Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cards From David

 All the cards in today's update were sent by David of Ireland. His recent trip yielded a nice assortment of cards from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and India. Let's start with a card from Khulna, Bangladesh. David's card shows a reflection of post-monsoon clouds in a river in the East Sanctuary Sundarbans area . The Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest. Khulna is located in the southern part of the country and is the 3rd largest city. Here is David's card.

David wasn't lucky enough to find a stamp for this postcard. I imagine that didn't go over too well, I know it wouldn't have for me. He had to settle for a postage meter of some sort, showing Bangladesh, Postage Paid and the date. The good part though is that it works. Have a look.

Card 2 is from Kathmandu, Nepal. It is a picture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, with the external courtyard facade of the Taleju Temple to the northeast.

 This card arrived with a really nice stamp issued back in September of 2012. It is a Joint Issue with Israel. It shows the Highest  ( Mount Everest ) and the Lowest ( the Dead Sea ) places on Earth. It is also the first joint issue by Nepal.

Next is David's card from Paro, Bhutan. Paro is a town of around 15,000 in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is also the home of Bhutan's only international airport. The card gives us a look at some of the houses and buildings  in the valley with the farms near the bottom of the valley.
Many, many years ago as a young stamp collector, you might get a stamp or two from exotic Bhutan and think to yourself, these don't even look real. Now , those many years later, who would have thought that I would even receive mail from there ? Certainly not me. 

The stamp here is the 2012 Year of the Dragon Stamp.

Now for a card showing the Khangchendzodnga Mountain Range. It is looking from Phoktay dara, above Chiwabhanjyang, West Sikkim, India. Sikkim sate is the least populous state in India. It shares borders with Nepal, China's Tibet and Bhutan. It has the only open land border between India and China. 

The stamp on the left was issued in 2012, celebrating the Consumer Protection Act of 1986. The lighthouse stamp is 1 of 2 in a recent 2012 set. The 2 formed a very nice souvenir sheet. A 2009 definiteve can also be seen.

David's next card is titled, les enfants de Calcutta and it's easy to see why with a couple little kids and a mom on the front. My Lovely Teena likes this card, she always  likes cards with people.

Quite a large stamp on the right, it was issued in 2010. It commemorates the Rath Yatra held in Puri. It is the oldest , and biggest Rath Yatra held in the world. It is a Hindu festival that involves transporting idols on a chariot. The left stamp was issued in 2012 and is 1 of 4 celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in India.

Here's another one thanks to David. This one is of Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The state is in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The Shore Temple was built in 700-728 AD and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1884.

The stamps on this one feature two very well known females. On the left is Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India , while on the right is Mother Teresa, an Indian Roman Catholic nun, born in Skopje, Macedonia.

David's last card for this time is from Pondicherry, India. Pondicherry is a city in the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. The French acquired Puducherry in 1674 and held it until 1962. David commented on his card that the area had a little French feel to it. From looking at the card , almost anywhere comes to mind except India.

Three of 4 textile stamps were used on this one. They are from a set of 4 issued in 2009.

That's David's cards for this time. Thanks David. , Nothing left except for my bonus Airlines postcard and bonus Aviation stamps.

The card this time is of a Alaska Airlines DC-6C, pictured at Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Alaska first introduced DC-6 service in 1957. With the DC-6 , Alaska was the first carrier to introduce in-flight movies on regular passenger flights.

My Aviation stamps for this time are a group of stamps issued by Sweden. On the left are a Friedrichshafen FF49 and a Junkers J4-52. The 2 center stamps show a JU-52 and the right stamps are of Douglas DC-3s.
Be sure to click on these and see just how beautiful and detailed these stamps really are.

So ends another update. Next issue in April. See you then. 

1 comment:

David Langan said...

Hi Glenn, The story on the Bangladesh card re no stamp. You are right I would not be happy with no stamp. I went to the Post office . It was open but the stamp section was closed. I did manage to get someone to open up the Stamp counter and they showed me some stamps.But they did not know how much it was to mail a postcard . So they said if I paid some money = to about 1 USD they would mail my postcards. I said great. So left the postcards and I even asked them to make sure the stamps would be straight. Well as you can see no stamp. I guess they did not realise that the stamp was as important as the Postcard. !! Well at least it arrived.