Friday, June 16, 2017

Flowers, Planes, a MailBox, a Train, and Helgoland

I have a mixed bag of cards for today. Let's start with a field of Sunflowers in Lopburi, Thailand. The city is one of Thailand's oldest , with many temple ruins and many mischievous monkeys in the area.

Pronpimon, a new Postcrosser, sent this card from Ayutthaya, the historical city which was founded around 1350. She used a Phromthep Cape, Phuket definitive from a set of 10 issued in 2012. The cape is Phuket's southwestern most point.


Final word on this card. This is the 2400th postcard I have received from my participation in Postcrossing.  That's 2,400 cards in 4,110 days. That's not bad at all.

Even though Pan Am ceased operations in Feb of 2008, here's a Pan Am jet themed card from 2014. I guess someone is still making money off  Pan Am. The small print says " Pan Am Jet Clippers, world's fastest airliners on the World's Most Experienced Airline... now serve 4 continents. All aboard for another " first " - regularly scheduled round-the-world true Jet service! " . A lot has changed and a lot has been written since those slogans first appeared.

Ichigo from Japan sent this card and used a nice bunch of stamps. On the left is a 1967 stamp commemorating the 20th Anniversary of a Road Safety Campaign. Next to it is a 1968 stamp issued for the 100th Anniversary of a Youth Goodwill Cruise. The last 2 are showing Steam Locomotives from a 1975 set of 4.

A Russian postbox is next. We've all see these mailboxes before , but there is something about this one. I'll get to that in a bit.

Maria from Moscow used a Kremlin definitive from 2009 , alongside a 2016 stamp issue by Russia for Postcrossing. Fifteen countries have so far issued Postcrossing stamps, and Canada isn't one of them, I might add.


Now if you look closely at the postcard that the hand is dropping in the mailbox, the stamp on the card actually matches the Postcrossing stamp that Maria used. Pretty cool , eh ? ( I am Canadian , after all ) .

Now it's off to Helgoland, Germany, a small archipelago in the North Sea. Now German, the islands have been Danish and British in the past. David's card shows it to be a really nice place to spend a few days.

David used 2 stamps from this current year. On the left is one issued for the Opening of Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall. On the right is a Europa stamp featuring Wartburg Castle, dating from the Middle Ages.

How about Royal Nepal Airlines ? The flag carrier of Nepal operates with its main base in Kathmandu. The airline operates a fleet of ten aircraft to 8 international destinations. Royal Nepal operated the Pilatus Porter , as shown on this postcard, from 1961-1998. This particular aircraft, 9N-ABJ crashed in Biratnagar in November 1981, killing all ten persons on board.


This card didn't come from Nepal, it was sent by John who lives in Georgia, U.S.A.  He used a 2016 Global Forever round stamp.

My last card for today shows the historic Borkumer Kleinbahn, the oldest German island train. Borkum - the Pearl of the North Sea is the largest of the East Frisian Islands and is located in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Angelika used a 2017 stamp showing a VW Golf from a Classic Cars set of 2.

Well that's all folks , at least for this time. Thanks for dropping in .
Today I owe thanks to Pronpimon, Ichigo, Maria, David, John, and Angelika for all these cards. It's great to receive them and great to show them here.

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