Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vila-seca, Spain

On the right is a small sheet featuring the town of Miranda del Castañar in Salamanca. It's from a 2021 set featuring "charming towns". And on the left is a stamp commemorating the The Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) Youth Exhibition "Juvenia" held in Avilés in 2017. Below that is a stamp featuring "jet" which is an organic carbon gemstone. This stamp actually has traces of jet from the Asturias region in northwest Spain, stuck to its surface.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Robert E Howard postmark from Cross Plains, Texas

Maybe I should have used a bigger envelope for this one. The giant handstamp on this envelope is so bold you barely notice the machine-applied postmark running into the top of it. Robert Ervin Howard was a pulp fiction author in the 1920's and 30's. He is regarded as the father of sword and sorcery fiction and the creator of Conan the Barbarian. The postmark commemorates his death on June 11, 1936.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Colnago, Italy

Colnago is a village in the province of Monza and Brianza midway between the cities of Monza and Bergamo, northeast of Milan. The two stamps commemorate the 900th anniversary of the death of The Blessed Gerard who died on September 3, 1120.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Europa Island

From the Scattered Islands of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Europa is a small island in the Mozambique channel between Madagascar and the African coast. I'm pretty sure I sent this down there early in 2020. The stamp from 2020 shows a Dimorphic Egret. It's a type of Heron that can be found on the island.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Raipur, India

This souvenir sheet celebrating Diwali was a joint issue with Canada from 2017. The Canadian version of the souvenir sheet has both Canadian and Indian 25 rupee stamps.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

USPS Star Wars Droids

The planes on these cards are actual passenger planes flown by Japanese airline ANA. The C-3PO themed jet is a Boeing 777-200. ANA currently uses this plane for domestic flights. The first day postmark on this card went on pretty much exactly where I wanted it.

The R2-D2 card I'm not as happy with. Not so much because the postmark is a little crooked but just the card itself. It feels a little too crowded at the bottom. Maybe I should have went with a different card for R2. The jet is a Boeing 787-9 with 215 seats and is used by ANA for long haul flights.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Valencia, Spain

The stamp on the right is a Christmas stamp from 2016. It actually looks like there is a stamp within the stamp. A self-adhesive souvenir sheet and I think the Virgin Mary can be separated from the sheet. I believe that is the actual stamp.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Prague, Czech Rebpublic

The artwork on these stamps featuring Prague castle was designed by Alphonse Mucha and used on the first Czechoslovakian postage stamps in 1918. And the postmarks commemorates the 133th anniversary of the Czech Tourists' Club.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Aarhus, Denmark

Endangered butterflies on this cover from Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. These stamps are part of Denmark's 2021 Europa issue.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Caxias do Sul, Brazil

With stamps from 2019: A Christmas stamp on the left, 200 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Brazil in the upper right and 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Brazil below that.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Rüschlikon, Switzerland

On the left is a Swiss "Pro Junentute" stamp. Proceeds from the sale of this stamp went towards a children benefit. And in the middle is a Pro Patria" stamp. The sale of this added-value stamp contributed to the social and cultural benefit of the Swiss public. Both of these charities have been raising money through added-value stamps for well over 100 years. The upside-down stamp on the right is Marsupilami: a Franco-Belgian comic character.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Malmö, Sweden

An "Ermine Mustela" on the right. A stamp from a 2020 set titled "Winter Animals". And next to that a stamp from the 2021 set "Precious Nature". The five stamps in the series promote environmental protection and feature nature scenes by artist Henning Trollback. And the pair of stamps on the left are from a 1977 booklet featuring wild berries of Sweden. They look like lingonberries.