Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Germany: Hamm Station

On Saturday I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows the Hamm Station. The Hamm Station was opened in 1847 by the Cologne-Minden Railway Company and is today an important railway hub in the eastern Ruhr Area. The station building is a good example of the style of the Historism.


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


Thank You very much Marcel!

cover from Belarus

On Saturday I got not only a postcard but also a cover from Belarus.

The cover is prepaid and was added with four stamps:
Wild Animals (from set of five) (issued 10-12-2014)
National Emblem (two from set of twelve) (issued 06-07-2016)


Inside were three written and stamped postcards.

The first card shows the Marc Chagall House Museum in Vitebsk. The Marc Chagall House Museum was opened in 1997 in the house where Marc Chagall spent his childhood.


Stamp:
National Emblem (from set of twelve) (issued 06-07-2016)
with a special Postcrossing postmark from Vitebsk


The second card shows a Great Snipe. The Great Snipe is a small wader, breeding in marshes and wet meadows with short vegetation in north-eastern Europe. It is a migratory bird and winters in Africa. The European breeding population is in steep decline.


On the backside is the special Postcrossing postmark from Vitebsk.
Stamp:
National Emblem (from set of twelve) (issued 06-07-2016)
with a special postmark about the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk


The third card shows a Hawfinch. The Hawfinch is a bird in the finch family. It breeds in woodland and parkland with large trees across Europe and temperate Asia.


On the backside is the special Postcrossing postmark from Vitebsk.
Stamp:
Wild Animals (from set of five) (issued 10-06-2008)
with a special postmark about the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk


Thank You very much Elena!

The United Kingdom and World War I

On Saturday I got my stamp orders from Croatia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Among the British stamps I ordered is this year's set of six stamps about the Centenary of World War I (issued 31-07-2017).

The first stamp shows the artwork Shattered Poppy by John Ross. For this artwork John Ross froze freshly cut poppies and broke the brittle petals with a metal rod. 


The second stamp shows a stanza of Dead Man’s Dump by Isaac Rosenberg. Isaac Rosenberg was a British painter and poet. He arrived at the Western Front in the summer of 1916.

Dead Man’s Dump

The plunging limbers over the shattered track 
Racketed with their rusty freight, 
Stuck out like many crowns of thorns, 
And the rusty stakes like sceptres old 
To stay the flood of brutish men 
Upon our brothers dear. 

The wheels lurched over sprawled dead 
But pained them not, though their bones crunched, 
Their shut mouths made no moan. 
They lie there huddled, friend and foeman, 
Man born of man, and born of woman, 
And shells go crying over them 
From night till night and now. 

Earth has waited for them, 
All the time of their growth 
Fretting for their decay: 
Now she has them at last! 
In the strength of their strength 
Suspended—stopped and held. 

What fierce imaginings their dark souls lit? 
Earth! have they gone into you! 
Somewhere they must have gone, 
And flung on your hard back 
Is their soul’s sack 
Emptied of God-ancestralled essences. 
Who hurled them out? Who hurled? 

None saw their spirits’ shadow shake the grass, 
Or stood aside for the half used life to pass 
Out of those doomed nostrils and the doomed mouth, 
When the swift iron burning bee 
Drained the wild honey of their youth. 

What of us who, flung on the shrieking pyre, 
Walk, our usual thoughts untouched, 
Our lucky limbs as on ichor fed, 
Immortal seeming ever? 
Perhaps when the flames beat loud on us, 
A fear may choke in our veins 
And the startled blood may stop. 

The air is loud with death, 
The dark air spurts with fire, 
The explosions ceaseless are. 
Timelessly now, some minutes past, 
Those dead strode time with vigorous life, 
Till the shrapnel called ‘An end!’ 
But not to all. In bleeding pangs 
Some borne on stretchers dreamed of home, 
Dear things, war-blotted from their hearts. 

Maniac Earth! howling and flying, your bowel 
Seared by the jagged fire, the iron love, 
The impetuous storm of savage love. 
Dark Earth! dark Heavens! swinging in chemic smoke, 
What dead are born when you kiss each soundless soul 
With lightning and thunder from your mined heart, 
Which man’s self dug, and his blind fingers loosed? 

A man’s brains splattered on 
A stretcher-bearer’s face; 
His shook shoulders slipped their load, 
But when they bent to look again 
The drowning soul was sunk too deep 
For human tenderness. 

They left this dead with the older dead, 
Stretched at the cross roads. 

Burnt black by strange decay 
Their sinister faces lie, 
The lid over each eye, 
The grass and coloured clay 
More motion have than they, 
Joined to the great sunk silences. 

Here is one not long dead; 
His dark hearing caught our far wheels, 
And the choked soul stretched weak hands 
To reach the living word the far wheels said, 
The blood-dazed intelligence beating for light, 
Crying through the suspense of the far torturing wheels 
Swift for the end to break 
Or the wheels to break, 
Cried as the tide of the world broke over his sight. 

Will they come? Will they ever come? 
Even as the mixed hoofs of the mules, 
The quivering-bellied mules, 
And the rushing wheels all mixed 
With his tortured upturned sight. 
So we crashed round the bend, 
We heard his weak scream, 
We heard his very last sound, 
And our wheels grazed his dead face.


The third stamp shows Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm. The two friends Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm travelled to Belgium shortly after the beginning of World War I, where they joined a small ambulance corps. They later established a front-line first-aid post at Pervyse in Belgium. In 1917 they were awarded the Military Medal.


The fourth stamp shows the painting Dry Docked for Scaling and Painting by Edward Wadsworth. Edward Wadsworth was invalided in 1917. From then on he was engaged to design dazzle camouflage patterns for British ships, which were intended to confuse attacking German submarines.


The fifth stamp shows the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. The Tyne Cot Cemetery was established in 1917 and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the World. There are 11976 war graves of World War I. The cemetery is surrounded by the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, a long stone wall with the names of missing soldiers written on it.


The last stamp shows Private Lemuel Thomas Rees’s life-saving Bible. Lemuel Thomas Rees was conscripted in 1917. During the Battle of Passchendaele an exploding German shell landed close by and although Rees was hit, he was saved by a small Bible that he kept in his breast pocket. He had to spend four months in a field hospital. Then he was send back home, but as he suffered terrible nightmares, he returned to the front. There he was wounded in a gas attack and died on 13th November 1918.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

cover from Germany

On Friday I got a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
Chocolate Cosmos (issued 03-12-2015)
with a special postmark about the 150th anniversary of the finishing of the Railway between Berlin and Königsberg


Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Cards from Belgium

When I was in Belgium two weeks ago I sent myself five postcards. The first two arrived last Thursday. The third one arrived last Saturday and the fourth card on Monday. The last card finally arrived on Thursday, one week later than the first one. Of the five cards three card were bended, while two were not cancelled. Only one card arrived undamaged and cancelled, the last one.

The card that arrived last Saturday shows the Belgian Comic Strip Center. The Belgian Comic Strip Center is a museum about Belgian comics. The museum is housed in a building designed by Victor Horta and was opened in 1989. It is among the most popular museums in Brussels.


With related stamps:
Lucky Luke - Friend and Enemy (two from set of ten) (issued 13-04-2015)


The card that arrived on Monday shows Manneken Pis. Manneken Pis is the most famous landmark of Brussels. It is a small bronze sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin and was erected in 1619. For various occasions the statue is dressed in costumes.


Stamps:
Lucky Luke - Friend and Enemy (two from set of ten) (issued 13-04-2015)


The card that arrived on Thursday shows the Grand Place. The Grand Place is the main square of Belgium's capital and was an important political and commercial centre. Due to its homogeneous buildings it is considered to be the most beautiful square in Europe. It is also a popular tourist destination. The Grand Place is since 1985 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Lucky Luke - Friend and Enemy (two from set of ten) (issued 13-04-2015)


Estonia: Estonian Maritime Museum

On Thursday I got a postcard from Estonia.

It shows the Estonian Maritime Museum. The Estonian Maritime Museum was opened in 1935 and focuses on the history of ships and navigation in Estonia. It is housed in the Fat Margaret tower of Tallinn's medieval city fortification. 


Stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 08-05-2017)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Republic of Ireland: New Irish Postcrossing Stamp

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Ireland and one from Italy.

The card from Ireland was printed for the new Irish Postcrossing stamp.


The card was signed during a Postcrossing Meet-up.
With the new stamp:
Postcrossing (issued 05-10-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark



Thank You very much Amit!

Italy: Verona

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Italy and one from Ireland.

The card from Italy shows various views of Verona. Verona is a city in the Italian region of Veneto. It is the setting of three plays by William Shakespeare including Romeo and Juliet. The City of Verona is since 2000 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Basilica Pontificia di San Nicola in Bari (issued 15-09-2017)
with an unclear postmark about World Post Day


Thank You very much Giulia!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Japan: Miho Museum

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Japan, one from Germany, one from China and one from Finland.

The card from Japan shows the Miho Museum. The Miho Museum was opened in 1997. It exhibits Mihoko Koyama's private collection of Asian and Western antiques and is housed in a building designed by I. M. Pei. 


Stamps:
Definitives (from set of twelve) (issued 2015)
Rilakkuma (from set of twenty) (issued 26-07-2017)


Thank You very much Keiko!

Finland: Virpi Pekkala

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Finland, one from Japan, one from Germany and one from China.

The card from Finland was designed by Virpi Pekkala for the Finnish Postcrossing Friends. Virpi Pekkala is a Finnish artist, who is especially known for her postcards.


Stamp:
Moomin (from set of six) (issued 06-05-2009)


Thank You very much Laura!

China: Qinghai Hoh Xil

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from China, one from Finland, one from Japan and one from Germany.

The card from China shows Qinghai Hoh Xil. Qinghai Hoh Xil is the largest and highest plateau in the World. It is known for its unique biodiversity and its many endemic species including the Tibetan Antilope. Qinghai Hoh Xil is since 2017 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve (two from set of three) (issued 25-07-2009)
Yin Xu (from set of three) (issued 13-07-2016)
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Thank You very much Hanghui!

Germany: Trier

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Germany, one from China, one from Finland and one from Japan.

The card from Germany shows various views of Trier. According to the legend Trier was already founded in 2050 BC and is thus considered to be the oldest city in Germany. Between 286 and 392 it was a residence of the Western Roman emperors and in the 3th century it became the seat of the first German diocese. Since 1986 are the Roman Monuments and the Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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


Thank You very much Mariel!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia from Papersisters

On Monday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of North Rhine-Westphalia. North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany bordering on Lower Saxony, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is the most populated German State and 29 of Germany's 79 big cities are in this state. Düsseldorf is the state's capital, while Cologne is the largest city. Bonn was until 1999 the capital of West Germany. 

Among others the card shows the Cologne Cathedral, the Emperor William Memorial in Porta Westfalica, the Aachen Cathedral and the Corvey Abbey.


With matching stamps:
Ruhr Area (issued 10-07-2003)
Cologne Cathedral (issued 06-03-2003)
with a special postmark about the 150th anniversary of the Bethel Institution in Bielefeld


Germany: Bavaria from Papersisters

On Monday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of Bavaria. Bavaria is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany bordering on Thuringia, Saxony, the Czech Republic, Austria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. It is the largest German State and the second-most populated. Munich is the capital and largest city of Bavaria. Other big cities are Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Würzburg, Fürth and Erlangen.

Among others the card shows Neuschwanstein Castle, the Frauenkirche in Munich and the Zugspitze.


With matching stamps:
200 years Oktoberfest (issued 09-09-2010)
Augsburger Puppenkiste (issued 10-08-2017)
with a special postmark of this year's Oktoberfest


covers from Germany

On Monday I got not only two postcards but also seven covers from Germany.

Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark showing Christoph Schappeler


Stamp:
Fix and Foxi (issued 07-09-2017)
with a special postmark showing Rolf Kauka


Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark showing the Town Church of Wittenberg


Stamps:
Supplemental Stamp 8c (issued 03-12-2015)
175 years Stamps (issued 01-09-2015)
with a special postmark showing Hans Wagner


Stamp:
200 years Bicycle (issued 13-07-2017)
with a special postmark showing Karl Drais on his bicycle


Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark showing Johannes Bugenhagen and Martin Luther


Stamp:
Fix and Foxi (issued 07-09-2017)
with a special postmark from Königslutter