Tuesday, June 3, 2008
A New Month and 3 Postcards
I have three postcards that have arrived so far in June. They are from South Korea, Switzerland and Germany. The one from South Korea was sent by Michael of cddstamps and I thank him for it.
His card is quite interesting in that it shows The Bridge of No Return. This is the site where two United Nations Command Officers were murdered by North Korea soldiers in 1976. The bridge is located in the Joint Security Area and crosses the Military Demarcation Line between North Korea and South Korea. It was used for prisoner exchanges at the end of the Korean War in 1953. The name originates from the fact that prisoners were given the choice to remain in the country of their captivity or cross over to the other country. But if they chose to cross the bridge, they would never be allowed to return. The last time the bridge was used for prisoner exchanges was in 1968 when the crew of the USS Pueblo was released and ordered to cross into South Korea via the bridge. A lot of history has taken place on that bridge.
The stamp on the card is a 2003 definitive.
My second postcard today was sent by Postcrosser Wolfgang who lives in Lucerne. The card has two views from Lucerne. The top shows a Jesuit Church built between 1666 and 1673. The bottom view is of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. The 14th century wooden bridge crosses the Reuss River and is 670 feet long. The tower on the right , the Water Tower, has served as a prison, a torture chamber, a watchtower and a treasury.
Wolfgang used a 2008 stamp , 1 of a set of 4, featuring music instruments, in this cars a saxaphone.
The final card for today, from Germany is also the result of my participation in Postcrossing. The card , sent by Kirsten , shows The Berliner Dom or The Berlin Cathedral. It is a Lutheran Cathedral and was built between 1895 and 1905. Kirsten used 2 nice stamps , including one single stamp souvenir sheet. It was issued in 2001 for children. The other stamp , issued 2007 honors Karl Valentin, 1882-1948. Valentin was a Bavarian comedian, cabaret performer, clown, author and film producer. He was ofter called the "Charlie Chaplin of Germany".
That's another day of postcards . see you again soon.