Monday, 2 February 2009

Postcard from Bahrain

Another surprise in my mailbox: a postcard from the Kingdom of Bahrain on the Persian Gulf. The picture shows the Pearl Monument in Manama, a reminder of the country's trading past based on pearls.

The large stamp of 200 fils was issued on 16 December 2008 along with ten others, in two sheets dedicated to the Bahraini Ardha, a type of folkloric dance performed by the Bedouin tribes of the Arabian peninsula. The smaller green stamp is a charity stamp of 10 fils with the symbol of three corn spikelets. The card was postmarked on 27 December 2008 which means it travelled over a month, despite bearing an airmail label (Malaysian). Thank you Lay Hoon:-)

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