Monday, December 18, 2017

Taastrup, Denmark

Taastrup is between Copenhagen and Roskilde. I believe it's a railway hub and perhaps that explains the large PortNord terminal there. A nice selection of stamps from 2017.

Something that caught my attention was the amount of postage on this letter: 24.90 DKK. This letter cost twice as much to send than a similar letter would cost me to send from Canada. The rate calculator on the PostNord website confirmed it. I found a couple of articles on the internet from late in 2015 discussing how postal rates in Denmark were going to double, making them the highest of all EU countries. If that were to happen in Canada I'd be done with cover collecting.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas in Norway

Christmas stamps from Norway. The stamp on the left depicts Christmas in the country and the one on the right shows Christmas in the city. The broken text at the top of the postmark says simply "Posten Norge" but V30 on the bottom is the code for Trondheim in central Norway.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Selca, Solvenia

Selca is a small Solvenia village, north west of Ljubljana. The two stamps at the top are roses but I can't seem to find much about the one at the bottom. It's a charity stamp, for the Red Cross. I assume it's from this year. On the bottom is says "Solidarity Week", 1-7 November 2017.

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.