Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Australia: Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne

On 9th November I got four postcards: two from Australia and two from Germany.

One of the cards from Australia shows the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. The Royal Exhibition Building was built between 1879 and 1880 to house the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, the eighth World's fair and the first official World's Fair in the Southern Hemisphere. Later it hosted the even larger Centennial International Exhibition in 1888 and the formal opening of the first Parliament of Australia in 1901. As one of the last remaining major 19th-century exhibition buildings in the World, it is an important testimony to the international exhibition movement between 1851 and 1915 and is also representative of the money and pride Victoria had in the 1870s. Since 2004 are the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Melbourne.
The card is prepaid and was added with two other stamps:
Farming Australia (from set of five) (issued 20-03-2012)
Fishes of the Reef (from set of five) (issued 21-06-2010)


Thank You very much Helen!

Australia: Kookaburra

On 9th November I got four postcards: two from Australia and two from Germany.

One of the cards from Australia shows a Kookaburra. The Kookaburra is a kingfisher native to eastern Australia. Its territorial call is a distinctive laugh that is often delivered by several birds at the same time.

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of four and was issued on 12th August 1993.


The card is prepaid.


Thank You very much Evelyn!

Germany: Fritz Bauer in Braunschweig

On 9th November I got four postcards: two from Germany and two from Australia.

One of the cards from Germany shows Article 1 of the German Grundgesetz as it is shown at the Attorney-Generalship in Braunschweig, where it was placed at the behest of Fritz Bauer. Fritz Bauer was a German judge and prosecutor who played an essential role in starting the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials and in the positive revaluation of the members of the 20 July plot. The later happened essentially during his time in Braunschweig, where he worked between 1949 and 1956.
I bought this card in my hometown.


With a great related stamp:
Upright Democrats - Fritz Bauer (issued 02-11-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark


Germany: Hans Makart's The Entry of Charles V into Antwerp

On 9th November I got four postcards: two from Germany and two from Australia.

One of the cards from Germany shows Hans Makart's The Entry of Charles V into Antwerp. The painting is housed in the Kunsthalle Hamburg. 
I bought this card on a recent trip to Hamburg.


Stamp:
Cornflower (issued 01-07-2019)
with a special postmark about the 500th anniversary of Charles V's election as German King


Friday, 29 November 2019

India: Rajabai Clock Tower in Mumbai

On 8th November I got three postcards: one from India, one from Japan and one from Belgium.

The card from India shows the Rajabai Clock Tower in Mumbai. The Rajabai Clock Tower was built between 1869 and 1878. It was designed by the English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in a fusion of Venetian and Gothic styles and is part of the campus of the University of Mumbai. As part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai is the Rajabai Clock Tower since 2018 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (from set of seven) (issued 02-10-2018)


Thank You very much K. R. Bhat!

Belgium: National Basilica of the Sacred Heart

On 8th November I got three postcards: one from Belgium, one from India and one from Japan.

The card from Belgium shows the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels. The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic church and Basilica minor. The first stone was laid by King Leopold II in 1905 to celebrate Belgium's 75th anniversary of independence, but due to the two World Wars it was just completed in 1969. By area it is one of the ten largest Roman Catholic churches in the World.


Stamp:
Dance (from set of five) (issued 18-11-2016)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Japan: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

On 8th November I got three postcards: one from Japan, one from Belgium and one from India.

The card from Japan shows the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


With a nice stamp:
Year of the Rat (from set of four) (issued 01-11-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!

Saturday, 16 November 2019

UAE: Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi

Last Wednesday I got two postcards: one from the United Arab Emirates and one from Singapore.

The card from the United Arab Emirates shows the Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Also it is the capital of the whole country. The city's rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the massive oil and gas reserves and production, and relatively high average income of its population, have transformed it into a large and advanced metropolis. The Yas Viceroy Hotel was built across the F1 Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and is known for its very futuristic design.


Stamps:
Falconry (from set of fourteen) (issued 17-02-1990)
Summer Olympics in Sydney (from set of three) (issued 16-09-2000)


Thank You very much Tristan!

Singapore: Battle Box

Last Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Singapore and one from the United Arab Emirates.

The card from Singapore is from the Battle Box. The Battle Box is a museum about World War II. It was opened in 1997 in the underground bunker where the surrender of Singapore was decided in 1942. 


Stamp:
Festivals (from set of eight) (issued 21-10-2018)
with an advertising postmark about Singapore's Bicentennial


Thank You very much Jobbo!

Germany: Freimarkt in Bremen

Last Tuesday I got a postcard from Germany.

It is about the Freimarkt in Bremen. The Freimarkt is a fair that was first held in 1035. It is one of the oldest fairs in Germany and one of the largest in Northern Germany.


Stamps:
Cuckooflower (issued 18-12-2018)
500 years German Purity Law (issued 07-04-2016)


Thank You very much Serena!

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Canada: L'Anse aux Meadows

On Monday I got a postcard from Canada.

It shows L'Anse aux Meadows on Newfoundland. L'Anse aux Meadows is an archaeological site. It was settled by people from Northern Europa, Greenland or Iceland more precisely, around 1000 for a few years and is thus widely accepted as evidence of pre-Columbian transatlantic contact. In 1978 L'Anse aux Meadows became one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


The card is prepaid and was cancelled with a special postmark from Québec.


Thank You very much Julie!

Poland: Poznań Goats

Last Saturday I got two postcards from Poland.

One of them shows the Poznań Goats. The Poznań Goats, the display of mechanical fighting goats played out daily at noon above the clock on the front wall of the Town Hall of Poznań, is one of the city's symbols and main tourist attractions.


Stamp:
Centenary of Diplomatic Relations with the Holy See (issued 29-03-2019)
with a special postmark showing also the Poznań Goats


Thank You very much Joanna!

Poland: Poznań

Last Saturday I got two postcards from Poland.

One of them shows the Market Square of Poznań. Poznań is the fifth largest city of Poland and the capital of the Greater Poland Voivodeship. It is an important centre of trade, education, culture, technology and tourism.


Stamps:
Father Michał Tomaszek and Father Zbigniew Strzałkowski (issued 05-12-2015)
300 years Bamber Community of Poznań (issued 19-10-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Joanna!

USA: Toy T-Rex

Last Friday I got a postcard from the USA.

It is a 3D card of a toy T-Rex.


With matching stamps:
Pears (issued 23-03-2017)
Tyrannosaurus Rex (from set of two) (issued 29-08-2019)
The stamps are printed with a lenticular effect.


Thank You very much Kimberly!