Monday, June 9, 2014

Switzerland, A Viscount, Germany, a B737-500, Wulingyuan, Royal Scot, a Basque Cross and a Dutch Postbox

Hello again postcard people. It certainly time for another blog update. As you can see from the title of this update, it's a real mixed bag.
Let's start with the Swiss card. It comes from Richterswil, a small town of just over 13,000 people. It is located on the shore of Lake Zurich, about 25 km from Zurich.

Gustav , a Postcrosser , who lives in Richterswil contacted me sometime ago for a postcard swap. This is the result. He used a couple of nice stamps on his card. On the left is a stamp from 1975. It features the dirigible airship the Ville de Lucern. On the right is a 2014 stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Pilatus Railway.

Here's a real oldie, an Air Zimbabwe Viscount.   The Vickers Viscount   was a British medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948 , the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. Iit used a new form of propulsion, the turboprop engine, replacing the conventional piston engine.  It became one of the most  successful and profitable of the first post-war transport aircraft with  445 Viscounts built for a range of international customers.  This air to air picture of VP-YNC was taken around 1980 from an Air Zimbabwe B707. This Vickers Viscount was scrapped in Harare in 1984.

This card didn't travel through the mail as such, at least not on its own steam. It arrived in an envelope, but the card does have a stamp on it. Bruce used an aviation stamp, one of the last Rhodesian stamps issued. It has a Vickers Vimy airplane on it, 1 of 6 in the 1978 set., celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Powered Flight.     

Now we're off to Tubingen, Germany. Tubingen is a town in central Baden-Wurttemberg, 30 km south of Stuttgart. On Melanie's card we see one of the historic buildings along Ammergasse in the centre of Tubingen.

Melanie used 2 of the common Flower definitives along with a 2014 Easter stamp. If is 1 of 2 in a set.

A Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 , aircraft D-ABIH is flying in next, from Helsinki, Finland . This airplane had its first flight on 28 January 1991 . Still a great looking aircraft. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly known as Lufthansa, is the flag carrier of Germany and also the largest airline in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size. It operates services to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe using a fleet of more than 280 aircraft.

Sirpa, who lives in Hameelinna in the southern part of Finland used a 2012 stamp on her card. It is 1 of 6 self adhesives in a m/s of Spring Blossoms.

My next card gives a fine look at the Imperial Brush Peaks in Wulingyuan, China.
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hunan Province, China designated in 1992. It's noted for more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone  pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over 200 metres (660 ft) in height.  

The exact same view on the card is the subject of the prepaid postage stamp on this card. Then, to make up the international rate, Gao used a 1999 stamp. It is from a set of 6 featuring the Putuo Mountains. You can see both here.

The Royal Scot is up next and right on time.
The Royal Scot was a British named express passenger train that ran between London and Glasgow, the length of the West Coast Main Line (WCML). For many years it departed from both ends at 10:00 . It first ran in 1862. The locomotive shown on the card is called the City of Lancaster ( Duchess Class ). The image on the card is 1 of 5 stamps issued in 1985 featuring Famous Trains and commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Great Western Railway.

 Dan used a Machin definitive and a 2013 stamp featuring the works of Jane Austen.  The set of 6 was released on the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.

Now I have a card featuring a Basque Cross. The lauburu or Basque Cross has four comma-shaped heads. It's a very old symbol used by a lot of cultures from the far east to the pacific and by a big part of Europe.

Dominique used a 2011 Biodiversity in the Oceans stamp on this card. 


I think that's about enough for this time. I had one more card but I'll leave if for next time. Thanks for cards going out to Gustav, Bruce, Melanie, Sirpa, Gao, Dan and Dominique. Take care and drop a comment if you have one.

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