Hello , thanks for dropping in again . It's still part of the long Easter weekend here in Canada, so there hasn't been any mail since Thursday and there won't be until tomorrow. So I will make do with some great cards received early last week. That's cards from Kenya, Belgium, Macedonia, Russia, South Africa and the U.S.A.
Jambo from Kenya. My first card shows a number of groups of the peoples of Kenya.Kenya is located in east Africa , with coastline on the Indian Ocean. The country of 44 million has been described as the cradle of humanity. In its Great Rift Valley, palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man's ancestors. In Kenya you'll find savannah, lakelands, and mountain highlands.The country is also the home of the annual wildebeest migrations at Maasai Mara Reserve.
Bruce used a couple of definitives from the 2001 set of 18 Fruits and Plants.
My second card today is from Belgium. It is a photo portrait of Emile Verhaeren , Belgian poet. The photo is by Fernand Beguin.
Johan used a quite recent stamp commemorating Vethaeren , issued 12 March 2016 , marking the 100th anniversary of his death. It was issued in a sheetlet of 6 stamps.
You can visit Johan fine postcard blog by clicking right here .
Who's up for fishing ? How about in Dojran Lake, Macedonia ? That's the location of this elevated fishing hut . Dojran is a village on the west shore of the lake, in the south-east of Macedonia, about 170 km from Skopje.
Ana used a couple of fairly recent stamps including one showing the same fishing hut as shown on the card. It was issued in 2011. The other stamp is 1 of 2 in a 2009 set featuring Musicians. I guess the most interesting thing about this card is the cancellation date - 29-2-16, making it a Leap day cancel. Thanks Ana.
Be sure to check out Ana's great postcard blog here .
Now I think it's time for a Coke - yes a Coca-Cola. Here's a 1960 Coke advertisement. On the reverse of the card it says "Coke refreshes you best ". I couldn't agree more. If you look through a bunch of Coke ads from the 20s through the 60s , you can't help but see that a great many of them could have doubled as Esquire pin-ups. What sold Coke ? Apparently pretty girls, decade after decade. By the early 1970s the era of the Coke Babe ended, replaced by photos of happy young people hand-gliding, or water-skiing or snowboarding or even running down a mountain. Let's not forget the 1971 Hilltop performance of "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke " or all the different Coke Polar Bears commercials. I'm getting really thirsty about now !
This card is from May, a Postcrosser in Miami, Fl. She used 2 copies of the 2016 Black Heritage, Forever stamp featuring Richard Allen, writer, minister, educator and one of America's most active and influential Black leaders.
Here's another card from Bruce, this time sent from South Africa. This one gives a great view of uShaka Marine World in Durban. It is a world class marine entertainment resort, the largest in Africa and
boasting the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere, containing over 10,000 creatures. The 16 hectare theme park opened in April 2004.
Bruce used a nice aviation themed stamp from 2015. It is 1 of 5 in a set celebrating the Centenary of the South African Aviation Corps.
I'm going to call it a day here, I'll get to the Russian card next time, so be sure to check back. Thanks for today's cards go out to Bruce, May, Ana, and Johan. If you have a comment about anything on here, feel free to leave that comment.