Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello once again, I'm back with a few cards. It's been a slow week with just four cards arriving so far. Let's hope for big things tomorrow. Today's first card is from France and gives us a look at a few houses in Kaysersberg. I wrote about this town in my Friday, Feb 23rd blog. Check it out.

Dominique used a stamp from 1975. It celebrates Stamp Day 1975.

Next is my 4th Manhole Cover card. The collection grows ! It;s a manhole cover in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. It was designed by Agnes Bomers in 1994. She designed 3 covers that year.

Barbara used a nice 2018 Year of the Dog International Rate stamp.

Let's jump over to South America next. I have two cards , both sent by David, and they arrived from Chile and Argentina. We'll look at the Chile card first. David's card is a look at Plaza ds Armas, the main square of Santiago, the capital of Chile. The card shows a number of old buildings and one recent addition. The 1748 church is the Metropolitan Cathedral , while the 1804 building is the National Museum of History. In the foreground is a statue of Perdo de Valdivia, Santiago's founder.

David used 2 copies of the 2017 stamp commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the EM School.

Time now for the last card for this time. It's David's 2nd card, this one from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here we see a few views of Caminito , a colourful street in the La Boca neighborhood. Brings back great memories of My Lovely Teena and I having a cold one in Caminito back in 2012 and seeing The Tango performed while having it. Good memories for sure.

The 2 smaller stamps on this one are definitives, from a Fruits set of 9. The large stamp on the right is from 2017. It commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the First Postal Flight between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, flown by Pedro Teddoro Fels.


That's the blog for this time. Thanks for cards go out to Barbara, Dominique and David. Great cards, great stamps all around.

Last bit of business for today. I just have to show this cover that I received in the post today. It's just loaded with stamps. Now , what stamp collector wouldn't want to find this one in his mail ? Nice stamps, too !

As Porky Pig so often said " That's all folks. "

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9th, 2018 - 12 Years of Postcrossing For Me.

Hello once again. Cards are a little scarce this week. To put it mildly, I'm all out. I'm sure next week will be better. I'm really here today, just to say that today is the 9th anniversary of my participation in Postcrossing. I have enjoyed Postcrossing immensely for  all 4383 days of those 12 years. During that time I have received  2523 postcards as a result. Not bad at all !

In addition to postcards, I often receive an envelope of stamps every now and then from a Postcrosser and today was one of those days. Margot from Nuremberg sent a great selection of German stamps.  Included were two Aviation themed stamps, which I'd like to highlight. Here they are.

This first stamp was issued in 2004 - it's a Dornier Do X , the largest , heaviest and most powerful flying boat when it was produced in 1929.

The second stamp was issued in 2005.

It shows a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation. That's the same aircraft I showed and wrote about in my Friday March 2nd blog.

That's it for this time and this week. Thanks to Margot for her stamps today.   Catch you next week.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday - Midweek , A Few Cards

Hello again, just a few cards today, these three are the only ones that have arrived so far this week.
I am starting with another addition to my Airlines / Aircraft postcard collection. It's a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400. This airline used to operate a fleet of B747, but in July 2012 all their B747s were retired. But the story doesn't end there. In early 2016 Malaysia Airlines brought a single B747 back in service, just in case they needed a spare plane. Then in the summer of 2016 the airlines decided to operate the 747 twice a week between Kuala Lumpur and London. It never happened, actually the reactivated 747 didn't operate a single commercial flight after it was brought back from retirement. Then the airline again officially deactivated their reactivated deactivated 747. I know , it's  almost too much for one man ! In the four months it was reactivated , it never operated a single commercial flight. Don't expect to ever again see a commercial Malaysia 747 flight.
Here's the card - it's still a great looking airplane. I guess many airlines have retired their 747s now , so if you get the chance to travel somewhere, and there is a B747 in the schedule, go for it, the opportunity won't always be there.

Jean Pierre sent this card, he was in Kuala Lumpur last month. He used a 2016 stamp , 1 of 3 in a set, celebrating the 14th Yang di- Pertuan Agong. He served from 2011 to 2016. He also served as the 5th Yang from 1970 to 1975.

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is the focus of my second card today. It is in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. It's known for its rare white gypsum sand dunes. The area covers 275 square miles and is the largest gypsum dune field on Earth. National Monument status was granted in January of 1933.

This card was a complete surprise, having been sent by Lily, a new reader of this blog. She used  a nice selection of stamps. The top left stamp was issued in 2017, 1 of a set of 4 Sea Shells Postcard Rate stamps.  The middle stamp, the butterfly, is a Non-Machinable Surcharge issued in 2016. Items posted with this stamp must be hand cancelled. The stamp on the right , issued in 2015, is from a set of 2 Patriotic Waves. The last stamp showing Grapes was issued in 2017.

My last card for today arrived from Czech Republic. It shows a train leaving the station in the village of Krizany in northern Czech Republic in 1997. The small village has about 960 people living there. 

A Postcrosser named Stana sent this card. She used a round stamp from Czech Republic, issued in 2014. It's from a set of 2.

It certainly seems like just about every country has a round stamp or two in their inventory of recent issues.

That's the short update for today. Thanks for cards go out to Jean Pierre, Lily and Stana. See you again soon. Take care.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Few Cards To Get Through The Weekend

Hey again, I just have a couple cards here today, the last cards for the week. They arrived from Russia and  Finland.

First up is this card from Yaroslavl, a city located 250 km northeast of Moscow. The city is said to have been founded in 1010 with the historic part of the city named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. The scene on Yulia's card shows Komsomolskaya St, Yaroslavl in 1913. Last point about this city - this is the hometown of Valentina Tereshkova- the first woman in space.

Yulia used a number of the often seen Russian buildings definitives  from a number of years. I wrote , a few blogs ago, that we have all seen these stamps many times , and I decided not to show them anymore, so I won't.

The second card today, also from Russia, shows a bronze eagle sculpture holding a snake. It is located on a hilltop high above Pyatigorsk, southern Russia. The eagle is the official symbol of the city and the surrounding area of the North Caucasus.

Katerina also used some of the aforementioned  Russian building definitives. So it goes.

Here's the last card for this time. It's from Finland. The picture is from 1959 and shows mail being delivered via helicopter to an island.

Risto used a Christmas stamp from 2016. It is 1 of 2 Christmas stamps issued that year.

That's it - short and sweet today. Thanks to Risto, Katerina and Yulia for their cards. See you next week after a few cards arrive.

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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Last Cards of Feburary

Well February is just about toast. March is around the corner. Here's a few cards to end off the month. Let's start with a couple from Sri Lanka.
The first card shows us Adam's Peak, a 2,243 m tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada or sacred footprint rock formation near the top. The formation is thought in Buddhist tradition to be the footprint of Buddha, in Hindu tradition to be Shiva, and in Islamic and Christian tradition, to be that of Adam or St. Thomas.

Ravindra uses a nice selection of stamps. On the left is 1 of 6 in a 2014 Pigeon Island Marine Nation Park set. It shows a Sperm Whale. On the right is a 2017 definitive , while the bottom stamp, from 2017, commemorates the centenary of the Colombo Railway Station.

Today's second card is also from Sri Lanka, another one from Ravindra. This time we can see Govinda Hela, a giant rock mountain standing approximately 570 m above the ground, located along the Siyambanduwa road, overlooking the Gal Oya region.

Ravindra used a matching stamp to the card here. The right stamp is from the set of 12 Unseen Sri Lanka set, issued in 2016. The other stamp is the Sperm Whale as noted earlier.

Now it's a card from Bari, Italy - showing an old time Cessna aircraft. Those were the days.

This card was sent by Antonio, who lives in Bari , a port city on the Adriatic Sea.  I don't really know Antonio, apparently he sent this card at the request of Indrit. Antonio used a nice selection of stamps though. On the left is a Tourism stamp, 1 of 4 in a 1990 set.
The middle stamp is 1 of 2 in a set issued in 2017 commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Historical Museum of the Guardia di Finanza. The stamp on the right , also issued in 2017, honours Mafia Victims, Pio La Torre and Rosario Di Salvo, both murdered in April of 1982.

Now it's time for the last card for today and the last for the month. This one arrived from Prague, Czech Republic. It's a look at Dancing House, constructed between 1992 and 1996. It was designed by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. The top floor of the building is the only part of Dancing House open to the public, with a restaurant and bar.

Dominique used 2 stamps, one from 2016 and one from 2015. The stamp on the left celebrates the life of Antonin Holy, chemist and virologist. The other stamp celebrates the Chronicle of Dalimil - the first chronicle written in the Czech language.

There you have it, so ends February. Thanks to Dominique, Ravindra, Indrit & Antonio for the cards today. See you all in March.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Little Bit of Something

Good day, this should be a short update with just a couple of cards. First is a train card from the U.S.A. It's the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world's first mountain-climbing Cog railway. Climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire, it uses a Marsh rack system and a steam locomotive or a bio diesel powered locomotive to get to the top of the mountain. It is the second steepest rack railway in the world after the Pilatus Railway in Switzerland. It is approximately 4.8 km long and goes from 820 m above sea level to 1,917 m , in 65 minutes. This railway opened in 1868.

A Postcrosser named Rain sent this card and used 3 different U.S. stamps. On the left is the 2015 Elvis stamp, in the middle is a 2003 Christmas stamp and on the right is a 2011 Save Vanishing Species stamp.

My next card is a Saturday Evening Post advertisement for Mennen Brushless  Shave Cream. Like the ad says " it's keep you presentable longer " .

This card arrived from Czech Republic with a very fine aviation themed stamp. Issued last year it showcases the Aero A-14. The rose stamp to the left is a 2008 definitive.

Now for a little something left over from last time. I mentioned in Thursday's blog that I wanted to show a couple of postcards that I received from Wolf in Switzerland. I neglected to do it in Friday's blog , but will redeem myself today.

All of these are Aviation cards - surprise, surprise !

First is a Yakovlev Yak -52 , a Soviet primary trainer aircraft used from 1979-1998.

Next is an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-76, a four engine turbofan airliner. I think this one has seen better days.

The last one is an Aero Lloyd Airbus A321.  Since Aero Lloyd this aircraft D-ALAH has seen service with Livingston Airlines, Volare Airlines and Onur Air.

That does it for this time. My thanks for cards go out to Rain, Wolf and the Postcrosser from Czech Rep. Take care. See you again soon.