Friday, April 10, 2009

A few More Of The Fourteen

As I mentioned yesterday, today is a holiday and as such a good day for postcards and stamps. My first postcard today is from Bonn, Germany. The card shows the Bonn Post-Tower. The building is designed as a pair of twin towers connected on every floor through glass bridges. It is the headquarters of Deutsche AG. It is 163 m high , has 42 floors and was completed in 2002. Sent by a Postcrosser, she used a single flower definitive from 2006.

Card number 2 is from Taiwan, R.O.C. It was sent by Wu Wei Yi, a regular reader of my blog and postcard contributor. His card this time is a reproduction of a Time Magazine cover of November 9, 1936. It shows then Premier of China, Chiang Kai-Shek. Just a fews days ago , April 5th , was the 34th annivesary of the death of Chiang Kai-Shek. Wei Yi used 3 stamps, 2 face different , including the large stamp showing Chiang kai-Shek.

An artist's representation of Dubai Creek is shown on the next card from United Arab Emirates. The UAE was formed in 1971 and is a federation of seven emirates, situated on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. I'm sure these names are quite familiar to all the old stamp collectors out there. We all had stamps from these so called sand dune countries in our collections. It just proves that philately is still a changing hobby. Moving along. Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek in Dubai. It extends inland 14 km from the Persian Gulf. Plans are well underway to increase the creek by 12.2 km more by November 2010. This card from U.A.R. is also from a Postcrosser. The stamp is from a 2007 set of 7 definitives featuring falcons. Unfortunately the stamp is torn in the top right corner. Too bad as one doesn't often see UAE stamps on mail in this part of the world.

A map card of Texas is next. It was sent by Rosemary L of El Paso. She is a reader of this blog and a postcard collector herself. A card is on the way to you Rosemary, so keep reading. A postcard often tells a lot about a place. This one says that Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845. It's state bird is the mockingbird and the state flower is the Bluebonnet.

The last card for today is from Australia. Scott from Melbourne sent this great flag card. The Australian national flag is the result of a competition held in 1901. The Union Jack, national flag of the United Kingdom, occupies the top left corner. Directly below is the seven-pointed Commonwealth star. The right side of the flag depicts the Southern Cross , a constellation seen in Australia's night sky. Scott used a 2008 Beijing Olympics stamp to get this card to me.

Now for a final bit of of housekeeping. I received a mail out from Scott Thomson of Positively Postal in The U.K. He sent a pack of postcards of the Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution , one of which I show here. This is the one I like best. Scott used a number of these stamps on the package he sent. He has a number of things happening , including a nice competition , on his website, which you can see on the Postbox shown. I have reproduced his links here . Just click on the image to enlarge it . Give him a visit.

And that is all for today, and this week. Take care and have a great weekend. If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter to you and yours. If not, have a great weekend anyway. Cheers.

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