Friday, November 15, 2013

Cards From Postcard Friends

I think it's time for another postcard update. All the cards today are from people who I refer to as postcard friends. I have never met any of them but that doesn't really matter. They see fit to send me a postcard and I am more than happy to see it in my mailbox.

Today's cards come from Belgium, Serbia and Poland. In fact there will be 3 from Belgium.

 On this first card we see a lady bringing home her latest purchases, right next door to a large jet aircraft. I'm sure there's more to this picture than meets the eye. If not, it sure makes for one noisy neighbourhood , especially when starting up. Back in the 70s I lived , what I thought was close to the flightline in Goose Bay , Labrador, but it was no where as close as this . I hope the lady bought some earplugs.   Meelis , who has previously sent cards from Ukraine and Estonia sent this card, his second from Belgium. I guess he gets around a bit, too.

      Meelis used a number of Owls definitives issued in 2007 and 2009. The stamp on the right uses a photo by Dos Winkel featuring Tropical Fish.

My next card comes from Belgrade, Serbia. It shows just a small section of Skadarska Street , near the city center. It is a charming cobbled street in a Bohemian quarter popular for its old taverns, art galleries and performers.

Ana's card comes from a  Postcrossing meetup,  the 3rd held in Belgrade. The card was autographed by 5 other  Postcrossers. Ana used a 2013 stamp issued for the Kalemegdan Festival.
 Ana has a top notch postcard blog called "My World of Postcards " and you can find it right here.


Now for my first Airline related postcard of the day. It says "To Belgium By Sabena. Belgian World Airlines." The card showcases The Atomium,  an iconic building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.

Johan used a very recent stamp , commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross. The card received a special First Day of Issue cancellation and date stamp. The stamp is a part of a Joint Issue with Spain. As I mentioned about Ana's blog, so to I must mention Johan's . His is entitled "Johan Postcards" and you can get to it here . Now here's the Red Cross stamp.

Here's another Airline card for my Airline/Aircraft Collection. This time it's  Lloyd Aereo Boliviano's Airbus A310 on the ground at Miami, Florida. Incidentally , Miami is where I'll be for a couple of days and nights , towards the end of this month.
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano , or LAB Airlines  was an airline serving as the flag carrier of Bolivia. It operated domestic and international flights, aiming at passenger as well as cargo transport. LAB was active for more than 80 years. It was founded in 1925 and ceased operations in 2008.

Urszula used a couple of great stamps on this one. The 2 larger stamps are from a set of 6 issued in April of 2011. The set is called Smiles of the World , based on the photography of Elizbieta Dzikowska.

My last card for this time is another case of the old and the new, or out with the old, in with the new. It was Prince Philippe and King Albert on the  day of the birth of Princess Eleonore. Of course Philippe is now King Philippe, King of the Belgians, having ascended the throne on 21 July 2013.

Again Johan was able to secure a fine special Royal Crown cancel on the First Day of Issue of the stamp featuring the country's new King.

That's the update for this time. Thanks for reading and as always , your comments are welcome. Take care.

Thanks for cards to Meelis, Ana, Johan and Urszula. 

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