be what a Thursday update looks like.
Today I am starting with two cards from Ravindra in Sri Lanka. Card one gives us a look at the Sri Lankan Parliament Complex. It is built on an island in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. It was officially opened on 29 April 1982.

Ravinrda used 2 fine , large stamps from this current year . On the left is one celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the World's First Woman Prime Minister.  The on the right is a stamp celebrating the Centenary of the World's Cub Scouts.

Here's Ravindra's second card. It's a view of Heritance Tea Factory, the most unique and highest hotel in Sri Lanka, where the kettle is always on. The hotel is a converted tea factory , located at over 2 km above sea level. You can even pluck your own tea here and take it home with you as a souvenir.


Saturn is shown on the stamp , on this one. It was issued in 2014.

My next card which arrived from China, could well become one of my all time favourites. It's a black and white picture of a family of pilgrims  in Zogong, in the Tibet Autonomous Region of northeastern China. How nice it would be to actually receive a card posted from Tibet. Maybe someday.

Miko, a college student from Shanghai used a nice selection of stamps on this one. The 2 on top are from a 1998 set of 4 highlighting Macau Architecture. The left one is a nice Aviation stamp for my collection. At bottem left is a Tall Ship stamp from 2013, while the bottem center stamp is from a 2008 Beijing Olympics minisheet of 10. The green item at far right , I don't think it's a stamp but I could be wrong. It has no value on it, so it may be selvage of some sort.

Now here's a card mailed from Yogyakarta, a city of over 380,000 people located in the center of Java Island, Indonesia. Anissa's card shows a dancer from Bali. Balinese dances incorporate eye and facial expressions in many routines.

Anissa , who sent this card , wrote that she was home on vacation , after six months working on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Funny, I go away for vacation and she goes home for one.
She used a Joint issue of Indonesia and DPRK. When I first looked at the stamp , I thought the card was from North Korea as Kim II Sung is  prominently featured on it.

Here are the final 2 cards for this time. Both feature Lufthansa and both arrived  from Portugal. The first one shows a Lufthansa flight attendant with a possible UM , waving goodbye.

Marilia sent this card and used a 2016 stamp from a set of 5 , featuring Extreme Sports. The stamp shows Windsurfing, not sure I would classify that as extreme.

And the last one is , a card celebrating Lufthansa's 60 Years of Service in Portugal. Lots of old time pictures on this one. Should bring back some memories for any Lufthansa people out there.

A PostCrosser named Beatriz sent this one and used a 2016 stamp featuring a Badger. It is 1 of 6 in a set of Predators.

Sorry, I think I scanned this one a little sideways. Just tilt your head a little to the right for a better look.

There you have it , another update. Thanks for cards go out to Ravindra, Miko, Anissa, Marilia and Beatriz. Great cards and great stamps everyone.
Drop by again soon, I have lots of cards to keep me going for a couple of weeks. Take care.

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's Tuesday Again, Time to Update

As the title says, it's Tuesday, so that must mean a new update. A week between updates is like forever. It feels good to be back here today, so as someone used to say, maybe Ed Sullivan, but I'm not sure, " on with the show " .

First I have three cards , all postmarked in Roeselare, Belgium. Roeselare is a Belgian city in the province  of West Flanders. Each of the cards received a nice, special picture perfect cancellation. All three cards were sent by Johan. His first card shows a Greylag Goose. The Greylag Goose has grey and white plumage and an orange beak and legs. It's a large bird, with an average weight of 3.3 kilograms.

This card arrived with 2 great and recent stamps. One is a flower and the other shows a bird, great topical stamps. The 2 stamps are from a souvenir sheet of 5 Birds and 5 Flowers. It's a really nice, attractive sheet, one I think any collector would be proud to own.

Strangely, my online stamp source says these stamps were issued on 16/06/2016 but the card has a cancellation date of 10/06/2016.I don't have the full scoop on this, so perhaps someone will enlighten me.

Johan's second card gives an aerial view of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels. Impressive to say the least.

There`s a 2016 Europa stamp on this one. The theme of the stamp is `Ecology in Europe - Think Green `. Again the stamp was issued 13-06-2016 even though the card is postmarked 11-06-2016.

Here`s Johan`s third card. It`s an Aviation related card, a new addition to my Airline  Postcard Collection. It features a SABENA stewardess, at least that`s what the card says, but nowadays, I think they prefer the term Flight Attendant.  The card shows Boeing Jet Intercontinental on the tail of the aircraft. SABENA was the National Airline of Belgium from 1923 - 2001 and they operated B707s starting in 1960. So perhaps the flight attendant is boarding a B707 for a flight across the Atlantic.

This one arrived with a really great stamp. It is 1 of 5 different stamps in a sheetlet featuring Old Aircraft. The sheet was issued on 16-06-2016, but again my card was postmarked 10-06-2016. I`m sure someone will leave a comment as to what`s going on with the dates on these cards. Getting back to the Old Aircraft sheet, it`s really a nice one and one I hope to add to my collection soon.

Thanks Johan for these three great cards and wonderful stamps.

My next card arrived from Jersey. Jersey or the Bailiwick of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, between England and France. It is a self governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. Jersey is a Crown Dependency of the United Kingdom, but not part of the United Kingdom. On Dominique`s card we can see Elizabeth Castle and St Helier Harbour. The castle is named after Elizabeth I , who was Queen around the time the castle was built.

Another card with great stamps, I love that. On the left is a Coat of Arms stamp from 1981. It is 1 of 11 in the set. In the middle is a Maritime Heritage stamp from a set of 10 issued in 2000. The one the right is 1 of 2 in a 1986 set celebrating the Wedding of Andrew and Sarah, Duke and Duchess of York.

So ends another update. Thanks to Johan and Dominique for their cards. Drop by again soon, my next update will have cards from Sri Lanka and China , Thailand and Portugal. Take care.