Monday, August 31, 2009


A surprise postcard from Amarilis through this blog...

Several views around Luxembourg City and the its coat of arms. Upper right is the building at Lower Town of Grund (Ville Basse du Grund). Marché-aux-poissons (Fish Market) with the National History Museum by the Alzettein River on the upper left. Mother and Child Sculpture (Mère et Enfant) by Englisg sculptor, Henry Moore at the lower right. FInally, the lower left shows the Luxembourg City Hall (L'Hôtel de Ville). Among these structures, Marché-aux-poissons is within the old quarter of the city, which is listed in UNESCO Heritage List under the name "City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications". Thanks.

This card was sent inside an envelope from Luxembourg CT on 9.6.2009. The meter cancellation is "EEN ZUCH AN D'ZUKUNFT". The stamps are 0,20 € European Union stamp, another 0,20€ fire engine truck stamp and a non-value indicated "A" stamp with its label (an old telephone).

Sunday, August 30, 2009


The symbols of native American and a little girl in traditional attire (Navajo?). The background of the girl looks like Monument Valley. Thanks utahgirl.

This postcard was sent from Salt Lake City, UT on 25 (?).6.2009. The stamps used to send this postcard are 4 cents American clock stamp, 44 cents Queen of Heart of the playing cards stamp and another 44 cents Homer Simpsons of "The Simpsons" stamp.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


The mosaic (mosaico de aquiles) of the Roman town of La Olmeda (Villa Romana "La Olmeda"), Pedrosa de La Vega, Palencia. This place was part of Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. The mosaic shows the hunters and their hunts. It was discovered by the archeologist in 1968. Thanks namiet.

It was sent from CTA Madrid on 10.6.2009 using a €0,78 International Polar Year Stamp. Another typical Madrid's machine cancellation.

Friday, August 28, 2009


Aurora Borealis (Revontulet), the northern polar light. When the particles of the solar wind hit the atmosphere of the Earth, the oxygen of the air flares in a greenish light. This natural phenomena occurs particularly near the Poles area. Thanks kiraffi.

A 1 luokka (1st Class) irregular shape of the Finnish flag stamp was used. It was sent from Kuopio on 10.6.2009.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Mariyinsky Palace (Маріїнський палац) is a former Russian Tsars' residence in Kiev (Kyiv). It is situate on the hilly bank of Dniper River. Currently, this palace is the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine. Thanks mindanao.

This postcard was sent together with another unwritten postcard of St. Petersburg inside an envelope. Four stamps were used. They are ₴3.30 South Pole stamp, two different design ₴1.00 cat stamps and one 10k jar stamp. Altogether, the postage paid was ₴5.40. They were send from Kyiv on 4.6.2009.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Shanghai scenery with Pudong District (浦东区), as view from Huangpu District (黄埔区). The Huangpu River (黄浦江) separates this two districts and can be seen in this postcard. On the Pudong side, the Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠电视塔) is seen at the left side. While, another high rise building, Jin Mao Tower (金茂大厦), is on the right. Thanks flying_carrot.

A 4.50 Yuan environmental definitive stamp was used to send this postcard on 8.6.2009. Apparently, the bottom of the postmark is not clear. This card was definately sent from Shanghai (上海) and at the bottom two characters are visible but not identified. The office that did the cancellation might be from Huangpu 46 (黄埔 46), as it is where the sender from.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Finnish smoke sauna (savusauna) as shown in this postcard. In occasionally, people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches with leaves on. Thanks AKS.

Interestingly, the stamp used to send this postcard has a similar theme with the postcard. It is a 1 LK or first class postage stamp. The card was sent from Helsinki Helsingfors on 8.6.2009.

Monday, August 24, 2009


This is a advertisement postcard to promote a movie. Christmas Story, the English name for a Finnish movie by Juha Wuolojoki. Its Finnish name is Joulutarina. Thanks mingchu.

A 6 Yuan bird definitive stamp was used to send this postcard. So far, this is the highest postage used. Normally, it is between 3 Yuan and 4.50 Yuan. It was sent from Guangdong Shenzen Pinxin 2 (广东 深圳 平信2) on 5.6.2009. "Pinxin" is ordinary mail. However, it is an airmail rate with a red color "Par Avion" marking. So, as long as the stamp is cancelled, the wrongly used postmark is not an issue here.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Commemorative postcard for the 22nd Universal Postal Congress Beijing 1999. The ID for this postcard is JP79(4-3)1999. The design shows a girl in front of the stone column or huabiao (华表) at Tiananmen. This postcard is issued with a 420 fen pre-printed stamp with the same design. Additional three 10 Fen environmental definitive stamps were added to increase the postage to 4.50 Yuan, the international airmail rate for postcard. It was sent from Guangdong Guangzhou Baiyun-guoji-jichang 2 (广东 广州 白云国际机场2) on 9.6.2009. "Baiyun-guoji-jichang" is Baiyun International Airport in Chinese. Thanks semper_fi.

A plain backside of this postcard, a place to write message. But, not in this case. The postmarks are visible on the back too.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Mural inside Mogao Caves (莫高窟), a UNESCO Heritage site in Dunhuang (敦煌). This one from Cave no. 285 from Western Wei Dynasty. A group of figures is shown in this part of mural. Thanks Ariell/MavisLu.

Using two 150 Fen infrastructure of Hainan stamps (1996-9, 4-3 and 4-4), it was sent from Shanghai Luminlu 12 (上海 卢闵路 12) on 8.6.2009.

Friday, August 21, 2009


A white-tail deer, a native deer of the Americas. It can be found from Canada until Peru. There are several subspecies. Some of them live near the urban and can be found in someone's backyard. Thanks Juliee.

A postcard sent with envelope and used stamps inside. It was sent from Mid Hudson, New York, on 8.6.2009 using 94 cents Trunk Bay airmail stamp and 4 cents Chippendale chair stamp.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Fairy chimney rock formation in Cappadocia, an ancient name for the central Anatolia. It is famous for the dwellings inside the rock formation. This postcard is at Zelve in the Nevşehir Province. It is part of the UNESCO Heritage List with the title "Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia". Thanks Haraldur.

A 65 Yeni Kuruş scenery stamp on Bartin was used. "Yeni"means new and 100 Kuruş is 1 Lira. This stamp was cancelled with a round shape postmark of Küçükbakkalköy on 6.6.2009.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


A postcard from Burghausen, Altötting in Upper Bavaria, Germany. It is near the border with Austria. This city has the longest castle in Europe. The city view is shown on the upper right, where the castle is on the upper part. The others are views inside the old town. Thanks JaniD.

This postcard was sent with two contemporary flower definitive stamps (10 cents and 90 cents). Therefore, a Euro to send this card. It was machine cancelled at Briefzentrum 80 on 14.6.2009. Briefzentrum 80 is the centre at Munich. The pictorial cancellation is Messe München International.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Greetings from Minneaplis, this is the theme of this postcard from that city. Different features of this city are reflected inside the characters. There are nature, art and cityscape. Identified features from Minnehaha Park, including the Minnehaha Falls and statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Thanks laral.

This card was sent from the city, Minneapolis MN 555(?) on 10.6.2009. Another blur meter cancellation from US. The stamps are 10 cents American clock, 44 cents King of Heart (playing cards) stamp and another 44 cents Maggie Simpsons of "The Simpsons" stamp. Altogether, it is 98 cents for sending this card.

Monday, August 17, 2009


A postcard that shows the multifaceted of Melbourne, Australia. On the upper low, from left to right, it shows the Crown Entertainment Complex; Yarra River; and Melbourne sports precint. For the middle low, it shows Bathing Boxes, Brighton; little penguins, Philip Island; and the Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell. The last low is Flinders Street Station; Yarra by night; and Cook's Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens. Thanks Aussiebear.

A $1.35 hourglass dolphin with WWF theme stamp for international post was used to send this postcard. Stamps for international destinations and domestic addresses are different. This postcard was processed in Dandenong Letters Centre, Victoria on 16.6.2009 using a round shape hand stamp.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Galveston, Texas was a sea port and the gateway to the Southwest during the 19th Century. It is also the home for several historical ships, like the tall ship Ellisa (the official tall ship of Texas) at the Texas Seaport Museum, as shown in this postcard. This city was badly hurt by hurricane Ike in 2008. Thanks dreamingincode.

This postcard was sent from Houston TX 772 on 12(?).6.2009. The machine cancellation quite blur. It was posted with the latest postage rate of 98 cents. The stamps used include a 94 cents Trunk Bay airmail stamp together with 3 cents star stamp and a 1 cent Tiffany lamp stamp.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Terraced fields in the North-west (Tây Bắc), Vietnam. This area and the districts near this region are mountainous. Terrance rice fields are practiced here similar to the places across the border in China. Thanks Russianruby.

A 8000₫ terrestial orchid stamp was used to send this postcard from Hanoi on 12.6.2009. This machine cancellation is running out of ink, maybe. Only partial of this five wavy lines cancellation is seen.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Terrance rice fields (梯田) in Guilin (桂林), one of the famous agricultural technology blended with the natural environment found in China. This one is the autumn view of the Longji Jinkeng at Dazhai Yao Terrance Scenic View Area (龙脊金坑·大寨瑶族梯田观景区). This area is located in the Longsheng Autonomous County (龙胜自治县), northwestern Guilin Prefecture-level City. There are several other terrance rice fields in the vicinity too. Thanks semper_fi.

Four 1.20 Yuan new year drawing stamps (2008-2, 4-4) were used to send this postcard from Guilin. The cancellation is Guangxi Guilin Guoji 1 (广西 桂林 国际 1). "Guoji" means international. So, the mail for international destinations are cancelled with this postmark.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


A commemorative postcard on 2008 Olympic Games Touch Relay in Guilin (桂林) on 6.6.2008. Although the date was schedule on 4.6.2009, it was delay due to national day of mourning the victims of 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. A red colored square box was stamped on the bottom for the update. It shows the river scenery of Lijiang River (灕江) near Guilin, with a traditional water transport. Thanks semper_fi.

This postcard has a pre-printed 80 Fen "Dancing Beijing" stamp. Additional stamps added are two 1.20 Yuan new year drawing (2008-2, 4-4), a 80 Fen greetings stamp and a 60 Fen environmental definitive stamp. Altogether, the postage paid for sending this postcard is 4.60 Yuan. It was sent from Guangxi Yangshuo Gaotian 1 (广西 阳朔 高田 1) 0n 11.6.2009. Apparently, the stamps were not cancelled. So, when it arrived at Guilin, the stamps were cancelled with Guangxi Guilin Guoji 1 (广西 桂林 国际 1) postmark. "Guoji" means international.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


A drawing on heritage of Seshui (澀水). This place is located in Yuchih Township, Nantou County (南投縣魚池鄉). After the 921 Earthquake, during the rebuilding of this place, some of its heritage was uncovered. These included its pottery and red tea. Thanks yenning.

This postcard was sent from Taipei on 12.6.2009. Two out of five stamps of the 1992 series traditional toy stamps were used. They are walking on ironpots and chopstick gun.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


This is the Grottoes Temple of Northern Wei (北魏石窟寺). It is part of the Gongyi Grottoes (巩义石窟), a national level heritage site in Henan Province (河南). It is situated at Shiwan Village, Nanhedu Town, Gongyi county-level City (巩义市南河渡镇寺湾村). The postcard ID is FP10 (10-8) 1999 B. Thanks 009811.

There ia a pre-printed 420 Fen stamp of the same design wth postcard. Additional three 10 Fen environmental definitive stamps were added to be sent with international airmail postcard rate. This card was sent from Jiangsu Lianyungang Hailianlu 8 (江苏 连云港 海连路 8) on 9.6.2009.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Martina Franca, a town and comune in the province of Taranto, Puglia, Italy. This postcard shows the trulli in the Itria Valley (Valle D'Itria). The trullo (plural, trulli) is a traditional Apulian (Puglia) stone dwelling with a conical roof. This style of construction is found in this area. Thanks MichelleHong.

An Italian postcard sent from China. A 3 Yuan greeting stamp was used to send this postcard from Shanghai Pudianlu 2 (上海 浦电路 2) on 15.6.2009.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


A postcard issued by Hebei Province (河北) to commemorate a decade of Project Hope (希望工程). The ID no. is 1999冀(PG)-0059(10-4). This project is to help the children in the poorer region to complete their elementary education. It also aims for improving the education facilities and teaching quality in this area. Thanks yiluoweiyu.

It was sent from Fujian Xiamen Huada 1 (福建 厦门 华大 1) on 14.6.1009. There is a pre-printed 60 Fen flower stamp on the postcard. Additional stamps were added to increase the postage. They are 2 Yuan Gulangyu stamp (2003-8, 3-3) and 2 Yuan bee stamp (1993-11, 4-4).

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Early spring in the deep lane (古巷春早) in southern part of Ahhui Province (安徽 or 皖). The landscape of Southern Ahhui (皖南) is dominated by hilly land. The old quarter of the city is built according to this landscape. Thanks DJK.

This postcard was sent using a pre-printed stamped envelope issued by Zhejiang Province in 2005. It is for mainly for mailing new year card to oversea address under a reduced rate scheme. The ID no. for this envelope is 08-330700-12-8125-000. The pre-printed stamp is auspicious drawing (麒麟送子) with 5 Yuan face value. Additional 50 Fen Outlaw of the Marsh (水浒传) stamp (1997-21,4-2) was added. This cover was cancelled with red-color Guangzhou Changganglu (Tongqu) 1 on 15.6.2009. The characters in Chinese is 广州 昌岗路 (筒取) 1. "Tongqu" means taken out of mailbox.

Friday, August 7, 2009


A postcard shows the street in Castelo de Vide, a municipality in Portalegre District. The district itself is inside Alentejo Region. This municipality is located in the interior. Thanks zepombal.

This postcard was sent from Pombal on 9.6.2009. Its posmark includes the postcode for Pombal, which is 3100. The stamp used is commemorating 200th Birth Anniversary of Darwin (€0,80). The top label of the stamp with the inscription is included here too.