Saturday, February 28, 2009

2 new cards from Postcrossing

Today I would like to share with you 2 postcards that I received from Postcrossing.
The first postcard was sent from Wexford in Ireland. Wexford is situated near the south-eastern tip of Ireland, close to Rosslare Europort. According to a local legend, the town got its Irish name, Loch Garman, from a young man named Garman Garbh who was drowned on the mudflats at the mouth of the River Slaney by flood waters released by an enchantress. The resulting lake was thus named, Lake of Garman. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it Veisafjǫrðr, inlet of the mud flats, and the name has changed only slightly into its present form. For about three hundred years it was a Viking town, a city state, largely independent and owing only token dues to the Irish kings of Leinster.
The stamp used on this cover was issued in 2009 to commemorate the year of the Ox.
This second postcard is a home-made card. The sender, Rebecca was driving in the northern part of the state of Arkansas, USA, happened to pass by this interesting rooster sculpture and took a picture of it. Isn't it artistically taken?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Wonderful stamps from Gibraltar!

Last week, I received a beautiful set of stamps from Gibraltar. It is a combination of my 2 favourite hobbies; stamps & travelling. The 'New 7 Wonders of the World' stamps were issued on 1st Jun 2008 to celebrate the seven treasures in our world as voted by people from all over the world. More infoThe origin of the idea of seven wonders of the world dates back to Herodotus (484 BC - 425 BC) and Callimachus (305 BC - 240 BC), who made lists which included the Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and Lighthouse of Alexandria. Only the Great Pyramid of Giza is still standing. The other six were destroyed by earthquake, fire or other reasons.

The winners were announced last July in Lisbon, Portugal. The 7 New Wonders are the Colosseum (Italy); Christ Redeemer statue (Brazil); the Great Wall of China; Petra (Jordan); Chichen Itza (Mexico); Machu Picchu (Peru) and the Taj Mahal in India.

So far I have only been to 2 Wonders (Great Wall of China & Colosseum). What about you?
Here is the cover that contained the stamps which I received from Gibraltar. It travelled an estimated distance of 11,628km and took 19 days to arrive.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Croatian First Postage Stamps

Great thanks to Dragan Buškulić for presenting me a lovely cover and also a block of 4 Croatian stamp N° 1 to my first issues collection.
The first definitive postage stamp of Croatia “Airmail Zagreb - Dubrovnik” was issued on 9 September 1991, in the new independent state of Croatia during the armed Serbian aggression. It came a month before the formal proclamation of the Republic's independence and served as a manifest sign of the state's sovereignity in a period of sensitive political environment in Croatia. More info here
The 5 stamps on the cover belong to the Croatian Ethnographic Heritage Series issued in 2008. They are Folk costumes from Sunja, Bistra, Bizovac, Ravni Kotari & Pag Iace, Pag.
This cover travelled an estimated distance of 9,857km in 15 days.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A snail mail from Cuba!

Yesterday I showed you my fastest mail (a postcard received from Germany in 3 days), as for today I thought I would like to share with you my slowest mail received so far.

It is a registered cover sent from an eBayer in Cuba. This cover was postmarked in Cuba on 12th Jan 2009 and reached me only on the 20th Feb 2009, that is 39 days later! Moreover, the seller was very slow in posting. It was done 14 days after the bid has been won and paid. So in the end, I waited a total of 53 days for its receipt! It is indeed a snail mail! However, I am happy to receive a cover from such a rare destination. It actually travelled an estimated distance of 17,228km!!

The 2 stamps on the cover belong to the Electric trains series issued in 2007 (full set shown below) and the Telefood stamp 2006, a single issue.

Telefood is the Food Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) annual campaign of broadcasts, concerts and other events dedicated to raising awareness about world hunger and mobilising resources to help reduce the number of hungry people in the world. Wondering what is my purchase from Cuba? Well, it is a pair of Chairman Mao stamps, issued on 1st May 1967 in China. This completes 2/3 of the set.
Should you have the other 2 missing stamps to let go (sell or trade), please let me know and we can work something out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3 lovely postcards!

Today i would like to share with you 3 postcards that i received on saturday through Postcrossing exchanges.

The first is a lovely postcard sent from Germany. This card took only 3 days to reach me and set a record of being the fastest mail that i ever received from Europe. I am deeply impressed. Good job! The 2 stamps on this postcard belong to Carl Spitzweg painting Series and UNESCO World heritage, Monastic Island of Reichenau Series. Both are singles and issued in 2008.
Reichenau Island lies in Lake Constance in southern Germany and is connected to the mainland by an artificial causeway. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 because of its monastery, the Abbey of Reichenau.

The second postcard depicting beautiful Lyngor was sent from faraway Norway. Lyngor is a group of 4 islands, which are situated at the southern coast of Norway. In 1991, Lyngor was elected as Europe's best kept village.The stamp on this postcard is part of the Tourism Series issued in 2008 shown below.


The last postcard of the day was from Finland. I had a pleasant surprise; it was sent in an envelope with some stamps. Thanks Marjatta!
The beautiful stamp used on this cover was issued in 2008 to honor F1 driver, Kimi Räikkönen on winning the F1 World Champion in 2007. Kimi Räikkönen is born on October 17, 1979 in Espoo, nicknamed Iceman, is a Finnish Formula One race car driver, currently driving for Scuderia Ferrari.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A lovely cover from Mauritius!

Apart from philately, I also love travelling. I have always been fascinated by Mauritius’ beautiful beaches and exotic sceneries. In fact this lovely country is in my list of places to see before I die :)

On Friday, I received a beautiful cover from this island and I was thrilled. This cover was sent by fellow blogger, Ms. Tasneem. Thank you! On the left of the cover, the two lovely stamps depicting a Lion fish and giant tortoises belong to the Fishes of Mauritius definitive set issued in 2000 and Ecology series in 2006 respectively.
The two stamps on the upper right of the cover are from Non Marine Crabs series issued in 2006 and Dodo series in 2007.
The Dodos were once the inhabitants of Mauritius for millions of years and the bird was forced to extinction before the end of the 1600s by the visitation of Europeans, and the introduction of various animals such as pigs, deer, cats and dogs, and pests like rats and monkeys.

The last stamp on the cover belongs to the commemorative issue of Textile industry in 2001. It highlights the contribution of the textile industry and its thousands of workers in the economic development of Mauritius. Today Mauritius is a world leader in the export of high quality garments

This lovely postcard was sent together with the cover. Isn't it a beauty?
The cover travelled an estimated distance of 5,584km and took 9 days to reach Singapore.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

An interesting cover from Ukraine

I would like to thanks Anatoliy for sending me this beautiful cover from Ukraine.
What makes this cover interesting is that the stamps were canceled on 12th Sept 2005, which could be the day of first issue... while the envelope bears a postmark of a much later date (12th Feb 2009) that is 41 months later! I am puzzled.
My guessing is that Ukraine Post actually allows the use of pre-canceled stamps or canceled-to-order (CTO) stamps on current mailing. That’s cool if it's true! Here in Singapore, they don't allow it. What about your country?
The lotus stamp is part of the Flower Definitive Series issued from 2001 to 2006. Here is a souvenir sheet depicting all the beautiful stamps in this series.
This cover took 7 days to travelled an estimated distance of 8,318km.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Penny Black; Mother of all stamps!

The Penny Black is the world’s first postage stamp and was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1st May 1840. Due to its significance these stamps are highly sought after by stamp collectors around the world. To me, I would say that the Penny Black is the Mother of all stamps!
Generally speaking, the Penny Black is not a rare stamp as about 68 million were issued. It is believed that there are about 1.5 million of the original 68 million Penny Black stamps issued still in existence today. This is largely because during that time, envelopes were not commonly used yet. Whenever a letter was mailed, it was generally folded much like it is now. The letter is then sealed with sealing wax and the penny black stamp adhered to the letter. Therefore, whenever someone saved a letter, the stamp was saved as well. On today’s market, a fine used Penny Black stamp will set you back around US100 bucks.

The Penny Black Stamp was only used for one year because the red cancellation mark was hard to see on the black background. As a result of this, the Treasury reprinted the stamp as a red stamp so that the black cancellation marks that are later used are easier to see and harder to remove.
To recognize Great Britain as the originator of postage stamps, it is the only country in the world that can issue a stamp without a country name. Instead a tiny silhouette of the Queen is used on every British stamp.


For today, I am going to share with you this little piece of postal history from my collection of first issues. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nice cover from Italy

Here I would like to share with you a beautiful cover from Livorno in Italy! This was sent by fellow blogger Riccardo. Thank You!
The stamp on the front cover shows a portrait of Charles Darwin, commemorating the bicentennial of his birth. This stamp was issued on 12th Feb 2009 and cancelled by a first day of issue postmark! I think the postmark depicts the Fortezza Vecchia (old fortress) built between 1521 & 1534. It is one of the well-known icons in Livorno.

Back to the stamp, Charles Darwin (12th Feb 1809 – 19th Apr 1882) was an English naturalist who realized and demonstrated that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, providing logical explanation for the diversity of life.
On the back of the cover are 4 se-tenant stamps that belong to “Women in Art” Definitive set. This was issued in 2002. And here is the full set.
This cover was sent on 12th Feb 2009 and received on 17th Feb 2009. It travelled an estimated distance of 10,186km!

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