Thursday, October 11, 2018

Cards From Here and There

Hello again, time for a few good cards again. As the title of today's blog says, they are from all over. Let's start with an Airline related card, I mean what's not to like about that. This first card arrived from Belgium and showcases Sabena Belgian Airlines - the national airline of Belgium from 1923 to 2001. Looking at the postcard, maybe their theme should have been  ' The World on A Platter ' . 

Johan used a very recent Dragonfly stamp. It was issued on 24 August in a sheet of 5 different designs. Beautiful cancellation also.

Card number 2 is another Airline / Aircraft card. Hey, I don't send them, I only happily receive them .

It's SP-LOA , a Lot Polish Airlines Boeing 767-200 ER. This particular aircraft started service in 1898 with LOT Polish and then in in 2008 saw service with Mexicana. From 2010 until 2012 it flew for Aeromexico and has been stored since Nov of that year.

Jean Pierre used a mini collection of Polish stamps on this one. We'll look at the two smaller stamps first. The top one was issued in 2004, one of the ongoing Polish Towns set. The yellow stamp is from 2015, one of the ongoing Flowers and Fruits definitives. The larger left stamp is 1 of 4 in a set of Flora - Polish Herbarium, issued in 2017. The last stamp, on the right, was issued in 2014. It was issued to note the Canonization of John XXIII. It is a Joint Issue with Vatican City.


Next is another card from Belgium, again from Johan.  Here we see Bruges, the capital and largest city in West Flanders. The historic centre of the city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Johan once again secured a great  Day of Issue cancellation. It shows a Woolly Mammoth canceling a Mosasaurus. The stamp , issued August 25th is 1 of 5 in the set of prehistoric animals.

Now it's time for another of my Towns of Newfoundland Postmarks. This one is number 44,  Hopedale. This is a town of around 585 people , located in the north of Labrador. Hopedale is the capital of the Inuit Land Claims Area Nunatsiavut. Originally known by its Inuktitut name Arvertok, the community was renamed to Hopedale by Moravian Missionaries.
The card shows the Moravian Church in the town. It is a Canadian National Historic Site.

The stamp used here is from this year. It is 1 of 5 in a set called Weather Wonders.

Warning - it's another Airline / Aircraft card. An Air Namibia  B747 - Aircraft V5-NMX.  The card shows the aircraft on the ground at Frankfurt in 2001.

 Jean Pierre used 2 great stamps on this card. On the left is 1 of 12 in a set of Flora and Fauna - Biodiversity of Namibia. It was issued in 2007. On the right , from 2018, is 1 of 5 Birds - Francolins and Spurfowls of Namibia. Both of these sets would make great additions to any stamp collection. And , let's not forget the nice, clear, circular cancel - always a nice addition to any card.

Just 2 more cards to go folks, so hang in there. The first one is from the U.S.A.  It an old look at Rock Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California. It was built in 1932.

This card was a private swap with Nicole.She used 2 postcard rate stamps , one from 2017 and one from 2015. The other stamp is a Forever stamp, 1 of 4 in the Dragons set issued in August.

Here it is , today's last card. It comes from England. On Dominique's card  we see Chapel Street in the town of Penzance in Corwall. It's located about 255 miles from London. The victory at the Battle of Trafalgar was first announced in England when a messenger ran up this street and told the audience at a local theatre.

Dominique used an International Postcard rate Universal Mail stamp .

Well folks that's all for this time. Big thanks for cards today go out to Johan, Jean Pierre, Dominique and  Nicole  .
Thanks for dropping in , come back again.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Thanksgiving Day 2018

Yes, it's Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. Canadian Thanksgiving  and what blog wouldn't start the day off without a Thanksgiving Day postcard, featuring a turkey.

No matter where we live , I guess many of the things we are thankful for are the same - life, health, freedom, family , love, time, waking up today, good friends, freedom of religion, vaccines, enough to eat , clean water and much much more.

Now here's a card for all the train people out there. This one highlights the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotives. When I see a train , I'm always interested in the graffiti drawn on the cars. I think they would make a great postcard collection.

Christy may have visited the museum in Chattanooga on Sept 11th, but she posted her card in Baton Rouge the next day. She used a Star Trek stamp from 2016 and a Save Vanishing Species from 2011.

My next card shows a view of Remiremont, a town of about 7,500 people in north eastern France. Its principal shopping street is rue Charles de Gaulle and is shown on the card.  The statue at the end of the street is the Statue of the Volunteer of 1792. It was created by Paul-Francois Choppin in 1899. On the right side in the middle is the Remiremont Abbey.

Dominique used a stamp from 2015. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the ONF- National Forests Office.

Here's one more way to get your outgoing mail on the way.  Arrive at the mailbox on a sled. That's OK  if it's all downhill. This little guy with the sled dates from 1968. Interesting thing about this card is something that's printed on the reverse. It says ' printed in West Germany ' .  So that means the card is at least 28 years old. 

Hinrika used Flower definitive and a Numeral definitive along with a 2015 stamp featuring Baby Animals. It is from a set of two.

Now I have 2 cards from Sri Lanka to end the day. First is a look at 5 or 6 elephants in Pinnawela, the village in Sri Lanka , about 90 km from Colombo.The village is well known for its elephant orphanage , home to 88 of the gentle pachyderms.

Ravindra used a mini stamp collection on his card. The top left stamp is from 2018 and celebrates World Health Day. Top right, again from 2018, was issued for Vesak or Buddha Day. At lower right, from 2013, is a stamp issued for the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. At lower left, a Butterfly stamp featuring the Sri Lankan Birdwing.

Ravindra's second card shows us a tea plantation at Nuwara Eliya, a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. It's name means 'city on the plain' or 'city of light '. It is often referred to as ' Little England' , as it does have a vaguely British -country-village feel to it.

This card arrived with 2 of the Sri Lankan Birdwing Butterfly stamps . Also it has a Peony Flower stamp from 2012.

There it is done for another time, That's the way I saw it today. Thanks for cards going out to Ravindra, Christy, Dominique, and Hinrika. Once again, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to one and all. Hope you all enjoyed your turkey. This is no time to be a turkey, not to mention Christmas. Take care.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The First Winter Like Post

Yes the title above says it all. Today, Oct 2nd is a Winter day here in Alberta, Canada. We went from summer to winter with no fall. Last month , September, sucked. It was the worst and coldest September on record. Yesterday winter blew in and it has been snowing all morning, all day and will be all evening. I was supposed to go to a soccer game this afternoon, but not anymore - the field is a little too white. I think I need a holiday already. Oh well, I do live in a northern country. Just so you haven't forgotten what snow looks like, here's a couple of pictures taken today.

But it is a good day for postcards and blogs. So let's get to it.

Today's first card arrived from 1200 year old Magdeburg, Germany.  The card shows a Boeing 737-800 in Ukraine International Airlines livery. This particular airplane UR-PSP is 17.4 years old and previous to Ukraine International, it flew for Sun Country Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and AerCap. It's most recent flight was yesterday between Kiev and Baku. Other aircraft types in Ukraine International's fleet include the B777, the B767, and Embraer 190s. 

Eike , a Postcrosser over that way used one of the often seen Flower definitives along with an Aviation related stamp from 2011, showing a Glider at The Wasserkuppe.

Marilyn Monroe is the subject of my next card. I don't go out of my way to collect Marilyn, but many do. Perhaps Barbara would like this card.

Marianne used 2 nice stamps on this card, both issued in 2011. The left stamp is from a set of 6 Bicycle stamps. The right stamp celebrated the World Judo Championships.

I don't have anything to say about this next card. It's from Belarus, but that's all I know. Perhaps someone will enlighten me as to what's written on the front. I'm really just showing it so that I can show the stamp that Dimitri used.

The stamp was issued this year. It is 1 of 3 in a Reptiles and Lizards set.  Reminds me of the 1974 Jim Stafford song ' Spiders and Snakes ' even though the stamps aren't about spiders and snakes.  . A nice song and nice stamps.

Card # 4 -- The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Card 4 shows one of the Toraja dancers in costume. Toraja dances are part of funeral ceremonies , harvest time and there are even war dances.

Fitri used 2 stamps on this card. On the left , from 2018, is 1 of 9 stamps in a set issued for the 18th Asian Games. Over on the right, from 2014, is 1 of 4 in a Seabirds set.

Who out there has heard of Dany Saval ? Most likely many of you, but not me. Honestly , I've watched lots of movies over the years, but never came across Dany Saval. She is a former French actress during the 1950s and 1960s  and into the late 1980s. Touted as the new Brigitte Bardot, she was chosen by Walt Disney as the leading actress in the 1962 film ' Moon Pilot ' .

Dany may be French but the card came from Van Dyne, Wisconsin, USA.   J. Tills used a nest little selection of Bulk Rate stamps, Flag stamps and Zip+4 stamps.

This should be the end for today, but it is not. I have 4 cards from St. John's, Newfoundland, from a recent trip down that way. All are postmarked at St. John's.
This first one , showing The Rooms, is from My Lovely Teena. She always sends a card home to me. The Rooms is an innovative, cultural institution that tells the story of Newfoundland and Labrador through archival records, art and artifacts. The building opened in 2005 and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, competing with the Basilica of St. John the Baptist for dominance of the st. John's skyline.

Teena used 1 of the beautiful Astronomy set of 2 issued in June of this year. It shows the northern lights over Churchill, Manitoba.

Next is the Big Fish that didn't get away. A couple of cod fish caught in a trap in Battle Harbour, Labrador in 1901. The picture by Robert Holloway was published in St. John's in 1905. The larger fish measured 5 ft. 5 in. and weighed 60 lbs. The boy is Albert Victor Croucher.

Gilles Villeneuve , from the F1 in Canada set, is seen on the stamp on this card. The set contained 5 stamps. Hometown hero Gilles Villeneuve was a force to be reckoned with from the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Hang in there - just 2 more to go.

Now we have an iceberg and a lighthouse. An iceberg partly blocking St. John's  harbour , known as The Narrows. The lighthouse is Fort Amherst Light. It was first lit in 1813, but the current structure only dates from 1951.

On this one we have a 2018 stamp. It honours the 100th presentation of the Memorial Cup. The trophy symbolizes junior hockey supremacy in North America.

Here's the last card. It's called Trail of the Caribou Stamps. It shows a selection of 12 Newfoundland stamps. The stamps were issued by the Newfoundland Government to commemorate the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the Royal Naval Reserve.

A Lewis Hamilton stamp from the F1 in Canada set was used here. Hamilton became the youngest Grand Prix World Champion in history in his second year.

This is definitely the end for today. Thanks going out to Eike, Marianne, Dimitri, Fitri, J Tills and My Lovely Teena. Do come by again soon. I still have lots of cards on my desk to clear.

Take care.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Great Cards All

It's been a few days, actually a few weeks less one day since my last blog . I'm just back four days from yet another trip to Newfoundland. I received lots of cards in those 2 weeks. So let's get to some of them.

First up is a great Aviation card for my collection. It's a Vampire F.3. in the livery of the Royal Canadian Air Force dating from 1948. The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British jet fighter commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Just about 3,300 Vampires were built with the Royal Canadian Air Force obtaining 86. Nicknamed the ' aerial kiddy car ' , the first Vampire F.3. flew on 4 November 1946. On 14 July 1948 six Vampire F.3.s became the first ever jet aircraft to fly across the Atlantic under their own power.

This great card was sent by Bruce from South Africa. He used a beautiful Small Letter stamp from a set of 5 issued in 2017. They all show National Parks in the country. A very attractive set of stamps.

Next is another card for my Postmarks of Newfoundland Towns Collection. This time it's Forteau, on the Labrador mainland portion of the province. Forteau is a small town of around 450 people located just 13 km northeast of the Quebec/Labrador border. In 1909 the International Grenfell Association built its first Nursing Station in Forteau. My card shows the Point Amour Lighthouse , located 13 km from Forteau. It was constructed between 1854 and 1858. It is 125 high and is a Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Historic Site. It is the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada and the second tallest in Canada.

This card arrived with a nice Forteau postmark showing the Point Amour Lighthouse. The stamp is 1 of 5 Birds of Canada stamps issued August 20 of this year.

My next card is from Copenhagen, Denmark.  Ana's shows Nyhavr, the 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses, bars, and restaurants. One of the houses, No 9 dates back to 1681. The writer Hans Christian Andersen lived and died in this area, having lived in houses  No 20, 18 and 67.

Ana used a Rose stamp from 2018. It is 1 of 5 in the set.

Now it's a card from Seoul, South Korea and shows a black & white photo of a young lady.

Sinae used 2 stamps on this card. The large one on the right is from this year, 1 of 4 Protected Marine Species stamps. I don't have any info on the Flower stamp  on the left.

We're off to America's birthplace, Philadelphia,PA for this next card. It's the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which hosts the Largest Free Concert in the U.S. every July 4th. The card shows the Grand Finale Fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This is another card from Mike & Ashley. It's been a while but nice to hear from them again. Their cards always feature recent U.S. stamps and this one is no exception. On the left is a Forever Stamp showcasing American Television Personality Mister Rogers. The other 2 stamps are from the set of 20 Landscapes. All 3 stamps are from this year.

We go back across the Pond for this next card. A nice aviation related card from Fleet Air Arm Museum at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. The museum is devoted to the history of British Naval Aviation. It houses Europe's largest naval aviation collection of aircraft.

Michael used a special stamp from the Post and Go machine located at the museum.

Let's stay in England for this London card. It shows the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace, the setting for many sumptuous royal banquets for world leaders and other dignitaries. I guess my invitation was lost in the mail!

David used a recent Machin definitive on his card.

It's last card time. I'm ending today with another Newfoundland Towns postmarked card. This time it's Red Bay. This fishing village in Labrador is one of the most precious underwater archaeological sites in the Americas. Between 1530 and the early 17th century it was a major Basque whaling site. Red Bay has been a National Historic Site of Canada since 1979 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. The card shows a mural by Newfoundland artist Lloyd Pretty.

There's just a single stamp on this card, along with a clear Red Bay Postmark. The stamp is one of a set of two issue in 2017 marking The History of Hockey. It was a Joint Issue with the USA.

Well that's all for this time. Thanks for cards go out to Bruce, Ana, Sinae, Mike & Ashley , Michael and David. I have lots of cards on hand so be sure to drop by again soon. Take care.