Friday, October 9, 2009

My second Hungarian cover!

For today's posting, I would like to share with you guys this awesome cover received from Budapest, Hungary. It was sent by an eBayer, who always uses beautiful stamps on his covers to send out purchases. Well done!The two pairs of se-tenant stamps franked on the left were issued in 2001 by Magyar Posta for its 74th Stamp Day to commemorate the 130 Years of Hungarian Stamp Production. The 90 forints stamp features the first issue of Hungary - the 1871 portrait of King Franz Josef series.

Hungary First Issue

Next, we have a lovely miniature sheet issued in 1993 to honor Hungarian first democratically-elected prime minister, József Antall (8 April 1932 – 12 December 1993). József Antall was instrumental in laying the foundations on which today’s Hungary stands. His most lasting achievement, evident from his government’s first day in power, was decisively to redefine the country’s foreign affairs priorities and highlight reintegration into Europe as a strategic aim.

The 2 se-tenant stamps franked in the middle were issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in 2001. Established on December 14, 1951, UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and to strive to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

The lovely grapes stamp belongs to the "Wine districts" series, issued in 2000. Magyar Posta has been presenting the historic wine regions of Hungary on a series of stamps issued over several years. This stamp depicts Balatonfüred, a popular resort town in Veszprém county situated on the north shore of Lake Balaton.

Lastly, the two identical stamps franked on the extreme right were issued in 1989 to honour the 17th Old Timer Rally in Europe and the 60th anniversary of glider flying in Hungary.

The Hungarian gliding movement began in 1929 at the Farkashegy gliding site and the 17th International Old Timer Rally was held from July 22 to 30, 1989 at the Budakeszi-Farkashegy Airport, about one mile from the original site and some seven miles outside Budapest. About 800 participants from 15 nations came with 85 beautifully restored antique and vintage sailplanes.

This cover makes me look forward to visiting this beautiful country in December. Counting down!!!!

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