Friday, 24 October 2014

Cover & Stamps from Ukraine!

Today I got a great cover and stamps from Ukraine! The cover had some nice stamps issued in 2012, some of which commemorate the film Man With a Movie Camera, which was a critically acclaimed  experimental film released in 1929. Included inside was a stamp issued in 2013 commemorating 1,025 years of the baptism of Kyivan Rus. This stamp was also jointly issued by Russia and Belarus. Lastly, a beautiful stamp booklet featuring Ukraine's 2009 Europa release was included! The two stamps feature the astronomer Galileo Galilei to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his pioneering use of the telescope. Thanks Anna! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Postcard from Austria!

Today I got a cool postcard from Austria! The postcard shows multiple scenes in Salzburg, where the popular film The Sound of Music was shot in. The film was released in 1965 and was directed by Robert Wise. The iconic musical film included Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film was highly acclaimed, winning the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The equally popular soundtrack was also nominated for the Grammy Awards. The film was primarily based on the Broadway musical of the same name. The card was sent by my dad who visited Salzburg. Thanks Dad! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Postcard from Mexico!

Today I got a nice postcard from Mexico! The postcard features an illustration of the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata Salazar. Zapata was a prominent figure in the revolution and headed the peasant revolution in Morelos. Today, he is a popular national symbol and icon. He proposed novel land reforms that would redistribute lands to the peasants. Thanks Nat! 

Cover & Postcards from the USA!

Today I got a nice cover with great postcards from the USA! The first postcard showed a map of the state of North Carolina along with its different views and its state bird, the Cardinal. The second card showed Fort Bragg, the home of the US Army Special Operations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division, and other Army units. The third postcard shows a view of the football stadium in Charlotte, with a capacity of 72,000 people. Lastly, we see a postcard with a view of Gatlinburg, a city in the state of Tennessee with a population of about 4,000,000 people. Thanks Svetlana! 

Cover from Germany!

Today I got a cool cover from Germany! On the cover were two football-related stamps with a matching postmark. The stamp on the right and the postmark both celebrate Germany's historic fourth win of the FIFA World Cup in the 2014 World Cup. Interestingly, five million copies of the stamp were printed even before the finals were held. It was designed by Lutz Menze. It does not feature any specific players in order to honor the whole team. Thanks Antje! 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! It shows a nice view of the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, also known as the Assumption Cathedral, which is a cathedral built by Andrew the Pious. It was once the mother church of Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries and was also the country's largest for quite some time. It was originally built in the 12th century and was expanded in the 19th century. The card is an official Postcrossing card, RU-2983003. Thanks Maria! 

Postcard from China!

Today I got a nice postcard from China! The postcard shows a picture of Cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms, which are also sometimes called Sakura, are flowers of the Japanese Cherry of the genus Prunus. They were originally native to the Himalayas but have since been propagated in various locations with similarly cold temperatures. In China, they are more common in the middle and souther portions of the country near the sea. The card is an official Postcrossing card, CN-1358028. Thanks Daisy! 

Postcard from the Netherlands!

Today I got a great postcard from the Netherlands! The postcard shows multiple views in the country. We see Beemster, a municipality in North Holland with a population of 9,000 people. We also see Lemmer, a water sport town in Friesland with a population of about 11,000 people. In the middle of the card, we see the Rietveld Schröder House, a house in Utrecht design by the renowned architect Gerrit Rietveld. It was built in 1924 and is currently operated as a museum. It is the most popular example of De Stijl architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Christa! 

Postcard from Austria!

Today I got a nice postcard from Austria! The postcard shows multiple views of the Schönbrunn Palace, which is located in Vienna. We see the front facade of the palace, the Gloriette in the gardens, and the luxurious interior rooms. Today the palace receives about 2.6 million visitors annually and classical concerts are held regularly throughout the palace. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation there. Thanks Dad! 

Cover from the USA!

Today I got a nice cover from the USA! The cover features stamps commemorating C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson. Anderson, who was born on February 9, 1907 in Pennsylvania, was an aviator known as the "Father of Black Aviation." He eventually learned how to fly after facing many setbacks due to his race. He became the chief flight instructor for the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in the Second World War. Thanks Great Southern Cover Co! 

Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard features a view of Villa Hügel, which is located in Essen. The villa was built by Alfred Krupp of the Krupp family of industrialists in 1873. It has 269 rooms and spans 8,100 square metres on a 28 hectare property. It is currently used as the office of the Ruhr Cultural Foundation and as an art gallery. The card is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3429370. Thanks Bernie! 

Postcard from Belgium!

Today I got a nice vintage postcard from Belgium! The postcard shows the St. Mary's Royal Church in Brussels. It is a Catholic parish church located in the municipality of Schaerbeek. It was completed in 1885 and received protected status in 1976. Of note are the stained glass windows created by Jean-Baptiste Capronnier. The card is an official Postcrossing card, NL-2648998. Thanks Casper!