Thursday, June 26, 2008
Postcard From Sanquhar and Others
An interesting card to start with today. I received a postcard from The Blackaddie House Hotel in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Sanquhar is the site of the world's oldest post office. It has been operating continuously since 1712. And, the card says just that - postcard posted from the oldest post office in the world in Sanquhar S.W. Scotland. Sanquhar is located on the River Nith and has a population of around 2100. Another interesting fact about Sanquhar is that it also has the world's oldest curling society, formed in 1774. This is a great card in my collection. Now if only I could get a card from the most northerly, the most southernly and the highest post offices to go with the oldest, it would be a great mini collection. Thanks to the Blackaddie.
I don't normally show the written comments on my cards, but in this case an exception is warranted. I am also showing a picture of the Sanquhar Post Office.
My second card for today is from Provincetown , Mass, USA.It was sent by postcrosser Hans, who hails from France. He runs a B&B in Provincetown called Carpe Diem. Provincetown is located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod from where this card was posted. Hans says Carpe Diem means Seize The Day. My high school had Carpe Diem as its motto and we always said it meant Seize The Opportunity. I guess both are acceptable. Hans used a number of stamps on his card. The most interesting is the one showing Five Finger Lighthouse in Alaska. Five Finger lights the waterways of Frederick Sound and Stephens passage in Southeast Alaska. The lighthouse has been an active navigational aid since 1902. This stamp is one of a set of five issued in 2007 featuring Pacific lighthouses and safety at sea.
My final card today is from Burnham On sea. Lora from Postcrossing sent the card along. Burnham On Sea is a town in Somerset, england. Burnham is a popular seaside resort as well as the home of the shortest pier in Great Britain. The area is notable for its beach and mudflats. The area also has the second highest tidal range in the world. Tides can recede for over 2.4 km.
The picture on the card looks like a pretty nice spot to pick up some fish and chips.
That's all for today. Drop back again soon.