Thursday, January 17, 2019

GUINEA-BISSAU ~ School Class - Bissau ~

... Yeaahh!! One more "rare" African country of my missing list😄... unfortunately coming from one of the 10 poorest and least developed African countries... more than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line... development opportunities are limited because of past violence, political instability and obsolete infrastructure... and mostly children are directly affected by this situation.... therefore when I saw on facebook a request about donating money to students there (electrical devices, stationery) I knew it would be for a very good cause... Péter's (also a postcard collector) school has been in a partnership programme with a school in Guinea-Bissau for 4 years now and he visited them last October (taking two students of him)...I also ordered a few more for dear postcard friends whom also missing this country... so I hope they all will arrive safely🤞... Thanks a lot Péter!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa, bordered by Senegal, Guinea and the Atlantic ocean. It includes the Bijagós (Bissagos) archipelago and other islands that lie off the coast.

The capital and largest city is Bissau, founded in 1687 by Portugal as a fortified port and trading center. Guinea-Bissau became independent from Portugal in1974.

The economy depends mainly on agriculture; fish, cashew nuts and ground nuts are its major exports.


Stamp:

Coat of Arms
(Issued 28-07-2011)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

USA ~ Mammoth Cave National Park - UNESCO - Kentucky

... Day two with an amazing new USA National Park... Mammoth Cave is immense... it's the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored... one of the most studied cave systems... today, Mammoth Cave welcomes well over half a million visitors per year... there are several tours available... they highlight some amazing features like waterfalls, enormous caverns... it has extensive hiking trails to explore... canoeing and kayaking on the nearby Green River along with fishing, camping, and horseback riding... Thanks a lot Jaelen!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀


" This Mammoth Cave Natural Entrance was discovered in 1799 by a bear hunter named Houchins while tracking a wounded bear into the cave, Indians used reed torches for light as they used this deep dark entrance in the early days. This entrance has been a showplace since 1816."(backside postcard)

Mammoth Cave National Park is a 52,830 acre park and was officially dedicated at as a national park by 1941. It then became a World Heritage Site in 1981 and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990.

This National Park is home to numerous limestone caves, two beautiful rivers, and rugged landscapes clothed in forests, as well as the most extensively explored cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave.



© Zachary Frank/Alamy Stock Photo

Stamp:

Forever stamps - the echeveria
 (Issued 28-04-2017)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

USA ~ Channel Islands National Park - California ~

... First of two great new additions to my National Park collection... one of the nine National Parks in  California.... spectacular view of "Cathedral Cove" on "Anacapa Island"...looking down at the Pacific Ocean ... these remote remote islands are only accessible to visitors by boat... part of one of the richest marine ecosystems of the world... many endemic species live both in the water and on land... as extra bonusツ with national park stamp cancellation... Thanks a lot Boyana!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: George H. H. Huey
"Golden-flowered, giant coreopsis competes for terrain with invasive, nonnative ice plant. The survival of the park's diverse native plant life depends on our ability to respect, restore, and preserve their natural communities."

Established in 1980, five of the eight Channel Islands in Southern California make up this national park: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The park is 1,010 km2 (389.9 sq mi), only half of which are land, the other half Pacific Ocean. Tiny Anacapa Island is the closest to the mainland of all the Channel Islands, it's only 12 miles out to sea, and therefore the most visited.

Preserved for their unique natural and cultural resources the islands contain, among other features, 145 species of plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

In the past, the Chumash and Tongva Indians lived on the islands, and later they were used mostly for fishing. Some are in military use today.


Stamp:

Holiday Stamp - Poinsettia
(Issued 26-08-2018)

Monday, January 14, 2019

CANADA ~ Humpback Whale - Newfoundland and Labrador ~

....It's always a pleasure to get a wonderful new whale card for my collection💚... spectacular sight of the "gentle giant of the ocean" the biggest animal on Earth... they are the true “acrobats of the sea” with jumps out of the water and tail and flipper slaps.... the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most spectacular places in the world for whale watching... whether it's from the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail... to see one of the most majestic animals in the wild must be an awesome and unforgettable experience... with nice stamps and postmarked on December 31, the last day of 2018...Thanks a lot Glenn!!  (✿ ♥‿♥)




The world's largest population of feeding humpback whales is found here. Migrating from the Caribbean, they spend from May to September in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.

35,000 of these 40 ton and up to 18 meter long giants come here to feed on capelin, krill, and squid along the coast. to 2t  per day and to educate the next generation in fishing.

They are often seen "breaching" or jumping out of the water and crashing into the waves.





Stamps:

Canada Post Community Foundation
(Issued 24-09-2018)

100th Anniversary of the End of World War I
(Issued 24-10-2018)

Emergency Responders
(Issued 14-09-2018)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

URUGUYA ~ Flag ~

... Pretty flag view from the FOTW postcard series... it took almost 10 years to get postcard nr2😃 from this South America's second smallest country... Uruguay ranks high in peace, democracy and quality of life in Latin America... their flag is a symbol of liberty and benevolence... Thanks a lot Rosmarie!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Uruguay is located in southeastern South America, bordered by Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean. The countries largest and capital city is Montevideo.

The current flag of Uruguay was officially adopted on July 11, 1830. The Sun of May has been used as a national symbol since the 19thC and was taken from Inti, the Incan God of the Sun. The blue and white colors are modeled after the flag of Argentina, and the nine stripes represent the nine departments within the country.


Stamp:

Definitive Issue - José G. Artígas, 1764-1850
(Issued 06-06-2016)

Monday, January 7, 2019

SRI LANKA ~ South West Coast Beach ~

.. . Stunning tropical palm tree lined tranquil beach view🌞... known as the gold coast for the colour of its sand... and the beautiful turquoise blue sea...  paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... here it is *once more* a dark, grey, gloomy☁ winter day...  Big Thanks Ravindra!ツ

The West coast is the area stretching south from Colombo towards Galle. It was of the first areas to be developed and most tourists oriented from all. The beautiful coastline is full of hundreds famous resort towns and hotels with different standard.

You find here gorgeous beaches, colonial towns, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.

Stamps:

The 200th Anniversary of the Uve-Wellassa Struggle
(Issued 30-11-2018)

Sustainable Energy for All 20. March
(Issued 20-03-2012)

 Rathmalane Sri Dharmarama Nayake Thero 1828-1885
(Issued 02-12-2018)

Friday, January 4, 2019

ITALY ~ Gran Paradiso National Park - Cogne - Aoste Valley ~

... Beautiful views of Italy's oldest and largest National Park... a land of magnificent landscape with snow-covered peaks, glacial cirques, alpine lakes, waterfalls and traditional villages...  this park offers the perfect alpine environment for trekking and hiking and many different valleys to explore... with rich wildlife... from here, ibex could survive and were re-introduced into all of the Alps... today, you can easily come across ibex, chamois, marmots and eagles... Thanks a lot Gian Luca & Raffaella!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Gran Paradiso National Park covers an area of 70,000 hectares and is located in northern Italy, between Aosta Valley and Piedmont region, at the border with France. A high mountainous area, between the 800m at the bottom of the valley and the 4,061m of mount Gran Paradiso.

In 1920, King Vittorio Emanuele III gave to the Italian government the 2,100 hectares of the hunting reserve in order to create a national park. Two years later, on Dec. 3, Gran Paradiso National Park was established.

Cogne (1534m) is a tiny village in the middle of the mountains. Cogne preserved its intimacy and spirit through the years. The locals still work mainly in pasturing and cultivation even though tourism certainly brought an important income to the valley.

Stamp:

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

AFGHANISTAN ~ Presidential Palace - Kabul ~

... HAPPY NEW YEAR to my postcard friends🎉...thank you all for putting a smile on my face all year long💖... for myself I hope the start of 2019 will be a lot better than the way it ended... the best way to cheer myself up is to start this "new" blog year with a "new" country👍 (posted already a special one HEREbut not with Afghan stamps)... Afghanistan is in the top 10 list of most dangerous places... due to the frequent conflict and unstable political situation of the country landmarks are extremely difficult to visit... Thanks a lot Petra!【ツ】
Photo: M. Anderson (1980)
Afghanistan is a landlocked country located within South-Central Asia. it is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan and in the far northeast, China. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.

The Arg (Turkish word for citadel) serves as the presidential palace in Kabul  and sits on a 34-hectare site. The Arg was built after the destruction of the Bala Hissar in 1880 by the British Indian troops. It has been used by many Afghan kings and presidents, from Emir Abdur Rahman Khan  to current President Ashraf Ghani.

The Arg today consists of:
- The Gul Khana which serves as the offices for President Ashraf Ghani and the President's Protocol     Office.
- The Offices of the President's Chief of Staff.
- The National Security Advisor's building; and the Offices of the Spokesperson to the President.        - Offices for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
- Various buildings for receiving delegations or hosting large meetings.

Stamps:

United Nations Day
(Issued 25-10-1969)

The 55th Anniversary of the Birth of King Sahir Shah, 1914-2007
(Issued 14-10-1969)

Flora - International Stamp Exhibition ARGENTINA
(Issued 05-07-1985)




Friday, December 21, 2018

CANADA ~Christmas Greetings - Holiday at Town Square~

... Today a wonderful 🌟"traditional" 🌟Christmas greeting card... a glittery 🎄Christmas tree🎄 by Thomas Kinkade, painter of light... thanks so much dear Andrene for sharing 2018 in a lovely family news letter😍... is it a Canadian tradition? I've never read one before... but I think it's a really nice thing to do... hope 2019 will bring even more happiness and luck to you and your family!!💖💝💖


     
         

           
             "With each bright joy,

          with each warm tradition,

    with each memorable moment...

                    may you know 

           the wonder of Christmas."








© Thomas Kinkade
   

Stamp:

 Baby Wildlife

(Issued 31-03-2014)




Wednesday, December 19, 2018

GERMANY ~ Christmas Greetings - Rüdiger's nicest Christmas present ~

... Today a lovely bit unusual🤶 🎄 greetings card ⭐✨... great combination of humor, satire and cartoon... I like it and made me giggle... just look at Santa😉... with matching Christmas stamp and sweet Santa Claus postmark... Germany has seven Santa Claus post offices... this year I got one from Engelskirchen... in this small town thousands of letters from around the world arrive at a seasonal Christmas post office... and for over 20 years, postal workers have written back... it will take a while but I hope to collect a postmark each year of all these Santa's post offices (will be in 2023!!)... Thanks a lot Dustin... Merry Christmas to you and your family too!!💖


The artist Rolf Tiemann was born in 1951 in Herford. After graduation he studied mathematics and physics and was from 1981 as a teacher of mathematics and computer science at the Gymnasium active.

From the mid-nineties Rolf Tiemann worked as an illustrator of prose texts.

Since 2014, the now retired teacher Rolf Tiemann works in his studio in Münster as a freelance artist. His current oil paintings, which can be assigned to the genre of comic art and  he writes and illustrates his own satirical texts




Artist: INKOGNITO © Rolf Tiemann

Stamps:

 Christmas
 (Issued 02-11-2018)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

ALBANIA ~ Berat - UNESCO ~

... My first great Albanian UNESCO site👍... the famous "city of a thousand windows"... a walk across the river Osum offered this spectacular view of the Old Town with Ottoman-era houses perched beautifully on the side of a mountain...  the Ottoman architecture is uniquely preserved...  Berat is probably one of the most visually-stunning towns in the Southern Balkans... there are a number of museums, including the Berat National Ethnographic Museum, which showcase what life was like for earlier residents of this place....Thanks a lot Indrit!!【ツ】
Berat is the ninth most populous city of the Republic of Albania. The city is the capital of the surrounding Berat County, one of 12 constituent counties of the country. It lies on the right bank of the river Osum, a short distance from the point where it is joined by the Molisht river.

The old city centre consists of three parts: Kalaja (on the castle hill), Mangalem (at the foot of the castle hill) and Gorica (on the left bank of the Osum).

 Berat is one of the longest inhabited towns in the world. Certainly, for Europe, where the earliest records of Berat are first mentioned more than 2400 years. Artifacts found in the area prove people have been living in the area for much longer.

In 2008, Berat was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site along with Gjirokaster.

Stamps:

3X Regional Costumes
(Issued 20-03-2002)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

CANADA ~ Santa Claus Letter - North Pole ~

 🎅H0H 0H0 🎅.... Yes!! I got a personalized letter from Santa Claus coming from his home the North Pole... a wonderful cheering up surprise after a hectic and not so pleasant week with a lot of worries... with the help of his postal elves Santa reply to each and every letter... postmarked at the North Pole... Big Thanks Santa 🎅... and a big hug to the person who made Christmas even more magical to me!!💖💖💖

"On 23 December at 19.00 Santa Claus starts his long journey to deliver gifts to children (and I hope to adults too) around the world on the day before Christmas Eve. We all wish him a safe journey and send our Christmas greetings all over the world. "




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

AUSTRALIA ~Elephant Rocks - William Bay National Park~

... Great new Australian National Park for my collection👍... a wonderful view of a natural phenomenon... huge granite boulders and spectacular rock formations... as it name suggests, Elephant Rocks looks really like a herd of elephants gathered in a group, paddling in the shallow waters... the most visited places within William Bay National Park... the Rainbow Coast has some of the most spectacular coastline... endless stretches of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, wilderness peaks and ancient forests makes it one of the most pristine places on earth... Thanks a lot Denny!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
William Bay National Park is located in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia along the Rainbow Coast, and is in the Shire of Denmark. It covers an area of 1734 hectares and includes Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

William Bay was named after the famed British Arctic explorer and navigator, Sir William Edward Parry, as were two other nearby features, Parry Inlet and Edward Point.


Stamp:

 Postage Paid

Monday, December 3, 2018

GERMANY ~ 100 years German Revolution - Braunschweig ~

... Great postcard and cover of an important part in Germany's history... view from the past showing revolutionary workers and soldiers together... 1918, a year of great changes in Germany... the end of the First World War... the end of the imperial era... a new beginning... it is often not told that a revolution took place, which led to changes in the political situation.... these events are not very present in the collective consciousness - they are, as they say, in the "shadow of the culture of remembrance."... with special event-related cancellation on cover ...100th anniversary of the "proclamation of the republic"... Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】
"Photo in Braunschweig 08 November 1918"

For centuries Braunschweig was the capital of one of the many small German States. The local monarch, Duke Ernst Augustus (17 November 1887 – 30 January 1953) was the first monarch who's abdication was already enforced on 8 November, one day earlier than in the German Reich.


Postmarked on the date of the Duke Ernst Augustus abdicated
Philipp Scheidemann, (July 26, 1865- Nov. 29, 1939), German Social Democratic politician who, without party or government authorization, on Nov. 9, 1918, made the Weimar Republic a fact by proclaiming it from the balcony of the Reichstag. He later became the republic’s first chancellor.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

SPAIN ~ Girona - Catalonia ~

 ... Wonderful view of one of Catalonia's most charming cities... set in the valley of the Ter, at the confluence of four rivers close to the Pyrenees... the so-called “City of the Four Rivers” is a sublime medieval city partly surrounded by an impressive city wall, pleasant squares, cobbled streets, and a wealth of historical monuments and buildings... the amazing Girona Cathedral dominates the skyline... famous for it's 19th-century painted houses line at the river Onyar... the Jewish quarter or El Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and a major tourist attraction...Thanks a lot Josep & Assumpta!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Girona  is a city in Catalonia, at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell.  It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the comarca of the Gironès.
The cities origins dates back more than 2,000 years.

Stamps: 

King Felipe VI
(Issued 02-01-2016)

The 1000th Anniversary of the Death of Almanzor
(Issued 25-10-2002)

Rocío Jurado, 1946-2006
(Issued 12-02-2016)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

USA ~ Hoover Dam - Black Canyon - Arizona & Nevada ~

... Spectacular view one of the world’s most remarkable manmade structures... one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World... designed and built in a time before computers, calculators and man of today's construction techniques... and to see nature's beauty preserved among the millions of cubic yards of concrete is a wonder in itself...  there is a nice interesting visitors center... roughly 1 million people visit the dam each year and take the tours offered by the Bureau of Reclamation... Thanks a lot dear Glenn for three amazing surprise postcards!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
From backside postcard:
"Hoover Dam, located 30 miles South East of Las Vegas, was completed in 1936 and at that time was the largest oncrete structure in the world. Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Roosevelt at a cost of 40 million dollar and 112 lives. The newest addition to the canyon is the Colorado River Bridge, 900 feet above the river and a quarter of a mile of the Dam."

Stamps:

3X WPA Posters
(Issued 07-03-2017)

Monday, November 26, 2018

USA ~ Route 66 ~

... Great postcard nr2 is showing the most legendary and famous highway in the world... “road of dreams” for many Americans... a route well known for its eccentric attractions like the World’s Biggest Bottle of Ketchup, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and plenty of outrageous museums... for years on top of hubby's bucketlist... a trip with his Harley motorbike on Route 66🏍... Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
ARTWORK © SSI
Route 66, established in 1926, affectionately known as “The Mother Road”, spans across three time zones, starting from Chicago, Illinois and travelling all the way down to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California crossing 8 states. The route has a length of  2,448 miles (3,940 km).

It was officially decommissioned on June 27, 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System.

Stamps:

2X WPA Posters
(Issued 07-03-2017)

Star Trek (Issued 02-09-2016)

Friday, November 23, 2018

USA ~ Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona - UNESCO ~

... First of three amazing USA sites... spectacular view of a world-famous landmark... breathtakingly beautiful  and overwhelming at the same time...  with plummeting canyons, multicolored rocks, dramatic cliffs and stunning ravines... one of the seven natural wonders of the world... the park also protects a wealth of biological diversity...  including numerous endemic and threatened species and several rare ecosystems... estimated 5.9 million people visit the Grand Canyon a year... with fantastic Grand Canyon postmark👍... Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】

Toroweap Overlook is a viewpoint within the Grand Canyon National Park and is located in a remote area on the North Rim. The overlook is the only viewpoint in the National Park from where the Colorado River can be seen vertically below. The overlook stands 3,000 feet (910 m) above the river.

The Grand Canyon was carved over some 6 million years and covers an area of 4,926 square kilometers. It runs for 277 miles (446 km) in length along the Colorado River and has a maximum width of around 18 miles (29 km), as well as a maximum depth of just over a mile (6,093 feet / 1,857 m).

It became a National Park  in 1919 and UNESCO site in 1979.


Photo: William Carr


Stamps:

Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster
(Issued 05-01-2017)2017

Total Solar Eclipse - With Thermochromic Ink
(Issued 20-06-2017)

Star Trek
(Issued 02-09-2016)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

NORWAY ~ Røros Mining Town - UNESCO ~

... Great view of Røros Church a landmark standing at the top of this charming historic town... one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe... and one of the coldest in Norway... the modern-day inhabitants of Røros still work and live in the characteristic 17th and 18thC buildings... even though the copper mines have closed  there is still a former smelting hut, now home to a museum... Olavsgruva Mine, which offers tours 50m underground... a living museum... and popular spot for Norwegian tourists... Thanks a lot Tone!!【ツ】
Photo: Aune Forlag/Kolbjorn Dekkerhus
Røros Mining Town and the Circumferenc is an area within a 45km radius around the town. Røros Copper Works held the monopoly to exploit the natural and human resources. Work was done under severe climatic conditions, and ways were found to adapt to it for example via the 'Winter Transport Route' on frozen lakes and rivers. Mining was established in the 17th century and exploited for 333 years until 1977.

Completely rebuilt after its destruction by Swedish troops in 1679, Røros contains about 2000 wooden one- and two-storey houses and a smelting house.

Røros Mining Town and the Circumference became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

Stamp:


Lighthouses
(Issued 05-06-2015)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

GERMANY ~ Margrave Ekkehard II of Meissen & Uta von Ballenstedt Statue - Naumburg Cathedral ~

... After mention "Uta van Naumburg" HERE it is great to have now a postcard showing her beautiful statueツ... both look so alive, one could almost expect them to step off their pedestals... and they survived for almost 800 years with the original colors... her statue possibly inspired the character of the Evil Queen in Disney's 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs... with great matching Dom stamps and once more👍 amazing postmarks... Big Thanks Dustin !! (✿ ♥‿♥)




Medieval statues representing the Margrave Ekkehard II of Meissen and his wife, Uta von Ballenstedt from the series of twelve life-size statues depicting the founding donors to the Naumburg Cathedral, 1243–1249.

Located at the Cathedral of Naumburg, in the west choir. It is one of the most important works of German Gothic sculpture, mid-13thC.

Since 2018 is the Naumburg Cathedral on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stamps:

2X Naumburg Cathedral
(Issued 06-10-2016)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

JAPAN ~ Great Buddha of Kamakura ~

... Beautiful view of one of Japan’s most famous historical landmarks... an imposing and fascinating Buddha statue that gives a feeling of calmness and peace... this Buddha is seated in the lotus position with his hands in the gesture of meditation, his eyes cast downward in peaceful contemplation...  it is hollow so visitors can view the inside to observe the workmanship of this 760 year old statue...  today, Buddhists of all traditions and travelers from all over the world come to visit the Great Buddha... Thanks Yuki!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kōtoku-in Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters and weighs 121 tonnes it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. At one time, the statue was gilded. There are still traces of gold leaf near the statue’s ears.

The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since the late 15th century, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

Stamps:

Definitives
(Issued 03-03-2014)

Japanese Traditional Cuisine
(Issued 01-11-2017)

1977 Nature Conservation 18. February
(Issued 18-02-1977)


Monday, November 19, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Moonstone - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... A great and rare relic of the past... this is one of the most wonderful and characteristic moonstones in Sri Lanka, and an excellent example of its kind... Buddhist places of worship came to have a beautiful first step, a symbolic welcome to all who would enter... a must see item of ancient history... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
The moonstone (Sandakada Pahana) is a permanent feature of the Buddhist building of all historical periods. This is a semi circular piece of stone which stood at the foot of a flight of steps in most Buddhist buildings.

First seen in the latter stage of the Anuradhapura period, the sandakada pahana evolved through the Polonnaruwa, Gampola and Kandy period. According to historians, the sandakada pahana symbolizes the cycle of Saṃsāra in Buddhism.

Stamps:

The 50th ASnniversary of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (Issued 23-12-2013)

2X Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism ritual
(Issued 1-05-2018)

Friday, November 16, 2018

SINGAPORE ~ Mobile Mask Shop ~

... First of two nice totally different postcards of Singapore... a traditional paper mask seller sitting in front of his "overloaded" bicycle cart... they went from point to point on their bicycles... a vanishing trade.... demand for these paper masks has diminished as traditional rituals evolve over time and the toy of the day has changed... the paper mask sellers were interesting characters... their daily grind appeared to be a daunting circus act with the number of wares they carry on their mobile bicycle cart... one could only wonder how they maintained visibility of the road given the number of masks and puppets in their view...Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】
The paper mask is a traditional paper craft, which is a combination of deft painting skills and patience as each mask is hand-painted. Paper is mashed, moulded and painted into mask figureheads.

These paper masks were used as offerings to deities and spirits and in some cases, donned on during rituals. Popular designs included those of celestial bodies such as the Chinese God of War, Guan Gong.They were also commonly found during occasions and festivals such as the Chinese New Year in the prancing lion head and the big-head doll.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of the National Service
(Issued 13-03-2017)

SINGAPORE ~ Painting Class - National Gallery ~

 ... Postcard nr2 is showing a lovely oil painting artwork “Painting Class” by Lim Yew Kuan’s... his works includes drawing, oil painting, woodblock prints and sculpture... he was the founding president of the Equator Art Society and the second principal of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore’s first art school...  the National Gallery is the largest visual arts venue and largest museum in Singapore... Thanks Jobbo!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀



The National Gallery Singapore is an art gallery situated in Singapore’s Civic District.

Opened on 24 November 2015, it oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, consisting of over 8,000 artworks.

The Gallery consists of two national monuments, the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall, that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue and has a combined floor area of 64,000 square metres.





Image courtesy of National Heritage Board

Stamp:

The 25th Anniversary of Independence
(Issued 16-08-1990)