Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Update

Hello folks, well today's update has nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day, other than  the fact it is written on this day. But I do have an Irish connection, so let's start with that. My good postcard friend David from Dublin or thereabouts has a new postcard blog online as of a few days ago. He gets around a lot so has a lot of cards to show us over time. His blog is called "Postcards A World Travelogue "and you can find it   here . Don't be shy now, go ahead , give it a visit and and add some words of encouragement to a new blogger.

Okay, let's get to today's cards. My first card this time is a flag card of Turkey. This one arrived unannounced from a new reader of this blog, Onder from Istanbul. He collects flag cards so a Canadian flag card is on the way to him. Of course Onder has a postcard blog too, it's "Postcards On My Wall " and you can find it  here .    

Onder used a great 2011 souvenir/sheet of 1 , featuring Kemal Ataturk on his card. 2011 was Ataturk's 130 birthday. 

My second card today is another one for my aircraft on postcards collection. It comes from Minami, a Postcrosser in Japan. It's a really nice picture of a small single engine plane equipped with skis on a large snow covered area.  

Minami used 1 1997 definitive , 1 of 3 in a set along with a round stamp of a strawberry wreath. There was a time when if confronted with a round stamp, one thought about Tonga or Bhutan. It seems times have change as there seems to be more round stamps coming on stream. There's this one from Japan and the recent Forever stamp from the USA. Let me know if your country has issued any round stamp lately.

My next card is a wonderful , clear picture of the area surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in all of Paris. It honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.


Dominique used a nice stamp related in a way to the subject of the card. It is a 20 gram letter rate stamp celebrating the Armistice signed on November 11th , 1918. Nice looking stamp.

Here's a card from David  who I mentioned in my opening. He's just back from his recent trip to Bangladesh and India. His card shows a great load of straw moving down the road. The card says "the carter are carrying the bulle of straw. " I leave it to your interpretation.

David used a wonderful block of 4 issued in 2011. It marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Viswakobi Rabindranath Tagore.

The last card , other than my Aviation bonus card is next. It comes from Sri Lanka , compliments of Dr. Mikram. This time he sent a card with the Toque monkey, which is endemic to Sri Lanka.  

The good doctor used 2 rather long stamps. The top one is 1 of 4 in a set issued in 2012 featuring Colonial Buildings. The larger bottom stamp was issued in 2010 for Singapore 2010, The Youth Olympic Games. 

Well that about wraps another update, other than my aviation card and stamp. But first let me thank Onder, Minami, Dominique, David and Dr Mikram for their cards. , because that's what it's all about, it's also why you're reading this.

Now it's bonus time. Today's  card is of a TCA ( Trans Canada Airlines ) Canadair North Star flying over Bermuda . Somewhere I wish I was now as winter seems to be just stuck here, with snow and cold temps. Anyway, TCA operated 20 North Stars from 1946-1961. Here she is.

Today's aviation stamp is a single , Scott 2148 from Argentina. It was issued April 21, 2001 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the first single flight from Spain to Argentina. The stamp shows a Plus Ultra seaplane "Dornier Do J Wal " with two tandem engines. Have a look at the placement of the engines. You wont see that too often.

That's it  for today. Take care.

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