Sunday, 15 January 2017

Germany: Hamburg from Papersisters

On Wednesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of Hamburg. Hamburg is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany bordering on Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It consists of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and a small exclave around the island of Neuwerk in the Wadden Sea. As state it is the second smallest by area and fourth smallest by population, but as city it is the second largest in Germany and eighth largest in the European Union. It is a major German and European science, transport, finance, politics and tourism hub.

Among others the card shows the St. Michael's Church, the Speicherstadt and the Elbphilharmonie.


With matching stamps:
Opening of the Elbphilharmonie (issued 02-01-2017)
100 years Old Elbe Tunnel (issued 15-09-2011)


Germany: Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

On Wednesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall near the Speicherstadt. Construction started in 2007 and when it was finally completed in late 2016 its estimated cost was tripled. The official opening concert took place on 11th January 2017. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the World and the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg.
I bought this card on my last trip to Hamburg.


With a matching stamp:
Opening of the Elbphilharmonie (issued 02-01-2017)
with a special postmark on the same topic


Saturday, 14 January 2017

UAE: Dubai Creek

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from the United Arab Emirates, one from Kazakhstan, one from Australia and one from Austria.

The card from the United Arab Emirates shows the Dubai Creek. The Dubai Creek is a natural saltwater creek. In earlier times it was home to a wide variety of marine life. Once it was an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, as it was the city's only harbour and was used for pearl diving and fishing. 


Stamp:
Emirates Aluminium (from set of four) (issued 24-02-2010)


Thank You very much Keiko!

Austria: Bregenz

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Austria, one from the United Arab Emirates, one from Kazakhstan and one from Australia.

The card from Austria shows various views of Bregenz. Bregenz is the capital and third largest city of the Austrian State of Vorarlberg. It is also Austria's most important port on Lake Constance. It is especially famous for the annual Bregenz Festival.


Unfortunately the card was sent from Germany.


Thank You very much Bettina!

Australia: Lance Corporal Albert Jacka

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Australia, one from Austria, one from the United Arab Emirates and one from Kazakhstan.

The card from Australia shows Lance Corporal Albert Jacka. Albert Jacka was born in 1893. He fought during World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli and on the Western Front and in 1915 he became the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross. When he returned to Australia, he founded a business and became the mayor of the City of St Kilda in 1930. He died in 1932. 

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of five and was issued on 14th April 2015 to commemorate the World War I Centenary. 


The card is prepaid.


Thank You very much Sharon!

Kazakhstan: Christmas

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Kazakhstan, one from Australia, one from Austria and one from the United Arab Emirates.

The card from Kazakhstan is a Christmas card.


Stamps:
Flora and Fauna of Kazakhstan (two from set of six) (issued 19-07-2001)


Thank You very much Assel!

cover from Russia

On Tuesday I got not only four postcards but also a cover from Russia.

With a great stamp:
Way to Victory - Battle of Hanko (from set of two) (issued 11-10-2016)
The stamp is embossed.


Inside were two mint stamps.

The first one is the second stamp from the Way to Victory set.


The second one was issued on 27th September 2016 to commemorate the Centenary of the Degtyarev Plant.

The Kovrov Machine-gun Plant was founded on 27th August 1916 to cover the requirements of the Russian army for light machine guns. Its establishment is connected with the name of Russian scientist Vladimir Fyodorov and engineer Vasily Degtyaryov. The plant is known as Degtyarev Plant since 1949. Today it is one of the most important weapon-producing enterprises of Russia.


Thank You very much Elena!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Vietnam: Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

On Monday I got three postcards: one from Vietnam, one from the TAAF and one from China.

The card from Vietnam shows a dragon decoration from the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty was built in the 14th century according to feng shui principles. It is an outstanding example of a new style of South East Asian imperial city and testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in Vietnam. Since 2011 is the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Year of the Rooster (whole set) (issued 20-12-2016)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Phan!

China: Sun Yat-sen Residence Memorial Museum

On Monday I got three postcards: one from China, one from Vietnam and one from the TAAF.

The card from China shows the Sun Yat-sen Residence Memorial Museum. The Sun Yat-sen Residence Memorial Museum was opened in 1956 next to his former residence in Cuiheng. It is a nationally protected cultural site. 

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of four and was issued on 12th November 2016 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Sun Yat-sen. It is a joint issue with Hong Kong and Macau.


Stamps:
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Thank You very much Felicia!

TAAF: Southern Rockhopper Penguins

On Monday I got three postcards: one from the TAAF, one from China and one from Vietnam.

The card from the TAAF shows Southern Rockhopper Penguins.


Stamps:
Kerguelen (issued 31-03-2013)
Saint Paul and Amsterdam (issued 19-03-2015)
State Symbols of the TAAF (from set of five) (issued 29-04-2013)


Thank You very much William!