Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paola, Malta

Stamps from a series from Malta that show processional statues from various churches around the Maltese Islands. The two stamps on this cover are statues used during the feast of Santa Marija. It's the largest celebration during the festa season. The one on the right is from Mqabba, and the one on the left is from Mosta.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Birdpex 8

Birdpex is a stamp exhibition where birds are the theme. It takes place every four years and will be held again in May of 2018 in Bad Mondorf, Luxembourg. These Brazilian stamps issued 19 June 2017, from right to left are self-adhessive Araripe Manakin, Blue-eyed Ground Dove, Purple-winged Ground Dove and a gummed Araripe Manakin.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kawasaki, Japan

The bridge on the red Kawasaki postmark is the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. It's a 4.4 km bridge and 9.5 km tunnel running across Tokyo bay, connecting Kawasaki to Kisarazu. In the background is Mount Fuji. And I believe what appears to be a sailboat on the left side of the postmark is actually the Tower of Wind. This structure supplies fresh air to the tunnel on the floor of the bay.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Kilchberg, Switzerland

Kilchberg is a town in Switzerland and part of the greater Zürich area: the canton of Zürich. It's just a short train ride from Zürich's central station. I recognized the name of the town because I've been there before. The Lindt & Sprüngli headquaters is in Kilchberg and we stopped by while in Zürich... maybe 15 years ago. Unfortunately they don't offer tours at Lindt but we did manage to get some free chocolates.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Gdańsk, Poland

More mineral stamps from Poland: agate, gypsum and malachite with azurite. Thank you Roman.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Green Succulents from the USA

Looks like circular international forever stamps are the norm for the USPS. It looks like all of the subjects on these stamps so far have been circular as well: Earth, Moon and Christmas Wreaths. And now an echeveria.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Aston Manor, South Africa

I got a bit of a history lesson from this one from South Africa. On it are stamps not only from the RSA but also "Venda" and "Transkei". These were known as Bantustans: territories that were reserved for black Africans in South and South West Africa during apartheid. These were two of four that were established in the 1970's and declared as independent, but only recognised as such within South Africa. All Bantustans were re-integrated with South Africa in 1994.


Aston Manor is a neighbourhood within the city of Kempton Park which is north-east of Johannesburg.