Friday, December 19, 2008

Beautiful Cover From Turkey and 4 Cards

Well I have been a bit lax in posting any updates to this blog for the past week. There just never seems to be enough time in this busy season. But I do have another excuse, I have a minor computer problem, which now appears to be fixed. Oh well, on to postcards . I have 4 postcards and a cover to show today. The postcards are from The Netherlands, 2 from Finland and another from Germany. The cover is from Turkey.
First the postcards . First is the card from Zaandam, Netherlands. Zaandam is a town in North Holland. It dates as a city to 1811. It is located on the Zaan, close to the North Sea canal and close to the capital Amsterdam. The card shows a few typical scenes from Zaandam. It was sent by Heddy, who I can only think reads my blog and wanted to send a card. Thanks Heddy. The 3 stamps on the card are from a 2008 set of 10 encouraging one and all to think green and act green.

The next card is from Finland. It shows a typical winter landscape in Finland. It was sent by Aada, a 9 year old Postcrosser. Aada says the scene on the card is about 20 km from her home.
She used a wonderful stamp. It was issued this year, 2008 and is 1 of 2 in a souvenir sheet, which was a joint issue with Greenland. It shows the iron and steel square rigged sailing ship Sofia in 1883.

Next is another winter scene from Finland. Again it was sent by a Postcrosser and Annika is her name. The stamp is a 2008 Christmas stamp.

The last card is a card from Germany. It shows various street scenes in Cologne. Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in 38 BC. The larger picture on the right side is of the Cologne Cathedral with the Hohenzollen Bridge. Need I say, another Postcrossing card. The stamp on the left was issued in 2008 and is of a World Heritage Site. I have featured this stamp before. The stamp on the right , also issued 2008, features Lorenz Werthmann, 1858-1921, on the occasion of the 150 anniversary of his birth.

Now the beautiful cover from Turkey. Sent by Ahmet, who drew the beautiful bird on the cover. I have seen 2 other examples of his artistic flair and I think he is quite talented. Thanks Ahmet. Your return cover is on the way. The 2 stamps are both Europa stamps issued this year. They appear to feature handwriting and autographs.

That's all she wrote for today. Hopefully the next update will be sooner than later. Thanks to all who sent the postcards and the cover. As always your comments are welcome.

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