A few more "anomalies!
Interesting to compare these photos ofRio Platano
a. From the Gallery section of the UNESCO Web site http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/196/gallery/
First photo - its copyright is said to be held by UNESCO and a Marc Patry as employee.
b. From the Post Card Web site http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ honduras-1982-rio.htmlDja
a. From the Gallery section of the UNESCO Web site http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/407/gallery/
. Second photo - its Copyright owner is not named on the UNESCO Web site.
b. From the Post Card Web site http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ cameroon-1987-dja.html
. Note that some "Photoshop clouds" have appeared in this version c.f. that on the UNESCO site which is rather "drab" for a "wish you were here" greeting!!
Interesting also that the Dja Postcard states in English "Dja Faunal Reserve"
when it isn't situated in the small English speaking area of Cameroon and, as the first of the UNESCO site photos shows, the park is clearly called the "Réserve de Faune du Dja"
both locally and in the country. I know that some countries offer the same card design in different languages. Maybe that is worthwhile for some frequently visited sights receiving multiple visitors from other countries but in Cameroon for a site which receives very low numbers of visitors??
A similar issue arises with this postcard of Lope-Okanda in Gabon - http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ gabon-2007-lope-okanda.html
. I have been there but can't of course categorically state what all the postcards were like (in fact I can't remember any on sale) but it is perhaps surprising to see a card which states in English "Greetings from Gabon"
(an interesting choice of phrase!!!) from a country which is very Francophone and shows what appears to be a photo of birds on a sandbank in a park whose terrain is not of that type and which is primarily famous for Lowland Gorillas!
This postcard of Sgang Gwaay is also surprising.http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ canada-1981-sgang-gwaay.html
. Every photo I have ever seen of Sgang Gwaay shows a number of the many "Mortuary Poles" at the village of Ninstints. They are, after all, what the site is famous for - yet this postcard is of a rock somewhere on a beach!
On a slightly separate matter this card of the "Valley of the Lower Awash" is actually of the Awash National Park which is not connected with the palaeontological site (Lucy etc) which is well outside the park boundaries http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ ethiopia-1980-awash-np.html
. But, even if he doesn't know the details of all sites this WHS postcard collector has generally done a good job of correctly identifying the separate locations within an inscribed site – viz this card of the Camino Real which is of a less well known location slipped in by Mexico to "illustrate" the supposed pre-colonial aspects of the "road" for trading purposes http://inigocia.fotki.com/my-postcards-collections/unesco-collection/unesco-world-he/ mexico-2010-camino.html
I should make it clear that I am not "accusing" the collector of doctoring the cards. I don't know how the world wide "Postcard Trading Market" works but there must be an incentive from manufacturers and others to create apparently bona fide cards from either generic or pirated images. When I corrected the Collins WHS book the other year I was surprised at the extent of the "stock photo" market, the wrong assignment of those photos to specific locations and also of the use of "generic" photos of tigers, buffalo, gorillas, trees etc which almost certainly weren't taken at the site specified!!
We of course have our "problems" over when to count a WHS and I presume that Postcard Collectors have to make their own subjective "rules" as well. I would have thought that a card ought to have been on sale at (or even, for the "purists", used/sent from) the site it represents or anyone could/would create "Postcards" of anything and everything from any available photo in a postcard format which makes the concept of a "postcard" virtually meaningless -they would just be another "printed" photo!!
I did e-mail Senor Cia with a question of genuine interest about how there came to be a postcard of Gough Island and if he knew where it had been "on sale" etc. I also pointed him at this site as a location for information exchange on WHS matters - but with, as yet, no reply.
PS Inigo Cia has replied to me this afternoon (Tuesday) -apparently he had problems posting on the forum - I copy his reply below.