Thursday, February 20, 2020

Padova, Italy

From Padua, Italy, with stamps featuring famous Italian singer-songwriters Lucio Dalla and Giorgio Gaber.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Lillehammer, Norway

With the Maihaugen postmark. Maihaugen is a large outdoor museum on the edge of Lillihammer featuring over 200 traditional buildings from as far back as the 1400's.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Milan, Italy

From Milan, with stamps commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Uffizi, the 20th anniversary of the Prosecco Protection Consortium, and the 100th anniversary of the Federation of Italian Philatelic Societies.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

TAAF 2020

Some of the latest TAAF stamps issued by La Poste. Not all of this year's January issues. Just the ones I liked. Particularly the engraved stamps. The Aurora Australis sheet and minerals pair have a varnish applied to give them a shine. The octopus and squid stamps are not my favorite but I like Pierre Denys de Montfort's giant octopus.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

More Brazilian Women Who Made History

Three more stamps featuring famous Brazilian women: Righteous Among the Nations Aracy de Carvalho Guimarães Rosa, women's rights advocate Maria da Penha and writer Carolina Maria de Jesus.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Munich, Germany

This one was sent from a Deutsche Post philatelic shop in Munich. The "ps" in the top of the round Munich postmark in the middle of the cover stands for "Philatelie Shop". And then there is the rectangular philatelic shop postmark to the left of that one.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Canada's Chinese New Year Stamp Series

With this year's "Year of the Rat" issue comes the end of the current 12 year Chinese New Year series from Canada Post. I appreciate these souvenir sheets more now that I see them all together like this.

Both of this year's domestic and international rate stamps are embossed and feature foil stamping, although I don't think the domestic rate booklet stamps use foil. I haven't seen them yet. It is a wedding theme with the domestic rate stamp showing the bride being transported to the wedding. The international rate stamps shows the married couple together. The images are done in a folk art style knows as Chinese farmer or peasant painting.