Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Card # 3500 and More

It's been a week since my late update.Time to get back in the saddle and talk postcards. My first card for today is the 3500th card I have received since I started collecting way back on March 9, 2006. This card arrived on April 9th from Romania. That's 3500 postcards in 2953 days, just a little over  8 years. That's 3500 postcards from Postcrossing participation, swaps, requests and other unsolicited arrivals.   The card is entitled "Return to the Village " and shows a number of men returning home after a hard day working  in the forests in the Bucovina region of Romania. Bukovina is a historical region in Central Europe, currently divided between Ukraine and Romania. The photo is by and copyrighted to Marius Vasiliu. He is a fellow Postcrosser and I have secured his permission to use his picture here. Marius wrote that he loves the old rural way of life and that is quite obvious when looking at his pictures.

The 4 Flowers & Clocks stamps that Marius used are from 12 issued in 2013. 

Next is a lighthouse card for all the lighthouse enthusiasts out there. This one is San Diego Light and it is located Cape San Diego.
Cape San Diego  is  located in Gongliao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan . The cape is the easternmost point of the main Taiwan island, and also the easternmost cape of Taiwan.

Jerry used 3 quite recent stamps on his card. On the left is 1 of 4 Fruit stamps issued in 2013. On the top right is a Lighthouse stamp from a 2014 set of 4. The bottom right stamp , is also from a 2014 set of 4 , featuring Corals.

Here's a card for all the legmen out there, or perhaps it's for the antique telephone collectors or just for the lamp lovers. Take your pick, all I know is that's it's a Hallmark card from the Netherlands.


Hester's stamp choice was a 2013 self adhesive definitive featuring King Willem-Alexander.


A day in retirement might be the subject of this next card. What better way is there to spend a day than casting out a line and wishing you might bring home supper ?

Kate used a nice selection of stamps. The large Whale stamp was issued in 2012 and is from a set of 2. Just a beautiful stamp , this one. The right stamp on the top was issued in 2004 and is 1 of 3 in a set called Ladies & Horses. Lastly, the small definitive is from a set of 15 Animals issued in 2008.

Rolling in through the snow next is a Blue Train from Russia. The card comes from Tyumen. Tyumen is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 2,500 kilometers east of Moscow. Tyumen was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 , the city has remained one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Ural Mountains.

Darja's stamps include 1 of 5 in a minisheet of Olympic Sports Legends from Russia. This particular one features Evgeny Grishin, the famous speed skater. The stamp on top right was issued in a souvenir sheet of 3 and highlights Tzarskoe Selo Palace. It was issued in 2006.

   Now for a little pin - up. This little lady talking on the phone came all the way from Moscow.

Daria used a 2014 Olympic stamp featuring Luge.

I have just one more card for today. What better way to end than with a nice Airline / Aircraft postcard. This one features an Aeroflot Yak 42. The Yakovlev Yak-42 is a 100/120-seat three-engined mid-range passenger jet. It was designed as a replacement for several obsolete Aeroflot jets as a mid-range passenger jet. As of 24 November 2011, a total of 91 Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft remain in airline service. The Yak 42 is a lot like a Hawker Siddeley Trident or a Boeing 727 or even a Tupolev Tu-154.

Interestingly, this Aeroflot Yak 42 didn't fly in from Moscow, or even Russia , but originated in Finland.   So we have a Finnish stamp. Katia used a Country Life self adhesive from 2010. It is from a booklet of 5. 

At that, I'll call it a day. Thanks go out to Marius, Jerry, Hester, Kate, Darja, Daria and Katia for their great cards and stamps. Take care, be sure to check back soon .

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