Monday, July 31, 2017

Kawasaki, Japan

The bridge on the red Kawasaki postmark is the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. It's a 4.4 km bridge and 9.5 km tunnel running across Tokyo bay, connecting Kawasaki to Kisarazu. In the background is Mount Fuji. And I believe what appears to be a sailboat on the left side of the postmark is actually the Tower of Wind. This structure supplies fresh air to the tunnel on the floor of the bay.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Kilchberg, Switzerland

Kilchberg is a town in Switzerland and part of the greater Zürich area: the canton of Zürich. It's just a short train ride from Zürich's central station. I recognized the name of the town because I've been there before. The Lindt & Sprüngli headquaters is in Kilchberg and we stopped by while in Zürich... maybe 15 years ago. Unfortunately they don't offer tours at Lindt but we did manage to get some free chocolates.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Gdańsk, Poland

More mineral stamps from Poland: agate, gypsum and malachite with azurite. Thank you Roman.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Green Succulents from the USA

Looks like circular international forever stamps are the norm for the USPS. It looks like all of the subjects on these stamps so far have been circular as well: Earth, Moon and Christmas Wreaths. And now an echeveria.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Aston Manor, South Africa

I got a bit of a history lesson from this one from South Africa. On it are stamps not only from the RSA but also "Venda" and "Transkei". These were known as Bantustans: territories that were reserved for black Africans in South and South West Africa during apartheid. These were two of four that were established in the 1970's and declared as independent, but only recognised as such within South Africa. All Bantustans were re-integrated with South Africa in 1994.


Aston Manor is a neighbourhood within the city of Kempton Park which is north-east of Johannesburg.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yokohama, Japan: Lions Club International Centennial

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club International.  The Lions Club is a non-profit services organisation whose goal is to help local communities. It is a secular, non-political organization with over 1.4 million members in 200 countries. It was founded in Chicago in 1917 and became international when a branch was opened in Canada in 1920.