Friday, August 16, 2019


The stamps are all 20+ years old, but the postmarks are from the 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition held in Singapore, 31 July to 4 August 2019. This postmark was available on the first day of the show when they commemorated Singapore's bicentennial.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Little Current, Ontario

This postmark was introduced earlier this month so it's still crisp and fresh. Little Current sits on the northeast side of Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Although technically a town it was amalgamated with the rest of the township and nearby islands to form the municipality of Northeastern Manitoulin. The only road-access onto Manitoulin island is Highway 6 which passes over the Little Current swing bridge: the bridge on the postmark.

The only other way onto the island by car is via the seasonal ferry M.S. Chi-Cheemaun that sails between Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on the island. It's about a 2 hour crossing.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Soyuz and the ISS, Houston TX

This was postmarked on 6 June 2018 to mark the launch of Soyuz MS-09 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to transport crew to the International Space Station. Interesting that this letter took a year and two months to find it's way from Houston to Toronto. The spray-on postmark says it left Houston a little over a week ago.

There is a post office in Houston that provides this postmark and I found the address in this forum. There is an updated address towards the end of the thread but I'm not really sure where I sent my request, or when. I'm actually kind of surprised this came back to me at all.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wuppertal, Germany

Three recent stamps: one commemorating the 20th anniversary of the children's book "The Gruffalo", another showing a microscopic view of palladium from the "Microworlds" series of stamps and finally the Campen lighthouse near the city of Emden in Lower Saxony.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Algerian protected species

The scimitar oryx and African cobra are the two endangered and protected species depicted on the stamps on this souvenir sheet from Algeria.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Milan, Italy

Three stamps. One showing a Giotto fresco in the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi entitled "The trial of fire in front of the Sultan". A stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the newspaper Avvenire. And a stamp commemorating the bicentenary of the introduction of stamped postal cards in the Kingdom of Sardinia.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dutch Architecture

Stamps from a sheet issued 17 September 2018. The "New Construction" architecture movement of the early 20th century was all about functional design. On these stamps, the Zonnestraal sanatorium in Hilversum (1928) amd the Glaspaleis department store in Heerlen (1935).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Japan's Syowa Station and the Icebreaker Shirase

A pair of covers from the Japanese Antarctic research program. One form the Syowa Antarctic research station and the other from the Icebreaker Shirase. I received both of these on the same day. Despite the fact that I sent them to different addresses, I suspect they were prepared together and sent back from the same source. The date stamps are the same.

Syowa Station is Japan's permanent Antarctic research station. It's quite large, consisting of several buildings that can accommodate up to 110 people with an overwintering crew of 30.

Syowa is supported by the icebreaker Shirase. The current version of this vessel was put into service in 2009. The cachet on the bottom left of the Shirase cover shows an image of a stone shrine  honouring Shin Fukushima: was a Japanese Antarctic expedition member who died in October 1960.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lucky Pigs from Switzerland

Pigs are considered lucky in German speaking regions of the world. Hence the issue of this "Glücksschwein" stamp from Switzerland. It's printed on flocked paper which gives it a soft fuzzy texture. Like a pig I guess. It's a cute little stamp.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Aston Manor, South Africa

These were in my mailbox when I got back from a short vacation. Both from Aston Manor in South Africa. A nice selection of old and new stamps on the top cover. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Neumayer Station III

From the Germany Antarctic research station Neumayer III. There are a couple of hand-stamps on the back as well including one for the 38th over-wintering team of 2018. Neumayer III was officially opened twenty years ago on 20 February 2009. It is located on the Ekström Ice Shelf near an iceport known as Atka Bay. The ice port is an indentation in the ice sheet that makes it possible for ships like Polarstern to load and unload.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Warrington, UK

The Buckingham Palace stamp was part of London Landmarks set issued in 1980. And the Sopwith Camel F1 was a WWI fighter plane in use from 1917 to 1920.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Toulouse, France

Toulouse. Forth largest city in France. Home to Airbus, a big university and lots of pinkish brick buildings. The stamp on the right commemorates the 70th anniversary of the UNs adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And on the left, Looney Toon characters Coyote and the Roadrunner.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Concordia Station

Concordia is a French-Italian Antarctic research base, 1100km inland from Dumont d'Urville on a part of the Antarctic ice sheet known as "Dome C". The ice sheet here is over 3000m thick. The base is staffed year-round, housing around 50 in the summer.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

TAAF Stamps 2019

Some of the TAAF stamps issued earlier this month. Just the ones that caught my interest. The stamp sheet below commemorates the installation of solar panels on Tromelin Island on 17 Nov 2017, replacing the gas powered generators they used to use for power.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canada, Far and Wide

The stamps in this issue are really small. This is the second year this annual series has been issued:
  • Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park (domestic rate)
  • Alberta’s Athabasca Falls (domestic rate)
  • Nunavut’s Quttinirpaaq National Park (domestic rate)
  • Heritage churches of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (domestic rate)
  • Manitoba’s Little Limestone Lake (domestic rate)
  • Saskatchewan’s Castle Butte ($1.05 domestic-rate)
  • Smoke Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park (U.S.-rate)
  • Quebec’s Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve (oversized-rate)
  • Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland (international-rate)

Pre-paid postcards were produced for each stamp. Here is a few of them:

Churches of Mahone Bay

Iceberg Alley at Ferryland, Newfoundland

Canada's northern-most nation park: Quttinirpaaq National Park.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Brazilian Pets, UPAEP

Three stamps from a sheet of thirty:  Correios Brazil's UPAEP issue for 2018 for which the theme was "pets".  Employees were encouraged to submit photos of their pets and thirty of them were chosen for this stamp sheet. The name of each pet is also shown on each stamp. On these stamps are Perola, Bela, and Bono.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hot Wheels FDC, USA

Took me a while to notice the digital colour postmark on this one. It blends right in with the stamps.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Athens, Greece

Three of the seven wise men from Greek antiquity: Cleobulus of Lindos, Periander of Corinth and
Solon of Athens.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brazil's Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station

With a nice little greeting from the deputy chief of the station. The hand stamp in the middle shows a drawing of the base. It's that long box-like structure behind the outline of the gladiator type figure. This is a new base built to replace the parts of the old Ferraz station that were damaged by fire in 2012. There is a nice station postmark on the envelope too, just kissing the bottom of the stamps.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reptiles from the Netherlands

On this cover, a smooth snake: a non-venomous European snake, and a viviparous lizard: a Eurasian lizard that gives birth rather than lay eggs.