Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2 Lovely French covers!

Bonjour! Today, I have 2 awesome French covers to share with you.

Many thanks to Contessee Eric for sending today's first cover from Lyon. The 6 lovely Garfield stamps are part of a set of 10 stamps from the Garfield stamp booklet issued on 18th September 2008.

Next, we have this beautiful cover sent by Thomas Nikoleit. Thank you very much!

The 2 stamps franked on this cover depict architectures from the French communes of Le Havre (Northwest region) and Menton (Southeastern France). They were issued on 15th September 2008 and 2nd March 2009 respectively.
That's all folks! Have a great day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

2 lovely covers from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and France!

Today, I received my first cover from the Turks & Caicos Islands! It was sent by an eBayer for my purchases made on 26th March 2009. Firstly. let me give you some information about the islands. Home to roughly 30,000 residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.) Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.

The stamp franked on the cover belongs to a set of 13 definitives stamps from the "Shells" series, issued in 2007.
This cover was missent to Jakarta, Indonesia, from the Turks & Caicos Islands, and later resent rightfully from Jakarta to Singapore. All in all, it had traveled an estimated distance of 19,194kms!!
The second cover for today is this beautiful prepaid French cover sent by Contesse Eric. Merci mille fois! Its shows the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. This cover is valid for posting to anywhere in the world from France.

Found this on YouTube. Hope you will love it too!

Eiffel Tower Webcam Time Lapse Movie

Sunday, April 26, 2009

4 lovely covers for today!

Good day to you! Here, I have 4 lovely covers to share with you today.

The first cover was sent from Macedonia. It is my first cover from this beautiful country. Thank you, Ana!
On this cover, you can see a lovely stamp featuring a Renault car of 1906 from the "Centennial of the first Grand Prix Race at Le Mans" series. It was issued on 14 June 2006.
This cover was postmarked in Skopje, Macedonia on 10th April 2009 and reached me on 25th April 2009, having traveled an estimated distance of 9,278kms. Next, we have this awesome cover sent from Italy. Many thanks to Alfredo Guidato!
The stamp on this cover is part of a set of 9 stamps from the "XXth Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006" series, issued on 8 February 2006.
This cover took 8 days to travel an estimated distance of 10,363kms from Chiaverano, Italy.

The third cover for the day is sent from Malaysia. Many thanks to Siew Lan!

The pair of stamps on the cover belongs to the "Engineering Excellence in Nation Building" series, issued on 20th April 2009.
The other stamp on this cover is part of 8 definitive stamps from the “National Fruits” series. It was issued on 5th June 1986. What a gorgeous set of stamps, don't you think so?
Last but not least, we have this awesome cover from Poland. This is the second cover that I have received from Kazimierz this week. Thank you very much!
On Tuesday, I blogged about a damaged cover that was torn during transit through the post. Kazimierz was shocked to know about it, and he immediately sent me this replacement! Greatly appreciated this earnest gesture, my friend! Thanks again!!

The 4 wonderful stamps on the cover are from the "Sydney Summer Olympic Games" series, issued in 2000.

This cover was postmarked on 21 April 2009 and took just 4 days to travel from Tarnobrzeg, Poland. This is the fastest mail that I have ever received from Poland!

That's all folks. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

3 covers for today!

Today, I have 3 beautiful covers to share with you.

The first cover was sent from Nedelišće, Croatia. Many thanks to Tomislav Dolar!The 2 lovely stamps franked on this cover belong to the "Croatian Fairy World" series, issued on 27th Feb 2009. They depict Svarožić and Bjesomar, characters in the ever popular children fairy tales, Potjeh. It was written by Croatian writer, Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić (1874-1938). This is a story about a grandfather and his three grandsons. The grandsons need to choose between the Good and Evil, where god Svarozic represents the Good, and the Master of Anger, Bjesomar, represents the Evil. This story tells about the struggle between reason and emotions in finding the Truth in life.

Click here to read this story (in Croatian language).

Next, is an ATM stamp with a denomination of 7.90HRK.

The second cover was sent from Cogliate, a small town in Lombardy region just between the cities of Milano and Como in Italy. Many thanks to Gottardi Lorenzo!The first stamp on the left was issued in 1975 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, an Italian composer of the Renaissance.
Next, is a pair of stamps issued by Italian Post in 1991 for its Europa stamps. "Europe in Space" was the theme for the 1991 Europa stamps issued by members of the Conference of European Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). Last but not least, we have this wonderful cover from Slovakia. Thank you, Robert Brnka! (a lovely cover is coming your way!)

The 4 stamps franked on the left half of this cover belong to the "Cultural heritage of Slovakia" series. It was issued on 2nd Jan 2009 as part of basic euro postal stamps.These twelve stamps depict the Chapel of St. Margaret in Kopčany (0,01€), Church of the Virgin Mary in Boldog (0,02€), Rotunda of St. Margaret in Šivetice (0,05€), Church of St. John the Baptist in sedmerovec - Pominovce (0,10€), Church in Svätuše (0,20€), Church in Čierny Brod (0,33€), Church of St. Martin in Spisska Kapitula (0,50€), Church of St. Egidius in Ilija (0,66€), St. Stephen Church in Žilina (0,83€), Church of the Virgin Mary in Bina (1,00€), Church of the Holy Cross in Hamuliakovo (1,33€) and Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Drazovce (2,00€).

Next, we have a stamp from the "Decorated Easter Eggs" series, issued on 27th Feb 2009 to celebrate Happy Easter day 2009.

Painted and decorated eggs are intrinsically associated with Easter. They symbolize spring and new life, for Christians they are associated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The symbolism of the egg dates to pagan times when it was associated with fertility and the cycle of life.

This may be the reason why the tradition of putting eggs into a grave alongside the deceased existed in many ancient cultures. A similar custom in the Slavonic territory is documented as early as the 9th century when items put into graves in Kiev Russia included decorated eggs modelled from clay. Some medieval works of literature from the Slavonic territory even suggest that ancient Slavs believed in the origination of the world from a cosmic egg.

The stamp on the top right is of cos belongs to the "Beijing Olympic Games" series. A single stamp, it was issued on 4th June 2008.Lastly, we have a stamp from the "Technical Monuments – Fire-fighting equipment" series, issued on 30th April 2008. The stamps in the set feature Four-wheel hand-operated pumper 1872 (T1, 500g) & F. Seltenhofer 1880 (T2, 1000g). The covers took 7 days, 6 days and 21 days respectively to reach Singapore.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Updated list of Beijing Olympic Stamps

Another 17 sets of Beijing Olympic Stamps to be added to yesterday's






El Salvador




Guinea Bissau

Ivory Coast



Sri Lanka

St Thomas

Turkish Cyprus


Thursday, April 23, 2009

My compiled list of Beijing Olympic Stamps!

The history of Olympic stamps can be traced to the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, 1896. At that time, the organising committee's budget was deeply in debt. The income from a commemorative series of 12 stamps helped to build the four last venues of the Athens Games. Olympic stamps were therefore the first 'sponsors' of the Olympics Games. Since then, Olympic stamps have contributed to the budget of Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, National Olympic Committees and Olympic events.

Olympic stamps were the first sports stamps, and these have become a unique theme for stamp collectors worldwide. 'Olympic Philately', which encompasses stamps and philatelic items with designs relating to Olympic sports and Olympic culture, are instruments for spreading and developing the Olympic spirit throughout the world.

Here, I have compiled a list of eighty-four countries' stamp issues commemorating the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic games. Pls enjoy!
(Note: This list is not exhausive.)








Kingdom of Bahrain




Bosnia & Herzegovina






People's Republic of China

People's Republic of China



Czech Republic

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)





Great Britain


Hong Kong Special Administrative Region





Isle of Man







Republic of Korea (South Korea)


Lao People's Democratic Republic





Macau Special Administrative Region








New Zealand






Republic of Srpska


Russian Federation

San Marino







Trinidad & Tobago



United Arab Emirates




United States of America





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