Thursday, February 14, 2019

Toulouse, France

Toulouse. Forth largest city in France. Home to Airbus, a big university and lots of pinkish brick buildings. The stamp on the right commemorates the 70th anniversary of the UNs adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And on the left, Looney Toon characters Coyote and the Roadrunner.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Concordia Station

Concordia is a French-Italian Antarctic research base, 1100km inland from Dumont d'Urville on a part of the Antarctic ice sheet known as "Dome C". The ice sheet here is over 3000m thick. The base is staffed year-round, housing around 50 in the summer.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

TAAF Stamps 2019

Some of the TAAF stamps issued earlier this month. Just the ones that caught my interest. The stamp sheet below commemorates the installation of solar panels on Tromelin Island on 17 Nov 2017, replacing the gas powered generators they used to use for power.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canada, Far and Wide

The stamps in this issue are really small. This is the second year this annual series has been issued:
  • Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park (domestic rate)
  • Alberta’s Athabasca Falls (domestic rate)
  • Nunavut’s Quttinirpaaq National Park (domestic rate)
  • Heritage churches of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (domestic rate)
  • Manitoba’s Little Limestone Lake (domestic rate)
  • Saskatchewan’s Castle Butte ($1.05 domestic-rate)
  • Smoke Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park (U.S.-rate)
  • Quebec’s Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve (oversized-rate)
  • Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland (international-rate)

Pre-paid postcards were produced for each stamp. Here is a few of them:

Churches of Mahone Bay

Iceberg Alley at Ferryland, Newfoundland

Canada's northern-most nation park: Quttinirpaaq National Park.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Brazilian Pets, UPAEP

Three stamps from a sheet of thirty:  Correios Brazil's UPAEP issue for 2018 for which the theme was "pets".  Employees were encouraged to submit photos of their pets and thirty of them were chosen for this stamp sheet. The name of each pet is also shown on each stamp. On these stamps are Perola, Bela, and Bono.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Hot Wheels FDC, USA

Took me a while to notice the digital colour postmark on this one. It blends right in with the stamps.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Athens, Greece

Three of the seven wise men from Greek antiquity: Cleobulus of Lindos, Periander of Corinth and
Solon of Athens.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brazil's Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station

With a nice little greeting from the deputy chief of the station. The hand stamp in the middle shows a drawing of the base. It's that long box-like structure behind the outline of the gladiator type figure. This is a new base built to replace the parts of the old Ferraz station that were damaged by fire in 2012. There is a nice station postmark on the envelope too, just kissing the bottom of the stamps.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reptiles from the Netherlands

On this cover, a smooth snake: a non-venomous European snake, and a viviparous lizard: a Eurasian lizard that gives birth rather than lay eggs.