Sunday, January 15, 2017

More From 2017

I'm sure it's time for another update here. It's been over a week now and I just have to ask myself " where does the time go ? " Anyway here are some recently arrived postcards from here and there.

First up is this card from Myanmar. A nice view of a few temples and ruins. Not to mention the wagon train in the foreground. Looking much like the old west there.



Three nice stamps on this one. On the left is a 2002 stamp celebrating the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons. In the middle is a 1997 stamp celebrating ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Then over on the right is that mystery stamp that I have received a number of times now. Still can't locate any info on it.




My next card is an interesting one. It's a map card and a Postcrossing card all in one. It shows the city of Trstena located right in the center of the card. This card was designed by a student from a Trstena primary school , especially for Postcrossing.



Tatiana, an eleven year old PostCrosser sent this card to me. Sadly she didn't use a stamp but a postage meter from Bratislava.




Today's 3rd card is also from a Postcrosser. This time it's Imane who lives near Paris, but she was vacation in Morocco, so her card arrived from there. That's a nice blue gate in a blue courtyard.

 

Imane used 2 copies of a 2016 definitive showing King Mohammed VI.




Now here's a card showing the pilgrim house, all decorated for Christmas, in Colmar, France. You'll find lots of great decorations along the streets here. It's also the sight of a beautiful Christmas market.



Dominique used a 2015 stamp here, highlighting St Martial de Lestards Church, the only one in France with a lush thatched roof.




Next up is a card from the Kingdom of Swaziland, showing the Reed Dance Ceremony. This is Swaziland's best known cultural event. In the eight day ceremony, youg girls cut reeds, present them to the Queen Mother and then dance in celebration. Up to 40,000 girls take part.



Bruce, who hails from South Africa , was visiting Swaziland and sent this card. On the left is a 2013 stamp showing Sikhuphe International Airport. In the center is a stamp showcasing the First Lilangeni Currency. Over on the right is a Butterfly stamp from 1991.




Time fore an Airline/Aircraft card I think. This time it's a Lufthansa Cityliner British Aerospace Avro RJ85. The aircraft , D-AVRM had its first flight on 18 May 1996. It is now operated by Aero Flite as N366AC.  



Ravindra used 3 fine stamps on his card. On the top left is one issued in 2014 for the Sri Lanka Standards Institution. On the right is a 2016 stamp celebrating the National Milad-Un-Nabi Festival.
The bottom stamp is a definitive overprint from 2016.





I know you've been waiting , so here's the last card for this time. It arrived from South Africa. It's the Durban beachfront at sunrise.

Interestingly, this card is from Bruce and Jean Pierre, who was visiting. Two nice stamps, on the left is 1 of 5 celebrating Puppetry in South Africa. On the right is , again 1 of 5, showing a Half Collared Kingfisher.




That's it for this time. Good cards from Good people. Thanks to all - Jobbo, Tatiana, Imane, Dominique, Bruce, Ravindra and Bruce & Jean Pierre.

Drop by again , I'll be here.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The First Cards of 2017 and Other Stuff

Hello again. Hope everyone is doing well and keeping any resolutions made. I don't make so I don't break any. Works great for me. It has been  2017 for a week now so it's time to have a look at cards that have arrived this year. So far only three have found their way to my mailbox.
The first one for the year is from France, and it shows the Moulin Rouge in Paris. This famous cabaret dates back to 1889.



This fine card was sent by Dominique and he used a 2015 stamp celebrating Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a town of approximately 2,500 in the south of France.




The second card arrived from the Netherlands and brought Christmas and New Year's greetings from Barbara. I'm not sure if that's Mrs Claus or not on the card. I never pictured her looking quite like that. But she does have a sack of toys over her shoulder , so who knows ? I do think that's Rudolph with her though.





Barbara used a number of different stamps and maybe even a 2015 Christmas Seal. The lover left stamp was issued as a personal Christmas stamp in 2004, or so my catalogue tells me. The top right stamp is a semi-postal Christmas stamp from 2005.  The small one in the top left is the one I believe to be the Christmas seal. If anyone knows for sure, maybe you can leave a comment to that effect.




The third card received so far this year is from Yangon, Myanmar. It's a picture of a historical heritage building, which housed the Yangon Division Courts at one time, I'm not sure if this is still the case or not.



This card was sent by Jobbo. He used a couple of stamps, on the  left is a 2007 stamp from a set of 3 celebrating Myanmar's Constitution. On the right is another mystery stamp. This is the second stamp from this set I have received. Had no information on that one either. I do like the cancellation though " FOREIGN AIR MAIL OUT 12 Dec 2016 " . There's no excuse for mistaking where this card should go.

 

There it is, that's the 3 new cards for the first week of 2017. Thanks to Dominique, Barbara and Jobbo.

Now as a bonus, I have 2 Maximum cards from Transkei. They celebrate 10 Years of Transkei Airways. For those of you out there that do not know  - Transkei , officially the Republic of Transkei, was a Bantustan- an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity - and nominal parliamentary democracy in southwestern South Africa. It operated from 1976 to 1994.





Thanks for these 2 cards go out to Bruce.

Now I guess most of you thought that was the end. Sorry, but I have to vent or rant a little here. To say I'm pissed would be an understatement. Back in late November / early December My Lovely Teena and I partook of a cruise in SE Asia. As always I make a point of sending postcards from the many ports to my postcard friends around the world and also to myself in Canada. To make sure this all went off without a hitch, I even ordered and received stamps for each country we would be visiting. So I brought with me beautiful , large and interesting stamps for Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.   I even had a supply of Singapore stamps , but unfortunately I never got to use them. I sent a total of 82 cards while on the cruise. Many , many of them have arrived in France, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Turkey, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa and Macedonia. And I'm very happy that they have. Even a few, a small few though, have arrived in Canada. Here now is the problem. Sixteen cards have not arrived in Canada and I have been home over a month. Four cards from Thailand, four from Cambodia and eight from Viet Nam are still missing. I could understand if it was just 1 or 2 cards - cards go missing all the time, although I don't know why. Considering it's only cards to Canada missing, it doesn't take a genius to see the problem lies on this end. Were the cards too beautiful, were the stamps too beautiful for Canada Post to deliver ?   Are they being held for a ransom, maybe , but I haven't yet received any demands ? Even My Lovely Teena is mad at the post office for me. I'm not one to talk as you all know, but this is so disappointing. For weeks now I walk down to my mailbox and return empty handed. Teena asks " anything today ? " My reply for weeks has been " maybe tomorrow or next week . "
Who am I kidding?  Guess I should take off my rose colored  glasses. This is just another example of wonderful Canada Post service. Let's not forget their wonderful marker or pen stroke cancels, or their many times not having new stamps on their actual first day issue. Frustrating for sure. I'd like to see the results of a postal service satisfaction survey, for post offices around the world, if one actually exists. I'm pretty sure where I'd look for Canada Post. Did someone say near the bottom, sounds about right. Anyway, to those of you who received cards from me, consider yourselves lucky , me not so much. That's it, I'm all in .

Take care now . Thanks for reading.  See you again soon. COMMENTS anyone ? How about some explanations for the missing cards - all reasons welcome - no matter how far fetched or out there ?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Cards From Last Summer's Montana Road Trip

                                   
                                   Happy New Year

This is the first blog update for year 2017.


With no new cards on hand, the post office is still closed here in Canada, it reopens tomorrow, I think a few cards from last summer's road trip to Montana, USA might be in order.

First let's look at a card of the Weeping Wall. This is a geological formation found along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, in Montana. It is a natural waterfall that seeps out from the side of the Garden Wall , and is fed by runoff from snowmelt.



On this one you can see 3 of 4 Classic Pickup stamps issued in 2016. It was posted in West Glacier , population 227 as of 2010. The town is at the west entrance to Glacier National Park.





Here's a second card from West Glacier. This one is for the Railway, Train postcard collectors out there. It's the Great Northern Railway's Streamlined Empire Builder, along the border of Glacier National Park, possibly in the 1940s.


Bit of a mix of stamps on this one. On the left is the 2015 Elvis Stamp. In the middle is the 2016 New Horizons Spacecraft stamp. Over on the right is the 4th Classic Pickup Truck stamp.
Interesting fact related to the New Horizons stamp - when the New Horizons spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral , Florida in 2006, a 1991 " Pluto Not Yet Explored " stamp was affixed to the ship. As a result Guinness World Records recognizes the the stamp as the one that has traveled the farthest distance, having gone more than 5.4 billion kilometers to Pluto and beyond. And of course that record is being broken every second, as it heads away from Pluto.





The next card is a great look at Saint Mary Lake, the second largest lake in Glacier National Park. The lake is 15.9 km long and 91 m deep. Water from Saint Mary flows neither to the Atlantic nor the Pacific , but crosses Canada to enter the Arctic Ocean at Hudson Bay.



This card is from My Lovely Teena and she used 3 of the afore mentioned Classic Pickup Trucks issue. Posted at Babb, Montana, is a small community on the Blackfoot Indian reservation with a population of 174 in 2010.



Now I have 3 cards , all of which show old photos of American Indians. They were all posted in East Glacier Park , a small town with a population of 363 in 2010.
First is a 1874 photo by O.S.Goff of Long Soldier, a well known Sioux Chief at Standing Rock Agency. His beaver top hat was quite in vogue during the Civil War days.




On this card we can see 2 of the Classic Era stamp set of 6, issued in 2016, along with the 1965 Ford F-150 stamp from the 2016 set.



The second of these 3 cards is a 1877 photo by Orlando S. Goff, showing Chief Joseph. Joseph was forced from his native homeland in 1877, leading 750 of his people on a three month, 1300 mile journey, defeating the U.S. Army in seven major battles before being captured within 40 miles of the Canadian border and sanctuary . Upon his surrender, Joseph said " I will fight no more forever " .



On this one, we have 2 stamps from the 2016 set of 8 Views of Our Planets, and an Elvis stamp. All Heavenly bodies no doubt.


Rounding out these three is Little Bird,an Ojibwa woman in a 1908 photo by Roland Reed, showing her proud heritage. . 



It's another appearance by Elvis , along with 2 more of the Classic Era stamps from 2016. 





There are still a few more cards from this road trip, but that's all for today. The other 4 or 5 will make an appearance in the not too distance future. 
That's it for this time, the new year has indeed started. 
Take care.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last Postcards For 2016

Hello again, it's December 30th, 2016 and I'm here with the last cards for this year. Since the next mail delivery in Canada won't be until Tuesday January 2nd, 2017 , these are definitely the last cards of the year. So let's get right to it.

This first card is an interior view of Lerins Abbey, a monastery on the island of Saint-Honorat, on the French Riviera. There has been a monastic community there since the 5th century. Construction on the current monastery buildings began around 1073.



Dominique used a 2015 stamp showing a Gallic Rooster, an unofficial national symbol of France as a nation ; as opposed to Marianne representing France as a State and Republic.



A little warning may be necessary here - if you're hungry maybe you shouldn't look at this next card. It's a whole lot of delicious foods on Ravindra's card from Sri Lanka.



Ravindra used a beautiful Christmas stamp from this year.




I have a train card next for the train postcard collectors out there. I know at least two - Ana and Ravindra. Shown is SBB2978, a steam locomotive of the Swiss Federal Railways. It was constructed between 1913 and 1917 and was so powerful it received the nickname " elephant " .



It might be a train postcard but it arrived with an aviation related stamp, Nicole used a nice stamp showing a 1938 Spitfire.



The Mermaid of Warsaw is up next. The statue is located in the centre of Warsaw's Old Town. The Mermaid is a symbol of Warsaw, represented on the city's coat of arms.



This card arrived with a couple of 50 year old stamps. Quite a nice bonus. Ewa used 2 stamps from a set of 6 National Industries and both had tabs attached.



Well, that's it for active cards today but I want to end with another 2 of Bruce's Maximum cards from Bophuthatswana.

The first one shows Mmabatho International Airport, and the second shows a plane of Mabatho Air Services. Both date from Oct 1986 and both have stamps matching the cards.





 
There you have it, the cards that close out the year. Just in case I don't get back here tomorrow, Happy New Year to you all. I hope all you collectors find your mailboxes filled with cards over and over again. I also want to thank the many people out there who took time to drop a postcard or 2 , and some many , many more times than that, in the mail to me. You all made my day over and over. You know who you are.  
Thanks for today's cards go out to Dominique, Ravindra, Nicole, Ewa and Bruce. Thanks to one and all.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE and ALL


 

It's Christmas Eve 2016 - Merry Christmas To One and All


Once again as Christmas Day is just about upon us, I want to take this opportunity to wish all my fellow postcard collectors , cover and stamp collectors and bloggers , along with all my readers a very Merry Christmas. My Christmas wishes for all of you are again summed up in the 3 Christmas stamps issued by Canada Post in 2007. Hope , Joy, and Peace. What more could we ask for ?


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year , Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee , Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo ,Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo, Mele Kalikimaka me Ka Hou'öli Makahiki Hou.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Just Days Before Christmas

The shopping 's all done, the wrapping not quite, the tree is trimmed and we are expecting 10 cm of the white stuff today and another 5 cm tomorrow. So a very white Christmas for sure.
Just time to sneak in a little update before my Lovely Teena and I, our two sons and their families go out for dinner. This will be the 21st annual dinner , always just a few days before Christmas. This is our Christmas Tradition. It started with just four of us and now we are family of eleven.

Now here are today's cards.

Let's start with this Singapore Airlines B747 Megatop, in the Star Alliance livery . The Airline / Aircraft collection continues to grow. Steffi who hales from Germany bought this card in Bremen Airport. Singapore Airlines operated this 747 ( 9V-SPP ) from 2001 -2012.



Steffi used a Flower definitive and a 2015 stamp celebrating Mountain Academy in Freiburg, the Jewel of the Black Forest.




Next is this pretty blond , all dressed up , expecting to go out obviously. A neat use for leaves no doubt.



Irina sent this card from Simferopol, Crimea. We all know what happened in that area a couple years ago. Irina wrote that she recently visited Kiev and found it a beautiful city. She also wrote that Ukraine is a wonderful country. It must be difficult for her, having wrote those things, to now accept that she is living for all intents and purposes in Russia, or at least under Russia's thumb. One only has to look at the Russian stamp on the card. It was issued this year but depicts a 1941 war scene.





Now for a Christmas greeting from Czech Republic, posted from Brno. The Christmas festival in Brno starts on November 25th with the lighting up of the festive Christmas tree.


PostCrosser Jakub sent this card and used 2 copies of the 2014 Christmas Stamp.




Time now for a little music lesson. The card , from Germany, shows a colour lithograph of an  Alfons Mucha work from 1898. It is from his Arts Series . this one is entitled Music.  Mucha's series of 4 included Painting, Poetry, Music and Dance.   He gave each of the arts a circular backdrop from nature indicating a particular time of day. For this card Music, it is the song of birds at moonlight.



Cora used 1 of 2 se-tenant stamps issued in 2016 showing Moselle, a river flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany.




I know there are train postcard collectors out there , so enjoy this one. It is an older steam train operating on local lines around Kourim, about 45 km east of Prague.




Tamara , a young Postcrosser, she's just eleven, used 2 definitives on her card. I wish I had collected postcards since I was eleven. How many would I have by now ? And with very little space to house them.



Now for the last card today, let's end with Fifty Shades of Grey. No not that one, the novel by E.L.James , but Fifty Shades of the Colour Grey.  There's no Anastasia Steele and no Christian Grey on this card, just 50 grey colours.


These fifty shades aren't that exciting , are they ? About as exciting as watching paint dry. There it is , that's Adrian's card.

Adrian sent this from Shrewsbury, the 8th happiest place to live in the U.K. No offense to Shrewsbury, but if I have to move it'll be to number 1, Leigh-On-sea - The happiest place in the U.K to live.
Adrian used 1 of the set of 8 , of this year's Christmas stamps.




I know I said that was the last card, well not quite. As I wrote last time , I have received a bunch of Maximum cards from Bruce in South Africa. The 2 for today date from Oct 16, 1987.
The first one is a Mmabatho Air Services aircraft with 2 flight attendants standing by. The stamp is 1 of 4 from 1986 showing Bop Airways, very similar to the card.
The second card has a Luxair jet with passengers deplaning on the tarmac. The stamp again quite similar to the card. Now here's the 2 cards.



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That's it for today. Thanks go out to Irina, Jakub, Steffi, Cora, Tamara, Adrian and Bruce.
Drop in again.  Tell me what you liked today, and even what you didn't. Take care, See you next time.