Monday, August 3, 2020

Turin, Italy

The World Canoe and Kayak Championship in Valsesia 2002 on the left, the 2012 Nobel Peace prize awarded to the EU in the middle, and the 2020 Sanremo music festival on the right.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Rome, Italy

The Treaty of Rome's 60th anniversary on the left and the Codice Romano-Carratelli (16th century manuscript) on the right.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Prague, Czech Republic

Czech actor Miroslav Horníček on the left and politician František Ladislav Rieger on the right.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon in Earth Orbit postmark

Postmark commemorating the first crewed SpaceX flight to the ISS. The launch was on May 30 but they docked on May 31. I asked for the wrong date on the postmark.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lajes Das Flores, Portugal

Lajes Das Flores is a municipality in the southern half of the Azorean island of Flores.

Friday, June 19, 2020

TAAF, Martin-de-Vivies via Marion Dufresne

Mailed from the Marion Dufresne during its first rotation of 2020. They always go out of their way to prepare covers.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Japanese Icebreaker Shirase

The ship left Australia on Dec 3 and reached the Showa research station on Jan 6 to support the 61st Antarctic research expedition during the 2019/20 season. Apparently it returned to Japan sometime in March.

I just discovered that the year in the the date of Japanese postmarks is the number of years into the current era. With the ascension of the new emperor last year, Japan is now in the Reiwa era. The date format is year, month, day so the first "2" in the date stamp means 2020 on the Georgian calendar.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

The Bremerhaven postmark on this cover from Germany commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of the Antarctic continent by Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on 27 January 1820. The stamp is from 2001 and show an image of the RV Polarstern.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Yangzhou, China

Inside was a card postmarked with a pair of cancels that honour the efforts of healthcare workers during the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Eastend, Saskatchewan

Eastend is a small town in the south-west corner of Saskatchewan. In 1991 a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil was found near town. It was named Scotty and became the centerpiece of a natural history museum. It took nearly 20 years to recover 65% of Scotty's bones.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The History of Radio in Canada

The stamps on this FDC commemorate the 100th anniversary of a radio broadcast of a concert in Montreal to an assembly hall in Ottawa, 160km away. It was the first documented example of a successful experimental radio broadcast for entertainment purposes in Canada.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gamagori, Japan

I believe this sheet commemorated the start of the Reiwa period in May 2019 with the ascension of Emperor Naruhito. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Canada's Group of Seven

The Group of Seven were a prominent group of Canadian artists best known for their paintings of Canadian landscapes in the 1920's and 30's. It was a time when the imagery of the Canadian wilderness was considered to wild to be captured by art. This sheet commemorates their first exhibition in May of 1920 which started the first Canadian national art movement.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Arnold Palmer FDC, USA

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer on a stamp issued last month.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Davis Station, Australian Antarctic Territory

Canada Post has suspended sending mail to something like 163 of 218 countries and I don't even get advertisements in the mail any more. But I still received this from the Antarctic.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Rothera Research Station, British Antarctic Territory

From the British Antarctic Survey research station Rothera, located on the Antarctic Peninsula. Nothing very exciting. The back has the usual Rothera Station cachet with an outline of the Antarctic continent and a penguin in the middle.  This is the first time I've received a BAT cover with the "First Day of Issue" postmark.

I received this sometime last week. I can't be bothered to go out and check my mail every day because lately there just hasn't been that much mail coming in. So I'm not sure exactly when this was delivered, but it was last week.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Canada, Return to Sender

I mailed this to India on March 18. It made it to the South Central processing plant (M4L) in Toronto and was then returned to me: temporary suspension of postal service. I mailed other letters that day and they didn't come back. This one did. I'll have to hold on to it and try again when things get back to normal. Could be a while.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Santa Claus postmark, Finland

It's not easy to make out, but the postmark on the right side of the envelope is from Napapiiri: the Arctic Circle. I believe this comes from the Santa Claus Village outside of Rovaniemi, Finland, which is just a few kms south of the Arctic circle. At the top of the postmark you can see Santa Claus in his hat, peeking out over the date. And in the wavy lines to the left you can see a reindeer. It's not very clear but it's there. The round postmark on the left is a Helsinki postmark applied a day after the Santa Claus postmark.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Beautiful postmark. Yellowknife, capital city of Canada's Northwest Territories, sits on the north shore of Great Slave lake. It's 400km south of the Arctic circle so safe to say there are no polar bears there. But it is a good place to see the northern lights.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Concordia Station via Dumont d'Urville

From the Concordia Research Station located on Dome C of the Antarctic plateau.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Moon Landing Anniversary, Germany

Moon landing souvenir sheet from Germany. My scanner did not pick up the gold lettering though. It came out black. But I was able to get a better angle with my phone to show off the gold foil. Very nice.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Modasa, India

The stamps depict Ramayana: a Hindu story about the journey of lord Rama. It's considered to be an important part of ancient Indian history.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Skien, Norway

The stamp sheet was Norway's contribution to the 2010 Norden joint issue "Life at the Coast". Those are racks of stockfish (cod), hung out to dry.


Friday, February 28, 2020

South African National Antarctic Expedition

The S.A. Agulhas II left Cape Town on 10 Dec 2019 for its 41st voyage, transporting members of the South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) to the South African Antarctic station.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids

I like these stamps from Germany. The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids was a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. These are charity stamps with the supplement going to the Federal Association of Free Welfare Care (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege).

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Padova, Italy

From Padua, Italy, with stamps featuring famous Italian singer-songwriters Lucio Dalla and Giorgio Gaber.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Lillehammer, Norway

With the Maihaugen postmark. Maihaugen is a large outdoor museum on the edge of Lillihammer featuring over 200 traditional buildings from as far back as the 1400's.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Milan, Italy

From Milan, with stamps commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Uffizi, the 20th anniversary of the Prosecco Protection Consortium, and the 100th anniversary of the Federation of Italian Philatelic Societies.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

TAAF 2020

Some of the latest TAAF stamps issued by La Poste. Not all of this year's January issues. Just the ones I liked. Particularly the engraved stamps. The Aurora Australis sheet and minerals pair have a varnish applied to give them a shine. The octopus and squid stamps are not my favorite but I like Pierre Denys de Montfort's giant octopus.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

More Brazilian Women Who Made History

Three more stamps featuring famous Brazilian women: Righteous Among the Nations Aracy de Carvalho Guimarães Rosa, women's rights advocate Maria da Penha and writer Carolina Maria de Jesus.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Berlin, Germany

Postmarked at the south-east Berlin postal center (Briefzentrum 12).

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Munich, Germany

This one was sent from a Deutsche Post philatelic shop in Munich. The "ps" in the top of the round Munich postmark in the middle of the cover stands for "Philatelie Shop". And then there is the rectangular philatelic shop postmark to the left of that one.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Canada's Chinese New Year Stamp Series

With this year's "Year of the Rat" issue comes the end of the current 12 year Chinese New Year series from Canada Post. I appreciate these souvenir sheets more now that I see them all together like this.

Both of this year's domestic and international rate stamps are embossed and feature foil stamping, although I don't think the domestic rate booklet stamps use foil. I haven't seen them yet. It is a wedding theme with the domestic rate stamp showing the bride being transported to the wedding. The international rate stamps shows the married couple together. The images are done in a folk art style knows as Chinese farmer or peasant painting.