Sunday, May 31, 2009

An awesome cover from U.S.A.

Here is an awesome 17-stamps cover sent from the United States of America by an eBayer.

The 1-cent Tiffany lamp stamp franked on the top, left of this cover belongs to the "American Design" definitive series, issued from 2002-2007. As previously described, this series showcases objects from various areas, regions and ethnic cultures that combine utility with beauty and function with form. It replaces the 1981-1995 Transportation definitive series.

Next, we have a stamp that is over 48 years old! It was issued on 15 October 1960 from the "Wheels of Freedom" series.

The 3-cent stamp franked on this cover belongs to the "Women in Armed Services" series, issued on 11 Sept 1952. It is the first stamp issued by U.S. Postal Service to honor women in the Armed Services. The four 33-cent stamps franked on this lovely cover are part of 6 stamps from the "Hollywood Composers" series, issued on 16 Sept 1999.

Six distinguished composers, namely Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Bernard Hermann, Franz Waxman, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold are featured on the pane of six 33-cent stamps. Their dramatic musical scores have made a lasting and indelible contribution to the way Americans see-and hear-motion pictures. The block of 4 stamps franked in the middle of the cover is from the "United States In Space - A Decade Of Space Achievement" series. They were issued on 2 August 1971. The four colourful stamps depicting Purple nightshade, Hummingbird trumpet, Saguaro, Prairie ironweed (plants & flowers), Morrison's bumblebee, Calliope hummingbird, Lesser long-nosed bat and Southern dogface butterfly (pollinators) belong to the "Pollination" series, issued on 29 June 2007.
These stamps emphasizes the ecological relationship between pollinators and plants and the biodiversity necessary to maintain that relationship. The four different stamp designs can be arranged in two alternate blocks that fit together like interlocking puzzles. In one block the pollinators form a central starburst; in the other block the flowers are arranged in the center.

Lastly, is a commerative stamp from the "Project Mercury" series to honor John H. Glenn, Jr on his three orbit flights, in his space capsule "Friendship 7". On 20 Feb 1962. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

This cover took 5 days to travel from Pennsylvania, USA to Singapore.
That's all for today! Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lovely mails from Europe!

Here comes another fine cover sent from Geuensee, Switzerland. Many thanks to Vural Oguz!! The stamp franked on the left of this cover belongs to a set of 2 Europa CEPT stamp issued by Swiss Post in 1972.
The stamp in the middle of the cover is from the "Fire prevention" series, issued in 1984.
Lastly, we have a beautiful stamp from the Europa CEPT series, issued on 8th May 2008. The theme for that year is 'Letters'.
This lovely cover was postmarked in Geuensee, Switzerland on 18th May 2009 and took only 3 days to reach Singapore.

The second cover that I am sharing on today was sent by Kazimierz from Poland. Thank you very much!
The two stamps franked on this cover belong to the "Motor Sports" series, issued on 11 September 2004.
This cover was postmarked on 21 May 2009 in Tarnobrzeg, Poland and took 8 days to reach Singapore.

Last but not least, I would like to share with you this cute postcard sent from Finland by Postcrosser, Mura. Thank you!

The postcard depicts popular Finnish cartoon characters, Moomins. The Moomins are a family of trolls who are white, round and furry in appearance, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland.
The Moomins stamp franked on the postcard belongs to a booklet of six beautiful Moomins stamps, issued by Finnish Post in 2009.
This postcard was postmarked in Espoo, Finland's second most populated city on 25th May 2009 and reached me on 29th May 2009.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

3 lovely covers from Malaysia!

For today's post, I would like to share with you 3 lovely covers that I received from Malaysia recently.

The first cover was sent registered by an eBayer from Selangor, Malaysia.

The 2 beautiful stamps franked on the right of this cover belong to the "Insect Species III" series, issued on 7th July 2007.

The stamps in this set depict Lantern Bug (Fulgora pyrorhyncha) - 30 sen, Fruit Bug (Dysdercus cingulatus) - 30 sen, Valanga Grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis) - 50 sen, and Longhorn beetle (Rhaphipodus hopei) - 50 sen. In addition to these 4 stamps, a RM 5 denomination stamp, featuring an Emperor Moth (Antheraea helferi) completes this set.

To make up for the postage fee, a 25 sen stamp from the "XXI IUFRO World Congress" was also used. International Union Forest Research organisations (IUFRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. Next, we have 2 gorgeous FDC from the "Palm Trees" series, issued by Malaysia Post on 19th May 2009. Many thanks to fellow blogger, Khor Kok Keong.

Pls enjoy these 2 beauties.

That's all folks! Till next post. Bye!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New turtles stamps!

Wow!! Here are some great new additions to my turtle stamps collection! First of all, I would like to thanks Zeljko Vasilik for sending this awesome FDC, franked with a turtle stamp and a neat first day of issue turtle postmark.

This lovely FDC belongs to the "Fauna" series, issued by Croatian Post on 29th June 1995.

The stamp franked on the left depicts a Loggerhead Sea Turtle. The Loggerhead is thought to be the largest living hard-shelled turtle. It is exceeded in length and weight only by the leatherback sea turtle. Loggerheads are capable of living in a variety of environments, such as in brackish waters of coastal lagoons, river mouths, and tropical and temperate waters above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The stamp on the right features a Common Bottlenose Dolphin. It is the most well-known species from the family Delphinidae. The Common Bottlenose Dolphin is grey in color and can be between 2 and 4 metres long, and weigh between 150 and 650 kilograms. The Bottlenose inhabits temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world, and is absent only from polar waters.

In addition, Vasilik also sent me a couple of nice mint turtle stamps. What a pleasant surprise! Thanks again!

This first stamp depicts a Ornate Box Turtle, one of only two terrestrial species of turtles native to the Great Plains of the United States of America. Issued on 6th October 2003, this fine stamps set also feature Ornate Chorus Frog, Blue-spotted Salamander, Collared Lizard, and Scarlet Kingsnake.

Next, we have a stamp from the "National Parks - Coco Island" series, issued by Costa Rican Post on 25th August 2006. This 10 stamps set depict Red footed Booby, Bacalao yellow grouper, Moorish idols, Hawksbill Turtle, Bottlenose dolphin, Blotcheye soldierfish, Yellow warbler, Blacktip shark, Brown noddy, and Ember parrotfish. All natives of Coco Island.Also included in the mail is this gorgeous souvenir sheet from the "Marine Life" series. It was issued by Tanzania Posts Corporation on 9th Feb 1999. Last but not least, is a set of 3 Turtles stamps from Nicaragua, issued on 22th Aug 2000.
This cover was sent on 14th May 2009 in Topolovac, Croatia and took 9 days to reach Singapore.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lovely cover from Italy

As promised, here is the second cover sent by Matteo from Italy! Thanks again!The 3 fountain stamps franked on this awesome cover belong to the 6th series of "Fontana" stamps, issued on 25th Oct 1978.
These stamps depict the magnificent Fontana Cavallina in Genzano, which dates back to the 17th century, Fontana Del Nettuno or Fountain of the Neptune built in 1769 in Trento, and the 16th century Fontana Della Fortuna (Fountain of Fortune) in Fona, dedicated to the Goddess of Fortune.

It was very difficult for me to find detailed information about these fountains as most were written in Italian which I don't understand. Luckily, I managed to get this wonderful video clip on Fontana Cavallina. Pls enjoy!

The stamp franked on the top right corner is from the 2009 Europa CEPT "Astronomy" series, that I have discussed in my previous post. Great thanks to Matteo for presenting me with both stamps.
Lastly, we have a beautiful stamp from the "Arts" series, issued on 20th Nov 1980. This stamp depicts the famous Sculpture, "Apollo and Daphne" (1622-1625) by Bernini Gian Lorenzo.
The other stamp in this beautiful set features the famous works of Palma Il Vecchio (1598-1680) titled "Santa Barbara". That's all folks. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A gorgeous cover from Italy!

Today, I received 2 lovely covers from Ceprano, a town in the Lazio region of central Italy. Many thanks to fellow blogger, Matteo!

Here I would share with you one cover, leaving the other for my next post.

The 3 fountain stamps franked on this gorgeous cover belong to the 1st series of "Fontana" stamps issued by Italian Post on 10th Nov 1973.

The first stamp on the left depicts Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) in Rome, Italy. Standing at 25.9 meters high and 19.8 meters wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city.

A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Approximately 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.

We had the chance to visit this magnificent fountain during our Italy vacation back in 2006.

The second stamp features Fontana Pretoria in Palermo.
Designed by the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani between 1554 and 1555 for the Tuscan villa of Don Pedro di Toledo, the fountain was bought by Palermo in 1573 in a bid to outshine the newly crafted Fontana di Orione installed in Messina.

Proudly positioned in front of the Palazzo Pretorio, the fountain's flagrant nudity and leering nymphs proved a bit much for Sicilian churchgoers attending the grandly formal Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatini, and they prudishly dubbed it the Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame).
Next, we have the beautiful Fontana dell'Immacolata, aka The Giants. Both names derive from two of the locations that have been home to the fountain during its many travels. The fountain was sculpted in the early 1600s and is the work of Michelangelo Naccherino (1559-1622) and Pietro Bernini (1562-1629). It was first located near the Royal Palace near a statue of "The Giant," recovered from the ruins of Cuma. In 1815 the fountain was moved to the port of Naples to be in front of the Immacolatella, the old quarantine station. It was then moved near the Carmine church at Piazza Mercato; then to the gardens on the square of San Pasquale a Chiaia; then finally, in 1905, when the new seaside road was finished during the "risanamento" (urban renewal) of Naples the fountain was moved to its present location at the pituresque curve beween via Partenope and via Nazario Sauro.
The stamp franked on the extreme right belongs to the Europa CEPT "Astronomy" series, issued by Italian Post on 7th May 2009.
Lastly, we have a stamp commemorating the Torino Winter universiade in 1966. The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "Olympiad". That's all folks! Till next post!


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