Saturday, February 17, 2018

Untitled Cards

Hello again. It's light snow flurries and a temperature of -12 C , feeling like -17 C. So a nice cloudy day . That's the weather, now the cards.
Let's start with this card showing Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. It is the main hub for Finnair and handled close to 19 million passengers in 2017. The airport was originally built for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. The first two aircraft, both DC-3s , landed on 26 June 1952.

Elina used a nice , large Finnish Flag stamp. The current flag was adopted in 1918.

My next card is from Bangkok, Thailand. It's a look at the Grand Palace and the Royal Barge. The palace was the official residence of the Kings of Siam and later Thailand from 1782 until 1925. It is now used for official Royal events.

Jean Pierre used 2 quite large stamps and a definitive , all from last year. The 2 large are from a set of 4 showing scenes along the Chao Phraya River.

Now it's a lighthouse card for all the lighthouse card collectors out there. This one shows the light on Virgin Island, just off Brittany opposite the village of Lilia in France. It is the tallest stone lighthouse in Europe , at 82.6 meters and marks the south-western limit if the English Channel.

Mary used a 2017 stamp, 1 of 12 in a booklet called Reflections.

Once again it's an Unseen Sri Lanka card. If Ravindra keeps sending them, it's be unseen no more, though . This one shows Senanayaka Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka, providing water for 70,000 families. That's the rising mountains of Inginiyagala in the background.

Ravindra used 2 copies of the 2013 Famous Sri Lankans issue, featuring Ven Baddegaman  Wimalawansa Nayaka Thero. The other stamp is from 2016, 1 of 12 in the sheet entitled Unseen Sri Lanka , and is a mirror image of the postcard image.

Here's the last card for today. It's from Czech Republic. The card shows some of the features of Plzen, a city in western Czech Rep known worldwide as the home of Pilsner beer.

Monika must love flowers, she used a fine batch on her card. They date from 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The other stamp , in the top right is from 2017 and is called Retro Traffic, showing a train and a car.

That's it for this time. Thanks for cards go to Elina, Jean Pierre, Mary, Ravindra and Monika. See you all next week

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sabena's History and Two Other Cards

Hey there again. Well the results are in for my little reader survey - I guess I'm going with Size B. See blog of Sunday, Feb 11th to see what I'm talking about. Now that's out of the way the postcards are next.

This first one is a keeper - aviation/airline nuts should love it. Johan's card shows the history of Sabena through the many different aircraft types the airline operated between 1923 and 2001.

I have a poster , similar in design, to this card, but outlining the history of Air Canada . It shows all the past airlines and aircraft that have merged to form what Air Canada is today.

  Johan used 2 of the 5 recent stamps in a sheet issued to showcase the Diamond Industry. And as he often does , Johan secured the special cancellation that goes with this issue.

Today's second card, a Postcrossing card from Germany  arrived with a non-German motif. It's a view of a building in Venice, Italy.
It's the Palazzo Gritti Morosini, a palace in San Marco overlooking Campo Sant'Angelo. The building in the city square is thought to have been built in the 16th century.  With some luck, I may even get my picture taken in front of this building in May.

Kristina didn't use a stamp, just a self printed online postage label. I'm not one to complain of course, but I'm so glad that the great majority of  the 718,472 Postcrossers don't use this form of postage. Let's stick to stamps here folks.


Now here's the last card for this time. I usually show 5 or 6 cards, but 3 will have to do today, and it's a German train card for all the wannabe railroaders out there. 

Gerda used a Flower definitive along with a 2017 stamp commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Invention of the Bicycle by Karl Drais.

That's it for today. Another update in the book. Thanks for today's cards go out to Johan, Kristina and Gerda. Be sure and drop by again soon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

After Storm Report

I'm back - yes we got our snow - 36 cm in fact. Now everything looks quite wintery and beautiful.  A real postcard scene indeed.
The mail continued to arrive, even during the snowfall so I have 4 or 5 cards to showcase today.

First is one from the Netherlands. This one pretty well covers all the themes - Postcrossing, postboxes and stamps. I imagine that it even contains postcards. I see stamps from the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the DDR or the old East Germany, The United Nations ,also Bulgaria , Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. Anyone see any country I have missed ?  I see a couple more but I'll leave them just to see if anyone is paying attention . This is a great card and I thank Barbara for it.

Not to be outdone by all the stamps on the front of the card, Barbara used 4 stamps on the reverse.  The small stamp on the left was issued in a set of 20 for Christmas 2003. They are classed as  heat sensitive .  The long stamp on the bottom was issued in 2007 and is classed as a Standard Letter Business Stamp. The other two stamps constitute a Souvenir Sheet issued in 2001 for AMPHILEX 2002 - the major stamp exhibition held in Amsterdam from 30 August to 3 September 2002, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the first postage stamps in the Netherlands.

That's a fine addition to my stamp collection.

Eighteen different Belgian Beers are featured on my next card. I know many people enjoy beer or a beer and they sure look like they are enjoying it,  but not me. I have never had a cold one - I have tried a number of times over the years but it wasn't for me. I'll just stick to my rum , thank you. But I still like the card.

Johan secured a special cancellation of Belgian Beer Culture on this card with 1 of 5 stamps issued this past January , celebrating the Belgian Beer Culture.

From Belgium we're off to Germany with a card showing one of the infamous half-timbered houses. Possibly the greatest number of half-timbered houses in the world are to be found in Germany, along the so called German Half-Timbered Route, leading from the river Elbe in northern Germany to Lake Constance in the south. Along this route , 98 towns have united to protect these half-timbered towns.

A Postcrosser named Uschi sent this card and used a couple of the seemingly forever issue of the German Flower definitives.

Now it's back to the Netherlands for one more card. This time the subject is the Basilica of Saints Agatha and Barbara, a Roman Catholic basilica in the Dutch village of Oudenbosch. The basilica is a replica of the famous St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and was opened in 1892 and is  "only" 16 times smaller than the one in Rome.

This is another card from Barbara and as such is loaded with stamps again. On the top left is 1 of 6 stamps issued in 2017 as Children's Stamps. The stamp on the right was issued in 2009 and celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Louis Braille. The other 2 stamps are from the NL Definitive issue.

I think with that , I'll call it a day. I had another card but I'll hold it for a later time. Today I have to thank Barbara , Johan and Uschi for their cards. It's great to receive them and I love showing them all here.
  Now I have one more bit of business before signing off today. I would like to conduct a little survey with my reader's help. I want to know your opinion on which size you think best for the postcards I put on here. I have changed the size format a couple of times and want to make a final decision.
Here are your choices .

Size "A "

Or   Size " B "

So what do you like best - A or B ?
Leave a comment with your choice.  I'll appreciate each and every comment as it will help me make that final decision on the postcard size. Thanks to all .

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

United Arab Emirates and a Couple of Others

Hello there. Thanks for dropping by today. It's a bit of a strange day here today. It's like the calm before the storm so to speak. Actually it is just that - the calm before the storm. We are forecast for a winter storm , should receive up to 35 cm of the white stuff by tomorrow evening. Nothing falling yet but I can see it's on the way. Oh well, it is Canada and it  is winter ! Now it's on to postcards.

My first two cards are both from United Arab Emirates , a place not worrying about snow anytime soon. The U.A.E. is made up of seven emirates and my first card is from Sharjah - one of the seven.

Jean Pierre used a couple of stamps from 2013 on his card. They are from a set of 2 celebrating Cultural Sports.

My second card today is from another of the emirates - Dubai, even though it was posted at Sharjah Central Post Office. This is a great card  - an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380.  It's on the ground at Dubai, back in 2005. This particular aircraft F-WWDD has been painted in a number of airline logos since it flew with Emirates - Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad and also Airbus. It is now preserved , since Feb 2007, at the Air and Space Museum at Paris Le Bourget.
Who knows, perhaps one day I'll be lucky enough and fly on the A380.

Jean Pierre used a 2015 stamp on this one. It celebrates Commemoration Day, November 30th annually. Often called Martyrs' Day, it recognizes the sacrifices and dedication of Emirates martyrs who have given their life in the U.A.E. and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.

Valentina Tereshkova is the subject of this next card. She was the first woman to have flown in Space, having piloted Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times. She also carried the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A Postcrosser named Eugenia sent this card. She used 2 stamps. On the left is 1 of a set of 4 issued in 2017 for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. On the right , from 2016, is 1 of 2 in a set showcasing Crimean Lighthouses. You might have to tip your head a little to see the vertical of the lighthouse.

Next is a rather plain card from Japan. It shows a postman emptying mail from a postbox.

Mayu also used a rather nondescript stamp. It just shows bean curds stuffed with vinegared rice. I didn't even scan it, it was so uninteresting.

Here it is  - the last card for today. It arrived today from Malaysia, sent by Thum. We're looking at Seremban 2 City Park. in Seremban, Malaysia. The park opened in 2005.

Now it's the last stamp of today. An International rate stamp showing Wildlife.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for cards go to Jean Pierre, Eugenia, Mayu and Thum. Take care.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February Already

Yes it's been a few days, the week brought a number of cards, so I guess it's time to put a few up on the blog. Let's start with a card from France. This one highlights Marseille, the port city in southern France. On the card we see La Canebiere - the historic high street in the old quarter of the city. The street dates from 1666. To the right is St Vincent de Paul Catholic church. It was constructed between 1855 and 1886.

Dominique used a stamp dating from 1973. It shows Jacques-Louis David's 1807 painting The Coronation of Napoleon.

We're off to South Africa for today's second card. It's one for all the train enthusiasts out there. Shown is the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe , the last fully operational steam train in South Africa. It operated on part of the 300 km Garden Route, stretching from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

Bruce used a somewhat similar themed stamp on this card. It is 1 of 5 issued in a 2017 National Parks set. The stamp shown showcases Garden Route National Park.

Next is another fine card from Sri Lanka. It shows one part of the Gal Vihara, a rock temple of the Buddha located in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. It was built in the 12th century. One of the features of the temple is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, consisting of a large seated figure, a smaller seated figure, a large standing figure and a reclining figure. These figures are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting.

Ravindra used 3 stamps on his card. On the left is a 2014 stamp honouring H Sri Nissanka, lawyer and politician. The other 2 stamps were issued in 2017, in a set of 20 marking the United Nations Day of Vesak.

It's time now for a card from Vilnius, Lithuania. It's a little work of art called " Lady of the House " by Egle Zioma, graphic artist and photographer.Looks like the lady controls everything with her puppet strings.

This is a Postcrosser card from a lady called Gita. She used a 2015 Europa stamp from a set of 2 - called Old Toys.

Last card for this time and it comes from Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Let's call it " Lady Bathing " .

Mayu use 2 small Japanese stamps.

Well, that's it for this time. Thanks today go out to Dominique, Bruce, Ravinda, Gita and Mayu. See you all next week. Take care,  remember Comment Dept is always open.