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.




Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Eastend, Saskatchewan

Eastend is a small town in the south-west corner of Saskatchewan. In 1991 a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil was found near town. It was named Scotty and became the centerpiece of a natural history museum. It took nearly 20 years to recover 65% of Scotty's bones.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

The History of Radio in Canada

The stamps on this FDC commemorate the 100th anniversary of a radio broadcast of a concert in Montreal to an assembly hall in Ottawa, 160km away. It was the first documented example of a successful experimental radio broadcast for entertainment purposes in Canada.