Friday, 17 April 2015


Memory, like music, weaves its spell of happy thoughts around us.

This is for Beth, who host Postcard Friendship Friday at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Click on the button below to visit her and join in.

O is for Ottawa and Ontario

The Rideau Canal was built in 1832 as a military communications route from Ottawa to Lake Ontario. Nowadays it is used for recreation but it remains an exceptional feat of engineering. It is the oldest canal system in North America which still functions.

This particular card shows an image of kayaks, on the canal in Ottawa, that was used as a postage stamp by Canada Post.  Others stamps were issued to show skating on the canal in winter, and Jones Falls. I don't have the Jones Falls stamp card but I do have others of that area.

The canal in its entirety was added to the UNESCO list of World heritage Sites in 2007.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

N is for Nürnberg or Nuremberg

It's hard to write anything about Nuremberg without starting on a lengthy essay, if not a dissertation. I'll be brief.

It's a beautiful and very old city, towards the south east of Germany, dating back to 1050, or even earlier.  That is, at least, the date of the first documented mention of the city.  It was considered for a time to be the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, partly because of the general assemblies and courts held in the castle which you can see on the horizon in the picture.

The postcard shows signs of damage from the post office sorting machines.  This type of damage leads a lot of people to collect only unused postcards but for myself, I prefer them to show signs of their travels, within reason of course. I also like to have the postmark on the back, for dating purposes if nothing else.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

M is for Mulu National Park and Malaysia

Mulu National Park is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this time in Sarawak, Malaysia. It's best known for its enormous caves, and also for these amazing pinnacles and cliffs.

The Mulu Caves Project started in 1977 when the Royal Geographical Society sent 100 scientists there for over a year.  Since then, there have been more than 20 others which you can read about on the Mulu Caves website - there are some amazing pictures there!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

L is for Reading

Father seated on sofa, reading with three children. L for lukea.

To be more accurate, L is for "lukea" which, in Finnish, means to read.

It is an illustration by Martta Wendelin (1893-1986), an artist from Finland who created postcards, magazine covers, and illustrated fairy tales. Her themes tended to be nostalgic and charming, a little romantic.

Monday, 13 April 2015

K is for Korea

stamp card from South Korea showing penguins and Antarctic station

It's Monday and, on my self-imposed schedule, I should be showing a map card.  However K map cards seem to be in short supply.  I have none of Kentucky or Kansas, while I have already posted one map of Seoul in Korea and another ancient map of Goseong.

So here we have a postcard issued by Korea Post in 2008, along with a set of two stamps, each worth 250 won, illustrating the King Sejong Station Special.  2008 was the International Polar Year, hence the stamps.

The King Seong Station was established in the Antarctic in 1988, so it was also the 20th anniversary of its founding.  There are 17 researchers all year long but during the "summer" months, the number rises to 60 to 70 people.

My son went to the Antarctic one summer four or five years ago and brought back some of the most amazing photos I have seen.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

People at Work

stamp card showing men tunnelling for the London Underground

History repeats itself.  There have been men tunnelling under London until just a few weeks ago to create the new Crossrail routes with 21 km of new tunnels.  They have had the benefits of modern tunnelling machines which the men in the stamp card above did not.

These men were creating the first underground electric railway, using a Greathead Shield.  They had to dig out the clay from behind the the shield then force the shield forward.  The original image for the stamp card above came from the London Transport Museum and you can see it on the Transport for London site.

The stamps and stamp cards were issued in 2013 to commemorate 150 years of the London Underground.  I did show this card just over two years ago.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its current home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

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