Sharing with you today these 2 beautiful bird covers received from fellow blogger, Ahmet Demir, who loves to mix philately with his beautiful drawings. Thank you very much!!
As previously discussed, the stamps franked on both right corners of the covers were issued on 16th March 2009 to mark the 5th World Water Forum hosted by Turkey from 16th to 22th March, in the two historic areas of Turkey's most populous city, Feshane and Sütlüce.The forum is organized every three years, with the first of such events held in Morocco in 1997, followed by forums in the Netherlands (2000), Japan (2003) and Mexico (2006). The Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security.
The 7 identical stamps feature 'Father of the Turks' or 'Father Turk', Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. They belong to the Atatürk definitive series, issued in 2009.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) was considered a hero by many people of Turkish descent, and by many leaders around the world. He established democracy, under single party rule in Turkey, and created significant reforms in there. His policies championed public education in what had previously been a mostly illiterate country, extolled the virtues of Westernization, created reforms for women, and promoted peaceful relationships with Europe and America. Though he sometimes led the country in an autocratic way, he was still considered a fantastic leader. He earned the respect of people like General MacArthur, and has been honored by the United Nations, President Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, and various other world leaders (past and present) as a true example of leadership, progressiveness, and social reform.