As for now, I have 2 nice covers to share with you. The first cover was sent from Àland, Finland. Many thanks to Johanna Palonen!
Marcus Grònholm started his rally career in 1987. His performance in the Finland Rally 1998 was unbelievable; he got his big breakthrough at the age of 31, which led also to a contract with Peugeot. Marcus won his first world championship in 2000 and achieved the same feat again in 2002. In 2007, however, he decided to end his rally career.
Marcus has visited Àland on a number of occasions, mostly with his family during the summer time. He has many fond memories of Àland but, as a rally driver, he likes to focus on the red asphalt and the red gravel roads. "The roads were really what struck me most here in Àland. They made quite an impression on me and I also enjoy driving on them", Marcus said. A clear connection to Àland is also Marcus' mental and physical trainer Christoph Treier, originally from Switzerland. He used to live in Àland and Marcus liked to pay him a visit.
The stamp illustrates a sinuous red gravel road, a common sight for those who drive along the bypaths in Àland. In the right margin, we see the contour of Marcus-Grònholm's and Christoph Treier's profiles in green and light blue. An unique feature of this stamp is the tangible gravel surfacing. Authentic Àland red granite has been burnt right onto the stamp!
Next, we have this awesome cover sent by Jerome from France. Merci! The stamp franked on the top left corner belongs to the "Endangered Animals" series, issued in 2009. Species shown in this set are the giant panda, the aurochs, the rhinoceros, and the California condor. While the other 3 stamps are from the "Images of France" series, issued on 14th May 2009. Well! That's all folks! Have a great weekend!