Sunday, October 21, 2012

Postboxes, Air Malta, Amir Temur, Planes on USSR Stamps, and an IKEA Postcard

Welcome, good to have you back here again. I have five cards for this go around. They arrived from United Kingdom, Malta, Uzbekistan, Russia and Netherlands.

First up is a card of Red Boxes , post boxes and telephone boxes. It is from Michelle and is the result of a private swap that we did. This one will fit well in my collection of post boxes / mail boxes.

Michelle used a Machin Queen Elizabeth definitive to get this card across the pond.

Next is another card for my Airlines/Aircraft on Postcards Collection. This one is of an Air Malta jet at Luqa Airport.

Maria used a couple of really great stamps on her card. The one on the lower left was issued in 2009 and is 1 of 17 in a set of quite large definitives.  The two in the upper right were issued in 2012 and are a small part of a set of 88 stamps marking the 70th anniversary of Operation Pedestral. The 88 different stamps are in the form of 11 multi-sheets.

Here is card # 3 , all the way from Uzbekistan. It's from a Postcrosser named Aliya. Uzbekistan has about 28 million people but only 73 Postcrossers, so getting a card from there doesn't happen every day. Compare that with Ukraine with 10,000 Postcrossers, the U.S. with 39,000 , Russia with 37,000 and Canada with 5,400. So you get the drift. Aliya's card shows Amir Temur's monument in Shahrisyabz, located about 80 km south of Samarkland. Temur was the founder of the Uzbek state.  

Aliya used a number of small definitives from 2009 and 2012. That is often the case on cards from Uzbekistan, even though the country issues many good and large stamps. I guess one really has to search out the good stuff.


This card from Russia certainly will find a place in my Aircraft on Postcards Collection. It's covered in old time aircraft, as shown on Russian postage stamps. I actually have many of these stamps in my collection.  

This card arrived with a couple of good stamps from 2010 and 2011. On the left is a stamp honoring G.S. Titov, the second Soviet cosmonaut in space. He was also the first person to orbit the Earth multiple times. He went aloft in Vostok 2.
The other 2 stamps are from a set of 4 celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Moscow Post Office.

Now without further ado, here is today's final card. It is a postcard depicting an Italian postage stamp. It is an IKEA card from a collection about post offices and stamps. I have been to IKEA many times but have never seen this card collection. I guess that just one more reason to go back.

Lotte used 3 great ,and current stamps from The Netherlands. Actually, I don't see a lot of great stamps coming out of The Netherlands , so these were a wonderful surprise. The 3 stamps are from a 2012 set of 4 self adhesives celebrating 125 years of the Albert Heijn  supermarket chain . The chain consists of 908 stores in The Netherlands.

That's it for this time. Tune in again soon. Thanks to Lotte, Aliya, Maria and Michelle for their cards. Leave a comment if you're inclined. I welcome them. Take care. Enjoy your cards, and stamps.

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

Browsing the Net looking for a present for my wife for our wedding anniversary (which I nearly forgot), I came by chance upon this fantastic site called, based probably in Paris. Talk about the Louvre having a big collection of priceless masterpieces, this site has just about everything in Western art, but as digital files.
What they do is to make good reproduction prints from your choice of work from their archive. I know that the prints are good because I ordered online, a print that was on canvas, like a painting. I specified the size and even chose a frame at their site.
A bit awkward when the gift was delivered early to my door, luckily while my wife was not home. What did I choose? This glorious nude by the German artist George Grosz: and it's hanging gloriously large above our bed head now. Risqué? Sure. But my wife and I love it.