Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Couple of Newfoundland Town Postmarks, A Contest Winner, and So Much More

Hello again. I have lots of great postcards to have a look at and a contest winner to announce today. I won't get to all the cards this time, but keep watching.
Let's start with the contest from my last update. The winner is Johan of  johan postcards . His guess was Anne of Brittany and it was the first correct guess received. Johan will receive a Joint Souvenir Sheet issued by Canada Post to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The sheet contains two international rate stamps issued by Canada. One stamp is the same design as the domestic Canadian stamp issued for Vimy Ridge on April 8th. The second stamp is the French designed stamp featuring the Canada Bereft statue at the Vimy Memorial. This French designed stamp will only be available as part of the joint souvenir sheets and joint first day of issue envelopes. So there won't be a lot of these stamps floating around.
Congratulations Johan.

Now on to the cards. I'm beginning with another card for my Newfoundland Towns Postmark Collection. This time the card is from a town called Pacquet. The card shows a small fishing boat moored among ice pans. In spring and early summer arctic ice drifts south , creating hazards for boats and fishing gear.
Pacquet is a small town on the northeast coast of Newfoundland in White Bay. The town had a population of 184 in the 2011 census. Pacquet was once part of the French Shore of Newfoundland , so it is likely that it was settled by French speaking fisherman. It was a base for French seasonal fisherman from about the time of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The first officially recorded residents were noted there in 1857.

A 2017 Year of the Rooster stamp was used on this card.

Now it's another card from another island. From the island of Newfoundland to the island of Sri Lanka. Hey, I just realized that  3 of my next cards are from islands. Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Sri Lanka again.

This card is titled " Flowers of Sri Lanka " and features the  Agapanthus africanus, a flowering plant native to the Cape area of South Africa. Why it's on a card  of Sri Lanka , I leave to others to discover.

This is a card sent by David from his recent trip to Sri Lanka and other locales. The stamps are from a 2015 set of 7 celebrating Kumana National Park. It's a great topical set of the wild animals of Sri Lanka.

A card from Male City, Maldives is next. Male is the capital city of the Maldives , an island in the Indian Ocean. With a population of just over 133,000 and an area of 5.8 sq km, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

It's another card from David, and he used 2 stamps about which I have not been able to find any information.

Next it's The Rock, not the actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson and not any radio station , which are often called The Rock, but The Rock of Gibraltar. Yes, that one - the 426 m high limestone promontory near the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. One more thing - let's not confuse this Rock with that other Rock - the island of Newfoundland - referred to , here in Canada as The Rock. I know , I know , that's enough about The Rock.

Jean Pierre used a nice Year of the Snake stamp here. If I remember  correctly, the Year of the Snake was 2013 and  this stamp was part of a set of 2.

Now it's back to Sri Lanka again. The wonderful old bridge on this card is the Nine Arches Bridge, often called The Bridge in the Sky, is one of the iconic bridges in the country. It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. The nine span bridge is 91.44 m in length and at a height of 24.38 m . Construction on the bridge ended in 1921.

Ravindra wrote on this card that he had traveled over the bridge on this same train a number of times. We have a nice selection of stamps on this one. On the left is a previously issued stamp featuring Orion, with a new surcharge for 2016. It is supposed to be a new value of 5.00 on an old value of 45.00 . For the life of me, I can't see it as that - looks like a 5.00 value over a 5.00 value.  The center stamp was issued in 2016 and celebrates National Meelad Un Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday. On the right, a stamp from 2017, issued for National Integration and Reconciliation Week, which was held Jan 8-14 .

Here's a card from Albania. It was posted in Elbasan, but is of Berat. Located in south central Albania, Berat is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, dating back possibly to 3000 BC. Berat was inscribed on the UNESCO world Heritage Site list in 2005.

I love it when a card arrives loaded with stamps, as this one surely did. Indrit used 5 great stamps from a set of 25  issued in 2004. The set celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National Art Gallery in Albania.

We jump over to Belgium for this next card. It's Norbertine Abbey or Tongerlo Abbey. The abbey was founded in the 12th century and is indeed a place of tranquility and peace. The abbey was also known as the home of Tongerlo Abbey Beer. It's no longer brewed at the abbey , but still available elsewhere. I hear it tastes great.

Gerda again used a great stamp on her card. The large one with the Polar Bear is from a souvenir sheet of 5  issued in 2016 highlighting Endangered Animals. I was lucky enough to receive the Rhino and the Gorilla stamps on an earlier card from Gerda. She also used 2 Bird definitives , one from 2007 and one from 2009.

I mentioned earlier about Indrit's card arriving loaded with stamps. Here's another example, this one from Moscow, Russia. I think this card is a Russian example of a Pin-Up card, at least that's what Ivan wrote.

Ivan also wrote that he used stamps featuring the most beautiful women of Russia. The stamp on the far left is from a set of 4 issued in 2010 under the label of Costumes. The other 3 are stamps are from a Costumes set of 4 issued in 2009.

Lille, France is the subject of this next card from Dominique. Lille is a city in northern France, near the border with Belgium. On the card we can see the old exchange place, where old books, old postcards and stamps and other collectibles are sold every day.

Perhaps Dominique picked up these 2 stamps at the exchange. They are both 50 years old, having been issued in 1967. On the left is a stamp commemorating Stamp Day 1967. The other stamp commemorates the upcoming Grenoble Winter Olympics of 1968.

This next card is interesting. It is one from a series called Thailand in the Past. Here we see the Royal Crematorium for King Mongkut at Phra Meru in Bangkok, dated 1869.

Jobbo used 2 fine stamps as always. On the left , from 1999, a stamp celebrating the former King's 72nd Birthday. It is from a set of 9.  Over on the right , 1 of 5 stamps in a 2008 set celebrating Children's Paintings.

Well that's just about it for this time, much longer than my usual update, but when you get good cards you just want to keep going and share them with everyone.

So let me just end as I started, with another Newfoundland Town Postcard. This time it's Hickman's Harbour. This small scenic fishing village is located on Random Island in Trinity Bay, on the east coast of Newfoundland.
The card shows a fishing boat catching caplin off Random Island.

One of the recently popular Post and Go ATM stamps from Canada Post was used on this card.

The End  - thanks for all of today's cards go out to The Postmasters at Pacquet and Hickman's Harbour, David, Jean Pierre, Ravindra, Indrit, Gerda, Ivan, Dominique and Jobbo.

Take care and Happy Easter to all those that celebrate and Happy Sunday to those that don't. No mail here in Canada on Monday, as there was none on Friday past, that will make it 4 days without a new card. I don't know how I survive.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Postcards, a Special Cover and a Little Contest

Hello folks, it's been a few days for sure since I last was here. Hopefully, I will make up for that absence with today's cards and other stuff.

Let's start with a card from Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Norfolk has a lot going on, as the home of Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base. It is also called Mermaid City. The card features a couple of mermaids - mermaids have graced the city of Norfolk for well over a decade. Today mermaids can be found throughout downtown and in neighbourhoods. They can be found in front of businesses, schools, hospitals and even in private yards.

This is a first card from a new reader of my blog. Van stumbled across this site and thought to add a card to my collection. Thanks Van  - hope you keep dropping by. Van used 2 of the National Parks set of 16 issued in 2016. There's also the 2015 issued Additional Ounce Penguins stamp. Note the postmark- it reads CustomHouse Sta, Norfolk. This historic building was built in 1852 and the U S Post Office moved into it in 1857. I don't know if there has been a post office located there all those years since , but if so that would certainly be an achievement.

Card number 2 for today is from Newfoundland. Another card for my Postcard Collection of Newfoundland Towns. This postcard of icebergs at Salt Harbour is postmarked Herring Neck, NL. Salt Harbour is actually part of Herring Neck, a fishing community located on the northeastern tip of New World Island , in Nortre Dame Bay, Newfoundland.

Laura , the Postmaster at Herring Neck used a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee stamp on this card.

Every now and then , I'll drop a card in the mail to myself, just to see what kind of postmark/cancellation it receives. Just my way of knowing what you guys are receiving from me. This is such a card. A lady on a scooter seeing someone off on the train.

I used 1 of the 5 Group of Seven themed ATM Post and Go stamps issued by Canada Post. This one is by Arthur Lismer.

Next is a Special Cover I recently received compliments of Johan.
It celebrates the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
 ( CETA ) that was reached between Canada and the European Union. It features pictures of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Alexander Van Der Bellen, President of Austria. The cover has a French definitive stamp from 2016 and was cancelled at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

A nice surprise Johan, thanks. Be sure to visit Johan's fine postcard blog at  johan postcards .

It's now time for a little contest as I haven't had one in a while.
Rules - I will be showing a postcard with a female as the subject of the card. The first blog reader who leaves a comment here , with the correct answer to my question, will win a nice surprise.
The question of the day is - who is the subject of the card ? Or who is the lady shown on the card ? First correct comment wins.
And to the winner - Since today is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, it will be something stamp related to honour this commemoration.

So have a look at the card and get your comment in asap. First correct wins.

That's all for today. Thanks for cards go out to Van, Laura, and Johan for the cover.
Thanks for reading and hope to have you back again soon.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

More March Madness

No not that March Madness , basketball - but POSTCARDS. Let's start with a card from Mozambique, just my 2nd card from this African country. Bruce's card shows some of the art and culture of Mozambique.

Bruce used a couple of 2014 stamps celebrating 800 Years of the Portuguese Language.

My next card shows a Pin-Up from the March 1936 issue of Reel Screen Fun. I'm sure it's not easy capturing music notes in a hat. The card is from a PostCrosser living in Belfort, France.

Mary used a lovely older stamp from 1970 featuring Louis XIV.

Here's another card from France with an even older stamp. Here we see The Palace of Versailles, France's most famous and grand palace.  It was Louis XIV , the guy on the stamp above, who transformed his father's hunting lodge into the monumental Palace of Versailles in the mid 17th century.  

Dominique used a stamp from 1967 showing Francois I. It is of a painting of the King by Jean Clouet.

Now it's a card from Finland featuring Aira Samulin , the Finnish dance teacher and entrepreneur. She's 90 years old and still going strong, energetic and positive. Her quote on the front says " The most important thing is attitude to life " .  I guess we all could learn something from her.

Auli used a couple of stamps from 2015. They are from a set of 4 entitled Art Post.

It's a nice tree lined walk on this next card. It's National Park Hoge Kempem, the only official National Park in Belgium.  Mostly pine forest, the area was placed on UNESCO's Tentative List for consideration as a World Heritage Site in May of 2011.

Gerda used great stamps on her card. On the left is a 2000 stamp, 1 of 20 in a sheet, celebrating Henry Moore and his work. The set is called Turn of a Century. The other 2 large stamps are from 2001 , and are 2 of a sheet of 20, also called Turn of a Century. Then of course there's the Owl.

Think I'll call it a day there. Thanks for the cards go out to Bruce, Mary, Dominique, Auli and Gerda. Be sure to give Gerda's postcard blog a look. It'll be worth it. It's called " My Postcard-Page " and you can find it right here .

Take care and don't be shy - drop by again soon.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Still March and I'm Way Behind

Yes, it's still March and this is just my 2nd update for the month. I don't know where March went , but it slipped away for sure. I won't dwell on that, so I'll just move along with a few cards.

First up is a fine addition to my Airline / Aircraft on Postcards Collection. It's a Condor B737-300, registration D-ABWA . After service with Condor this aircraft found homes with Germania, Delta and Bulgaria Air. Sadly , it met its demise in Feb of 2013 when it was broken up and scrapped.

Ravindra used a nice selection of stamps on this card. THe large stamp in the top right was issued in Jan of this year and commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The other 4 stamps were issued in Oct of 2016 . They are from a set of 8 Flowers of Sri Lanka.

My next card arrived from the Netherlands and is the latest addition to my still small Manhole Cover Postcard Collection. This is my 5th Manhole Cover card and shows a manhole cover from Himeji Japan. The city is famous for Himeji Castle, often known as White Heron Castle. The prefecture's flower is a species of orchid that looks like a flying bird or heron. This is what you can see on the manhole cover on Barbara's card.

Barbara used a couple of nice stamps here. The stamp at top left was issued this year and is 1 of 10 in a set featuring Dutch Chicken Breeds. The other large stamp on top right is a lenticular motion stamp from 2006. Two stamps were issued showing Winter Olympic Gold Medal Winners. The stamp on my card shows speedskater Ard Schenk. He won 3 Gold Medals at the 1972 Sapporo Games.

Now it's a card from Cambodia. This one brings back some memories from my own recent visit to SE Asia. Ana's card shows us a few Buddhist Monks passing in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Ana used a 2014 stamp showing a Traditional Khmer Dance. It is from a set of 4


The last card for today. This one's from France and shows us just a wing of an Air Dolomiti aircraft. You've all heard the expression " a wing and a prayer " , well this is half of it. I guess a wing is  acceptable in my aircraft/airline collection. Works for me.

This card is from a first time swapper in Moirans , France. Nadine used a 2017 Architecture stamp featuring Chateau du Pailly in Haute-Marne. Hopefully this is just one in a long string of swaps with Nadine.

So ends this update, a little shorter than my usual, but so be it. Hopefully it won't another long drought before I'm back again.
Thanks for cards today, go to Ravindra, Barbara, Ana Na Nadine.

Monday, March 6, 2017

My First March Cards

Hello again. It may be almost a week into March but this is my first appearance for the month. Busy all the weekend with my grandkids' soccer. But I do have five cards to have a look at.

The first is from the USA and shows a view of LAX - Los Angeles International Airport. That's a beautiful and spectacular 360 degree view of the airport, not a bad place to have a meal, if you're into airplanes landing and taking off.

A PostCrosser named Yoli used 3 stamps on this one. On the left is a 2015 stamp from the Summer Harvest set of 4. In the middle is 1 of 5 stamps in the 2012 Bonsai Trees issue. Over on the right is a recent 2016 Flag definitive.

The second card for this time arrived from Smolensk, Russia - one of  Russia's oldest cities, it dates back to 863. The card shows a Russian Diesel locomotive , very much like the M62.

Veronika who dreams of becoming a pilot sent this card. The large stamp on the right that she used was issued in 2016 and is 1 of 4 in a Contemporary Russian Art set.

A card from Jobbo is next, this time sent from Malaysia. Displayed on the card is the former Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, designed by British architect A.B. Hubback. From the outside , it looks more like a hotel than a railway station. It's not like any railway station that I remember.

Jobbo used 2 stamps, on the left is one from 2007. It is 1 of 4 in a set issued to commemorate 50 Years of Independence. The other stamp was issued in 2004, it is 1 of 3 in a Traditional Transport set.

The next 2 cards are from Anne Marie and she was visiting Birmingham , U.K. so the cards are from there. The first card is a view of the city centre at night as seen from Pritchatt Tower.

Anne Marie's second card is a look at the Canals of Birmingham.

Both of Anne Marie's card arrived with the same stamp. It's a Machin definitive, one of the many.

There you have it. Another one in the books. Thanks for cards go out to Yoli, Veronika , Jobbo and Anne Marie. Drop back again soon. Take care.