This site is dedicated to my hobby: collecting written and stamped (from country of origin) postcards!
Postcard collecting is a very addictive hobby, but its a lot of fun, and you get in touch with lots of nice people worldwide...
... Great multiview showing parts of the site... including one of the "Falls of Clyde"... it is now beautifully restored as a living community, with visitors from all over the world....Thanks a lot Andrene!!【ツ】
Left to right top: New Buildings, Corra Linn falls of Clyde and Hotel. Left to Right, lower: Robert Owen's House, New Lanark and the River Clyde.
New Lanark is a small 18thC cotton spinning mill village located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde surrounded by native woodlands, where the philanthropist and Utopian idealist Robert Owen moulded a model industrial community in the early 19thC. The imposing cotton mill buildings, the spacious and well-designed workers' housing, and the dignified educational institute and school still testify to Owen's humanism.
New Lanark became a World Heritage site in 2001 and is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Scotland.
Queen Elisabeth definitive stamp
...Beautiful new stamp issue with great special cancellation to mark the centenary of the death of the Belgian painter Rik Wouters....lovely painting called "Lady in Blue in front of a Mirror" (1914) can be seen in the Royal Museum, Antwerp... this fauvist artist is considered as one of Flanders’ key artists of the early 20th century...Big Thanks Johan!! (♥‿♥)
Rik Wouters (Mechelen, 1882 - Amsterdam, 1916) was a Belgian fauvistisch painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and sculptor of portraits, figures, landscapes and still-life's.
He produced 200 paintings, around one thousand drawings and numerous sculptures. As an 18-year-old student, he fell in love with Hélène ‘Nel’ Duerinckx, who became his wife and muse.
Rik Wouters was merely influenced by the works of James Ensor and Paul Cézanne in 1909. He obtained national success during his exhibition at the renowned Galerie Georges Giroux in 1912. He was a member of "Kunst Van Heden". At the beginning of the First World War, he ended up in a mental hospital in The Netherlands, eventually he died at the age of 33 in 1916.
His paintings are characterized by his unique use of lighting conditions which result in the creation of warm colour shades.
...More beauty from Belgiums new stamp issues coming from my postcard friend Johan...now I have one more great special Tin Tin postmark and different stamp...with also a new strip postcard "The Blue Lotus" from the series of 24 comic albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the name Hergé....Héééél erg bedankt Johan!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ➳(http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/ )
The Adventures of Tin Tin was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century.
By 2007, a century after Hergé's birth in 1907.Tintin had been published in more than 70 languages with sales of more than 200 million copies.
The Blue Lotus (originally titled Tintin in the Orient) is the fifth book in The Adventures of Tintin series written and illustrated by Hergé. This time Tintin goes to China.
It was serialised weekly from August 1934 to October
1935 in Tin Tin magazine before published.
...A lovely nostalgic vintage poster postcard originally dating from the early 20thC... with an amazing elephant stampツ and postmark from a new series of 5 featuring "Endangered Wildlife"... with the extra border the stamp measures 10cm long and 6cm high...must be one of my largest ever... unfortunately the postmark doesn't show so good because of this border... but I liked it so much and found that it was part of the stamp so I don't really mind... and there still is another one on the postcard... at the end of the day I was lucky to meet the photographer Karin van Couwenberg→ (http://www.wildlife-photography.be/) and she signed it for me... so another wonderful little treasure for my collection... (✿ ♥‿♥) Thanks a lot Karin!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Antwerp Zoo is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station.
It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843.
950 different species and 5000 animals live at the zoo and it also has a programme to help save animals that are endangered such as bonobos and okapi.
Ingrid Vekemans (rhino)
Karin Van Couwenberg (gorilla, elephant and polar bear)
....On Saterday I went to a pre-sale stamp event by Bpost near to where I live... it was very busy mainly because off the release of new Tin Tin stamps (one of the most popular items to collect according to the postworkersヅ)... these stamps where issued for celebrating "The weekly Tin Tin magazine" that would have been 70 years old this year... the sheet of stamps was based on the front cover of the second issue of the magazine... but probably my all time favorite new stamps will be on the blog tomorrow...(◕‿-)
The Castafiore Emerald is the twenty-first volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. It was serialised weekly from July 1961 to September 1962 in Tintin magazine.
Tintin magazine was a weekly Franco-Belgian comics magazine of the second half of the 20th century. Subtitled "The Journal for the Youth from 7 to 77", it was one of the major publications of the Franco-Belgian comics scene and published such notable series such as Blake and Mortimer, Alix, and the principal title The Adventures of Tintin.
Originally published by Le Lombard, the first issue was released in 1946, and it ceased publication in 1993.
...Great postcard showing an evening scene of the railway with fiery looking sky...scary and beautiful at the same time...my previous "Hell" card came from the USA....maybe there are more towns called "Hell" ???...the district has become a tourist attraction because of its name⁀⊙﹏☉⁀ ...Thanks a lot Isabell.
"Evening mood Hell station"
Hell is a small Norwegian village located next to Trondheim. The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang" or "cliff cave". It has a more used homonym in modern Norwegian that means "luck".
Even more curious for tourists is the sign above the cargo entrance to the train station that reads ‘Hell Gods Expedition" which is the archaic spelling of the word for "cargo handling". There hasn't been a baggage of freight office here for decades.
Tourism - Oslo Viking Ship Museum
....Breathtaking nature view of the US oldest and world's first National Park... one of the most famous vistas in Yellowstone, the Lower Falls (308 ft/ 94m) the largest in the Rocky Mountains...with my first great matching National Park stamp from a wonderful sheet with 16 NP (hope to get more of them (✿◠‿◠))...Thank you very much Susan!!
Photo: Byron Jorjorian
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500 square miles wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too.It was created on March 1, 1872 when United States President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law to create it. The name was taken from the Yellowstone River, which flows through the park.
Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful.
The park is widely considered to be the finest mega fauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48 states. There are almost 60 species of mammals in the park, including the gray wolf, coyote, the threatened Canadian lynx, and grizzly bears. Other large mammals include the bison (often referred to as buffalo), black bear, elk, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goat, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and cougar.
Yellowstone was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
...Kys t'ou to everyone ʘ͜͡ʘ...a really nice and "funny" postcard showing the islands dialect...it's sad that most of these dialects will become extinct, they are part of a nations identity... Gura mie ayd James!! ㋡
Manx English is the historic dialect of English spoken on the Isle of Man, though today in decline. It has many borrowings from the original Manx language, a Goidelic language.
The language was historically the dominant one on the island, but fell out of use during the twentieth century.
At the present time, less than one hundred children receive their education exclusively in Manx. There are an additional 1,689 second-language speakers, comprising 2.2% of the population of the Isle of Man.
The language has been offered in public schools since 1992, and has been mandatory since 2001.
...First great written and stamped postcard from an undiscovered part of the Americas...it has has some of the most stunning scenery in Central America, which remains mostly unspoiled due to the lack of tourists coming here...Thanks a lot William Guillerno Romero!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America, it borders the Pacific Ocean on the south, and the countries of Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east. Its easternmost region lies on the coast of the Gulf of Fonseca, opposite Nicaragua.
Suchitoto is small colonial city in the central part of the country and is the cultural capital. It is known for its beautiful church, cobblestone streets, art galleries and its amazing view of the Suchitlán lake, which is an artificial lake formed in the Lempa river and the Cerrón Grande dam.
Insects and flowers
The 200th Anniversary of the First Cry of Independence
Scalloway (Mainland Shetland) - The former capital with its castle built in 1600. It was also home to "The Shetland Bus" in World War II
Scalloway is an important harbour which is located on the West coast of Shetland mainland, it is ideally situated for servicing oil related shipping in the West of Shetland oil fields and the Shetland fishing fleet.
Scalloway Castle overlooking the harbour was built using forced labour by Earl Patrick Stewart, who was executed for treason in 1615. It's a grand example of a Scottish fortified house, but was occupied for less than a century and is now roofless. Beneath the grand banqueting hall are large kitchens and a dungeon where 17th century 'witches', condemned to die on nearby Gallows Hill, awaited their fate.
...An interesting and cool flag postcard coming from the sixth-smallest country in the world...Thanks a lot Rosmarie!!
Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked country situated in central Europe in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps bordered by Austria and Switzerland. Vaduz is the capital located along the river Rhine.
The head of state is Prince Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein.
Archaeological Finds in Liechtenstein - Utensils (Issued 07-03-2016)
...Must say a very pretty looking bulding...once more a magnificent example of the Bangkok architectural style...and because it is just off the tourist trail this place is more peacefull and less crowded as so many others...Thaaaaaanks Jobbo especially for finding almost every time matching stamps!! ㋡
Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok also known as the marble temple.
Construction of the temple began in 1899 on orders of the King Rama V., his ashes are buried beneath the main Buddha statue. The temple is made of carrara marble imported from Italy.
The entrance consists of four lovely marble pillars, and the temple's large courtyard is made of shiny white marble. On either side of the entrance is a large stone lion, guarding the temple. In the gallery surrounding the ordination hall are 52 Buddha statues.
The 150th Anniversary of Birth of Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse
The 44th Anniversary of the Death of Prince Narisranuvattivongs
...Beautiful view of the Roman bridge leading to the Cathedral in the background... a town full of history but also lively and vibrant thanks to its university...Thank you very much Josep and Assumpta for this great new UNESCO site. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Klaus Dillenberger
Salamanca is an ancient university town situated in the west of Spain in the Autonomous Community of Castilla and León. It is known as "La Dorada", or "Golden City", because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings.
It is one of the most important university cities in Spain. Salamanca University was founded in the XII century and the first in Europe to receive the designation "university".
The New Cathedral was constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in two styles: late Gothic and Baroque. Building began in 1513 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1733. It was commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile of Spain.
The Roman Bridge used to be the main entrance into Salamanca. The bridge crosses the Tormes River at one of its widest points and lies on a rocky subsoil. It is 176 m long and 3.70 m wide, with 26 round arches and robust pillars. It forms part of the roman Silver Road that linked Merida and Astorga.
Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
The 61st International Habaneras and Poliphony Choral Contest
...Great card nr3 from the series celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2016 showing the Fulvous Whistling-Duck......another bird watchers heaven...with great matching stamp... Big Thanks Ravindra for a wonderful new addition to my National Parks collection!❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
Anawilundawa Wetland Bird Sanctuary is a national park located in the northwestern part of the island, about 100 km away from the capital Colombo and the area stretches over 1,397 hectares.
There are three totally different eco-systems. Brackish water wetlands with salty marshland and water gardens are complemented by a freshwater system of man-made tanks and canals, built in the 12th century. The adjoining coastal area with its sand dunes and beaches is the third eco-system creating this bird paradise.
Anawiludawa is home to more than 150 different types of birds.The fulvous whistling duck feeds in wetlands by day or night on seeds and other parts of plants.
World Wetland Day
Guardstones of Sri Lanka Rajamaha Vihara Arattana-Overprint
...Nice postcard showing the Royal Family... for many Thais the king is the most beloved person of the kingdom...there is a lot of respect to the Royal family that have helped and rule the kingdom for hundreds of years...with matching stamps all issued at one of the Kings Anniversaries...Thanks Jobbo!!ツ
Protector of Buddhist faith in Thailand, this royal family has witnessed nine kings, ever from its inception. This family is considered as a strong pillar for the prosperity of Thailand.
Born on the 5th of December in the year 1927, King Rama IX of Thailand has reigned since the 9th of June in 1946. His titular name, Rama IX, stems from the fact that he is the ninth king of the dynasty of Chakri. He is the longest serving among all the current heads of states in the world, the longest reigning monarch in Thailand's history, and also the 10th longest reigning monarch of all time in the world.
The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The 42nd Anniversary of the Regency of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The 60th Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
...Great landscape map postcard...one of Europe's least known and most undiscovered countries...my last received Latvia postcard already dates from 2013....Thanks a lot Ona and Ieva!!【ツ】
Photo: Juris Kalniņš
Latvia is a small country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.
With a coastline of 531km along the Baltic Sea, Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Forests cover the biggest part of this low-lying country. This country also counts more than 3 000 lakes and 12 000 rivers.
Riga is the capital and the largest city of the country.
..Delicious tropical fruits postcard...most of them I can buy at our local shop but I see a few I never tasted before...and with a surcharged (overprint) stamp on former defenitives stamps which has been first released on 07 October 2007...first time I see thisシ...Thanks once more Ravindra!!✿
Fresh fruits are in abundance grown in many regions of the island and among them would be the famous Pine apple, Rambutan, variety of Mangoes, Papaya, Mangoosteen, Banana, Durian and Jackfruit.
....As last one this fantastic aerial view of Salzburg Old Town with castle and Alps in the background... famous as Mozart's birthplace... the city was also the setting for parts of one of the most popular musicals and films of all time "The Sound of Music"♬♬... and once more with a great matching stamp!! Thanks so much Dustin for these 4 wonderful little gems!! ㋡... (I never been to Salzburg, but it is certainly on my wishlist ✿)
View to the Old-Town from Mönchsberg
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital city of the federal state of Salzburg. The city is situated on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps.
Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. The city is dominated by its baroque towers and churches and the massive Hohensalzburg Fortress (or castle) atop the hill.
The city was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born here on January 27, 1756.
It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
....Postcard nr 3 shows a picturesque view of one of Austria's most beautiful towns situated on a ledge between a deep blue lake and towering green mountains....Big Thanks once more Dustin!! (P.S. lucky me that you bought too many stamps!!(◕‿-) )
Photo: Erwin Trampitsch
Hallstatt is village on Hallstatter See (a lake), in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, It is known for its World's First Salt mine and salt caves which can be visited by tourists.
Its history dates back to pre-historic times, the earliest proof of human presence in the area around Hallstatt is a cleverly drilled bone of a cave bear dated around 12000BC. There is indication of settlement in this region from as early as the Neolithic Stone Age.
Considered to be one of the oldest still inhabited settlement in Europe, Hallstatt became a "World Cultural and Natural Heritage" UNESCO site in December 1997.
....Next postcard has breathtaking nature views...with more than 400km of walking paths these mountains are an absolute gem for hiking holidays...with a cool "Postcrossing" stamp!! Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿◠‿◠)
Ellmau - Going - Scheffau - Söll
The Kaiser Mountains are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps and Eastern Alps. It consists of two main mountain ridges – the Zahmer Kaiser to the north and the Wilder Kaiser to the south. The entire range is situated in the Austrian state of Tyrol.
This mountain chain dominate the Alps at the border between Germany and Austria.
Since 1963, the Kaiser Mountains have been classified as a nature reserve to protect the rare plants and animals that live there and preserve this beautiful mountain landscape.
...First of 4 great postcards sent by postcard friend Dustin while on holiday in Austria...nice card showing the famous tourist landmark " the Golden Roof"....(but according to Dustin it was not so very impressive )... and as extra bonus a matching stamp... Thanks a lot Dustin !♥
Innsbruck, capital of Austria’s state of Tyrol, is a city in the Alps that is also an internationally renowned winter sports centre, it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. The city is also known for its Imperial and modern architecture.
The Goldenes Dachl of the Golden Roof is a landmark structure located in the Old Town section of Innsbruck. Completed in 1500, the roof was decorated with 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.
...Nice "surprise" multiview postcard sent from a tiny country in Europe...it is a co-principality, the only one of its kind in the world...Andorra is in fact the only country without its own postal system, they are operated by Spain (Correos) and France (La Poste)...both have their own stamps and mailboxes...Spanish postboxes are red and the French ones are yellow...so my postcard came from a red boxツ...Heel erg bedankt Josep and Assumpta !! (and congrats with your dutch(>‿♥) )
The Principality of Andorra is a small sovereign landlocked country nestled in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. It is one of the smallest countries in the world, with only 15 countries smaller than its 468 sq. km. (181 sq. miles).
Created under a charter in 988, the present principality was formed in 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a monarchy headed by two Co-Princes – the Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Spain, and the President of France.
Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, being at an elevation of 1023 metres.The currency is the euro, though Andorra isn’t part of the EU. Catalan is the official language,
The 10th Anniversary of the Constitution
The Zwin Nature Park is a beautiful nature reserve at the Belgian coast, an ‘international bird airport’, but also a dream for plant lovers.
On the 10th of June the new visitor centre as well as in the nature park opened its doors to the general public. It is a unique and varied top attraction where you experience nature to the full.
The greylag goose (Anser anser) is one of the species which can almost always be observed in the area.
The greylag goose is a bird in the waterfowl family Anatidae. It has mottled and barred grey and white plumage and an orange beak and legs. A large bird, it measures between 74 and 91 cm(29 and 36 in) in length, with an average weight of 3.3 kg (7.3 lb). It is the type species of the genus Anser and is the ancestor of the domestic goose, having been domesticated at least as early as 1360 BC.
The New Zwin
with First Day Special Postmark
...Fantastic new place to add to my collection and one for sure of "The Hard to Get" list... it took over 3 months to arrive...so, maybe it came by boat instead of an airplane??? (◕‿-)Thanks a million David!!♥
Nauru is the smallest island country (21 km²) in the world. It is a potato shaped coral island, located just 25 miles south of the Equator in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. It is the third smallest state by area in the world, behind only Vatican City and Monaco.
Nauru International Airport is the only airport on the island. Nauru International Airport currently serves 9 international destinations. The Nauru Airlines fleet consists of 5 airplanes (as of July 2014).
...Beautiful view of one of the most photographed buildings on the island...it is set on a rugged point in a fantastic scenic location...Thanks a lot Liane!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands between France and England off the coast of Normandy a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom. It is not part of the United Kingdom,and has an international identity separate from that of the UK, but the United Kingdom is constitutionally responsible for the defence of Jersey.
Corbiere Lighthouse (meaning 'gathering place of the crows) (Jèrriais: La Corbiéthe) is the extreme south-western point of Jersey in St. Brelade It was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be made of concrete rather than the traditional stone. It stands 135ft above sea level and the light can be seen up to 18 miles away. This 10-metres high lighthouse, designed by Sir John Coode, was completed in November 1873 on rocks 90 feet above high water and was switched on the following April.