Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Postcard Of The Day --- Brazil

Today's update is quite small compared to yesterday's. I have just 1 postcard, no make that 2 , plus a cover to show today. The postcard of the day is from Brazil. It is from Postcrosser Leo. It was sent from Itapoa and shows an aerial view of Upper City and Lower City of Salvador. Located on the northeast coast of Brazil, Salvador is known as Brazil's capital of happiness. It must be great living in the capital of happiness. The city was founded on March 29, 1549, making it one of the oldest cities in the New World. Leo used a new 2008 stamp from a set of 3 featuring Amazon animals.

I also received this cover from frequent contributor Wei Yi of Taiwan. This cover commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Flying Tigers arrival in China. Wei Yi used 3 nice stamps on the cover. The stamp on the left , from a set of 4, was issued this year to mark the Inauguration of the 12th President and Vice President. The center stamp shows The Flying Tigers. The smaller stamp on the right , issued in the 1980's is from the National Flag series.
Inside this cover , Wei Yi sent an unused postcard of a Blood Chit.What's a Blood Chit , you may well ask ? A Blood Chit is a notice that was carried by many military aircraft personnel, that displayed a message aimed at civilians that ask them to help the service member in case they are shot down. The postcard shows the Blood Chit issued to the American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers. The Chinese characters read: This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians , one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him medical care. Another blood chit said: I am an American airman. My plane is destroyed. I cannot speak your language. I am an enemy of the Japanese. Please give me food and take me to the nearest Allied military post. You will be rewarded . If you look closely on the middle stamp, you can see the Blood Chit on the airman's back , on his shirt or jacket. I found this quite interesting. Thanks Wei Yi.
That's about it for today, I said it was going to be a short update. But before you go, have a look at my appeal for help at the end of yesterday's posting. Who knows, you may just be the one who can help me. We'll see how it goes.
Cheers, and enjoy your postcards, stamps and covers.

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