The first card for today comes from Gourock, Scotland, a small town on the west coast . Gourock sits on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde, 28 miles west of Glasgow.. Its principal function today, is as a popular residential area, with a railway terminus and ferry services across the Clyde. Gourock has one of the two remaining public outdoor swimming pools in Scotland, having been built in 1909. Alan's card gives us a look at the Forth Rail Bridge. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most iconic feats of engineering in Great Britain. It was completed in 1889 and was the first major structure to be built of steel in the country. The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of central Edinburgh. It was opened on 4 March 1890 and spans a total length of 8,296 feet.
Alan used 2 Machin definitives on his card . The one on the left was issued in 2010 and the one on the right in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.
Before we leave Scotland, one wonders whether Scotland will be the latest "new country " for us collectors. I guess we'll all be watching how the Scottish Independence referendum goes on September 18th.
My second card arrived from Ireland. It 's a card showing Mater, the Pixar character in the 2006 animated film Cars. Sir Tow mater or simply Mater's design is based on a 1951 International Harvester boom truck. Mater's driving skills include a claim to be "the world's best backwards driver." Anyone remember Mater saying "My name's Mater... Yeah, like tuh-mater, but without the tuh" , or "Git-R-Done", or "I don't care who you are; that's funny right there".
Gleb who lives in Cork sent this card. He used a small 2013 self adhesive stamp featuring a Beadlet Anemone.
The Grand Haven South Pier Lights and lighted catwalk in Michigan is the subject of this next card. It is the focal point of Grand Haven's waterfront. Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River.
The Grand Haven Lighthouses were first built in 1839 on the south pier marking the channel into the river. The current lighthouses, painted red, were built in 1875 (outer light) and 1905 (inner).
Sara used 2 stamps from 2013. On the left is a self adhesive Butterfly and on the right is the Hello, I'm Johnny Cash stamp.
Okay, here's the final card for today, and it's from the Czech Republic. It shows the old train station in Beroun, a town in the Central Bohemian district of the country. It is located about 30 kilometers southwest of Prague. It has about 19,000 residents. The card shows the railway station as it was back in the 1920s. It was replaced in the 1960s with a more modern building.
Gabi's stamp is from 2012, 1 of 2 issued showing paintings of the Czech painter Alfons Mucha.
There you have it, a rather large stamp when compared to the small one from Ireland I showed earlier.
That does it for this update. Thanks to Gabi, Sara, Gleb and Alan for their contributions. I wouldn't be here without people like them.. Thanks for reading, and as I always say, leave a comment if you have one , and even if you don't. Take care.