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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Last of March

Today is indeed the last of March, so there's just enough time left to squeeze in one more update before April blows in. Today's cards are another of what I like to call a mishmash. They are from all over and cover many topics.
First up is a card from Kampala, Uganda.  The front of the card says "A city of Sunrise and Sunset". I guess you can take your pick on this one. Which is it ?

David used a nice triangle stamp commemorating Sikh Centenary Celebrations in Uganda.

Many countries have issued triangle stamps over the years. Countries like Afghanistan, Austria, Bhutan, Chad and Cuba, and that's just the abc's of the world. Even the United States has triangles in their stamp inventory. The first triangle stamps I remember were issued by Czechoslovakia decades ago and I hated them. They were cheap looking and it seemed nobody wanted them , including me. Now if they had been from Cape of Good Hope , they would have found a home in my collection, for sure. Enough about triangles.

Next card. This one is from Finland - the land of ( too ) short summers . That's what the sender Pauliina wrote anyway. The cutie on Pauliina's card is Betty Boop. Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer. She made her first appearance on August 9, 1930 in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes.

Pauliina used a new 2014 Easter stamp.

Here is the latest addition to my Aircraft on Postcards Collection. A large jet at Vantaa Airport.  Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the main international airport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland.

Sini used a new 2014 stamps, issued 17th March in fact. It is 1 of 2 stamps commemorating the iconic Finnish ferry Finnjet. It operated between Helsinki and Travemunde, Germany  from 1977 until 2008. I have already received 3 copies of this stamp on postcards, and no copy of the other stamp in the set. Both have the same value, just luck of the draw I guess.

My next card is from France and features a poster for the movie The Quiet Man.   The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen.
The film is notable for Winton Hoch's  lush photography of the Irish countryside and a long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight. The film won the Academy Award  for Best Director for John Ford, his fourth, and for Best Cinematography.


Vincent used a 2010 stamp highlighting "Jazz in Marciac ", a jazz festival held in Marciac , a small town of 1,300 in Gers, France  since 1978.

Here's a cute little guy, showing up on this card from Germany. My Lovely Teena, who usually glances through my cards when they arrive, thinks cards with people on them are the very best. This little guy is really cute, so I guess I can understand where Teena is coming from.

Jacqueline used a 2013 stamp of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge.  It connects the German island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea with the German mainland. 

The sixth card for this time comes from Switzerland. According to Merlin, a Swiss postcrosser, the old time photo shows the Italian port of Locarno, in Switzerland, and a riverboat named Italia. Sorry about the scan on this one, looks like some of the ship is missing.

Merlin used a self- adhesive Christmas stamp, 1 of 4 in this set from 2013. It's a little hard to see due to the heavy cancellation. 

I think 6 cards is enough for today. Still have a little bit of the mishmash left, but I'll show that next time. Thanks going out this time to David, Pauliina, Sini, Vincent, Jacqueline and Merlin for their cards. 
Take care and be sure to come back soon.   

Saturday, March 29, 2014

EARTH Hour, Kenya, My 2000th Postcrossing Card, and More

Hello again. Well, it's still winter here in Alberta, regardless of what the calendar says. It has snowed non-stop for the past 3 days and today it's just a cloudy grey day.   Temp is around  -6C.

My first card today comes from Belgium. It shows the European Parliament's Visitor's Centre.

Johan used a new  Earth Hour stamp and was able to secure a First Day of Issue cancellation in Brussels. I received this card about a week ago but kept it until today, when Earth Hour is celebrated. Since its inception in 2007, Earth Hour has become a movement mobilising people on environmental priorities across the world.  Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet,  encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour  2014 is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants' local time.

  African wildlife is the subject of this next card that arrived from Kenya. You can see a giraffe , a couple of monkeys and an assortment of cats. 

David used a couple of stamps from the set of 100 marking the 100th Anniversary of Kenyan Independence.

My 2000th card from my 8 years of participation in  PostCrossing is next. It took 2939 days of PostCrossing to receive the 2000th card. That's pretty darn good I think. Alina sent this lovely young lady from Germany. She's looking quite relaxed there on that boat. 

Alina used a couple of the everyday flower definitives along with a new 2014 stamp. It commemorates the 1250 years since Lorsch Abbey was opened in 764 AD.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.  

One of the world's great planes is shown on my next card. The Boeing 737, this one in Lufthansa livery. 
This B737 with registration D-ABCE has quite a history.  It was on 13 October 1977 that the aircraft was hijacked  by 4 militants who called themselves Commando Martyr Halime. On October 18, the aircraft was stormed by the West German  counter-terrorism group GSG 9 in Mogadishu, Somalia and all 86 passengers rescued.The hijacking took place over 6 days and involved landings in Rome, Larnaca, Bahrain, Dubai, Aden and finally Mogadishu. There were a total of 4 fatalities, Captain Jurgen Schumann was murdered by a hijacker in Aden and later 3 of the 4 hijackers were killed in Mogadishu. 

This is another card from Johan in Belgium. Again he used a current 2014 stamp and had it cancelled on the First day of Issue. The stamp commemorates International Women's Day, March 10th. 

My last card for today. Another of David's cards , this one from Malawi.  It shows a local market scene in the shade of overhanging trees. Malawi - The Warm Heart of Africa. Malawi has claimed to be 'The Warm Heart of Africa' for decades now. These marketing slogans can sometimes be stretching the truth, but in Malawi's case, this is a title that it well and truly continues to deserve. The Malawians greet all visitors with a beaming smile, and with a genuine, disarming warmth. They will go out of their way to be friendly and helpful to anyone who has done them the honour of visiting their country.

David used 4 copies of the 2012 stamp highlighting PMTCT - Preventing Mother To Child Transmission of HIV. 

There we have it - short and sweet. Another update in the book. Hope you enjoyed this one. I enjoyed bringing it to you. One more thing - This past week was a great week for me. I received 45 postcards in the mailbox. On Wednesday I found 19 cards there and thought that was great, then on Friday 20 cards were in the box. What can I say, I can only hope this coming week is as good. Take care , be sure to turn your lights out for an hour tonight.