Hello again. I have a nice selection of cards for today. They arrived from France, Albania, Sri Lanka, and Sweden. I might even get in one from the Netherlands if all goes well. Let's start with two from France.
The first card shows the main railway station in Metz, France. It has been a Historic Monument since January of 1975. Inside are displayed the apartments of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The station was opened in August of 1908.
Dominique used a rather large stamp from a set of 2 issued in 2015. It commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Gilberto Bosques Saldivar ( 1892-1995 ) . The set is a Joint Issue with Mexico.
The second French card is from Millau, a town of 23,00 or so in southern France. The card shows a part of the Millau Viaduct. This cable stayed bridge spans the gorge valley of the river Tarn near Millau. It's total length is 2,460 m with the longest span at 342 m .
It is 336.4 m above ground and was constructed between 2001 and 2004. It is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.
Jean Pierre used a 2019 stamp, 1 of 2 in a souvenir sheet of 2 different stamps celebrating Museum Treasures. The sheet is a Joint Issue with Morocco.
We're off to Stockholm, Sweden next. Ana's card shows Riddarholmen, a small islet in central Stockholm. The island forms part of Gamla Stan, the old town, and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.
Ana used a 2018 stamp , 1 of 2 , commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Ingmar Bergman ( 1918 - 2007 ) .
That's a nice postmark from the PostMuseum in Stockholm.
Next we skip over to Albania. Indrit`s card is a look at Elbasan showing the Castle of Elbasan to the right and the Sultan Abdulhamid Clock Tower to the left.
Indrit use 3 great stamps. On the left is 1 of 4 from 2017.showing Distinguished National Personalities. Shown is Musine Kokalari, writer and politician. She founded the Social Democratic Party of Albania in 1943. In the middle , from 2005, is 1 of 12 stamps showing Regional Costumes. On the right , 1 of 2 Europa stamps, featuring Festivals, and National Celebrations.
Nice postmarks here , too.
This next card arrived from Sri Lanka but I do believe the scene portrayed is English. The lovely lady is gathering a few Blue Bells that grow wild in the English countryside. Just to bring another country into the mix, the card was issued by Singapore Airlines.
Ravindra used 3 stamps on his card. On the left , from 2013, a stamp celebrating the life of Dr. Tissa Abeysekara - filmmaker, actor, writer and director. In the middle, a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization. It was issued this year. The stamp on the right, also issued this year, on May 8th to be exact. It celebrates International Thalassaemia Day.
Here's the bonus card from the Netherlands. I'm told by the sender, Miek, that this was a cover for Maxim magazine. I can believe that.
Miek used a fine assortment of stamps. Let's look at the 2 stamps on top first, both were issued in 2002. The left stamp, from a set of 10 highlight Industrial Heritage. The right stamp, from a set of 5, showcase Fairy Tales Characters. The botton left stamp is 1 of 20 stamps issued for December in 2002. The final stamp was issued in 2003 and is 1 of 2 issued for the 85th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela.
So ends another update. Big thanks folr todays cards go out to Dominique, Jean Pierre, Ana, Indrit, Ravindra and Miek.
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