Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Here's a lovely cover from Bryon Peterson. Thank you so much!
On 31 July 2011, the U.S. Postal Service salutes the U.S. Merchant Marine by issuing 60 million Forever stamps, featuring types of vessels that have formed an important part of merchant marine history. They are clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships and containers ships.
The U.S. Merchant Marine stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, meaning they are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
That' all guys! Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Many thanks to fellow blogger Khor Kok Keong for this lovely registered cover posted from Perak, Malaysia!
The Miniature Sheet affixed on the top right corner was issued on 1st August 2008 to commemorate the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championship 2008 held in Penang, Malaysia.
For this stamp issue, there are 3 designs of stamps and a miniature sheet which portray the dragon boat race as a sport that promotes positive values including teamwork and friendship. Members from each team can be seen to be full of concentration at the respective roles; paddlers rowing hard to a synchronized drumbeat by a drummer and the steerer at the rear of the boat controlling the direction of the boat. Dragon Boat racing is an ancient traditional sport which is now shared and enjoyed by people all around the world.
What caught my attention was that this is actually an imperforate Miniature Sheet!
I did some research and found that the imperforate MS is a limited edition and only sold at the philately counter of the Pos Malaysia headquarter in Kuala Lumpur. So I guess i must be a lucky guy to own one!
The ten identical stamps on the cover belong to the Agro-based Product State definitives, issued on 25th October 1986. All states of Malaysia issued the definitive stamps of the same design, but with their respective state names.
Seven different denominations portraying seven agricultural products were released. 1c is coffee, 2c is coconut, 5c is cocoa, 10c is black pepper, 15c is rubber, 20c is oil palm and 30c is rice.
The beautiful red flower stamp belongs to the Malaysia State definitive series collection - Garden Flowers. Issued in 2007, it was to replace the earlier Agro-based Product State definitives.
The 5 sen stamp features the sacred lotus, 10 sen is Hydrangea, 20 sen is Red Lily, 30 sen is Bougainvillea, 40 sen is Morning Glory and 50 sen is Hisbiscus (Malaysia National Flower).
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Once again many thanks to Robert Brnka for this wonderful cover posted from Slovakia!
On 1st July 2011, the Slovak Post issued a set of stamps dedicated to the veteran cars Tatra and Aero 30.
Tatra, well known as "eight", was produced from 1936 to 1950. It is a typical example of high-tech pre-war Czechoslovakian industries. Its arrival on the automotive market has caused a stir not only because of its typical flat-shaped stabilizing fins at the rear of the hood, but also the typical three beams on the front mask, covered rear wheels and compact body shell. The vehicle had an eight-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a volume of 2,968 cm3 stored behind the rear axle, which thanks to its excellent features along with the aerodynamic bodywork was able to bestow speeds of up to160 km / h, consuming only 12.5 litres of petrol. It was designed for middle class users because, given the size and furnishing of the interior, it provided very comfortable travel. A completely unique use of the vehicle was an expedition which touched the heart of perhaps every boy or man with a desire to learn about new and undiscovered places. Witnesses can recall the fascinating adventure of two engineers, Hanzelka and Zikmund, during their three-year journey through Africa and South America which they undertook in a Tatra 87 with its completely serial construction.
In the beginning of 1930s a sporty-tuned type Aero 30 was designed with a dynamic body shell with a characteristically long engine bonnet (therefore the nickname Czech Jaguar), powered by a two-cylinder two-stroke engine with the performance of 30 k, being transferred to the front wheels. Post-war attempts to recover the Aero automobile tradition was shattered in 1947. Nowadays, Aeros belong to favourite collection objects of Slovak antique auto enthusiasts, who have preserved these automobiles as a part of the cultural, technical and historical heritage for the future.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Just a short post to share this lovely registered cover received from an eBayer from Argentina.
Issued on 24th Sept 2008, the stamps are part of a set of seven stamps featuring some typical landscape of different region of Argentina.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Another great cover from the United States. This time posted from Los Angeles. Thank you very much to Jefferson Hadi!
On 10th Feb 2011, USPS marked the 100th Birthday of the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan with the release of a Forever stamp (middle stamp on the cover).
The other two postage stamps, a Liberty Bell Forever stamp and 10c American Clock stamp from the "American Design" definitive series make up the postage.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sharing with you guys today is a registered letter sent by an eBayer from Israel!
The two stamps affixed on the cover belong to the "Israel Historical Sites" and "Virtual Communication" series, issued in 2001 and 2009 respectively.
That's all guys. Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Hi there! I know it has been days since I last updated this blog... was busy exploring my new toy, IPAD 2!! Downloading applications, games, photos and converting DVDs into mp4...
Have never regret buying it... basically i never leave the house without it!!
Back to philately, sharing with you today are 2 lovely covers sent by Robert Brnka posted from Bratislava, Slovakia. Thank you very much!
The first cover bears two beautiful stamps from '2011 Children's Stamp' series and 'Europa 2011: Forests - National Park Poloniny' series respectively. it's a pity that it was not postmarked.
The artwork of the Children postage stamp originates from the national art competition MONTH OF CHILDREN’S CREATION dedicated to both physically and mentally handicapped children regardless of age. The competition’s topic was I WILL DRAW A FLOWER CHILDREN’S STAMP.
The second cover shows a lovely stamp from the 'Sights of our Homeland - Dobsinska ice cave' series, issued on 15th April 2011.
Dobšinská Ice Cave is located in the Slovak Paradise National Park in the Spiš-Gemer karst, in the cadastre of municipality Dobšiná. Cave entrance is on the northern slope of the Duča Hill at elevation of 969 m, near the village named Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa. It was discovered on June 15, 1870 by Eugen Ruffiny accompanied by Gustáv Lang and Andrej Mega.
The cave was formed as a part of bigger complex, the so-called Stratenská Nappe, by the river Hnilec in the Middle Triassic pale Steinalm and Wetterstein limestones, along the tectonic faults and interbed surfaces. Dobšinská Ice Cave was formed approximately 400 thousand years ago, when the massive collapse separated it from this system. The cave obtained sack-like character with stagnation of cold air, enabling natural glaciations of the underground space. Ice fill occurs in the form of floor ice, icefalls, ice stalagmites and columns. The ice volume reaches 110,100 m3. The cave reaches the length of 1,388 m, of these 495 m are accessible for the public.
OK that's all for now... back to my ipad!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Many thanks to Yuri Kitaev for posting this lovely cover during his summer vacations in Lithuania!
Lithuania is a country in northern Europe, the biggest of the three Baltic states. it is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, and across the Baltic Sea to the west lie Sweden and denmark. It shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the southeast, poland to the southwest, and Russia to the west.
The top right stamp affixed on this lovely cover was released on 30 July 2011 from the continuous series "Coats of Arms of Lithuania Towns". It depicts the coats of arms of Kasiadorys.
The three houses stamps belong to the "Wooden Sacral Architecture of Lithuania" definitive series. They show the Church of Inturke (2009) and Church of Prienai (2008) respectively.
More information on these stamps can be found here (Catalogue of Lithuania Postage Stamp 1990-2011).
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
To promote understanding about Chinese classical literature, on 21 Jul 2011 Chunghwa Post released another "Chinese Classic Novel: Journey to the West" stamp set, featuring "Swindling Treasures", "Crossing the River on turtle's Back", "Achieving Nirvana" and "Red Boy" (top right stamp as seen on this FDC sent by Kia Hsu).
In addition, Kia Hsu affixed a Giant Panda ATM stamp to make up for the postage. Thank you!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Many thanks to Ganesh Potphode for this awesome GCC Stamp Exhibition FDC posted from Dubai, UAE!
To commemorate the 17th GCC Postage Stamp Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi from 4th to 9th April 2011, Emirates Post has issued a special stamp in the denomination of 150 Fils, along with a first day cover.
The GCC Stamp Exhibition was organized by Emirates Post in coordination with the Emirates Association to showcase rare and valuable stamps and postal history from the Gulf Cooperation Council, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
The other two stamps on the cover were issued on 2nd Dec 2009 and 17th July 2007, to celebrate the 38th National Day of United Arab Emirates and to honor Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Hasher Al Maktoum (Shooter) for winning the 1st UAE Olympic Gold Medalist held in Athens 2004 respectively.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Mulready covers are elaborated decorated, pre-paid envelopes issued in the UK in 1840, at the same time as the Penny Black, the world's first postage stamp. Issued in both one-penny and two-penny denominations, the Mulready were regarded by many people of the time as an embarrassing Folly. Apparently their elaborate, fanciful design was considered paternalistic and condescending, hence they saw little use, and were withdrawn, but are popular collectibles now.
They are essentially the earliest stamped envelopes. Rowland Hill, their sponsor (and the man generally consider the inventor of the postage stamp), expected them to be the primary vehicle for letters, and issued stamps as well almost as an afterthought. But the public preferred stamps. Most of the Mulready stock had to be destroyed, making them rather scarce today.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Received this lovely cover posted from Poland from fellow ICCC member, Zdzislaw Socha! Thank you very much!
The two stamps affixed on the cover are part of four stamps in a miniature sheet issued by Polish Post on 30th April 2009, entitled "Animals of Africa".
Zdzislaw Socha even took the effort to print out a Singapore map on this cover!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Once again many thanks to Robert Brnka for this lovely cover posted from Slovakia!
The cute lamb stamp was issued on 4th March 2011 to commemorate Easter, the most important Christian festival.
Just like the blood of lamb of God saved the old Israelites in ancient Egypt from ten plagues of God, the death of Jesus Christ saved all Christians from external damnation. Therefore, the lamb became a symbol not only of Jesus Christ, but also of the Easter.
The se-tenant stamps affixed on the top right were issued on 25th March 2011 to mark the Ice Hockey World Champions.
This cover was postmarked on 26th July 2011 in Bratislava and took a week to reach me.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Many thanks to Hong Yi Ka for this lovely registered FDC from Taiwan!
To increase public understanding of owls, on 7th July 2011 Chunghwa Post issues a set of four stamps on the owls of Taiwan, featuring Long-eared Owl (Asio otus), Oriental Scops Owl (Otus sunia), Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) and Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei).