Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows a Dräger Pulmotor in action during 1907. It was the first artificial respiration device that could deliver gas at a specified volume. They were commonly used for drowning, smoke inhalation, and mining disasters and were in use up to the 1940's. However, it had several limitations like its failure to detect airway obstruction and its relatively long set-up time. The card was sent by my dad who visited Germany. Thanks Dad!
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Today I got a cool cover with a Gotochi postcard inside from Japan! The Gotochi postcard, which is shaped like a post box, is a postcard of the Tokyo Central Post Office. The post office is located on a recently renovated space at the JP Tower and it is right next to Tokyo Station. Its main windows are open for 10 hours every day of the year and a postage dispensing machine is available at all times. The Japan Post Bank is also headquartered here. Thanks Tomoko!
Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard shows the Columbia space shuttle at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The picture was taken during the first shuttle flight undertaken on a runway. Used were a lot of space-themed stamps! Some of the stamps showed the Mariner 10 and Pioneer 11 probes and Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Thanks Amanda!
Today I got a great Postcrossing Meet-Up card from Latvia! The postcard, which shows falls in the countryside, was sent from the Postcrossing Meet-Up held at Riga on October 10, 2014. The event was organized by the Latvian Post. Used was a stamp from a joint issue with Sweden commemorating Riga and Umeå as European Capitals of Culture of 2014. It was issued on January 16, 2014. This stamp shows the National Library of Latvia, an architecturally significant building in the city of Riga. Thanks Zane!
Today I got a nice postcard from Portugal! The postcard shows a scene at Fátima, which is located in the Portuguese Centro Region. Fátima is a civil parish that is most popularly associated with the Marian apparitions that occurred there in 1917. These apparitions were recognized by the Catholic Church and is the reason why many pilgrims go here. The parish has a population of about 11,500 people and it has an area of about 70 square kilometres. Thanks Miceu!
Today I got a beautiful postcard from Uzbekistan! The postcard shows a street view of Sher-Dor Madrasah in Samarkand. It is located on Ragistan Square and translates to "Madrassah with Lions." It was built in the early 17th century and is also located opposite the Ulugbek Madrassah, whose design it mimics. It is ornately decorated with glazed bricks with lines from the Quran. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Igor!
Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard shows an illustration commemorating the International Postcard Week. The week occurs annually during the first week of October, coinciding with the World Post Day. Used were stamps featuring the US flag and a butterfly! Thanks Benita!
Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows multiple day views of the city of Dessau-Roßlau. The city is located at Saxony-Anhalt and by the rivers Elbe and Mulde. The city actually came from the merger of the two towns that comprise its name and it was only merged in 2007. It has a population of nearly 85,000 people and an area of about 245 square kilometres. The card is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3569064. Thanks Jutta!
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Today I got a nice postcard from Austria! The postcard shows views of the popular city of Salzburg in Austria. One of the views shows St. Gilgen, which is a small village. It is located by the Wolfgangsee and it covers almost 100 square kilometres. It has a population of 3,800 and was first mentioned in historical documents in the late 19th century. It is a popular tourist destination and is where most tour boats come from. The card was sent by my dad who visited Salzburg. Thanks Dad!
Monday, 24 November 2014
Today I got a cool postcard from Malaysia! The postcard shows a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, which is located in Borneo. It is the highest peak in the Malay Archipelago and it also ranks as one of the most prominent mountains in the world. It has a height of 4,095 metres. It is part of the larger Kinabalu Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some unique flora and fauna that thrive in the area include the giant rafflesia and the orangutan. The card is an official Postcrossing card, MY-230301. Thanks Charlie!
Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows an illustrated map of Mississippi. Mississippi is a state in the southern part of the country and it got its name from the Mississippi River. Its capital city is Jackson and it has a population of about 3 million people. It is also considered to be the most religious state and one of its known exports is catfish. It occupies an area of about 48,400 square kilometres. Nice Batman stamps were used. Thanks Lana!
Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows Dr. Otto Roth in 1902 using the first anesthetic apparatus, the Roth-Dräger. The machine allowed the user to precisely control the balance of oxygen and anesthetic agent, like chloroform and ether. This was developed with Johann Heinrich Dräger. During its first ten years, about 1,500 units were sold worldwide. The card was sent by my dad who visited Germany. Thanks Dad!