Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ponteix, Saskatchewan

Ponteix is a small town in southwest Saskatchewan. In the 1990's, plesiosaur bones were discovered near the town and a plesiosaur statue was built to commemorate the discovery. The plesiosaur statue  was named "Mo".

Monday, November 18, 2019

Lębork, Poland

Some beetles found in Poland. On the left is Cucujus cinnaberinus: a flat bark beetle. And on the right is Oryctes nasicornis polonicus: the European rhinoceros beetle.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Canada, Red River Resistance FDC

The Red River Resistance was a rebellion in Canada led by the Métis leader Louis Riel, that led to the creation of the province of Manitoba in 1870. What I like about this FDC is the image of Upper Fort Garry. It's an 1848 lithograph by Henry James Warre. The fort was built by the Hudson Bay Company in 1822 and occupied by Riel in 1869. All that remains of the fort is the north gate.

Upper Fort Garry ca 1872

Upper Fort Garry North Gate, 2009

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Rüschlikon, Switzerland

The postmark slogan, "Ausflugsziel am Zürichsee", says something like "destination on lake Zürich". Rüschlikon sits on the western shore of Lake Zürich between Kilchberg and Thalwil. The stamps on the left are mushroom stamps: Hydenellum caeruleum and Strobilomyces strobilaceus. And the stamp on the left commeorates the Swiss electronic band Yello.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Insects from the Netherlands

A strip of 5 from a sheet of 10. The third of the four sheets that made up the 2018 "Experience Nature" series.  The insects on these stamps are all found in the Netherlands.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Apollo 11 Man on the Moon postmark

Another late arrival. This one is from Houston Texas where NASA has its mission control center. This is where they monitor and control all aspects of a space mission once it has left the launch pad. The actual mission control room that was used during the Apollo 11 mission was recently restored and opened to the public.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Japan - Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito FDC

The stamps celebrate the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, the 126th Emperor of Japan, on 22 October 2019.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Apollo 11 Anniversary Postmarks

Took quite a while for these to come back to me. The first postmark commemorates the Apollo 11 landing on the moon and the second the launch of the Apollo 11. They are big, beautiful, well applied postmarks. Glad I took the time to request them.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The stamp on the left commemorates Malaysian 2016 Paralympic gold medal winners and I believe the stamp on the right is from a 2017 series that commemorates "Malaysia Day" (formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963). And the one in the middle is a low-value definitive. This one is from the "Agriculture and Fruits" series printed between 1986 and 2000. I believe there were different runs for each Malaysian state. So for this particular stamp, 5c cocoa, there would be several variants, each with a different state name, crest and leader.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bratislava, Slovakia

The stamp on the top left from 2010 shows the ruins of the castle in Topoľčany. Next to that is a recent stamp commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The low value definitives are the Rotunda sv. Margity in Šivetice and St. John the Baptist church in Sedmerovec.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Hartland, New Brunswick

Hartland is a town in New Brunswick that sits on the east shore of the St John River at one end of the Hartland covered bridge: the longest covered bridge in the World. This cover has a perfectly applied postmark and it's paired with a stamp showing the same bridge. But it's ruined by an unnecessary pen scribble over the stamp.