I know, I know, where have I been ? Nowhere other than looking after my three small grandsons for 5 days and that my friend leaves little to no time for postcards or blogs. But I had 5 days of great fun so it was well worth it.
I have some great cards for this time so on to it.
First us is this card of a P-3C Orion from Japan. The P-3C is a four engine turboprop anti- submarine and land-based maritime patrol aircraft. Over 480 of these aircraft have been built since the first one rolled off the assembly line over 40 years ago. Miyuki, a Postcrosser over that way sent this card and used a wonderful aircraft stamp , too. The card is a great addition to my Aircraft on postcards collection and the stamp will be added to my Aircraft on Stamps collection. The stamp is from 2010 and shows a B747-400 in flight. It is from a beautiful m/s of 10 issued commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Aviation in Japan. Definitely a set I would love to have in my collection.
Now let's look at Danae with Nursemaid, circa 1554. This is 1 of 5 oil-on-canvas paintings by the Venetian master Titian making up The Danae series. The card arrived from Russia and has 2 large Russian stamps from this year. The stamp on the left is from a set of 4 World War II automobiles. The right stamp is the 2012 Europa stamp encouraging Visits to Russia.
Here's a card showing a misty morning at the Olawski Bridge in Wroclaw, Poland. Julia , a Polish Postcrosser from Wadowice mailed this one. She lives in the hometown of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II. Now the stamps used include a 2005 stamp commemorating the Polish town of Sieradz. The larger stamp on the right is 1 of 2 different stamps in a 2011 Marie Curie souvenir sheet, a joint issue with Sweden.
The Philippines Tarsier, one of the world's smallest primates is next. The mammal with the biggest eyes. Maybe this is where the expression "only a mother could love it "comes from. Their big eyes give them very acute night vision and make them good night hunters. Dianne , who actually designed this card is the sender. The stamp that Dianne used is a Marine Life definitive from 2011.
My final international card for this time is from Martinique. Jean Pierre's card is of a wharf area of Sainte -Luce , a small fishing village on the south coast of the island of Martinique. Posted in Fort-de-France the card has 2 nice French stamps , as it is an Overseas Department of France.
The large stamp on the left was issued in 2002 and is 1 of 4 in an Animals set. The other stamp , a 20g Priority Letter stamp shows a scene in Martinique ( quite appropriate ) .
As mentioned in my previous update , I want to show a couple of postcards received for my new Towns of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection, and I have 2 for this time.
First we're off to St. Anthony. A town of around 2,500 people , St. Anthony is located near the top of the Great Northern Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. It was named in 1534 by French explorer Jacques Cartier, but was called St. Anthony Haven at the time. The card is entitled " A Day on the Water " . Yes indeed, the cod fishery played an important part in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador and St. Anthony for hundreds of years. Sadly, that way of life is now only a memory. Sheri used a 2011 Baby Wildlife stamp, 1 of 4 in the set.
My second Towns card comes from St. Lunaire-Griquet, another small town on the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. In a 2oo6 census it had a population of 666. French fishermen fished the area in the 16th century but the area was not mapped until 1784. Dale's card is of Norstead, a replica Viking Village at L'Anse aux Meadows.
L'Anse aux Meadows is the only known Norse site in North America outside of Greenland and represents the farthest known extent of European exploration and settlement of the New World before the voyages of Christopher Columbus almost 500 years later. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. Same stamp as the St. Anthony card, but with a nice round , clear postmark. Dale wrote "it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here " .
Thanks to Miyuki, Julia, Dianne, Jean Pierre, Sheri and Dale for all the great cards.
That's about it for now . Thanks for reading, leave a comment if you want.