Saturday, 30 May 2015

Malaysia: Malacca Town

Yesterday I got five postcards: one from Malaysia, one from China, two from Germany and one from Canada.

The card from Malaysia shows the Stadhuys in Malacca Town. Malacca Town is the capital city of the Malaysian State of Malacca. It was a Portuguese, Dutch and at the end British colony. Since 2008 is Malacca Town together with George Town on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a nice stamp:
Malaysia Chairman of ASEAN (from set of three) (issued 27-01-2015)


Thank You very much Matthew!

Canada: Maple Leaf

Yesterday I got five postcards: one from Canada, one from Malaysia, one from China and two from Germany.

The card from Canada shows Maple Leafs. The Maple Leaf is a national symbol of Canada. 


Stamp:
Baby Wildlife (from set of five) (issued 31-03-2014)


Thank You very much Sylvie!

Germany: Blind Football National League

Yesterday I got five postcards: two from Germany, one from Canada, one from Malaysia and one from China.

One of the cards from Germany shows a match of the German Blind Football National League in front of the Hamburg Rathaus. The first matches of the German Blind Football National League were played in 2008. 
I got this card some weeks ago in a cover.


With a related stamp:
Sport for the Disabled (from set of three) (issued 07-05-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Kate for sending me the card in an envelope!

Germany: Bobby-Car

Yesterday I got five postcards: two from Germany, one from Canada, one from Malaysia and one from China.

One of the cards from Germany shows a Bobby-Car. The Bobby-Car is a toy car for children. It is produced in Bavaria since 1972, first by the BIG company and since 2003 by the Simba Dickie group. 
The card was printed for the special exhibition about the 120th anniversary of the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum and I bought it in their department in Wolfenbüttel.


With a related stamp:
EUROPA (issued 07-05-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark


China: Terracotta Army

Yesterday I got five postcards: one from China, two from Germany, one from Canada and one from Malaysia.

The card from China shows a warrior from the Terracotta Army.


Stamps:
Beautiful China (two from set of six) (issued 19-05-2013)
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50 years diplomatic relations with France (whole set) (issued 27-01-2014)
It is a joint issue with France.


Thank You very much Dong!

Moomin cover from Finland

On Thursday I got a great cover from Finland.

Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 08-05-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark



Inside was a postcard.
It shows two characters from Tove Jansson's Moomin book series. The featured characters are Too-ticky and Little My. The text on the card means "A friend to help when needed".
It is an official card: FI-2406457


Thank You very much Sarianne!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Russia: Bolshoi Theatre

Today I got a postcard from Russia.

It shows the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The Bolshoi Theatre was opened in 1825 and the main building was built in the Neoclassical style by Joseph Bové. When it was opened, it was, like all theatres in Russia at that time, an imperial property. It holds ballet and opera performances. Today it is one of the oldest and biggest theatres in Russia and the World's biggest ballet company.
It is an official card: RU-3702892


Stamps:
Russian Kremlins (two from set of twelve) (issued 01-10-2009)


Thank You very much Alina!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Myanmar: Bagan

This is the 900th post on my blog! Thank You all of you for sending me all this nice postcards and covers with so many nice stamps!

Yesterday I got three postcards: my first card from Myanmar, one from Germany and one from Estonia.

Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia bordering on Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Myanmar is officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, but is also known as Burma. The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw.

The card shows Bagan. Bagan is one of the largest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia with over 2000 Buddhist monuments. Between the 9th and the 13th century it was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom unifying the regions of today's Myanmar. The stone inscriptions in Bagan are the most reliable source of the history of this kingdom. The site is one of Myanmar's most important tourist destinations. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With nice stamp:
27th SEA Games (from set of eight) (issued 02-09-2013)
The stamp shows the mascots of the games, the owls Shwe Yoe and Ma Moe.
with a special postmark from the General Post Office in Yangon


Thank You very much Matthew!

Estonia: Square of the Towers in Tallinn

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Estonia, my first card from Myanmar and one from Germany.

The card from Estonia shows the Square of the Towers in Tallinn. Between 1931 and 1933 the Square of the Towers was turned into communal park. The Tallinn International Flower Festival takes place there every year.


With nice stamps:
European Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn (issued 19-01-2010)
Bird of the Year-Honey Buzzard (issued 21-05-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark
Definitive (from set of three) (issued 10-01-2013)
Leucanthemum vulgare (issued 17-01-2007)


Thank You very much Jaan!

Germany: Orangery Palace in Potsdam

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Estonia and my first card from Myanmar.

The card from Germany shows the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great in front of the Orangery Palace in Potsdam. The Orangery Palace was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance between 1851 and 1864 at the behest of Frederick William IV of Prussia. It was built to overwinter the pot plants from the park of Sanssouci. As one of the Palaces of Potsdam is the Orangery Palace since 1990 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I got this card card some weeks ago in a cover.


Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 07-05-2015)
with a special postmark from the play market in Potsdam


Thank You very much Phoenix for sending me the card in an envelope!

Russia: WWI Hero from Tula

On Thursday I got four postcards: one from Russia, one from Germany and two from Canada.

The card from Russia shows Georgiy Dergachov. He was born in the Tula region and participated in World War I.


Stamp:
70 years Victory in World War II (from set of three) (issued 02-04-2015)
with a special postmark


Thank You very much Kira!

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EDIT:
The sender sent me a translation of the text on the card. Here it is:
(upper line): Tula citymen - St. George's cavaliers of WWI (the same is written on postmark)
(lower line): Dergachyov Georgiy Ivanovich
(text): ...departed to the front of WWI in 1914 consisting of 11th Infantry Regiment of the Pskov.

He fought in the regimental machine-gun team. For the merits in the battles in the South-Western Front he was awarded the soldiers' crosses of St. George of all 4 degrees and medals of St. George. 

At the front of WWI he went from ordinary soldier to Ensign

(line under photo): Machine-gun team of 11th Infantry Regiment of the Pskov

(backside text): It was already found seven cavaliers of St. George to 2015 who was born in Aleksin county of Tula region and who was awarded during WWI

Canada: Old City Hall of Toronto

On Thursday I got four postcards: two from Canada, one from Russia and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Canada shows the Old City Hall of Toronto. The Old City Hall of Toronto was built between 1889 and 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style. It housed the city council from 1899 to 1962.


Stamps:
100 years In Flanders Fields (issued 03-05-2015)
In Flanders Fields is a war poem written on 3rd May 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae from Canada. He wrote the poem after his friend was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres. It is one of the most popular and most quoted poems about World War I.


Thank You very much Tristan!

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Canada: Casa Loma

On Thursday I got four postcards: two from Canada, one from Russia and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Canada shows the Casa Loma in Toronto. The Casa Loma was built between 1911 and 1914 in the Gothic Revival style as residence of the financier Henry Pellatt. 


With nice stamps:
FIFA Women's World Cup (issued 06-05-2015)
with a special postmark from Toronto's First Post Office


Thank You very much Tristan!

Germany: Hotel Petersberg

On Thursday I got four postcards: one from Germany, two from Canada and one from Russia.

The card from Germany shows the Hotel Petersberg in the Siebengebirge. The Hotel Petersberg housed the Allied High Commission for Germany after World War II. In September 1949 the Occupation Statute was issued there and later this year Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed there the Petersberg Agreement. Later the hotel was used as Federal Guest House of the German Federal Government.


Stamp:
125 years Drachenfels Railway (issued 03-07-2008)


Thank You very much Sandra!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Australia: Animals

Today I got six postcards: one from Australia, four from Germany and one from Malaysia.

The card from Australia shows four Australian animals. The Australian fauna is unique because of its long geographic isolation. Many animals of Australia are endemic. The card shows a Koala, a Kangaroo, a Wombat and a Tasmanian Devil. 


With nice matching stamps:
Australian Native Animals (four from set of six) (issued 13-01-2015)
The stamps show a Koala, an Eastern Grey Kangaroo, a Common Wombat and an Echidna.


Thank You very much Jemma!

Malaysia: Zoo Negara

Today I got six postcards: one from Malaysia, one from Australia and four from Germany.

The card from Malaysia shows a Giant Panda from the Zoo Negara.


With a matching stamp:
International Cooperative Project On Giant Panda-Xing Xing (from set of two) (issued 25-02-2015)

On the card there is also the First Day Special Postmark for the stamp.


Thank You very much Matthew!

Germany: History of Braunschweig

Today I got six postcards: four from Germany, one from Malaysia and one from Australia.

One of the German cards is the Chronicle card of Braunschweig. According to the legend Braunschweig was already founded in 861. Henry the Lion extended the city and built the cathedral between 1173 and 1195. In 1260 Braunschweig joined the Hanseatic League. Between 1235 and 1432 and between 1753 and 1815 was Braunschweig the capital of the Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and between 1815 and 1918 the capital of the Duchy of Brunswick. The city was heavily damaged during World War II, but was restored after its end.
I sent this card to me to start a new collection of Chronicle cards by the German Schöning Verlag.


Stamp:
Felix the Rabbit (from set of two) (issued 02-03-2015)




Germany: Dankwarderode Castle

Today I got six postcards: four from Germany, one from Malaysia and one from Australia.

One of the German cards shows the Dankwarderode Castle in Braunschweig. The Dankwarderode Castle is a Saxon lowland castle and for centuries it was used by the Dukes of Braunschweig as residence. It was built by Duke Henry the Lion from around 1160 until 1175. Since 1963 houses its ground floor the permanent collection of medieval objects of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum.
I sent this card to me after I visited the Dankwarderode Castle on the International Museum Day.


Stamp:
Felix the Rabbit (from set of two) (issued 02-03-2015)


Another card I bought in the Dankwarderode Castle shows the Great Hall. During the renovation of the main building parts of the collections of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum are shown in the Great Hall.


The Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum was founded in 1754. It is thus the oldest museum in Germany and one of the oldest in Europe. It houses an important collection of Western old master paintings.
Three cards I bought shows a painting of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder, "The soldier and the girl" by Gerard van Honthorst and a Congreve clock.


The another card shows a bust of Duke Anthony Ulrich, the founder of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum.


The two cards I bought about the collection of medieval objects show the Reliquary of the arm of Saint Blaise from the Guelph Treasure and the original Brunswick Lion.


Germany: German Karakul Sheep

Today I got six postcards: four from Germany, one from Malaysia and one from Australia.

One of the German cards shows a flock of German Karakul sheep. The Karakul sheep is a breed of domestic sheep originating from Central Asia. At the beginning of the 20th century the first Karakul sheep came to Germany for examining the lambskins for the fur production. After the wearing of fur got out of style the live stock in Germany went down. Today is the German Karakul sheep on the red list of the GEH, Germany's national association for the conservation of historic and endangered domestic animal breeds. For 2015 the breed is its Endangered breed of the year.
I got this card at the Archefest in Steinlah in Lower Saxony.


Stamp:
Felix the Rabbit (from set of two) (issued 02-03-2015)


Germany: Teddy Bears

Today I got six postcards: four from Germany, one from Malaysia and one from Australia.

One of the German cards shows two old teddy bears.
I bought this card some weeks ago in my hometown.


With a related stamp:
EUROPA (issued 07-05-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Japan: Ōnaruto Bridge

Today I got five postcards: two from Japan, one from Malaysia and two from Serbia.

One of the cards from Japan shows the Ōnaruto Bridge. The Ōnaruto Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting Naruto in the Tokushima prefecture with Kobe. It is above the Naruto whirlpools.


Stamps:
Japanese Art (from set of two) (issued 25-08-1977)
Archery (issued 11-10-1980)
with a special postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!