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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Kyrgyzstan: Yurts and Stormy Sky

On Saturday I got two postcards from Kyrgyzstan.

The first card shows a Kyrgyz landscape with three Yurts. Yurts are nomadic dwellings used in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. They can be can be assembled and dismantled within a short period of time and are made from natural and renewable materials. A whole community of craftspeople is involved in the creation of Yurts and after it is finished it becomes the centre of social life. The Yurt became a symbol of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The traditional knowledge and skills in making Kyrgyz and Kazakh Yurts are since 2014 an Intangible Heritage of the UNESCO.


Kyrgyz Express Post was founded in 2012 and in 2013 the Universal Postal Union officially confirmed the company's status as second designated postal operator of Kyrgyzstan. Its first stamps were issued in November 2014.
Stamp:
Flora of Kyrgyzstan (from set of four) (issued 29-07-2016)


The second card shows a stormy sky


Stamp:
Flora of Kyrgyzstan (from set of four) (issued 29-07-2016)


Thank You very much William!

Sweden: Skansen

On Friday I got a postcard from Sweden.

It shows the Christmas Market at the Skansen. The Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in Sweden. It is located in Stockholm and was opened in 1891. It shows the ways of life in different parts of Sweden and also includes a zoo of Scandinavian animals and rare breeds of farm animals.


With great related stamps:
Flora (from set of four) (issued 27-03-2008)
Tomtar (from set of six) (issued 10-11-2016)
with a special postmark from the Postmuseum Stockholm


Thank You very much Doris!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Germany: Alte Pinakothek in Munich

On Thursday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows Titian's Emperor Charles V from the collection of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. The Alte Pinakothek is an art museum opened in 1836. It shows the Old Masters' paintings from the Bavarian State Painting Collections, one of the most famous collections of its kind. 
I bought this card recently in the Kunsthalle Hamburg.


With a matching stamp:
Treasures of German Museums (from set of two) (issued 07-04-2016)


Germany: German Hygiene Museum

On Thursday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden. The German Hygiene Museum was founded in 1912 after the International Hygiene Exhibition. In 1930 it moved to its current building. One of the biggest attractions of the museum is the Transparent Man. The Nazis later abused the museum to promote their racial ideology and eugenics. During the time of the GDR it resumed its role as a communicator of public health information and between 1982 and 1991 it was a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization. After the reunification it was renovated. As cultural institution of national importance in the former East Germany it was included in the German government's Blue Book in 2001.


Stamp:
Chiemsee (from set of two) (issued 01-07-2015)


Thank You very much Amelie!

Germany: Celle Castle

On Thursday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Celle Castle. The Celle Castle is the largest castle in the southern Lüneburg Heath region and was once used as residence of the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Since 2007 it houses a museum about the House of Welf and the Kingdom of Hanover.


Stamp:
Chiemsee (from set of two) (issued 01-07-2015)


Thank You very much Julia!

Germany: Christmas Market in Cologne's Old Town

On Thursday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Christmas Market in Cologne's Old Town. The Christmas Market in the Old Town is the biggest and most traditional of Cologne’s Christmas markets. It is known for its big ice skating area. 


With a personalised stamp showing one of Cologne's famous Heinzelmännchen


Thank You very much Marcel!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Cards and Covers from Luxembourg

On Wednesday I got four postcards and two covers from Luxembourg.

The first card shows a map of the country.


Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 10-05-2016)


The second card shows the coat of arms of Luxembourg's twelve Cantons.


Stamps:
175 years Penny Black (issued 22-09-2015)
Grand Duke Henri 0,05€ (issued 07-12-2010)
Vegetables of Yesteryear (from set of three) (issued 22-09-2015)


The third card is a cheat sheet.


Stamps:
Vegetables of Yesteryear (from set of three) (issued 22-09-2015)
New Campus of the University of Luxembourg (issued 03-03-2016)
The stamp is covered with silver foil.


The last card shows the Royal Family of Luxembourg.


With matching stamps:
15 years reign of Grand Duke Henri (issued 22-09-2015)
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Alexandra & Prince Sébastien (whole set) (issued 03-03-2016)


Cover 1:
Stamps:
sepac (issued 13-09-2016)
350 years Virgin Mary as patroness of the City of Luxembourg (issued 13-09-2016)
It is a joint issue with the Vatican.
The Games of the XXXI Olympiad of Rio (issued 10-05-2016)


Cover 2:
Stamps:
Grand Duke Henri 0,01€ and 0,03€ (issued 01-10-2003)
Grand Duke Henri 0,05€ and 0,10€ (issued 07-12-2010)
Grand Duke Henri 0,25€ (issued 16-03-2004)
Grand Duke Henri 0,30€ (issued 01-10-2001)
Grand Duke Henri 0,50€ (issued 16-03-2004)


Thank You very much William!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Italy: Church of San Vitale in Ravenna

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Italy and one from Germany.

The card from Italy shows the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna. The Church of San Vitale was begun in 527 and was finished in 548, after Ravenna was captured by the Byzantine Empire. It is one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine architecture in Europe and houses the largest and best preserved Byzantine mosaics outside of Istanbul. It is also the only major church from the period of the Emperor Justinian I to survive until today. As one of the Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna it is since 1996 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Italian Mail (from set of two) (issued 01-12-2014)


Thank You very much Alessandro!

Germany: Halberstadt Cathedral

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Italy.

The card from Germany shows the Halberstadt Cathedral in the German State of Saxony-Anhalt. The Halberstadt Cathedral is one of only a few big churches in Germany inspired by the French Gothic cathedrals. It was built between 1236 and 1491 and is known for its large treasure. During World War II it was badly damaged, but later it was restored. 


Stamp:
Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 07-07-2016)


Thank You very much Birgit!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

USA: Alamo Mission in San Antonio

On Friday I got two postcards: one from the USA and one from Hong Kong.

The card from the USA shows the Alamo Mission in San Antonio in the US State of Texas. The Alamo Mission was founded by Franciscan missionaries in 1744 and was first used to teach Native Americans the Christian beliefs. During the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 Texian soldiers were killed in the Alamo Mission by Mexican troops. Since 1968 it is used as museum. As one of the San Antonio Missions it is since 2015 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Indian Head Penny (issued 11-01-1978)
Neon Celebrate (issued 09-09-2015)
From Me To You (issued 01-04-2015)
Stamp Collecting (issued 17-11-1972)


Thank You very much Matthew!