Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fox Valley, Saskatchewan

Fox Valley is a rural village of 250 people in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Barentsburg in Svalbard, Norway

The souvenir sheet is Norway's 2020 "Ancient Postal Routes" Europa issue. Barentsburg is a Russian coal mining settlement on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. About 500 people live there, mining coal for the Russian Arktikugol Trust. The postmarks appear to have been updated since the last cover I received from there almost 10 years ago. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mladějov na Moravě, Czechia

The postmark commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Mladějov na Moravě post office. And the stamp commemorates Czech artist Ota Janeček.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Woodland Caribou of Quebec

The caribou on the stamp is a Peary caribou. Not the same as the woodland caribou that roam across northern Quebec.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Åland, Life at Sea

Åland "Norden" issued from 2012. The theme that year was "Life at Sea"

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Henryk Arctowski and International Lighthouse Day

The stamp on the right commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Polish scientist and explorer Henryk Arctowski. The postmark commemorates International Lighthouse Day. On the postmark is an image of the Arctowski Lighthouse on King George Island which sits off the coast of the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. There are several research bases on the island, including Poland's Henryk Arctowski Station.

Friday, September 3, 2021

USA Yogi Berra FDC

Famous New York Yankees catcher Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra. MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer. Winner of 10 World Series championships. The FD postmark location is Little Falls, New Jersey: the location of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Pyramiden, Norway

Pyramiden was a small Soviet coal mining town 50 km north of Longyearbyen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It was abandoned in 1998 but has since become a tourist destination with a single hotel that houses a museum, gift shop and post office. This updated postmark was put into use in May of 2021.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Nanjing, China

The two stamps on the right are from a 1998 joint issue with Switzerland. The stamp on the right is a scene of the Slender West Lake (Shòuxīhú) in Yangzhou. And in the middle is Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Windsor, England

From left to right: The Royal Albert Bridge from a 2006 set commemorating British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Ely Island in Lower Lough Erne, Northern Ireland from 2004, and the mini skirt from the 2009.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vila-seca, Spain

On the right is a small sheet featuring the town of Miranda del Castañar in Salamanca. It's from a 2021 set featuring "charming towns". And on the left is a stamp commemorating the The Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) Youth Exhibition "Juvenia" held in Avilés in 2017. Below that is a stamp featuring "jet" which is an organic carbon gemstone. This stamp actually has traces of jet from the Asturias region in northwest Spain, stuck to its surface.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Robert E Howard postmark from Cross Plains, Texas

Maybe I should have used a bigger envelope for this one. The giant handstamp on this envelope is so bold you barely notice the machine-applied postmark running into the top of it. Robert Ervin Howard was a pulp fiction author in the 1920's and 30's. He is regarded as the father of sword and sorcery fiction and the creator of Conan the Barbarian. The postmark commemorates his death on June 11, 1936.