Monday, April 21, 2014

The No Titled Post

Hello again postcard lovers. Today I have another fine helping of postcards from all around. My first card is from Portland, OR, U.S.A. but shows a scene of Denali National Park in Alaska. It's a Cessna !85 , belonging to K2Aviation, on wheels and skies flying over a side valley of Kahiltna Glacier with the South face of Mt. Mckinley in the background.



Francis loaded this card up with a fine bunch of stamps. Starting on the left is 1 of 2 stamps issued to commemorate the Apollo Soyuz Space Project back in 1975. It was a joint issue with the Soviet Union. Just below is a 1976 stamp celebrating 50 Years of Commercial Aviation. Then there are 2 stamps from 1978 highlighting  Capt. James Cook 's travels to Alaska and Hawaii. In the top right are 3 stamps from 1976 commemorating the U.S. Bicentennial. Finally we have 3 definitives including the A Rate Eagle stamp from 1978, the Navajo Jewelry issue from 2006 and the American Clock from 2003. Ten stamps in all, that's enough to qualify as a mini U.S. collection in itself.



Francis has a fine postcard blog called "the-geo-nerd" which you can find right here.


Back on March 22nd I showed a card of the Penny, B.C. Post Office. Well today it's the Longworth, B.C. Post Office. The building styles look like they are the worth of the same "architect".    Longworth is a community located between Sinclair Mills and Penny on the north bank of the Fraser River in central British Columbia. Via Rail's Jasper – Prince Rupert train calls at the Longworth railway station.



Angie used 1 of the 5 Canadian Pride Flag Use stamps issued in 2013.



Here's a card from Luxembourg showing a series of just book spines and titles. Not a lot to say about this one, other than I don't receive many cards from there.



Frank used a 2011 stamp celebrating the 90th birthday of Grand Duke jean of Luxembourg. 
He reigned from 1964 to 2000. He is the father of the current ruler, Grand Duke Henri, and the son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.



Now for a card from Ukraine. It shows a hand holding an alarm clock. You know what they say about clocks - even a broken one is right twice a day. This one says it's twenty after ten, I just hope that's not symbolic for Ukraine, I really hope time isn't running out for them. 



Elena used a nice selection of stamps on her card .  On the top left is an Easter stamp , on the top right a Christmas stamp , both from 2013. The middle stamp is titled My Beautiful Ukraine , issued in 2012. 
Lastly is a Fruit and Tree definitive from the 2012 set of 13. 


A large multi view card from Iceland is up next. It's the last card for today. Iceland is one of those countries from which I haven't received all that many cards . Lots to see on this card including a map, waterfalls, street scenes and a city view. Also in the center of the card is the Sun Voyager. Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnason  (1931 - 1989). Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. It is a common misunderstanding that Sun Voyager is a Viking ship. It is quite understandable that many tourists think  this when travelling in Iceland. Nonetheless,  this was not the original intention.


Stefan, who lives in the capital Reykjavik is quite the postcarder. He has a number of Postcrossing accounts and all are quite heavily  used. His stamp is a 2013 Europa issue featuring  Postal Transport. It is from a set of 2.



 There you have it, another update . Thanks to Elena, Frank, Angie, Francis and Stefan for their cards. Drop by again soon. Take care.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Snowy Day Post

Yes, as the title above implies , it's another snowy day here in southern Alberta. It snowed yesterday, it's been snowing all day today, and it's snowing now today, as heavy as any time this past winter. It's truly a winter wonderland out there. Beautiful but  I've already shoveled the drive and walk once today, I'm sure I'll have to do it again later. Enough about that, let's move on to a great snowy day activity -- postcards.

My first postcard for this time comes from Santa Ana , California, a place where I'm sure it's not snowing today. The card says "the locals are friendly " but be careful in the water. I believe that's Goofy in the water with Mickey , acting as a lifeguard in the top right corner.

 
  Yes, this card is from The Magic Kingdom. My grandson Evan and my granddaughter Ryann were lucky enough to spend some time in California a short time ago, along with their parents. So a postcard to Pop and Nan was high on the agenda.  The card arrived with 3 of 4 of the Flags For All Seasons , Forever stamps issued in 2013.






Up next is another great card for my Airline / Aircraft Postcard Collection. A Boeing 747-200 is an excellent addition. This one is in Lufthansa livery. Aircraft D-ABYY was the first 747 to wear Lufthansa's new colours back in '89. This aircraft also saw service with German Cargo Airline and Lufthansa Cargo. It was finally sold to Southern Air in Aug of 2000.



Meelis used 2 nice stamps from 2013. Both are Views stamp, one a beach sunset and the other a mountains view.







My third card is of Lille, France. On the card is the Opera building  to the right and the Chamber of Commerce Building on the left.  Lille is a city in the North of France. It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in France after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. The city is  situated in French Flanders,   near France's border with Belgium. 




Dominique , who was a recent visitor to Lille sent this card. He used a 2013 stamp featuring French politician Gaston Doumergue ( 1863-1937 ) .



Here's a card of a retro railway poster from the 1920's promoting trips to the Belgian coast. La Panne
 is the most western town of Belgium on the North Sea  before the French border. It's a resort area with a wide beach and where yachting is quite popular. 



Monique used 2 stamps, one from 2013 and the other from 1963. The stamp on the left is 51 years old and commemorates the 40th Anniversary of SABENA, the Belgian Airline. The stamp shows a Sabena Sud Aviation Caravelle, and I can say that's an airplane type that I have flown on with TAP Airlines of Portugal. . The other stamp is 1 of 5 issued to celebrate Belgian Chocolate. 



That's a great stamp for my Aviation Stamp Collection.


It's still snowing heavy here, so this card will give you some idea what it's looks like outside my window, minus the streetcar of course. The card comes from Jamsa in central Finland, but shows a streetcar in Helsinki, the capital. 

  

Anni used a recent 2014 stamp , issued  March 3rd to honor Finland's two gold medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. They are cross country skiers Sami Jauhojarvi and Livo Niskanen. The non denominated first-class stamp shows them holding their gold medals. 



I was going to show one more card but I will save it for the next time. That's all for today. Thanks going out to Anni, Monique, Dominique, Meelis and of course Evan and Ryann. Great cards all around. Any Comments ? 

Oh yes, Happy Easter to all who celebrate. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Card # 3500 and More

It's been a week since my late update.Time to get back in the saddle and talk postcards. My first card for today is the 3500th card I have received since I started collecting way back on March 9, 2006. This card arrived on April 9th from Romania. That's 3500 postcards in 2953 days, just a little over  8 years. That's 3500 postcards from Postcrossing participation, swaps, requests and other unsolicited arrivals.   The card is entitled "Return to the Village " and shows a number of men returning home after a hard day working  in the forests in the Bucovina region of Romania. Bukovina is a historical region in Central Europe, currently divided between Ukraine and Romania. The photo is by and copyrighted to Marius Vasiliu. He is a fellow Postcrosser and I have secured his permission to use his picture here. Marius wrote that he loves the old rural way of life and that is quite obvious when looking at his pictures.



The 4 Flowers & Clocks stamps that Marius used are from 12 issued in 2013. 



Next is a lighthouse card for all the lighthouse enthusiasts out there. This one is San Diego Light and it is located Cape San Diego.
Cape San Diego  is  located in Gongliao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan . The cape is the easternmost point of the main Taiwan island, and also the easternmost cape of Taiwan.



Jerry used 3 quite recent stamps on his card. On the left is 1 of 4 Fruit stamps issued in 2013. On the top right is a Lighthouse stamp from a 2014 set of 4. The bottom right stamp , is also from a 2014 set of 4 , featuring Corals.



Here's a card for all the legmen out there, or perhaps it's for the antique telephone collectors or just for the lamp lovers. Take your pick, all I know is that's it's a Hallmark card from the Netherlands.

 

Hester's stamp choice was a 2013 self adhesive definitive featuring King Willem-Alexander.

 

A day in retirement might be the subject of this next card. What better way is there to spend a day than casting out a line and wishing you might bring home supper ?



Kate used a nice selection of stamps. The large Whale stamp was issued in 2012 and is from a set of 2. Just a beautiful stamp , this one. The right stamp on the top was issued in 2004 and is 1 of 3 in a set called Ladies & Horses. Lastly, the small definitive is from a set of 15 Animals issued in 2008.



Rolling in through the snow next is a Blue Train from Russia. The card comes from Tyumen. Tyumen is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 2,500 kilometers east of Moscow. Tyumen was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 , the city has remained one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Ural Mountains.



Darja's stamps include 1 of 5 in a minisheet of Olympic Sports Legends from Russia. This particular one features Evgeny Grishin, the famous speed skater. The stamp on top right was issued in a souvenir sheet of 3 and highlights Tzarskoe Selo Palace. It was issued in 2006.






   Now for a little pin - up. This little lady talking on the phone came all the way from Moscow.



Daria used a 2014 Olympic stamp featuring Luge.



I have just one more card for today. What better way to end than with a nice Airline / Aircraft postcard. This one features an Aeroflot Yak 42. The Yakovlev Yak-42 is a 100/120-seat three-engined mid-range passenger jet. It was designed as a replacement for several obsolete Aeroflot jets as a mid-range passenger jet. As of 24 November 2011, a total of 91 Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft remain in airline service. The Yak 42 is a lot like a Hawker Siddeley Trident or a Boeing 727 or even a Tupolev Tu-154.



Interestingly, this Aeroflot Yak 42 didn't fly in from Moscow, or even Russia , but originated in Finland.   So we have a Finnish stamp. Katia used a Country Life self adhesive from 2010. It is from a booklet of 5. 



At that, I'll call it a day. Thanks go out to Marius, Jerry, Hester, Kate, Darja, Daria and Katia for their great cards and stamps. Take care, be sure to check back soon .




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More April Here

Here's another April postcard update. I think I have 6 or so cards for today. They come from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Germany, and Hungary. I know that's only 4 countries, but there's a couple from Germany and a couple from the Netherlands.

This first card from the Netherlands is actually a scene from Paris, France. It's Place Charles De Gaulle.
The Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as the Place de l'Étoile, is a large road junction in Paris, France, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues including the Champs-Élysées. Standing at the centre of course is the Arc de Triomphe.




Niels sent this card from Nijmegen, a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. He used a 2013 self adhesive definitive featuring Ling Willem-Alexander. It is the international rate in a set of 3.





Card 2 is a wonderful Airline / Aircraft card. It's a China Airlines A330-300. The Airbus A330 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus, a division of Airbus Group. Versions of the A330 have a range of 7,400 to 13,430 kilometres and can accommodate up to 335 passengers. Air Inter  became the first operator of the A330, putting the aircraft into service on 17 January 1994 between Orly Airport, Paris, and Marseille. On 19 July 2013, Airbus delivered the 1000th A330 to Cathay Pacific. It is the first Airbus wide-body airliner to reach 1,000 deliveries, and the fourth wide-body to achieve the milestone after the Boeing 747, 777 and 767. I have yet to experience the A330, although I have been on the B747, 777 and 767 a number of times.



Iris used a nice lighthouse stamp along with a berries stamp. The Lighthouse stamp is 1 of 4 in a 2014 set while the Berries stamp is 1 of 4 fruit definitives issued last year, 2013.




We just had a lighthouse stamp, now we have a lighthouse card. This one is from the Netherlands but is of a lighthouse in Germany. The lighthouse is located in Lower Saxony, Germany . It is built in the village of Voslapp,  8 km from Wilhelmshaven. With a height of 61 m, it is the twenty-second tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world . The cylindrical concrete tower is 4.5 m in diameter supports a lamp 250 W.

The directional light is was built in 1962, replacing an old lighthouse dating from 1907.


 




Maud used a self adhesive from a 2014 set of 5 stamps featuring Dutch Symbols, all at the International rate.





This next card  came from Germany , with a black and white  picture of a young blond lady. There is nothing on the card, back or front, to identify her, but I'm sure it is Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Anyone think otherwise ?



Tabea used a Flower definitive along with a larger stamp from 2012. This larger stamp celebrates 200 years of Grimm's Fairy Tales. 






I haven't received many cards from Hungary, only 4 before this one. Marti's card gives us a look at a number of the building in Szeged. Located in Central Europe, Szeged is the third biggest city in Hungary, it lies on Hungary's south-eastern border, just south of the mouth of the Maros river on both banks of the river Tisza. It is about 171 km South of Budapest on the M5 highway. It is the lowest elevation city in the country and is known as the "City of Sunshine", because it has the highest number of sunny days throughout the year.



Marti used a nice selection of stamps. The stamp on the left was issued in 2005 and features a Police Helicopter. The large stamp in the center celebrates 1000 years of the Pupokseg Basilica and was issued in 2009. The stamp on the right , from 2012 highlights Solidarity Between Generations. The smaller brown stamp from 2004 celebrates Chess. It is from a sheet of 64 stamps that resembles a game of chess. Lastly, this card has clear , circular cancellations , not something I see all that often , especially here in Canada.




Here we are with the last card for today. Again from Germany, it is a look at Interflug and Berlin Schonefeld Airport, which is located near the town of Schonefeld. The airport is at the southern border of Berlin  and 18 km southeast of the city centre. SXF was the major civil airport of East Germany and the only one serving East Berlin.On the card we can see an Interflug IL-62 and an Aeroflot TU-154.  Interflug  was the national airline of East Germany from 1963 to 1990. Based in East Berlin, it operated scheduled and chartered flights to European and intercontinental destinations . Following the German reunification , the company was liquidated. We can also see a flight attendant and a flight deck crew. Apparently, applicants for the job of a flight attendant needed to be approved of by the Stasi, in order to assess their so-called political reliability, minimizing espionage and escape attempts in Western countries. On warning of suspension, Interflug crews were not allowed to associate with employees of airlines from non-socialist countries.

Back in the day when I worked at Goose Bay and Stephenville I saw many Interflug aircraft make  fuel stops at those airports. Most of them were on their way to or from Cuba. 
This card is a fine addition to my Airlines / Aircraft on Postcards collection , as is the China Airlines card from earlier. 




 
Manuela used 2 Flower definitives along with a 2014 Country Views stamp. It is 1 of 2 in the set.







That's a wrap on this update. Thanks go out to Niels, Marti, Maud, Iris, Manuela and Tabea for their cards. I should be back in a day or two with another selection of cards. Take care.























Saturday, April 5, 2014

April's Updates Start Here

Hello again. This is the first of my April updates, I can only hope there will be many.  Postcards have really been arriving at a record pace lately. Let's hope that it continues. I don't know how many I'll get to today, I'll just take them one at a time.

Let's start with this postcard of a door and window from Germany. I think doors could be an interesting postcard collection. This is a photo by Waltraud Klammet , of a door in Turen, a village of about a thousand souls in western Slovakia. Historical records for the village go back to 1252. I have seen another postcard of a Klammet photo of a door, online and it too was equally as striking.






 Fati , a Postcrosser living in Hurth, Germany sent this card. She used 3 copies of the 2005 Aster Flower definitive.






My next card is from Brussels and is entitled "Brussels in the Pot ". See, the city is indeed in a flower pot. This is a creation of Jennifer Renson.



Meelis, a frequent contributor to this blog used a couple of fairly recent stamps . On the left is a letter box stamp from 2011 , it is 1 of a set of 5 issued for Stamp Day. The right stamp was issued in 2012. It is from a set of 10 self adhesives featuring Companion Domestic Animals.

 


The architecture of a  Moldovan  church is featured on my next card. I can't tell anything about it , because I know nothing about it. There is nothing on the card to indicate the name , location or age. Perhaps one of you readers will recognize it and leave a comment.



Olga just about covered the back in stamps. She left room for my address and little more.
The large souvenir sheet in top left was issued in 1996 and commemorates Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu. The lower left stamp was issued in 2013 and is 1 of 2 commemorating city traffic and the 100th Anniversary of the first electric tram in Chisinau. The wine colored stamp in the top right is a definitive from 2011 It is 1 of 6 in a set of Buildings. The other 2 stamps are definitives from a 2006 set of 6.

 

I do believe it's a Dutch photographer on this next card. She certainly has a flare for taking pictures.




Elizabeth, you wrote on your card that you hoped to see your card and the stamps used , here on the blog. If you're reading this, here they are. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.
Elizabeth used a couple of stamps along with an extra stamp from the Netherland Antilles. Let's start with the Antilles stamp. It's from a 2008 souvenir sheet of 5 entitled Netherlands Without Borders. 
The black and white Netherlands stamp in the middle is also from a souvenir sheet . It was issued in 2005 and the 10 stamps in the sheet  feature 50 Years of World Press Photos. Elizabeth also wrote that the Bird stamp on the right is her favourite. It's a great topical bird stamp , issued in 2012 for Card Week. 

 


Here's a great way to end today, with a relaxing stop at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Oh to be so lucky. We all have dreams right ? 



Nathalie who lives in Paris used a couple of 2013 stamps. On the left is a stamp from a set of 6 Theatre Masks. On the right a stamp issued commemorating the 100th Tour de France. 



So ends another update.Thanks to Nathalie, Elizabeth, Olga, Meelis and Fati for today's cards. Take care and be sure to drop by again.