Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Christmas Postcard, Led Zeppelin, Coober Pedy , A Couple of Flying Machines or Not and a Beautiful Equestrian Stamp

Again, quite the title above. It certainly explains what this update is all about. Since it's 10 days until Christmas Day, let's start with the Christmas postcard. For those of you who don't celebrate this holiday, I'll keep it somewhat short. Stay with me, though. I don't get many of these cards, maybe 3 or 4 per season. The one today, is the season's first. Pretty simple, a Christmas bulb hanging on an evergreen branch. It comes to me from Nadia , a Postcrosser in Belarus. She used a number of flower definitives from 2008.

There, that wasn't too difficult , now was it ?

Card # 2 comes from Coober Pedy, South Australia. Dale's card shows a huge dust storm approaching the town of Coober Pedy. Located in northern South Australia, it is best known for its unique style of underground residences, museums, shops, galleries and churches. Coober Pedy is also called the "opal capital of the world". Opals were discovered there in February of 1915 and the area has since supplied the world with a majority of the gem. The name Coober Pedy comes from the Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means " white man's hole . "
Dale used a 2011 stamp celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Australia- Korea Diplmatic Ties.

Led Zeppelin is featured on my next card. A band from my era. They are standing on the ramp in front of The Starship in New York , in 1973. The Starship was a former United Airlines Boeing 720. It was also the first Boeing 720 built. Sort of like driving around in the first Ford Mustang ever built. English rockers Led Zeppelin used the aircraft for their 1973 and 1975 North American concert tours. Many other great bands and musicians , including Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, Alice Cooper and Peter Frampton have flown on this aircraft. The Starship, registration N7201U has since been dismantled for parts. Kerry from my next door province of British Columbia sent this card as part of a private swap. She used quite a varied selection of The Beneficial Insects stamps. Kerry also did an exceptional job of drawing an airplane and incorporating my name and address into. Outstanding.

Here comes another aircraft card, another one for my Aircraft on Postcards collection. This time it's a Douglas F5D Skylancer. Only four of this type , which could reach speeds of 850 mph, were constructed. The one pictured here was flown by Neil Armstrong, of The Moon fame. It is now on display in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA, at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Cherie a Postcrosser from Toledo, Ohio saw fit to send this card. She used a 2008 Latin Jazz stamp, a 2011 Mark Twain Forever stamp and a couple of 2003 American Clock stamps.

The next card won't make it into my Aircraft collection even though it has some of the same qualities of a airplane- wings and speed. It's Ralph the ostrich of the Indian Point Ostrich Ranch in Tehachapi, Ca, USA. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird. They have a top land speed of 70 kph, the fastest of any bird. If interested , I do believe Ralph is on Facebook. Tanya used 3 Liberty Bell Forever stamps from 2009.

Now here's my last card for this time. It comes from Belarus. It is a card showing the National Library of Belarus. It opened on June 16, 2006. Impressive. Just ignore the empty box above. They sneak into my blog sometimes, so I just reserve them for invisible stamps.

Nadya used a quite nice stamp of 2011. It showcases the equestrian sport of Dressage. I think Kerry , who sent the Led Zeppelin card above, might like this stamp as she is a person who likes and works around horses.

I think that's a wrap for this time. See you soon.

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