Friday, October 6, 2017

Dutch Chickens

A pair of stamps from from the Netherlands from a recent sheet featuring Dutch breeds of chickens. The chickens on these stamps are Twents Hoen (aka Kraienkopp).


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Poolesville MD, USA

"Protect Pollinators" stamps on a cover postmarked in Poolesville Maryland. The town has a population of 5000 and is not too far from Washington DC. This year is the 150th anniversary of the town's incorporation.


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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yokohama, Japan: Lions Club International Centennial

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club International.  The Lions Club is a non-profit services organisation whose goal is to help local communities. It is a secular, non-political organization with over 1.4 million members in 200 countries. It was founded in Chicago in 1917 and became international when a branch was opened in Canada in 1920.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Israel-Canada Relations FDC

This is an Israeli FDC for a stamp that commemorates Israel-Canada relations. It was a joint issue with Canada Post, issued in April 2010. The "make-up" value stamp on the left commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Koren Jerusalem Bible. The bible was published in 1962 by Koren Publishers Jerusalem and it was the first Hebrew bible to be completely published and produced by Jews in almost 500 years.

Interesting how the hand-stamped postmark was added to the older stamps that was already cancelled, instead of the newer stamp on the left. I have a joint issue FDC for the Israel-Canada stamp, with both Canadian and Israeli stamps on it. It uses the same Israeli postmark.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Algiers, Algeria

The stamps on this cover, from left to right:
  • A stamp commemorating the first anniversary of Tamazight (berber) as an official language in Algeria.
  • A sugar shear from the "Copperware from the XIX Century" set issued in 2014.
  • A stamp form a recent set commemorating Turkish baths.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Schiphol Airport 100th Anniversary

A pair of stamps from a sheet that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Schiphol airport. It first opened on 16 September 1916 as a military airbase. Today it is the third busiest passenger airport in Europe.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Canadian Kiosk Stamps

Canadian ATM stamps are not that common in Canada. There are only a few self-serve kiosks in major cities that dispense them. These were produced in 2016 and feature paintings from the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Clockwise from top-right:
  • In The Northland by Tom Thomson
  • Little Haven, Nova Scotia by Arthur Lismer
  • Indian War Canoe (Alert Bay) by Emily Carr
  • Winter, Baie-Saint-Paul by Albert Henry Robinson
  • The Front of Winter by James Edward Hervey MacDonald


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Villa La Angostura is an alpine village in Pategonia. It's up in the Andes, sitting inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park, surrounded by mountains and lakes. A beautiful tourist town.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The postmarks on the toucans stamp sheet are from Ramos Mejía: a city on the west side of the greater Buenos Aires area.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Singapore

Stamps from a set of 5 issued by SingPost on July 2016, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the annual Singapore Youth Festival. The festival "celebrates the rich diversity of youth talent in schools in Singapore" and the stamps contain designs "that symbolise the dynamism and energy of youths and their artistic pursuits in the arts, dance, drama and music".  More here.


Monday, January 23, 2017

TAAF stamps 2017

Some of the new TAAF stamps issued by LaPoste on January 1. I don't purchase as many as I used to. I usually pass on the mini sheets and higher value stamps. It's just getting too expensive to buy them all each year.


The mineral stamps this year feature a well applied spot varnish. And the "Foraminifera" shaped stamp is heavily embossed.




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin-de-Viviès, Île Amsterdam, TAAF

Sent from the Marion Dufresne during its fourth rotation through the French Southern Lands.