Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gem's World Postcards Anniversary

Hello to all my readers - however many of you are out there. Today  November 13, 2018 marks the 11th Anniversary of Gem's World Postcards online.
Today is the 881st post on this blog. On blog # 1 I introduced a card from Botswana showing the Okavango River and a single stamp showing a Bushpig. Botswana was the 157th country that I had received a postcard from.
It's been a fun ride and it's not over yet. I've received a lot of cards and stamps since November 2007 and learned a lot of stuff about them and the world.Many thanks to all the readers of Gem's World Postcards and to everyone who has sent postcards since the beginning. Let's face it, without the postcards , there would be no blog.
Once again- Big thanks. Take care and be sure to check out year # 12. Hopefully bigger and better.

Monday, November 12, 2018

More November Cards

Hey there , it's time for a few more cards- it's been over a week, so let's get right to it. My cards today come from Zimbabwe, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Japan, and I'll do them in that order.
Zimbabwe - This card shows a lot - Victoria Falls, Matobo Hills, rock paintings, huts and elephants.

Bruce a Bird stamp from 2005. It's from a set of 4.

Even though this stamp received a circular postmark / cancellation someone in their infinite wisdom thought they needed to pen cancel it also.  Now I can add Zimbabwe to the list where The Great Stamp Defacer lurks.

Czech Republic - It's a square , black & white card from the Czech Republic. It's a look at the main building of the National Museum. It was founded in 1818. In July of 2011 it was closed for major renovations. It was due to reopen this past October. I don't know if it did or not , perhaps some reader knows and will leave a comment as to whether it's open or still closed.

Vojta used 2 stamps . On the left is a Flower stamp from 2008 and on the right, from 2016 - a stamp commemorating the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO. 

France - Strasbourg, a city in France and the seat of the European Parliament. Doiminique's card shows the European Quarter of the city. The card gives us a look at the Council of Europe Building, the European Parliament Building and the European Council of Human Rights.

 A commemorative from 2015 arrived on this card. It celebrates the 350th Anniversary of the Saint-Gobain Corporation.

Germany - Munich's Olympic Park is featured on this next card. The park was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Some of the facilities are still in use today - the ice rink, swimming arena, a concert hall and the main stadium.

This is a timely card arriving here in Canada at this time. The city of Calgary, just down the road 15 km, is one of three remaining cities in consideration for hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. The other two are Stockholm, Sweden and Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. There might only be two after tomorrow. Calgary is holding a plebiscite tomorrow, 13 November to determine whether Calgarians actually want to host the games, considering the huge costs these days.  Like Munich Calgary has some venues from the 1988 Games that could still be used in 2026 - The Olympic Saddledome, the Olympic Oval, the Ski Jumping center and the Bobsleigh & Luge Track. All are still in use after 30 years.

Carolin used the 2 stamp 2018 Tourism st on this card. It showcases Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas.

Japan - The final card for this time. A nice picture of a B747 flying across The Moon.

Emi used a selection of stamps on the card.

There it is , another update complete. Thanks for cards today go out to Bruce, Vojta, Dominique, Carolin and Emi. Drop by again soon. Take care.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November Is Now

Good day to all - well Hallowe'en is over, October is gone, it's now November but please don't start the countdown to Christmas just yet. I know it's coming on fast but we don't need reminders . So it's on to postcards.
Now I  have a few cards to end the week, so here they are.

Let's start with a card showing some of the sights of Bechyne, Czech Rep. The town's population is just over 5,200. The Bechyne Bridge , in the upper left corner, was opened in 1928.

Marie used 2016 stamp , 1 of 2 , showing World Heritage Sites. The other stamps, Flower definitives, date from 2010.

Keep Calm and Fly A Balloon. Sounds like a good plan. I have had the great pleasure of having a ride in a balloon. It's money well spent.
This card is the first card sent out by a new Postcrosser named Nicole from Tulsa, USA. It was my honor to receive it.

Nicole used 3 of 5 in the recent The  Art of the Magic set.

Look closely now at those three stamps. See the black mark all through them. The Great Stamp Defacer has struck again. What's even more upsetting with this one is the fact that the stamps actually received a cancellation , so there was need for the vile Stamp Defacer to even make an appearance. So there!

An aerial view of Sanibel Island, Florida is the focus of my next card. You can see the historic lighthouse, I think in the lower right,which was first put into use in 1884. In the upper portion of the picture is the causeway, looks like a series of bridges to me , leading from the mainland to Sanibel, located on Florida's west coast.

Barry used 3 Forever Stamps on his card. A Love stamp from 2018, a Basketball stamp from 2017 and one of the Art of Magic stamp from 2018.

This next card , from Paris, shows a great picture. The photo was taken 118 years ago in 1900. It was during the World Fair of 1900. The Eiffel Tower in all its glory.

A little difference from today, I might add. But the tower was and is still impressive.
Jean Pierre used a large Mickey Mouse stamp from this current year. It commemorates 90 years since the first appearance of Mickey in November 1928.

Here's the next postcard. It arrived from Germany.

Audience participation needed here. Just what's going on here ? Let's have some fun with this one . Please leave a comment with your idea of what's happening. I'm looking forward to the replies.

Ann used a Flower definitive and a Greeting Stamp, 1 of 2 in the set.

Next is a sailing card from Varkaus, Finland. The town of around 22,000 is an old paper mill town. I can identify with that. Due to the decline of newspapers and people reading them, the city has lost over 4,000 people since 1980.

Eija used a 2017 Moomin stamp from the Moomins Time Travel set of 5.

I know I'll be leaving myself open to possibly a lot of flak from all the Moomin lovers out there, but I have to say , Moomin stamps are not my favourite stamps by a long shot. There I've said it , got that off my chest.

That's it for this time. Thanks for cards today do out to Marie, Nicole, Barry, Jean Pierre, Anne, and Eija. Don't forget now, I'm open all day for comments. Take care.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cards to Almost End October

How are you today ? It's a nice , sunny fall day here today in Alberta. A good day for postcards I think . So let's get right to the good stuff. I want to start off with an Aviation themed card, actually the first two cards will be Aviation / Airline related.
Card  # 1   --- This one arrived from South Africa but it showcases a Dakota Douglas C-47 of the Naval Air Transport Service of the United States Navy. The Naval Air Transport Service operated between 1941 and 1948. It was started five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It operated 540 aircraft and had 26,000 personnel.
The aircraft pictured here , aircraft 50819, was built at Kansas City and came off the assembly line during November 1944. It was then assigned to Squadron VR-2 at Norfolk , VA. The aircraft was retired in 1959 and put out to pasture at Mid Atlantic Air Museum in 1980.

David sent this card along and used a 2017 International Small Letter rate stamp , 1 of 5 in a Winemaking set.

Card # 2 --- This one is a Boeing 737-300 of Fisher Air. This airline was headquartered in Prague, Czech Rep. It was founded as a charter airline in 1996 and operated until 2005. It had a fleet of only 3 aircraft. This particular aircraft OK-FAN had its first flight in 1997. It had a varied history, flying for Fisher Air until 2004 when it moved to Air Polonia in the early part of the year. Then later that year it went back to Fisher Air until 2010, when it moved to Air Nigeria where it flew until  2012. Its last flights were with Air Indus from 2013 until 2015. It has been stored since May of that year.

Richard, a Postcrosser from Ostrava in northeastern Czech Republic sent this card . He used a 2011 Z rate definitive stamp featuring Architecture.

Card # 3 --- From Germany, it's a look at the Ruhr Viaduct in Herdecke. This stone railway bridge , built between 1875 and 1876, is a real beauty and makes for great picture taking.


Heiner used 2 stamps on his card. On the left is one more of the long ongoing Flower definitives. On the right , from 2017, is 1 of 2 issued called Micro Worlds.

Card # 4 --- David's card of the Julian Alps region of Slovenia arrived from Bled. It is a small town on Lake Bled. Located just offshore , on a small island , is the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Visitors are allowed to ring the church's bell with the hope that their one wish will come true. Also seen on the card , just above the church on shore is Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, dating back to 1011.

David used 2 recent stamps , both issued this year.On the left is 1 of 2 in a Europa issue of Bridges. On the right is a Souvenir Sheet of 1 showcasing Pivka National Park. Very nice indeed.

Card # 5 --- From Paris comes this card with a panorama view of the city during the Paris World's Fair of 1900. Shown is the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 world's fair. It is the most visited paid monument in the world. In 2015 it was ascended by 6.91 million visitors.

Jean Pierre used a 2018 stamp celebrating Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance members.

Card # 6 --- This next card is from Zagreb, Croatia. It's a look at  some of the buildings around Zagreb Cathedral which was built in the early 19 hundreds.

David used a 2017 stamp showing the Church of St. Mark, one of many churches in the city of Zagreb.

Only 2 more cards to go , so hang in there.

Card # 7 --- It's time for a beach, what do you think ? A beach wouldn't be too bad right about now. This beautiful beach in in the Costa Brava region of Catalonia, Spain  near the small village of Tossa de Mar. Here's an interesting fact about Tossa de Mar. In 1989 it became the first place in the world to declare itself an Anti-Bullfighting City. The list has grown to 31 towns or cities in 7 countries since then.

Josep & Assumpta sent this card and used used a rather unique shaped stamp - it's shaped like a chess piece. It was issued this year and not only is it shaped different, it is also heat sensitive. It lightens up in color when heat is applied.

Now the last card  - # 8 for the day --- It's from Sri Lanka. It's a look at a golf course and a couple of buildings in Nuwara Eliya, a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka.The area is nicknamed ' Little England ' . It is known for its temperate , cool climate - it is the coolest area in the country.

Ravindra used 2 stamps on his card. On the left from 2012 - a stamp celebrating the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Colombo. On the right , issued in 2012 even though it is dated  2011, a Peony stamp.

The End. Yes, that's all for today. Hope you enjoyed these cards and stamps. Thanks today go out to Bruce, Richard, Heiner, David, Jean Pierre, Josep & Assumpta and Ravindra. Can't do it without you guys and others like you. Take care, drop by again, leave a comment or not . Cheers!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time to Catch Up

Yes, it's time to catch up here on the blog. I haven't been around for a while , so it's time to get back at it. Let's start this time with a card from the United States. It was sent from Landrum, South Carolina - a small town in the western part of the state. Carol's card shows a New York model from around 1925.

Carol used 2 older stamps  - the 10 cent and the 5 cent ones. These date from the time of much cheaper postage. The other 2 stamps are Forever stamps valued at 50 cents each. Both were issued this year. On the far right is 1 of 20 in the O Beautiful Landscapes set. The other one honors First Responders.

My next card is a Train card for all the railroad nuts out there. All I know about this train is that it is Russian.

Katya used a 2012 stamp. It shows the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, possibly the last place on Earth where woolly mammoths survived.

I like the picture on this next card. A little guy, perhaps a Postcrosser, trying to get his postcard in the mailbox. This is the post office on Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan. A nice looking post office for just around 325 people.

This card arrived from the city of Nara, which was a former capital of Japan. The stamp is from 2015 and was issued for International Letter Writing Week.

Now here's a card from Ljubljana , one of Europe's greenest and prettiest cities. David's card gives us a look at the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Preseren Square. It was built between 1646 and 1660.

David used 2 fine stamps on this card, both Mini-sheets of 1 and both issued this year. On the left is one highlighting Fauna - Domestic Animals. On the right , one celebrating World Bee Day. I truly didn't know there was a World Bee Day. Once again I learn something from my postcards and stamps. World Bee Day is May 20th, the birthday of Anton Jansa who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping in his native Slovenia.

Just three cards to go , so hang in there. Two of the cards were sent by Dominique and the other by Ravindra. Let's look at this first one from Dominique. It's from the Stiftsmuseum in Aschaffenburg. It houses items from prehistoric, Roman and medieval times.

Dominique used a special stamp here. It was released by Kultur in Hessen in conjunction with Deutsche Post to help promote cultural sites in Hessen.

Here's Dominique's second card. It's a look at the Isenheim Altarpiece, an altarpiece painted by Matthias Grunewald around 1515. It is on display at the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, Alsace, France.

Two stamps from 1973 arrived on this card. On the left is a stamp celebrating Stamp Day 1973. On the right, a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Identification of the Leprosy Bacillus by Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen.

Now it's last card time. Ravindra's card shows Galle Fort and Galle Lighthouse. The fort dates from the late 19th century while the lighthouse was built in 1938. It is 18 m high.

A nice circular postmark cancels the 2 stamps on this card. The top stamp is from 2013 and is one of two issued for the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The bottom stamp, also 1 of 2, highlights the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka.

That's all for this time. Big thanks for cards go out to David, Katya, Carol, Dominique and Ravindra. Take care and drop by again.