Friday, February 2, 2018

TAAF stamps 2018

These are just a few of the TAAF stamps issued by La Poste on Jan 1 of this year. The "L'Astrolabe" stamp was  actually issued in 2017. I decided to leave it in the image because I like the way it looks. There is a varnish applied to the "Ilmenite" stamps that make the rock and gemstones shine in the light. And the bellies of the parent penguins on the Madrid Protocol sheet have been flocked. I was somewhat disappointed when I saw it was only applied there and not to the actual stamp.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adelaide, Australia

A pair of Kingfisher stamps from 2010. A sacred kingfisher on the left and blue-winged kookaburra on the right.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lund, Sweden

The lighthouse stamp on the left is the lighthouse outside of När, on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. And the one on the right is the Vinga lighthouse on Vinga island, just outside the entrance to Gothenburg's harbour.

The three older stamps from top to bottom:
  • From a 1982 set called "To Live Together"
  • From a set issued in 1975 commemorating European Architectural Heritage Year. On this stamps is the preserved 19th century church town of Bonnstan in Skellefteå in northern Sweden.
  • Another from 1975 from a set recognizing police, fire and health services. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Berkhamstead, England

The market town of Berkhamstead, 40 km northwest of London. This year is the 400th anniversary of the town gaining chartered status as a borough. A nice postmark on a pair of songbird stamps.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

China: Phoenix Cultural Relics

All of the items on these stamps feature the phoenix in their design. From left to right: Ming Dynasty round tapestry, Qing Dynasty porcelain jar, Neolithic age jade phoenix, Western Zhou Dynasty bird shaped goblet, Tang Dynasty gold phoenix and a Tang Dynasty celadon pot with a phoenix head for a spout.

All are printed in offset and all but the first two are embossed. The gold phoenix is done in gold foil and the goblet stamp is partially engraved.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Brazil America-UPAEP : Beautiful Tourist Sites

The three stamps on this cover are from a set of five issued 27 Sept 2017. The stamps show popular tourist destinations. From left to right:  Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in the central state of Goiás, the falls at the mouth of the river Iguaçu in the southern state of Paraná and Armação dos Búzios: a coastal resort town in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

"l'Union des Postes Amérique Espagne Portugal" aka America-UPAEP is a group of Latin American postal administrations together with Portugal and Spain. Every year these countries produce a stamp issue with a common theme. Similar to "Europa" stamps from European countries.