mail: Colin Cohen, 21 Oakdean Park, Finchley N3 1EU, UK
late but, as I have been lucky enough to obtain some rather nice Brazilian
postcards recently, I thought it might be nice to share some of these with you,
as shown above – the second set are black and white copies of colour originals.
Firstly, with the national carrier VARIG (Who may once again be bankrupt by the
time this comes out – DWB), LPS Hobby have re-issued some 1960s postcards in
their LPC series. I especially like 013
which shows a Caravelle with a Panair do Brasil DC-8 behind, taken in 1963.
I also have a re-touch card of a 707 at Frankfurt. This is in the Airport
issue series by Cloos, while the same aircraft with crew is on a Brazilian card
from an unknown publisher.
the football world cup in full steam as I write this, the returning winning Brazil
team of 2002, complete with cup, feature
on a multiview card of local scenes. As mentioned last time VARIG is the official carrier for the team
who now use a Boeing 767 painted in a special livery. This is shown on publisher card Postcard 569 but VARIG issue cards
of these special colours seem to have ceased.
Brazil airline scene is volatile with many carriers apart from VARIG and TAM.
Most of these are low cost carriers and do not issue postcards but are
represented on publisher cards, where fortunately Brazil has two active
publishers. These are the long-standing Manche postcards, whose owner is usually
seen at the annual Frankfurt show and LPS. Both can be contacted by E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com. Examples of such
carriers, past and present, and their
equipment are Absa Cargo – 767, ATA 727, 737,
Brasmex DC-10, BRA Rotatur 737-300, Way Bra 767, Fly Boeing 727, GOL
737-700, Nacional 737, Ocean Air F.50, RICO 737, Skymaster 707, TABA F.50,TAR
737, TRIP ATR-42.
ATR-42 shown is at Fernando de Noronha, an island off the north east coast which
was the first landfall for many of the first South Atlantic Flights. This card
is by Brascard (www.brascardnet.br)
next time, happy collecting
Footnote. At the Frankfurt Summer show, it was noted that the VARIG flight was
10 hours late and an airport catering worker said he had been instructed not to
supply the airline. Another source at the same show indicated that VARIG’s
troubles may not be unconnected with their financial dependence on
a government whose presidents daughter is married to the owner of rival,
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