Thursday, November 24, 2011

Three Dale Cards, A Beautiful Plane Card, Olive Grove on Lesbos and My First Postcrossing Stamp

Hello again postcard people. Collectors and collector want to be's. I'm back with another bunch of cards. From reading this update's title , it's another mixed bag. let's get to it.

I want to start with another 3 cards from my brother Dale , all sent from Australia or New Zealand. He's still Down Under. Actually as I write this, I believe he's on a 10 day walkabout in the Outback.
Let's start with this card showing a number of Outback Aussie expressions. My 2 favorites on this card are "Bog in and have some tucker and It's gone walkabout ". "It's ridgie didge " isn't bad, either. Dale posted this card in Adelaide, capital of South Australia and used 1 of 2 stamps in a set commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Australian Korea Diplomatic Relations. The stamps were issued on the 28th of October and are a Joint Issue with Korea. They are a beautiful set of stamps and the Korea set are just as beautiful.

Dale's second card was posted in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. This card is elf explanatory , it's the Tasmanian devil, himself. This guy's large head and neck allow it to generate the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal. Let's just say, you don't want his jaw chomping down on any part of you . The 3 stamps are from a set of 5 issued late September commemorating the hosting of the Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November.

Dale's last card for this time was posted in Wellington, New Zealand. On it we can see some of the architecture ( both old and new ) of Wellington. Top left is the Wellington City Corporation. Top right is Landcorp House. Bottom left is the Bank of New Zealand . Bottom right is the Dominion Farmers Institute. Now the stamp and I have a lot to say about this one. It is a Ross Dependency stamp, 1 of 5 is a Race to the Pole m/s, issued this year. Ross Dependency stamps have been issued by New Zealand postal authorities for use on mail from Scott Base, Antarctica since 1957. The post office at Scott base was closed in 1987 and mail from the base was handled in Christchurch and as a result, the issuing of Ross Dependency stamps ceased. New Zealand Post resumed the issue of stamps inscribed Ross Dependency in 1994 due to local and international demand. Mail from Ross Dependency is now processed by Ross Dependency Agency located at a post office in Christchurch. Members of the public (mostly philatelists) are able to post items bearing Ross Dependency stamps at this office. Mail is cancelled with the inscription "Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch ." Sadly my stamp doesn't have this inscription for 2 reasons. Firstly, it was posted in Wellington, not Christchurch and secondly, it escaped the post office cancellation completely.

That was a bit of a spiel now wasn't it ?

Here's a card from Russia that will go in my Aircraft on Postcards collection. It's a neat little propeller job equipped with skis for use in winter. Julia, who lives in Rubcovsk, Altaskiy Kray, Russia writes that the city in in the southern region of Siberia , near the Kazakhstan border. Julia used a couple of small definitives from 2008 along with a wonderful aviation stamp. It is 1 of a set of 4 featuring Fighter Planes. A great set, a set I would love to have complete.

My next card comes from Germany, compliments of another Postcrosser. The card doesn't show anything German, but an olive grove on Lesbos, a Greek Island in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It is one of the sunniest islands in the Aegean sea. The stamp is one of those atm type stamps , not my favorite stamp.
Today's final card comes from the Netherlands. I sent Jo a couple of cards of the type that she collected and this one arrived as a thank you. I'm not really sure what the picture on the front is all about. It looks like some sort of pagan ritual been enacted somewhere. Anyway, the stamp is more interesting than the card this time around. It is my first Postcrossing.com stamp. It was issued on October 14 of this year . It is 1 of a set of 6 ( 3 different for Europe mail and 3 different for international mail ) . The stamp features all kinds of traditional postcards strewn about, as is scattered on your doorstep.

As I mentioned it's my first Postcrossing stamp , I hope to receive the others, at least the other 2 international ones , in the weeks to come. I receive quite a few cards from the Netherlands , so I'm hoping.

So ends another report. Thanks to all for their cards. I''ll be back soon, I got the cards, just have to find the time, more Christmas shopping !

Take care. Comments ?

1 comment:

KSzP said...

I regret to say that the post office which did the cancellation is not operating - has not since the major earthquakes there. The second latest quake (Feb 2011) hit the centre of the city and it has been a 'no go zone' 900 + buildings will be gone when all the work is done.