Tuesday, June 11, 2019

No Title Blog Today

BLOG 1007

Hello again. I have a nice selection of cards for today. They arrived from France, Albania, Sri Lanka, and Sweden. I might even get in one from the Netherlands if all goes well. Let's start with two from France.

The first card shows the main railway station in Metz, France. It has been a Historic Monument since January of 1975. Inside are displayed the apartments of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The station was opened in August of 1908.

Dominique used a rather large stamp from a set of 2 issued in 2015. It commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Gilberto Bosques Saldivar ( 1892-1995 ) . The set is a Joint Issue with Mexico.

The second French card is from Millau, a town of 23,00 or so in southern France. The card shows a part of the Millau Viaduct. This cable stayed bridge spans the gorge valley of the river Tarn near Millau. It's total length is 2,460 m with the longest span at 342 m .
 It is 336.4 m above ground and was constructed between 2001 and 2004. It is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.

Jean Pierre used a 2019 stamp, 1 of 2 in a souvenir sheet of 2 different stamps celebrating Museum Treasures. The sheet is a Joint Issue with Morocco.

We're off to Stockholm, Sweden next. Ana's card shows Riddarholmen, a small islet in central Stockholm. The island forms part of Gamla Stan, the old town, and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Ana used a 2018 stamp , 1 of 2 , commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Ingmar Bergman ( 1918 - 2007 ) .

That's a nice postmark from the PostMuseum in Stockholm.

Next we skip over to Albania. Indrit`s card is a look at Elbasan showing the Castle of Elbasan to the right and the Sultan Abdulhamid Clock Tower to the left.

Indrit use 3 great stamps. On the left is 1 of 4 from 2017.showing Distinguished National Personalities. Shown is Musine Kokalari, writer and politician. She founded the Social Democratic Party of Albania in 1943. In the middle , from 2005, is 1 of 12  stamps showing Regional Costumes. On the right , 1 of 2 Europa stamps, featuring Festivals, and National Celebrations.

Nice postmarks here , too.

This next card arrived from Sri Lanka but I do believe the scene portrayed is English. The lovely lady is gathering a few Blue Bells that grow wild in the English countryside. Just to bring another country into the mix, the card was issued by Singapore Airlines.

Ravindra used 3 stamps on his card. On the left , from 2013, a stamp celebrating the life of Dr. Tissa Abeysekara - filmmaker, actor, writer and director. In the middle, a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization. It was issued this year. The stamp on the right, also issued this year, on May 8th to be exact. It celebrates International Thalassaemia Day.

Here's the bonus card from the Netherlands. I'm told by the sender, Miek, that this was a cover for Maxim magazine. I can believe that.

Miek used a fine assortment of stamps. Let's look at the 2 stamps on top first, both were issued in 2002. The left stamp, from a set of 10 highlight Industrial Heritage. The right stamp, from a set of 5, showcase Fairy Tales Characters. The botton left stamp is 1 of 20  stamps issued for December in 2002. The final stamp was issued in 2003 and is 1 of 2 issued for the 85th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela.

So ends another update. Big thanks folr todays cards go out to Dominique, Jean Pierre, Ana, Indrit, Ravindra and Miek.

Thanks for reading, Come back again.

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Mixed Bag of Cards

BLOG # 1006

It's been a week and two days since last time, so it's about time to get back at it.
As today's title says, I have a mixed bag of cards today. No big theme just cards of different things from different places.

I will start with this fine Aircraft / Airline card. I can't go wrong with those. My collection of this theme continues to grow and grow. Here's a CSA Czechoslovak Airlines IL-62 card sent from the Czech Republic. The aircraft is pictured at Prague's Vaclav Havel International Airport in 1986. There were a total of 292 IL-62s built . This particular airplane OK-ABD was delivered to CSA in 1971 and finally scrapped in 1991. 

Jirina used 2 stamps on this card, both of them issued last year 2018.  On the left is 1 of 2 in a Locomotives train set. The stamp on the right celebrates The Castle Guard.

My next card shows a brick bridge and arrived from Germany. It is the largest brick bridge in the world. The Goltzschtalbrucke spanns the Goltzsch River in Netzschkau, Saxony. It was built between 1846 and 1851. This arch style bridge was built with 26,021,000 bricks and is 574 metres long and has a height of 78 metres. It has 98 arches in total and carries two railway tracks.

    Volker used one of the regularly seen Flower definitives along with another stamp from 2017. It is 1 of 2 in a Baby Animals set.

Here`s another card from Ana showing scenes of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Ana used a really nice mini-sheet of 2 stamps issued in 2010. It was issued for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

It`s over to Africa for this next card, Ethiopia in fact. It`s a look at the stained glass window of Africa Hall. Africa Hall is the permanent headquarters of UNECA, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA is based in Addis Ababa. Africa Hall opened in 1961.
Bruce`s card shows a portion of the 150 square meter stained glass window in the foyer of Africa Hall. It was designed by the world famous Ethiopian artist Afewerk Tekle. The artwork is divided into three parts and tells the story of  `Africa Then ` , Africa Then and Now ` and `Africa Now and in the Future `.

Bruce used stamps from 2016 and 2018. The top stamp is from a set of 5 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.  The other stamp is 1 of 4 in a Waterfall set. Shown is Ajora Falls.

Here's one for all you Map people / collectors out there. The island of Sri Lanka. You can see the beaches, the airport, Botanical Gardens, the plantations, the National Parks and much more. Who needs a big map to unfold, just take this postcard.

Ravindra used 3 stamps on his card. The stamp on the left is from 2013 and celebrates the Life of Tissa Balasuriya. The top right stamp , from 2019, commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization. The bottom right stamp is 1 of a set issued in 2018 showcasing the Traditional Exorcism Ritual.

My next card doesn't look like much of a tourist attraction, but each to his own. Old industrial complexes  and expired mines can be interesting if they are safe. I guess that's the case in Lorraine where iron, coal and other minerals fueled many industries until the early 1970s.

Dominique used 2 older stamps on this card, which he often does. On the left is a Gallic Cock definitive from a set of 19. This set was issued first in Corsica following the Allied landings. It was later released in Paris on Nov. 15, 1944. The stamp on the right was issued in 1973 and commemorates the 46th Anniversary of the French Federation of Philatelic Societies Congress , in Toulouse.

With that, it's another wrap . Thanks for cards today go out to Ana, Jirina, Volker, Bruce, Ravindra, and Dominique. Thanks to anyone who's reading this, drop by again.
Take care.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rainy Day Cards

BLOG # 1005

Well it's that time again. Time for a new blog. My first card today is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It's a part view of Pociteli, a historic village located in the town of Capljina, on the left bank of the river Heretva, 30 km south of Mostar. It's population is roughly 870. Often called the Pearl of Herzegonina, many say it is not merely the  most beautiful village in Bosnia and Herzegovina but is one of the most beautiful villages in all of Europe.
At the top of the card you can see the Kula ( the Fort of Pocitelj ) the original structure is supposed to date back to the fortified citadel built by Bosnia's King Stjepan Tvrko in 1383. At lower right is Hajji Alija's Mosque. It was built in 1563.

Ana sent this card along, from a recent weekend getaway from Sarajevo. The stamp is from 2006 , 1 of 4, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the First EUROPA Stamps. It was issued by the Croatian Administration - HP Hrvatska Posta headquartered in Mostar.

My second card arrived from the southwest of the Netherlands. It is a photo taken by Swiss photographer Christian Coigy. He wrote " I like to know that people see a photo that has not been altered in any way, showing exactly what I see, despite the fact it is in black and white " .  Coigy has photographed many famous people, including Audrey Hepburn, Ben Kingsley, Dizzy Gillespie, Grace Jones, Lou Reed and Mikhail Baryshnikov. I don't know who the lady on the card is but the photographer has done many photos pictured from the back.

Monique used a stamp from a set of 10 issued in 2014 showing Dutch Icons.

I have a rather small blog today, so here is the last card and it's from France. It's a view of Balaruc les Bains, a commune in southern France. It is built on the banks of the Etang de Thau, the largest of a string of lagoons stretching along the French coast.

Jean Pierre used a 1997 stamp , from a set of 6, featuring Heroes of French Literature, and in this case, it's  Cyrano de Bergerac.

There it is , blog 1005 is complete. Thanks to Ana, Monique and Jean Pierre for their contributions.

On a personal note, I'm intended to take in my grand-son , Xander's soccer game this afternoon. But it is a totally miserable day here in southern Alberta, weather wise. It is pouring rain, blowing sideways and just 8 C. Not sure how that is going to turn out. But being the true soccer fan My Lovely Teena and I are, I guess we are going .
Take care and see you back here next week.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Victoria Day 2019

BLOG # 1004

Hello again, Happy Victoria Day to all the Canadians reading and Happy Monday to all the others. Yes today is Victoria Day , a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 24, in honour of Queen Victoria's Birthday. Usually we always see Queen Victoria as that old lady sitting in her chair with a long veil on the back of her head. Here's a postcard to show that she was indeed a younger lady in her day.

Victoria Day is informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada. I just wish someone had informed the weather department that this is the case. I am so tired of the rain and cold temperatures . It's going to be a short summer for sure.
Victoria Day has been observed in Canada since at least 1845.

Today I have five cards to highlight and none have any connection to Queen Victoria. So here goes.

This first card is a partial view of Lake Constance. This is a 63 km long central European lake that borders Germany , Austria , and Switzerland. As you can see, boating is quite popular on the lake. It's also possible to have a sightseeing flight aboard a Zeppelin around the lake if you have lots of euros. I think that would be cool.

Dominique used a stamp from last year, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of St. Peter's Cathedral in Worms.

My second card is from Orenburg, a city in southwest Russia. It shows a monument of Yuri Dolgorukiy on Tverskaya Street, Moscow. He was a Rurikid prince and ruled as the Grand Prince of Kiev. Yuri is considered the Founder of Moscow and his monument was erected in 1954.

Viko used a number of the 2009 Russian definitives which I don't usually show anymore, as we've all seen them many, many times. You see them this time , only because of the interesting way they are applied to the card.

Marilyn Monroe . What can I say about her that hasn't been said already ? Not a lot, I think. This postcard shows her posing for photographers while filming the subway grate scene in Manhattan. It's from the 1954 film Seven Year Itch.

Lorraine used the 2018 Global Forever Airmail stamp featuring a Poinsettia.

The Heritance Tea Factory Hotel is the subject of this next card. It is the most unique, highest located hotel in Sri Lanka. It is 1988 meters above sea level.

 This card is a little unique , in that it is from Sri Lanka but not from Ravindra. Thanks to Jobbo for this one. Jobbo used a 2016 Flowers of Sri Lanka stamp, 1 of 16 in the set.

It's time for today's last card. It arrived from France and is one more for my Airline / Aircraft card collection. This time it's an Air Atlantique ATR. 42 at Cherbourg Airport. Registered as F-GIIA this aircraft is one of the oldest ATR's ever built, in 1986. Her first flight was on 06/06/1986. Before this ATR 42 was F-GIIA, she was in service with Air Caladonia and Pan Am Express as F-ODGM.
Then in 1992 she was acquired by Air Atlantique as F-GIIA. In '97 she saw service at Air Gabon , in '99 it was back to Air Atlantique as F-GPIA. In 2004  she was stored at LBG - Paris Le-Bourget. In 2007 she was converted to a freighter for Arkas SA of Colombia. She met her demise in March of 2012 when she was scrapped. Quite a history indeed.

Jean Pierre used a stamp from the 2012 set of 12 , called Planetary Correspondences. A nice set for sure.

So ends my Victoria Day blog. Thanks for cards today go out to Dominique, Viko, Lorraine, Jobbo and Jean Pierre. This blog wouldn't happen without people like you, so thanks again. Take care, drop in again soon.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Four Cards From Four Postcard Friends

BLOG # 1003

Hello again, I trust all you Mothers out there survived and were all treated well.
I wonder if Mother's Day postcards exist today ? I know they did way back when. I have  one Mother's Day card in my collection,  a fairly old one I think. It may not have even been issued for Mother's Day per se. Have a look .

Now on to more current cards. I have four to have a look at this time. They arrived from Germany, Belgium, France and Sri Lanka, compliments of Dominique, Gerda, Jean Pierre and Ravindra. All good postcard friends.

Dominique's card shows Castle Neuschwanstein, built between 1869 and 1886 by King Ludwig II. Ludwig paid for the castle out of his personal fortune rather than Bavarian public funds. At the time of Ludwig's death the castle was far from complete. Sadley , he slept only 11 nights there. Since his death more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More tha 1.3 million visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in summer. A busy place indeed.

Canada isn't really a land of castles , I think we have just 3 . Casa Loma in Toronto and Hatley Castle and Craigdarroch Castle, both in Victoria.

Dominique used a stamp from 2018 commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Wormser Dom - St Peter's Cathedral in Worms, Germany.

My second card , shows a number of scenes in the Valley of the Zwatre Beek. The Zwarte Beek is a tributary of the Demer in the province of Limburg in Belgium. The Zwarte Beek brook valley is one of the most valuable brook valleys in the area. A number of rare vegetation types and some threatened species can be found here. It must be a beautiful area for a walk or a hike.

Gerda used 2 fine stamps on her card. On the left is 1 of 2 issued in 2006 , celebrtaing Hanseatic Towns, in this case Bruges. On the right, 1 of 5 issued this year celebrating Belgium in Space.

Today's 3rd card , from France , is another great addition to my Airlines / Aircraft Postcard Collection. It's a Boeing 737-300 in the livery of Air Guadeloupe. This aircraft F-OGRT is 27.6 years old. It has seen service with Air France, Ansett, Garuda, Sama and Transair Congo. Most interesting is that even though painted in Air Guadeloupe's attractive scheme, F-OGRT was never delivered to the airline, instead it became F-GHUN with Air France. Interesting fact, indeed.

Jean Pierre used a stamp from 1988 on this card. It is 1 of 12 in a  Communications-Comics set.

Now the last card for today. It's a look out from Pigeon's Nest Picnic Area , located on Pigeon Island, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island National Park is located here, 1 km off the coast. The island's name stems from the rock pigeon which has colonized it. The area became a national park in 2003 and was severely affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

Ravindra used a great selection of stamps. The yellow and blue stamps are from a set of 4 issued in 2014 for the Asia Pacific Postal Union meeting held in the country. The stamp on the far right is from this year and honours Cyril Ponnamperuma, scientist. The Ho Chi Minh stamp in the middle is from 2014 also.

There you have it, that's all for today. Thanks for cards go to Dominique, Gerda, Jean Pierre and Ravindra.
Just before I go, this is for Barbara. Your mint sheet will be on it's way soon.
Take care everyone.