Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Hawker ACT, Australia

Hawker is a suburb of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory named after Australian member of parliament Charles Hawker. Not to be confused with the town of Hawker in South Australia named after Australian settler and politician George Hawker: Charles Hawker's grandfather.

The two stamps on the left are from a sport stadium series in 2022: the Anna Meares Velodrome on the top and an upside down Adelaide Oval on the bottom. In the middle are a pair of Rottnest Island definitives from 2007. And the 2022 stamp on the right commemorates 50 years since Australia became the first country to mandate compulsory seatbelt use in the front and back seats of a vehicle.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Marsa, Malta

A random set of stamps from Malta. On the left, a 2013 stamps showing an old airport bus in use during the 1950's and 60's. In the middle, a 2022 Europa Myths and Legends stamp based on the myth of Odysseus and Calypso. And on the right, a 2004 stamp depicting an early 20th century tram in Malta.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Year of the Rabbit FDC, USA

With a first day postmark from San Francisco. The stamps on the right are a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT from the 2022 Pony Car stamp series and a 1989 "Walk on the Water" steamboat stamp. It was the first steamboat to operate on Lake Erie.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Czesław Słania's 70th birthday, Sweden

Some older stamps on the front and back of this cover from Sweden and possibly posted from one of Postnord's processing facilities. I believe this is a philatelic postmark. It is clearly handstamped and not machine cancelled. The large stamp on the right is from a 1991 sheet that commemorates the 70th birth anniversary of famous stamp engraver Czesław Słania.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Roserio, Italy

Half a postmark. A bit of a challenge. The clue was CMP which is an acronym for Centro di Meccanizzazione Postale: a sorting center. So I just had to find a sorting center with a name that ended in "serio". This mail was processed at the Milano Roserio CMP in the district of Roserio on the north western edge of the city of Milan. The stamp on the left is from a 2022 Philately Day set with the theme "go back to writing". And on the right, a stamp from 2019 commemorating the "80th Anniversary of the National Fire Brigade".

Monday, March 6, 2023

Martyrs Without Graves, Algeria FDC

The stamp on the right is dedicated to those who perished during the Algerian Revolution. And the stamp on the left from 2018 depicts one of Algeria's revolutionary Martyrs: Mourad Didouche. He died 18 January 1955 at the Battle of Douar Souadek.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Used stamps from Greenland

It has been a few years since I last purchased stamps from Greenland. They used to come from their philatelic office in Tasiilaq and one of the nice things about that was getting Greenland stamps on the package. Unfortunately their philatelic services are now based in Denmark. So no more Greenland  stamps and postmarks on orders.

My recent order of stamps from Greenland came in a plain cardboard envelope, actually mailed from Germany. No stamps on the cover. But knowing that collectors appreciate getting Greenlandic stamps on their envelopes they included this little packet of used stamps with my order and the card inside explained why they were included. 

It's a nice gesture. But not the same. I would rather have my orders mailed to me from Greenland, even if it takes a little longer. 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Ernest J Gains FDC, USA

Ernest James Gains was a famous American author whose work focused mainly on the lives of impoverished African-Americans living on the plantations of southern Louisiana. He grew up living in the old slave quarters of a plantation and in later life he moved back to the same property and built a home there. He had the old church he attended as a child moved to the property for preservation. The church is pictured on the postmark.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Nakashibetsu, Japan

From the town of Nakashibetsu in the Hokkaido prefecture. Stamps on the left are from a set of 1964 Olympic Games stamps that were issued in 1963. The 1964 Olympics held in Tokyo during October of that year were the first games to be held in Asia. And on the right is a 1993 Year of the Rooster lottery stamp. I don't know about the one in the middle. It's not giving me a lot of clues.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Big cover from Algeria

Lots of stamps on this one. Berries in the middle from 2021. To the right of those, a 2018 "Nelson Mandela" PAN African Postal Union joint issue and 2019 "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Palestine". "Nation Innovation Day" from 2022 on the bottom and to the left, "Expo 2020 Dubai" issued in 2022.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Estonia, Preserve the Polar Regions

Postmarked at Kaubamaja which is a department store in Tallinn. The stamp sheet issued in 2009 was part of a joint issue between several countries to raise awareness about receding ice levels in the polar regions and glaciers of the world.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Carnaval de Québec

From Québec City in the Canadian province of Quebec. Every year they host a large winter carnival. This year it was held from February 3rd to the 12th although I read somewhere they had to delay the start because of cold weather. At the bottom of the postmark is the carnival's mascott Bonhomme, as in bonhomme de neige (snowman). The castle like structure at the top of the postmark is the hotel Château Frontenac. 

This is a stamp from 2004 that was part of a set featuring tourist attractions in Canada. When I think of Quebec's winter carnival, it's that snowman mascot that comes to mind. And the cold weather.