Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cover from Christmas Island

Many thanks to Maryam Muhammad Irwan for this special Christmas postmarks cover posted from Christmas Island, Canada! I know it's a bit late but good things must share ;)
For over 17 years during Christmas season, the Christmas Island post office gets almost as busy as Santa's workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000% during the holidays.  The thousands of letters come from around the world from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beautification of America Cover

Once again, many thanks to Bryon Peterson for this beautiful cover posted from Sammamish, WA, USA!
On October 22, 2012, the United States Postal Service announced the issue of a souvenir Forever stamp sheet honoring Lady Bird Johnson (First Lady of the United States, 1963–69) a tribute to her legacy of beautifying the nation's roadsides, urban parks and trails. 

Five of the six stamps feature adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s which promoted planting in public spaces. The sixth stamp features her official White House portrait, a painting of the First Lady in a yellow gown, by Elizabeth Shoumatoff. The stamps were dedicated on November 30, 2012 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin

The five stamps (below) originally issued in the 1966 and 1969

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A nice surprise from Vatican City!

I had the chance to visit the Vatican City back in Dec 2006 but sad to say I missed the opportunity to visit the Vatican post office to send a cover or postcard back home. A small regret till I received this Vatican City cover, courtesy of Francois Leboucher. Merci!!
The beautiful stamps, a joint issue with France were issued on 11 May 2012 to commemorate the '600th Anniversary  of the birth of St. Joan of Arc', the brave peasant girl from the French countryside who in 1429 lifted the English siege of Orleans, walloped the enemy army and led her king to be crowned at Reims.

Some interesting facts about Vatican post office
1. The Vatican has operated its own postal service and issued its own postage stamps since 1929. 
2. According to the Universal Postal Union, the Vatican post office is "one of the best postal systems in the world" and "more letters are sent each year, per inhabitant, from the Vatican's 00120 postal code than from anywhere else in the world." 
3. Much, but by no means all, of the mail handled by the Vatican is from tourists or official congregations of the Roman Curia. Many Romans, distrustful of the unreliable Italian post office, make weekly trips to the Vatican just to post their important letters. Italian stamps may not be used on Vatican mail nor vice versa.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm a dad, I'm too busy to blog! ;)

Thousand apologies for my disappearance (again)! During this absence, I received tons of wonderful covers in my mailbox. And I hope to be able to post them here very soon.

Finally, finally, finally, today I managed to find some free time on this Eastern Friday to send out the much awaited covers. I hope their receivers will like them. Should anyone had sent me a cover but did not receive any from me, pls let me know.

Well, talk to you guys again! Cheers!


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