Thursday, December 31, 2020

Napapiiri: the Arctic Circle, Finland

Christmas in Finland. Postmarked at the Santa Claus village post office just outside Rovaniemi, Finland.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Island, Nova Scotia

I'm trying not to let the ugly black line through the stamp distract me from appreciating the colourful and exceptionally well applied postmarks. The Christmas Island post office goes out of their way to do this every year and I'm happy to see the tradition continue, especially during what I imagine is the busiest mailing season they've ever had. I'm not sure when they started using this particular postmark. They redesign it every few years.

This year's non-secular Christmas stamps from Canada Post feature paintings by the late folk artist Maud Lewis.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Christmas in Liechtenstein

Christmas maximum card from Liechtenstein Post. What looks like tree decorations on the stamp are actually the digits from the denomination of the stamp: 100 CHF.  I received this with some other cards and stamps I purchased recently. 


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

Germany, Alfred Wegener postmark

Postmark commemorating the 90th anniversary of the death of German polar researcher Alfred Wegener. The stamp shows two shades of grey... or does it. It's suppose to be an optical illusion. The grey at the top is the same shade as the grey at the bottom. The white and black areas in the middle are supposed to trick your brain into thinking they are different.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Polarstern and the MOSAiC Expedition

The Bremerhaven postmark on this pre-stamped International Polar Year envelope from Germany commemorates the MOSAiC Expedition. This was a one year expedition that turned the RV Polarstern into a drifting Arctic observatory to study effects of climate change. It involved several countries and hundreds of researchers, making it the largest Arctic expedition in history.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany

From the Germany town of Neustadt am Rübenberge, postmarked 10-10-20. Received yesterday on 10-20-20 :)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Mars 2020

Postmark commemorating the launch of NASA's latest Mars mission. Launched on 30 July at 11:50 UTC, the Perseverance rover and an autonomous helicopter drone called Ingenuity are scheduled to land on Mars on February 18th, 2021. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Canada Post Community Foundation Stamp 2020

Annual semi-postal stamp from Canada. The additional 10 cents added to the purchase price of each stamp goes to non-profit organizations that help children in need.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bromma, Sweden

Bromma is a suburb of Stockholm. From left to right, Small Horses from Gotland (1977), Heartfelt Greetings (2020) and the artwork of Hilma af Klint (2020).