Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Germany: Nolde Museum in Seebüll

On Saturday I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows a painting from the collection of the Nolde Museum. The Nolde Museum is an art museum in Seebüll in the German State of Schleswig-Holstein. It was opened in 1957 in the former residence of the Expressionist painter Emil Nolde and only shows his paintings. 
I bought this card recently at the Art Museum in Wolfsburg.

Water Lily (issued 11-05-2017)
with a special postmark about Emil Nolde's 150th birthday

I also bought two other cards of Emil Nolde's paintings.

Cover and Stamps from Portugal

On Saturday I got not only a postcard but also a cover from Portugal.

Portugal and World War I (from set of three) (issued 30-06-2017)
150th anniversary of the Abolition of the Death Penalty (from set of two) (issued 01-07-2017)
EUROMED - Trees of the Mediterranean (from set of four) (issued 10-07-2017)

Inside were the complete sets of the three stamps on the envelope.

At the beginning of World War I Portugal remained officially neutral, but already shortly after there were hostile engagements between Portugal and the German Empire due to the German campaign in Angola and the submarine warfare which sought to blockade the United Kingdom, the most important market for Portuguese products. On 9th March 1916 the German Empire declared war on Portugal followed by Portugal's reciprocal declaration. Around 12000 Portuguese troops died during World War I. After the war the German Empire was forced to cede the port of Kionga to Portugal.

In 1867 Portugal was the first country that abolished the death penalty. The Charter of Law of Abolition of the Death Penalty got the European Heritage Label in 2014.

The trees shown on the stamps are the Cork Oak, the Iberian Pear, the Strawberry Tree and the Olive Tree.

Thank You very much José!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Germany: Colossus of Prora

On Friday I got two postcards from Germany.

They both show the Colossus of Prora. The Colossus of Prora is a colossal Nazi-planned holiday resort on the island of Rügen and a particularly striking example of Third Reich architecture. It was built between 1936 and 1939 as a Strength Through Joy project and was designed to provide affordable holidays for the average worker, but was never used for this purpose. Later the buildings were used by the East German National Peoples Army. In recent years it was sold and redeveloped.

Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 07-07-2016)

Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 08-06-2017)

Thank You very much Ulf!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Transnistria: Combined Heat and Power Plant in Tiraspol

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Transnistria and one from Kyrgyzstan.

The card from Transnistria shows the Combined Heat and Power Plant in Tiraspol. The Combined Heat and Power Plant is the largest power generation project utilizing renewable energy sources in the whole of Moldova. It is in use since 2008 and fully covers the technological needs of the textile enterprise Tirotex. 

Transnistria issues its own stamps, but as its independence is not recognised internationally the stamps can only be used within the territory. To send mail to other countries Moldovan stamps have to be used. The Transnistrian stamp on this card is from a set of three definitive stamps and was issued on 12th April 2016. The new motive was printed on the backside of a fiscal stamp from the 1990s.

Thank You very much Hanko!

Kyrgyzstan: Yurts

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Kyrgyzstan and one from Transnistria.

The card from Kyrgyzstan shows a Kyrgyz landscape with three Yurts.

Stamp (of Kyrgyz Express Post):
Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (from set of two) (issued 05-08-2016)

Thank You very much Hanko!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Sweden: Linnaean Garden

On Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Sweden and two from Thailand.

The card from Sweden shows the Linnaean Garden in Uppsala. The Linnaean Garden is the oldest botanical garden in Sweden. Carl Linnaeus became responsible for the garden in 1741 and had it rearranged according to his taxonomy. He documented the arrangement in his work Hortus Upsaliensis. In the 19th century the garden decayed, but in 1917 it was restored. Today it belongs to the University of Uppsala. It seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

National Parks (from set of three) (issued 12-09-1989)
Photography (from set of three) (issued 06-10-1990)
Retro (two from set of five) (issued 12-01-2017)
Crown Regalia (from set of five) (issued 20-10-1971)
Floating logs (issued 09-02-1970)
Flora (from set of four) (issued 27-03-2008)

Thank You very much Merja!

Thailand: Maxicards

On Wednesday I got three postcards: two from Thailand and one from Sweden

The cards from Thailand are both maxicards and were fixed together by tape.

The first card shows a Golden Rain Tree. The Golden Rain Tree is native to the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia. It is used in herbal medicine and is the national flower of Thailand. 

The stamp was issued on 8th August 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN and is a joint issue with seven other ASEAN member states.

The second card commemorates the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia. The stamp was issued on 3rd July 2017 and is a joint issue with Russia.

On the backside of the second card are four special postmarks and the stamp that was used as postage:
Tourism (from set of ten) (issued 05-07-2012)

Thank You very much Cherry!

covers from Germany

On Wednesday I got not only three postcards but also two covers from Germany.

Chocolate Cosmos (issued 03-12-2015)
with a special postmark about the 150th anniversary of the railway in Oldenburg

Chocolate Cosmos (issued 03-12-2015)
with a special postmark about the 350th anniversary of the Personal Union of Denmark and Oldenburg

Friday, 18 August 2017

Germany: Siemensstadt Housing Estate

On Tuesday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Siemensstadt Housing Estate in Berlin. The Siemensstadt Housing Estate was built between 1929 and 1931 in the style of the Neues Bauen by seven famous architects including Hans Scharoun and Walter Gropius and was used as worker housing for Siemens' nearby electrical factory. As one of the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates it is since 2008 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Berlin.
100th birthday of Heinz Sielmann (issued 08-06-2017)

Thank You very much Hanko!

Germany: Vitra Design Museum

On Tuesday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Vitra Design Museum. The Vitra Design Museum is an internationally renowned museum for design in Weil am Rhein. It was founded in 1989 and is housed in a deconstructivist building designed by Frank O. Gehry, which is his first building in Europe.

Classical Cars (from set of two) (issued 13-04-2017)

Thank You very much Anna-Lena!