Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dahlia Cover from Sweden

Many Thanks to Mrs Ann Torstenson for this lovely cover posted from the beautiful city of Falköping, Sweden!
On August 2013, Sweden Post issued four colorful stamps for fall greetings depicting ball dahlia, decorative dahlia, waterlily dahlia and ruffle dahlia.
The dahlia originates from Central America, where it was used both as decoration and for medicinal purposes. The Spanish took the dahlia home with them as early as the 1500s but it did not attract much attention.

Interest for the dahlia in the European part of the world grew at the end of the 1700s as seeds and tubers spread from Madrid’s botanical garden to cultivators throughout Europe. It was the director of the botanical garden who, in 1791, named the flower after the Swedish botanist and student of Carl von Linne, Andreas Dahl.

It is impossible to count the shapes and colors of the dahlia. During the more than 200 years that the dahlia has been cultivated, more than 50,000 different types have been registered. In addition to the registered dahlias, many gardeners have created their own variations at home. It is as easy as gathering the seeds; the dahlia then happily interbreeds and creates unique variations.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Scenic cover from the land of the long white cloud

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty; jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. No wonder New Zealanders are so proud to showcase their beautiful country to the world through stamps.

Posted from Auckland, Dave Hartnell used two stamps from the 1996 self adhesive scenic definitives.  They show Mt Egmont and Lake Wakatipu.

Issue in 1995, the right stamp on the second row depicts the iconic Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed peaks in the country.

The top right stamp (Bungy Jumping in Queenstown) belongs to the "Scenic - 100 Years of Tourism" series. Issued on 4th July 2001, this set of stamps sort to capture the combination of beautiful landscapes and fun activities. 

Lastly is a stamp from the 1994 A to B self adhesive coil stamp. The letter A represents the sender and B represents the recipient of the mail.

A unique cover from Switzerland!

Let's take a look at this lovely cover from Switzerland! Many thanks to Jurgen Haepers for your help!

On 4th Sept 2014, Swiss Post issued another innovative postage stamp this time in the form of a Vinyl record! Measuring 168mm x 137mm this special stamp plays a brass band version of the Swiss national anthem at 33 rpm on the record player.

The other 2 stamps are from the "International Year of Crystallography" and "150 years of Swiss-Japanese friendship" series.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sorry, but your stamp collection is worthless

Read this interesting article in Time magazine which charts the sad decline of stamp collecting. While a few wealthy people still collect stamps - the really rare ones, most of the children no longer take up the hobby, and stamp collecting is a dying art.

Even worse news: Most of those stamps we collected as kids that were supposed to soar in value over the years and make us rich aren't worth much more than their face value today.
Maybe we should just be grateful for the fun we had collecting stamps when we were young. While it sounds incredibly nerdy by today's standard, we could spend hours sorting our stamps by the country of origin, putting them in special albums and scouting attics for potentially valuable stamps on old letters.
What do you guys think?


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