Friday, February 26, 2010

Mount Pleasant postmarked cover

Just thought that i'd share this lovely cover which actually passed through the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, the largest sorting office operated by Royal Mail in London, England.
The horizontal pair of stamps was issued on 16 June 1987 to mark the Centenary of St John Ambulance Brigade.
While the vertical pair belongs to the 1987 Europa series, entitled "British Architects in Europe ". The four stamps in this set depict Willis Faber and Dumas Building, Ipswich (18p), Pompidou Centre, Paris (22p), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (31p) & European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (34p). The green stamp (2p) with the Queen portrait belongs to the definitive series.

This cover took 6 days to travel to Singapore.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2 Colorful covers from India!

One of the attractiveness of Indian Philately is the uses of wonderful colors on its postage stamps. It never fails to excite me visually. Good examples are these 2 lovely FDCs, courtesy of Jeevan Jyoti. Thank you so much!

The first cover, entitled "Traditional Indian Textiles" depicts Apa Tani Weaves, Banaras Silk, Kanchipuram Silk and Kalamkari. It was released on 10th Dec 2009. Apa Tani Weave: The Apatani, or Tanii, are a tribal group of about 26,000 (approximately) in Ziro valley in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh India. The Apatani make beautiful hand weaves. The weaving method is still the old fashioned one, the apparatus is a simple reed loom and the actual weaving is performed with a semi-curved bamboo tube. Every house hold in the villages has its own indigenous weaving set. The handloom products include skirts, shirts, cotton shawls, jackets, side bags and curtains. They still prefer the bark fibers extracted from trees, goat hair, and human hair for weaving. The weaving products are ceremonial costumes like coats, shawls, embroidered cotton cloth, handbag, skirts and lungis (loin cloths), sashes, carpets etc.

Banaras Silk: Banaras is one of the rich weaving craft centre of India, famous for Brocade saris and allover dress material. Exclusive varieties of the saris are Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tishu, and Butidar which are made of silk warp and silk weft, on plain/satian ground base, brocaded with extra weft patterns in different layouts introducing Buties, Bells, creepers, Buttas in ground, border and Anchal for getting glamours appearance.

Kancheepuram silk: The glamour of the Kancheepuram silk saree lies in its colour contrasts. Pyramidical temple borders, checks, stripes and floral "buttas" are traditional designs you will find in a Kancheepuram saree. In a genuine Kancheepuram saree, the border, body and pallav are woven separately and then interlocked together. The joint is woven so strongly that even if the saree tears, the pallav (or border) will not detach.

Kalamkari: Kalamkari refers to a method of painting natural dyes onto cotton or silk fabric with a bamboo pen or kalam. The name kalamkari translates as pen (kalam) work (kari) in Hindi/Urdu, and was most likely derived from trade relationships between Persian and Indian merchants as early as the 10th century CE. European merchants also had names for this type of fabric decoration: the Portugese called it pintado, the Dutch used the name sitz, and the British preferred chintz. The name kalamkari is used prominently today, and is synonymous with both painted and hand blockprinted textiles that incorporate natural vegetable/organically-derived dye stuffs. While there are many forms of kalamkari throughout India and the world, the focus of this site is on extant kalamkari practice in Sri Kalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, in South India.

Every year India post issues a set of Greeting stamps. This second FDC franked with a colorful miniature sheet belongs to the "Greetings" series, issued on 1st Dec 2009.

That's all folks. See you guys soon!

Monday, February 22, 2010

My first covers from Mongolia and Serbia!!

Many thanks to both J.Dashdondov and Rastislav Spevak for these awesome covers posted from Mongolia and Serbia respectively! Special thanks also to Vural Oguz, director of ICCC in providing these special arrangements.

Mongol Post, the Mongolian national mailing services has an impressive collection of different stamps in a wide variety of themes. Often they depict traditional Mongolian themes like noblemen or Buddhist deities, but also the animals that inhabit the steppe, mountains and desert of Mongolia and important events such as the visit of president Bush. More international themes include Space, joint issues with countries like India and even Princess Diana.

The stamps franked on the Mongolian cover are: Giant Pandas, 1977 (top right), Livestocks of Mongolia, 2004 (horse stamps) & Butterflies and moths, 1990 (second row, left).

The lovely stamps franked on the Serbian cover belong to the WWF, protected Species - Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) series, issued on 6th April 2007.


Both covers were postmarked on 10th February 2010 and took 12 days to reach me.

Friday, February 19, 2010

My third cover from Sri Lanka!

Many thanks to Clarence George for this awesome cover posted from Sri Lanka!
Sri Lanka is blessed to have one of the world’s best hotspots of biodiversity. It harbors 233 resident bird species including 26 definitive endemic birds. In addition to the many resident birds, a considerable number of migratory species winter in the country to escape their northern breeding grounds.
On 27th Sept 2003, Sri Lanka Postal Services issued a gorgeous stamp series, entitled, "Resident birds of Sri Lanka" to showcase this biodiversity.

The species shown are:
Black-necked Stork, Purple Swamphen, Grey Heron, White-throated Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night-Heron (first row)
Scarlet Minivet, White-rumped Shama, Malabar Trogon, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Green Bee-eater (second row)
Brown Wood-Owl, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Jungle Owlet, Rufous-bellied Eagle (third row)
Black-headed Munia, Pompadour Green-Pigeon, Plum-headed Parakeet, Coppersmith Barbet, Emerald Dove (fourth row)
Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Scimitar-Babbler, Painted Francolin, Black-rumped Flameback, Malabar Pied-Hornbill (fifth row)


The other stamps (franked on the left of cover) belong to the "Proto Historic Era and Early Anuradhapura Era" series, issued on 30th April 2008.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.
From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. Consequently this era is termed “Anuradhapura” period.

The stamps depict some of the artifacts found in the Anuradhapura period.

This cover took 10 days to reach me.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

An Olympic cover from Latvia!


Another surprise from Latvia! Great! This awesome Olympic Winter Games FDC was posted from the capital of Latvia, Riga by fellow blogger, Normunds Cibis. Thank you so much!

As previously mentioned, the XXI Olympic Winter Games are currently being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Feb 12–28, 2010.

To mark the special event, Latvia postal services issued a commemorative stamp on 5th Feb 2010. This beautiful stamp depicts the most popular sport in Latvia - Ice Hockey.

At the last Olympic Winter Games held in Turin, Italy, Team Latvia won a bronze medal in the Luge event. Well done!

To make up for the postage, Normunds used 3 beautiful stamps from the "Arms" definitive series. They were issued on 8th June 2007.
This cover took 12 days to travel an estimated distance of 9,263 kms to reach me! Now, a cover is on the way from Singapore to Latvia :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Awesome cover from Pakistan!

Today is the third day of the Chinese New Year! Unlike the Western New Year, the festival is an ongoing celebration that lasts 15 days. In Singapore, the first two days of Chinese New Year are public holidays, since the first day (February 14) fell on a Sunday so celebration of the holiday is extended through Tuesday. Tomorrow, most businesses will reopen. As for myself, I am clearing my annual leaves and only returning to office on next Monday! :)

Well! Back to philately, today, I would like to share with you guys this awesome cover received from Pakistan. Many thanks to Ehsan Ur Rehman!

The first 2 stamps franked from the left, definitives, bear a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah were issued in 1998. The "father of the nation", Jinnah fought for the cause of India's independence from Britain, then moved on to found a Muslim state in Pakistan in 1947.

Next, we have a lovely stamp issued on 20 Nov 2005 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of SOS children's villages of Pakistan, a private social welfare Organization dedicated to provide homes for orphans and abandoned children.
The special features of SOS Children Villages is that they are not traditional orphanages; they provide children with a warm, family type environment, in the village ever effort is made to enrich children with strong moral values, sound education and skills that will enable them to become productive and dependable citizens.

The fourth stamp was issued on 1 July 2006 to mark the Shandur Polo Festival. Every year, in the second week of July, polo teams from Chitral and Gilgit face each other in Shandur — the world’s highest polo ground. This event dates back to old colonial times when in the ‘30s a British political agent, Maj Evelyn Cobb, who was fond of playing the game in the moonlit Shandur, initiated polo matches in the area.

The extreme right stamp depicts Lake Saiful Malook.
The lake is said to have been named after a prince called Saiful Malook who being captivated by the serenity of the area used to come here every day. One day when he was visiting the lake, he happened to see a very beautiful fairy with her companions at the bank of the lake. It was love at first sight and both feel in love with each other. They thus kept meeting each other regularly at the lake. Their love, romance and stories of their meetings spread far and wide. But suddenly one day the fairy stopped coming to the lake. The prince became crestfallen and sad and could not bear the pain and suffering of this separation. While searching for her around the lake one day he chances to spot the same companions of his love at a different location. He thus begs them to inform him about the whereabouts of his fairy. Instead all of them laugh away at his condition except one of them who takes pity on him and tells him that his love has been confined far away within a palace at a place called Caucasus. The prince thus sets forth the search of his fairy and against many odds and dangers finally succeeds in finding and marrying her at last. Last but not least, is a stamp to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Habib Public School Karachi, a boarding university-preparatory school. It was issued on 29 March 2009.

Got to go! Have a great day ahead!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

ATM cover from Taiwan!

Gong Xi Fa Chai everyone! May everyone be blessed abundantly ya!

For today, I would like to share with you guys a cover from a country which I will be visiting this coming March, Republic of China, Taiwan! Many thanks to fellow blogger, George Wu for this lovely cover!
The 2 beautiful stamps franked on this cover are actually ATMs (Automatenmarken) from the "Flower of Tung Oil Tree" series. They were issued in April 2008 (red) and October 2009 (green) respectively.

Tung Tree (油桐) is a species of Vernicia in the spurge family, native to southern China, Burma, and northern Vietnam. The flowers are 2.5–3.5 cm diameter, with five pale pink to purple petals with streaks of darker red or purple in the throat.

That's all folks! See you again soon. ROARRR!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A lovely cover from Russia!

Another lovely Russian cover for my collection! This time from fellow ICCC member, Filippov Dmitry. Thank you very much!

The 2 beautiful self-adhesive snowflake-shaped stamps franked on the top right were issued by Russian Post to welcome the 2010 new year.

The stamps depict the Spasskaya and the Senate towers of the Kremlin and the dome of the Senate at the background of stylized snowflake.

To make up for the postage, Filippov used another self-adhesive stamp from the Russian Kremlins definitives series. Issued on 1st Oct 2009, this stamp shows the Kolomna Kremlin.
This cover was postmarked on 14 Jan 2010 and took almost a month to reach me on 11 Feb 2010!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tiger cover from Hong Kong

Many thanks to Brian Kam for this lovely cover posted from Kowloon, Hong Kong!

The Year of tiger is just around the corner, 2 days away to be exact! On 6th Feb 2010, Hong Kong Post issued a set of 4 beautiful stamps to welcome the coming Tiger year, which begins on Feb. 14 and ends on Feb. 2, 2011. These stamps illustrate 4 breeds of tigers in different postures – sprinting, patrolling, gazing and lounging.

One of the stamp featuring a sprinting tiger can be seen on the cover above. To make up for the postage, Brian used a definitive stamp from the Bird series, issued in 2006.

Many Postal services around the world also issued commemorative stamps to welcome the Year of Tiger 2010 and here are some of them.

France

Vietnam Macau Christmas Island, AustraliaPeople's Republic of China
United States of America
Thailand
Japan
Singapore Canada
New Zealand North Korea
South Korea
Republic of China, Taiwan Indonesia

Mexico

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