Thursday, December 10, 2015

One More Rainy Postcard Day

I wrote a short time ago that it was raining , pouring I believe I wrote, well ditto again today. Pouring rain, and quite windy - so another good day to be inside blogging postcards and stamps. So let's get to it. First up is a card from Thailand. It shows an old time picture of some folks from Siam. Then on the top is the first set of stamps of Siam, issued on August 4th, 1883. These stamps are Scot #s 1-5 and are valued at $116.00 USD in Mint , unused condition. In Used condition they are valued at $117.00 USD. The black stamp on the far left, Scott # 1 is valued at $10.00 Mint or Used. Not a bad price actually. Now I have a collection of Scott # 1 stamps from around the world, but I don't yet have the  one shown here. Maybe someday. Now, here's the card.

This is another card from Jobbo. His first stamp , on the left, was issued in a set of 4 for the Bangkok '83 International Stamp Show. All  4 of them are mail related.  The one shown has a number of mailmen collecting  mail from a postbox at different times in the past. The stamp on the right is 1 of 10 in a definitive set , all showing Coastal Landscapes.


My second card is from China. On it we see the Xiaoshang Bridge at Linying, a county of Henan, China.

This is a prestamped postage paid postcard, sent by a PostCrosser over that way. The prepaid  postage  shows an image of the bridge, exactly as on the front of the card. The other stamps, the 3 on the left at least, are from 2014. They are from a set of 4 called Network.

This next card also is of a bridge, this time one in The Netherlands. It is the area of the intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht canals. The Keizersgracht is also known as the Emperor's Canal, named after Emperor Maximilian of Austria. It is 31 meters wide and digging started in 1612. In winter it becomes a skating rink , much like the Rideau Canal in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. There are certainly a few interesting places along the canal. There is the three Greenland Warehouses, dating from 1620. These are the only warehouses in the city with step gables. There is also Rode Hoed or Red Hat, dating from 1629. Let's not forget the House with the Heads, built in 1622. It's named after 6 heads that stick out of the gable and they represent Apollo, Ceres, Mercurius, Minerva, Bacchus and Diana. There is also HomoMonument - commemorating the 70,000 gays and lesbians who died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Lots to see along there for sure.
The Leidsegracht Canal , named after the city of Leiden, was built in the second half of the 17th century and runs parallel to Leidsestraat. This may not be the most interesting street, it is however , it is the most well known street in all Holland.
This seventeenth-century Canal Ring area was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 12010.

A PostCrosser by the name of Els sent this card along. The stamp, a new one to me ,  was issued this year and  is an international rate stamp.It is  one of six in a souvenir sheet entitled  " Borderless Netherlands- USA Popculture."

Now to end  this update , here's a little pin-up from Russia. The card says her is Julia - I guess that is supposed to explain it all.

Anna used a large triangle shaped stamp that was issued this year. It is from a set of 4  showing Porcelain Tiles . Anna also used 1 of those Animal definitives which have been on the go quite a while now.

Well there you have it. Another one in the books. Thanks for cards go out to Jobbo, Els , Anna and an unknown in China. Take care and drop by again.

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