Sunday, 30 April 2017

French FDCs about World War I

On Friday I got a cover from France.

Stamp:
Maquis Barrage de l'Aigle (issued 05-09-2016)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Inside were two French First Day Covers.

Centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (whole set) (issued 08-04-2017)
It is a joint issue with Canada.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in 1917 between the German Empire and the British Empire and is a part of the Battle of Arras. It was the first battle in which the four divisions of Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. It ended with a victory of the British Empire. 


Centenary of the Battle of Chemin des Dames (whole set) (issued 14-04-2017)
The Battle of Chemin des Dames, also known as Second Battle of the Aisne, was fought between the German Empire and France in April and May 1917. The battle began as part of a meticulously planned Franco-British offensive, but had to be abandoned after many French divisions mutinied and ended with a tactical victory of the German Empire.


Thank You very much William!

Germany: Bad Mergentheim

On Thursday I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows various views of Bad Mergentheim. Bad Mergentheim is a town in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. Between 1526 and 1809 it was the headquarters of the Teutonic Order. Since 1926 it is an officially recognized spa town.


Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Doreen!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Italy: Palazzo Carignano in Turin

On Wednesday I got a postcard from Italy.

It shows the Palazzo Carignano in Turin. The Palazzo Carignano was built between 1679 and 1704 in the Baroque style as a private residence of the Princes of Carignano, a cadet branch of the House of Savoy. In 1820 Victor Emmanuel II, the first King of Italy, was born at the palace and since 1938 the palace houses the oldest, biggest and most important museum about the Risorgimento, the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento. As one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy is the Palazzo Carignano since 1997 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a related stamp and another nice stamp:
Giuseppe Mazzini (from set of three) (issued 10-03-1972)
Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian politician and journalist. His efforts helped bring about the independent and unified Italy.
60 years Treaty of Rome (issued 25-03-2017)
with a special Easter postmark


Thank You very much Renato!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

USA: Yellowstone National Park

On Tuesday I got a postcard from the USA.

It shows the Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant and is thus the oldest national park in the World. It is famous for its wildlife and its many geothermal features including the largest supervolcano on the continent. The park is one of the few remaining intact large ecosystems in the northern temperate zone of the earth. In 1978 it became one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Stamp:
The Moon (issued 22-02-2016)


Thank You very much Emily!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Germany: Goslar and the Mines of Rammelsberg

Yesterday I got three postcards from Germany.

Two of them are from Goslar. One of them shows a street with timber-framed houses. Goslar is a town in the German State of Lower Saxony. Between the 10th and the 12th century it was one of the seats of the Holy Roman Empire and was also an important member of the Hanseatic League. Its historic centre is perfectly preserved. Since 1992 are the Historic Town of Goslar and the Mines of Rammelsberg on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in 2010 the Upper Harz Water Management System was added.
I bought the cards when I recently visited Goslar.


With a matching stamp:
25 years of Goslar on the UNESCO World Heritage List (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark about the issuance of the new stamp


The other one shows the Mines of Rammelsberg. The mining at the Rammelsberg was first mentioned in 968 and was continued until 1988 when it was ended because of depletion of the deposit. Mined were mineral ores for the production of silver, lead, copper, zinc and others metals. After the shut-down of the mines a unique museum was created. Today are the Mines of Rammelsberg a National Geotope and an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.


With a matching stamp:
25 years of Goslar on the UNESCO World Heritage List (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark showing a water wheel at the Rammelsberg


Germany: AutoMuseum Volkswagen

Yesterday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them shows a Golf I Alaska-Feuerland from the collection of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen was opened in 1985 and shows more than 100 different Volkswagen cars. 
I bought this card when I recently visited the museum.


With a matching stamp:
Classical Cars - VW Golf I (from set of two) (issued 13-04-2017)
with a matching special postmark


At the museum I also bought three other cards for my collection.



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Israel: Jerusalem

On Thursday I got two postcards: my first card from Israel and one from Belarus.

Israel is a country in the Middle East bordering on Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. It is the World's only Jewish-majority state, one of the most educated countries in the World and the country with the highest standard of living in the Middle East. It is a member of the United Nations and the OECD.

The card shows the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital and largest city of Israel, although not all countries recognise Israel's rule over the city, as also the Palestinian territories claim it to be their capital. It is a holy city in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. As proposed by Jordan, the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls are since 1981 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Gerbera (from set of five) (issued 05-02-2013)
Vegetables (three from set of five) (issued 16-06-2015)


Thank You very much Olga!

Belarus: Nesvizh Castle

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Belarus and my first card from Israel.

The card from Belarus shows the Nesvizh Castle. The Nesvizh Castle was owned by the Radziwill family from 1533 and later the family turned the castle into an impressive Baroque complex, the first in Eastern Europe. Since 2005 is the Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Postcrossing (issued 03-01-2017)
with a Postcrossing postmark from Minsk


Thank You very much Uladzia!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Germany: History of Bad Kissingen

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Bad Kissingen. Bad Kissingen was first mentioned in 801 and since the 9th century the town's salt springs are known. In 1330 it got the town privileges. Since the 16th century therapies are offered in the town and in the 19th century it developed into a World Spa preferred by the European aristocracy. As one of the Great Spas of Europe the town seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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


Thank You very much Hertha!

Germany: Kurhaus of Baden-Baden

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden is a town in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. Since Roman times it is known for its thermal springs. The town had its heyday in the 19th century, when it was a popular destination for aristocrats and wealthy commoners. As one of the Great Spas of Europe the town seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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


Thank You very much Sarah!