Friday, July 13, 2018

Lucky Friday the 13th

Yes, it's Friday the 13th - hope you can stay away from black cats and manage to not pass under any ladders. If either of those strike fear in you - you may be suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia. That's a mouthful for sure.

Moving right along :

It seems like another week and then some has gone by. I'm not sure how that happens, but it does . Before I get to a few cards for today, I have a little followup to take care of from my last posting. In it I asked if anyone knew who the lady was pictured on a Greek stamp that I showed. I had 2 comments left regarding the stamp , but nobody guessed who she is , so it's time for the big reveal. Just to refresh here is the stamp in question :

Her name is Rita Wilson. She is an actress, singer and producer  and wife of Tom Hanks. So there you have it. The answer you've all wanted for a week and some . Just kidding !

Now on to today's cards.
My first card today arrived from Sabah - a state of Malaysia located on the northern portion of Borneo Island.

Michael's card shows a Bamboo-pipe band at Kampong Baru Jumpa . This form of entertainment is often described as " sheer tropical magic " .

Michael used 2 copies of a 2016 stamp from a set of 8 International definitives.

My next card is from Bermuda, a place I haven't been back to for many years. Guess it's time to go again. The card is another one for my Airline / Aircraft Postcard Collection. This one is a British Airways Boeing 777. It has a capacity of 383 passengers and has a range of 11,560 km.

Jean Pierre used a stamp from 2016. It is 1 of 4 in a set showcasing the Lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. The stamp used highlights the 2nd stage.

Here's another card from from Bermuda, from Jean Pierre and another Airline / Aircraft card. Lucky me !
Here we have a British Airways Boeing 767, registered as G-BNWR. This aircraft had its first flight March 2, 1991. It is now stored at Victorville, Calif, as of Oct 2013.

Jean Pierre again used a 2016 stamp. This one is from a set of 6 saluting World War I .

We're off to Melbourne, Australia for my next card. Here we see a tramcar  of the City Circle Tram. This is a zero-fare tram running around Melbourne City Centre. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many Melbourne attractions.

David's stamp is from 2017, an International Rate,  Flower / Water Plant stamp.

A couple of cards from France, sent by Dominique are up next. First is this fine view of Marseille and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. It opened in 1864 and is the most visited site in Marseille. The city is France's largest cruise port - maybe I'll get to sail in or out of there someday.

Diominique used a semi-postal stamp from 1986. It was issued for Stamp Day of that year and features a Berline Carriage.

Dominique's second card is of la maison du Sel in Wissembourg, a small village on the border with Germany. Built in 1448, this place has been a hospital, a salt deposit, and a slaughterhouse. It is now a private residence and not open to the public.

Dominique 's stamp on this one is from 1982 and commemorates the 300th Anniversary of the discovery of Louisiana by Cavelier de la Salle.

It seems we have enough time for another Bermuda card, featuring HM Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th Birthday celebrations.

Jean Pierre used great looking stamps which received a wonderful clear circular cancellation. Always great to see. The left stamp, featuring The Queen was issued  in 2017, in a set of 3 marking her reign as the Longest Reign.  The stamp on the right is 1 of 3 issued in May to celebrate the Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It certainly doesn't take very long to get on a stamp if you marry a Royal !

That's it for this time. Thanks for cards today go out to Dominique, David Jean Pierre, and Michael. Thanks guys. Couldn't do it without you.

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