Sunday, May 4, 2014

Another May Update

Hello postcard lovers - that's what you are if you're reading this. I mean, why else would you be here ?
Today's first card comes from Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The city has a population of just about 275,000 people. The card shows a view of the city , looking north from Ljubljana Castle, with the Alps in the background. 

Ana , from Skopje, who must have been visiting Ljubljana sent this card along. She has a great postcard blog called  "My World of Postcards " and you can visit it here . She used a Flower definitive from a 2007 set of 17. 

My next card shows Salgado Filho International Airport,   the airport serving  Porto Alegre , Brazil. The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Downtown Porto Alegre. We can see on the card a couple of aircraft and airlines . The one up front is a GOL Transportes Aereos Boeing 737 registered as PR-GOD. It was delivered to GOL in Dec of 2000  and has been stored since Nov of 2012. 

Jean Pierre used a 2013 stamp of Pope Francis. 

Now we have  "Kuifje in Amerika " The Belgian cover of Tintin in America.
Tintin in America is the third volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his fox terrier Snowy who travel to the United States, where Tintin reports on organized crime in Chicago. Pursuing a gangster across the country, he encounters a tribe of Blackfoot Natives before defeating the Chicago crime syndicate.

Johan used 2 of the Tintin character stamps issued this year. They are part of a booklet of 10. The actual cancellation on the stamps is a little different as you can see. It reads "Collect & Stamp "and the date . Not quite sure what that relates to.

Here's a rare treat on this blog. A card from my country Canada. I haven't  received many Canada cards over the years. I guess I can assume from that , not many of my fellow Canadians are reading this. This card was a surprise, it's from Brenda who lives in Ottawa, our nation's capital. Brenda wrote that she enjoys my blog, and I hope she continues to do so. Thanks for reading, good to know there are actual readers out there. Her card gives a look at a couple of buildings near Parliament Hill. You can also see Maman in front of the National Gallery of Canada. It  is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois.  The sculpture, which depicts a spider, is among the world's largest, measuring over 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide (927 x 891 x 1024 cm) .Louise Bourgeois wrote " The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother."

Brenda used a really recent stamp . It is 1 of 2 issued April 14, 2014 marking the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Another Airlines / Aircraft card - how surprising is that ? This time it's a Malaysia Airlines B 747-400. A fine looking aircraft but sadly, not flying anymore. This 747 was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 1991. In 1998 it became part of the Qantas fleet. It flew with Qantas until 2009 when it was stored. It met it's fate in 2011 when it was scrapped in VCV - Southern California Logistics Airport, or Victorville Airport as it's sometimes called. Many , many airplanes have met their doom at Victorville.

Kayley, a young Postcrosser from Singapore sent this card, her 2nd to me, and used the same stamp fresh water turtle I mentioned in my last update.

Time for another card from Ukraine, this time Kiev. Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population as of July 2013 was 2,847,200, making Kiev at least 8th largest city in Europe. This card though is not showing any scene from Ukraine. It's a fishing boat at sunrise in the Atlantic Ocean - specifically Conakry, Guinea, Africa. 

Now, I'm not one to talk, as many of you know, but a lot of postcard collectors don't like the idea of a card showcasing a particular place, arriving from another. I'll not say whether I agree or disagree with this idea. I like this card and it gives me an opportunity to talk a little about Guinea, a place that I have not yet received a posted card from. Back 82 days ago , on Feb 11th I sent a card to a lady in Conakry, Guinea. She is a Postcrosser and she wrote on her profile that there seemed to be a problem with cards arriving there. She advised to put the card in an envelope and to use lots of tape. I did all that and it still hasn't arrived almost 3 months later. Sadly, I have just about given up on this one. So, if I can't get a card to her, then there's not much chance of getting one back from her. 

Anyway, here the stamps that Aleutina used on her card from Kiev.

Here's it comes - the last card for today. A little strange one - looks like a plane landing on some suspended airport in Hell. Could be a rough landing. 


Svetlana, who hails from Moscow used a number of stamps. I'll just mention the 2 larger ones this time. On the left is a stamp issued  November 1st 2013 celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Martial Art Sambo. Then on the right is another 2013 stamp highlighting Ferries. 


Wow, seven cards, that's quite a few. Another update in the books. Thanks for cards going out to Ana, Jean Pierre, Johan, Brenda, Kayley, Aleutina and Svetlana. I appreciate all your cards. Be sure to drop by again soon. Leave a comment if you have one. Take care.

1 comment:

Ana said...

yeah, Ana took a short get-out-of-town trip...glad to see it arrived...the stamp was the only one the guy at the tobacco shop had...but at least he had some :)