Sunday, July 20, 2014


I'm back, it's been a while , 11 days in fact. I was away for a week , so that takes care of most of it. I have cards from Finland, Taiwan, Portugal, and Canada for this time. Let's start with the Canada card. It's of  a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Alberta, Canada.  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a buffalo jump located where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. It is one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps . The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific  and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site.

This card is from My Lovely Teena. We were lucky enough to visit Head-Smashed-In a couple of weeks ago. Teena always manages to send me a postcard from wherever we visit. She used one of the new UNESCO WHS definitive stamps issued by Canada post on March 31, 2014. There were 5 in the set and the one you see here shows Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories. Thanks Teena.

Now here's a card from Finland showing the Finlayson Factory area. James Finlayson, a Scottish Quaker is thought responsible for bringing the industrial revolution to the Tampere area.  The first factory was completed in 1823.

Paivi , who lives in northern Finland posted this card in Oulu. She used a sunflower shaped self adhesive from 2012. It is 1 of 2 in the set.

Next I have a train card for all you train enthusiasts out there. It's from Taiwan and shows an electric train on the left and an old steam train on the right.

Tobey used a recent Fruit definitive , 1 of 4 in the 2012 set.

This card from Espinho, Portugal is next. Espinho , a city of about 32,000 is a beach resort area with a casino located in the north east of the country.  On the card we see a nice fresh fruit market.


One of four Lavadas stamps from 2012 was used . The "Levadas" are a remarkable  irrigation system that was developed in the 16th century by the first settlers to distribute water from the high mountain springs to the slopes and valleys.

Well, that's the update for this time. Hope you enjoyed reading and hope you will come back again. Thanks for cards to My Lovely Teena, Tobey, and Paivi. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More July

Here we go again. A few more cards to have a look at.

The first card for today comes from Gourock, Scotland, a small town on the west coast . Gourock sits on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde, 28 miles west of Glasgow..  Its principal function today,  is as a popular residential area,  with a railway terminus and ferry services across the Clyde. Gourock has one of the two remaining public outdoor swimming pools in Scotland, having been built in 1909. Alan's card gives us a look at the Forth Rail Bridge. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most iconic feats of engineering in Great Britain. It was completed in 1889 and was the first major structure to be built of steel in the country. The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of central Edinburgh. It was opened on 4 March 1890 and spans a total length of 8,296 feet.

 Alan used 2 Machin definitives on his card . The one on the left was issued in 2010 and the one on the right in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

  Before we leave Scotland, one wonders whether Scotland will be the latest "new country " for us collectors. I guess we'll all be watching how the Scottish Independence referendum  goes on September 18th.

My second card arrived  from Ireland. It 's a card showing Mater, the Pixar character in the 2006 animated  film Cars. Sir Tow mater or simply Mater's  design is based on a 1951 International Harvester boom truck. Mater's driving skills include a claim to be "the world's best backwards driver." Anyone remember Mater saying "My name's Mater... Yeah, like tuh-mater, but without the tuh" , or "Git-R-Done", or "I don't care who you are; that's funny right there".

 Gleb who lives in Cork sent this card. He used a small 2013 self adhesive stamp featuring a Beadlet Anemone.

The Grand Haven South Pier Lights and lighted catwalk in Michigan is the subject of this next card. It is the focal point of Grand Haven's waterfront.  Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and  is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River.
The Grand Haven Lighthouses were first built in 1839 on the south pier marking the channel into the river. The current lighthouses, painted red, were built in 1875 (outer light) and 1905 (inner).

Sara used 2 stamps from 2013. On the left is a self adhesive Butterfly and on the right is the Hello, I'm Johnny Cash stamp.

Okay, here's the final card for today, and it's from the Czech Republic. It shows the old train station in Beroun, a town in the Central Bohemian district of the country. It is located about 30 kilometers southwest of Prague. It has about 19,000 residents. The card shows the railway station as it was back in the 1920s. It was replaced in the 1960s with a more modern building.


Gabi's stamp is from 2012, 1 of 2 issued showing paintings of the Czech painter Alfons Mucha.

 There you have it, a rather large stamp when compared to the small one from Ireland I showed earlier.

That does it for this update. Thanks to Gabi, Sara, Gleb and Alan for their contributions.  I wouldn't be here without people like them.. Thanks for reading, and as I always say, leave a comment if you have one , and even if you don't.  Take care.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Another July Post

Hello again, I think it's time for another blog update. I haven't received many cards lately, they have slowed to a trickle actually. Not to fear, I have lots on hand from the past that still haven't made it online. Until now that is. My first card arrived from the Netherlands, but is of Borkum. Borkum is an island and a municipality in the Leer District in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany. It is the largest and westernmost of the East Frisian Islands  in the North Sea. Located around 30 kilometres from the mainland, the island of Borkum is Germany's most north-westerly point.

Alma used a couple of older Netherlands stamps on her card.  The top stamp was issued in 1983 to show the Symbolic Separation of Church. The middle stamp,  from 1984, is 1 of 2 issued that year in the Europa series. The bottom stamp , also from 1983, commemorates the Royal Dutch Touring Club's Centenary.

My second card today is from Canton, China, and is entitled "Hey, I'm Swimming To You ". All I see are two birds in a tree. Guess I'm not the romantic type after all.


I really have no idea who sent this card but the stamp is from 2002. It is 1 of 2 definitives issued that year showing Birds.

Here's a card showing a busy market in Ghana. It didn't arrive from Ghana of course, it arrived from Taiwan. Apparently Taiwan's university does volunteer work down in Ghana.

Anjan used a Bird stamp and a Flower stamp on this card. The bird stamp was issued this year and is from a set of 4 showing Pheasants. The Flower stamp if from a set of 8 issued in 2999.

This next card arrived from Beijing, China. It shows a rather impressive gate, but of what , I know not. If you recognize it, leave a comment .

Xiao used 2 stamps. On the left is a 2009 stamp marking 10 Years of the Return of Macau. There were 3 in the set. The stamp on the right was issued in 2013 and is 1 of a set of 12 Flower stamps.

Next up is a card issued in 1980 showing a painting from 1911. It is the work of Ilya Ivanovich Mashkow ( 1881-1944 ) . It is titled "Portrait of a Lady With Pheasants ".

This card is from Estonia and  Kipsi used a wonderful 2013 Year of The Snake stamp.

I think that about does it for this time. Thanks for cards go to Alma, Anjan, Xiao and Kipsi.
Hope you enjoyed your time here and that you will come back again. Enjoy your cards.

Friday, July 4, 2014

I'm A Little Late for the Start of July

Howdy folks. I know , it's the 4th of July, I'm a little late starting July. It's been busy, I guess that's the reason. July 1st was Canada Day , with all the festivities that go with that. Today is the first day of the 102nd Calgary Stampede, often called The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. That means 10 days of partying , cowboys, free pancake breakfasts all over town, horses showing up anywhere and shouts of YAHOO everywhere. But I'm not complaining,  it has been really hot here for a week or so and no end in sight. Like I said, I'm not complaining, because before you know it, snow will be flying, by late September or early October for sure.

So let's get to postcards. First up is a really nice card of Gorey Castle in Jersey, Channel Islands. Gorey Castle or Mont Orgueil is a castle in Jersey , which overlooks the harbour of  Gorey.  It was built between 1204 and 1450. Over the years it has been used as a barracks, a prison and a museum.

This card is compliments of Jean Pierre. He used 3 different topical stamps. On the left is a 1998 Seabirds stamp , 1 of 8 in the set. In the middle is a Flower definitive, issued in 2006 , 1 of a set of 8. On the right is a Dragonflies issue , from 2013, part of a set of 6.


You know , as a longtime stamp collector, and a postcard collector, it doesn't get much better than this card. It's a really attractive  card, then you flip it over , and it gets even better. Three different stamps, all spaced perfectly and all with clear , concise cancellations. Thanks Jean Pierre.

My next card arrived from Germany. It is a photo called Seaside by Paul Schafer.  I'm not sure where this happens to be, but is is a nice sandy beach area.

This is another card from Fati. She used one of the often seen Flower definitives along with 2 copies of a 2012 stamp commemorating Matthaus Daniel Poppelmann. He was a German master builder who helped to rebuild Dresden after the fire of 1685. 


My final card for today comes from Ukraine. It shows us Olesko Castle. The Olesko Castle is located within the borders of the present-day Busk Raion in Ukraine. The first historical records of the castle are in a document dated 1390, when Pope Boniface IX gave Halych, a Catholic bishop, this castle as a gift. It is located about seventy-five kilometers from Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine. Today, it is a museum, displaying the collections of antique furnishings and art dating from the 16th-17th centuries. It also features sculptures, paintings, tapestries, period weapons, and objects used in everyday life at the time. Its collection is regarded as one of the richest treasury of Polish art outside borders of Poland.

A PostCrosser from Lutsk  named Olga sent this card along.  She used an E rate definitive from 2007.

Well there you have it, another update to GemsWorldPostcards. Thanks for dropping by, see you again soon.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

One More June Update

Hello again postcard people. Here is another June update. My first card arrived from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It's a multi- view card showing the Burj Al Arab Hotel, The Palm, sand dunes and a couple of locals ( camels) .

This card arrived as a bit of a surprise. It is from Fati, a PostCrosser , from Germany. She just recently traveled to Dubai , where she is starting a number of months of travel. Fati earlier sent a correspondence saying I could expect a number of postcards from her over the coming months. Sounds like music to my ears.  Fati used a 2013 stamp , 1 of 4 in a set , that commemorates the 10th Year of the Dubai International Film Festival. 

My next card shows and is from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. The view on this card shows just how large and  important a port it is.

I've had this card from Bruce for quite a while now, almost a year. Just getting around to showing it . Bruce was attending the International Congress of Vexillology  in Rotterdam. Vexillology - I had to look that one up  for sure !  It's the study of the history , symbolism and usage of flags, or any interest in flags in general. Who knew ? Bruce, I guess that makes you a vexillologist or a vexillophile.
Bruce used a 2011 Environment  stamp, 1 of 2 self adhesives in the set.

Here's  a card from Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin d√©partement. Dominique's card gives a look at Strasbourg Cathedral. Construction started on it in 1015 and ended in 1439. Today it is the sixth-tallest church  in the world and the highest still-standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages.

Dominique used a 2013 stamp featuring Bernard de Clairvaux, a French abbot.

Now a card from a PostCrosser in Amersfoort, Netherlands. Amersfoort is a municipality and the second largest city of the province of Utrecht in central Netherlands. The city is growing quickly but has a well-preserved and protected medieval centre. The city celebrated its 750th birthday in 2009. The card shows the Koppelpoort. The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the  town .  Completed around 1425, the gate combines land- and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450.

Martine used a small selection of stamps, 2 regular postage and 1 semi-postal. The center stamp, the semi-postal,  was issued in 1984 , 1 of 4 featuring Comic Strips. The surtax was in support of Child Welfare. The stamp on the left was issued in 1993 , 1 of 3 in a Butterflies set. The stamp on the right, also issued in 1993 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Wageningen University .

 And the final card for this time is from China. On it we see visitors walking in Chengde Mountain Resort. The Mountain Resort in Chengde or Ligong, is a large complex of imperial palaces and gardens situated in the city of Chengde in Hebei, China. In December 1994 the Mountain Resort was listed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.

 Wei used 2 stamps on this postcard. On the left is 1 of a set of 3 issued in 2012 featuring Merchant Trade. The stamp on the right, also issued in 2012, is some sort of Lottery Stamp. Not quite sure of the details on this one.


That's it for this time. Thanks for cards go to Wei, Dominique, Bruce, Fati and Martine. Thanks for reading and with luck I should get one more update in before July rolls in. Take care.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three cards

Hello again. I'm back with 3 more cards . The first one is a shaped postcard, in the shape of a London Bus.  The London Bus is one of London's principal icons, the red rear-entrance Routemaster being recognised worldwide. Although the Routemaster has now been largely phased out of service, with only two heritage routes still using the vehicles,the majority of buses in London are still red and therefore the red double-decker bus  remains a widely recognised symbol of the city.

Now I'm not one to talk but doesn't that chap sitting in the window seat on top look like Charles, The Prince of Wales. I'm not sure how this will scan , but if you click on the image, you might see some resemblance. I didn't know the Royals took the bus !

David , who recently visited London sent this card along. Be sure to check out his great Postcard and Travel Blog here.  He used a regional definitive , along with a new 2014 stamp highlighting the British movie "A Matter of Life and Death ". It is from a set of 6. The definitive was issued for England.

This second card arrived from Scotland. It shows a painting called '" Wild Blue Flowers " , a watercolour by Sophie Appleton.

Joan, a PostCrosser from Scotland, used a couple of the Machin definitives along with a 2013 Butterfly stamp. It is from a set of 10 .

Here's a card from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The church has been called "one of the most endearing" of the city's landmarks.It was  built over the course of several decades in the first half of the 20th century. The church building is topped with an elaborate crown, "allegedly designed to resemble a tiara worn by Carlota, one of Emperor Maximilian's mistresses".

This one arrived with 2 copies of the 2013 Friendship Day stamp. I do believe Friendship Day is the Mexican equivalent of Valentine's Day. 

That's the end of another fine update. Thanks for cards go out to David and Joan. Take care now and be sure to come back again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer's First Update

Summer has officially arrived and with that , it is more difficult to spend time here on the blog. I want to be outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine, but GemsWorldPostcards must go on. My cards for today come from France, Belgium, Denmark, Scotland and Mexico.
Let's start with France. It's another Airline postcard for my Airlines and Aircraft Collection. This time it's an  Air Liberte MD-83 at Orly Airport. Air Liberte was founded in France in July of 1987.  It mainly operated to destinations in European and Mediterranean holiday resorts, however it had some intercontinental routes.The airline experienced some ups and downs ( no pun intended ) and despite government aid, was forced to declare bankruptcy in August 2002. During its 15 year history , Air Liberte operated a number of different aircraft types, including A300s, A310s, ATR42s, B737s, DC-10s, MD-82s and the aforementioned MD-83s.The particular aircraft shown , F-GHEB, was stored in 2009 after seeing service with Air Liberte, Khors Air, Daallo Airlines and Aeropostal.

Fabienne used a number of wonderful stamps including a great Aviation Stamp from 1980. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the First Non-Stop Paris to New York flight, in 1930. The pilots were Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte and it took them 27 hours and 18 minutes. The small stamp in the middle is a 2013 Marianne definitive, 1 of 14 in the set. The stamp on the right , also from 2013 , is 1 of 4 Fashion stamps in a set. Fabienne collects UNESCO World Heritage Site postcards and has a wonderful blog about them  here .

My second card today arrived from Charleroi, Belgium. It's a city  located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.. Heavy fighting  took place in this area during World War I due to the city's strategic location on the Sambre. Johan's card shows some of the equipment of war used in and around Normandy  in 1944 during World War II.

Johan used a recent World Cup of Hockey stamp. The 2014 Hockey World Cup was held from 31 May to 15 June 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. To us Canadians that's one strange looking hockey stick, though. I know , I know , Field Hockey , right ?  Be sure to check out Johan's great postcard blog right here .

Here's a card from Denmark. My fourth one actually. I haven't received very many cards from there, four in eight years. I should be able to do better than that, don't you think ? This card gives us a look at the Horsens Theatre, built in 1909. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1992.   Bob Dylan, Madonna and The Rolling Stones have all given concerts in Horsens. The city, which was founded in the 12th century , has a population of approximately 56,000 is about 200 km from Copenhagen.

This is a card from Hans. This is a case of first contact. I guess he read this blog and decided to send a postcard. If that is the case, thanks Hans and check your mail in a week or so. Hans used a nice selection of stamps. On the left is a recent 2014 stamp, 1 of 2 in the Norden set. In the center are a number of Wavey Line definitives. Interestingly these Wavey Line stamps have been issued since 1905. The last 2 stamps on the right are 2 of the Hans C. Andersen issue from 2012.

I think that will do for this time. I had 2 more cards set for this time , but the sunshine is calling me out. It's just too good  to be inside here typing this out. 
See you again soon.