Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chemainus , B.C. - and a few others

Hello again, Happy July to you . My first card for this month is one sent to me by My Lovely Teena. We recently visited Chemainus , a small town here on Vancouver Island. As always when we visit, My Lovely Teena always sends a card back to me. Teena's card shows 4 of the murals of Chemainus. The town was founded in 1858 as a logging town but is now known for its 42 outdoor murals. The murals tell much of the town's history and culture . Thousands upon thousands of visitors visit Chemainus and its murals every year. You can walk around or you can take a horse drawn carriage ( as did Teena and I ) to see all the wonderful murals.

  Teena used a very recent Weather Wonder stamp, showing hoar frost covering a tree in Beaumont , Alberta. It is from a set of 5 Weather Wonders .



That;s a nice clear and special postmark, reflecting the town's murals which was used at the Chemainus Post  Office. Not something we see all that often here in Canada.

Card 2 arrived from Brcko , a town in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It lies on the Sava river across from Croatia and is the largest port in Bosnia. The city is Europe's only free city and is almost entirely self- governing.



I haven't received many cards from Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is just the 3rd one. So, it follows that I don't have many B & H stamps either. Here's 2 more though- Edvin use , on the left, a stamp issued in 2014 highlighting Wind Energy. Then, to the right are 2 copies of an architecture definitive featuring the Mosque in Velika Kladusa, a town of about 45,000.

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My next card is one put out by The British Postal Museum & Archive. It shows a green letter box, and I though all old letter boxes were red. This one is a Channel Islands Pillar Box from 1853. This box was introduced as part of a successful trial in Guernsey, which was overseen by Anthony Trollope. Similar boxes were introduced to the UK later that same year. Trollope was one of the most successful and respected of English novelists. He also did work as a Postal Inspector.


Pin , a Postcrosser from England sent this card along and used what one time was considered a high value stamp. Now a value of a pound is , I guess , an everyday stamp. And of course it's a Machin definitive.




Zagreb by night is next. It's a look at the tallest building in all of Croatia, the Zagreb Cathedral, which is located very near the city's central square. It was built in 1217 , but after being destroyed by Tatars and later an earthquake, it was rebuilt and finally reopened in 1906.



The stamp on this one is 1 of 4 in a 2014 self adhesive foil sheet called Underwaterworld.



Here's a card from Zaragoza, a city of just over 700,000 , located in the northeast of Spain. Clara's card shows the Aljaferia Palace. It's a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century.



Clara's stamp choice was a 2015 King Felipe definitive, 1 of 5 in a set.



Five cards is a nice number to end with this time. Thanks for cards to My Lovely Teena, Edvin, Pin, Clara and one other from Zagreb,who I can't put a name to. Sorry about that. That happens sometimes with all the different writing styles.  As always - your comments are welcome. take care and come back soon.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jobbo's and Dominique's Cards and 2 others

Here I am , ending June with a number of cards that I didn't get in yesterday's blog. These next cards are from Jobbo in Thailand , Dominique in France , Rasa in Lithuania and Cecile in France. So here we go .

Jobbo's first card is from Bangkok. It's one of the world's great tourist destinations and has served as the capital of Thailand since 1782. Shown on the card is the Ministry of the Interior Building. To the right you can see the statute of HRH Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the nation's first Minister of State.



The stamp on the left is from 1999. It is 1 of 9 in a souvenir sheet issued to celebrate the 72nd Birthday of The King. On the right is a stamp from 1996. It's also from a souvenir sheet of 6  issued for the King's Golden Jubilee  .



Jobbo's second card gives us a great look at Wat Benchamabophit, a Buddist Temple in Bangkok. It is one of the city's most beautiful temples and is a major tourist attraction. It was designed by Prince Naris and construction began in 1899. The temple is constructed of Italian marble.



A great little collection of stamps on this one. On the left is a stamp showing Wat Benchamabophit, issued in 2002, 1 of 4 in a set of Temples. The middle stamp , from 1991, celebrates Prince Naris. The right stamp was issued in 2013, to celebrate the 150th Birthday of Prince Naris. Just a great card with great stamps.



That's Jobbo's card for this time, now it's on to Dominique's. They arrived from Italy, Slovenia and France. Let's start with one of the two from Italy.
This first card shows us Duino Castle. It's a 14th century fortification located in Duini, near Trieste, Italy. Construction on this castle dates back to 1389. Now a private residence of the Princess della Torre e Tasso, it has been open to the public since 2003.



Dominique used 2 great stamps on this one, which was posted in Trieste.  The left stamp is 1 of a set of 9 issued for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games held in Turin. It is the highest valued stamp in the set. The stamp on the right was issued in 2011 and commemorates a stamp from the period 1859-1861. It was the first stamp I do believe to show the word Italian.





Not far from Trieste is Koper, Slovenia . And, that's where this next card was posted. It's a look at some of the main buildings in Koper main square.



Here's a stamp that will be part of my Aviation collection. It was issued in 2014 and commemorates the Rescue of Allied Airmen between 1944 and 1945. The Slovenian partisans and Patriots rescued 667 airmen from 207 Allied planes that crashed.



Now for Dominique's 3rd card.  It's a card showing Banco Rosso, one of the many pawnshops in the Ghetto of Venice, a residence for the Jewish population in 1500. It is one of the oldest Jewish Ghettos of all time.



 Dominique used a 2014 stamp of The Pope and one of her new cardinals.



Card 4 from Dominique is of Chateau de Fleckenstein , located in Lembach, France, just 200 meters from the present French German border. . Although it may be difficult to see from the photo, the chateau is built in the form of a 52m long boat. A castle has existed on this site since 1165, and has been modified and modernised many times after it was completely destroyed in 1689.



The single stamp on this card was issued in 2014 with a tab which is still attached, on the right side. The stamp celebrates Poitiers, a city on the Clain River in west-central France.



Just two cards left for today, so hang in there.

Rasa's card is next and it's from Vilnius , Lithuania. It shows the art work of Beata Kurkul. I don't know much about her work but there is a huge selection of it online. This one of an aviatrix is a nice addition to any aviation collection.



Rasa used a 2015 stamp showing a Lutra Lutra or Eurasian Otter, an animal that can be found in the Red Book of Endangered Species.



Now for the last card. It comes from France and shows a lady on a balcony in Paris. Actually though, it's  a mannequin on a balcony in Paris. One question - why is she not a womanquin ?



Cecile used a 2014 Marianne stamp , 1 of 4 in a Green Letter issue.



There you have it. Thanks to Jobbo, Dominique, Rasa and Cecile for all the  cards today. Be sure to leave a comment if you have one.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cards From Lay Hoon, David, Julia, Ekaterina, Alice, Leslie and her Dad, Jobbo, Dominique Rasa and Cecile

I'm back with another postcard update. Today, it's a big selection from a lot of places, none of which are mentioned in the title of today's blog. Those are today's card senders. Nice to see your name in lights sometimes, well maybe not lights, but you get the drift. Here we go .

First up is a card from Cambodia, just my second card from that country. I only wish there were more, so if you're going there or live there, keep me in mind. Lay Hooh's card shows The Bayon, a well-known and richly decorated temple at  Angkor in Cambodia. It was built in the late 12th or early 13th centuries. The Bayon's most distinctive feature  is the total of 216 serene and massive stone faces on its many towers. It has been described  "as the most striking expression of the baroque style as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat.".



Lay Hoon used a stamp issued in 2014. It is 1 of a set of 4 showcasing Traditional Khmer Dances.



Lay Hoon has a great postcard blog called Travel Postcard. You can check it our  here .

That's one down with a number to go.

Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York ------------ Words by John Kander and Fred Ebb
                                                                                              Sung by Frank Sinatra

That's the first thing that came to mind when I found David's New York card in my mail. I couldn't get the song out of my head for the rest of the day. The card is a great aerial view of New York City showing the Hudson River , the East River  and Battery Park.



David used a number of Batman stamps issued in 2014. The U.S. issued a total of 8 different Batman stamps, 4 with different Bat symbols and 4 different Batman action stamps.



If I recall correctly, back in 2013 I sent David a card from Canada and used a number of Superman stamps on it. Both were Great Heroes but only one is Superman. . Take care, David.
Oh yes, be sure to have a look at David's fine postcard blog of his travels. It's called "Postcards A World Travelogue " and you can find it  here .

Now for a wonderful card, a Classic in my book . It's a SAS Douglas DC-3  in flight. SAS operated 60 of these aircraft from 1946 - 1965. Here are a few stats for the DC-3 --- Wing span 28.96 m. Length 19.65 m. Cruising speed 295 kn/h. max takeoff weight 12.2 tonnes. Crew 4, Number of seats 28. This particular aircraft SE- CFP has a varied history - It was built as C-47A 43-30732 and delivered to USAAF on 10/5/43, and assigned to Oran, Algeria on 11/20/43. On 2/20/44 it was transferred to the U.S. 9th A.F., and then returned to the USA on 9/23/45. One month later it was with the Reconstruction Finance Corp and subsequently went to Canadair Ltd in Montreal. On 9/12/46 it was sold as LN-IAF to Det Norske Luftfartselskap AS and based in Norway. It was then transferred to the Scandinavian Airlines System on 8/1/48. The plane was leased to Linjeflyg of Sweden as SE-CFP on 8/13/57, then on 6/29/60 it was sold to the Royal Swedish Air Force as 79006 and base with F7 WIng. In 1978 it was with the 13th Wing coded “76.” The plane was then re-registered as SE-CFP on 6/26/84 with Stiftelsen Flygande Veteraner. Many DC-3's are still flying, this one still was as of August 2011.


Julia used a varied selection of postage on this card. I don't know if the longer item on top is a stamp or just a label for bpost - the Belgian company responsible for the delivery of national and international mail. The smaller stamp on the left is 1 of 10 in a 2015 Greetings booklet called What's In A Name. The stamp on the right is a recent definitive featuring King Philip. Interestingly the cancel on all items just says "Collect - Brussel X / Bruxelles X ". Johan, perhaps you might be able to elaborate on this for us .

 




That last card is another winner for my Airlines / Aircraft Postcard Collection. This next card will also be a part of that collection. It's a Vogue cover from July 1, 1941 showing a lady flyer climbing aboard her aircraft. It arrived from Novosibirsk, located in southwestern  Siberia, Russia.   In 1941 Vogue coast just 35 cents , 40 cents in Canada.



Ekaterina or Kate used a couple of  somewhat older stamps here. On the left though is a 2013 stamp , 1 of 4 issued for the Sochi Olympics. The middle stamp , from 2006, features M.A. Vrubel's The Swan Princess , painted in 1900. The stamp on the right, also a painting , was issued in 2009. It is a self-portrait by Russian artist Zinaida Serebriakova.




Here's a black & white card from Elvas, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 30 June 2012. The card is a photo of a lady out for a stroll. It is by Maricruz Suarez.



Alice used a 2014 stamp commemorating 800 Years of Notaries.



Up next is a group of 4 postcards picked up at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. The museum has nearly 300 aircraft spread over 80 acres. Of course the 4 cards all show aircraft, more specifically military aircraft. The first one is a Boeing B52 Bomber, the Stratofortress.

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Next is a Convair B-58 Hustler, the first supersonic Air Force bomber.

 Then we have a Lockheed P-38 H Lightning. During World War II , the Germans called this aircraft the "Fork Tail Devil ".

The last of this group is the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.

A really nice set of aircraft postcards, thanks to Leslie in Ankara, Turkey, with the help of her Dad in the U.S. They all arrived with the same stamp, the 2014 Global Sea Temperatures round self adhesive.



Leslie has a postcard blog that's worth checking out. You can see it right here .

Well I think that's about enough for this time. I didn't get to the cards from Jobbo or Dominique. I have 2 from Jobbo and 4 from Dominique . They will be front and center next time, along with the card from Rasa and the one from Cecile.

Thanks for today's cards go our to Lay Hoon, David, Julia, Kate, Alice and Leslie and her Dad. Great cards everybody, don't know what I'd be doing if people like you didn't fill my mailbox. Really appreciate you all. Thanks again.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More Great Cards From All Over

It's time for another great selection of cards with great stamps from an assortment of great places. That's a lot of great. So, let's start with Jean Pierre's card from Saint Pierre & Miquelon. A self governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, St. Pierre is situated in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The islands are 3,819 km from France , but just 25 km from Canada. Jean Pierre's card gives a look at Saint Pierre in Winter.



As is almost always the case with cards from St. Pierre, the stamps are outstanding. The left stamp, with the Antique Car was issued in 2014. The Bird stamp on the right was issued this year. The smaller one  from 2013 is one of a set of French definitives overprinted SPM for use in St. Pierre and Miquelon. Of note are the always clear, easy to read cancellations.



I have a liking for St. Pierre stamps , always have. Along with French Polynesia and French Southern Antarctic Territory they are my favourites. Anyone wanting a new area of collecting , give these 3 a try, you won't be disappointed.

Today's second card is a new addition to my Airline / Aircraft Collection. It's N587NW, a Northwest Airlines B757-300 aircraft. Northwest was a major U.S. airline founded in 1926 and later absorbed into Delta Air Lines in 2008.




This is another card from Mike and Ashley , who hails from West Chester, PA. This one arrived with a number of stamps, so here they are.
From left to right  : a 2007 Navajo Jewelry stamp, a 2011 George Washington and 2 new stamps issued April 10th  of this year. They are part of a set of 4 called Gifts of Friendship.



Here's a card that travelled a long way to get here. First it travelled from Romania to South Africa, then back to Romania and finally on to Canada and me. Must have used an Eveready battery instead of a stamp.
The card arrived from Timisoara, one of the largest Romanian cities, with 320,000 inhabitants. It is the main social, economic and cultural centres in western Romania.



Bruce's card arrived with 1 of the 6 stamps in the 2013 set of Flowers and Clocks.



Did someone say Luxury ? Yes, that's what we have next  in The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  Abu Dhabi's most enchanting landmark.
A luxury hotel consisting of 394 rooms and suites. Based on its luxury, it describes itself as going beyond 5 star, being a palace instead of just a hotel. Some have even described it as a seven star facility, even though 5 is tops.



Fati used a 2013 stamp commemorating the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. Sadly , it escaped a postmark or cancellation.



Another card from Jobbo is next. Jobbo sends great cards with really great stamps . My Thailand stamp collection is certainly increasing. Today's card shows the Royal Barge and the Chanting Ceremony in Bangkok.



Here's 2 more Thailand stamps to add to my growing collection. On the left is 1 of 4 in a 1998 set called Art With Scissors. Then on the right, the long stamp showing the Royal Barge. It was issued in 1996 to mark the Golden Jubilee of King Bjumibol Adulyadej.



Next we have Greetings from The United Nations, New York . The card shows the General Assembly Building of the United Nations with the flags of the member countries.

 

David, while on his recent trip to New York sent this card along. He used 2 stamps  from the 2015 set of 6 World Heritage Series. Shown here are Borobudur Temple in Indonesia and Luang Prabang in Laos.





A nice card from Belgium showing the monument The Lion's Mound in Waterloo is next. The Battle of Waterloo took place on June 18th, 1815, two hundred years ago.  The card commemorates that as do the stamps attached.



Johan used 2 stamp from a recent 5 stamp souvenir sheet. The 2 here celebrate Prussian General Gebhard von Blucher and William, Prince of Orange, Commander of the Anglo-Allied Corps.



Here now is a card from Ana in Macedonia. It shows the Osogovo Monastery with the Church of St. Joachim of Osogovo to the right and the Church of the Holy Mother of God to the left. Founded in the 12th century, the monastery is located in woods near the northeastern town of Kriva Palanka, Republic of Macedonia., just 10 km from the Bulgarian border.



Ana used a stamp from a set of 4 Icons issued in 1999.



Another card and another church. This one is from Italy and shows The Church of St Mary of Mount  Berico, a Roman Catholic basilica in Vicenza, northern Italy.



Dominique used a 2014 stamp highlighting Augustus, Founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.  The stamp marks 2000 years since the death of Augustus.





Last card for today. One more for my Airline Collection. A Cargolux B747.  Cargolux  Airlines International is a cargo airline with its head office at Luxembourg Findel Airport in Sandweiler, Luxembourg.



Meelis used 2 stamps from a set of 4 featuring Antique Autos. They were issued in 2014. The two cars shown are a 1895 De Dion Bouton and a 1904 Peugeot.



That does it for this time. It went way longer than I anticipated. Sometimes when the cards are good, I just want to keep going. Big  thanks for cards go out to Jean Pierre, Mike & Ashley, Bruce, Fati, Jobbo, David, Johan, Ana, Dominique and Meelis. Thank You to all. Hope this update wasn't too long and that you will come back again soon. Take care.