Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Uluru, Queen of the Skies, Silent Night, Brussels, and An Old Castle in Lyubcha

Well I survived all the festivities. I'm shopped out, turkeyed out, visited out and beat out. Finally getting a day on the blog , hopefully will revive me. That's not to say it's all over, I have dinner out tonight, a World Junior hockey game tomorrow afternoon, friends in tomorrow night and my youngest grandson's first birthday party on Friday. So on we go, like the Eveready Bunny. Okay the cards, that's why you're here , right ?

Card # 1 - ULURU, Central Australia. I really don't need to write anything about this place , it's all been written before. I don't think I can add anything new. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. I do believe it's one of Dale's last cards. He's been home for about 3 weeks now, so I doubt there are any more on the way. Dale used 2 copies of a single from the 2006 Wildlife set of 6 and 1 of the 6 Christmas stamps issued in 2011.

Card # 2- It's always good to get a airplane card and this one is a great one, another addition to my collection. The Queen of the Skies, that about says it all. Well , not quite. It is a Sikorsky VS-44A, a large four-engined flying boat, dating from the early 1940s. It was designed primarily for the trans-Atlantic passenger market, with a capacity of 40 + passengers. Only 3 were produced: Excalibur, Exter and the one shown here Excambian . The one on the card is shown in the livery of American Export Airlines. Excalibur crashed on takeoff in 1942 at Botwood, Newfoundland, killing 11 of the 37 aboard. Exter crashed on Aug 15, 1947 while landing in River Plate off Montevideo when allegedly returning from a smuggling flight to Paraguayan rebels. Four of seven on board were killed. After service with American Export Airlines, Excambian was sold to Tampico Airlines to run freight in Peru. The enterprise was unsuccessful and the flying boat was left stranded in Peru. Later ferried to Long Beach, the aircraft was restored and carried thousands of passengers until 1967 when it was sold again to run passengers in the Virgin Islands. On January 3, 1969, she was extensively damaged by rocks while taxing at Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands. Damaged beyond economic repair the Excambian was beached in 1972 and converted into a hot dog stand. In 1976, Excambian was donated to the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida and put on permanent load to the New England Air Museum in Connecticut. That is where she is pictured on my postcard. Mary used a number of small definitive type stamps, including 2 copies of the 2003 American Clock stamp, a 2011 Foxglove stamp and a 2011 First Class Forever Statue of Liberty Stamp.

Next we have a card with a reproduction of a winter scene painting by famous Czech painter Josef Lada entitled Silent Night. Well it is Christmas time. The stamps on this one include 2 small flower stamps and a stamp issued in 1994 showcasing Slany, a town about 25 km northwest of Prague. The larger stamp on the far right was issued this year and honors Agnes of Bohemia.

Card # 4- This one comes from Belgium, specifically Brussels. On it we can see a large Christmas tree on The Grand Place, the central square of the city. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Anne-Catherine used a 2011 Atomium stamp.

Today's final card is from Belarus, Minsk in fact. On it though we see an old castle in Lyubcha, a small village in southwestern Bulgaria. I guess Alex was visiting and picked up this card. A number of Belarus definitives were used.

That is the update for this time. Thanks for reading.

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