Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spain 2017

This is an FDC from Spain, for a stamp issued earlier in 2017 commemorating the Spanish Antarctic research station Gabriel de Castilla. The base sits on Deception Island, at the end of the Antarctic peninsula, and has been in operation since 1990.

I also acquired some other interesting Spanish stamp sheets from Correos. The Star Wars sheet below is lenticular and gives the appearance of a 3D image. The technology is nothing new and as far as I know there is no connection between Spain and the Star Wars franchises but I'm a Star Wars fan and it looked interesting.

And this other sheet commemorates La Abadía del Crimen (The Abby of Crime): a Spanish 8 bit home-computer video game that was released in 1987. On closer inspection I discovered that in each stamp on the sheet is an area covered by thermal ink so when you place your finger on them, they "disappear" to reveal an artifact from the game. I tried to reveal the items on the lower right pair of stamps but I wasn't quite quick enough with the scanner.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dutch Chickens

A pair of stamps from from the Netherlands from a recent sheet featuring Dutch breeds of chickens. The chickens on these stamps are Twents Hoen (aka Kraienkopp).

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Poolesville MD, USA

"Protect Pollinators" stamps on a cover postmarked in Poolesville Maryland. The town has a population of 5000 and is not too far from Washington DC. This year is the 150th anniversary of the town's incorporation.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paola, Malta

Stamps from a series from Malta that show processional statues from various churches around the Maltese Islands. The two stamps on this cover are statues used during the feast of Santa Marija. It's the largest celebration during the festa season. The one on the right is from Mqabba, and the one on the left is from Mosta.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Birdpex 8

Birdpex is a stamp exhibition where birds are the theme. It takes place every four years and will be held again in May of 2018 in Bad Mondorf, Luxembourg. These Brazilian stamps issued 19 June 2017, from right to left are self-adhessive Araripe Manakin, Blue-eyed Ground Dove, Purple-winged Ground Dove and a gummed Araripe Manakin.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kawasaki, Japan

The bridge on the red Kawasaki postmark is the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. It's a 4.4 km bridge and 9.5 km tunnel running across Tokyo bay, connecting Kawasaki to Kisarazu. In the background is Mount Fuji. And I believe what appears to be a sailboat on the left side of the postmark is actually the Tower of Wind. This structure supplies fresh air to the tunnel on the floor of the bay.