Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dahlia Cover from Sweden

Many Thanks to Mrs Ann Torstenson for this lovely cover posted from the beautiful city of Falköping, Sweden!
On August 2013, Sweden Post issued four colorful stamps for fall greetings depicting ball dahlia, decorative dahlia, waterlily dahlia and ruffle dahlia.
The dahlia originates from Central America, where it was used both as decoration and for medicinal purposes. The Spanish took the dahlia home with them as early as the 1500s but it did not attract much attention.

Interest for the dahlia in the European part of the world grew at the end of the 1700s as seeds and tubers spread from Madrid’s botanical garden to cultivators throughout Europe. It was the director of the botanical garden who, in 1791, named the flower after the Swedish botanist and student of Carl von Linne, Andreas Dahl.

It is impossible to count the shapes and colors of the dahlia. During the more than 200 years that the dahlia has been cultivated, more than 50,000 different types have been registered. In addition to the registered dahlias, many gardeners have created their own variations at home. It is as easy as gathering the seeds; the dahlia then happily interbreeds and creates unique variations.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Scenic cover from the land of the long white cloud

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty; jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. No wonder New Zealanders are so proud to showcase their beautiful country to the world through stamps.

Posted from Auckland, Dave Hartnell used two stamps from the 1996 self adhesive scenic definitives.  They show Mt Egmont and Lake Wakatipu.

Issue in 1995, the right stamp on the second row depicts the iconic Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed peaks in the country.

The top right stamp (Bungy Jumping in Queenstown) belongs to the "Scenic - 100 Years of Tourism" series. Issued on 4th July 2001, this set of stamps sort to capture the combination of beautiful landscapes and fun activities. 

Lastly is a stamp from the 1994 A to B self adhesive coil stamp. The letter A represents the sender and B represents the recipient of the mail.

A unique cover from Switzerland!

Let's take a look at this lovely cover from Switzerland! Many thanks to Jurgen Haepers for your help!

On 4th Sept 2014, Swiss Post issued another innovative postage stamp this time in the form of a Vinyl record! Measuring 168mm x 137mm this special stamp plays a brass band version of the Swiss national anthem at 33 rpm on the record player.

The other 2 stamps are from the "International Year of Crystallography" and "150 years of Swiss-Japanese friendship" series.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sorry, but your stamp collection is worthless

Read this interesting article in Time magazine which charts the sad decline of stamp collecting. While a few wealthy people still collect stamps - the really rare ones, most of the children no longer take up the hobby, and stamp collecting is a dying art.

Even worse news: Most of those stamps we collected as kids that were supposed to soar in value over the years and make us rich aren't worth much more than their face value today.
Maybe we should just be grateful for the fun we had collecting stamps when we were young. While it sounds incredibly nerdy by today's standard, we could spend hours sorting our stamps by the country of origin, putting them in special albums and scouting attics for potentially valuable stamps on old letters.
What do you guys think?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cover from Christmas Island

Many thanks to Maryam Muhammad Irwan for this special Christmas postmarks cover posted from Christmas Island, Canada! I know it's a bit late but good things must share ;)
For over 17 years during Christmas season, the Christmas Island post office gets almost as busy as Santa's workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000% during the holidays.  The thousands of letters come from around the world from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beautification of America Cover

Once again, many thanks to Bryon Peterson for this beautiful cover posted from Sammamish, WA, USA!
On October 22, 2012, the United States Postal Service announced the issue of a souvenir Forever stamp sheet honoring Lady Bird Johnson (First Lady of the United States, 1963–69) a tribute to her legacy of beautifying the nation's roadsides, urban parks and trails. 

Five of the six stamps feature adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s which promoted planting in public spaces. The sixth stamp features her official White House portrait, a painting of the First Lady in a yellow gown, by Elizabeth Shoumatoff. The stamps were dedicated on November 30, 2012 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin

The five stamps (below) originally issued in the 1966 and 1969

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A nice surprise from Vatican City!

I had the chance to visit the Vatican City back in Dec 2006 but sad to say I missed the opportunity to visit the Vatican post office to send a cover or postcard back home. A small regret till I received this Vatican City cover, courtesy of Francois Leboucher. Merci!!
The beautiful stamps, a joint issue with France were issued on 11 May 2012 to commemorate the '600th Anniversary  of the birth of St. Joan of Arc', the brave peasant girl from the French countryside who in 1429 lifted the English siege of Orleans, walloped the enemy army and led her king to be crowned at Reims.

Some interesting facts about Vatican post office
1. The Vatican has operated its own postal service and issued its own postage stamps since 1929. 
2. According to the Universal Postal Union, the Vatican post office is "one of the best postal systems in the world" and "more letters are sent each year, per inhabitant, from the Vatican's 00120 postal code than from anywhere else in the world." 
3. Much, but by no means all, of the mail handled by the Vatican is from tourists or official congregations of the Roman Curia. Many Romans, distrustful of the unreliable Italian post office, make weekly trips to the Vatican just to post their important letters. Italian stamps may not be used on Vatican mail nor vice versa.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm a dad, I'm too busy to blog! ;)

Thousand apologies for my disappearance (again)! During this absence, I received tons of wonderful covers in my mailbox. And I hope to be able to post them here very soon.

Finally, finally, finally, today I managed to find some free time on this Eastern Friday to send out the much awaited covers. I hope their receivers will like them. Should anyone had sent me a cover but did not receive any from me, pls let me know.

Well, talk to you guys again! Cheers!

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Lovely Cover From Italy!

Many thanks to Salvatore Izzo for this Italian cover posted from Pompei in Southern Italy, a city famous for its ancient Roman ruins.
On this cover, Salvatore used three lovely stamps from the "150th Anniversary of the Italian Postal Service" series. Issued on Mar 5, 2012, the stamps represent an iconographic journey through the history of the Italian postal system from 1862 to the present, illustrated through a series of vintage and modern images.
Let's end this post with an educational trip to Pompei!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Postman's Uniform FDCs From Malaysia!

A great thanks to Khor Kok Keong for this two beautiful FDCs, entitled "Postman's Uniform". 
Issued on Oct 22, 2012 in conjunction with World Post Day, the stamps came in three designs of postman's uniforms according to the changing era in the 1950's (60 sens), 1970's (80 sens) and 1990's (Rm 1).
In addition, a lovely miniature sheet featuring another version of the Postman's uniforms during  the 1990's (Rm 1) and 1950's (Rm 2) was also issued.


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