Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Cards

Hello again, postcard people. It's time for another look at  a few postcards. Today's cards are from Germany, France, Portugal, Finland and the Netherlands. Let's start with the Netherlands. I like receiving postcards showing postboxes so Heidi decided to send just that. Here's a posttbox in Holland. It looks a little high for the young lady using it, but it appears  she manages.

Heidi used 3 stamps, 1 postage and 2 semi-postals. The stamp on the left was issued in 1983 with the surtax going to the Red Cross. It is 1 of 4 in the set. The center stamp, also from 1983 , and also from a set of 4 had its surtax going to cultural and welfare institutions. The final stamp, on the right was issued in 1985 , 1 of 3 in a set.

My next card is from Helsinki, Finland. It shows one of the trams in the city. Seija wrote that there are about 125 trams , 10 tramlines and around 400 tram drivers , and she has been one  for 34 years.

Seija used a 2012 self adhesive stamp showing Bottenhavets National Park.

A TAP Portugal A320 is flying in next. This aircraft  CS-TNK is 14 years old, having its first flight on 24Mar 2000. Long gone are the days I flew on Tap back in the 1970s on a B707.  Another fine card for my Airlines and Aircraft Postcard Collection.

Ana's  stamp is from a set of 3 issued in 2011 featuring Children's Paintings.

Just two more cards to go, so stay with me.

Johan sent this next card from Godewaersvelde, in the north of France.  Godewaersvelde is located in northern France along the Belgian border and is in the heart of  Flanders, less than half an hour from Lille, and Dunkirk. The population is quite small with around 1900 people in 2006. On Johan's card is Het Blauwershof, a tavern of which the building dates back to the 19th century. At one time a blacksmith shop operated here.

Johan's choice of stamp is from 2013. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of France's biggest International Agricultural Event, held in Paris. Traditionally there is just one mascot for the show, but for the 50th there were 7 mascots as shown on the stamp. It is usually just the cow, but this time they added a donkey, dog, goat, ram, pig and a horse, all riding on the back of the cow.


I guess we've all heard the expression, "road to nowhere " , well this next card maybe shows the" tracks to nowhere ". The card arrived from Germany, so I guess the track is really going somewhere in that country. Jasmin wrote that she finds parallel tracks quite hypnotizing. I can go along with that.

Jasmin used a couple of regular Flower definitives , which we're all familiar with by now.

Well that's it for this time. Thanks to Heidi, Seija, Ana, Johan and Jasmin for there cards. It really is wonderful receiving all these cards in the mail. It sure makes going to the mailbox interesting. Take care, drop me a comment is anything strikes your fancy.

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