Saturday, February 28, 2015

The last One For February

Well it's certainly time for a new update. I haven't done very well this month and next month, March,  will not be any better. After today don't expect anything new for at least  thee weeks or more. I'll be away from the blog until March 24 or later. Do make a point to come back as there'll be lots new by then.

Now on to some postcards, the reason you're here today.

My first card for today is from Perth , Western Australia. It is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia and is the fourth most populous city in the country. Perth was originally founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. David's card provides a look at some of the modern buildings in Perth's skyline.

David used 3 current 2015 stamps , all featuring old 19th century clipper ships that sailed in Australian waters. Featured is The Phoenician, The Monkchester and The Arabian. A fourth one featured The Frances Henty.

My next card is perhaps a Valentine's card from Poland. It features  two young lovers and was posted on Feb 13th, one day before Valentine's . It's a Postcrossing card from Swidnik, a city in eastern Poland with just over 40,000 inhabitants.

Dominika used a couple of Heart Shaped stamps issued for Valentine's Day 2015. She also used a small definitive from 1997.

Have you heard any Volkswagen jokes lately ? Remember the one about the lady who looked under her front hood and thought someone stole the engine ? Or the one about the guy at the gas station who didn't know whwre the gas went ? Or the water for that matter ?  People used to make a lot of fun of the VW. I remember, I used to drive a 1968 Bug  back around the early 1970s. That old gas heater really didn't do all that well during a cold Canadian winter. You always needed a scraper handy to scrape the inside of the windows.

This is a Postcrossing card sent by Yanz  from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, some 12702 km away. She used a 1999 stamp commemorating the 125th  anniversary of Taiping, a town located in northern Perak. There are four stamps in the set and all featured different modes of transport. One showed a hand drawn cart, another a car, another featured planes and of course the train , as shown.

Here's another addition to my Airlines / Aircraft on Postcards collection. This one is a Luxair B707. The airline operated aircraft LX-LGW in the 1970's. On this card it is shown at the old airport terminal in Findel.

Meelis , who often contributes to this blog, sent this card from Luxembourg. He used 2 Europa stamps from 2013 featuring Postal Vans.

Now we have a Nouvelles Images card entitled Sea, Sex, & Sun. Many people go out of their way for these these type of cards, but not me. I wouldn't buy it , but of course, I'll collect any card I find in my mail box. And be happy about it.

Actually my main reason for putting this card on here is to showcase the stamp. It's a Postcrossing stamp issued by Finland. That country issued 4 Postcrossing stamps in 2013. I now have 2 of the 4 different stamps. I had a lot to say about these particular stamps when I featured my first one here on the blog, back on Jan 16, 2014. Nothing has changed since then. I'll leave it at that. Feel free to go back and have a look at my rant about them from that time. You can read it here  

Now for a card from Russia. It's a Postcrossing card from Helena, showing the Ostankino TV Tower. Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower in Moscow.It stands 540.1 metres tall and was designed by Nikolai Nikitin. It is currently the tallest freestanding structure in Europe and the eighth tallest in the world. It was built between 1963 and 1967.

Helena used a couple of great large stamps. The horizontal stamp was issued in 2013. It is 1 of 4 in a set featuring World War II warships. The triangle stamp , is also from a set of 4 issued in 2013.

This next card shows The Map Room of the Cabinet War Rooms Museum in London, England . Cconstruction of the Cabinet War Rooms,began in 1938. They became operational in August 1939, and remained in  operation throughout the Second World War, before being abandoned in August 1945 after the surrender of Japan.  

Regular contributor Dominique used a nice international Postcard Universal Mail stamp featuring Christ Church College. An agreement with Royal Mail enables any postcard bearing this type of stamp to be mailed through Royal Mail's network of red post boxes and post offices located throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

I think that's it for this time. Thanks for cards go out to David, Dominika, Yanz, Meelis, Susanna, Helena and Dominique.Great cards and great stamps all around. Take care and drop by again in about 3 weeks. See you then. 

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