Friday, June 22, 2018

No Title Blog Day !

Here we go again with a selection of great cards. Let's start with a card from New Zealand showing a Kiwi, the rare, flightless and nocturnal bird, famous as a symbol of New Zealand.

David used 2 stamps from a February 2018 set of 6 showcasing NZ Cycle Trails.

My next card arrived from Rotterdam. When I first looked at it, the first thing that came to mind was " Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil " but then I noticed a 4th person, the " Lady " with her middle finger. Where I live that's called " The Deerfoot Finger".  The Deerfoot finger is served up to bad and impatient drivers on Deerfoot Trail, one of the main thoroughfares in Calgary.  I guess it means something different in The Netherlands.

A Dutch Postcrosser named Yvonne sent this fine card . She used a 2014 International rate  Dutch Icons stamp. It was 1 of 6 in the set, showing bikes, windmills, cows, tulips , etc.

A very nice clear , readable cancellation.

Today's 3rd card also arrived from Netherlands. It's a look at Queen Maxima. On 30 April 2013, she became the first queen consort of the Netherlands since Emma of Waldeck , back in the 1880s.

Lucia used an International Rate stamp showcasing Sint Eustatius.

A postcard showing a typical mailbox is featured on my next card from Denmark.Yow will find this type on walls or stands all over.
That's Dragsholm Castle you see in the center of the box. It dates from about 1200.

Eighty four year old Jorgen from Nykobing S , a small town in Denmark sent this card. He used 1 of 5 Flowers / Roses in a set issued in January of this year.

I might add that Nykobing S is home to the "Brainless Cemetery ".
Most , if not all of the people buried at this cemetery have been buried without their brains. I leave it to you my readers to go and find out the reason, if indeed you want to know.

Time for another card from Dominique from France. This one shows the old control room of U4 , a preserved blast furnace in Uckange. Old former workers offer guided tours of the site.

Dominique used a 1982 stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Debre, French Physician.

Too bad about the awful pen cancellation. I thought that was just about exclusive to Canada Post, but I guess not.

Now it's 3 cards from Belgium, all sent by Johan. Two of the cards are the same , so I'll only show it once, but the stamps are different so I'll show them. So this first car shows building, bridges , etc in a number of Belgian towns and cities.

Johan used a new  stamp, two actually  , issued for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nice stamp! Nice First Day cancellation !

Here's the stamp on the 2nd card of the same design.

Again nice cancellation on the stamp that was issued for the Tomorrowland Festival. Tomorrowland is an electronic dance festival held in Boom, Belgium. It was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world's largest and most notable music festivals.

Here's Johan's 3rd card. It's a view of The Royal Museum for Central Africa  or Africa Museum as it's often known. It's an ethnography and natural history museum built in 1898 and focusing on the Congo.

The stamps here are 2 from a sheet of 5 issued on June 5 of this year. First Day of Issue cancellation again. The sheet is impressive and showcases the museum.

 You can see how large the stamps are , along with the selvage. That's only 2 stamps shown above.

It's that time again - last card time.  This one is from Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera, 100 km west of Nice.

Meelis used the 2017 Rodin stamp. It marks the 100th Anniversary of his death. Personally I think they should have waited until 20140 and marked the 200th Anniversary of his Birth. But that's just me.

There it is , one more update in the book. Thanks for cards today go out to David, Yvonne, Lucia, Jorgen,Dominique, Johan x3  and Meelis. I certainly wouldn't be doing this without you guys. Thanks very much. Take care.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Serbia, France, Singapore and China

It was a busy weekend but I did survive. Now I have a little time for postcards. And here they are. Lets's start with two from Ana and and both are from Serbia. Ana's first arrived from the city of Subotica. Located in the north , near the border with Hungary, it is the northernmost city in the country.

Ana used a quite recent ( 18 May ) stamp, 1 of 5 in a set commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the PTT Museum in Belgrade.

Ana's second card is from Novi Sad, another city in northern Serbia. Founded in 1694, it's located on the banks of the Danube River. On this card  we see Vladicanski dvor, the Bishop's Palace which was completed in 1901.

It's another stamp from 2018 on this one. This one is from a set of 2 called Cities of Serbia. The central Serbian city of Kragujevac is featured here.

Be sure and check out Ana's fine postcard blog called " My World of Postcards and Travels " . You can see it right here .

Next is a card from France. You can see on it the belfry of Douai. Douai is a commune in northern France. Located on the river Scarpe, some 40 km from Lille, it is home to one of the region's most impressive belfries. The belfry in Douai was begun in 1830 . Standing 80 m  high , the structure includes a carillon, consisting of 62 bells. The chimes are rung every quarter-hour. In 2005 the belfry was included as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as Belfries of Belgium and France.

A Postcrosser named Cathy sent this card along. She used a Marianne worldwide rate stamp.

Jobbo's card from Singapore shows The Buddha Relic Temple at China Town.  Built between 2002 and 2005, this Buddhist Temple and Museum complex is said to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha.

The stamp on this one is from a 2002 Joint Issue with Malaysia. It's 1 of 4 in the Birds set.

Today's final card arrived from China. I'm not sure what the comments on the front say, but with the airplane flying overhead, I'll classify it as an aviation themed card.

The card did arrive though with some fine stamps. The large stamp on the left is from a set of 4 issued in 2016 for Chinese Classical Literature - Dream of the Red Chamber.  The stamp on the top right is also from a set of 4 issued in 2017 celebrating Foreign Composers. The smaller red stamp, I wasn't able to find any info on it, so it is what it is.

There you have it, another update complete . Thanks for cards today go out to Ana, Cathy, Jobbo and Wu.
Hope you enjoyed today's cards and stamps. Take care.


Friday, June 15, 2018

More Great Cards and Stamps

Hey, I'm back again so soon after the last time Both arrived from Switzerland.. That's just the way it goes sometimes. I have lots of cards to show today, so let's get right to it.
It's always a good day when I can start with an airplane card. This one is a privately owned Stampe and Vertongen SV-4B. It was built in 1953 and is registered as OO-SV4 and seen on the ground at the small airport of Schaffen.

Johan used a private post stamp and cancellation on this card. It is a stamp from TBC-Post, a private postal company , operating in Belgium for 30 years. The date of 19-05-2018 is a First Day of Issue for this stamp.

Today's second card is also from Belgium, but via regular post this time. It's a look at Brugge, often called "The Venice of the North" .
It's one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in Belgium. The historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And let's not forget Brugge and it's movie history.

Gerda used a number of stamps from past years on this card. On the left is a stamp from 2000. It is 1 of 20 in the Turn of A Century set. In the middle is 1 of 2 issued in 2009 featuring Famous Women of the Feminist Movement. She organized the first Women's Day in Belgium on 11 November 1972. The stamp on the right is from 2003 and is 1 of 10 in the This is Belgium set.

Next is a card from Israel - Masada in the Judean Desert. I like the look of this card -  a plane flying over Israel's largest flag. In the background is Masada, the ancient fortress in the Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Built around 30 B.C. it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Dominique used a stamp which I wrote about in my blog back on June 10th. I'll just show it this time.

Three more cards sent by David are next. One is from Tirana, Albania and the other 2 arrived from Bulgaria.
Let's start with the one from Tirana. It's a view of the city.

 David used 2 large stamps here. They were part of a set of 4 issued in 2017 showcasing Albanian National Crafts - Glass Works.

The first card from Bulgaria arrived from Plovdiv, an ancient city in southern Bulgaria. Featured on David's card is the Roman-era Ancient Theatre, which once seated over 6,000. It dates from he 2nd century.

I think the 2 stamps on this card are quite attractive,- maybe it's the colours I'm not sure. They were issued in a 2018 mini sheet of 2.
They are a Europa issue of Bridges.

Now for the second card from Bulgaria, this time from the capital Sofia. On this card you can see some of the local buildings, statues, etc.

The two stamps on this one are again from a Europa issue with 2 stamps in the mini-sheet.
The 2017 issue features Palaces and Castles.

I have just 2 more cards for today. Both are from Switzerland. Both are from Susanna. These are my first cards from her but hopefully there will be lots more. The first card is a Swissair card showing an airplane from around 1951. Looks like it could be a Douglas DC-6, but don't quote me on that.

Susanna used great stamps on this card, both issued in 2017. On the left is a rather large stamp featuring the Creux du Van, a natural rocky cirque 1,400 metres wide and 150 metres deep. On the right is a stamp featuring a Swiss Cow.

Susanna's second card shows the Bernina Express on the Brusio Circular Viaduct. The Bernina Express is the highest railway across the Alps. The train negotiates 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and many inclines. It's highest point is 2,253 metres above sea level. The Bernina Line and the Landscape it passes through became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Again two stamps on this card. On the left is 1 of 2 in a 2017 set commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Schilthorn - Piz Bloria Cable Car System.
On the right , a 2017 Love stamp.

Well that`s all I have for today. Big thanks for today`s cards go out to Johan, Gerda, Dominique, David and Susanna. Busy weekend  coming up - Birthday, Father`s Day, Soccer and Baseball. Most likely won`t be back live until Monday.   Take care.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cards From Here, Cards From There

Good Day to you all . I'm back again with a few worthy cards. First , I'll start with a Postcrossing card from Germany. It's from Michael who lives in Monchengladbach.   His card gives us a great look at the Monchengladbach water tower. It was built between 1907 and 1909 in Art Nouveau style. It is 51 meters high and holds 3 million litres of water.

Michael used a Peanuts themed stamp from this year. It is 1 of 2 in the set.

France is up next. Jean Pierre's card shows just a very small segment of the Bayeux Tapestry. This is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall. It depicts events leading up to the Norman conquest of Britain. It is thought to date from the 11th century. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans. In 2022 the tapestry will be loaned to Britain , for public display, the first time that it will have left France in 950 years.

Jean Pierre used a 2018 stamp featuring Learther Art.

My next card is the the U.S.A. It's a look at a scene from 1936 of workers embossing braille on presses at the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kathy , whose husband works at this printing house, sent this card. She used 2 recent Forever stamps.  They are 2 of 10 in the Bio luminescent Life set.

Luxembourg Airport is the focus of the next card. In 2015 the airport handled 2.6 million passengers. Luxair and Cargolux both have their head offices on the airport property.

Meelis used a fine selection of stamps. On the right is 2 stamps, ( I at first thought it 1 stamp ) from a 2009 set of 3 highlighting Flying. The middle stamp was issue din 205 , 1 of 3 showcasing Vegetables. The left stamp shows Crown-Duke Henri.

Here's the last card for this time and it's from Spain. It shows the town of Llivia  with a population of just over 1,500 and is located in Catalonia, Spain. It is a Spanish enclave separated from the rest of Spin by a corridor about 1.6 km wide.

Thanks for this card go to Josep and Assumpta, who used 2 stamps from 2017. On the left is a stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vicente Blasco Ibanez, journalist, politician and novelist. On the right a stamp celebrating the Liebana Jubilee.

 There it is, another update . Thanks for cards this time go out to Michael, Jean Pierre, Kathy, Meelis and Josep & Assumpta. Great cards and great stamp.