Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mexico Card Update and Other New Cards

I have a number of new cards to show today , but first I want to update the Mexico card that I wrote about on Thursday past. The card is from my son, his wife and my little grandson. I have their permission to show the reverse of the card and the comments. This is not something that I normally do. But in this case , it's special. The card has a crayon drawing on it in addition to comments about my grandson, Evan. The drawing represents Evan and a small Mexico boy playing together on the beach. The artwork is courtesy of Stephen. Thanks.
Now on to the new cards. First is a card from Macedonia. It shows Ohrid. Ohrid is a city of about 42,000 inhabitants on the eastern shore of lake Ohrid, in the Republic of Macedonia. Ohrid is notable for having once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. In 1980 Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. This card is from Ana, who writes the blog My World of Postcards at www.thewholeworldatyourhands.blogspot.com . Ana's blog is the first blog I check out every day. I hope she is enjoying her time away right now. Ana used 3 great stamps on her card. On the left is a 1998 stamp picturing Mahatma Gandhi. The 2 stamps on the right are from a set of 4 issued in 1999 featuring Medieval Rulers. Thanks Ana for the card and the great stamps. Thanks to you, my Macedonian collection continues to grow.

Next is another great card . It's from The United Nations in Vienna, Austria. The card shows Vienna International Centre. The VIC was built between 1973 and 1979, just north of the river Danube. The card is from Edna who posted it at the U N post office in Vienna. And , it is indeed postmarked at the United Nations. It is actually a prestamped postcard to which Edna added extra stamps. The prestamped stamp is the same design as the front of the card. The 4 extra stamps are as follows: top left- Eggenberg Castle , issued 2003. Top right and bottom left, 2 of a set of 4 issued in 2008 featuring sculptures. The last stamp, bottom right was issued in 2002 and is 1 of 6 definitives issued for tourism. Just a great card , Edna, thanks .

A card from the U. K. is next. The card shows the set of 4 stamp miniature sheet issued for Kew Gardens, this year. The Gardens, located in southwest London, is between Richmond and Kew. The gardens contain the world's largest collection of living plants, numbering 30,000 different kinds and over 7 million preserved plant specimens in its herbarium, the largest in the world. The card is from Scott of the website positivelypostal. Check out Scott's site at www.positivelypostal.co.uk for a contest in which you can win stamps, mini sheets and much more. Scott used , in the right corner, a 2009 stamp from a sheet of 10 different values featuring Endangered Plants

And, finally the last card is from The Philippines. It shows The Banaue Rice Terraces in the mountains of the North, in Ifugao Province. These terraces are often referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the World. They are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The card is courtesy of Myron, a fellow blogger at www.sangdoocha.blogstot.com , and his blog is entitled Filatelin Sa Filipines. The two stamps were issued in 2009 , but that's all I know about them.

That's all there is for today. More tomorrow. Be sure and tune in again.

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