Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cayes of Belize, Cayman Islands, Anne Frank House, Bermuda, Singapore, George Street, and Holland Flowers Stamps

Here we go again, with another bunch of great cards to peruse. Lets start with a card showing San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. San Pedro is the major town on the island. It is also the town you will land at, boat to, eat in, shop in and meet people. David was lucky enough to use stamps from the Cayes of Belize , not just Belize. Cayes of Belize stamps were only issued between 1984 and 1985. The total number of stamps issued for the Cayes was just 27. With such a low number of stamps many stamp collectors might find them quite collectible as many are attracted to a country of which completeness might be possible. The most expensive of the 27 stamps merely catalogues at $8.75, so low numbers and low prices make Cayes of Belize a great place to collect stamps from. Now, back to the 2 stamps that David used. They were issued in 1984 , 2 of a set of 9 definitives.
Thanks David for this card.

The next card should make a few collectors quite happy. It is a map card and a flag card all at the same time. I do believe it's a map of the West Indies. Jean Pierre posted this one in the Bodden Town Post Office. Bodden Town is a village on the island of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. A beautiful , clear, readable, round postmark. I can only wish they were all like that. There are 31 "country " flags on this card. Jean Pierre asks the question "how many of these islands have I visited ? " The answer is only 15 , so still a bit of work to do there. There are 2 nice stamps on this card including, on the left, from 2006, 1 of 5 in a Trees set. The other stamp , from 2011, commemorates the wedding of Will and Kate. It is 1 of 4 in the set. Thanks Jean Pierre.

Here's another card from David. This one comes from The Netherlands, Amsterdam in fact. The card is a picture of Ann Frank's diary on display in Ann Frank House. Everyone knows the stork of Anne frank , so I leave it at that. David used 2 large stamps including the one on the right, of Ann Frank House. Thanks again.

Yes, another card from Jean Pierre. This one from Bermuda shows Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Built in 1844, the lighthouse was the first of only a few made of cast iron. The stamp here is a beautiful stamp from a beautiful set of 4 Casemates issued in 2011. Casemates- look it up.

Now we have a card from Singapore. It gives a great view of the Padang, the Singapore River and the city center. The Padang is the open field in the foreground. This is a card from a swap with Daniel of Wax on Daniel-san Postcards and you can find his blog here . Daniel used 2 trolley bus stamps from a 1997 set of 9 Transport stamps.Thanks Daniel

Another of those mystery empty blocks above.

George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is next. George Street , a short 2 block street known for its many bars and pubs. It has the most bars and pubs per square foot of any street in North America. The street houses an annual Mardi Gras in October and the six-night George Street Festival in early August. It attracts over 120,000 people during the six night event. Take a look at the card and you'll see 6 or 7 of the pubs. Now this card is a special card for 3 reasons. One reason is that it's from My Lovely Teena. Reason 2, It was posted and got postmarked at Cabot Tower on Signal Hill. Reason 3- Teena sent me this card to mark my collection of postcards from the towns of Newfoundland and Labrador . I mentioned this new endeavor in my last update on July 27th. So here's card # 1 of my Towns of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection.And here's the postmark.
Thanks to Teena.

I am ending this update with 3 cards from David from his recent trip to the Netherlands. The first one is of the Central Museum in Utrecht.

The second on is of the famous windmills at Kinderdijk.

The last one is from Texel, the only place that a navy was defeated on horseback. Yes in 1795 the French army learned that the mighty Dutch navy was frozen in the ice around Texel Island. They rode in on horseback and demanded the navy surrender. No shots were fired.

Here's all the stamps that David used , 2 on each card. All flower or plant stamps.
Thanks again David.

That's it for this time. Should be back here again on Tuesday. Thanks to all for their postcards. Driving out to Banff tomorrow for lunch and dinner. Take care. Comments ?? ??

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