Monday, 10 December 2018

Germany: Christmas Market in Dortmund

On Wednesday I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows the Christmas Market in Dortmund. The Christmas Market in Dortmund is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. One of its special features is the largest Christmas Tree in the World.


Stamp:
Naumburg Cathedral (issued 06-10-2016)


Thank You very much Marcel!

USA: Las Vegas

Last Friday I got two postcards: one from the USA and one from Turkey.

The card from the USA shows an aerial view of Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the 28th largest city in the USA and the largest city in the US State of Nevada. It is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for its gambling, entertainment and nightlife. 


Stamps:
Christmas (issued 28-10-1982)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (two from set of four) (issued 06-11-2014)


Thank You very much Meredith!

Turkey: Manavgat

Last Friday I got two postcards: one from Turkey and one from the USA.

The card from Turkey shows various views of Manavgat. Manavgat is a town in the Antalya Province. It is especially known for its waterfall, which was once shown on a Turkish lira banknote.
My mum sent this card to me on her recent trip to Turkey.


Stamp:
Ruins of Perge (issued 22-05-2018)


Austria: Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf

Last Wednesday I got a postcard from Austria.

It shows the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf. The Silent Night Chapel was built between 1924 and 1936 at the site of the former Saint Nicholas' Church. The Saint Nicholas' Church was demolished after it was damaged during the floodings of the Salzach in the late 19th century. The new chapel was built as memorial for the Christmas carol Silent Night, which was performed in the Saint Nicholas' Church for the first time in the World on the 24th December 1818.


With a nice matching stamp:
200 years Silent Night (issued 23-11-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Already two days earlier I had got another postcard of the chapel, which also shows the lyrics of Silent Night in English and German.


With a nice matching stamp:
200 years Silent Night (issued 23-11-2018)
with another special postmark


Thank You very much Anita!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

USA: Star Wars Stamp Cards

Last Tuesday I got five postcards: three from the USA and two from Japan.

Two of the cards from the USA are about Star Wars. Star Wars is an American movie franchise created by George Lucas. The first movie was released in 1977 and the next years two more movies were released, which form the original triology. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005. Apart from these movies many books, television shows, computer and video games, comic books and currently three spin-off movies were released. Together they all form a big fictional universe. After Disney bought the rights of the movies in 2012, this fictional universe was reduced to include only the movies and some other canonic releases, but they also started a new triology that will be concluded in 2019. Today Star Wars is considered to be a Worldwide pop culture phenomenon and one of the most influential movies in the history. It is also the second-highest-grossing film series of all time.

The first card shows the US stamps that were issued in 2007 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. The USA were the first country to issue official Star Wars stamps. Until today more stamps were issued in Portugal (2017), Spain (2017 and 2018) and the United Kingdom (2015 and 2017).


Stamps:
Statue of Kamehameha I in Honolulu (issued 18-10-1937)
Honoring First Responders (issued 13-09-2018)
Wolf Trap Farm Park (issued 01-09-1982)
John Lennon (from set of four) (issued 07-09-2018)


The second card shows Yoda.


With an awesome matching stamp:
Alzheimer's Research (issued 30-11-2017)
Disney Villains (from set of ten) (issued 15-07-2017)
Star Wars (from set of fifteen) (issued 25-05-2007)


Thank You very much Meredith!

USA: Marine Corps War Memorial

Last Tuesday I got five postcards: three from the USA and two from Japan.

One of the cards from the USA shows the Marine Corps War Memorial. The Marine Corps War Memorial was established in 1954. It is dedicated to all US Marine Corps personnel who died in the defense of the United States since 1775 and was inspired by an iconic photograph of six Marines raising a US flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.


Stamps:
Christmas (from set of two) (issued 31-10-1980)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (two from set of four) (issued 06-11-2014)


Thank You very much Meredith!

Japan: Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Last Tuesday I got five postcards: two from Japan and three from the USA.

One of the cards from Japan shows the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. The Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts was opened in 1936 and focuses on Japanese and East Asian art.


Stamp:
International Letter-Writing Week (from set of five) (issued 09-10-2018)
with a special postmark from the Japex Stamp Exhibition


Thank You very much Keiko!

Japan: New Year's Card

Last Tuesday I got five postcards: two from Japan and three from the USA.

One of the cards from Japan is a New Year's Card.


With a nice stamp:
Detective Conan (from set of ten) (issued 03-04-2006)
with a matching special postmark from the Tottori Airport


Thank You very much Chisako!

Portugal: Porto

Last Monday I got two postcards from Portugal.

One of them shows Porto. Porto, which is also known as Oporto, is the second largest city of Portugal and an important economic and cultural centre. The Historic Centre of Oporto is since 1996 together with the Luiz I Bridge and the Monastery of Serra do Pilar on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
World War I Armistice (issued 10-08-2018)


Thank You very much Rita!

Portugal: Lisbon and Fado

Last Monday I got two postcards from Portugal.

One of them shows various views of Lisbon including a Fado singer. Fado is a Portuguese music genre that is mainly practised in Coimbra and Lisbon. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics about unhappy love, the life of the poor and the longing for better times. Since 2011 is Fado an Intangible Heritage of the UNESCO.


With a nice stamp:
90 years Mickey Mouse (from set of two) (issued 14-09-2018)


Thank You very much Rita!