Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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.