A postcard of Ampelmännchen

5 07 2009

The Ampelmännchen is the symbolic person shown on traffic lights at pedestrian crossings in the former DDR (East Germany).

Before the German reunification, the two German states had different forms for the Ampelmännchen, with a generic human figure in West Germany, and a generally male figure wearing a hat in the east.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Ampelmännchen became a popular souvenir item in the tourism business.

This is the postcard I have:


Maps on postcards: Paris Métropolitain

20 06 2009

The Paris Métro or Métropolitain, in French: Métro de Paris, is a metro system in Paris, France. It is a symbol of the city and its station architecture is influenced by Art Nouveau. It has 16 lines, mostly underground, and a total length of 214 km. There are 300 stations.

I guess that everyone who has been to Paris has also been in the Paris Métro. Well, I have travelled by Paris Métro quite often.

I received two different postcards, both showing Paris Métropolitain. Here’s the first card:

Here’s a bigger picture of the first card.

And here’s the second:

Here’s a bigger picture of the second card.