Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lesotho Malta, Hungary, Austria and a Few Others

Blog Post # 892

Well it's been just over a week since my last appearance here, so I do believe it's time for another update. Cards have been arriving at a furious rate since the New Year began. I have received 21 cards so far in 2019. I can only hope it continues at such a pace.

Today's first card is from the Kingdom of Lesotho .It shows Maletsunyane Falls , a 204 m drop. This falls holds the world record for a commercial abseil, a controlled decent of a vertical drop using a rope. The Maletsunyane Abseil is the longest commercially operated single drop abseil in the world. A Guinness World Record Certificate was issued for this in October 2005. 

Bruce used 2 stamps on this card. On the left is a stamp from a 1997 set of 15 showing Flowers. On the right, from 2016 is 1 of 6  showcasing Lesotho's Postal History.

Now it's on to Malta. Dominique's card shows the Mosta Rotunda or the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, a Roman Catholic church in Mosta, Malta. It opened in 1865 and its design is based on the Pantheon in Rome. At one point it had the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world.

Dominique used a 2018 Christmas stamp. It is 1 of 3 in the set.

Hungary is up next. Mihaela's card is a look at a V43 electric locomotive of the Hungarian State Railways at Keszthely station on September 7th 2014.

Mihaela used 2 stamps on her card. On the left is a 2018 stamp, 1 of 6 in a set celebrating Postal History. On the right , from 2017, a stamp celebrating Hungarian novelist Magda Szabo.

Would you believe it's Austria now ? Sure getting around today.
It's an Austrian Airlines Super 80 DC-9.  The DC-9 first flew in 1965, with the last , number 976 completed in 1982. I flew on this type of aircraft a couple of times and I have to say - it wasn't my favourite aircraft to fly on.

Friedrich used a 2018 definitive, 1 of 3 in a set.  He also used a second stamp from 2018, 1 of 3 in the set highlighting Sports on Water. A rather attractive stamp if I may say.

I can`t believe it - another airline -  aircraft card. Must still be Christmas. This times it`s a Condor B737-300. Aircraft D-ABON was delivered to Condor in June of 2000.  It`s last flight was yesterday from Hurghada to Frankfurt. It`s next flight is tomorrow from Frankfurt to Lanzarote.

Michael used a 2018 stamp entitled Microworld.

Just 2 cards left for today, so the end is in sight. One is from the USA and the other Canada.
The American one arrived from Mesa, Arizona and shows an evening view of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Harbor celebrated it`s  75th Anniversary in 2010. It handles more than 44 million passengers per year ( arriving and departing ) and roughly 440,000 landings and takeoffs.

Ken used an 2017 Additional Ounce Uncle Sam`s Hat stamp along with a much nicer stamp. The larger stamp , from 2018 , is 1 of 3 Statue of Freedom stamps. It`s an engraved stamp and all 3 in the set are outstanding, as all stamps should be.

As I mentioned earlier  the last card is from Canada, Airdrie in fact. I wanted to have an end of year cancel, so I had My lovely Teena send this card to me. It received the last day of year , 2018-12-31 cancel. Job complete.
The card shows a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman sitting atop his steed out west in the Rockies. It is one of a number of Mountie prints by Arnold Friberg.

Teena used 2 stamps from 2006. They are 2 of 4 in an Endangered Species set. 

Well that`s all for this time. Be sure to drop in again soon for more of the same - postcards and stamps.
Thanks for cards today go out to Bruce, Ken, Michael, Friedrich, Mihaela, Dominique and of course My Lovely Teena.
Take care - Comments anyone ......

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