Monday, October 24, 2016

More Cards From The Pile On The Desk

Good day again. Here's  the second installment of the cards on the desk. Again in no particular order.
Let's start with this card sent by Johan in Belgium. The card though is all about Kyrgyzstan. It's a look at The Aykol Manas Monument , in front of the State Historical Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek.

The card originated at Antwerpfila , which was held in Antwerp 30 September and 01 October. It is a prestamped card issued by the Kyrgyz Express Post, the second designated postal operator for Kyrgyzstan.
Here's a look at the stamp and post cancellation.

This next card is of a painting of Emperor Nicholas II , by I Galkin.
Nicholas was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from November 1894 until his forced abdication in March 1917. I guess abdication wasn't quite enough as he was later assassinated on July 17, 1918.

A couple of fine stamps arrived on this card. The card is from Anna, a Postcrosser who attended a Postcrossing Meet-up in Arkhangelsk, near the White Sea. Guess I missed that one !
Anna had the card signed by 10 or 12 Postcrossers who attended.
The 2 larger stamps are of interest. The vertical stamp was issued in 2013, 1 of 4 showing Military Uniforms. The larger stamp on the right , also from a set of 4, was issued in 2011 , all of them showing Bridges.

Card # 3 for today is from the Czech Republic. It is a a card showing a Taras Kuscynskyj  photo called Dana, who appears to be relaxing in a tree. I think I would want somewhere softer and a little closer to the ground, but to each his own I guess.

 This was a private swap with Alena. She used a 2016 stamp showing a Streetcar . It is from a set of 2 , the other is of a ship.

A new addition to my Airline Postcard Collection is up next - S7 Airlines. PJSC Siberia Airlines, operating as S7 Airlines is Russia's biggest domestic airline. Airplanes make a neat Christmas Tree, don't they ?

Nastya, who lives in Central Russia sent this card and used a number of the old Animal definitives from 2008, along with a new Ballooning stamp from 2016.

My Lovely Teena is the sender of this next card. She dropped it in the mail while we were back East to Newfoundland. It's a view of Quidi Vidi Village, a neighbourhood of St. John's. Quidi Vidi pronounces like Kiddy Viddy. The large green building is the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, the largest microbrewery in Newfoundland. Also located in the village is Mallard Cottage, one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America. It's an 18th century Irish Newfoundland styled cottage.

Teena used a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee stamp , featuring a stamp on a stamp. It was issued in 2012.

A show looking at the private life of Marilyn Monroe was held at the Palazzo Madama, in Turin, Italy from June 1st to September 19th of  this year.  It was titled " The Woman Beyond The Myth " . This is a card from that show.

Carla from Genoa swapped this card with me. We swap every month or so. Always a good card and stamp from Carla.
 Her stamp this time celebrates Albenga, a city on the Gulf of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. It was issued earlier this year.

Here's the last card for this time. As I wrote last time, if your card hasn't been featured yet, then it's still on the pile on the desk. It will surface eventually.
This last card is another addition to my Postcard Collection of Newfoundland Towns. It's the 30th Newfoundland Town card in the collection. As you can see , with just 30, I haven't really been trying too hard. Hoping to do better though.
# 30 is from Bell Island, an island located off the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland , Conception Bay. It measures 9.7 km in length and 3.5 km in width.  
Bell Island has a rather unique Second World War history. On September 5th and November 5th, 1942 the anchorage for bulk iron ore carriers was attacked by German U-boats U-513 and U-518. Four ships were sunk and 70 mariners lost their lives. In addition to the four ships , an errant German torpedo also struck the iron ore loading dock on shore. As a result, Bell Island was one of the very few locations in North America to see enemy action during the war, and the only location in North America to be subject to direct attack by German forces during World War II. There you go - Bell Island's claim to fame !
The card from Bell Island shows " Whiskey " a two year old Newfoundland Dog.

Thanks for this card go to the Postmaster  at the Canada Post Office on Bell Island. It arrived with one of the recent Haunted Canada stamps, the one featuring The Bell Island Hag.

A good , clear cancellation on this one. Love that.
Well that's it for this time. With any luck I'll be back again soon, in a day or two and get a few more of the cards front and center . Take care. Thanks for cards going out to Johan, Anna, Carla, Alena, Nastya, My Lovely Teena and the Bell Island Postmaster.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

After A Month's Absence

Hello there, I can't believe it's been a month since I was last here. Where have I been, how come the month away ? Who knows , I guess it's called life. I was actually away for 2 weeks, a visit to Newfoundland, to visit family and friends. Also in the month, my wife celebrated her birthday, my little grand daughter also had a birthday. Then with fall here, there were a few things to put away for winter, and a few small renovations.  Then there were the baseball playoffs, now over for me with Toronto going down to defeat. So with all that,  postcards, blogs, and stamps kind of got put on the back burner . Happily postcards continued to arrive. Before I go on I want to thank Jobbo, Barbara, David, Dominique, Gordon, Ravindra, Johan, Alena, Carla, and My Lovely Teena for all the great cards with great stamps that I received in the past month. But now it's time to move forward with postcards.

First up is a card from the U.S.A.  It's a postcard featuring a manhole cover in Berlin. Maybe it's just me but I think they make a great collection. From looking at the design on this manhole cover, it appears it's a great place to advertise your city and its sights.

The card is from Meredith who lives in Saint Paul, Minn and she picked the card up on her recent visit to Berlin. She used 2 great stamp, a Star Trek stamp from 2016 and a Butterfly stamp from 2015. The Star Trek stamp is 1 of 4 in a set . The Butterfly stamp has a Non Machinable Letter Rate and shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

My second card today is from Thailand and gives us a look at a picture of a rare color plate of a spotted elephant from " The Manual of Royal Elephants in Rama II's Keep " .

Jobbo's card arrived with a couple of definitives featuring The Late King Bhumibol Adulyyadej (1927 - 2016 ) .

Note to Jobbo - the answer to your question is a Big No. If I removed the stamps from my postcards, the cards would then be meaningless to me .

Here now is a card from The Netherlands. It's a look inside the Rijksmuseum Library in Amsterdam. It was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808. The current building opened its doors in 1885. The museum's collection consists of over 1 million objects with around 8000 currently on display.

This card is from a private swap with Barbara. We have swapped a number of times now and continue to do so. Barbara used 2 stamps from a set of 10 issued for Year of the Book 2016.

This is another card from Barbara and what do you know- it's another Manhole cover card . That makes 3 manhole cards  that I have received . The collection grows !  This one is located in Nara, Japan. Nara has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites but I don't think the manhole cover is one of them. But I still like it.

Barbara used a number of stamps including 2 often seen common stamps on the left. The middle stamp is from a set of 12 Dutch Province stamps issued in 2002. Over on the right is  1 of 2 Youth Philately stamps from 2014.

Today's cards are in no particular order . I'm just picking them from the stack on my desk. So if I don't get to yours today, hang in there. There's always tomorrow. I promise it won't be another month.

David's card from Windhoek, Namibia is the next one up. We can see a few of the locals along with the church built on a traffic island. This is Christ Church, built of quartz sandstone in the first years of the 20th century. Formerly known as the Church of Peace, it is situated in the middle of Robert Mugabe Avenue and is one of Windhoek's leading tourist attractions.

David used a recent 2016 stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Allgemaine Zeitung.

Another card from David.  This one shows the Dunes of Namibia. You can also see in the top left corner, a salt and sand pan or dry lakebed, surrounded by high red dunes in Sossuslei, in the southern part of the Namib Desert.

This card arrived with a really nice stamp It shows a Black Heron on a white background. The scan may be a little difficult to see with all the white. It is 1 of 5 different Herons in the set, issued in 2016. A beautiful set of stamps, to be sure.

Now it's a card from Khun Gordon in Thailand. On the card we see HTMS Chakri Naruebet, the Flagship of the  Royal Thai Navy. It is Thailand's first and only aircraft carrier.

This was a prestamped postcard at the 6 Baht rate. The prestamp is a stamp showing exactly as on the front of the card, the aircraft carrier. Gordon also used 2 definitives of the late King. He also used a 2014 souvenir/sheet showing the aircraft carrier in question. A really nice souvenir sheet. Issued at the same time as the s/s was a set of 4 , all war ships , 1 of which was the aircraft carrier.

Here's the last card for today. The 8th card is from Ravindra is Sri Lanka. It's an ocean/beach view of Beruwala, a town in Western Province. Here you will find one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka. It is believed to be the site where the first Arab Muslims landed in the country. You'll also find that Beruwala is the starting point of a 130 kilometres long stretch of beach. Must be a great spot to beachcomb.

Ravindra used 2 stamps from 2016 and 1 from 2014. The lower left stamp celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tourism.
The top left stamp celebrates VESAK 2016 or Buddha Day. The top right stamp is 1 of 4  issued for APPU, the Asian Pacific Postal Union.

There you have it for this time. Thanks for cards go out to Meredith, Jobbo, Barbara, David, Khun Gordon and Ravindra. More great cards next time , soon I promise. Take care now.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall 2016

Well the leaves are turning yellow, many have fallen and the weather seems to have changed for Fall. This will be the first update for Fall.  I have a number of great cards again this time, so let's start with a card from Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is the capital and largest city in West Flanders. The historic city centre is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 2000. On Johan's card we see The Belfry of Bruges, a medieval tower, 83 m high and leaning about a metre to the east.

Johan used a very recent stamp, issued on 22nd  August , celebrating the sport of Para-Equestrian at the Rio Olympics.

Be sure to check out Johan's fine postcard blog right here .

Next is a bird's eye view of Dubai Marina. This district in Dubai, is an artificial canal city , built along a 3 km stretch of the Persian Gulf. The development is inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver , Canada.

David used a couple of stamps from 2013. On the left is a special commemorative marking the 10th year of the Dubai International Film Festival. The larger stamp on the right commemorates 50 Years of Postal Service in Abu Dhabi. It is from a set of 4.

Have a look at David's great postcards and travel blog , here .

Now it's a card France, showing the statue of Joan of Arc, or the Maid of Orleans.

Dominique used a 2015 stamp celebrating St. Martial de Lestards Church.

Sorry , not a great scan of that one.

Here's another card sent by Jobbo, this one from Vientiane, Laos. It's a fine look at the Patuxai, a war monument in the centre of the city, which was built between 1957 and 1968. Often called the Victory Gate or the Arc of The Triumph of Vientiane, it is dedicated to all those who fought in the struggle for independence from  France.

Jobbo used great stamps as always. On the left is a stamp from 2008, 1 of 4 in a set featuring Bees. On the right is a stamp celebrating the ASEAN Economic Community. Both nice stamps but unfortunately they ran into the infamous stamp defiler. The only cancellation received was a black marker or crayon strike. And I thought that only happened in Canada. More on that  later.

I recently went out to Banff for a short visit and as always , I always send a few postcards , both to myself and to others. All 3 that I or My Lovely Teena sent to me , met with the stamp defiler. All 3 were eventually marked out with a black or green crayon. This happened after I personally handed the cards in at the Banff Post Office and asked the clerk to hand cancel all the cards for me. He said no problem and I even watched as he cancelled them. What good was that I now ask ?
Back to the cards now.
This card , sent by My Lovely Teena is a really nice card. It's one of those thin wooden cedar cards that one finds every now and then.  The picture on the front is a classic Canadian snapshot. Members of an old time Canadian hockey team. By the flags flying in the background, I think this could be a team from a World Hockey Championship from days gone by. A wonderful card indeed.

Teena used one of the recent Haunted Canada stamps. The scary set of 5 was issued on September 8 . The stamp on the card shows the Phantom Bell Ringers of Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island.

The 2nd card from Banff is a 3D card with a number of scenes from Banff National Park - mountains, lakes, snow , a train and the Banff gondola. Hopefully the scan will show the 3D effect.

Another of the Haunted Canada stamps appears on this one. This time it's the Lady in White of Montmorency Falls.

And finally today's last card, showing 2 Bighorn Sheep. Two beautiful animals indeed.

One more Haunted Canada stamp. Here we have the ghost of a well-dressed Edwardian lady , who often shows up at the century old Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre in Toronto.

As you can see all three met up with the dreaded stamp defiler. As I mentioned earlier, I'm not that surprised this happened in Canada, as it's long been a problem here. I just wasn't sure that it happened abroad. I see some cards from away and they have perfect cancellations , it just makes one wonder what the problem is here . I know a good, clear cancellation is the farthest thing from the mind of Canada Post and its workers. Their only job  is to move the mail and keep it moving, and the hell with collectors.
Pardon my little rant there.

Today's thanks for cards go out to Johan, David, Dominique, Jobbo and My Lovely Teena.

There it is , another update and a few random thoughts thrown in on cancellations. If you have any thoughts on the stamp defiler or have experienced his work, leave a comment and let the world know .
Take care and enjoy the Fall.

Friday, September 16, 2016

To The Zoo and Beyond

Well it's been 10 days, so it's definitely time to get back at it. So let's get going. First we're off to the Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, it opened on 21 July 1843. The card shows two giraffes , head and shoulders above everyone else.

This is my first swap with Gerda. She has a great postcard blog at My Postcard-Page .  Her card arrived with 2 wonderful and large stamps featuring Animals In Danger. They are part of a very beautiful set of 5, issued this year.

My next card is from Ahmedabad , India. The card shows Gandhi and a group of his supporters and followers.

This is a card from David and his recent trip to India. He used a Miniature Sheet containing one stamp that was issued on Aug 15, Independence Day in India. The sheet is also inscribed Tourism in India.

The next card for today arrived from Estonia. We can see a couple small boats near Vosu, a small village of about 335 people located in north central Estonia.

This is ship mail, a card sent by Meelis from the M/L Superstar, a ferry operating between Helsinki and Tallin.  Meelis used the large 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp .

  Now , a card from France, this one shows the Governor's Palace in Metz, a city with a 3,000 year history. Metz has a lot going on - the Saint -Stephen Cathedral with the largest expanse of stained glass windows in the world ,  the Basilica of Saint Pierre-aux-Nonnains  - the oldest church in all of France and its Opera House - again the oldest in France. The Govenor's Palace was built between 1902 and 1904. It is the former palace of the commander of the XVI corps of the German Army.

Dominique used a stamp from 2015 on this card. It celebrates the life of Martin Nadaud, a former member of the Parliament of France.

Who's up for a sunrise near Taiwan. That's the image of this next card. That's all I got on this one.

Star sent this card and used this stamp.

Here's a Marilyn Monroe card that I haven't seen before. It arrived from Belgorod, Russia. Darla wrote that it was a small town, even though it has a population of over 350,000. It is located just 40 km north of the border with Ukraine. Oh yes, back to the card. Marilyn Monroe, call her what you will, she had a number of names. Often called Norma Jeane Baker, she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. The American actress and model died on Aug 5, 1962 at the young age of 36.

Darla used 2 stamps, the triangle stamp was issued in 2013 and is from a set of 4. The 2nd stamp was issued in 2016 and is entitled National Cuisine.

My next card features the Bolshoy Obukhovsky Bridge , the newest bridge crossing the Neva River in Saint Petersburg . It is the only bridge the Neva which is not a drawbridge. It opened on Dec 15, 2004 and is 2,824 meters in length.

Postcrosser Karina used a stamp from 2014 featuring The Medal for the Defense of Sevastopol ( 1941-1942 ) . I wonder if today's soldiers got a medal for the illegal invasion and occupation of Sevastopol  and other parts of Ukraine in 2014.

Just to show that I'm not political ( at least not often ) on my blog here's another card from Russia. It's not Marilyn Monroe this time but Katharine Hepburn. She was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. Hepburn won 4 Academy Awards for Best Actress. They were for Morning Glory in 1933, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner in 1967, The Lion In Winter in 1968 and On Golden Pond  in 1981. She also was nominated 8 other times for that award.

WE have 3 stamps on this card to look at. On the top( you might want to tip your head a little for this one ) is a Modern Art stamp from a set of 3 issued in 2013. In the middle is a Contemporary  Art stamp from 2011. There were 6 in this set. The bottom stamp is from 2002, 1 of a set of 3 , celebrating the History of Customs.

There it is , another bunch of great cards. Thanks for these cards go out to Gerda, David, Meelis, Dominique, Star, Darla,  Karina, and Larisa.  
Thanks for dropping by and do come by again soon. Take care.