Saturday, August 13, 2022

Panama City

I see two different postmarks. Some say "Panama Este" and one has 0823 on it which happens to be a postal code for Plaza Concordia in Panama City. I'm not sure what Panama Este refers to. There is a province called Panama West. Could Panama Este refer to the province of Panama which is east of the canal?

The 2019 stamp on the left shows the Basilica of Jesus Nazareno in Atalaya. It is one stamp from a 2019 World Youth Day series showing minor Basilicas in Panama. The stamp to the left is from a 2021 (I think) set that commemorates the 500th anniversary (in 2019) of the founding of Panama City. The stamp shows the Old Panama City cathedral ruins. It has a rough texture applied to the ruins in the image which I believe is rock dust form the ruins of the old city. And the last stamp from 2021 commemorates the 200th anniversary of Panama's independence from Spain.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Harrisonburg, Virginia. USA

From the city of Harrisonburg Virginia. A couple of recent George Morrison stamps: Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape (1990) in the middle and to the right, Untitled (1995). Ralph Bunche from 1982 adds an extra 20c to get to the USPS international letter rate.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Boise, Idaho. USA

Happy Birthday stamps from 2002 and Legends of Baseball stamps from 2000 with Rogers Hornsby on the top and Lefty Grove on the bottom.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Turin, Italy

From left to right: a pair of Christmas stamps from 1983 celebrating the 500th birth anniversary of Raphael, a 2022 stamp commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack, and finally a heavily embossed stamp from 2010 for the FIVB men's world volleyball championship held in various cities around Italy that year.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Horní Jiřetín, Czechia

The postmark from the town of Horní Jiřetín, Czechia, commemorates the third anniversary of the Ore Mountains being recognized by UNESCO. The center of the postmark is an image of Jezeří Castle. This ties in with the stamp on the right showing the Vlčí jámy ravine. That stamp is the bottom half of a souvenir sheet that features beautiful sites in the Czech Republic found in the Ore Mountain region and the top half of that sheet (not on this cover) is a stamp with an image of Jezeří Castle.

The other stamps are a 2014 commemorative showing the paper mill in Velké Losiny. It is one of the oldest handmade paper mills in Europe. Below that stamp is a 2012 definitive an old homestead in the village in Bušanovice.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Germany, Environmental Protection FDC

Latest German Environmental Protection series stamp and special envelope. This is a long running stamp series with an addition surcharge that goes towards initiatives that find solutions to environmental problems and raise ecological awareness. This year the stamp theme is "Antarctica - protecting something unique together". FDC postmarked with the Bonn postmark.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Finland, Stories and Myths

From Alavus, Finland. Europa stamps from 2022 featuring Päivätär and Kuutar: goddesses of the sun and moon form Finnish mythology. Sun goddess Päivätär on the right and moon goddess Kuutar on the left.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Liechtenstein Stories and Myths

The White Woman on the left and The Tälibudel on the right. These are Liechtenstein's 2022 contributions to the Europa stamp series. The White Woman is a harmless spirit that floats around. Not sure what she does if anything but on this stamp she's being "neutralized" by mullein plants which are supposed to protect against evil spirits. The Tälibudel is an Alpine spirit with red-eyes that looks like a dog. I like the colours used on these stamps. Postmarked in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.


Thursday, July 7, 2022

George Morrison FDC part 2, USA

The other two stamps of the five stamp George Morrison issue that were not on the last FDC I received. Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape (1990) on the right and and an  untitled coloured pencil on paper work from 1995 on the left. Thank you Michael. Always appreciated.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

George Morrison FDC, USA

Stamps honouring Native American modernist artist George Morrison. From left to right: Lake Superior Landscape (1981), Phenomena against the Crimson (1985) and Sun and River (1949).

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Skien, Norway

Lots of stamps on this cover from Skien. Starting at the top right and going clockwise:

  • 1990: The Second battle of Narvik in 1940
  • 1981: Railway Ferry MF "Storegut" (1956)
  • 1989: Birth centenary of author Arnulf Øverland
  • 1990: Christmas - Children's Drawings
  • 1985: 350th anniversary of Fort Kongstens
  • 2020: Norwegian Jazz singer Radka Toneff's induction into the Rockheim Hall of Fame.