Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Twelve Flower Seasons of Hanoi, FDC

I believe the twelve flower seasons is a recent tourist industry initiative in Vietnam, with the idea being that the streets of Hanoi are constantly in bloom with different flowers every month of the year and therefor every month is like a different season. They appear to be the first of a series of stamps with these three stamps showing flowers that are in bloom during January, February and March. Along the top from left to right are sua flowers in March, ban flowers in February and peach blossoms in January.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Guernsey's Endangered Wildlife

From the channel island of Guernsey: a souvenir sheet from 2021 that was part of Guernsey's Europa issue. The Europa theme for 2021 was Endangered Wildlife. The stamp at the top of the sheet depicts a Porbeagle shark and the stamp at the bottom is a European eel. This is a nice little souvenir sheet. Good to see it on a cover.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Skopje, North Macedonia

Some older Europa stamps from 1998 on this cover from Skopje. From a time when it was known simply as the Republic of Macedonia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). As of 2018, it is just the Republic of North Macedonia. The Europa theme in 1998 was festivals and national costumes. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Canadian Frogs

Recent endangered frog stamps from Canada. On the left if an Oregon spotted frog which can only be found in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. On the right is a Fowler's toad. They are found on sandy beaches and dunes on the north shore of Lake Erie. The official day-of-issue post office was the Port Rowan post office in Port Rowan, Ontario. But this is not the first-day postmark. Just a new regular postmark. 

Monday, May 13, 2024

Year of the Dragon, Hong Kong

A little cover from Hong Kong. On the left is a 2024 stamp from a set featuring teaware from the Hong Kong museum. And on the right is a 2024 year of the dragon stamp.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Philately Week 2024 FDC. Yokohoma, Japan

The images on these stamps are from a pair of panels that are part of the six panel Hikone screen painted between 1624-1644. The screen depicts people enjoying themselves at a pleasure house in Kyoto. The first-day postmark was applied in Yokohama. Philately week stamps have been issued in Japan each year since 1947 (If I remember correctly).

Friday, May 3, 2024

Parker City, Indiana Eclipse Postmark

From Parker City, Indiana. "It's darker in Parker". I like how the postmark states the amount of time they were to remain in darkness. Parker City is a town of about 1500, just east of Muncie, Indiana and an hour and a half north-east of Indianapolis. There were several festivities scheduled for the day of the Eclipse. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Freshwater Fish from Guyana

From the philatelic bureau in Georgetown, Guyana. The stamps are from a 2005 set showing freshwater fishes that live in the rivers and streams of Guyana. At least I think they live there. Pretty sure they do. On the left is a freshwater stingray and on the right, some splash tetras. 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Amman, Jordan

This somewhat beat-up cover found it's way to me from a suburb of Amman. The stamps are from a 2019 set showing the new seven wonders of the world. This new list of sites was created in 2001 by the New7Wonders Foundation. On these stamps are Jordan's Petra and Peru's Machu Picchu.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Paris, Texas Eclipse Postmark

There is a city called Paris in Texas and this postmark commemorates the April 8 total solar eclipse. Paris  (Texas) was in the path of totality. They actually have a sort-of replica of the Eiffle Tower. It's much smaller than the real tower and this one has a cowboy hat on top. You can see it in the postmark. The stamp on the right is a solar eclipse stamp from 2017. It's printed with thermo-sensitive ink that disappears to reveal the surface of the moon when the ink gets warm.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Swedish Polar Research

From the Swedish city of Gothenburg. This is a large cover with a large booklet pane from the 1989 "Polar Research" booklet. The stamps were issued to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The stamp on the left is a 2012 hairy violet. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

United Nations, Vienna Office

I've received a few covers from the UN, from the office in New York. These two from Vienna arrived on the same day. On the first cover is a 2022 stamp showing Montecatini Terme in Italy, from a series about European spa towns. And on the right is a 2018 World Health Day stamp.

On this cover from left to right, a 2010 International Year of Biodiversity definitive stamp with an illustration of a Aracana aurita, a 2008 definitive stamp featuring Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, and finally a World Humanitarian Aid Day added value stamp from 2022.