Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vintage and Classic Cars of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

time for another Sunday Stamps episode...this time with the theme of cars...
I was actually surprised to realize how much material I have for today's post, but my decision fell on this FDC eventually, simply cos I realized I have never posted anything Sri Lankan before, so now it was a good opportunity :)

these four commemorative stamps were issued on October 28, 2011, showing Vintage and Classic Motor Cars, with the face value of 5.00 Rs each.
A leaflet with the stamps' information came inside the FDC, so I'll use that as my source today.

And the stamps go as follows:

- top left stamp shows an Austin 12 from 1928, which was Sir Herbert Austin's second model after WWI. It had a 1861 cc four cylinder engine with four-speed manual transmission. It remained in production until 1939, enjoying success throughout and recording peak annual sales in 1927.

- the top right stamp shows a Rolls Royce 20/25 from 1934 - One of the last two designs by the celebrated engineer Sir Henry Royce, before he passed away in 1933, the Rolls Royce 20/25 as introduced in 1929. It had a 3699 cc straight-6 cylinder and four-speed transmission with synchromesh on top two gears. Its gearbox came in one unit together with the engine. It could achieve 120km/h. Production ended in 1936 with 3,827 units made.

- the bottom left stamp shows a Jaguar ss 100 from 1937 - One of the most aesthetically appealing Jaguar cars, the ss100 was introduced in 1936. It was designed by Sir William Lyons. It was a two-seater sports car with a 2663 cc straight-6 engine. Its four speed gearbox had synchromesh on top three gears. The ss100 was capable of 153km/h. A rare car with only 314 units ever built, including the 3485 cc version introduced in 1938. Production ended in 1940.

the last stamp, the bottom right one, shows a Morris Minor from 1949 - Sir Alec Issigonis' revolutionary creation, Morris Minor, was introduced in 1948. Compared to other cars of its time, the Morris Minor excelled as a roomy car with superior handling. In 1961 the Morris Minor became the first British car to sell over one million units. It had a 918 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine. It had four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on top three gears. It could reach approximately 100km/h

well, I hope you  are more familiar with cars and stuff, cos honestly, all that cylinder/synchromesh/cc kind of stuff is sc-fi for me :)

For more drives around the planet, click on the link below...and enjoy your Sunday :)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Industry, Bulgaria

when I first read the theme for this week Sunday's stamps, I was all, 'but I have no industry-related stamps'! But after a browse through my albums, I realized I was wrong...and that I actually even could choose from a few different issues...but in the end decided to go for this Bulgarian one, which I think is literally an industry issue :)

this is an old set of 5 stamps issued back in 1964...thanks to my mum, I have them in my albums nowadays.
I am not fond of used stamps in general, but they can come in handy when you are struggling with a topic somehow :P
These stamps depict several different types of factories in different Bulgarian towns...and not much info is available on the net, or at least not for the time I had available to search for I'll just be thankful for knowing Cyrillic and can translate these myself, since Bulgarian and Macedonian have a lot of similarities :)

The first stamp on top, shows a Metallurgy Plant in Kremikovci, which, at least today, seems to be Bulgaria's largest metalworking company, whose construction of the facilities began on 5 November 1960 and the first production capacities were put into operation in 1963 to produce cast iron and coke, with production extending to cover other areas in the 1960s and 1970s.

The middle stamp shows a Non-ferrous metals plant in Plovdiv...I had to use a translator for this one, cos boy did I have a laugh at Bulgarian it says цветни метали...and in Macedonian, that would mean 'flower metals' since цвет means flower...anyways, the factory is a leading producer of nonferrous and precious metals in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea Region, working actively for the environmental recognition of metals as efficient market products.

The third stamp ( i do not know where that stain had come from) shows a Cellulose-paper plant in what was back then known as the village of Bukovci, while in 1970 it acquired the status of a town, nowadays known as Mizia.

At the bottom we have two more stamps...the first one shows a Nitrogen-fertilizer plant near Stara Zagora, which is not operational at present...while the second stamp shows an oil-refining plant in the town of just not sure if THIS one is the plant that today is considered to be the largest oil refinery in South-eastern Europe.

Well, hope you liked the post...tried to bring something new in here..and hopefully see you next Sunday!

In the meantime, check out some more industrial posts :)