Sunday, July 31, 2011

My First Greek Cover!

Many thanks to Spyros for this awesome cover posted from Chania, Crete Island, Greece!
The beautiful stamp affixed on the top left corner belongs to the "Greek Popular Music" series. Issued on 16th Sept 2010, this stamp depicts one of the leading Greek composers, Vassilis Tsitsanis (1915-1984). Tsitsanis wrote more than 500 songs and is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Rebetika.

The other stamps in this set features Giorgos Zampetas (0.20 euro), Stellos Kazantzidis (0.58), Grigoris Bithikotsis (0.72), Vicky Moscholiou (1.00) and Sotiria Bellou (4.80).
Next on the cover are three lovely stamps from the "Greek Islands" series, issued on 14th Oct 2010. They depict the Greek islands of Paros (lower left), Ithaki (middle) and Tinos (top right).
That's all folks! Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A lovely cover from Croatia!

It has been a while since I received a cover from Croatia. This time it was posted from the city of Donja Lomnica. Many thanks to Ivana Perunski!
On this cover, the two stamps on the top left belong to the "Croatian Flora" series, issued in 2006. They show the White Water Lily and the Yellow Pond Lily respectively.

The brown bear stamp was issued on 15 March 2011 from the "Croatian Fauna" series. Another two stamps that depict the Eleonora's Falcon and Mediterranean Monk Seal make up a set.
The lovely miniature sheet, entitled "Peony Flower of Croatia" was released on 8 March 2010. It features the Wild Peony and Common Peony.
This cover was postmarked on 12 July 2011 and took 17 days to reach me.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A turtle cover from USA!

On 7th Oct 2003, the United States Postal Service issued a beautiful set of 5 stamps, entitled "Reptiles and Amphibians". One of the stamps depict the Ornate Box Turtle.

Knowing that I love Turtle stamps, Bryon Peterson affixed the Ornate Box Turtle stamp on his latest cover to me. Thank you very much! The other two stamps depict the Reticulate Collared Lizard (center) and Blue Spootted Salamander (right).

This cover was postmarked on 21 Jul 2011 in Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A. and took only 5 days to reach me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Struve Geodetic Arc Cover from Finland!

Many thanks to Johanna Palonen for this awesome FDC posted from Pori, Finland!
On 6th May 2011, Finnish Post issued a very unique miniature sheet in honor of Struve Geodetic Arc.

The Struve Geodetic Arc was used for determining the size and shape of the globe. The arc, which approximately 2,820 km long, extends from the Black Sea in Ukraine all the way to the Arctic Ocean in Norway. The arc was named after F.G.W.Struve who managed the measurement in 1816-1855. The arc measurement stations are located in ten countries. The 34 most representative measurement points were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a joint site of ten countries in 2005. The miniature sheet indicates the six points located in Finland. The two stamps in the release are within each other in the miniature sheet. The outer stamp is round, and the inner has the shape of the map of Finland.
This cover was postmarked on 19th July 2011 in Pori, Finland and took 7 days to reach me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Top Ten Chinese Stamps

Once banned by Mao Zedong as a bourgeois activity, stamp collecting has become increasing popular in China in recent years. While early collectors were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the International Chinese diaspora, some important Mainland Chinese collectors are today "repatriating" stamps, in the same way that others are bringing back Chinese artworks.

According to the All-China Philatelic Federation, there are about 50,000 philately association in the country, comprising more than 20 million collectors. Guess it must be an exciting time for both Philatelists and investors! However, experts warn what's in the attic probably isn't worth very much. Unless it's from the "cultural revolution" period or form the Qing Dynasty.

I am lucky to own a few good Chinese stamps and here is my Top Ten list.

No. 10 - Goldfish (Issued: 1960)

No. 9 - Xinanjiang Hydro-electric Power (Issued: 1964)

No. 8 - 1st Sports Meet (Issued: 1966)

No. 7 - Great Chairman Mao (Issued: 1967)

No. 6 - Suzhou Garden (Issued: 1980)

No 5 - Zodiac Stamps (Issued: 1980-1991)

No. 4 - Peonies (Issued: 1964)

No. 3 - Landscapes of Huangshan (Issued: 1963)

No. 2 - Mao Zedong, Art and Literature (Issued: 1968)

No. 1 - Poems of Chairman Mao (Issued: 1967)

My Top Ten First Issues!

Having shared with you guys some of my unique and strange stamps... now pls also check out my top ten first issues!
No. 10 - France
Issued: Jan 1, 1849 (Scott # 3)
# Issued: 41,698,800
You may have thought that # 1 would be the first but that is not always the case. As a matter of fact, Scott # 3 (above left stamp) was one of the first two stamps issued in France!
Scott # 1 (right) was issued on Sept 12, 1850.

No. 9 - Japan
Issued: April 20, 1871
# Issued: ?
The stamps were printed using two plates for the Dragon and one plate for each value.

No. 8 - Brazil
Issued: August 1, 1843
# Issued: 856,617 (30 reis), 1,335,865 (60 reis)
The stamps have earned the nick-name "Bull Eyes", or "Olhos de Boi" in Portuguese.

No. 7 - Russia
Issued: Jan 1, 1858
#Issued: 3,000,000

No. 6 - Province of Canada
Issued: April 23, 1851
# Issued: 250,200
The stamps were withdrawn after New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada formed the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

No. 5 - China
Issued: August 1878
# Issued: ?
1 candarin green (Scott# 1), 3 candarins brown red (Scott# 2, above), 5 candarins orange (Scott# 3)

No. 4 - Canton Zurich, Switzerland
Issued: march 1, 1843
# Issued: ?
The 4 rappen stamp is inscribed Local-Taxe and was used for mail within the city of Zurich.
The 6 rappen is inscribed Cantonal-Taxe and was used for mail within the canton, but outside of the city.

No. 3 - Canton Geneva
Issued: Sept 30, 1843
# Issued: 60,000 pairs
The people of Geneva were reluctant to use these new stamps, so from March, 1844 they were sold for 8 centimes even though the face value is 10 centimes. A half stamp, face value 5 centimes, was sold for 4 centimes. The half stamp was only valid within a locality, the whole stamp was valid for mail between localities in the whole canton. Covers, especially with double-stamps, are exceedingly rare.

No. 2 - United States of America
Issued: July 1, 1847
# Issued: 3,717,500 (Scott# 1, left), 892,802 (Scott# 2, right)
The 5-cent stamp paid for a letter weighing less than 1 ounce and traveling less than 300 miles, the 10-cent stamp for deliveries to locations greater than 300 miles, or, twice the weight deliverable for the 5-cent stamp.

No. 1 - Great Britain
Issued: May 6, 1840
#Issued: 68,808,000
Penny Black stamps were first issued in 1840 and named so, due to it costing one penny and made entirely with black ink. This stamp was the world's earliest prepaid, gummed postage stamp of a public postal system.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Unique and Special Stamps

Last night, I was looking through my stamps collection and so I thought I would share with you some of my unique and strange stamps.

The small Himalayan nation of Bhutan is famous for its stamps, including the first ever silk stamps, made of Bhutanese thangkas.

More recently, Bhutan introduced postage stamps that doubles as actual CD-ROMs

This 2007 stamp printed on thinly sliced cork is from Portugal, commemorating the country's cork industry, which produces around 30% of the world supply

The first Steel stamps from Bhutan!

Choco Suisse, a chocolate stamp, was issued by Switzerland in 2001. This stamp comes in a foil-wrapped booklet, like a chocolate bar, which also smell like one

Souvenir sheet of two stamps with Swarovski crystals affixed. The block was issued on 20th Sept 2004 in a cooperation between Swarovski and Austrian Post. Only 800,000 blocks are produced

This football (Soccer) stamp was issued by Austria in march 2008. This stamp is made with the same plastic polyurethane that is used to manufacture the official football of the UEFA

In 2005, Austria issued the first of a commemorate series of embroidered stamps

In 2008, Singpost (Singapore Post) commissioned specially-designed beaded postage stamps to celebrate the opening of the Peranakan Museum

The first "talking" stamps, tiny vinyl records that played Bhutan's national anthem and a brief history of the country when spun on a phonograph!

Who says Stamps collecting is Boring?


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