Here I am again. A little unusual for me to be back so soon after just yesterday. But, that's the way it goes sometimes. Of course , I have news, my contest which I started back on 26 August is now concluded. I have a winner, and as they say at the circus, one winner and one winner only. The winner is Ana of Skopje, Macedonia. Nobody guessed the correct answer, which was today, Oct 03, the day that card # 2000 arrived. Ana was the closest, back on Sept 04, she emailed her guess of Sept 28. She was just 5 days off. Congratulations Ana. Here's how the card arrivals went: 08 Aug card # 1900, 26Aug card # 1943, 22Sep card # 1982 and 03Oct card # 2000. Ana wins the big Blue Whale stamp from Canada Post. It is the largest stamp and the highest denomination stamp ever issued by Canada Post. Ana, let me know how you want to receive your stamp- Mint NH, on a cover or on a postcard. The choice is yours.
Her is my 2000th card. It comes from Naples, Italy. The card shows the plaza and Church of San Domenico Maggiore. The obelisk in the center of the square was erected after the plague of 1656. This card is from a Postcroser who used 2 nice large stamps. The one on tthe left was issued in 2011 and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Dapporto, an Italian actor. The stamp to the right was issued in 2009 and is 1 of 2 issued for Italia 2009, the stamp exposition.
Now, let's have a look at a few more cards. First up is Malta. The card shows some brightly painted Maltese fishing boats in Marsaxlokk. With all the different colours, they make a great picture. Postcrosser Kristi used a 2009 stamp. It is from a set of 17 definitives , all of which are large and also different. Too bad , all definitives are not like this.
Here's another card, this one from Norway. Ingunn sent this card showing Multer berries. Here in Canada we call them bakeapples or cloudberries . They must be really popular in Norway and Finland as the Norwegian town of Nesseby has a cloudberry in its coat-of-arms and a cloudberry is also displayed on the Finnish 2 euro coin. Here in Canada we just eat them or make bakeapple jam.Ingunn used a 2009 stamp from a set of 6 Tourism issue.
Next we have a card showing a Sea King helicopter of the Belgian Air Force. Sea Kings have been used for transport and also for Search and Rescue. At least 17 nations have operated Sea Kings including Belgium, Canada, U.S.A., Denmark, and Italy. A number of stamps were used on this card including 3 bird definitives from 2010 and 2011. The larger stamp on the right was issued in 2010 for the movie Largo Winch.
The last card for this time comes from The Netherlands. It shows a Reebok, much like an antelope. Wilma sent this card along and used 2 stamps of which I have little to say. Here they are anyway.
That the update for this time. I'll be back again soon. Enjoy your time with your postcards, stamps and covers. Comments ?