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.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Saronno, Italy

In the middle, Cioccolato di Modica IGP.  Modica chocolate is made following an ancient recipe giving it a unique flavor and texture. And on the right, a stamp commemorating the 900th anniversary of the death of Blessed Gerard, the founder of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Gothenburg 400th Anniversary

 Stamps from a recent Swedish booklet commemorating the 400th anniversary of the city of Gottenburg.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Trigny, France

Stamps from a booklet issued in France last year, thanking and honouring the heroes of the health crisis. Trigny is a small commune in Marne in north-eastern France. It's a few kms north-west of Reims.


Monday, May 31, 2021

Zagreb, Croatia

Manor houses of Croatia (2019). From left to right: baron Vrkljan's classicist manor house Januševec, the neo-renaissance manor house Lovrečina, count Oršić's Baroque manor house in Gornja Bistra and baron Rauch's baroque manor house Lužnica.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Centenary Of The League Of Combatants, Portugal

Started in 1921 and formally recognized in 1924, the Liga dos Combatentes is a war veterans organization. It honours those who gave their life for Portugal. Gives dignity to those who fought and survived. The organization also seeks to preserve the memory of the sacrifices made. All for the good of the veterans and their country.

On the left is the Chapterhouse (Sala do Capitulo) at Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro da Batalha) which houses the Portuguese Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where two unknown soldiers from the First World War are entombed. And on the right, the victory parade in Paris at the end of the war.

Thank You for the cover Pedro.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Legend of King Arthur

Stamps from Royal Mail's "The Legend of King Arthur" series : Arthur takes Excalibur on the left and marries Guinevere on the right. Cancelled at the London Special Handstamp Centre. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Padova, Italy

 Two stamps from 2017 commemorating the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Perseverance on Mars

Perseverance landed on Mars on 18 February 2021. The postmark even has a little image of the robotic helicopter Ingenuity in the upper right corner which completed its second successful flight yesterday.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Campbelltown, Australia

From left to right: Rymill's de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth from the AAT 1973 Antarctic Wildlife and Aircraft definitive series, the 40c Christmas Island Christmas stamp from 1994 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from the 2011 Air Force Aviation series.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 The USPS has been issuing "Love" stamps since 1973.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hamburg to The Falkland Islands

This German postmark commemorates Lufthansa flight LH2574 from Hamburg to the Falkland Islands on 1 Feb 2021. It was a record breaking flight for Lufthansa: over 15.5 hours and 7339 nautical miles. On-board were 92 passengers destined for Neumayer Station via MV Polarstern which was docked in Stanley. 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Canada's free prepaid postcards

This is the postage-paid postcard that came in my mail last week. Canada Post distributed 13.5 million postcards to Canadian households as part of a campaign to get us to write letters to one another. I'm not sure if the campaign actually has a name. There are six different designs out there. Free to mail anywhere in Canada.

I was expecting something more like a postcard. Instead this was just a folded piece of heavy paper with one side being the detachable postcard. I wonder how many of these were recycled with the rest of the junk mail.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Japanese self-adhesive stamps

I was soaking some Japanese kiloware the other day and I was really impressed with how easily they all came off the paper. Particularly the self-adhesive stamps. I've removed self-adhesive stamps from Japan from paper before but never enough of them to really appreciate how well designed they are.

The adhesive layer is separate from the face layer of the stamp and the two are bonded together with  a water-soluble adhesive. The only reason I can think of for designing the stamps this way is so collectors can easily remove them from their sticky backing. It took no more effort to remove these stamps from paper as it did to remove the non self-adhesive stamps. They came off beautifully every time. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

USA Winter Scenes

FDC postmarked in Winter Park Florida: a small city just north of Orlando. The Winter Scenes Blue jay stamp is on the left. The middle stamp with bio-luminescent mushrooms is from 2018. They don't glow in the dark or glow under UV. Not magic mushrooms. Just shinny. And the stamp on the right is from a 1975 set that commemorates 200 years of postal services in the United States.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Snow Mammals of Canada

Recent issue from Canada Post. These are animals found in Canada's arctic regions and all have fur that changes white during the winter months. From left to right, Peary caribou, Ermine, snowshoe hare, northern collared lemming and Arctic fox. Under UV light the animal's footprints are visible on each stamp.

Thursday, February 25, 2021


ECOPOLARIS is a GREA (Groupe de Recherche en Ecologie Arctique) expedition to study Arctic ecosystems. GREA have been conduction Arctic expeditions since the 1970's. To help fund their missions they produce envelopes like this one and for a fee will have them sent to you from the expedition, decorated with signatures of expedition members.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Mariehamn, Åland

Sailing ships. From left to right, the brig Altai, the full-rigged clipper Mermerus and the 4-masted barque Viking.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Ahmedabad, India

Commemorating diplomatic relations between India and the Philippines. On the left, Ganges River Dolphins and on the right, Butanding or Whale Sharks.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Algiers, Algeria

On the left, centenary of the birth of Algerian musician Cheikh Abdelkrim Dali. On the right, famous Algerian-Lebanese singer Warda Al-Jazairia.