It's certainly time for a new update. I have a couple of excuses, I was out to Calgary for almost a week and I was caught up in Blue Jays excitement. Sadly, that all came to an end sooner than I wanted. So much for my short bandwagoner experience. Now the coast is clear for postcards .
So let's get to it.
First up is a train card. It's from the United Kingdom and it shows the Bodmin & Wenford Railway of Cornwall, England. The railway was started in 1887 and finished up as a commercial railway in 1983. Since 1990 it has operated as a Heritage Railway operating over a 15 mile round trip. The engine shown on the card , 4247 is a GWR4200 class Z-8-OT heavy freight locomotive and was built in 1916.
A PostCrosser named Lucy sent this card along. She used 2 Aviation themed stamps, which always goes over well with me. On the left is a Military Plane from a set 0f 5 issued in 1997. On the right is another stamp from a 2002 set of 5 Airlines. This one shows a British Airways Concorde.
Next up is another card for my Airlines / Aircraft Postcard Collection. It's a British Aerospace RJ85. The Avro RJ was introduced in 1992 and was an improved version of the BA146. The aircraft on the postcard , G-6-271 first flew in Nov of 1995. It flew with Sabena, SN Brussels and Brussels Airlines. It is now stored.
Meelis used a recent stamp from 2014. It is 1 of 5 different stamps in a sheet commemorating The First Great War.
Here's another aircraft card for my collection. It arrived from Bangkok and shows a B747 of Orient THAI Airlines on the ground in Hong Kong back in 2002. HS-UTP had its first flight on 23 Aug 1972 with Japan Airlines. The aircraft was taken out of service in July of 2008 and is now stored , sadly without engines - an ignoble end for a fine aircraft.
Jean Pierre used 2 fine 2015 stamps. On the left is a stamp celebrating National Communications Day , while on the right is a stamp celebrating the ASEAN Community. Their motto is One Vision, One Identity , One Community. ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Suriname - You don't see too many cards from here, do you ? This is just my 3rd in over 3900 cards. David's card shows an old church built on poles , along the road in Coronie, a district of Suriname situated along the coast. David posted his card in Paramaribo - the capital and largest city, located on the banks of the Suriname River. The historic inner city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.
David used 2 stamps from a 2015 set of 6 showing Traditional Dresses.
Frederick the 1st is featured on my next card. Frederick, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, was the Holy Roman Em,peror from 1955 until his death. He was elected King of Germany on 4 March 1152 and crowned on 9 March 1152.
Dominique who hails from Haguenau sent this card. Haguenau is celebrating its 900th birthday this year. Hats off to Haguenau. The stamp is from this year and celebrates 70 Years of Mine Clearing and the people who do it. Tough job, for sure.
Yes . it's another Airline / Aircraft card. An Air New Zealand Boeing 747/400 cruising over mountains. Air New Zealand no longer operates B747s. This aircraft ZK-NBT was delivered to Air NZ on 31 Oct 1990 and operated until Feb 2012 when it was stored .
This fine card is compliments of Bruce who recently visited Australia and New Zealand from South Africa. I believe he was there for the 26th International Congress of Vexillology , held in Sydney a short while ago. Guess he'll be going to London in 2017. He used a 2003 stamp showing Tongariro National Park. It was 1 of 3 Tourism definitives issued back then. Located on the North Island , it is the oldest national park in the country. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
That's six done, just a couple more to go. I'm not sure what to make of this next card. It's from Lithuania. I leave it to you readers out there to interpret it and perhaps let me know. Maybe the name Saulius Jankauskas might help. Anyway here it is .
Interesting stamp though. It's from 2015 and is 1 of 2 in the current Europa set , featuring Old toys.
Here we go - last card for this time. This one arrive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's a great view of the city with the 452 meter Petronas Twin Towers front and center. 88 floors, 395,000 sq metres of commercial space.
I'm going out on a limb here, but I believe this card was sent by Jobbo. It's not signed , but the writing seems to be similar to others I have received from him. The card arrived with 3 fine stamps. All date from 2010. On the left in 1 of 3 in a set celebrating the country's Army. The top right stamp celebrates the Cultural Heritage of the Pahang area. It's also 1 of 3 in a set. Finally the bottom right stamp was , also from a set of 3, was issued to celebrate the Orang Asli or original / first peoples of Malaysia.
There you have it, a long overdue update. Glad it's done finally. Thanks for cards go out to Lucy, Meelis, Jean Pierre, David, Dominique, Bruce, Ausra and Jobbo. Thanks for reading , hope someone enjoyed it. Drop by again , hopefully the next update won't take quite so long. Cheers.