Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Some More Cards

Well it's been a couple of great days at the mailbox. Yesterday I found eight cards inside and for the first 3 days of the week, a total of 12 cards. So I have lots to show off.
Let's start with this fine card from India. I was going to say that I haven't received a lot of cards from India, but then I looked it up and saw that I have received 26. Well this is number 27 and it's from a young boy  ( 9 years old ) in Bangalore. He wrote that he likes lego, sports, and pizza. Sounds about right for a 9 year old. Harsh's card commemorates the Inaugural Flight of Air India on June 8th, 1948 from Bombay to London. It's a reproduction of a First Flight Cover. Air India only started up in March 1948 so this was quite the achievement. The aircraft used was a Lockheed Constellation.

 Harsh used a great stamp on his card. It is 1 of 2 in a 2017 set showcasing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport , serving Mumbai.

Today's second card is from Belgium and features a Smurf. The card celebrates The Smurfs and their 60 years of existence. They were created by Belgian comics artist Peyo.

Johan , as he often does, obtained a special commemorative cancellation on the stamps he used. The stamps are 2 of 5 issued in January commemorating 60 Years of The Smurfs.

Don't forget Johan's postcard blog  here .

Jakarta by Night is next - a view of the city at night. The city of 9.7 million people is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Java.

Agung used 2 copies of a stamp from a 2017 set of 3. In my stamp catalogue they are entitled EMAS. I'm not sure if that stands for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme or not. Perhaps someone out there will let me know.

Now it's time for a street scene from Portland, Maine. The city of 67,000 is set on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay. The card shows " Oldport " a district known for its cobblestone streets , 19th century brick buildings aand fishing piers.  The colourful , old , wooden buildings on the street scene are typical of many east coast port cities.

Nicole used a small selection of stamps. The Love stamp is from 2018, Te upper right stamp is the 2018 U.S. Lunar New Year issue. The other 3 stamps we have seen for years and they date from 2006, 2003 and 2007.

This next card is an interesting one. "We Can Do It " .  This was an American wartime propaganda poster from 1943 produced for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boast worker morale. Rediscovered in the early 1980s, it was called " Rosie the Riveter " . The image then made the cover of Smithsonian magazine in 1994 and later was fashioned into a U.S. postage stamp in 1999. Interestingly, two ladies , Geraldine Hoff Doyle and Naomi Parker, both claim to be the woman on the poster, but neither can be confirmed.

Strangely , this card didn't come from the U.S. , but from Minsk, Belarus. So it's a Belarus stamp. Natasha used a 2017 stamp, 1 of 4 in a set of Mammals. The one shown on this stamp is a Stoat or short tailed weasel. Looks like a long tail to me , but what do I know ?

I think that's it for this time. Thanks for cards today go out to Harsh, Johan, Agung, Nicole and Natasha.
Be sure to drop by tomorrow, I'm pretty sure I'll be back here.

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