Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Cards That Arrived While I Was Away

Today it's Round # 2 of the cards that arrived while I was down east.

 Let's start with a card from China. It shows the Nanjing Changjiang River Bridge at sunset. The bridge is a double decked  road and rail bridge across the Yangtze River. It was constructed between 1960 and 1968 and sees approximately 80,000 vehicles and 200 trains per day. A rather infamous fact about this bridge is that it has surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge as the most frequent suicide site in the world, with more than 2,000 suicides by 2006. A local man, Chen Si, has been hailed as a hero for saving the lives of more than 300 people planning to jump off the bridge. He has devoted his free time to patrolling the bridge to help anyone in distress. Chen Si's story and those of some of the people he has saved are told in the documentary film " Angel of Nanjing " .

Peng Tao, a Postcrosser in Changsha, Hunan sent this card. He used a great Bird of Prey stamp from a set of 4 issued in 2014. The Flower stamp I know nothing about.

Munich Airport is the subject of my next card and it's Germany's second busiest airport. It handled 42 million passengers in 2016, with flights to 248 destinations. The airport is named after Franz Josef Strauss, a German politician. .  Jean Pierre's card shows aircraft from Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Korean Air and Lufthansa.


Jean Pierre used a Flower definitive and 1 of 2 in the 2017 Micro Worlds set.

Ravindra's card of Unseen Sri Lanka is next. It shows us Mini World's End at Pitamaruwa, Madulsima. This is a deep escarpment situated at Pitawala Pathana offering great views of the valley below.

Ravindra used a matching stamp from the Unseen Sri Lanka series issued in 2016.

Concarneau is the subject of this next card. Concarneau is a commune in north-western France. The town has two distinct areas- the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close , the walled  town on a long island in the middle of the harbour.

Bruce sent this card along, as he was visiting the area. He used 2 stamps, on the left is a 2015 Architecture in France stamp and on the right a Joint Issue With Canada. It is 1 of 2 in the 2017 Vimy Memorial set.

Time for another card from Jobbo, not his typical touristy card though.

Jobbo's card arrived with 3 great stamps as usual. On the left is a 2012 stamp showcasing H.R.H. Prince Nares Varariddhi. The middle stamp commemorates the 60th Anniversary of Thammasat University. It was issued in 1994. The stamp on the right is a little trickier. An overprint from 6,Baht to 10 Baht,  but I don't know the year it was first valid. The original 6 Baht stamp was issued in 1997.

It's last card time. This one comes from Gerda and gives us a look at the European Badger. These badgers are instantly recognizable with their two black stripes running the length of their white faces.

Gerda used 2 Flower ( Forest Hyacinths ) stamps from a set of 5 issued this past year.

That's it - another update complete. Thanks for cards today go out to Peng, Jean Pierre, Ravindra, Bruce, Jobbo and Gerda.

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