Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Mismash of Cards

It's certainly time for a new update and I've got the cards to prove it. Today's cards come from Serbia, Australia, USA, Canada and Belarus. It will be a mismash of cards with no general theme or train of thought. Here they are.

First up is a somewhat large card showing the Museum of Military Aviation in Belgrade, Serbia. The museum was established in 1957 with the current facility opening in 1989. The museum ranks among ten leading museums of its type in the world. It has over 200 aircraft , rockets, and other aviation related equipment in its collection along with over 20,000 books and 200,000 photographs. The building is quite impressive, a geodesic glass structure. Many aircraft are on display on the grounds of the museum as shown on the card. The card is from Ana who was attending the first PostCrossing meeting held in Belgrade. Ana had the card signed by 6 other Postcrossers who attended. These Postcrossing meetings have been held for a couple of years now and take place periodically just about anywhere. Thanks Ana for this card. The stamp is a 2009 definitive , 1 of 2 in a set.

Card # 2 is from Melbourne, Australia. It's another from the ongoing saga of my brother Dale and his Down Under trip. It's a panoramic view of Melbourne, a former capital of Australia. Dale used a 2011 International rate Christmas stamp on his card.

My next card is another addition to my aircraft on postcards collection. It is a B-2A Stealth Bomber , quite the impressive aircraft and card. This comes from a private swap with Kate who operates a wonderful postcard bog called : deltiolog - a journal of collected postcards and you can see it here . I hope I can swap with Kate again as she has a number of great postcards available. Kate used the 2011 Voyageurs national Park stamp , which I showed on this blog back on Tuesday, Nov 1 2011. Thanks Kate.

Now for a card I mailed to myself. It is an old card showing a very dark and sinister post office. I have started collecting postcards showing post offices so this is a new addition to that collection. However, here is why I posted it to myself. I wanted a postcard with the 11-11-11 postmark date. It's the last time that date combination will be around for quite some time. Luckily it came out pretty clear, with the date reading 2011 - 11 - 11 . Did any of you readers remember to get one of these for yourselves ? Oh yes, the stamp. A 2011 Ginette Reno stamp from the set of 4 Canadian Recording Artists issued back on June 30th. A Permanent rate stamp.

Now we have a postcard picturing a section of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Built between 1974 and 1977 the 800 mile pipeline carries oil from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Valdez, Alaska. The first barrel of oil flowed through the pipeline in 1977 and as of 2010 almost 16 billion barrels of oil have flowed through the line. A rather timely card if I do say so, considering the protests and negotiations , currently underway for the Keystone XL pipeline project to move oil from Alberta to Texas. As I write this the US has just delayed a final decision till sometime late 2013 , well after the next presidential election. Caitlin used 3 stamps, 2 of which are Forever stamps. The American Clock stamp was issued in 2003 while the other 2 are from 2011.

Now, here is today's final card and it comes from Belarus. It shows a page of the Belarusian manuscrift Tetracevangelion from the second half of the 16th century. Natalie used a beautiful Railway Train stamp from 2010 , 1 of 2 in a set along with a flower definitive from 2008. Thank you Natalie.

Thus ends another update. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. See you again soon.
Take care.


Anonymous said...

So nice to see my card up here! I have some more interesting stamps for our next trade.

Ana said...

and mine too :D first time ive seen that card in Belgrade..

Graham Clayton said...

Melbourne was never a former capital of Australia. What happened was that the Federal Parliament was based in Melbourne from 1901 until 1927, when the Parliament House in Canberra was opened.