Tuesday, October 30, 2012

15 Stamps Beauty!!

A great thanks to Bryon Peterson for this 15 stamps beauty posted from the United States of America! Thank you very much!!
On 1st Oct 2012, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty and diversity of America's landscapes as seen from above with the Earthscapes (Forever®) stamps.

Offering an opportunity to see the world in a new way, the 15 stamps are issued in 3 rows of 5, showing 3 categories of earthscapes: natural, agricultural, and urban. The photographs were all created high above the planet's surface, either snapped by satellites orbiting the earth or by photographers in aircraft. The beautiful “earth art” images were chosen to showcase designs or patterns and geographic diversity so viewers can see the world in a new way and contemplate a much bigger picture.

Natural (top row) - We fly over America's stunning wilderness. While a volcanic eruption scars the forests of Washington State, fog drifts over the timeless sandstone towers of Utah's Monument Valley. In Alaska, a wide stripe that looks like a highway is actually a glacier, an immense conveyer belt of ice. At its base, jagged white shards resembling broken glass are really icebergs, bobbing in a lake.
- Agricultural (center row) - They may look like abstract art, but they show 5 products being gathered, grown, or harvested: salt, timber, grain, cherries, and cranberries. Center-pivot irrigation systems create the beguiling play of geometric shapes in the middle stamp—although bystanders on the ground might see only sprinklers in fields of wheat, alfalfa, corn, and soybeans.
- Urban (bottom row) - Highways corkscrew around themselves and neat subdivisions sport tiny blue pools. It's our familiar world, shrunken into miniature—and seen with the new eyes that a fresh perspective can bring.
The Earthscapes stamps are being issued as a Forever® stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 15. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Before ending this post, I would like to urge everyone to pray together with me for America. Let's hope our friends over there will make it through Hurricane Sandy unscathed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wonderful Mongolian Cover!

Extremely delighted to receive and share this wonderful cover posted from Mongolia! Thank you very much, Dashdondov Janchiv!!
The Seagull stamp was issued in 1978 to commemorate the Canadian International Philatelic Exhibition (CAPEX'78) held in Toronto from 9 to 18 June 1978.  It is one of seven beautiful stamps issued by the Mongolian Postal Administration.
Issued on June 14, 2011 the Reindeer stamp belongs to a set of four featuring wild animals endemic to Mongolia. Despite the lack of water in the Gobi, some species such as the Yaks, Camels, Reindeers and Mongolian horses actually flourish in the extreme climate. 
In addition, Dashdondov enclosed two sets of WWF stamps featuring the critically endangered Saiga Antelopes and Siberian Cranes. Their populations have shrunk enormously due to uncontrolled hunting and habitat loss, there are now estimated no more than 50,000 saigas and 3,200 - 4,000 Siberian cranes surviving today. 
It is great to know that our beloved postage stamps can actually play an important role in spreading messages and educating people to protect endangered animals before it is too late.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Train Cover From Sri Lanka

Sharing with you guys today is this lovely cover posted from Sri Lanka. Many thanks to Dr. M.J.M. Mikram! 
The beautiful train stamps were issued on Feb 2, 2011 to mark 25 years of service of the Viceroy luxury coal powered steam train. They feature Viceroy Special Steam Locomotive B8 240, Viceroy Special Locomotive B2 213, Sentinel Camel Steam Rail Car V2 331 and Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive J1 220 respectively. 
Dr Mikram also enclosed a special miniature sheet with a very long stamp. Measuring 123mm long and 30mm wide, this is the longest stamp ever issued by Sri Lanka Post! 
The Viceroy Special is the only coal powered steam locomotive still in operation with two air-conditioned compartments including 64 plush reclining seats and adjustable tables. The train has been utilised as a tourist attraction to offer visitors an enthralling experience of passenger transportation of the yester years. Tourists would be keen to travel by Viceroy Special since only a few steam locomotives are in operation in the world.
The two stamps affixed on the lower right belong to the "Fantastic Beaches of Sri Lanka" series. Issued on Sept 7, 2010, the stamps depict Trincomalee Beach and Pasikudah Beach. A stamp featuring the lovely Arugam Bay Beach makes up a set.
OK, let's end here today... got to board the Viceroy Special! Bye!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Biodiversity Cover From India

Received this pleasant surprise to start off the new week. Many thanks to Avijit Kundu! 
The FDC was released by the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on Oct 16, 2012 in Hyderabad to mark the XI Conference of the Parties to the convention on biodiversity. 
A Bugun Liocichla (a rare babbler bird) stamp makes up a set.

On the other side of cover, Avijit used a beautiful M/S from the Delhi 2010, XIX Commonwealth Games. 
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was first constructed by Government of India to host the 9th Asian Games in 1982. The stadium has undergone a refurbishment to host the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Opening ceremony as well as the Closing ceremony.

Talkatora Indoor Stadium is an indoor stadium located in New Delhi. With a capacity of 3035 seats, the stadium was a venue for the 2010 commonwealth Games for the event of boxing.

Once again thank you my new friend, pls look forward to my Olympic games cover from Singapore soon!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gardens of France Covers

Courtesy of Francois Leboucher, here are two gorgeous French covers to keep you going and have you looking forward to yet another well deserved weekend. Merci!
Issued on June 18, 2012, the two beautiful stamps are part of a set of four entitled "Gardens of France".
Let's end this short post with a trip to France! Have a lovely weekend!

Language of Flowers FDC from Taiwan!

Many thanks to Hong Yi Ka for this beautiful FDC posted from Kaohsiung, Taiwan! 
To provide more custom design options, Chunghwa Post has issued a second set of ten stamps featuring the “language of flowers” on September 28, 2012. This series is a follow-up to the “Personal Greeting Stamps – Travel in Taiwan,” issued on September 27, 2011. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newts Cover From Russia!

Many thanks to Yu. E. Kitaev for this lovely cover posted from St. Petersburg, Russia!
On June 25, 2012, the Postal administrations of Russia and Belarus have released a joint stamp issue on Newts. This is the second collaboration between the two countries the first being a four stamps series on Fauna in 2005.
Newts are small amphibians, a kind of salamander. They are found in North America, Europe, and North Asia. Some newt populations have decreased because of pollution or destruction of their breeding sites and terrestrial habitats. In many countries, it is illegal to catch, possess or handle newts without a license, and it is also illegal to cause them harm or death, or to disturb their habitat in any way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Butterflies Cover From Spain!

Hi guys! Just a short post to share this lovely Spanish cover received from a fellow  ICCC member, Claudio Polako.
On Jan 20, 2010, as part of the series entitled 'Fauna', Correos has issued two extremely attractive stamps portraying two butterflies endemic to Spain.
The Artimelia latreillei is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula and its colonies, although scattered over Spain and Portugal, are geographically isolated in mountainous areas (up to 1.500-1.800 high) as well as lower regions and the coastline. The males are very active during the day, even during the hottest hours in the morning and with their low, fast and erratic flight chase the females which remain still on the ground or on low branches. 
The Zygaena rhadamanthus lives in dry, sunny areas with low vegetation between south Portugal, Spain (except the northwest) and the south of France. Flight occurs from May to July, covering short distances between flowers in straight lines. Their wings go from a light grey to a dark greenish blue colour, and their rear wings are usually blue. Larvae hibernate by their host plant where they make their cocoon of a white colour. The Zygaena is a polymorphic species.

That's all for today, see you guys soon!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lovely English Cover

Here's a lovely English cover to share with you guys today!
The cute 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stamp franked on the top right corner is from a miniature sheet to mark the centenary of the birth of it's creator Reverend Wilbert Awdry. 

Reverend Awdry’s passion for railways had been instilled in him by his clergyman father, Vere, and when Wilbert himself had a family, he shared his railway enthusiasm with his own son, Christopher. It was while two-year-old Christopher was suffering with measles that Wilbert tried to enliven his son’s bed-bound quarantine by telling stories and drawing pictures about a group of little engines. 

He wrote down the stories and in May 1945 ‘The Three Railway Engines’ was published. Between 1945 and 1972, Reverend Awdry wrote 26 volumes in ‘The Railway Series’.
Issued on June 14, 2011, this miniature sheet features original illustrations from the Thomas the Tank Engine books. Respectively, the stamps depict (1st Class) Thomas challenges Bertie the bus to a race. Here he is speeding past Bertie at a level crossing, (68p) James ends up covered in tar when he crashes into the yard after failing to pin down his brakes at the top of a hill, fortunately it’s only his pride that is hurt, (76p) Percy ends up in the sea when he ignores a sign and (£1.00) Henry ends up being walled up in a tunnel as punishment for not wanting to get his paint wet.

In additional, six beautiful stamps each showing an engine from the famous "Thomas the Tank Engine" series were released.
Second from the left, the 'Station X Bletchley Park' stamp belongs to the "A-Z Postal portrait of Britain" series. Issued in Oct 2011 (letters A-L) and in April 2012 (letters M-Z), the twenty-six stamps depict some of UK's favorite tourist attractions.
To make up for the postage, 3 Queen Elizabeth II definitive stamps were also used.

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