Monday, May 31, 2010

Another awesome cover from Kenya!

Sharing with you today is an awesome registered cover received from Kenya! Courtesy of Bhavin R.Gada! Thank you very much!!

The 2 vertical row of stamps franked on the extreme right belong to the "7th Bird Definitive", issued in 1993. The stamps depict the Red-and-yellow Barbet.

This bird usually lives in groups that include one breeding pair, several young "helpers", and sometimes one or two other adults. Red-and-yellow Barbets can be very aggressive, notably when defending their territories from other groups of barbets or woodpeckers. They are also known to mob hawks or other predators to chase them out of the territory. They are often seen around termite mounds.

The other stamps on the cover are from the "8th Crop Definitive", issued on 28th Feb 2001.

In additional, Bhavin also sent me a gorgeous Turtles FDC, issued on 13th April 2000! Thank you once again!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

3 covers to share!!!

Wanted to share with you guys the many beautiful covers that I received recently. However, because of my busy work schedule, by the end of the day, I am too tired to post. But I promise to do it soon.

Starting from today are 3 awesome covers received from Croatia, Qatar and Great Britain respectively.

The first cover was posted from Lukac, Croatia by Josip Mikolcic. Thank you so much! This cover was franked with stamps from the 2009 "Croatian Modern Painting" series, entitled "Grey Sail" by Zlatko Prica, "XXI Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver 2010" series and "Famous Croats" series, depicting Petar Segedin, issued on 22 April 2009.

The second lovely cover was posted from Doha, Qatar. Thanks again, Rodel Evangelista! The 2 stamps belong to the "FIFA World Cup Espana 1982" series and "Population and Housing Census" series, issued in 2010.

FYI, the tournament was won by Italy, after beating West Germany 3–1 in the final. According to the statistics released by Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), the population of Qatar stands at 1.5million.

Last but not least, is a gorgeous cover posted from London, UK by Eric Bruth when he was attending the Festival of Stamps 2 weeks ago. Thank you very much! The stamps feature Sperm Whale and Haedgehog from the "Mammals, Action for species 4" series, issued on 13 April 2010. You can read more on his visit
here.
That's all for now! Oh yes, I promise to return mails soonest. Bye!

Monday, May 24, 2010

World's most expensive stamp sold in Geneva

Read this interesting article so I thought I would share with you guys here...

GENEVA, 24th May 2010: The world's most expensive postage stamp, a one-of-its-kind issue printed in Sweden in 1857, was sold at auction in Geneva to an international consortium Saturday, auctioneers said.

One of the rarest known stamps, the "Treskilling Yellow" -- or three-shilling stamp -- was issued by mistake during a print run of eight-skilling stamps, which are yellow. The three-skilling was normally green. A Swedish schoolboy stumbled upon it in 1885 while rummaging for stamps to sell on for pocket money. Since then it has passed through the hands of a series of stamp collectors, as well a German aristocrat and a Belgian tycoon.

The last time it was sold, in 1996, it fetched 2.875 million Swiss francs (US$4.5 million) at an auction.

Stamp auctioneers David Feldman did not disclose the identity of the buyers, nor the price paid this time round.

They did say however that the stamp remained the world's most expensive.

"The consortium members bought the stamp after deeming that it was a solid investment in these times of crisis," they added in a statement. - AFP/fa

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Awesome Canadian cover!

Once again many thanks to Stampraider for another awesome cover posted from Canada!

Knowing that I love stamps of tortoises and turtles, she specially used a Leatherback turtle stamp from the "Endangered Species" series. (Greatly appreciated!) Issued on 1st Oct 2007, the other stamps in this set feature North Atlantic Right Whale, Northern Cricket Frog & White Sturgeon Fish.

Next, we have 3 lovely stamps to commemorate the International Philatelic Youth Exhibition held in the largest city in Canada, Toronto between the 20th and 24th of May 1982. This was the first time that the Youth Exhibition was held outside Europe.
The stamp on the bottom left belongs to the "Postal Code" series, issued in 1979.
Canada’s postal code system consists of a six-character string that helps form part of the postal address system in Canada. This differs from the United States whose ZIP code system consists only of numbers, while Canada’s postal codes are currently alphanumeric in nature. You can easily identify a Canadian postal code by its structure. A Canadian postal code is always in the following format where A is a letter, and the N represents a digit – ANA NAN. The space between the third and fourth characters is deliberate and is part of the postal code system.

The Canadian postal code system was first conceived in 1970. The City of Ottawa Ontario served as the test city in 1971, and by 1974 was in use across Canada. Statistics Canada says there are roughly 850,000 different postal codes in use in Canada.

This system was a giant leap from Canada’s first mail delivery service. Back in 1693, Pedro da Silva was commissioned to deliver mail between the Canadian cities of Montreal and Quebec City. Under the direction of the British Government, full postal services with an official seal began in 1775, and continued until 1851. Canada’s first postage stamp also went into circulation that the same time.

Lastly, as discussed before, the 1 cents portrait stamp features King George VI of the United Kingdom. It belongs to the KGVI definitive series, issued in 1950.

This cover was postmarked on 6th May 2010 in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada and reached me on 13th May 2010, having traveled 12,756kms!

That's all folks! Enjoy ur weekends!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

An awesome Turkish cover!

Just a short posting on this tiring day. Many thanks to Levent Baldgan for this awesome cover posted from Istanbul, Turkey!

The beautiful stamp belongs to the "Railway Station Buildings" series, issued on 15th Oct 2008.

This cover brought back those beautiful holiday memories...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Firefly covers from Malaysia!!

Many thanks to fellow blogger, Khor Kok Keong for these covers entitled "Firefly" posted from his hometown, Ipoh, Malaysia!
On 10th May 2010, Pos Malaysia released a beautiful set of 4 stamps and a miniature sheet on various fireflies of Malaysia. The stamps depicts Pteroptyx bearni (30 sen), Pteroptyx valida (30 sen), Lychnuris sp. (50 sen) & Diaphanes sp. (50 sen).

A RM5 miniature sheet with a holographic foil printing in golden yellow, featuring Pteroptyx tener makes up a complete set.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lovely French cover!

Here is an awesome registered cover posted by Francois Leboucher from Pornichet, France! Merci beaucoup my friend!
The row of 5 portrait stamps belongs to the "Marianne" definitive series, issued in 2008.
Next is a lovely miniature sheet from the 2010 "Jardin des Plantes, Paris" series. The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. It is situated in the 5ème arrondissement, Paris, on the left bank of the river Seine and covers 28 hectares (280,000 m²).

This cover was postmarked on 5th May 2010, which means that it took only 6 days to reach me!

Friday, May 7, 2010

A lovely cover from Portland, USA!

Here's a lovely American cover posted from Portland, USA by an eBayer.

The block of 4 stamps belongs to the 1982 "American Architecture" series. From left to right, top to bottom, they depict famous American architectures: Falling water in Pennsylvania, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Massachusetts' Gropius House and Washington Dulles International Airport. 1. Fallingwater, also known as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence, is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1 in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
Hailed by Time magazine shortly after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job,"it is also listed among Smithsonian magazine's Life List of 28 places "to visit before ...it's too late." Fallingwater was featured in Bob Vila's A&E Network production, Guide to Historic Homes of America. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
2. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), commonly called Illinois Tech, is a private Ph.D.-granting university located in Chicago. The campus, roughly bounded between 31st and 35th streets, Michigan Avenue and the Dan Ryan Expressway, was designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "one of the great figures of 20th-century architecture".
3. The Gropius House was the family residence of noted architect Walter Gropius at 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The house caused a sensation when built. Every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity. Gropius carefully sited the house to complement its New England habitat on a rise within an orchard of 90 apple trees.
Set amid fields, forests, and farmhouses, the Gropius House mixes up the traditional materials of New England architecture (wood, brick, and fieldstone) with industrial materials such as glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters. The house structure consists of a traditional New England post and beam wooden frame, sheathed with white painted tongue and grove vertical siding. Traditional clapboards are used in the interior foyer, but are applied vertically. Striking as it is, the house was built with economy in mind, and total construction costs were $18,000.
4. Washington Dulles International Airport is a public airport located 40 km west of the central business district of Washington, D.C., in Dulles, Virginia. It serves the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The airport is named after John Foster Dulles, United States Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Dulles main terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.

Lastly, we have a lovely stamp from the "American Revolution Bicentenary. Contributors to the Cause" series, issued in 1975. This stamp shows Peter Francisco carrying cannon.
Peter Francisco (1760 – 1831), known variously as the "Virginia Giant" or the "Giant of the Revolution", was an American patriot and soldier in the American Revolution. George Washington once said that Francisco's prowess directly enabled American victories in two battles, and went on to state the war might have even been lost without Francisco's participation.

Another 3 stamps featuring Sybil Ludington on Horseback (8c), Salem Poor loading musket (10c) and Haym Salomon writing in ledger (10c) make up a set.That's all folks! Enjoy ur weekend!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2 awesome ICCC covers!!

Recently, received 2 awesome covers from ICCC, a cover circuit club based in Switzerland.

The first cover was posted from Geuensee, Switzerland. Many thanks to Vural Oguz!!

The beautiful stamp franked on the left belongs to the "Women's Army Corp" series. It was issued in 1965. The other stamps on the cover were issued on 04th March 2010 to mark the Centenary of Aviation in Switzerland.This second gorgeous cover was posted from Doral, Florida, USA. Many thanks to Eduardo Sudnicki!!

The 2 Cowboy stamps, entitled "Cowboys of the Silver Screen" were issued on 17th April 2010 to honour four extraordinary performers who helped make the American Western a popular form of entertainment. Film stars from the silent era through the singing era are featured on the stamps; (L-R, Top-Bottom) Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, William S. Hart & Gene Autry.

Next is a stamp from the "American Design" definitive series.
That's all folks! See you guys again soon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A nice set of stamps from Kenya!

On 20th April, I blogged on a stamped postcard (A very nice surprise from KENYA!) and requested any information on the stamp franked . Today, I received a cover with a complete set of stamps from the same series! Thanks very much for your help, Bhavin!

Enjoy the stamps!

An Expo 2010 cover from Hong Kong!

Expo 2010 Shanghai China (中国2010年上海世界博览会) is being held on both banks of the Huangpu River in the city of Shanghai, China, from May 1 to October 31, 2010. It is a World Expo in the tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition is "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as the "next great world city".
The expo Logo features the Chinese character 世 ('world') modified to represent three people together with the 2010 date. It is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world's fairs. The Shanghai World Expo is also the largest World's Fair site ever at 5.28 square km.

189 of the world's 196 nations will be represented at Expo 2010, either in stand-alone pavilions or within larger pavilions. Singapore, my country also has its own pavilion; a two-story music-box-like structure with an "Urban Symphony" theme.

The theme is inspired by the harmony of unique elements in Singapore: progress and sustainability, urbanization and greenery, tradition and modernity and a cosmopolitan mix of residents of different races living peacefully together.

To commemorate Hong Kong's Participation in Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Hong Kong Post issued a set of 4 beautiful stamps on 27th April 2010.

Many thanks to Brian Kam for sending me this lovely cover franked with an Expo 2010 stamp (top right) and Expo 2010 postmarks.

The bottom left stamp belongs to the 2006 Birds Definitive series.

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