Monday, October 31, 2016


Boo to you too, it may be Hallowe'en but I didn't receive any Hallowe'en postcards this year. I guess they must be a thing of the past. I sure never see them in any stores around here.
All is well though as I still have a number of cards to post here today. If you've been following , it's the last of the pile plus a few more received since.

Let's start with a card from Austria. I don't get a lot from this country, I guess they aren't postcard people. My wife likes this card, she always says cards with real people on them are the best. If she were a collector, these type of cards would make up her collection. Here we have two small boys and their cats.

The card is from Anna , a PostCrosser in Flachau, a small village of about 2,800 located in central Austria. She used 2 nice stamps from 2015. On the left is 1 of a set of 16 definitives called " Impressions of Austria " . A rather attractive set actually. On the right is a stamp celebrating the Semmering Railway, the first mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track.

Here's a card left over from our visit to Vancouver Island in August. It shows a large mural in Chemainus, British Columbia. This mural entitled Native Heritage is by artist Paul Ygartua depicts the Natives past and present in the local area.  Painted in 1983 it is the most recognized mural in the town.

It's a great stamp on this one. It was issued in 2016 and features Yousuf Karsh's 1936 portrait of Grey Owl. It is one of Karsh's best known portraits.

Now I have another of David's cards from his south African trip. This one shows some of the animals and views of Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

David used 1 of 3 stamp in a set of Birds issued this year. It's a really nice set , mush like the set of 5 Herons , also issued this year. I showed 1 of the Heron stamps in a post  a couple of updates ago. Now here's the Bird stamp.

Don't miss David's great postcard and stamp blog , its called
"Postcards A World Travelogue " . Click on  this .

This next card, received from Johan , is a great Aviation themed card. It celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Air France's first Concorde flight from Paris to Washington.  The stamp , on the bottom right ,  issued by France , also commemorates this great event.
Be sure to check out Johan's fine blog , aptly called " Johan Postcards " . It's right here .

Here's a card from a Postcrossing meet-up that was held in Genoa on the 16th of this month. I've received a number of cards from meet-ups , not a lot mind you, maybe 7 or 8. I should think Genoa would be a great place to meet, and what better to show off on a card , than the Lighthouse of Genoa.
 It is the main lighthouse for the port of Genoa and serves as the symbol and a landmark for the city. At 76 m it is the world's fifth tallest lighthouse. It was first constructed in 1128, although some say 1161, and rebuilt in 1543 and is the world's 3rd oldest lighthouse.

Carla attended this meet-up and had the card signed by a number of PostCrossers attending. Her choice of stamp is 1 of 8 in a definitive set issued this year showing City Squares. The one on the stamp is Piazza Ruggero Settimo in Palermo.

I received a this next card from South Africa. It arrived blank in a cover from Bruce. It's one more for my Aircraft / Airline Postcard Collection. Shown is a Zambia Airways Boeing  707, used on the airlines Europe and Africa service in days gone by.

Now I have 2 cards compliments of Jean Pierre, each showing a German Airport. Let's look at the Frankfurt/Main Airport card first. Lots of aircraft on the card, indicative of lots of aircraft at the airport. Frankfurt is the main hub for lufthansa and features 2 passenger terminals with a capacity of 65 million passengers per year. It is the 4th busiest in Europe and 12th busiest worldwide.

Jean Pierre used 2 Classic Cars stamps from this current year. Shown are the Ford Capri and the Porsche 911.

Jean Pierre's second card is of Stuttgart Airport, an important hub for Germanwings. With 4 terminals it is the 6th busiest in Germany with 10.5 million passengers passing through in 2015.


HereJean Pierre used 2 current year Lighthouse stamps. On the left is Staberhuk Lighthouse and on the right is Kampen Lighthouse.

We finally made it to the last card for this time. It's from Belgium. It features the Library at the Catholic University of Leuven, the largest and oldest university in the country, dating back to 1834.

This is another private swap card from Gerda. She has a great postcard blog called " My Postcard-Page " and you can have a look at it right here . Go ahead, give it a click, it's well worth the effort.
Gerda used a beautiful Aviation stamp. It is 1 of 5 Aircraft stamps in a souvenir sheet called " Old Belgian Airplanes " .

There it is , another great update. Thanks for cards today go out to Anna, David, Johan, Carla, Bruce, Jean Pierre and Gerda.  If you have any thoughts on anything you have seen here or read today, leave a comment. It's the only way I know if it's good or bad.
Take care and we'll be back again soon, like when I receive a few more cards to put up here. Just a single card arrived in today's mail, from Ravindra in Sri Lanka. So you know that one will be up next. That's all I have in hand.

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