A set of Airmail Postcards have been issued by South Africa on Mammals and Whales on 23 Oct 1998. These are No Value Indicator Postcards ( issue value 1.30 Rand). These are WWF theme postcards on Worldwide Environment Protection.
Airmail Postcard -Pygmy Right Whale.
The Pygmy Right Whale is the smallest of the Baleen Whales. Mostly found in Southern Hemisphere (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Chile ).Longest male registered at 6.1 metres and female at 6.45 metres.
Postcards of GDR- Goethe-Schiller Monument – Schwerin Castle and Palace.
German Sculptor Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel (1804-1861) created a bronze double statue of Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) and Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), who are probably the two most revered Literary figures in Germany. These statues were installed in front of Court theatre in Weimar in 1857. This monument is perhaps the most beloved monuments in Germany. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Goethe was a Poet, Novelist and Playwright whereas Schiller was a Poet, Playwright, Philosopher and Historian. Both were great friends and lived at the same time in Weimar.
Schwerin Castle and Palace – It is located in the city of Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state.It is situated on an island in the city’s main lake, the Lake Schwerin. It was built between 1845 and 1857.
GDR issued a postage stamp on this monument on 02 Jul 1990 and also a Postcard alongwith the Schwerin Castle.
15th (Isle of Man) LAA Regiment RA (TA) – 40th Anniversary of Mobilisation.
The 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) was raised in summer of 1938 as a Territorial Army Unit. At the beginning of World War II, it consisted of two batteries (41st & 42nd) and Regimental headquarters. The regiment was partially equipped with Vickers, Lewis and Bofors Guns. Later on it was totally equipped with Bofors guns.
On 24 August 1939, The regiment was mobilised and sailed to Liverpool for the defence of the Mersey.
129 Battery and Company ATS raised and joined the Regiment in England.
After the outbreak of WW II the regiment deployed in Midlands and south-west England during the Battle of Britain.
On 19 Nov 1940 embarked for the Middle East and landed in Egypt.
41 Battery sailed for East African theatre and took part in operations in Sudan, Eritrea and Abyssinia alongside 4th and 5th Indian Divisions and saw the surrender of Italian Forces.
129 Battery was overrun by German Forces in Crete in May 1941.
42nd battery and Regimental Headquarters were responsible for Air Defence of Suez Canal in Egypt.
In 1942, The Ist Battery of AA British Army with experience in Dunkirk joined the Regiment replacing 129 Battery.
On Jul 1942 joined the 7th Armoured Divison and took part in the Battle of Alamein.
From Oct 1942 moved through North Africa till the surrender of Enemy forces in North Africa (Libya, Tripoli & Tunisia)
Then moved to Italy from Salerno to Naples to Garigliano river.
In Jan 1944 returned to England, refitted and trained for Normandy Landings 0f 06 Jun 1944. Landed at Ouvranches and fought many battles in France, Belgium, Holland and finally to Hamburg for the surrender of German Forces.
Had the unique distinction of shooting down 300 aircraft, several tanks and infantry in light artillery role.
A Special Cover and Cancellation to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Mobilisation issued on 24 Aug 1979 is listed.
A set of stamps issued on Trees and Fruits by Tokelau on 26 Jun 1985. A First Day Cover with a 75c stamp on Coconut is listed. The First Day Cover was issued International Postal Collectors League Minneapolis The USA.
Cancellations on Christmas Markets – Offenbach – Germany.
A Christmas Market also known as Christkindlmarkt (Christ Child Market) or Weihnachtsmarkt is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany and are traditionally held in the town square, the market has food and drinks stalls, seasonal items, singing and dancing. Dortmund with 3.5 million visitors and Cologne with four million visitors are known to be the largest Christmas markets.
Cancellations issued on these Christmas markets can be good addition to any collection on Christianity, Christ, Fairs and Markets, Culture and Traditions collection. A cancellation on Offenbach Christmas Market dated 19 Dec 1989 is listed.
Offenbach International Christmas Markets – The 2019 Offenbach International Christmas Market will take place from 25 Nov to 30 Dec 2019 at Stadthof, Aliceplatz. Offenbach is the city of the state of Hesse in Germany in Rhine-Main region on river Main. Once known for machine-building,leather-making & Automobile industries it is now known for Automobile industries.