Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Many thanks to Hong-Yi Ka for this amazing FDC cover posted from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan!
Entitled "Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang", the souvenir sheet depicts a scene from a party on Mt. Hsiang during Tang Emperor Wuzong's reign in 845 A.D. Because the party's host, Tang poet Bai Ju-yi, and his eight guests were all well over 70 years of age, they were called the nine elders.
The expressions of the figures are vivid and refined, and the lines of their clothes, the trees, and the boulders are strong and rugged, with brushstrokes that convey great power. Though the painting is small, the spatial composition is so clearly defined. The painting is unsigned but thought to be painted by Liu Song-nian of the Song Dynasty.
The second FDC that I am sharing was posted from Pori, a city on the west coast of Finland. Many thanks to Johanna Palonen!
Entitled "Light in the window", the stamps depict a night scene in the winter time, with lights in the attic rooms.
Last but not least, we have a lovely FDC posted from Kullu, India. Thank you very much, Jeevan Jyoti!
Entitled "Rashtrapati Bhavan", meaning Presidential House or Palace, the 4 commemorative stamps show the official residence of the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil. The postage stamps mark the 80th Anniversary of the commissioning of the building, when the then Governor General of india, Lord Irwin became its first occupant.To make up the postage, Jyoti used a stamp featuring a portrait of Indira Gandhi (19 Nov 1917 - 31 Oct 1984), who served as the third Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms (1966-77) and a fourth term (1980-84). She was assassinated by Sikh extremists.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Once again many thanks to Cernjul Viviana for this wonderful cover posted from Argentina!
The stamps belong to the "UPAEP America, Old Mail Boxes" series, issued in 2011.
The second cover was posted from the USPS United States Post Office Midlakes Station in Bellevue, Washington on 21 Nov 2011. Many thanks to Bryon Peterson!
The beautiful stamps on this cover are from a sheet of 12 stamps, entitled "Pioneers of American Industrial Design", issued on 29 Jun 2011. Honoring 12 of the nation's most important and influential industrial designers, the stamps depict everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to corporate office buildings and passengers trains, the work of these designers defined the look of modern America, and in doing, revolutionized the way Americans live and work.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Extremely delighted to receive this lovely cover posted from Lumaco, Chile! Many thanks to Pablo Guerra for offering to exchange!
The beautiful stamp franked on the top left corner belongs to the "UPAEP, National Festivals" series, issued on 09.08.2008.
The two $250 denomination stamps were issued on 17.08.2008 to commemorate the International Polar Year. An international Polar Year or IPY is a year or so during which many nations coordinate their Polar expeditions, observations and analyses. The third IPY has ended, having begun in 2007, and continued until 2009.
The three $20 stamps belong to a lovely set of 10 cute stamps, entitled "Professions".
This cover was postmarked on 12 Nov 2011 in Antofagasta, a port city in northern Chile and took 17 days to reach me! Hope that my cover will reach Chile soon!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Many thanks to Soulimiotis Spyros for these awesome covers posted from Crete, Greece!
The four lovely stamps on this registered cover belong to the "Children Book" series (2011), "Events" series (2011), "Dances" definitives (2002) & "Paralympics" series (2004) respectively.
Next we have stamps from "Historical Sport Clubs" series (2007), "Olympic" series (2004) & "Special Olympics Athens 2011" series.
Soulimiotis even took the effort to send me this lovely 11.11.11 cover! It bears the stamps from the "Architecture" series (2010), "Destination Greece" series (2011), "Christmas" series (2010) & "Special Olympics Athens 2011" respectively.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Hello again! Three awesome covers to share with you guys today.
This first cover was posted from Ottawa, Canada. Many thanks to Maryam Muhammad Irwan!
On 21 April 2011, in honor of the U.N.'s International Year of Forests, Canada Post released a two-stamp issue (2 se-tenant stamps on the right) that speaks to both the diversity and intrinsic value of Canada's forest. The stamps offer two views of the contemporary forest; one showing the marvel of life found in the forest floor and the other depicting the sheer strength and lush fecundity of a new growth North American rainforest through a close-up of new trees that culminates in a fresh canopy of green leaves.
The left stamp was released on 29 April 2011 to mark the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Next, we have a lovely cover posted from Everett, Washington, U.S.A.. Many thanks to Bryon Peterson!
The stamps were issued on 28 September 2011 to honor Romare Bearden (1911-1988), one of the 20th Century's most distinguished American artists. Four collages by Bearden are featured in the stamp art: Conjunction (1971); Odysseus: Poseidon, The Sea God - Enemy of the Odysseus (1977); Prevalence of Ritual: Conjur Woman (1964); and Falling Star (1979).
Last but not least, is a beautiful cover posted from Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Many thanks to Vural Oguz!
To commemorate the coming Year of the Dragon (23 Jan 2012 - 9 February 2013), Liechtenstein Post released the first silhouette postage stamp - in the image of a dragon! Designed by Stefan Erne, the self-adhesive stamps were cut out using state-of-the art laser technology.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Once again many thanks to Robert Brnka for yet another lovely cover posted from Bratislava, Slovakia!
On 6th June 2011, Slovak Post issued a commemorative stamp dealing with one of the most significant events of the modern Slovak history - Declaration of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation on June 6 - 7, 1861 at the national assembly in Martin.
The Slovaks tried to obtain acknowledgement of their national individuality and drawing political consequences of this acknowledgement - obtaining Home Rule on a designed area (Slovak area) which they inhibated. It was related to the renewal of political life in the Austrian Empire, where the Slovaks lived after the fall of the Bach's absolutism. It followed the October Certificate of the Emperor of 1860 promising the renewal of free political life. Since this life was supposed to be carried out in historically constitutional monarchy units, the Slovaks sent their memorandum primarily to the Diet of Hungarian Kingdom. It, however, refused to deal with it. After the Diet was dismissed, the permanent committee elected in Martin turned to the Emperor with the Memorandum.
This so called Vienna Memorandum was supplemented with the Privilege (constitution) for the Slovak area in which the constitutional position of the Slovak nation within the Monarchy was determined. At that time the Memorandum was not successful, its ideas, however, were the basis of the Slovak political program until 1938.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Many thanks to Vural Oguz for this wonderful cover posted from Geuensee, Switzerland!
The boy scout stamp belongs to a group of six postage stamps (SC#422-27) issued in 1963 with themes such as Scout, Red Cross and Freedom from Hunger.
The stamp in the middle was issued on 5th May 2011 to celebrate Switzerland's part in the Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition held every two years.
This Swiss stamp is one of the most unlikely pieces of art designed by Swiss-born, Paris based artist, Thomas Hirschhorn who is known for his larger than life room-size installations. In designing this stamp as a piece of torn cardboard, Hirschhorn drew inspiration from his earlier works: as an unknown artist in the 1980s, he wrote on cardboard signs and placed them in house doorways or under windscreen wipers.
Last but not least, we have a lovely bee stamp named "Honey Bee" which was released on 3rd March 2011.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sharing with you guys today are 2 awesome covers posted from Donja Lomnica, Croatia. Thank you very much, Ivana Perunski!
The beautiful stamp affixed on the top left corner of the first cover was issued on 15 July 2011 by Croatian Post to commemorate its "Statehood Day". The motif of the stamp is a detail of the flag of Croatia. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the day when the Croatian Parliament, on 25 June 1991, decided that Croatia should be separated from the other Yugoslavian republics, which meant that Croatia became an independent country for the first time after nine centuries.
The three Lobster postage stamps were issued on 15 March 2007. Lovely, aren't they?
Issued on 16 March 2010, the Strawberry stamp belongs to a set of 3 postage stamps, entitled "Croatian Fruits". The other stamps in this series depict Gooseberry and Grape.
Lastly, the portrait stamp is from the "Famous Croats" series. Issued on 22 April 2011, it features August Harambasic, a gifted Croatian poet, orator and politician from the late 19th and early 20th century.
On 14 Feb 2011, Croatian Post released its first 2011 stamp, entitled "Children's World". The stamp (shown on the extreme left corner of the second cover) is dedicated to the International Children's Festival in Sibenik and bears the motif of a child holding colourful balloons.
The lovely falcon stamp is from 'Croatian Fauna" series, issued on 15 March 2011. The stamps in this series feature endangered species which inhabit the territory of the Republic of Croatia: the brown bear (face value HRK 1.60), Eloenora's Falcon (HRK 3.10) and the Mediterranean Monk Seal (HRK 4.60).
Next is a football-themed commemorative stamp released by Croatian Post to mark the start of one of the most important sporting events in the world, FIFA World Cup 2010 which took place in South Africa from 11 june to 11 July 2010.
The two identical stamps belong to the "Croatian Ethnographic Heriatge" series, showing colourful textiles from Sunja culture.
The blue stamp is from the "Lighthouses" series. Issued on 7 Sept 2010, it shows a lighthouse in Tajer.
That's all folks! Cheers!