Monday, February 9, 2015

Five More For February

Well it's raining again here on Vancouver Island, so a good day for postcards and blogging. Today mu cards are from Portugal, Germany and the U.S.A.
Let's start with a card from Raul who lives in Coimbra, in the center of Portugal. Although it served as the nation's capital many, many years ago, Coimbra  is better known for the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. The historical University buildings were classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. Raul's card shows the Palace Hotel of Bucaco, built between 1888 and 1905. It is still a magnet for tourists.

Raul used a stamp from 2013, 1 of 8 in a set highlighting Traditional Festivals. 

Today's second card , from Germany, is an older card showing the Catherdal of Cologne. This one shows the cathedral and the area around it as it was before the destruction of World War II.

Stephanie used the current German stamp for foreign postage. It is the same stamp David used on his card from Germany, which I posted in my last blog update.

My third, fourth and fifth cards are all from the U.S. First up is this card showing the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. The five tower complex is a modern city within a city. Its facade is made of reflective glass. Originally completed in 1977, the facility features a 74-story, 1,300 room Marriott Hotel, surrounded by five 39-story office towers totaling a combined 2.3 million square feet.  

Emarie used 3 different stamps. On the left is an Abraham Lincoln  self adhesive from 2014. In the middle is a self adhesive Forever Christmas Poinsetta stamp. It is from a 2013 Booklet. On the right is my first Batman stamp. It is 1 of 20 stamps in a minisheet issued in 2014. Sixteen of the stamps are vertical images of Batman and four are Bat Symbols highlighted in a search light. 


This next card was posted in Boston, but it shows a display aircraft at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs , Colorado. This is a military academy for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado.  Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. Shown on the card is a T-38 Talon. The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engined supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2014 in air forces throughout the world.

A Postcrosser named Julia used 2 nice Hummingbird self adhesives from 2014, along with a 2012 Purple Heart Forever stamp.

The last U.S. card today and the last card today arrived from the state of West Virginia, and shows an old , fancy mailbox.


Julie used a number of stamps, 3 in the upper right corner and 2 in the bottom left. The top 2 upper right stamps are from the set of 4 issued in 1988 commemorating Antarctic Explorers. The stamp located just under there was issued in 1972 and commemorated the 100th Anniversary of mail Order. The 2 stamps in the lower left are 2 of 4 in a 1993 set commemorating the national Postal Museum in the United States.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for cards go to Raul, Stephanie, Emarie, Julia and Julie. Take care, and check back again soon for another update.

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