Monday, 4 October 2010

COVER FROM SWEDEN AND GERMAN LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS

My Swedish postcard trade partner Mirian sent me two lighthouse cards from a trip to Germany.
Sweden Post issued on January 29th, 2009 a six-stamp series named Cult Cars presenting popular cars from the 1940s - 1960s in Sweden, USA and Europe.
The Volvo PV 444 was the big people’s car in Sweden in the 1940s and ‘50s, and almost 200,000 were manufactured in total. The 4-cylinder engine car laid the foundation for Volvo’s growth as a car producer and was made from 1947 to 1965.
In 1955 French Citroën introduced the new model DS, known as ‘The Toad’ in Sweden! The executive car was known for its aerodynamic futuristic body design and innovative technology, including a hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension. The car was produced between 1955 and 1975 and the car on the stamp is from circa 1957.
The Coupé de Ville was introduced by Cadillac late in the 1949 as a closed, two-door coupé. It was one of the company's most popular models and redesigned several times until the discontinuation of the model in 1993. 1950s models with their rear section with impressive fins are probably the best-known versions of the car. Models from this era have commonly appeared in movies and music videos.
Hiddensee is a barrier island in the Baltic Sea, located west of Rügen on the German coast. The famous Dornbusch Lighthouse is built on a 72m high hill covered with thorn bushes, for which the light is named. The original tower was a round brick building built in 1888, but it was strengthened with a concrete jacket in 1927 and got the present 12-sided outer wall. The 28 m (92 ft) round masonry tower, painted white with its red lantern roof is a landmark on the northern end of the island. After the German reunification, the tower was restored and opened it to the public in 1994.
Cape Arkona is the most prominent and dangerous cape on Germany's Baltic coast, located on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Here are located two of the most beautiful lighthouses of the Baltic Sea. The oldest tower was inaugurated in 1828: a 21 m (69 ft) square 3-stage brick tower. It became inactive in 1902, when the new tower was built side by side. The 35m (115ft) conical brick tower with double gallery is still active.

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