Monday, May 15, 2017

Planes, Bridges and People

Hello again, it's postcard time again and as the title implies I have three themes for this time - depending of course on how long it all takes.

Let's start with the planes - I have cards showing Australian, Sabena, Lufthansa and Japan Airlines.

This first card is from Indonesia but portrays an Australian B767. VH-OGV is an extended range B767. It was delivered to Qantas in 2000 and flew with Australian during 2002 and 2003. As of Nov 2013, this aircraft has been stored at Victorville Airport in California.

Jean Pierre used 2 beautiful Tourism stamps from this year. They are 2 of a set of 4.

Next is a SABENA  Belgian World Airlines Airbus.  Sabena was the national airline of Belgium from 1923 - 2001.

Meelis used 2 different stamps on this card. They are TBC-Post stamps. TDC-Post is a private postal company that has operated in Belgium for 30 years or so. These Penguin stamps , and they are 2 different, are the first of these TBC-Post stamps that I have seen. But as people often say, " you have to be open to new ideas " .

Now it's a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400. Lufthansa currently has 32 of these aircraft active in its fleet. Great plane to fly on especially in the upstairs Business section.

Ravindra sent this card along and he used 2 recent stamps. On the left is one from 2016 featuring Montague Jayewickreme. On the right is one celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Girl Scouts.

I know what you're saying - " enough with planes already " , but I can't help what people send .  Here's the last plane for the day, I promise .

A Japan Airlines B777 - aircraft JA707J. This aircraft currently flies back and forth between Tokyo and Honolulu, having landed in HNL at 8:49 am this morning.

Asami, a Postcrosser in Tokyo sent this card.

The top stamp is a 1990 New Year Lottery stamp. The middle one is from 1970 , issued for EXPO 70 , the World Fair in Osaka.

Now for some people. We begin with Yuri Alekseyevich Gargarin, Russian pilot and cosmonaut, the first man to journey into space. He flew Vostok 1 and completed one orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1981.

Denis used a 2016 stamp issued for Postcrossing and it's one of the nicer stamps issued for this postcard project, in my opinion of course.

This next card is a photo of Li Sang ( 1910-1937 ).He was a modern era Korean author and poet. His best works are a short story called The Wings and a poem called Crow's Eye View.

Jae Eun sent this card and used a number of recent Korean stamps.

Now for the last person card of the day. I don't know her name but she and her great smile arrived from Darmstadt, Germany. This city is home to the European Space Operations Centre and to Merck, the world's oldest pharmaceutical company. The last Russian Tsarina , Alexandra was born in Darmstadt.

Tanya used 2 stamps from 2015 which together form a panorama. They are the Tourism issue for that year , called Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas.

Now it's time for some Bridges postcards. First up is Pisek Stone Bridge , the oldest bridge in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest in Central Europe. It is thought that the bridge was built in the latter part of the 13th century. It spans the Otava River and is 109.75 m in length. The bridge is built on six pillars and has seven arches.

Martina sent the card from Prague and used a large stamp from 2010. It is 1 of 2 issue for the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Alfons Mucha, the Art Noveau painter and artist.

Have a look at the Priority mail sticker  - Owl Mail. Guess it only moves at night.

Now it's on to Rio-Niteroi Bridge. It connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi.

The bridge is 13,290 m long and was opened on March 4, 1974. It is currently the longest prestressed concrete bridge in the southern hemisphere and the sixth longest in the world.

This card is from Triscani  who used stamps from 2002 and 2014. The 2 smaller stamps are from a set of 5 Musical Instruments. The larger stamp, from 2014 celebrates International Year of Family Farming.

Just 2 more cards to go, so hang in there.

Guandu Bridge is the subject of this next card. Crossing the Tamsui River in Taipei, the bridge is 809 m long. It opened in Oct 1983.

A new Postcrosser from Taiwan, Jane used a stamp from 2013. It is part of a Travel set of 4. Jane wrote that the scene on the stamp is located on the east coast of Taiwan.

As they say, all good things come to an end and that's the case with today's blog. The last card and last bridge is here.

The Oberbaum Bridge , a double deck bridge crosses the River Spree in Berlin. It was built in 1895.

Ursula used 2 Lighthouse stamps on this one. The one on the left was issued in 2004 and the one on the right 2005.

Well this is the end for today. Thanks for cards going out to Jean Pierre, Meelis, Ravindra, Asami, Denis, Jae Eun, Tanya, Martina, Triscani, Jane and Ursula. As you can see, it takes a lot of people to get a blog up and online.  And of course readers like you are pretty important too. Take care now and we'll see you back here soon.

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