Bridges: Connecting People

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    issued Sept.21st,1976,completing the set (#116,#120) of 5;
     
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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Gertrauden-Bridge in the centre of Berlin (East) was built in
    1895/96.It was a road-bridge on the Reichs-Strasse no.1,today
    Bundestrasse 1 (B 1),what was the great west-east connection of Germany,running from Aachen to Eydtkuhnen (on the border with Lithuania).Today it ends at the present border with Poland.
    The bridge has a facade of massive basalt lava blocs.
    The bonze-statue in the middle is that of St.Gertraude,patron saint against rats and mice.Rats and mice are to be seen at the base of the
    statue and it is said to bring (financial) luck,to stroke them.
    Close to the end of the war,the statue was to be molten in for recovering the bronze for military needs.But the man who was in charge,hid the sculpture and so it could be brought back to her old
    location a few years later.
    Because of increased traffic a new bridge for the B 1 was built in 1977
    close by.The old bridge was declared a national monument and was
    transformed into a pedestrian bridge.
    Stamp issued Oct.8th,1985 in a set of 4 (+ 1).
     
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  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Jungfern-Brücke (virgins-bridge) is the oldest existing bridge
    in the centre of Berlin.Built in 1688 or 1689 the wooden structure
    was replaced in 1798 by steel-parts and looks today very much
    the same.However it was restored several times since then.It is now
    a pedestrian bridge and the mechanics of a bascule bridge are no
    longer functioning.The last complete reconstruction was done in
    1998/99,when the complete bridge was demolished and later rebuild
    with new built parts,so it now resembles again the state of 1798.

    The 20 Pfg.-value of this set of 4,issued on Oct.8th,1985 exists in
    two different prints.The upper stamp is photo-printed,the lower one
    lithographed.Rather easy to distinguish,as the litho-print looks
    sharper.The litho-print version was printed in sheetlets of 8.
    pints: photo 8 millions,litho 16.8 millions (2.1 millions sheetlets).
     
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  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Weidenammer Bridge is a road-bridge (Friederichstraße) crossing
    the river Spree.In the present form it was originally from 1896.
    Many times overhauled it is now a declared historical monument.
    The cast-iron railings,decorated by the imperial coat of arms make it
    a major tourist-spot.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The top-value of this series shows the Marx-Engels-Bridge,since
    1991 renamed to Schloßbrücke (Palace Bridge).
    Opened in 1824 it leads Berlin´s central boulevard "Unter den
    Linden" across the Spree-Kanal.That explains the size of the
    bridge,planned by Karl Friederich Schinkel: 56 m long and 32 m wide.
    Wide enough to allow six lanes for car traffic,plus generous sidewalks.
    Because of the lack of funds,the statues,now of marble,instead of
    copper,as intended by Schinkel,were added thirty years later.
    The statues commemorate the "Befreiungskriege" (wars of
    liberation from Napoleonic rule) and show greek goddesses and
    warriors.
    At the time there was some controversy about the statues,as some
    of the warriors were completely naked,what angered some of the
    all-time prudish bigots.
    In 1912,when the commercial shipping on the Spreekanal had
    ended,the central part of the bridge,what had been rectangular
    with a folding-mechanism to allow ship to pass,was replaced
    by a round arch,like originally planned by Schinkel.
    A copy of the ironcast railings was given by the King (of Prussia)
    as a present to the Tsar of Russia and was installed on the
    "Antishkov-Bridge" in St.Petersburg in 1843.
     
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Magdeburg liftbridge was originally built as a swingbridge
    in 1848.It is (was) a railway-bridge,crossing the river Elbe.
    Rebuilt several times,the swing-bridge was replaced by a lift-
    bridge in 1895.The final reconstruction was done in 1934.
    Blown up in the last days of the war by german troops,it was
    rebuilt soon after in 1946.
    In 1998 the railway-line was closed and the bridge,a technical
    monument,now serves as a foot-bridge.
    The central part of the bridge is a lift bridge,with a width of 86 m,
    what can be lifted by 2,87 meters.This allows ships at the high-
    water-limit to pass through with a height of 5.05 m.
    That is no longer sufficient for modern ships,to pass at high-water.
    Originally (1895) the lift was done by a hydraulic system,but that
    was replaced by an elektro-mechanical one.In case of an emergency,
    that allows the bridge to be lifted by hand (!).

    Stamp issued Oct.18th,1988,from a set of 5.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Located in the village of Altfriesack,north-west of Berlin in
    Brandenburg,the drawbridge was built,after dutch models,
    in 1787.In 1927 the wooden original brigde,was replaced by
    a steel-construction.It serves as road- and pedestrian-bridge.
    Stamp issued Oct.18th,1988,from a set of 5.
     
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  8. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Ziegelgraben-Drawbridge is part of the Rügendamm,a road- and
    railway connection between Stralsund and Germany´s largest island
    Rügen.Buit in the 1930th it is a double-drawbridge.One for road-traffic
    and beside that one for railway-traffic.The bridge opens six times for
    20 minutes every day,to let ships pass.Closed only ships not exceeding
    six meters in hight (over water) can pass.
    In 2007 parallel to the old bridge a high-bridge for road-traffic only was
    opened.
    Stamp issued Oct.18th,1989 (from a set of 5).
     
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  9. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The (first) "Friendship Bridge",crossing the Mekong,connects
    Thailand´s Nong Khai with the laotian capital Vientiane.
    Built with the help of Australia,the bridge is a combined road- and
    railway bridge.There are also walks for pedestrians,but it is not allowed
    to use them.The railroad still ends on the laotian side near the bridge.
    A connection to Vientiane is planned,but probably no-one wants to
    pay for it.From the Thailand side there is a direct rail-connection to
    Bangkok.
    Stamp was issued on April 8th,1994.
     
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  10. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The Thailand stamp for the same bridge,also issued on April 8th 1994.
    It gives a better idea of the size of the bridge,what has a length of
    1170 meters.
    The high elevation of the bridge above the waterlevel is due to the extreme fluctuations between low- and high-water of the Mekong.
    But possibly this soon will be a matter of the past,as China is building
    a string of dams upstream.
     
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