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.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

3 Beautiful Covers To Share Today!

Many thanks to Vural Oguz, Francois Leboucher and Ivana Perunski!!!
On the first cover posted from Switzerland, Vural used two stamps that were issued on March 8, 2012. The left stamp shows a Beaver and the right stamp was dedicated to children's book author and illustrator, Janosch for his 80th birthday.
Every year, during the first half of November, the Chambre syndicale française des Négociants et Experts en Philatélie (CNEP) organizes the largest annual philatelic event in France, the Salon Philatélique d'Automne. This year, the 66th Salon Philatélique d'Automne was held in Paris from 8 to 11 Nov 2012, to commemorate this special event, the French Post has released two new "LISA" ATM stamps, one of which was affixed on the second cover, courtesy of Francois!
Posted from Donja Lomnica, Croatia, Ivana used stamps from the "Museum of the Krapina Neanderthal Man" series, issued on Nov 11, 2012. The Krapina Neanderthal museum is located at Husnjakovo, the site where fossilized Neanderthal remains dating back to 130 000 years were found. This is the most varied collection of such fossils in the world. The remains of dozens of people were found, together with those of animals such as the cabe bear, wolf and rhinoceros as well as Palaeolithic stone implements.

That's all folk, enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beauties of Our Homeland Cover from Slovakia!

Many thanks to Robert Brnka for this lovely cover posted from Slovakia!
The two beautiful 0.40 € postage stamps belong to the "Beauties of Our Homeland" series. 

Illustrating the "Skalka by Trencin" and "The Basilica of our Lady of Sorrows in Sastin", they were issued on July 13, 2012 and Sept 14, 2012 respectively.
Within the "Beauties of Our Homeland" series, these are the 8th and 9th stamps issued by the Slovak Post since 2007. 
 Jasov Monastery (Issued: 2007)
Hronsky Benadik Monastery (2007)
Wooden Church Hervartov (2008)
Wooden Church Dobroslava (2008)
 Castle Topolcianky (2010)
Castle Betliar (2010)
Dobsinska Ice Cave (2011)
The two 0.10 € stamps are definitives from the "Cultural heritage of Slovakia" series. Issued on Jan 2, 2009 as part of basic euro postal stamps.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Protected Mammal Species FDC from Taiwan!

Many thanks to Hong-Yi Ka for this beautiful FDC posted from Taiwan! Issued on Nov 7, 2012, this cover features a set of 4 stamps depicting protected mammal species.
1. Paguma larvata taivana (NT$5): This species is found in the mountainous regions of Taiwan proper, Green Island, and Orchid Island. Its name in Chinese—“white nose civet”—comes from the white vertical stripe that runs from its nose to the area between its ears. Retractable claws like those of a cat make it a good tree climber. This civet will wrap its tail around branches to prevent itself from falling off a tree.
2. Mustela nivalis formosana (NT$5): This species is distributed in mountainous regions at an altitude of at least 2,500 meters. Its range includes the Snow, Hehuan, and Jade mountains. The weasel is short and small, with a short tail and legs. Its throat, chest, and belly are white, whereas the rest of its body is brown.
3. Martes flavigula chrysospila (NT$10): This species can be found in the mountainous regions of national parks in central and southern Taiwan, as well as the Dawushan and Wutoushan nature reserves. The animal sports a bright color coat. The golden yellow fur around its neck resembles a luxurious scarf. Its waist is darker in color, and its limbs and tail are blackish brown.
4. Viverricula indica pallida (NT$25): This species, also called “pen cat” in Chinese, is found in Yangmingshan, roadsides along the Northern Cross-Island Highway and mountainous regions of the Southern Cross-Island Highway, Kenting, the East Coast Mountain Range, and the Fushan Botanical Garden. The animal’s anal gland and musk gland can emit a secretion with unusual odor. It has six black and tan stripes stretching from its shoulder to the base of its tail on its back. On the sides of its chest and waist there are some black markings of various sizes. It has a black and off-white ring tail.
Due to their endemism, it is very important that they are protected by Taiwan's Cultural Heritage Preservation Act.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cover From Ho Chi Minh City

Just a short post to begin this week with. Received this registered Vietnamese cover sent from Ho Chi Minh City by an eBayer recently.
On March 1, 2008, Vietnam Postal Service issued four beautiful postage stamps depicting rare native orchids; Calanthe densiflora Lindl (800d), Ludisia discolor (2000d), Spathoglottis affinis (6000d) and Calanthe argenteo-striata (8000d).
Let's end here with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City!

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