Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dover, Delaware

Shark stamps from the US. From left to right: a whale shark, a great white and a mako. The pie postmark was from the Dover stamp club's annual stamp show held 21 Oct in Camden, DE.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Galópolis, Brazil

A small town/neighbourhood just south of Caxias do Sul. The stamp on the left shows a subway train in the Salvador City and Lauro de Freitas Subway System. It's a newer system and one of the most modern in Brazil. The stamps on the right are Brazilian bird stamps from 2008: a Kaempfer's woodpecker and a tropical screech owl.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary

I'm a Toronto Maple Leafs fan so this issue was nice to see. This year is the 100th anniversary of the team. There were a pair of domestic stamps issued on 24 October: one in a booklet of 10 and another, shaped like a hockey puck, in coil form. Both are self-adhesive.

But what I really liked was the $5 souvenir sheet. It has an actual Leafs crest attached to it. The jersey pictured on the stamp belonged to Ted 'Teeder' Kennedy who played for the Leafs between 1943 and 1957. The sheet was much larger than I expected and came in a protective folder.

History of Hockey: Canada - USA Joint FDC

The History of Hockey was a joint issue between Canada and the US, issued Ocbober 20, 2017. It's supposed to represent a shared love for hockey and how the game has changed over the years. The bottom stamps are a reflection in the ice of a player from the past. This year is the 100th anniversary of the NHL so perhaps that was the motivation behind this issue.

At first I was put off at how simple the Canadian FDC postmark was but then I noticed the hockey pucks on the top and bottom of the text, placed right under the blades of the players sticks. I like joint issues but I'm not that crazy about this one for some reason.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Australian Shipwrecks FDC

Just three of over 8000 shipwrecks lying beneath the seas that surround Australia: the HMS Pandora, the paddle steamer Clonmel and the Dutch East India Company's Zuytdorp. The Australian government protects all wrecks in it's waters that are more than 75 years old.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kaliningrad, Russia

Russian Diplomatic Uniforms stamp issued in 2016. These are USSR uniforms from 1945. On the left is an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and on the right is an attaché of the People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Beautiful Roads of Korea

The images on these stamps are of roadways that cut through some of most scenic parts of South Korea's landscape. These stamps are really nice; gummed with a high-gloss coating. The roads on the stamps clockwise from top-left are the Gochang-Damyang Expressway, the Dangjin-Yeongdoek Expressway, the Iksan-Pohang Expressway and Heuksan Ilju-ro which is part of the road the goes around Heuksando Island.

The first-day postmark was applied at the Gwanghwamun (굉학문) post office. Gwanghwamun is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in the Jongno-gu district of Seoul