Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Premium Year!!!


For the first time in the history of Colnect, premium services will be open to ALL MEMBERS during the next 7 days!
You can now enjoy Quick Mark and Custom Personal Lists throughout the week.

SPECIAL FOR PAYING PREMIUM MEMBERS:
During this week you can choose another Colnect member who will receive free premium membership for the month of January 2011.
Write to us now on this post and let us know who is your lucky selected member with whom you wish to share this service.

Enjoy the Premium Services!!!


May your collection grow during 2011 and may you meet many new collector friends. . .



Happy collecting :)





Thursday, December 16, 2010

17 December - THE WRIGHT BROTHERS FLEW THE FIRST PLANE - Today in History Through Collectibles

Many of the items that collectors on Colnect collect are in fact associated with certain historical events that have taken place over time. This applies especially to Stamps, Phone Cards, Coins and Banknotes. To commemorate these special historical events, countries release special issues of these items that depict images and information relevant to these events.
Through our “Today in History Through Collectibles” Blog we will highlight special events in history by featuring Collectible items from our Colnect Catalogs that are associated with historical events that took place on specific days in history.

17 DECEMBER 1903: THE WRIGHT BROTHERS FLEW THE FIRST PLANE
The Wright brothers, Orville (b. 19.8.1871 - 31.1.1948) and Wilbur (16.4.1867 – 30.5.1912), were two Americans who invented and built the world’s first successful self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft and they made the first flight with it on 17th December 1903.

The petrol-powered, propeller driven biplane stayed airborne for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight and it was piloted by Orville.
Orville and Wilbur Wright gained their mechanical skills required for their success by working in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots.
The Wright brothers were also the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. Their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium was a fundamental breakthrough in flight. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircrafts of all kinds.

From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on unlocking the secrets of control to conquer "the flying problem", rather than developing more powerful engines as some other experimenters did. Their careful wind tunnel tests produced better aeronautical data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers more effective than had ever been done.
In 1909, the U.S. Army's Signal Corps purchased a specially constructed plane, and the brothers founded the Wright Company to build and market their aircraft.

Wilbur Wright died in 1912 of typhoid fever while Orville lived until 1948.
The historic Wright brothers' aircraft of 1903 is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Collectibles on Colnect that Commemmorate This Day in History:

➢ PHONECARDS:
These are a few of the phonecards issued by different countries to commemorate the historic first flight by the Wright brothers:
          

➢ STAMPS:
Several countries released stamps to commemorate and celebrate the Wright brothers' great achievement:



HAPPY COLLECTING!!! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Free Banknote Catalog to Top 20,202 Banknotes

Good news Colnectors! Our banknote catalog now displays more than 20,202 banknotes. Over 2,000 new banknotes were added to the banknote catalog since we last announced 18,181 banknotes last September. Again, we would like to cite and recognize the work rendered by our banknote catalog coordinator, Vidami Istvan [mozistv].



20,002 BANKNOTES TO CHOOSE FROM!


Looking for the banknotes you're wanting to have? Check the newest banknotes in the banknote catalog. Another set of new banknotes have been added since September; hence, this means that a lot of collectibles were added to the selection. See for yourself what you missed. Let your friends know about this wonderful news.

With our easy sign-up process, you can invite your friends to join Colnect. Share your experience on Colnect and impart to them the benefits of joining our community. If you are a banknote collector and haven't joined Colnect, then give it a try. Swapping is fun and watching your banknote collection grow is priceless.

Happy collecting! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

15 December - THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA REOPENED - Today In History Through Collectibles

Many of the items that collectors on Colnect collect are in fact associated with certain historical events that have taken place over time. This applies especially to Stamps, Phone Cards, Coins and Banknotes. To commemorate these special historical events, countries release special issues of these items that depict images and information relevant to these events.
Through our “Today in History Through Collectibles” Blog we will highlight special events in history by featuring Collectible items from our Colnect Catalogs that are associated with historical events that took place on specific days in history.

15 DECEMBER 2001 : THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA REOPENED
On this day in 2001, one of Italy's most famous tourist attractions,  the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after undergoing 11 years of stabilization work that cost $27 million to strengthen the tower that was facing possible collapse.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is also known as "leaning down of southern halt" (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa).

The tower was closed to the public on January 7, 1990 to commence the stabilization operation. Cables that were cinched around the tower were used to anchor it while the bells were removed to relieve some weight. Apartments and houses in proximity to the tower were also vacated for safety.  The tower was then straightened slightly to a safer angle in order to prevent the collapse of the tower.

An initial attempt in 1994 almost toppled the tower, but engineers were eventually able to reduce the lean by 18 inches by removing earth from underneath the foundation. This was achieved by removing 38 cubic metres (50 cu yd) of earth from underneath the raised end. After a decade of corrective reconstruction and stabilization efforts, the tower was reopened to the public on December 15, 2001, and was declared stable for at least another 300 years.

Entrance to the tower is now limited to guided tours, but this has not stopped tourists from flocking to the famous tower to pose next to it for photos while pretending to hold it up!

Collectibles on Colnect that Commemmorate This Day in History:

➢ COINS:
Italy produced this 500 Lire Coin in 1993 which depicts the Leaning Tower of Pisa:
Several countries have issued phonecards related to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. These are a few of them:

➢ STAMPS:
Italy released this stamp of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 1973:







HAPPY COLLECTING . . .  :)

Collector Profile Improvments

It's high time we fixed our confusing profile page design. The previous concept was that a collector's own profile page is the same as others see it. So when you viewed it your own collector profile on Colnect, it looked the same as when other collectors viewed it. The biggest problem with that concept was that it's not what most people are used to on social networks today. So to make the long story short here are the important changes done to a person's own profile page.



  • Private custom lists will be displayed when you view your own collector profile page.
  • Clicking your profile picture or "Personal Page" header goes to "My Account" page where these can be changed.
  • Added "My Lists" header which will go to "My Lists" page.
  • Added "My Watchlist" to actions available under your picture. The "Send Private Message" is removed as you probably won't be sending messages to yourself ;)

Mind that others will see your collector profile page the same way they did before.

Future plans? Yes, many. Trying to put on more features and making Colnect easier to use for all your collecting needs. Your suggestions are welcome on our suggestions forum.

Happy collecting :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

World’s Biggest Hotel Key Card Catalog for Collectors Displays 10,101+ Key Cards

Colnect is proud to announce that the Hotel Key Card Catalog has now reached the 10,101 mark! The catalog currently boasts over 10,101 Hotel Key Cards from 117 Countries featuring over 1441 Hotel Chains and the list continues to grow rapidly.

The Hotel Key Card Catalog has had an addition of over 2,000 Hotel Key Cards since we announced the 8,008 mark in September. This means that an average of over 20 new Hotel Key Cards have being added on a daily basis over the past 90 days! This is a great achievement for which we need to acknowledge and thank Ignacio F López Vico [iflvico] from Spain, who co-ordinates the Hotel Key Card Catalog. In addition, we would like to recognize all the contributors who have ensured the continued growth and success of this catalog.



You too can leave your mark on Colnect by sharing and adding items from your personal collection to showcase countries and hotels that you have visited around the globe!

So, this holiday, when you are travelling on vacation or you’re simply away on a business trip, don’t forget to keep your Hotel Key Cards as a memento of your travels and add it to your collection. Alternatively you can use it to exchange with a Hotel Key Card collector.

It doesn't matter whether you were staying at the Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental or Taj Hotel or simply at the local Motel - all Hotel Key Cards are sought after and valuable to Hotel Key Card collectors.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Colnect's Servers Upgrade - Collectors Can Now Collect and Connect FASTER

We're very happy to announce that we've finished upgrading Colnect's servers and you will now be able to enjoy a MUCH FASTER Colnect.




For too long Colnect has been providing a rather slow service, especially when doing resource-consuming actions such as matching their personal lists with those of other collectors using our unique auto-matching feature. When many collectors were doing such actions, our former servers were getting too overloaded and the entire site started responding slowly. Hopefully, with the new servers, these days are gone.

Happy collecting :)

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