Monday, October 19, 2009

Awesome cover from Slovakia!

Once again I would like to express my gratitude to Robert Brnka for sending me another 2 awesome covers from Slovakia! Thank you very much!The lovely stamp franked on the extreme left of this cover belongs to the Slovak Towns definitive series. It was issued on 15 March 1995 to honor Nitra, a city in western Slovakia. Situated at the foot of Zobor Mountain in the valley of the river Nitra, it is the fourth largest city in Slovakia. Nitra is also one of the oldest cities in Slovakia and the country's earliest political and cultural center. This stamp depicts Nitra Castle, a national cultural monument since 1981. It is the most precious heritage left to Nitra by its ancestors and dominates the panorama of the city. Next, we have a beautiful stamp with tab to commemorate Postage stamp day 2008. It features the 1st Post link connecting Bratislava - Ružomberok - Košice.

Second from the right, we have a stamp from the "Museum´s Treasury - Gospel-Book of Nitra" series, issued on 22 September 2007.
Nitra's gospel-book is considered to be the oldest preserved book produced in Slovakia, dating back to pre-1083. It is a liturgical book containing extracts from gospels that were read during Sundays and the religious holidays of the church year. Of the original 54 parchment-foils measuring 285x195 mm, as many as 50 were preserved. The foils are bound and inserted into thick wooded covers, and lined in purple velvet. Deep silver and gold-plated relief was attached to the covers in the 14th to 15th centuries – as illustrated on the presented postage stamp.

Obviously, the extreme right stamp is from the Martial Arts series, issued on 13 March 2009.

The stamp franked on second row, left was issued on 31st of May 1994 to commemorate the World No Tobacco Day, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. This special day is observed around the world every year on May 31. It draws global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to its negative health effects. The day aims to reduce the 5.4 million yearly deaths from tobacco related health problems
Lastly, we have a beautiful stamp to honor Aurel Stodola. It was issued on 17 April 2009. Aurel Stodola was a Slovak engineer, physicist, and inventor. He was a pioneer in the area of technical thermodynamics and its applications and published his book Die Dampfturbine in 1903. In addition to the thermodynamic issues involved in turbine design the book discussed aspects of fluid flow, vibration, stress analysis of plates, shells and rotating discs and stress concentrations at holes and fillets. Stodola was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Swiss Polytechnical Institute (now ETH) in Zurich. One of his students was Albert Einstein.

That's all for today. I will save the second cover for the next posting. See you again!

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