Friday, March 2, 2018

The First Cards of March

It's another snowy day here on the Prairie, so a good day for postcards . Today my cards are from Germany, France, Albania and Czech Republic. Let's start with this wonderful card from Nordhorn, Germany. It's a look at one of the most beautiful aircraft ( my opinion of course ) to ever take to the skies. I'm talking about the Lockheed Super Constellation. The one shown on the card is the Breitling Connie. The Constellation was built between 1943 and 1958. Many Connies are on display around the world, but only two remain airworthy - the Breitling and one in Australia. There's a great video of the Breitling  starting up and taking off on YouTube. Check it out , if you're any kind of aircraft nut , you'll certainly enjoy it.

Martin, a Postcrosser in Nordhorn sent this card along. He used 2 copies of the 2017 Gaia Satelite stamp.

Gaia is going to map a thousand million stars over it's 5 year mission.

Today's second card is from France , as if the front of the card left any doubt. The info on the front is a mini geography and history lesson of the country.

This one is another card from Jean Pierre. He used a 2016 stamp commemorating the Field of the Cloth of Gold summit between Henry VIII and Francis I which started on June 7, 1520.

Next it's a card from Albania showing a view from Shkodra, a city of just over 135,000 located in the northern part of the country. The city is one of the most ancient cities in the Balkans, dating back to the 4th century BC.

Indrit used 1 of 3 stamp in a 2014 set showcasing the World Cup in Brazil .

The Museum of Communism opened in Prague, Czech Republic  on December 26, 2001. It's a museum dedicated to presenting an account of the post- world War II Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. It offers a look at life behind the Iron Curtain. The museum offers artifacts, interviews, photos, artworks and historical documents bringing the Communist way of life to life. Dominique's card shows one of the photo displays.

Dominique used a couple of stamps on his card. On the left is a stamp showcasing the Chronicle of Dalimil, the first chronicle in the Czech language. In the middle is a 2008 Rose definitive and on the right a 2017 stamp showcasing the Aero A-14.

It's time now for today's last card. It's another one from Albania, again sent by Indrit. This one shows Kruja Castle. Located in the city of Kruja , the castle was built in the 5th or 6th century. and was the center of Skanderbeg's rebellion against the Ottoman Empire.

Indrit used a nice selection of Harry Potter stamps from 2008. They are part of the set of 4.

There you have it, the end of this update, the first for March. Thanks for cards go out to Indrit, Martin, Dominique and Jean Pierre.

See you all next time.

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