The Cook islands under the British protectorate, issued its first postage stamp on 19 April 1892. There are an estimated 22,870 copies of the first issue in existence today. And here are the stamps that i received yesterday.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
The set of souvenir sheets
Posted on 5th Jan 2009, the cover took 9 days to travel a distance of 8,645km or 5,371 miles from Boksburg, Gauteng in South Africa to Singapore!
Following his release from prison on 11 Feb 1990, Mandela has supported reconciliation and negotiation, and has helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Mandela, including former opponents. Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela. For more info, click here
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A 10-stamps booklet
By the way if you are interested to get them, you can find them quite easily in ebay. I got mine from an ebayer in Netherlands.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Nasreddin Hodja was born in 1208 in Hortu village near town Sivrihisar (near Afyon) in the west part of Central Anatolia. In 1237, he moved to Aksehir town to study under notably scholars of the time as Seyid Mahmud Hayrani and Seyid Haci Ibrahim. He served as Kadi, Muslim judge, from time to time till his death in 1284.
Nasreddin Hodja was a philosopher, wise, witty man with a good sense of humor. Whose jokes were part of his daily life and they became accepted and welcomed by the public since his time.
One day Nasreddin Hodja was riding his donkey backwards, facing towards the back."Hodja" the people said, "you are sitting on your donkey backwards!" "No." he replied. "My friend here wanted to go one way and I wanted to go the other, so we are compromising."
For more stories of Nasreddin Hodja, click here
Lastly, I would like to share with you some pics of our beautiful vacation.
My wife, Ash with Blue Mosque in the background
At Ataturk Mausoleum
Turkish flag outside the Underground City of Kaymakli
Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia
More Fairy Chimneys!!
Nasreddin Hodja! Another view of Nasreddin Hodja
Pamukkale a.k.a. Cotton Castle
Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus
The Roman Celsus Library in Ephesus
Hagia Sophia in the background
Bosphorus Bridge, connecting Asia to Europe
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The first issue was only for sale in the capital, Lhasa, until 1913. Some printings were made with European enamel paint instead of ink.
A "printing plate" was created by hand carving 12 stamp images, arranged as three rows of four stamps each, in a wooden block, one block for each denomination. Therefore, each stamp in a sheet is slightly different from the others, making them platable. The stamps were printed on request form the Post Offices and every printing has a different shade.
The stamps occur as lithographs on European paper as well as xylographs on Tibetan paper. Some believe that the European lithographs issues are forgeries, while others believe that the first issue of this set was made in London in 1912 on European paper, and only later reprinted by xylography in Tibet on local paper.
Ok, I shall end here today... leaving you to enjoy these exotic beauties.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
The top 3 stamps are: 1975 National Athletic games, 100th anniversary of Police Force, issued in 1974 & 1975 International Women Year respectively. These are the single issues. The bottom 2 stamps belong to the Fairy Tales - One-Inch Boy (一寸法師) series, issued on Jun 1974.
He sails down river to the city, where he petitions for a job with the government and goes to the home of a wealthy daimyo (lord), whose daughter is an attractive princess. He is scorned for his height, but nevertheless given the job of accompanying the princess as her playmate. While they travel together, they are suddenly attacked by an Oni (or an ogre in some translations), who deals with the pesky boy by swallowing him. The boy defeats the Oni by pricking him from within with his needle/sword. The Oni spits out Issun-boshi and drops a magical Uchide's Mallet as he runs away. As a reward for his bravery, the princess uses the power of the mallet to grow him to full size. Issun-bōshi and the princess eventually wed and they live happily ever after. (I simply love the ending!)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
P.S. This stamp collection is a MUST HAVE item for every collectors who are looking for unique stamps. Go get it!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Back to the cover... as we can see, the stamps are cancelled by straight lines postmarks. The problem with this type of cancel is that there is no posted date stamped. Hence, there is no way to calculate the exact number of days it takes to reach it's final destination. Luckily, the sender emailed to update me on the posted date. Accordingly, it took only 6 days and had travelled a distance of approximately 12,846km or 7,982miles from Burnaby in Canada to Singapore! The second is a souvenir sheet issued by China on Jan 2000, picturing a family having a reunion dinner. To the Chinese, the reunion dinner holds great significance and is an important event which is held on New Year's Eve where members of the family, near and far, get together for celebration. The New Year's Eve dinner is a feast and traditionally includes chicken. Fish (魚, yú) is included, but not eaten up completely (and the remaining stored overnight), as the Chinese phrase 年年有魚/餘; (nián nián yǒu yú, or "every year there is fish/leftover") is a homophone for phrases which could mean "be blessed every year" or "have profit every year", since "yú" is also the pronunciation for "surplus". A type of black hair-like algae, pronounced "fat choy" in Cantonese, is also featured in many dishes since its name sounds similar to "prosperity".
Friday, January 23, 2009
About myself... my name is edmund, 32 years old, lives in Singapore... fond of stamps. Apart from philately, I love nature and animals especially tortoises and turtles, travelling around the world and supporting my favourite soccer team Manchester United!
Background of Mr.Men & Little Miss stamps
The late Roger Hargreaves lived in Guernsey and to celebrate his success as one of Britain most popular authors and illustrators a set of six bright and cheery stamps have been produced.
How the stories and characters came into being is a charming example of how closely Roger Hargreaves connected with children and their love of easily identifiable characters and their mishaps and adventures.
In 1971, Roger, then working in an advertising agency, was asked by his son, Adam, what a tickle looked like. Hargreaves senior drew a round, cheerful orange face with long bendy arms, designed to reach anyone's tickly spots and Mr Tickle was born.
Our favourite Mr Men - Messrs Bump, Greedy, Nosey and Strong - were designed soon after, the Mr Men books sold a million copies in just three years and a publishing sensation was born.
While children's tastes are notoriously fickle, moving from one 'in' character to the next, their love for these delightful characters has not waned and three decades on, they are part of childhoods all around the world.
For more info on Mr. Men, click here