Friday, 30 June 2017

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak,Bulgaria.

Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.
This interesting card with a beautiful stamp was sent by Daniela. Thank you very much.
Date of Inscription: 1979
Ref: 44

2015 Stamp- Antique Clocks
2017 Stamp- The 70th Anniversary of Bulgarian Civil Aviation

Hubei Shennongjia,China.

Located in Hubei Province, in central-eastern China, the site consists of two components: Shennongding/Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east. It protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides habitat for many rare animal species. The site features prominently in the history of botanical research and was the object of international plant collecting expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Received this beautiful prepaid card with nice flower image from Phoebe.
Date of Inscription: 2016
Ref: 1509
2002 Stamp- Birds
2006 Stamp- Birds

Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area,China.

The first Buddhist temple in China was built here in Sichuan Province in the 1st century A.D. in the beautiful surroundings of the summit Mount Emei. The addition of other temples turned the site into one of Buddhism's holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to sub alpine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old.
Thank you Phoebe for this scenic prepaid card with image of beautiful flower.
Date of Inscription: 1996
Ref: 77
2016 Stamp- Chinese Towns
2016 Stamp-Modern Lighthouse

Sites of Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining,Japan.

The site encompasses a series of twenty three component parts, mainly located in the southwest of Japan. It bears testimony to the rapid industrialization of the country from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, through the development of the iron and steel industry, shipbuilding and coal mining. The site illustrates the process by which feudal Japan sought technology transfer from Europe and America from the middle of the 19th century and how this technology was adapted to the country’s needs and social traditions. The site testifies to what is considered to be the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation.
This beautiful Gotochi card was sent by Phoebe in an envelope.
As per Japanese postal regulation, it is actually not legal to send shaped cards internationally without an envelope.
Date of Inscription: 2015
Ref: 1484

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Postcard from India.

Special card brought out on the occasion of Postcrossing Musical Meetup on 11th June 2017 in Bangalore.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Statue of Liberty,USA.

It was made in Paris by the French sculptor Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustav Eiffel (who was responsible for the steel framework), this towering monument to liberty was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence.It was then disassembled in Paris and packed in 214 wooden crates for shipment to the United States.
Height of copper statue (to torch): 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters)
From ground level to torch: 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters)
Inaugurated in 1886, the  sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbour and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since.Thank you Elena for this majestic Statue Of Liberty card.Also thank you for the beautiful stamps.
1973 American Art Issue
1992 Black Heritage - W.E.B. Du Bois

1992 Olympic Games - Barcelona, Spain
2016 Forever stamp - San Francisco Maritime Park   
Date of Inscription: 1984
Ref: 307

  .Thank you Judy for the  beautiful,captivating post card.

Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns,Greece

The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. It played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. Also,these two cities are directly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey , which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.
Thank you Ischa for the the beautiful card affixing nice stamp which incidentally is my 500th one.
2016 Stamp- The 2400th Anniversary of the Birth of Aristotle, (384-322 BC)
Date of Inscription: 1999
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Ref: 941

Postcard from Russia.

Thank you Yana for the card.May you achieve your goal

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens,Australia.

City of Bath,UK.

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City,UK.

Located at the tidal mouth of the river Mersey where it meets the Irish Sea, the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire. It became the major port for the mass movement of people, including slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management, and building construction

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Postcard from Algeria.

Officially, the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country's far north. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties). Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999.  
Algeria is a regional and middle power. This North African country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. 
Received this beautiful postcard from  Habib with nice uncancelled stamps.
Stamp 2016- Flora - Medicinal Plants
Stamp 2017- World Down Syndrome Day

Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore,Pakistan

The  Lahore Fort situated in the north-west corner of the Walled City of Lahore, comprise an outstanding example of Mughal architecture from the reign of Akbar (1542-1605), characterized by standardized masonry of baked brick and red sandstone courses relieved by Hindu motifs including corbels, through that of Shah Jahan (1627-58), characterized by the use of luxurious marbles, inlays of precious materials and mosaics, set within exuberant decorative motifs of Persian origins.

The Shalimar Gardens, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1641 is a Mughal garden, layering Persian influences over Mughal artistic expression. The Mughal garden is characterized by enclosing walls, strait  layout of paths and features, and large expanses of flowing water. The Shalimar Gardens cover 16 hectares and is arranged in three terraces descending from the south to the north.
Again received this nice card with beautiful stamps from Cheema. Thank you very much.
Stamp 1992- Fauna - Water Birds
Stamp 2017- International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
Date of Inscription: 1981
Ref: 171

Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro,Pakistan.

The Archaeological Ruins at Mohenjodaro are the best preserved urban settlement in South Asia dating back to the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC, The property represents the metropolis of Indus civilization, which flourished between 2,500-1,500 BC in the Indus valley and is one of the world’s three great ancient civilizations.
Mohenjodaro, discovered in 1922  comprises two parts : a citadel area in the west where the Buddhist stupa was constructed with unbaked brick over the ruins of Mohenjodaro in the 2nd century AD, and to the east, the lower city ruins spread out along the banks of the Indus. Here buildings are laid out along streets intersecting each other at right angles, in a highly orderly form of city planning that also incorporated systems of sanitation and drainage.
Thank you Cheema for this first ever card from  Pakistan with beautiful stamps dear to my Thematic collection.Thank you for your time and interest in selection of stamps.
Stamp 2003- United Nations Literacy Decade - Education for All
Stamp 2013- Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jahan, (1926-2000)
Stamp 2015-   The 50th Anniversary of the Credit College Kohat
Stamp 2016- National Book Day
Date of Inscription: 1980
Ref: 138

Friday, 16 June 2017

Postcard from United Nations,Geneva.

Received from "M" in Finland.
United Nations Headquarters with cancellation dated 29/11/80.  
1970 Stamp-UN-Geneva - Final Edition Clo

Postcard from Faroe Island.

Maxicard -Faroe Islands from "M" in Finland.
The Faroe Islands, also called the Faeroes, is an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland, 320 kilometres (200 miles) north-northwest of Scotland. The Islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Its area is about 1,400 square kilometres (541 square miles) with a population of 50,030 in April 2017.
Landuage- Faroese Danish
Sovereign state - Kingdom of Denmark
1975 Foroyar Stamp- First Definitive Issue
1940-Danmark Stamp- Caravel Stamp of 1933-1934 Surcharged

Postcard from Transkei,South Africa.

Maxicard -Transkei,South Africa from "M" in Finland.
The Transkei, officially the Republic of Transkei, was a Bantustan—an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity—and nominal parliamentary democracy in the southeastern region of South Africa. 
Capital: Mthatha
Area: 43,798 km²
Founded: 1976
Currency: South African rand
Date dissolved: 1994
Government: Bantustan, Republic, Parliamentary system
1985 Stamp - Match Industry

Postcard from Bophuthatswana.

Maxicard- Bophuthatswana.from "M" in Finland
Capital: Mmabatho
Area: 44,109 km²
Founded: 1977
Date dissolved: 1994
The area was set up as the only homeland for Tswana-speaking people in 1961. It was given nominal self-rule in 1971, In 1994, it was reintegrated into South Africa,
1983 Stamp- History of the Telephone.

Postcard from S W A.

Maxicard- SWA-South West Africa-from "M" in Finland.
South West Africa was the name for modern-day Namibia when it was ruled by the German Empire and later South Africa. 
Founded: 1915
Area: 825,615 km²
Currency: South African rand (1961–1990)
Capital: Windhoek
Date dissolved: 1990
Political structure: League of Nations mandate
Stamp 1981 -Aloes

Postcard from Wallis et Futuna.

Maxicard- Wallis and Futuna from "M" in Finland.
Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the northeast. Though both French and Polynesian, Wallis and Futuna is distinct from the entity known as French Polynesia.
Stamp 2003- St. Valentine's Day

Postcard from New Caledonia.

Maxicard - New Caledonia from "M" in Finland.
New Caledonia(French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of.Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France. 
The population is a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians), and Southeast Asian people,  
The capital of the territory is Nouméa.
2003 Stamp- Noumea Aquarium

Postcard from TAFF.

Maxicard -TAFF  from"M" in Finland.
The French Southern and Antarctic Territories , abbreviated by the acronym TAAF , constitute an overseas territory of France.
This territory currently comprises five very different districts : the Crozet Archipelago , the Kerguelen Islands , the Scattered Islands of the Indian Ocean , the St Paul and New Amsterdam islands and the Adelie Land.
No part of the territory possessed a permanent population, apart from a few brief attempts at colonization. France, however, ensures a continuous human presence -logistics, scientific or military. 
2008 Stamp - The 100th Anniversary of the Port Jeanne d'Arc

Postcard from French Polynesia.

Maxicard - French Polynesia from "M" in Finland. .
French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France, comprises more than 100 islands in the South Pacific, stretching for more than 2,000km. Divided into the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos, they're known for their coral-fringed lagoons and over-the-water bungalow hotels. Island features include white- and black-sand beaches, mountains, rugged back
country and towering waterfalls.
Capital: Papeete
Currency: CFP franc
Continent: Oceania
2003 stamp - Women 

Postcard from France.

Maxicard - France.from  "M" in Finland.
France is often called "the homeland of human rights"  because of the universal vocation of the first declaration of the rights of man. This maxi card was issued to commemorate 30 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
Strasbourg  is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace,
1983 Stamps -Europa set.