Friday, September 16, 2022

Île Tromelin, TAAF

Tromelin is one of the scattered islands. It's small, windy and flat and does not support much vegetation. But it is home to crabs, birds and turtles. And a few French Meteorologist.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Schkeuditz, Germany

Briefzentrum 4 is the mail processing plant next to the Leipzig airport. It's not within the city of Leipzig but in Schkeuditz which lies between Leipzig and Halle. The stamp shows an optical illusion. The grey at the top and bottom are the same. The top just looks darker because of the black on white band in the middle. The used stamps that came to me in this cover were greatly appreciated.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Katowice, Poland

A pair of recent stamps from Poland. On the left is a stamp promoting tourism featuring the market square and city hall in the city of Zamość. And on the right is a stamp from a set titled "Polish Madonnas". This stamp depicts a fresco known as "Our Lady of Dzierżoniów". The crown was added recently.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Stanley, Falkland Islands

The stamps from 2021 feature paintings of settlements in the Falklands painted by Mike Peake. Port Louis on the left and Port Howard on the right. 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Minerals from Fukushima, Japan

Red Beryl (emerald) on the left and Tanzanite on the right. Both are extremely rare. This was postmarked in "Mikami" in Fukushima prefecture. I'm not sure exactly where that is. Might refer to a district in the city of Kitakata.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Monaco's former brewery

The SEPAC theme for 2022 is local beverages. This stamp shows the former brewery in Monaco's Fontvieille district which operated from 1905 to 1972. Postmarked by the Monaco philatelic agency OETP (Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste). There is also a Monte Carlo postmark on the back.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Discovery of Antarctica, Portugal

The stamp sheet from Portugal is from an issue that commemorates the discovery of Antarctica. The stamps on the sheet show several species of fauna that inhabit the Antarctic region, above and below the water line. Only about 10% of an iceberg rests above the surface of the water.

It took centuries to fully "find" Antarctica. Some places were even discovered multiple times and given different names due to the poor accuracy of navigational instrumentation at the time. GPS would have helped. And a way to share information, like the internet.

Thank you Pedro for this excellent cover!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Pope Francis visits Canada, Vatican City

When I sent this to the Vatican post office I requested some nice postmarks. And that's what I got. The postmark commemorates Pope Francis' recent visit to Canada July 24-30. The stamp on the left commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security (in 2020). In the middle is a 2022 stamp that commemorates the 1900th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Marcian. And on the right from 2021, the 150th anniversary of the Congregation of Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Asturias, Spain

I can't make out the postmarks but I'm pretty sure it's from the Asturias region. In the middle is a 2022 stamp advertising the San Fermín festival (Pamplona, running of the bulls). And above that is a poinsettia from 2006. On the right is a 2022 stamp block showing the town of Calaceite from a set featuring charming villages. And on the left are a few King Felipe VI stamps to round out the bunch.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Viña del Mar, Chile

From the coastal city of Viña del Mar, a pair of 2019 stamps from a set of four commemorating the 100th anniversary of the University of Concepción. 

Saturday, August 20, 2022

National Stamp Week 1976, Australia

This is an Australian FDC from 1976 for the National Stamp Week stamp featuring William Blamire Young: the designer of the Kangaroo & Map stamp from 1913. Bottom-left is a Squatter Pigeon stamp from a 2021 set featuring pigeons and doves. And in the middle are two stamps from a 2021 set featuring contemporary Australian sculpture with Inge King on the top and Lex Namponan on the bottom. And to round it all off, a 5c Coral Rabbitfish from 2010.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Spider-Man FDC from Germany

Commemorating 60 years since the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel's "Amazing Fantasy" #15 in August 1962. It is also the first stamp in a new series of superhero stamps from Germany.