Thursday, September 15, 2011

150th Anniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation Cover

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

A Lovely Swiss Cover!

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

2 Awesome Croatian Covers!!

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!

Monday, September 12, 2011

An Interesting Finnish Cover!

Many thanks to Johanna Palonen for this lovely FDC featuring one of the Dahlia circular postage stamps, issued on 1st April 2011.
Dahlia originates in North America and Mexico and they were brought to Europe as early as in the 16th century.

It is interesting to note that the Dahlia stamp was cancelled with a "The Cultural 2011 Tall Ships Regatta" postmark!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Postage Heritage Buildings Cover from India!

Hi guys, sorry for my absence! Something happened at work last week and I hardly have the mood to blog...
I would do a quickie today to thanks Ratnadeep Mondal for this lovely cover posted from Kolkata, India. Thank you very much my friend!

The six beautiful stamps were issued by India Post on 13 May 2010 to commemorate INDIPEX 2011-World Philatelic Exhibition held in New Delhi FROM 12-18 Feb 2011.

From left to right, top to bottom, they depict Udagamandalam H.P.O., Shimla G.P.O., Delhi G.P.O., Lucknow G.P.O., Nagpur G.P.O. and Cooch Behar H.P.O.

That's all folks! Talk to you guys again soon! Bye!

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