Monday, April 13, 2015

Dale's Cards and One From Wolfgang and One From Bono

Here I am again with a few postcards and stamps. Today's cards come from  Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Germany and Hong Kong. The first 3 cards are all compliments of my brother Dale who was traveling for 35 days or so.  First up is this card of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Construction started on this superstructure on 1 March, 1993, with completion on 1 March 1996 . The 88 floor towers reach a height of 451.9 meters.

Dale used a stamp from Sri Lanka, issued in 2013, featuring an elephant at Yala National Park. Yala is the most visited and the second largest national  park in Sri Lanka. It's obvious now that this card of Malaysia was actually posted in Sri Lanka. The elephant stamp is from a set of 6 Animal stamps contained in 3 souvenir sheets.

Okay, this one is of Sri Lanka and was indeed posted in Sri Lanka. It's a group of Sri Lankan  fisherman fishing from stilts. This 70 year tradition have the men sitting atop the stilts waiting for swarms of fish to pass in the shallow water. It should be noted that during the monsoon season fishing stops entirely and many fishermen rent their stilts to people who pose as fishermen for tourists.

Dale used a mini-sheet from 2012 celebrating the Sinhala-Hindu New Year. It is usually celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April and marks the end of the harvest season in Sri Lanka. The sheet consists of 4 different stamps and fits together quite well forming a square.

Dale's third card arrived from the city of Mumbai and it's a bird's eye view of the Gateway of India. The gateway was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It is 26 meters in height and can accommodate 500 to 600 people.

The stamp on this one was issued in a set of 11 in 2008. It celebrates 12th century poet Jayadeva and his work Gita Govinda. The first English translation of the Gita Govinda was published by Sir William Jones in 1792.

Now we have a card from Bono - no not that Bono, but Bono the radio engineer from Hong Kong. His card shows a street scene in the busy Causeway Bay area, one of the most busy districts in the city. Of note is the route sign on the bus or tram - Happy Valley. Certainly not the Happy Valley that I know from my younger days  in Labrador in northern Canada. 

Bono used a definitive from a 2014 set of 12. They all show rock formations, waterfalls or some other geological formations. 

My last card for today is a new addition to my Aviation Postcard Collection. It's the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery, landing at the Kennedy Space Center. Or as Wolfgang wrote on the card - Just another airliner. Yes I guess so. Discovery's  first mission, STS-41-D  flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. It has spent 365 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes 33 seconds in space and had flown over 238.5 million km. Discovery was retired after completing its final mission, STS 133 on March 9, 2011. The spacecraft is now on display in Virginia at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the  Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. 

Wolfgang sent this card not from the U.S.A but from Germany, so therefore it arrived with a German stamp. It is a 2015 stamp featuring the Bodden Landscape , an area in northeastern Germany.

That's the update for this time. Be sure to tune in again soon, for another one -  I got the cards, it's just the time that's in short supply. Take care and comment if you want, don't comment if you don't want.
Thanks for today's card go out to Dale, Bono and Wolfgang.

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