Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brazil : Diplomatic Relations with Peru

This pair of stamps commemorates the diplomatic relationship that exist between Brazil and Peru. I'm not sure if this is a joint issue. The stamp on the right is Mauchu Picchu in Peru and on the left is Rio de Janerio. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Canadian Flag

To commemorate the 50th anniversary or the Canadian flag, Canada Post has issued a souvenir sheet depicting the flag. This stamp is rather large in size (100x50mm) and denomination ($5). But what makes this stamp unique is the satin rayon fabric it is printed on. This is a first for Canada Post. And I think this is also the first time they've issued a self-adhesive souvenir sheet.

Inserting it into a stock book appears to have frayed the edges of this sheet a little. I didn't notice until I scanned it. The bottom corner looks frayed but it's just the top fabric layer. There appears to be another layer of paper beneath onto which the adhesive backing is applied. I wonder how well it will hold a postmark? Five dollars is a bit much to be using on a letter. I'll have to use one next time I send a package.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Guildford, England - Alice in Wonderland

A pair of Alice in Wonderland stamps from the UK, cancelled with the Guildford postmark. Author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, had a close association with Guildford. He spent much time there visiting his sisters who all lived in a home that he purchased for them. He died in Guildford just before his 66th birthday and is buried there, at the Mount Cemetery.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Myllykoski, Finland

The two stamps on this cover are from the Finnish National Parks stamp series. The stamp on the right is the last stamp in the series; Linnansaari National Park. It was issued in 2014 and was voted the most beautiful Finnish stamp of 2014. The stamp on the right is the first from the National Parks series; Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. It was issued in 2009 and was voted the second most beautiful stamp in 2009. This stamp is embossed with Braille markings across its surface: "1 LK KL" meaning 1st class in Finnish and Swedish.

Myllykoski is or was a small community in the south of Finland that was amalgamated into nearby
Kouvola 2009.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Graf Zeppelin stamps from Nicaragua

From a sheet issued in 1994 that shows the Zeppelin over different places. This strip shows it over the Arctic, Rio de Janerio, London and Rome.