Monday, August 3, 2020

Turin, Italy

The World Canoe and Kayak Championship in Valsesia 2002 on the left, the 2012 Nobel Peace prize awarded to the EU in the middle, and the 2020 Sanremo music festival on the right.


Friday, July 31, 2020

Rome, Italy

The Treaty of Rome's 60th anniversary on the left and the Codice Romano-Carratelli (16th century manuscript) on the right.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Prague, Czech Republic

Czech actor Miroslav Horníček on the left and politician František Ladislav Rieger on the right.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon in Earth Orbit postmark

Postmark commemorating the first crewed SpaceX flight to the ISS. The launch was on May 30 but they docked on May 31. I asked for the wrong date on the postmark.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lajes Das Flores, Portugal

Lajes Das Flores is a municipality in the southern half of the Azorean island of Flores.


Friday, June 19, 2020

TAAF, Martin-de-Vivies via Marion Dufresne

Mailed from the Marion Dufresne during its first rotation of 2020. They always go out of their way to prepare covers.



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Japanese Icebreaker Shirase

The ship left Australia on Dec 3 and reached the Showa research station on Jan 6 to support the 61st Antarctic research expedition during the 2019/20 season. Apparently it returned to Japan sometime in March.


I just discovered that the year in the the date of Japanese postmarks is the number of years into the current era. With the ascension of the new emperor last year, Japan is now in the Reiwa era. The date format is year, month, day so the first "2" in the date stamp means 2020 on the Georgian calendar.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

The Bremerhaven postmark on this cover from Germany commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of the Antarctic continent by Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on 27 January 1820. The stamp is from 2001 and show an image of the RV Polarstern.


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Yangzhou, China

Inside was a card postmarked with a pair of cancels that honour the efforts of healthcare workers during the pandemic.