Friday, May 4, 2012

May 4th , 2012 Update

Hello once again, I'm back with a few more cards to have a look at. It's May 4th, the fourth day of National Postcard Week. So my Card # 3 is off to Ireland and Card # 4 is on it's way to Turkey. Just 3 more to go to complete my one card a day for every day of National Postcard Week. Hope you are doing something to celebrate too. Now back to the cards at hand.

My first card is just a dandy. A black and white South African Airways card. It gives us a wonderful look at a South African Airways Douglas DC-7B in 1950. Another great addition to my Aircraft on Postcards collection. Thanks Bruce. The stamp is quite interesting. It is from a set of 10 self adhesives issued on Aug 22 , 2008 . They were issued to commemorate The Flowers of Namaqualand, the yearly event where by millions of flowers bloom along the arid West Coast all the way up to the Orange River. Here's what makes them interesting. The stamps have unusual shapes, cut in the shapes of flowers. The stamps also have a wild flower scent contained in microscopic cells that are printed on the stamps using silkscreen. The scent is supposed to last for many years. And believe me it does. Issued in 2008, it still smells of wild flowers today in 2012.

Card number 2 is one that I mailed myself from my recent trip to Cuba. It is of The Havana Great Theatre and The National Ballet of Cuba. The building was started in 1907 and took about seven years to complete. The image of the building is raised from the surface of the card, so if you slide your hand over the card , you can feel all the contours of the building. The stamp is from a 1996 set of 5 ships issued for CAPEX the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Toronto, Canada in 1996.

Now for a look at Card # 3 which comes from Philippines. It gives us a look at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I have a number of airport cards but haven't featured many in the blog. Willa sent this one along and used 3 stamps from 2011. They are from a set of Marine Life definitives.

Here's a card from Republic of China, Taiwan. It's for all the Railroad, Railway, and Train postcard collectors out there . It shows the Alishan Forest Railway train stopped at Fenqihu, the half-way point of the 86 km railway. The network of narrow gauge tract includes z- shaped switchbacks, 50 tunnels and more that 75 wooden bridges. Now, here's the stamp that Little Seven used, however I couldn't find any details or listing of it.

And, the final card today is from Finland. It's a reproduction of a painting of the Herzogin Cecilie, a German four mast barque , named after German Crown Princes Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg- Schwerin. This barque was launched 22 April 1902 and met her end on 18 Jan 1936 when she capsized and sank. The stamp used is 1 of 6 in a 2011 m/sheet featuring Comics.

I think that's about it for this time. Hope you enjoyed your read here and that you will come back again. Thanks for cards go to Bruce, Willa, Little Seven , Me and a Postcrosser in Finland.

Take care.

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