Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wooden Cards, Canada 150, The Calgary Stampede and a Whole Lot More

Yes, I'm here again with another bunch of postcards. I guess that's why you're here too. So let's get to it.

I'll start with the P P Islands.  The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand, between Phuket and the west Strait of Mallacca coast of the mainland. Maya Bay, shown on the card , has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed there in 1999.

Khun Gordon used a fine stamp selection of stamps on this one. On the top at 170 mm is the longest stamp in the world. It was issued this year to celebrate the longest reign in the world of King Bhumibol's 70 years ( 1946-206 ) . Also shown are 2 Flower definitives.

Next up is Locomotive #4, a vintage  narrow gauge engine at Portland , Maine, USA.

Even though this is an American themed card with 2 U S flags on the locomotive, it arrived from Russia. Natasha used 3 of the 2009 Kremlin definitives along with a really nice Aviation themed stamp from last year. It is 1 of 4 in a set commemorating the First World War.

Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises is the subject of this next card. It is a commune in north-eastern France.  Colombey is known as the home and burial site of Charles de Gualle.

Dominique used 2 stamps from 1967 on this card. 1967 was a Good year, it was Canada's Centennial, now it's 2017 and Canada's Sesquicentennial. Yes, back to the stamps. On the left is a stamp highlighting the 3rd International Radio and Television Congress. Then on the right is a stamp celebrating the Grand Bridge in Bordeaux .

Next it's Canada House in London. The card shows Canada House in 2013 on the left and then on the right, how it appeared in 1828, when it was the Royal College of Physicians.

This card is a great souvenir of Canada's Sesquicentennial . Jean Pierre secured a great Canada 150 Years cancellation on the stamps. He used 2 Machin definitives along with a 2017 stamp from a set of 8 entitled Ancient Britain. The one on the card shows Maiden Castle Hill Fort in Dorset.

Earlier I made a little reference to Canada's Sesquicentennial , now I get to elaborate. My next card is one of those thin wooden ( cedar) cards. " This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land , 1867-2017. One of a number of wooden cards issued for the country's birthday.

Shown is Fisgard Lighthouse at Esquimalt , B.C. It was the first lighthouse on Canada's west coast, and was lit in Nov 1860.

This is another card from My Lovely Teena. She used one of the new Canada 150 collection. The Maple Leaf shaped stamp is one of ten in a set issued June 1st. It shows Canada's most famous robotics accomplishment - the Canadarm - which took flight into space in 1981.

Hey it's another card from My Lovely Teena. A short while ago we made a one day trip to Moraine Lake in The Valley of The Ten Peaks in Banff Nation Park. One of the Truly Beautiful Places, in my humble opinion. I just love it there. It renews me.

The postcard is beautiful , But. I took a few pictures myself which I think can rate right up there with the cards you can pick up in the shops.
Here's a couple of them.

 On Teena's Moraine Lake card she used another of the Canada 150 collection. This one commemorates the Trans-Canada Highway, completed in 1971. It's the 8000 km road connecting Canada together, from St. John's to Victoria.

Why stop now ? One more from My Lovely Teena. Well the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth - The Calgary Stampede is currently underway in the big city down the road. So a Calgary Stampede card is a must. On this one, a rodeo cowboy tries to hang on for the required eight seconds. Doesn't seen like a long time, but I imagine while you're aboard that bucking bronc, it seems like forever.

Teena used a different stamp on this one. It's Canada's first ever Eid stamp.

Now, the last card for today. Another cedar card - I think they're just great. One more to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The Maple Leaf Flag. You can't get more Canadian than that. I'll just end with a few Canadian things : Toques, Terry Fox, Tim Hortons, Loonies & Toonies, Insulin, Poutine, Ketchup Chips, Hockey, Basketball, The WonderBra, Peace Keeping, Timbits, and The Canadarm . Oh by the way, for those that don't know, I Am Canadian.

Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope are celebrated on this stamp from the Canada 150 collection. Terry's legacy has raised over $650 million dollars for cancer research in Terry's name. Physical memorials named for Terry include : 32 roads and streets, 14 schools, 14 other buildings, a mountain in the Rockies, a Canadian Coast Icebreaker, a civic holiday in Manitoba and The Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Terry's image has also appeared on coins and stamps.

I think that's enough for today. Thanks for cards go out to Khun Gordon, Natasha, Dominique, Jean Pierre and of course My Lovely Teena. Hope you enjoyed the cards today, and that I was't too Canadian for you. Take care.

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