Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An awesome British cover!

Hey there! Sorry for the slow updates. I am quite busy as I have just started a new job... only managed to squeeze a little bit of time for this posting.

Here I have a lovely cover posted by an eBayer from the United Kingdom. Awesome!

The yellow stamp was issued on 10th April 1990 to commemorate the "25th Anniversary of the Queen's Award for Export and Technology".

Queen's Award for Export and Technology is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

Next we have 2 beautiful stamps to mark the "150th Anniversary of the Kew Gardens". They were issued on 05th June 1990.

Lastly are 2 cute rabbit stamps from the "150th Anniversary of Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" series.

Issued on 23th Jan 1990, this set of stamps features Kitten (20p), Rabbit (29p), Duckling (34p) & Puppy (37p).

That's all folks! Talk to you soon!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

An amazing Canadian cover!

Many thanks to Stampraider for this amazing cover posted from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada! I’m particularly thrilled by this cover because it contains a turtle stamp. It's a pity that the turtle's head was defaced with a postmark.
The stamp depicts a Trionyx spiniferus or Spiny Softshell Turtle, one of the largest freshwater turtle species in North America. Issued in 1979, this stamp belongs to the "Endangered Wildlife Series".

On the bottom left, the 2 cents portrait stamp features King George VI of the United Kingdom. It belongs to the KGVI definitive series, issued in 1950.
The other 3 stamp were issued in 1978 to commemorate the Canadian International Philatelic Exhibition (CAPEX - 1978). Another 30 cents denomination stamp makes up a set.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A very nice surprise from KENYA!

What a great start to the new week! Millions and millions of thanks to Bhavin R Gada for this awesome postcard posted from Kenya!! It is my newest country, #88! Regrettably, hard as I tried, I could not find any information on the lovely stamp franked on this postcard. (Could anybody help?) Anyway, I presumed that the stamp was issued in 2009 to mark the Centenary of the East Africa Natural History Society or Nature Kenya.

Established in 1909, the Society is the oldest conservation organisation in Africa. The aim of Nature Kenya is to promote the study and conservation of the natural environment, in eastern Africa.

The stamp depicts the Golden-rumped Sengi or Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew. Size of a small rabbit, it is the largest of the African elephant shrew family. The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew is only found in the coastal Arabuko Sokoke National Park north of Mombassa in Kenya.

Classified as endangered because of its highly restricted and fragmented environment, the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew is also hunted for food and by feral dogs.

The front of postcard shows Zebras with Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the tallest freestanding mountains in the world, rising 4600 m (15,100 feet) from the base.

This postcard was postmarked on 10th April 2010 in Kenya and took 10 days to travel an estimated distance of 7,535kms to reach me!

Monday, April 19, 2010

An awesome registered cover from USA!

Good day! Sharing with you today is this awesome US$14.16 registered cover sent by an eBayer from the United States of America!
The first stamp from the left was issued in 1972. This stamp features, Tom Sawyer, the famous character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He also appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896).
Next, we have a pair of 32c stamps featuring the social reformer Father Padre Felix Varela. The stamps were issued on 15th September 1997.

In the early 1820s, Varela concentrated his efforts on helping poor minorities living in New York City, and founded nurseries and orphanages for the children of poor widows. He organized the New York Catholic Temperance Association, and virtually lived in hospitals while caring for cholera victims during an epidemic in 1832. As a result of his abilities and dedication, Varela was named Vicar General of the New York diocese.

Varela also founded the first Spanish newspaper in the U.S., publishing articles about human rights injustices suffered by minorities, as well as essays on religious tolerance, cooperation between English and Spanish speaking communities, and the importance of education.

Before coming to the U.S., Varela, who was born in 1788, was named Professor of Philosophy of the Seminary of San Carlos in Havana, Cuba, where he quickly distinguished himself as a great educator. During his professional career, Varela introduced numerous innovations in teaching and defending the principle - then considered strange - of giving women the same education as men.

Varela spent his last years in the city of St. Augustine, Fla., where he retired due to illness. He died in 1853, but his legacy endures, as two foundations named in his honor carry out his work in Miami and New York.

Issued on June 6, 1991, the United States Postal Service promoted its sponsorship of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team with a "domestic express mail stamp." The stamp design features a Bald Eagle and the Olympic Rings. The high face value of this stamp met the rate for overnight 8-ounce delivery to anywhere in the U.S. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, Spain.
The 56c stamp was issued on 3rd Sept 1986 in honor of John Harvard (1607 – 1638). He was an English pastor and first benefactor of the college that was named Harvard College in his honor. John Harvard directed that half his money, along with his library, be given to the recently created school. His gift assured its continued operation. The Harvard Bridge is named after him, as is the John Harvard Library in Southwark, London.
The stamp with the American Flag and skyscraper was issued in 1999. The top extreme right stamp depicts William Jennings Bryan. It was issued on 19th May 1986.

William Jennings Bryan (1860 – 1925) was the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908, a lawyer, and the 41st United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson. He was noted for a deep, commanding voice. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a supporter of popular democracy, a critic of banks and railroads, a leader of the silverite movement in the 1890s, a leading figure in the Democratic Party, a peace advocate, a prohibitionist, an opponent of Darwinism, and one of the most prominent leaders of populism in the late 19th and early 20th century. Because of his faith in the goodness and rightness of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."
One of America's favorite backyard birds, cardinals are distinctive in appearance and song - known for their "cheer cheer cheer," "whit-chew whit-chew" and "purty purty purty" whistles.
The cardinal is the state bird of 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. The stamps were issued in 1991.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My latest South African cover!!!

Once again, a great thanks to D.Hazell for this lovely cover posted from South Africa! The extreme right stamp shows a portrait of ex-South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. It was issued on 19th March 2009.
Kgalema Motlanthe was the President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009.
He is currently serving as Deputy President of South Africa under current South African president Jacob Zuma. He is also concurrently serving as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), again under Zuma.
Motlanthe, who had thus far mained a low public profile, was elected to the presidency of South Africa by the South African National Assembly following the resignation of Mbeki, and was widely considered to be acting as a "caretaker president" on behalf of Zuma. Zuma succeeded Monlanthe on 9 May 2009 in a presidential election held by the South African National Assembly, following the 2009 general election which had been won by the ANC. Motlanthe was South Africa's first Tswana-speaking President.

The second portrait stamp on this cover features the current South African President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Coat of Arms and the Union Buildings in the background. It was issued on 10 November 2009.
The Post Office honours all South African Presidents with a stamp and in terms of its stamp policy, Heads of State and former Heads of State are the only living people who can feature on stamps. President Zuma is the fourth president since South Africa's democracy to be honoured in this manner.
Zuma said he was honoured and that the stamp would be the country's "smallest but vital ambassador".

The 2 animal stamps franked on the left depict the African Penguin, also known as the Black-footed Penguin and the African striped weasel.

They belong to a beautiful set of stamps, entitled "South African Animals", issued in 1993.
That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

An awesome Slovak cover!


Here is another awesome Slovak cover sent by Robert Brnka. Thank you once again!

From left to right, the stamps belong to "
Easter 2010: Initial with Suffering Christ from the Bratislava Mass-book"series, issued on 26 Feb 2010, "Matthew Czak of Trenčín" series, issued on 12 March 2010 and "400th Anniversary of the Žilina Synod" series, issued on 30 March 2010 respectively.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An awesome Swiss cover!

It has been a long while since my last cover from Switzerland. Today, I am thrilled to receive my latest Swiss cover from Vural Oguz. Thank you very much!

The stamp franked on the extreme left belongs to the "Agriculture & Food" Series. Issued on 04th Sept 2008, this lovely stamp depicts wheat. The other stamps in the set show Barley (0.15 CHF), Rye (0.20 CHF) & Oats (0.50 CHF).

The lovely stamp in the center of cover was issued on 04th March 2010 to commemorate the "International Year of Biodiversity".The celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity are a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about the vital role of biodiversity sustaining life on Earth, supporting ecosystem services and of its importance to human wellbeing and poverty reduction.
Lastly, the stamp on the extreme right was issued on 04th March 2010 to mark the "550 Years of the University of Basel".

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Emperor Akihito cover!

Just a quickie to share this lovely cover received from Japan recently.
Emperor of Japan, Akihito celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the commencement of his reign on January 7, 2009. The emperor and empress, Michiko, also celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on April 10. In the year of anniversaries, Japan Postal Service issued a set of 3 commemorative stamps to mark these occasions.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My second cover from Qatar!

Extremely delighted to receive this magnificent bird cover from Doha, State of Qatar. This really made my day! Many thanks to Rodel Evangelista!

The lovely bird stamps are from the "Qatar Birds" series, issued on 18th Dec 2009. They show Orphean warbler, Woodchat shrike, Isabelline shrike, Chiffchaf, Yellow wagtail & Lesser grey shrike.

Another 6 stamps featuring the same bird species but of different designs and 1 miniature sheet make up a set.

This cover was postmarked in Doha, Qatar on 05th April 2010 and took 5 days to travel an estimated distance of 6,195kms.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

An awesome registered cover from India!

Hi guys! Sharing with you today is an awesome registered cover received from Kanpur, India.

Front of cover is franked with 4 identical commemorative stamps from the "2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)" series, issued on 02nd Dec 2009.

The 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse) was a cavalry regiment of the British Indian Army raised in 1809. They served in the Nepal War and the First World War. During the reconstruction of the British Indian Army in 1922 they were amalgamated with the 4th Cavalry.

Back of the cover shows a lovely minature from the "Festivals of India" series, which I have already shared in my earlier posting. Issued on 07th Oct 2008, it depicts the festivals of Durga Puja, Dussehra & Deepavali.

The strip of 3 identical stamps franked on the bottom left belongs to the "Greetings" series, issued on 1st Dec 2009.

Lastly, the 2 stamps (bottom right) were issued on 02nd Nov 2009 to mark the "105th death anniversary of Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar".

Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar (1833-1904) was not only the greatest homoeopath of his time in India, but also a great scientist. Born on Nov. 2, 1833 in Paikpara, near Howrah. He appeared at the M.D. Examination in 1863 and came out first. He devoted his life wholly to the propagation of the principles of homoeopathy. The Calcutta journal of Medicine, edited by him, was started in Jan. 1868 for this purpose. In the field of physical science, Dr. Sircar has made great contributions and was a pioneer of scientific research in India. He also inspired Dr. J. C. Bose and Dr. P. C. Ray. Recurrent malarial fever and bronchial asthma clouded the evening of his life and he died on Feb. 23, 1904.

Posted on 18th March 2010 in Kanpur, India, it took 12 days to travel an estimated 3,752kms to reach me.That's all for this posting. Enjoy your weekend folks!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

My new country #87!

In honor of Queen Margrethe II’s 70th birthday in April, the Danish postal service has released a series of new stamps with the Queen’s portrait on them.

The new defintive stamps come in four different denominations covering the most comon postage charges. This is the first Danish series of definitive stamps to be issued on self-adhesive paper, which in the future will be used for all definitive stamps, including the Wavy Line and the Small National Coat of Arms. The old definitive stamps featuring Queen Margrethe were removed from sale at post offices and sub-post offices at the end of January 2010, but are still be available from the Post Danmark Philatelic sales department.

I received a Danish cover franked with one of the latest Queen Margrethe II definitive stamp. It is my new country #87!. This cover was postmarked on 28th March 2010 (which is a Sunday?) in Kobenhavn, Denmark and took 4 days to reach me.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

5 Awesome covers from Argentina!!!!!

Many thanks to Cernjul Viviana for these awesome covers posted from Buenos Aires, Argentina! (My name was spelt wrongly on these covers. Thanks for the offer anyway!)

To raise awareness of Tuberculosis or TB, Argentina Post held a National Children Drawing Contest with the theme "“I Can Slow TB Down”. 4 drawings were choosen among thousands to feature on its postage stamps released on 14th Nov 2009.

The second cover was franked with half a minature sheet to commemorate the "2009 International Philatelic Festival" held in Italy. It was issued on 24th Oct 2009.

The third cover, a FDC was issued on 6th March 2010 to mark the "Bicentenary of the May Revolution".

The May Revolution was a week-long series of revolutionary events that took place from 18-25 May 1810. It was the first step towards a long process that led to the foundation of Argentina as an independent country. This process was followed by the Declaration of the Independence of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, proclaimed at Tucumán in 1816; the Constitution of the Argentine Republic, sanctioned in 1853, and the City of Buenos Aires became federal and capital of the Republic in 1880. And then the institutional bases were settled to consolidate a new country.

Next is a lovely FDC to commemorate the "“South American Sails 2010”, issued on 20th Feb 2010.

The regatta begins on 07th February in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil and will call fourteen ports in ten countries of which five will be celebrating in 2010 the bicentennial of liberation revolutions which opened the way for their independence processes.
Precisely Argentina is one of the countries which experienced its first independence actions in 1810.

Lastly, we have this beautiful FDC from the "Argentine Festivals III" series, issued on 20th Feb 2010.

The lovely stamps in this series depict

Fiesta Nacional de los Estudiantes (National Student Festival);
In 1949 San Salvador de Jujuy became the site of the "National Youth Festival", and in 1952 the "National Students Festival" began its most glorious stage. Since 1972 it became an authetic National Festival that starts on Sept 21st and goes on for ten days. They say that during this time the city becomes "the capital of Youth and Spring" with parades of carriages built by young people and the election of the Students Queen.

National Sun Festival or Fiesta Nacional del Sol in Spanish;
Since 1972, the inhabitants of the San Juan Province pay tribute to the sun that accompanies them for over 300 days a year, through the National Sun Festival. The latest edition of this festival was held between 23-26 Feb 2010 with the Bicentennial as its main theme. Another great attraction was the Sun Carrousel, running through San Juan's street representing the 19 districts of the province and the communities of foreigners that settled in San Juan. During the closing the National Sun Queen was elected and a magnificent show called "Voices of freedom" was presented.

Fiesta Nacional de la Tradición or Tradition Festival aka Gaucho Festival;

Each year the main events of the Traditon festival or Gaucho festival, which celebrates the gaucho way of life, takes place in the vast plains of San Antonio de Areco. The festival is a celebration of all things rural, offering a unique insight into the traditions of Argentinian country life. Holidaymakers will get chance to take in horse parades, dancing and music, and enjoy barbecued meat - a major feature of the region, and a food Argentina is famous for.

and Fiesta Nacional de la Manzana or National Apple Festival to pay homage to the apple harvest season .

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