Friday, June 24, 2011

Cards Received But Never Shown Before

Here I am again with another selection of cards that I received sometime ago but have never shown before here on the blog. I am glad to be finally bringing these cards to light and the postal lockout here in Canada gives me the opportunity. Yes, Canada Post still has their doors locked and their letterboxes sealed. Still no mail arriving or going out. It must be about 2 weeks now . I have quite a large number of cards waiting to go out, even stamped already, and I hope that after a settlement is reached , my mailbox will fill up quickly with postcards. Now, onto the cards from my so-called archives . Today we will have cards from Honduras, Jordan, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru, and Bermuda. A nice group of countries , indeed.

Honduras --- What better way to start off today than with a map card. I know there are lots of map card collectors out there, so feast your eyes on Honduras. This country of around eight million people in Central America was formerly known as Spanish Honduras. It is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa and for whatever reason, that is one place name that I love to say, it just seems to flow out of your mouth. It is easy to say, at least I think so, unlike many others around the world. April used a 2005 stamp celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between Honduras and Japan.

Jordan --- Today's second card gives us a look at The Deir at Petra, Jordan. The Deir or Monastery is one of the largest monuments in Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city famous for its rock cut architecture. It is also Jordan's most visited tourist attraction and has been described in a number of ways including "a rose-red city half as old as time" , "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage" and as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die." UNESCO added Petra to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1985.
Mervat sent this card along from Amman. Sadly it didn't come with a stamp , just a postage paid meter stamp from The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A nice card though.

Bolivia --- Alexis's card is of the semi - subterranean temple at Tiwanku. Located 170 km northwest of La Paz and 20 km south west of Lake Titicaca, it is an ancient architectural complex in Bolivia. Alexis used 2 copies of a 2005 or 2006 surcharged stamp that was originally issued in 1986.

Bangladesh --- Faisal's card is entitled Tribal Life-style. Not a lot I can say about that. So on to the stamps. On the left are 2 copies of a 1995 National Diabetes Awareness Day stamp. On the right is a 2005 stamp featuring a fish, a Nandus Nandus.

Indonesia --- Elizabeth sent this card showing the beautiful cliffs of Pangandaran seashore on West Java. Looks like a great place just to sit and contemplate.
Elizabeth used two stamps, the red one on the left was issued in 2001 and is from a set of 8 Greeting stamps, all flowers. The stamp on the right was issued in 2005 and is 1 of 3 issued for Energy.

Just 2 more cards to go, so hang in there.

Peru --- A multi view card showing some partial views of Machu Picchu, the 15th century Inca site, located at 2,430 metres above sea level.
Christy sent this card of the UNESCO World Heritage Site . It was added to the list in 1983. The stamp here , issued in 2005 , celebrates the 100th Anniversary of The National Academy of History.

The last card- Bermuda--- Ah, Bermuda, a wonderful and beautiful place. A very relaxing place. I have visited there and would love to go back again. This card, from Terri who works for the Bermuda Dept of Tourism, shows just how relaxing a place it is. We have a gentleman relaxing in his robe with his lady friend behind him.
The bird stamp is from 2005 , 1 of a set of 6 featuring Habitats. This one shows a bird in the Upland Forest.
That is all for this time. Thanks for the cards Christy, Terri, Elizabeth, Faisal, Alexis, Mervat and April. Without people like you I wouldn't have much to blog about, at least not postcard wise.
I should be back early next week, but I guess that depends on when Canada Post restarts the postal service that they shut down. See you soon.

1 comment:

Wim & Elke said...

Hello Gem, just checking out your website and collection. Great stuff on it..that much work you put on it.
We are collecting as well but we cannot find time to write all those stories (it's a pitty isn't it?). Anyway, good luck with this work and with finding the missing ones.
(feel free to check out ours at
ps: how do you find all those people sending you the cards... there are some countries where we are unable to find anybody (so help will be great :-) Bye, Wim & Elke