Category Archive: Postcrossing

Mr Seefeld of Lapland

In this wintry season with snow already under our belts (well, it disappeared again rather quickly here in Denmark), I thought this Postcrossing postcard is a good fit. It is from a Finnish 14 year old who lives in Lapland, who sent me a card with the Finnish part of Lapland that shows that he lives …

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The Great Wall: the spine of the Chinese people

In exchange for a postcard from Denmark for his daughter’s collection, my Chinese Postcrossing friend sent me one from China. It features the Great Wall, which is probably one of the most well-known symbols of China and of the Chinese people. My friend wrote on the back of the card: This card shows the Great …

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“Toppen og Bolden” – the sequel

Last week I posted a blog about a mysterious skyline in this Danish stamp which featured the HC Andersen story “Toppen og Bolden” or “The Sweethearts”. Some more searching brought me to a page of the World Online Philatelic Agency (WOPA), which explains a bit more about the Danish-Chinese collaboration on the Hans Christian Andersen stamps. Apparently …

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“Toppen og Bolden” – from Denmark to China

The other day I received a request from a fellow Postcrosser from China, whether I could send him a postcard from Denmark because that was the one that was missing in the collection he is making for his four year old daughter. His specific request was to get a postcard with the Danish flag (that’s easy) …

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The light of St Lucia (Finland)

Over Christmas I received a Postcrossing postcard from the Swedish speaking minority living along the coasts in Finland. Although the card itself showed the Viking line, which cruises between Turku or Helsinki in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden, the sender talked about the celebration of St Lucia on the 13th of December. Although that is …

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The Pensacola Beach sign in Florida

A perfect Postcrossing postcard for this week – it is very sunny here in Nijmegen – is the one I received of the Pensacola Beach sign in Florida. It is an iconic landmark from the 60s which points the way to the beach bridge to get to the barrier island that is Pensacola Beach. Initially only …

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The Stadthuys in Malacca

This Postcrossing postcard came from Malaysia, but has a Dutch ‘background’. It shows the Stadthuys in Malacca, which might well be the oldest remaining Dutch colonial building left in Southeast Asia. It was built shortly after Malacca was captured by the Dutch in 1641 and modelled after the city hall of Hoorn, the Netherlands. That …

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The Elk Man from Perm, Russia

This Postcrossing postcard is also about symbols of a culture (see Folk costumes from Poland), but this time not about a contemporary culture, but an ancient one. It came from Perm, at the geographical centre of Russia, and shows a bronze cast of the Elk Man – a priest or a warrior. These Perm Animal Style casts …

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Folk costumes from Poland

Via Postcrossing I received a 40-year old postcard from Leszno, Poland, which shows different folk costumes. Folk costumes are often associated with a geographical area or a period of time in history. It is a way in which an identity can be expressed. This is also the case for clothing in general. One example is a school …

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Canada – Dragon Boat Races

From Canada I received a Postcrossing postcard about dragon boat races. It read: “Greetings from Toronto, Canada, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There is always some festival (music, cultural, food, movies) going on and restaurants from every country can be found around town. Happy Postcrossing!” One of those festivals is the …

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