Friday, 21 July 2017

Russia: Russian Museum of Photography

Yesterday I got four postcards: one from Russia, one from Germany and two from South Africa.

The card from Russia shows a World War I photo from the collection of the Russian Museum of Photography. The Russian Museum of Photography is located in Nizhny Novgorod and was opened in 1992. It houses unique collections of photographs.


With a related stamp:
100 years of the Great Russian Revolution (from set of four) (issued 02-03-2017)
The Great Russian Revolution includes several historical events, such as the February Revolution which resulted in the overthrow of the monarchy, the establishment of the Russian Provisional Government, the proclamation of Russia as a republic, the October Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet regime. The February Revolution took place in the context of heavy military setbacks during World War I, which left much of the Russian Army in a state of mutiny. In March 1918 the new Bolshevik leaders signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany, which ended Russia's participation in World War I.


Thank You very much Iuliia!

South Africa: Namaqualand

Yesterday I got four postcards: two from South Africa, one from Russia and one from Germany.

One of the cards from South Africa shows Namaqualand. Namaqualand is an arid region and popular tourist destination. It is known for its wild flowers blossoming between August and October.


With a great stamp:
50 years Krugerrand (from set of three) (issued 03-01-2017)
The coin design is relief embossed onto gold foiling.


Thank You very much Kyle!

South Africa: Old Vishuis in Yzerfontein

Yesterday I got four postcards: two from South Africa, one from Russia and one from Germany.

One of the cards from South Africa shows the Old Vishuis in Yzerfontein. Yzerfontein is a small harbour town on the west coast of South Africa about 90 km north of Cape Town. It is known for the longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the South African coastline.


With a great stamp:
50 years Krugerrand (from set of three) (issued 03-01-2017)
The coin design is relief embossed onto gold foiling.


Thank You very much Kyle!

Germany: History of Dinkelsbühl

Yesterday I got four postcards: one from Germany, two from South Africa and one from Russia.

The card from Germany is the Chronicle card of Dinkelsbühl. Dinkelsbühl was first mentioned in 1188 and in 1273 it became a Free Imperial Town. During the Thirty Years' War it repeatedly changed hands. Since 1806 it is a part of Bavaria. Due to its well-preserved Medieval town centre it is a popular tourist destination.


Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Steffi!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Germany: Hamburg with G20 Postmark

Yesterday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Finland.

The card from Germany shows the Nikolaifleet in Hamburg. The Nikolaifleet was the cradle of Hamburg's port in the 12th century. It is known for its old buildings.

On 7th and 8th July Hamburg hosted the G20 Summit, the twelfth meeting of the Group of Twenty. The summit was accompanied by violant riots and ended with a vague summary paper.  


Stamp:
German G20 Presidency (issued 01-03-2017)
with a special postmark about the G20 Summit


Finland: Moomin

Yesterday I got two postcards: one from Finland and one from Germany.

The card from Finland is a shaped Moomin card.


Stamp:
Sound of Silence (from set of three) (issued 24-02-2017)


Thank You very much Mirva!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Japan: Dogo-onsen Hot Spring

Yesterday I got two postcards: one from Japan and one from Germany.

The card from Japan shows the Dogo-onsen Hot Spring in Matsuyama. The Dogo-onsen Hot Spring is the oldest spa in Japan and a popular tourist attraction. The Main Building is known as the model of the bathhouse in Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away.


With a nice stamp:
Super Mario (from set of ten) (issued 28-06-2017)
with a special postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!

Germany: Erfurt

Yesterday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Japan.

The card from Germany shows an aerial view of Erfurt. Erfurt is the capital and largest city of the German State of Thuringia. It is a logistics hub and rail junction. In 1501 Martin Luther started his studies in Erfurt and in 1505 he joined the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt.

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation a group of Postcrossers organises a series of Meet-ups at important places in Martin Luther's life. The second of four was held on Saturday in Erfurt.


The card was signed during the Meet-up.
Stamp:
100th birthday of Heinz Sielmann (issued 08-06-2017)


Thank You very much Thomas!

cover from the USA

Yesterday I got not only two postcards but also a cover from the USA.

Stamp:
The Moon (issued 22-02-2016)


Inside were two postcards.

The first card shows the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in the US State of Alaska. The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve was established in 1980. It is a part of the largest non-polar icefield in the World and an important habitat for grizzly bears, caribou and dall sheep. Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek are since 1979 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The second card shows the Petrified Forest National Park in the US State of Arizona. The Petrified Forest National Park was established in 1962. It is known for its large deposits of fossils and petrified wood.


Thank You very much Morgan!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Thailand: old photo

Yesterday I got a postcard from Thailand.

It shows the photo "Solemn Procession of the King on the occasion of Buddha-Festival" by William Kennett Loftus.


Stamps:
72nd Birthday of King Bhumibol (from set of nine) (issued 21-10-1999)
Palaces (from set of six) (issued 05-12-1990)
International Letter Writing Week (from set of four) (issued 06-10-1996)


Thank You very much Jobbo!