Friday, 27 March 2009

POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

This postcard arrived from Germany sent by Gabriella. Construction of the neoclassicist Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church) in Frankfurt am Main started in 1789, but was completed only in 1833. It was used as a protestant church until 1848, when it became the meeting place for the Parliament (Vorparlament). From March 31 1848 until April 3, they prepared the elections for the German National Assembly, the first freely elected parliament of Germany. On May 18, 1848 the National Assembly met for the first time in the church, and was, therefore, named the Paulskirchenparlament. Until 1849, the National Assembly worked in the church to develop a constitution for a united Germany.
During World War II, allied bombings completely destroyed the Paulskirche together with most of Frankfurt's historic center. Because of its historic significance, the Paulskirche was the first building reconstructed after the war. The Paulskirche reopened on the 100th anniversary of Germany's first parliament. Today the building is only used for public functions and special events.
On July 12, 2007 German Post issued two lighthouse stamps (Leuchtturme), one of them (Hornum) is placed on the right corner of the postcard. Hornum lighthouse was built in 1907 on the island of Sylt, in northern Germany. The slim red/white tower is 17m high and stands at the southernmost point of the island on a sand dune around 30m high. A spiral staircase leads visitors to an outside walkway where they can enjoy a breathtaking view of Sylt.
Deutsche Post repeated the theme in 2008 with more two stamps: Amrum and Warnemunde lighthouses. The Amrum lighthouse is located in the southern part of the German island of Amrum, North Sea coast. The red/white tower is 41.8 meters tall and its lights reach about 23.3 nautical miles. Constructions were taken up in 1873 and finished in November 1874. The Amrum Lighthouse was officially activated on January 1, 1875 and was the first German lighthouse to be erected in Nordfriesland. In 1936, the lantern was electrified and the last keeper left the lighthouse in 1984 when the facility had become automated.

Friday, 20 March 2009

FDCs FROM CROATIA

Zeljko from Croatia sent me nice lighthouse and blind stamps (and FDCs) to my thematic collections. The cover brings two Europa stamps issued last year, following the theme "writing letters". On November 23, 1995 Croatia Post issued a stamp and FDC celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute for blind children in Zagreb. The stamp depicts hands reading Braille. When reading braille, the index finger is often used and another finger is used as a guide to keep the finger on track. The FDC brings the image of Vinko Bek, a pioneer specialist in teaching the blind. Bek issued the first Croatian book with Braille characters.
Croatian Post issued on September 14th, 2007 a set of three stamps presenting lighthouses along Croatia's crystal-clear Adriatic coastline. Some of them close to 200 years old, but all still working. Savudrija is the oldest Croatian lighthouse built in 1818 on the cape Bašanija near Savudrija. It is the most northern Croatian lighthouse, situated right next to Slovenian border and only 56 km south of Italian town Trieste. It is 36 meters high and the light signal of this lighthouse spreads to the distance of 17 nautical miles (32 km). Situated a nautical mile southwest of the southern cape of Istria, Porer is actually a round-shaped rock 80 m in width, in the middle of which there is a rounded stone tower 35 m high that was built in 1833. The islet is situated 2.5 km from the mainland and the small town of Premantura. Sveti Ivan na pučini (St. John out in the sea) lighthouse is on an islet of irregular shape, built in the year 1853, with the surface of 70 x 50 meters, situated in the middle of the western coast of the Istrian peninsula in front of Rovinj. The lighthouse tower is 23 meters in height.

Croatia repeated the lighthouse thematic in 2008 with more three Adriatic lighthouses. Located at the western side of the resort island of Brijuni, about 7 km west of Pula, Pinida lighthouse is a 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the seaward side of a 2-story keeper's house. Vnetak lighthouse is a 13 m (43 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the front of a 1-story masonry keeper's house. The lighthouse is located on the Unije Island. Zaglav lighthouse is located on a small island off the west coast of Cres near Pernat. It is a 15 m (49 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, centered on the roof of a 2-story masonry keeper's house.






Saturday, 14 March 2009

FDC AND STAMPS FROM NEPAL

Mr. Chamling from Kathmandu sent me stamps, FDC, coins and banknotes. A sample of what arrived from Nepal:
This stamp goes straight to my Blind /Blindness collection. On November 29th, 1998 Nepal issued this stamp,with the slogan ”Save Sight Prevent Blindness”: a health campaign to avoid blindness due to cataracts. Age-related cataract is responsible for 48% of world blindness, which represents about 18 million people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Cataracts are the main cause of blindness in the world, but the vast majority of cases can be treated successfully with an operation to remove the cloudy lens.
On July 7th, 2005 Nepal issued a stamp and FDC celebrating the 59th Birthday of HM King Gyanendra. He reigned as King Gyanendra from his accession in 2001 until the dissolution of the monarchy in 2008, when he became a private citizen and was stripped of his royal titles and status. On 28 May 2008, the monarchy was officially abolished in Nepal and replaced with a secular federal republic by the Constituent Assembly.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

FDC AND STAMPS FROM ALGERIA

Now is Algeria Post celebrating the bicentenary of birth of Louis Braille. The first stamp issued in Algeria this year, brings Braille’s image and the first eight letters of the alphabet and their equivalent Braille alphabet letters. Mr. Khemissi from Setif sent me the FDC, a brochure and the mint stamp. Thanks!