Sunday, 22 April 2018

Turkey: Anıtkabir in Ankara

Last Saturday I got two postcards: one from Turkey and one from Liechtenstein.

The card from Turkey shows Anıtkabir in Ankara. Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. It was built between 1944 and 1953 and also includes a museum and the final resting place of Ismet Inönü, the second President of Turkey.


Stamps:
Centenary of the Victory in Kut (from set of two) (issued 29-04-2016)
The Siege of Kut Al Amara took place between the 7th December 1915 and the 29th April 1916, when a British-Indian garrison was besieged by the Ottoman Army in the town of Kut in modern day Iraq. The siege happened, as Allied troops had to retreat after the Battle of Ctesiphon and as General Townshend decided to stay in Kut instead of moving forward to Basra. The Ottoman army was supported by the German general and military historian Baron von der Goltz. After some efforts to relieve the city had failed, the Allied surrendered after 147 days of siege. The surviving soldiers became prisoners and were forced to march to Aleppo. The British went back on the offensive in December 1916 and retook Kut on the 23rd February 1917.
94th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey (from set of four) (issued 29-10-2017)
Centenary of the Liberation of Van (issued 02-04-2018)
In 1915 the city of Van was one of the few places where Armenians with the support of the Imperial Russian Army fought against the Ottoman Empire's armed forces during the Armenian Genocide. The city was afterwards under Armenian control. The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the situation in the region. In April 1918 the Ottoman Army started to attack again and on 6th April Van was again under Ottoman control.
Centenary of the Liberation of Erzurum (issued 12-03-2018)
Erzurum was captured by the Russian Army in February 1916. It returned to Ottoman control just in March 1918 after the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed.


Thank You very much Steve!

Liechtenstein: Views

Last Saturday I got two postcards: one from Liechtenstein and one from Turkey.

The card from Liechtenstein shows three views of the country.


Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 05-03-2018)
with a special postmark from Schaan


Thank You very much William!

60 Years Smurfs

Last Friday I got my stamp order from Belgium. The only thing I ordered was the awesome souvenir sheet about the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs, which was issued earlier this year. Here you can see the lower row of the five stamps:


You can see the complete sheet and close-ups of the single stamps on my stamp blog.

France: Aire-sur-la-Lys

Last Friday I got a postcard from France.

It shows an aerial view of Aire-sur-la-Lys. Aire-sur-la-Lys is a commune in northern France. The Belfry of Aire-sur-la-Lys (seen on the left side in the background) is as one of the Belfries in Belgium and France since 2005 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Bicentenary of Caisses d'Épargne (issued 23-03-2018)
Marianne 0,05€, 0,10€
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Aire-sur-la-Lys


Thank You very much William!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Austria: Graz

Last Thursday I got two postcards: one from Austria and one from Germany.

The card from Austria shows various views from Graz. Graz is the capital of the Austrian State of Styria and the second largest city of Austria. The City of Graz with the Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg is since 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2003 was Graz the European Capital of Culture.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Graz.
With a great matching stamp:
UNESCO World Heritage - Graz (issued 12-06-2009)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Graz



Thank You very much Anita!

Germany: Elbphilharmonie

Last Thursday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Austria.

The card from Germany shows the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall near the Speicherstadt. Construction started in 2007 and when it was finally completed in late 2016 its estimated cost was tripled. The official opening concert took place on 11th January 2017. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the World and the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg.


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


Thank You very much Nicole!

New Zealand: Lighthouses

Last Wednesday I got two postcards: one from New Zealand and one from France.

The card from New Zealand shows eight lighthouses. 


With a nice stamp:
New Zealand in Space (from set of six) (issued 25-01-2018)
50th anniversary of the Sinking of the Wahine (from set of six) (issued 07-03-2018)


Thank You very much Sharon!

France: Béthune

Last Wednesday I got two postcards: one from France and one from New Zealand.

The card from France shows various views of Béthune. Béthune is a city in northern France. The Belfry of Béthune (middle) is as one of the Belfries of Belgium and France on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Marianne 0,05€, 0,10€
Salon Philatélique de Printemps in Sorgues (issued 09-04-2018)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Béthune


Thank You very much William!

cover from Liechtenstein

Last Wednesday I got not only two postcards but also a cover from Liechtenstein.

Stamps:
dieMarke.li (?)
Brand Liechtenstein (whole set) (issued 16-11-2009)
Nature Reserves in Liechtenstein (from set of four) (issued 06-06-2017)
with a special postmark from Schaan


Thank You very much William!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Germany - Japan - USA: Peanuts Chaincard

On Tuesday I got a very special card: My first ever Chaincard.

As the German Post issued the great Peanuts stamps in early March and as I knew that some other countries issued Peanuts stamps as well, I decided to organise a Peanuts Chaincard on Instagram. The card started its journey in Germany in early March, travelled to Japan, the USA and then back to Germany. Now there are seven different Peanuts stamps on the card.

Stamps:
Germany - Peanuts (whole set) (issued 01-03-2018)
Japan - Snoopy and Letters (two from set of twenty) (issued 10-05-2017)
USA - A Charlie Brown Christmas (three from set of ten) (issued 01-10-2015)




Just like the Peanuts card which I turned into a Maxicard I also got this card from a Postcrosser in Japan. So this card travelled from Japan to Germany, back to Japan, to the USA and finally back to Germany, in total around 35000km.