Saturday, December 12, 2015

Another Rainy Postcard Day

Well what can I say ? The title of this post says it all. It's another of those wet, rainy, windy, dreary days.
Only good for postcards and stamps. So that's what I write about., and that's why you're reading. So, here they come.
I want to start this update with this spectacular British Airways Concorde postcard. It's aircraft G-BOAF , it was aircraft  # 216 in the BA fleet and the 6th Concorde in the fleet. Her maiden flight was on 20 April 1979 and she was delivered to British Airways on 9 June 1980. This aircraft's final flight was on Now 26, 2003 and that was also the final flight ever for a Concorde.


This is another card from Jean Pierre. While the card is a great souvenir of Concorde, the special cancellation on the stamp is another special aviation related item. First the stamp - it is 1 of a set of 6 issued in 2012 showing Charles Dickens characters. This one is Captain Cuttle from Dombey and Son. . Now for the cancellation. It celebrates the Farewell To Flight ofRoyal Air Force Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558. This Vulcan was the last airworthy aircraft of its type still flying. It flew a national tour on October 10th and 11th of this year. Then a final flight before it was grounded was flown on October 28, 2015. XH558 was nicknamed The Spirit of Great Britain and is now preserved in taxiable only condition at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  Just exactly what the 4 Dec'15 date signifies, I'm not sure.
On a personal note - back in the late 1970s I lived in Goose Bay, Labrador, home of Goose Air Base. The Royal  Air Force had a Detachment stationed there and as a result I often saw Vulcans up close, so to speak. To this day , Vulcan XL361 can be seen  in a static display in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, as the town is now called.

My next card is from Solnechnogorsk, Russia, 65 km northwest of Moscow. The card is of a Lady and her Horse. A Russian lady and an Arabian horse, I've been told.

Svetlana used a nice large stamp from this year. It commemorates 150 Years of the Leningrad Zoo.

Here's the final card for today. It comes from Tel Aviv, Israel and is a 1940 view of the Valley Train. The Valley Train was a historical railroad in Palestine running along the Jezreel Valley. Inaugurated on October 14, 1905 it operated until 1948.

Daniel used a nice selection of stamps on his card. There's a couple of small definitives on the left. In the middle is a stamp commemorating the Israel Museum, 1 of 3 in the set, issued in 2015. On the right is a stamp also from 2015 from a Rivers set. This one shows the Kziv River.

There you have it. Another update completed. Thanks for cards go to Jean Pierre, Daniel and Svetlana. Thanks for dropping by, come back again soon.

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