Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Postcards, Postcards and More Postcards

Well wouldn't you know , it's feast or famine. A few days ago I was complaining about not receiving any postcards over a three day period. Now today I find seven cards in my mailbox. Six were from Postcrossers in Finland (2) , Germany (2) , USA, and Macau. The seventh card was from a fellow blogger in Mauritius. I won't be showing all the cards but I would like to acknowledge them.

The first card that I want to show today is the Non-Postcrossing card from Mauritius. It was sent by Tasneem . The card shows a group of dolphins swimming near Le Morne. It is a basaltic rock with a summit of 556 metres above sea level. The hill became well-known in the 19th century when runaway slaves used it as a hideout . After the abolishment of slavery on Mauritius, a police expedition traveled to the rock on 1 February 1835 to tell the slaves that they were free people. However, the slaves misunderstood and many jumped to their death. In 2008 Le Morne was added to the World Heritage Site list. Tasneem used a stamp from 2008, 1 of a set of 6 featuring shells and corals.

Now the card from Macau. It shows Mandarin's House. It is a traditional Chinese structure mixed with some western features built in 1881. It was the residence of the renowned Chinese philosopher Zheng Guanying. The stamp on the left is from 2008, 1 of a set of 4 featuring legends and myths. The stamp on the right is from 1999, 1 of a set of 10 showing modern architecture.

The third card is from The U.S.A. It is a card of Maine, but sent from Tucson, Az. Merle sent the card and used a 94 cent St John , U.S. Virgin Islands airmail rate stamp from 2008.The picture on the card shows a Harbor Seal. They are found frequently along the Maine Coast and are sometimes called the " clowns "of the deep.

The last card for today is from Helsinki, Finland. It shows Helsinki Olympic Stadium and the Waino Aaltonen's sculpture Paavo Nurmi. The stadium was built in 1938 for the 1940 summer Olympics which ended up cancelled due to World War II. It is best known as the site of the 1952 Summer Olympics. Paavo Nurmi was one of the Flying Finns and considered by many as the greatest Track & Filed athlete of all time. He won 9 Gold medals and 3 Silver medals in the 1920, 24 and 28 Summer Olympics. The stamp used on this card is from the 2008 souvenir sheet featuring Kimi Raikkonen and his F1 World Championship of 2007. Just a beautiful stamp.
That is today's update. See you tomorrow. Remember, comments are always welcome.

2 comments:

postcardkris said...

Gem,
I would like to comment more often but my work makes this impossible. You have a wonderful blog that's why I follow it and feature it on my Exquisite Blogs link at postcardkris.blogspot.com.
The Formula One Stamp is perfect. I didn't know it existed and it shows my favorite F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen. Thanks for posting beautiful cards and stamps. Keep up the good work. I’m sending a written card to you tomorrow with a recently issued stamp.
Toodles, Kris

Ana said...

Hi Glenn

i dont know if i got this right, but the Macau card is actually an official one????? Wow, if thats so, you are lucky!!! Its not an everyday treat that a Macau user gets your address :)
I guess its not just with me, the feast/famine tradition....two days ago i got 11 cards...now im in a drought period again...but the high dose still keeps me content somehow :)

as for the F1 stamp...im always delighted when a Finish postcard arrives with the Kimi stamp...I have the FDC and a postcard with the souvenir sheet, they are just amazing!
regards to Kris...its nice to see other Kimi fans around...he's been my favourite driver since 2002!

wishing many more days with a full mailbox!