Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ridgeway, Ontario

The Battle of Ridgeway took place 2 June 1866. The Fenian Brotherhood in the United States felt they could cause trouble in Canada and use that as leverage to force the UK into negotiations for Irish independence. About 700 Fenian insurgents crossed the Niagara river near Fort Erie and were confronted by Canadian forces just outside the current-day village of Ridgeway. The Fenians won the battle but as reinforcements flooded into the area they were forced to retreat back across the river where they were apprehended by US authorities.

On the back of this envelope is a postmark showing the Point Abino Lighthouse. This is a short distance south-west of Ridgeway on Lake Erie at the southern tip of the Point Abino peninsula. The interesting thing about this lighthouse, other than its Greek revival architecture, is the fact that it's built on the water. Only when water levels are low on the lake, or when it freezes, can you walk out to the lighthouse without getting wet. The land on Point Abino is private and controlled by a home owners association who negotiated that the lighthouse not be directly accessible over land when it was built in 1917. Road access on the peninsula is also restricted but registered guests are allowed to walk to the shore by the lighthouse during the summer months.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Kock, Poland

From the town of Kock in eastern Poland. The bird stamp on the right is the 2019 Europa stamp from Poland featuring a common chaffinch (fringilla coelebs).

Saturday, August 31, 2019

France, First Man on the Moon FDC

This was the first time I've ever requested a first-day postmark from La Poste and it came back perfectly. And not just the application of the postmark. I sent it without a return envelope so I expected it to just come back as-is with the rest of the mail. Instead it was returned by registered mail in a cardboard mailer. Pretty impressive service.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stanley, Falkland Islands

From the Falkland Islands philatelic bureau. I had to buy some stamps and they came in this great little envelope. The stamps are recent definitives. A series featuring small native birds.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Singapore Bicentennial

Postmarks celebrating Singapore's 200th anniversary. There was a philatelic event held at "Our Tampines Hub" between 22 and 30 June and that's where the postmark and cachet were applied. OTH is a large event space and sport facility in Singapore. The spray-on Bicentennial postmark is really nice.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Jakarta, Indonesia

Orchid stamps from a 2017 sheet commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Bogor Botanical Gardens, south of Jakarta.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Carrot River, Saskatchewan

I love this postmark. Carrot River is a small town in northeastern Saskatchewan. And "Big Bert" is the world's most complete fossilized Terminonaris robusta crocodile skeleton. They lived in the area 92 million years ago, when Saskatchewan was covered by the Hudson Seaway. Bert was discovered in 1991 on the shore of the Carrot River at the edge of town.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

JPL Moon Landing Postmark

I don't know why this postmark just says "Special Dedication". It could have said something a little more specific and contained words like "moon landing" or "50th anniversary". But it's a decent  postmark. It was applied at a post office just down the street from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Saint-Louis de Kent, New Brunswick

Saint-Louis de Kent is a small Acadian town in New Brunswick. A priest named Father Marcel-Francois Richard who resided in Saint-Louis designed the official Acadian flag in 1884. The postmark on the left bears the official town seal. Not the best of postmark applications.

Friday, August 16, 2019


The stamps are all 20+ years old, but the postmarks are from the 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition held in Singapore, 31 July to 4 August 2019. This postmark was available on the first day of the show when they commemorated Singapore's bicentennial.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Little Current, Ontario

This postmark was introduced earlier this month so it's still crisp and fresh. Little Current sits on the northeast side of Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Although technically a town it was amalgamated with the rest of the township and nearby islands to form the municipality of Northeastern Manitoulin. The only road-access onto Manitoulin island is Highway 6 which passes over the Little Current swing bridge: the bridge on the postmark.

The only other way onto the island by car is via the seasonal ferry M.S. Chi-Cheemaun that sails between Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on the island. It's about a 2 hour crossing.