Monday, January 18, 2016

Odds and Ends - No Particular Genre

Hello again - I take it you all survived the weekend. Me too. The weather was the pitts though, rainy and clouds , then clouds and raining. 2016 has started off not all that well - weather wise. But as they say - weather is a federal issue, what can we do ?
Now it's on to postcards- the reason you're reading this. Today's cards don't fit into any genre, they're all over the place as you will see. But that should make for an interesting update, don't you think ?

First up is a card from Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A. The city is the largest in the state of Delaware and is the home of Dupont, the country's largest chemical corporation. Founded in 1636, the city of just over 71,000 was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. Sadly crime appears to be a big problem in Wilmington. In 2010 there were 27 homicides and in 2012 , there were 26. In 2012 Parenting magazine called the city the Nation's most dangerous city on a per capita basics. In March 2014, Movoto Real Estate rated Wilmington the most dangerous small city in the U.S. Then in December 2014, Newsweek magazine called it " Murder Town USA ". Sorry Wilmington - on this blog you get the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Mike and Ashley's card gives us an evening view of the cityscape.


Mike and Ashley used 3 stamps , all of them issued in 2015. On the left is an Additional Ounce stamp showing Penguins. In the middle is a Geometric Snowflake Forever stamp, 1 of 4 in the set  and on the right is a Peanuts - A Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamp. It is 1 of 10 in the set.

This next card is from France and is a view of the Mer de Glace glacier and the Chamonix valley.The glacier is 5.5 km long and 200 metres deep. The train shown on the card is the Montenvers train, which takes people on Chamonix to the Ice sea, in the Mont Blanc's. It runs 5,141 meters in length, climbs 871 meters and runs 14 to 20 km per hour.

A PostCrosser named Murielle sent this card along and she used a couple of stamps. On the left is a recent definitive, while on the right is an example of the 2015 annual Heart stamp of La Poste. It is the work of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.


Here's a card of a lady with Big hair. Now I've seen big hair before, but never with a clock and don't even mention the butterflies looking for a home. It's art from Ukraine, a nice painting , what more can I say ?


Tanja was quite free with her stamps, using 5 in all. The 2 on the left are recent definitives featuring plants and leaves. The Cow stamp was issued  in 2015 , 1 of a set of 4 Cows. The Round stamp featuring a Sheep was issued in 2013. It was part of a set commemorating the Oriental Lunar Calendar. Even though issued in 2013, the stamp tells us that Year of the Sheep was celebrated in 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979 1991, 2003 and 2015. The last stamp on the right , also issued in 2015, is 1 of 4 in a set celebrating Crimean Tatars. A nice set , too.

One might think when looking at this next card that it arrived from Tanzania. The image on the card shows a 1992 stamp from a set of 7 , all showing Cats. But if you thought that, it would be wrong. The card is from Russia. Now there are some out there that frown on this. Receiving a card from one country , while the card's image or subject indicates a different country. I don't have a big problem with this situation, and it hasn't happened all that often with me. The card in this case is a nice card and it arrived with great stamps of Russia. What more do you need ?

Red Panda used a small definitive from a few years ago , along with a Pavel Bazhov Fairy Tale stamp from 2004. Then we have the beautiful Whale stamp from 2012. There were 2 in this set, however the one shown is the nicest, in my opinion of course.

Now  we've come to the last card for today. It's from Singapore and features Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. It was sent from the Singapore Philatelic Museum . They are holding an exhibition of postcards featuring Charlie Brown and his gang. They asked for submissions from all around the world, and those are the cards on exhibit. Everyone who sends in a card , receives a card back. 

The museum used 2 copies of a 2015 stamp highlighting Vanishing Trades. In this case it's a Dairy Man. 

That's it for today. Thanks for dropping in, hope you found something to your liking. Big Thanks for cards go out to Mike & Ashley, Murielle, Tanja, Red Panda and The Singapore Philatelic Museum.    

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