Friday, September 28, 2012

Prince William and Kate Middleton Cover From Malaysia!

William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of cambridge were in Singapore two weeks ago (Sept 11-13). The trip was part of a nine day tour through Commonwealth countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee (60 years of her reign).

From Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of cambridge moved to Malaysia where they visited the capital Kuala Lumpur and Borneo's Sabah state. The pair then traveled to the Solomon Islands, a former British protectorate northeast of Australia, before a final stop on the tiny nation of Tuvalu.

To mark this special occasion, Post Malaysia released two lovely stamps on the day of their Malaysia arrival (Sept 13, 2012).
One features a "stamp on stamp" design, with an older stamp released on June 2, 1953 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's coronation in the centre and the other features a photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton to commemorate their visit. Both stamps are bordered with silver ink and cost RM1.50 each, while a miniature sheet costs RM5.

Many thanks to fellow blogger and philatelist, Khor Kok Keong for this cover with one of the stamps affixed on the top right corner. He also enclosed a beautiful miniature sheet from this series (shown above).
Unlike Post Malaysia, Singpost did not issue any special stamps for this occasion. However, the Singapore government did put up a very good 'Wayang' show for the couple. But I will refrain from discussing politics on this blog. FYI, 'Wayang' means an act, most of the time not real ;)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Registered Cover From Mexico!

Many thanks to Sergio Enrique for this lovely registered cover posted from Mexico! This is only my second Mexican cover in my collection.
The stamps on this cover were issued in May 2012 to mark the "World NO Tobacco Day".
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Postmarked on Sept 10, 2012 in Nuevo Leon, this registered cover took 16 days to reach me. A registered cover from Singapore will be flying off to Mexico tomorrow! :) Adios!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beautiful Cover From Liechtenstein!

Many thanks to Vural Oguz for this beautiful cover posted from the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz!
Liechtenstein may be the sixth smallest country in the world but the country is well known around the world for its postage stamps. Stamps have been a major export for Liechtenstein for many years, and large numbers of childhood stamp collectors only recognize the name Liechtenstein as a result of their stamp collections!

The lovely stamp on the right belongs to the new five-part stamp series "Collections in Liechtenstein: Classic cars". Issued on Sept 3, 2012 the first series depicts a rare 1908 Brasier racing car (face value CHF 0.85), a steam driven Stanley Steamer built in 1911 (CHF 1.00), 1915 Ford T Speedster (CHF 1.40) and 1920 Hinstin (CHF 1.90) respectively.
The stamp on the left was issued on Nov 16, 2009 from the second series of stamps entitled "Brand Liechtenstein". 

Brand Liechtenstein was launched in 2004, the aim behind it was "to summarize symbolically in an unmistakable, easily recognized image the values and qualities which constitute Liechtenstein's distinctiveness." 

"Brand Liechtenstein" in stamp series started in March 2008. These definitives associate familiar buildings in Liechtenstein with the Brand's five core messages - Dialogue, Finance, Industry, Homeland and Nature/Community.

The stamps in this series feature Community Lifestyle Museum (face value CHF 0.20), Former Customs House, Vaduz (CHF 0.50) and Parish House, Bendern (CHF 0.60).
We'll round off this post with a trip to Liechtenstein! Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Beautiful Postcards!

Sharing with you today are six beautiful postcards received from post-crossers recently. 
Diana from California posted this lovely postcard showing the San Gergonio Pass, near Palm Springs. Due to it's high winds, the wind turbines generate enough electricity to meet the needs of a city of 250,000 population!
Posted from Enschede, a city in eastern Netherlands this postcard shows many amazing views of the city centre. Beautiful!
Next is a postcard sent from Lithuania. It shows the Tiškevičiai Palace in Palanga. Built for the Tyszkiewicz family, this Neo-Renaissances style building is surrounded by the Palanga Botanical Garden and has housed the Palanga Amber Museum since 1963.
This fourth card features Plzeň, a city in western Bohemia in the Czech Republic. The city is known worldwide for its Pilsner beer. 
Sent from the oldest city in Finland, Turku, this wonderful postcard shows people enjoying their coffee in the lazy sunday afternoon. Situated by the Baltic Sea and sheltered by the islands of the Archipelago Sea, Turku has a hemiboreal climate. Like much of southern Finland, the city experiences warm summers, with temperatures ranging up to 30 °C, and relatively cold winters with frequent snowfall. 
Franked with three beautiful stamps, this postcard shows the Paipudyna river in Sibera. Many thanks to Olga!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Battle of Rozhanovce Cover From Slovakia!

Many thanks to Robert Brnka once again!
The beautiful miniature sheet was issued on June 15, 2012 to commemorate the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Rozhanovce.
The Battle of Rozhanovce was fought between King Charles I of Hungary and the family of Palatine Amades Aba on June 15, 1312, on the Rozgony (today Rozhanovce) field. Chronicon Pictum described it as the "most cruel battle since the Mongol invasion of Europe". Despite many casualties on the King's side, his decisive victory brought an end to the Aba family's rule over eastern Kingdom of Hungary, weakened King's major domestic opponent Matthew Czak, and ultimately secured power for Charles I of Hungary. This momentous event was also painted by a painter who illustrated the Illuminated Chronicle after 1370. He depicted the defeat of Amades and armies of Matthew Czak of Trencin by the falling of the flag with the historical symbol of Slovakia - double cross on three hills. This picture served as a theme for the stamp. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Latest Catch On eBay!

Sharing with you guys today are four beautiful hand painted FDCs (a.k.a. cachets) by Fred Collins. 

Voted 'Cachet maker of the half century (1951-2000)' by members of the American First Day Cover Society, Fred Collins has been producing superb quality cachets since 1978. Each and every Collins cachet is individually handed painted in beautiful watercolors. Brush stroke after careful brush stroke brings each cover to life, and they truly are miniature works of art. You have to see them to believe it!
The stamp affixed on this 'Lady Liberty and US Flag' cachet was issued on March 8, 2006 from the 'National symbols' series. Dedicated on Oct 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Next, Collins used a Mt. Rushmore stamp from 1991. This stamp was another in a long-running series of definitives that showed the American flag waving over a national landmark. Located in South Dakota, at the foot of the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore is crowned by gigantic carvings the heads of four U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abrahim Lincoln. This massive project was begun in 1927 and was not completed until 14 years later, in 1941.

The stamps used on the third and fourth cachets are from the 'The Art of Disney - Friendship' series. Issued on June 23, 2004, they illustrate 'Pinocchio' and 'Bambi' respectively.
Pinocchio is a 1940 Walt Disney's animated film. The story involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named 'Pinocchio'.  Brought to life by a blue fairy, Pinocchio was told that he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Thus begin the puppet's adventures to become a real boy, which involve many encounters with a host of unsavory characters.
Bambi is a 1942 American animated film by Director David Hand. In Disney's spectacularly animated forest fable, a fawn named Bambi is born, destined to become "Prince of the Forest." He soon befriends other woodland creatures such as Flower, a bashful skunk, and Thumper, an outgoing rabbit. As the years pass, they encounter a number of life's lessons in the woods, including the death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters. Eventually, Bambi comes of age, completing the cycle of life and taking his father's place. 

Based on the classic novel by Felix Salten, BAMBI demonstrates the strength of family values and camaraderie. Director David Hand adds a mixture of great songs and life-like backgrounds to make this early Disney film an unforgettable film classic for all ages. 

We'll end this posting with a visit to the Disneyland!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Great Bustard Cover From Slovakia

Received this lovely cover posted from Slovakia a while ago. Many thanks to Robert Brnka!
The stamp on the right was issued on Oct 14, 2011. From the Nature Conservation series, it features Slovakia's heaviest flying bird, Great Bustard.

Great Bustard (Otis tarda) grows up to more than one meter with a wing span of up to 2.5 meters and the heaviest individuals can weigh up to 22 kg. This, originally a steppe bird, inhabits the agricultural landscape at an altitude up to 300 m above sea level. It feeds on both plant and animal food and harder seeds to a small degree. The plant food includes, in particular, leaves, buds, and flowers, whole plants of field crops and weeds. The animal food is mainly represented by insects, but occasionally the bird catches smaller vertebrates, for example voles, mice, lizards and even young birds. It nests on the ground, usually in the cereal crop and clover plants. For most of the year, the Great Bustards are concentrated in flocks, which dissipate during the nesting season.
The stamp on the left is a definitive stamp from the "Cultural heritage of Slovakia" series. It was issued on Jan 2, 2009 as part of basic euro postal stamps.
That's all for today. See you guys later!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A 'Romantic' Cover From Finland

Monday! Monday! Monday! The weekend has gone by too quickly! Just a short post on this blue  Monday...
Posted from Kuopio, Finland, this lovely cover shows a beautiful stamp from the "Countryside Romance" series. Thanks very much, Pirjo Nykanen!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Special Christmas Postmarks!

Many thanks to Maryam Muhammad Irwan for this Christmas Cover with very special postmarks from Christmas Island, Nova Scotia, Canada! I know, I know I am nine months late... please accept my apology (I have neglected this blog for quite a while)

Watch this clip to find out why this cover is so special!

Friday, September 14, 2012

My First Cover From United Nations, NY!

Many thanks to Yan Wu for this wonderful cover posted from the United Nations Headquarters in New York! 
The 2 lovely stamps are part of a set of six stamps issued on 5th Sept 2012 on the theme, "World Heritage - Africa". For this stamp series, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has chosen six World Heritage sites in Africa.
I had the chance to visit the UN Headquarters in New York last Dec, but alas, did not get the opportunity to visit its post office. Anyway it is a nice consolation to have this cover now! :)
UN Headquarters in New York
Sphere within a Sphere sculpture at the UN
Knotted Gun sculpture


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