Monday, 31 August 2015

South Korea: Traditional House

The last week I was in Austria and during that week nine cards arrived. I will show them in the following days.

One of them is from South Korea.

It shows a traditional Korean house.


Stamp:
Definitive (from set of two) (issued 28-10-2014)


Thank You very much Keiko!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

United Kingdom: Forth Bridge

Today I got four postcards: one from the United Kingdom, one from Germany, one from China and one from Malaysia.

The card from the United Kingdom shows the Forth Bridge in Scotland. The Forth Bridge is considered the first steel bridge in the World and had the largest span of all bridges in the World between 1890 and 1919. It is an important milestone of bridge design. The Forth Bridge was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List last month.


Stamp:
200 years Battle of Waterloo (from set of six) (issued 18-06-2015)


Thank You very much Laura!

Malaysia: 1600 Pandas

Today I got four postcards: one from Malaysia, one from the United Kingdom, one from Germany and one from China.

The card from Malaysia shows the 1600 Pandas in front of the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. The 1600 Pandas are part of a WWF campaign to make the people aware of the last 1600 Giant Pandas in the wild. They visited Malaysia in 2014. 


The card was signed at the Postcrossing Meet-up in the Klang Valley.
With a nice stamp:
Pearls (from set of three) (issued 29-07-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much imaisha!

China: Tusi Site

Today I got four postcards: one from China, one from Malaysia, one from the United Kingdom and one from Germany.

The card from China shows one of the Tusi Sites. The Tusi Sites are since last month on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:


Thank You very much Luo!

Germany: Cuxhaven

Today I got four postcards: one from Germany, one from China, one from Malaysia and one from the United Kingdom.

The card from Germany shows various views of Cuxhaven. Cuxhaven is a town in Lower Saxony. Cuxhaven is the third largest Lower Saxon city on the North Sea and the northernmost point of Lower Saxony is located in Cuxhaven. The city is also one of the most important German fishing harbours. The Wadden Sea before Cuxhaven (upper left corner, middle row middle and right) is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Kugelbake (upper left corner), a symbol of Cuxhaven, marks the boundary between the river Elbe and the North Sea. The Museum Wind Force 10 (lower right corner) shows exhibitions about the dangers and challenges of the sea travel.


Stamp:
Glücksburg Castle (from set of two) (issued 02-01-2013)


Thank You very much Uta!

cover from Hong Kong

Today I got not only four postcards but also two covers including one from Hong Kong.

Stamps:
Definitive (from set of sixteen) (issued 24-07-2014)
150th Anniversary of stamp issuance (from set of six) (issued 08-12-2012)
Chinese and Western Wedding Customs (from set of six) (issued 23-07-2013)
with a special postmark showing the clock tower


Inside was a stamp set from Hong Kong.

Thank You very much Joe!

cover from Singapore

Today I got not only four postcards but also two covers including one from Singapore.

Stamp:
Traffic (from set of four) (issued 23-04-1997)
with special postmarks from the World Stamp Exhibition


Inside was a Singaporean FDC.

Thank You very much Miguel!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Poland: Warsaw

Today I got three postcards: one from Poland and two from Germany.

The card from Poland shows a view of Warsaw's Old Town. Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is also the tenth largest city of the European Union. The city was nearly completely destroyed during World War II. After the war the city's buildings covering a span of history from the 13th to the 20th century were rebuilt. The Historic Centre of Warsaw is since 1980 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Polish Alphabet-Y, T and P (three from set of thirteen) (issued 07-11-2006)
Bridges in Poland (from set of four) (issued 29-08-2008)
Polish Alphabet-I (from set of thirteen) (issued 29-09-2006)


Thank You very much Nathalie!

Germany: Paderborn

 Today I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from Poland.

One of the cards from Germany shows various views of Paderborn. Paderborn is a big city in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1614 the oldest university of Westphalia was founded in Paderborn. The Paderborn Cathedral (upper row middle) is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paderborn.


With a stamp showing the Window of the Three Hares at the Paderborn Cathedral.
Stamp:
Dresden (from set of two) (issued 03-04-2014)


Thank You very much Klaus!

Germany: Krefeld

Today I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from Poland.

One of the cards from Germany shows various views of Krefeld. Krefeld is a big city in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Once it was a location of the silk production and is still known as "Silk and Velvet City".


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Germany: Nuremberg

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Spain and one from Japan.

The card from Germany is the Chronicle card of Nuremberg. Nuremberg was first mentioned in 1050. In 1219 the city got the imperial immediacy and housed the imperial insignia between 1424 and 1796. Trade, crafts, art and science had their heyday in the 15th and 16th century in a city with a strong civil society. The city lost its importance in the 17th and 18th century. In 1806 the city became a part of Bavaria and evolved into a centre of industry and trade. At the time of the National Socialism the city was an important centre of the Nazi propaganda and the location of the Nuremberg Rallies. In 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were introduced. The city was heavily destroyed during World War II and was later rebuilt in the Late Medieval style. Between 1945 and 1946 the Nuremberg Trials against prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany were held in Nuremberg. Today is Nuremberg the largest city of Franconia, the second largest of Bavaria and the fourteenth largest in Germany.
I bought this card when I visited Nuremberg on my way back from Milan and sent it to me when I was at home again.


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)


I also bought a postcard about Albrecht Dürer. Albrecht Dürer was a German painter. He was born in Nuremberg in 1471. He is considered to be one of the most important painters of the Renaissance. Albrecht Dürer's House (upper left corner), where he lived between 1509 and his death in 1528, houses a museum.


Two other cards I bought are from the Nuremberg Transport Museum. The Nuremberg Transport Museum is one of the oldest technical history museums in Europe. It was established in 1899. The cards show a replica and an illustration of the Adler. The Adler was the first locomotive that was successfully used commercially for the rail transport in Germany. It connected Nuremberg and Fürth for the first time in 1835.


Japan: Wachifield

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Japan, one from Germany and one from Spain.

The card from Japan shows Dayan and Forn's Forest from the Wachifield Wonderland. Wachifield Wonderfeld is a fantasy world created by the Japanese authoress Akiko Ikeda. The first book was published in 1987 and since then more than 80 books were published. In the books Wachifield is a place of talking animals, endless festivals and magic. Dayan is the main character of the books.


Stamp:
Stamp History (from set of four) (issued 18-11-1994)
with a special postmark showing Dayan


Thank You very much Noriko!

Spain: Roman Walls of Lugo

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Spain, one from Japan and one from Germany.

The card from Spain shows the Roman Walls of Lugo. Lugo is the oldest city of Galicia and was founded by the Romans. The Roman Walls were built in the 3rd century for the defence of the city. They are the finest example of late Roman fortifications in Western Europe. The Roman Walls are since 2000 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
25 years National Transplantation Organisation (issued 16-01-2015)


Thank You very much Nereida!

cover from Germany

Yesterday I got not only three postcards but also a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
75th birthday of Pina Bausch (issued 01-07-2015)


Inside was a postcard showing the Saint Mary Church in Strasburg. Strasburg is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's only city in the historic Uckermark region.


Thank You very much Kerstin!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Singapore: SG50

Yesterday I got four postcards: three from Singapore and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Singapore was printed to celebrate Singapore's 50th anniversary of Independence. Singapore became in independent country in 1965, when it was expelled from Malaysia due to ideological differences. Although the country had to fight various problems in its first years because of its small size and its insufficient natural resources, Singapore developed into an advanced and high-income economy as one of the Four Asian Tigers until the 1990s. In 1967 was Singapore a founding member of the ASEAN. Today is the city state the World's third largest financial centre and is ranked by Forbes as the fourth most influential city in the World.


With great matching stamp:
50 years of Independence (from set of six) (issued 05-08-2015)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Candice!

Singapore: Changi Airport

Yesterday I got four postcards: three from Singapore and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Singapore shows the passenger terminal of the Singapore Changi Airport. The Changi Airport opened in 1981 and replaced a smaller airport as primary civilian airport for Singapore. It is one of the largest transportation hubs in South East Asia and the sixth busiest airport by international passenger traffic in the World. It is also the World's Best Airport of 2015. It is also the main hub of different airlines including Singapore Airlines.


Stamp:
50 years of Independence (from set of six) (issued 05-08-2015)


Thank You very much Miguel!

Singapore: Singapore Flyer

Yesterday I got four postcards: three from Singapore and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Singapore shows again the Singapore Flyer.


Stamps:
28th SEA Games (from set of four) (issued 05-06-2015)
Definitives (from set of ten) (issued 16-10-2013)
Festivals (two from set of eight) (issued 25-06-2014)


Thank You very much Miguel!

Germany: Bremen Cathedral

Yesterday I got four postcards: one from Germany and three from Singapore.

The card from Germany shows the Bremen Cathedral. The Bremen Cathedral was built in the 11th century in the Romanesque style. Until the 13th century it was reconstructed in the Gothic Style. A special sight of the cathedral is the Bleikeller, an excellent place to preserve bodies of the dead in amazing form. Today eight mummies can be seen there.


Stamp:
800 years Dessau (issued 01-07-2013)


Thank You very much Svenja!

Aerogram from Singapore

Yesterday I got not only four postcards but also an Aerogram from Singapore.

An Aerogram is a thin lightweight piece of foldable and gummed paper, which is used to send messages via airmail. The letter and the envelope are one and the same. Aerograms are mainly prepaid. 
On the Aerogram is a advertising postmark for the World Stamp Exhibition in Singapore.


Thank You very much Miguel!

Latvia: Doll

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from Latvia and two from Austria.

The card from Latvia shows a doll wearing the dress of Semigallia. The doll is from a collection of Latvian national dolls produced by Latvju Lietas, a workshop in Riga. There are different dolls in the collection with various dresses and of many sizes. They are made by hand with eco-friendly materials.


With a matching stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 10-04-2015)


Thank You very much Heidi!

Austria: Gustav Klimt in Unterach am Attersee

On Tuesday I got three postcards: two from Austria and one from Latvia.

One of the cards from Austria shows Gustav Klimt in Unterach am Attersee. Unterach am Attersee is a village in the Austrian State of Upper Austria. Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter. He was born in 1862 and died in 1918. As one of the most famous members of the Vienna Secession movement he is known for his paintings of the female body. Between 1900 and 1916 he spent his summer months at the Attersee, where he also painted landscapes.


With a related stamp:
Austria-Japan Year (from set of two) (issued 16-10-2009)
It is a joint issue with Japan.
The stamp shows the oil painting Emilie Flöge by Gustav Klimt. Emilie Flöge was an Austrian designer and businesswoman and member of the Viennese Bohemian and Fin de siècle circles. She was the life companion of Gustav Klimt. The painting is today shown at the Wien Museum.


Thank You very much Ingrid!

Austria: Enns

On Tuesday I got three postcards: two from Austria and one from Latvia.

One of the cards from Austria shows the Town Tower of Enns in the Austrian State of Upper Austria. Enns is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Austria with a town charter dating to 1212. The Town Tower was built between 1564 and 1568. It was used as bell, watch and clock tower. The minute and hour hand of the clock are interchanged.


Stamp:
450 years Spanish Riding School (issued 26-06-2015)


Thank You very much Ingrid!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

cover from Germany

On Saturday I got a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
Sail Bremerhaven (issued 06-08-2015)
with a special postmark showing the Sail Training Ship Sedov


Inside were three postcards from Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven is a big city in Northern Germany. The city is considered to be the only German big city on the North Sea. Together with Bremen the city forms the German State of Bremen. It is one of the largest European port cities and an important centre for the German export. It is also an important location of science and research and was the City of Science in 2005. Once the city was the most important port for emigrants.


One of the cards shows the Bremen cog from the German Maritime Museum. The German Maritime Museum is the national shipping museum of Germany. The museum is used for exhibition and for research. It opened in 1975. The Bremen cog is a well preserved example of a Hanseatic cog dating to 1380. It was found in 1962 in Bremen and can be seen in the German Maritime Museum since 2000. It is one of the main features of the museum.


Thank You very much Becky!

Japan : Postal Museum

On Friday arrived five postcards: one from Japan, two from Germany and two from Liechtenstein.

The card from Japan is from the Postal Museum. The Postal Museum is a museum in Tokyo. It shows exhibits about postal service and communications and is the largest of its kind in Japan. The current museum opened in 2014, but its collection traces back to the Postal Museum founded in 1902.


Stamp:
Stamp History (from set of four) (issued 10-08-1994)
with special postmarks from the Postal Museum


Thank You very much Noriko!