Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Iceland Christmas FDC

Christmas FDC from Iceland received yesterday.  Not sure if Postphil will be producing any more FDCs after this year.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christkindl, Austria

Christkindl is an Austrian village outside the city of Steyr. Known for its church and religious artifacts, it is also home to a post office that uses a special postmark during the Christmas season. Mail sent in Austria with the "uber Christkindl" label attached (bottom of this cover) is forwarded to the Christkindl post office for special postmarks before being sent to its destination.

The postmark on the Christkindl label was produced by the Innviertler Briefmarkensammlerverein (IBSV - the Innviertel Stamp Club). They put out special Christmas postmarks each year. 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Brazil's Rally dos Sertões

Stamps commemorating Brazil's 27th annual 10 day cross-country rally known as Sertões. Each stamp represents a different vehicle category in the competition: cars, quadricycles, motorcycles and UTVs.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Budapest '71

I received this in the mail recently just as it is. Not under cover. It's an old FDC from Hungary with Budapest 1971 Stamp Exhibition stamps on it.  What I found interesting is that it was accepted as valid mail.  The stamps were cancelled 48 years ago and the bottom of the envelope was worn thin and was on the verge of disintegrating. But it made it here, intact.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ahmedabad, India

Two satellites developed jointly by India and France: SARAL on the left and Megha-Tropiques on the right. Launched in 2013 and 2011 respectively.  The stamps were issued in 2015.