50th Anniversary Royal New Zealand Ballet – Swan Lake Ballet on Stamps
New Zealand issued a set of stamps on 05 Mar 2003 to mark 50th Anniversary of Royal New Zealand Ballet. One of the stamps depicts the Swan Lake Ballet.
Swan lake Ballet was originally composed by a Russian Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky in 1875-76. Despite initial failure it is now one of most popular of all Ballets. The scenario,initially in two acts was fashioned from Russian and/or German Folk Tales and tells the story of Odette, A Princess turned into a Swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
Blue Wonder Bridge – Loschwitz Bridge Dresden – Germany Postcards
Blue Wonder Bridge is commonly used name for Loschwitz Bridge in Dresden. It is a cantilever truss bridge over the river Elbe in Saxon Capital Dresden. It connects the residential areas of Blasewitz (left bank) and Loschwitz (right Bank)
The Blue Wonder was completed in 1893 and opened on 15 Jul 1893 as the fifth Dresden Elbe bridge. today it is one of the landmarks of the city and was nominated in 2007 for the award Historic Landmark of Civil Engineering in Germany.
The Kiel Canal (German Nord -Ostsee-Kanal) literally meaning North to Baltic Sea canal formerly known as the Kaiser -Wilhelm -Kanal is a 98 Km (61 Miles) long freshwater canal in the German state of Schleswig -Holstein. The canal was finishedin 1895 but later widened and links the North Sea at Brunsbuttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. An average of 250 nautical miles(460 Km) is saved by using the Kiel Canal instead ofGoing around the Jutland Peninsula.
A Stamp and Postcard was issued on 08 Jun 1995 to mark the Centenary of Canal.
The Postcard also marks 1000th Anniversary of German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in North Germany.