Monday, October 13, 2014

Dale's Cards

I'm back again and so soon. First of all , Happy Thanksgiving , yes it's Thanksgiving Day here in Canada . A day of being thankful for what one has and the bounty of the previous year. We celebrate it by spending time with Family, feasting on turkey and often with weekend getaways. A Good day all around but not so for turkeys. I could put up a few Thanksgiving themed postcards but have decided against that this year. It's regular postcards for today.

As the title of today's update reads, these are all going to be from my brother Dale. They arrived  from Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Copenhagen.  So you can see, he does get around.

We'll start with the Rio card. This one arrived mid August. It''s an official FIFA postcard. In addition to the usual Rio scenery , the card also has the Official Emblem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was held in Brazil. Dale wrote that the city was crazy - wild with people, excitement and traffic !


Most of the cards I receive from Brazil have small uninteresting stamps and this one is no exception. It's too bad too, as I know Brazil issues nice, large and interesting stamps, as I see them in my online stamp catalogue. But for whatever reason they never seem to be available at local post offices down there. The stamp used here is 1 of 4 issued back in 2009 to celebrate postal service. Even for such a celebration, the stamps were boring. Don't get me wrong , I'm not saying this is a problem only in Brazil - Canada is just as guilty. Just try buying a nice stamp here and 9 times out of 10 , they are no longer available. But the small uninteresting ones are always available. Why do you think this is ? Sorry for my little rant there, here's the stamps Dale used.



My second card is from The Netherlands - Amsterdam and shows Dam Square.  Dam Square, or simply the Dam, is a town square in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Its buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city. The dam's main square became a "national" square well known to nearly everyone in the Netherlands. It has frequently been the location of demonstrations and events of all kinds, and a meeting place for many people. The National Monument in the center of the square was added in 1956.




I'm not one to talk as you might well know, but I believe what I just ranted about Brazil stamps applies to the Netherlands stamps too. I guess I'll leave it at that. This is 1 of 5 International Rate stamps showing Dutch Symbols, issued this current year.



We're off to Saint Petersburg next. Here we see The Church of the Resurrection or ( Church of the Spilled Blood ). This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. Construction began in 1883  and  progressed slowly and was finally completed in 1907.



It's quite obvious today is not going to be a banner stamp day. Need I say more, I think not ?  Here we have 2 of 12 definitives showing the buildings and architecture of The Kremlin.



After St. Petersburg Dale traveled on to Helsinki, Finland and his next card shows us the Central Railway Station in that city.  The station is used by approximately 200,000 passengers per day, making it Finland's most-visited building.The station building was inaugurated in 1919. It was chosen as one of the world's most beautiful railway stations by the BBC in 2013.


Well what do we have here ? Another case of Inconsiderate Defacing , this time from Finland. So it's not just something that happens in Canada, as I mentioned in my Tuesday, October 7 blog.  The stamp is 1 of 3 in a 2013 Fruits set. 

 
Pen cancels - how I hate you.

Denmark is next with this Greetings From Copenhagen card. Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark, and second largest in Scandinavia, with an urban population of 1,246,611 and a metropolitan population of 1,975,361.  It was founded as a Viking village in the 12th century.



Now , finally stamp-wise ,  we have 2 stamps on this card.  Both are definitives, not that there is anything wrong with that.





There you have it, one more update. Thanks to Dale for all these cards.
See you again soon.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Diego, Durban,Fort Ticonderoga, Horgen and a LH A320

Hello , time for another update. My cards today are highlighted in the title above.
My first card  is from San Diego and gives us a look at Balboa Park . This is a 1,200 acre urban park in san Diego. It contains open spaces, gardens, forested areas, walking paths, museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo. The park hosted the 1915-16 Panama - California Exposition and the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition. Even though the park dates from 1868, preparations for the 1915 Expo created much of the park's present day look . It was named Balboa Park in 1910 after Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to cross central America and see the Pacific Ocean.

 

Erin , who recently stumbled upon my blog sent this card along. Hope she becomes a regular follower. She used a couple of 2014 stamps including 2 copies of the Hummingbird self adhesive coil and 1 of 16 stamps from the set of Vintage Circus Posters. This circus set is a pretty attractive set of stamps , one I think I will have to add to my collection.



Let's move now to Durban, South Africa. Bruce's card shows Zulu ricksha "pullers " dressed in painted horns, colourful beads and sheepskin leggings. I believe this is my first Durban related card, I've had many from South Africa over the years , but not Durban.  Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. The city is a cosmopolitan city of over three million people.



Bruce used a 2010 Airmail Postcard rate stamp , from a quite large set of 27 definitives featuring Handicrafts.




Here's another card from the U.S, this time from New York. It features Fort Ticonderoga and 3 aircraft from the Vermont Air National Guard on a training mission.  Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York in the United States. It was constructed between 1755 and 1757 during the Seven Years' War .




Joe used a number of stamps here including 3 older airmail stamps. One doesn't often see airmail stamps anymore. Included are the 31 cent Plane, Globes and Flag issue from 1976, the 1964 8 cent Robert Goddard issue and the 1958 7 cent blue Jet stamp. Those 3 stamps have a face value of 46 cents but unused as they were before going on my card, they had a combined catalogue value of $3.30  . So thank you Joe for theses fine stamps. Also used were 2 Snowflake Holiday stamps from 2006.

 

This next card, whiled mailed from Lachen, Switzerland actually shows Horgen, Switzerland. Horgen is a municipality in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. It is one of the larger towns along the south bank of the Lake of Zurich.



A new blog reader named Zdanka sent this card. Zdanka used 2 of 3 stamps celebrating 100 Years of the Swiss Postbus, which were issued in 2006 . Also used is a 2014 Mushrooms stamp from a set of 4.


My last card for today is from Germany and shows a Lufthansa Airbus A320.  This aircraft is 37.57 m in length , has a wing span of 34.10 m and cruises at a speed of 840 km/h. It has a maximum range of 4,900 km . A great addition to my Aircraft/Airline Postcard Collection.



A Postcrosser called Andre used a nice selection of stamps on this one. On the left are 2 fine Aviation Stamps, featuring an A320 and a LH B747. They were issued in 1988 and 1980 respectively. He also used a flower definitive and a 20111 stamp featuring the work of a German cartoonist known as Loriot.



There you go , another update complete. Thanks for today's cards go to Erin, Bruce, Joe, Zdanka and Andre. Hope you enjoyed reading and seeing the cards and stamps. As always, comments are welcome.
Thanks for all the comments left on my last couple of blogs - Francis, Angela, Micheal, Leslie, Laura, Johan, Ana, David, Daniel and  TomoyoHime - sorry I don't know your name.  At least with all these comments, I know that someone is reading me.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Another Lot of Good Cards

Hello and Happy World Post Day to all the Postcard people out there.  World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.

I should mention also that it's International Postcard Week 2014 ( Oct 5-11 ) . So my all means , keep mailing postcards, that way , you support the UPU and take part in International Postcard Week.

Now on to a few postcards that have traveled through the postal system.

My first card today is the Doors of Dublin, showing traditional Georgian doorways.



David sent this card from Dublin. He used a First Day of Issue Miniature Sheet of 2 different stamps  , issued June 12, 2014 , commemorating the first year that Ireland hosted the World Flower Show. The stamps are cancelled "Baile Atha Cliath " meaning "town of the hurdled ford ", which is the common name for the city of Dublin in modern Irish.

 

Postcard 2 is from Stockholm, Sweden, and shows Stockholm City Hall. Opened in 1923  it stands on the eastern tip of Kungsholmen island, next to Riddarfjärden's northern shore and facing the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in Scandinavia, with 905,184 people living in the municipality, approximately 1.4 million in the urban area, and a total population close to 2.2 million in the metropolitan area. The city is also a water city - built on 14 islands. 



This card if from my brother Dale who visited and cruised over that way in August. He used a 2014 self adhesive Dragonfly stamp. 

  

A card from Tallinn, Estonia is next. It shows Lauluvaljak - the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. This is where the Estonian Song Festival is held every five years. 



This is another card from frequent contributor Meelis, who used a 2014 Year of the Horse stamp.   



This next card is from Andorra, via the French postal system. On it we see Escaldes i Engordany, at an altitude of 1029 m.  Escaldes-Engordany is one of the parishes of Andorra. The parish is composed of the areas of les Escaldes, Engordany, Els Vilars d'Engordany, Engolasters, and El Fener. As of 2011 it  had a  population of 14,395.



Fabienne, check out her great postcard blog  here ,  used a 2014 topical stamp featuring a 1917 La Hispano, Guadalajara.



It's time for the last card for today. It is another  card from my brother Dale. This one is from Tallinn Estonia and shows  Raekoja plats. Raekoja plats is a town square beside Tallinn Town Hall in the center of the Tallinn Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia . 



Dale used a 2013 stamp featuring a 1944 Elmar Kits painting called After Dinner. He also included a larger impression of the painting.


Well, that's it for this time. Hope someone out there enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed doing it. I'm open to any comments you might want to leave.
Thanks for the cards go to David, Dale, Meelis, Fabienne and Dale one more time.
See you next time.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Couple More Cards


Hello again. A few more cards that arrived these past weeks to have a look at. My first card is from Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. This is a spa town of about 50,000 located in western Bohemia, on the confluence of the rivers Ohre and Tepla., about 130 km west of Prague. It is historically famous for its hot springs. The card gives us a look at one of the hot springs from 1910.

 

This is another card from Dominique. He used a 2014 Automobile stamp from a set of 2 in a Transport issue. The other is a Ship stamp.



Next up is a card from Cattolica, Italy. This is a town and comune in the province of Rimini with just over 16,000 inhabitants. On Johan's card we can see The Fountain of Sirens statute . Located in the town square, the fountain represents three sirens wrapped in soft and sensual drapes.




Johan used 3 stamps from 2013 on this card. They are from a set of 15 issued showcasing Italian wine and vineyards.



 Here's another card from Johan. This one is from Ireland - Dublin  At Night, an experience I'm sure. Dublin is spread over the valley of the river Liffey, with the Wicklow Hills to the south.



Johan used a new 2014 WWI stamp showing The Real Irish Spirt. It is from a set of 2.



Who's up for a Big Thrill now ? Here's the newest thrill in the Canadian Rockies. The Glacier Skywalk. Located on the Icefields Parkway south of Jasper, this glass-floored observation platform hovers 918 feet above Sunwapta Valley.   The glass floor is 3.81 cm thick. This latest attraction opened in May of this year after 2 years of construction and $21 million in  costs. My Lovely Teena and I experienced this in early September on our way to B.C.




Teena sent me this card and she used a new Shania Twain stamp , from the Canadian Country Artists set of 5 issued on July 31st.


I'm not too happy about the ink pen stroke used to cancel the stamp, though . Inconsiderate defacing is what I call it. What do you think of this type of cancel ?


A group of elephants is called a parade, or so I believe. That's what we have on this next card. An African Experience, from Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is thought that elephants can communicate with one another over many kilometres and that they have an emotional awareness unlike any other animal.




And, what else would you put on an elephant postcard but an elephant stamp ? That's what Bruce did, he used a 2014 Big Five stamp issued in May.




The Battery, a small cliffside neighbourhood in  St. John's , Newfoundland is showcased on my next card. The Battery owes its name to fortifications which once guarded the entrance to St. John's Harbour.



This card comes compliments of my son and his family who visited Newfoundland in July. Thanks Stephen , Sara and grandkids Evan and Ryann. The stamp used is one from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada set of 5 issued in March of this year. This one shows Miguasha National Park in Quebec.


I think that's  just about enough for this time. I had a couple more set to go, but I'll save them for the next update. Thanks for today's cards go to Dominique, Johan, Johan again, My Lovely Teena, Bruce , Stephen and family.
Take care, enjoy your cards.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I'm Really Back

Is anybody out there ? I haven't been active here since mid August , so I wonder is anyone is reading this. I just haven't had the time for blogging, what with the move out, traveling and then the move in and setting up a new home. Then in mid Sept I flew back east to Newfoundland for 10 days. We are just about done so I thought I would attempt a little blog this evening. I have lots of new cards, having received 32 in total since my last update.
By the way, my new address is over on the left.

Let's start with a card from Andorra ( the Spanish part ).  Fabienne's card shows a stone bridge near the French Spanish border.

Fabienne has a great World Heritage postcard blog here. The Andorra Spanish Post stamp used on this card was issued this year and celebrates Radio Andorra.



My next card is from Paris, France. It shows La Grande Arche de la Defense. The monument is located in the commune of Puteaux, to the west of Paris. It was completed in 1989. It is in the shape of a cube, 110m by 110m by 110m.



Jean Pierre used a wonderfully long stamp celebrating 80 years of the Paris Zoo this year. 



Now here's a card from Riga, Latvia showing a large rock split down the middle. Meelis found this card at the Riga Airport.



Couple of large stamps on this one. On the left is 1 of 3 in a 2014 Aviation set. This one features Air Baltic. A fine stamp for my Aviation Topical collection. The 2nd stamp features Imants Ziedonis, a Latvian poet.






I have one ore card for this time. I have to ease back into it slowly, you know. This last card is from Algeria in North Africa. Fati's card shows us Timimoun, a town of just under 30,000 famous for the red ochre color of its buildings. 


On this card we see a 2006 stamp celebrating co-operation with China .



That's the new update. If you are reading , thanks for dropping by.  Be sure to take note of my new address over on the left side at the top.