Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another New Country , Burkina Faso # 202

Here are some of the numerous postcards that arrived while I was on vacation. One was even a new country to my collection, Burkina Faso , country # 202. Others cards were from Bhutan, Brazil, Slovenia, Republic of China, Germany, Ireland, Macedonia, New Zealand and a couple from the U.S. I won't get to all those in this posting but we'll cover a number of them.

First is the card from Burkina Faso. A landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso borders on Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Burkina was called Upper Volta prior to Aug 4, 1984. It's capital is Ouagadougou. The postcard shows various buildings in the capital including The Grand Mosque, House of the People, Place of Nations and a cathedral.

The card was sent by Jacques Lacour , who lives in Koudougou, about 75 km from the capital. It was postmarked from this town on 26 Sep, and that's not a bad travel time from West Africa. Jacques has a philatelic blog called le blog philatelique de Jacques Lacour. His blog can be found at . Give a look and see what he's about. Thanks Jacques, it's a great addition to my postcard collection.

My second card for today is from Bhutan. It is the 2nd card received recently from Leo van der Velde, who lives in the capital Thimphu. The card shows King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He is the fifth Dragon King of Bhutan and the world's youngest head of state. He became king on 14 December 2006. This is a special postcard issued by the Kuensel Newspaper on the occasion of the 28th birthday of the king, Feb 21, 1980. In cooperation with Bhutan Post it offered free postage if mailed within Bhutan on 21,22,23 Feb 2008.

Leo used 2 of a set of 3 beautiful Bhutan stamps , issued for The Year of The Rat in 1996. On his earlier card , Leo also used a couple of beautiful Bhutan stamps . You can see them on my posting of Sept 20th. Thanks Leo for this card and the great stamps that you use. If you keep this up , I'll have the beginning of a wonderful Bhutan stamp collection. Thanks again.

Now a card from Brazil. It shows Vacabrava Park in Goiania, Brazil. The city of 1.25 million is a planned city, founded on Oct 24, 1933. The park shown on the card covers an area of 18,000 sq. meters and contains a lake, a forest of native species and many places for exercise. This card was sent by Luis Alberto Kalife who has a blog called Kalife's Stamp Collection at . Thanks Luis for this.
Luis used 2 great stamps on the card, both issued in 2000 celebrating transplantation.

One more card, this time from Slovenia. The card shows Mercury, the god of commerce and ptotector of merchants. The statue is located on top of the Centromerkur , Ljubljana's oldest department store. This card comes from Postcrosser Wakeful (username) and she used a number of great stamps . They are part of a set of 17 definitives issued in 2007 , highlighting orchids, plants and flowers. The complete set is a great looking set and one I would love to have.

And the final card for this posting is from The U.S. It shows one of many covered bridges in New Hampshire. This one, Tme Mount Orne Bridge is a wooden Howe truss bridge over the Connecticut River between Lancaster, New Hampshire and Lunenburg, Vermont. This bridge was constructed in 1911 at a cost of $6,678 and measures 266 ft 3 in long.

Audrey, another Postcrosser sent this card. She used a 2007 famous women stamp , featuring Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe (june 14, 1811-July 01, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist. She gained her fame for Uncle Tom's Cabin, which attached the cruelty of slavery.
Thanks Audrey.

Well, I am about half way caught up from vacation. I may have another update later today or this evening. Be sure to check back . As always , comments are welcome, please leave yours.

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