Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Return of Okinawa, 50th Anniversary FDC Japan

From Yokohama, Japan. The stamps are from a set of five marking the 50th anniversary of the return of Okinawa to Japanese control. The stamp on the left represents the culture and entertainment of Okinawa and the stamp on the right represents its history. The US occupied the islands after the end of the Second World War and maintained control of them until 15 May 1972.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Hong Kong

From the Hong Kong town of Ma On Shan. The stamp on the left shows the small island Po Pin Chau on the eastern edge of Hong Kong. And the two on the right are 2022 stamps from a set commemorating the third anniversary of the ambitious Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Outline Development Plan. The goal is to integrate these cities around the bay into one large business hub. The area already accounts from something like 12% of China's GDP and 37% of the country's exports.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

From Somewhere in Greece

I know it's from somewhere near Athens but I can't make out the postmark to know exactly. The stamp on the left is a Dusky Grouper from 2012 and on the right is an anti-bullying stamp from 2020. I believe this one specifically deals with social isolation.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Ernest Shackleton Postmark

From Germany. The postmark commemorates Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton died of a heart attack on 5 January 1922 in South Georgia at the start of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition. The stamp on this cover was issued in 2001 and shows an image of the RV Polarstern: Germany's polar research vessel.


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Polar Lights FDC, Germany

FDC postmark on a Polar Lights stamp from Germany. Specifically the Northern Lights over Lofoten, Norway. It is the latest stamp in a series that feature celestial events. The 5c definitives on the left are waterlilies but if you look closely you'll notice the flowers are actually made of letters and pencils. Smart. All are 2022 stamps with new matrix codes.

Friday, April 29, 2022

TAAF, Martin-De-Vives

I'm pretty sure I sent this to the Crozet Islands but it came back from St Paul. The stamp at the top shows the Meurthe at Crozet Island so I'm pretty sure I would have sent this there. No matter. Came back intact. Signed by the station postmaster Christophe Bouchet. Also stamped by Romane Nespoulet who mentions her stamp in her blog.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

100th Anniversary of the Birth of Yun Yong-ha

 A nice first day cover from South Korea celebrating the birth anniversary of composer Yun Yong-ha.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Christmas in Whanganui, New Zealand

 A selection of New Zealand Christmas stamps from Whanganui, New Zealand. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Vieux-Port De Montréal, Canada

A postmark from Montreal showing the Montreal Clock Tower and Jacques Cartier Bridge as they would be seen from the Quai de l'Horloge in the Old Port of Montreal. The old port was an active industrial port in Montreal from as early as 1611 up until 1976. Now it is used for recreational purposes and is a major tourist attraction in the city of Montreal.


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Stone Chickens from Austria FDC

The stamp on the right has a pair of Steinhendl (Stone Chickens) on it, cancelled with a first-day postmark. Steinhendl is an old breed of chicken that used to be found on farms in the Eastern Alps but it is nearly extinct today. The Stone chicken is a good flyer and I guess it makes more sense to raise chickens that can't easily get away.

As much as I liked the chicken stamp I found the stamp on the left equally interesting. The watercolour artwork is a Black deadly nightshade by Brigitte Heiden. It's a loyalty stamp, not available for general sale and only available to Austrian Post stamp subscribers. It took a bit of Googling to figure that out. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Brazilian Anurans

Anurans: frogs and toads. These three stamps are from a set of five issued in Brazil in 2021. From top to bottom: a Striped tree frog, a Manaus slender-legged tree frog, and a Monkey tree frog.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Concordia Station via Dumont D'Urville, TAAF

I always receive nice covers back from Concordia Station. This one is signed by expedition leader Rocco Ascione of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). The base is operated jointly by France and Italy.

Friday, April 8, 2022

USA Year of the Tiger FDC

Not only does this cover feature a USPS digital color postmark but the two stamps on the right are not die-cut. USPS have been making press sheets of self-adhesive commemorate stamps available without die-cuts for collectors but apparently they sell out quickly.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Beneficial Insects of Brazil

Three stamps from a set of six issued by Correios in December of 2021. Each stamp represents a group of beneficial insects using watercolour and coloured pencil artwork. From top to bottom: bees, dragonflies and praying mantis.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Taguig, Philippines

From the City of Taguig which is part of the Manilla metropolitan area. The stamps were a 2019 joint issue with Singapore celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. On the right is a Common rose butterfly which is the national butterfly of Singapore. And on the left a Luzon lacewing butterfly which is endemic to the Philippines. The stamp values and "Philippines" are printed in red foil. The stamps are much nicer than they appear in this scan.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Le Bardo, Tunisia

From the Tunisian city of Bardo which is just west of Tunis. From left to right: a 2021 stamp commemorating the 70th anniversary of the daily Tunisian newspaper Assabah, a Kélibia Fort stamp from a 2021 set of stamps showing forts of Tunisia, and a 2018 stamp commemorating the 70th anniversary of the National Organization of Tunisian Childhood. And the little stamp from 2002 in the top right shows a  Mouflon from the Tunisian islands of Zembra and Zembretta

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Padova, Italy

A Mickey Mouse 90th anniversary stamp from 2017 and a 2016 "Made in Italy" stamp representing the DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) wines of the Colli di Conegliano region.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Titanic Centenary stamps from Åland

A gutter pair of 2012 stamps issued by Åland post commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Sjöbo, Sweden

The stamp on the right is from a 2014 booklet commemorating 1000 years of church art in Sweden. And the 2007 coil stamp on the left shows Linnaea borealis: a small flowering plant that grows in the boreal and subarctic regions.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Israeli Cacti FDC

Set of five stamps issued last month showing cacti found in Israel. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Biella, Italy

From the city of Biella in northern Italy. A 2020 Europa stamp in the middle. The theme was ancient postal routes. And on the right is a stamp for the "International Year of Plant Health 2020" which was a UN thing to raise awareness about the importance of plants.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Marsa, Malta

Stamps from left to right are an "Occasions" stamp from 2010, a definitive stamp from 2009 and a Healthcare Heroes stamp from 2021. Marsa sits a short distance southwest of Valletta at the end of Malta's Grand Harbour.

Monday, February 28, 2022

RRS Sir David Attenborough

From the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera research station and carried aboard the RRS Sir David Attenborough (the ship pictued on the stamp). This is the first season in the Antarctic for this vessel.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Royal Visit to Cocos Keeling Islands

The 2004 souvenir sheet on this cover from Adelaide Australia commemorates a visit to the Cocos Keeling Islands by Queen Elizabeth in 1954. The islands were transferred to Australia from the UK in 1955. Google street view has fairly good coverage of the islands which surprised me. The population of the two main islands is around 600 which is quite a few more than I thought it would be.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Buenos Aires, Argentina

From Buenos Aires. A 2020 Year of the Rat souvenir sheet on the right. On the left, a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Adrienne Bolland's flight over the Andes Mountains. She was the first woman to do so in 1921. And below that is a stamp from a 2019 sheet about dance in Argentina.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Fairfield Heights, Australia

From the Sydney suburb of Fairfield Height. Lots of stamps on this little cover. Clockwise from top left:

  • Aboriginal Crafts stamp from 1987 with a basket weave pattern from Queensland.
  • Complete strip of 1980 Nation Stamp Week stamps.  
  • Pair of "Waltzing Matilda" Folklore stamps from 1980. 
  • Bush Ballad "Clancy of the Overlow" (1889 poem by Banjo Patterson) stamp from 2014. 
  • A 2014 special occasions map stamp that could have been paired with a label in a special souvenir sheet. 
  • Pale triangle butterfly stamp from 2016.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

India-Mexico Diplomatic Relations

From Ahmedabad, India. The top half of a souvenir sheet from 2010. It is a joint issue with Mexico that commemorated 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Chișinău, Moldova

From Chișinău, the capital city of Moldova. The stamp on the left is a Moldovan cheese and dill pie from a series about traditional foods. The stamps on the left are from a series about the months of the year as they relate to farming and agriculture.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

John Lennon in New York from Brazil

John Lennon stamps from Brazil featuring an apparently well-known photo of Lennon taken by rock photographer Bob Gruen in 1974. The stamps were issued in January of 2021 to correspond with an exhibition at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo featuring photos of Lennon from Gruen's 2005 book "John Lennon: The New York Years".

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

TAAF, Port-Aux-Francais

From the Kerguelen Islands. Postmarked a few days after the arrival of the Marion Dufresne and the start of the summer season. The stamp in the corner shows a visit to one of the radio relays used for  communications between research teams on the island and the station.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Russian Knights and Swifts, FDC

Stamps commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Russian Aerobatic Aviation Groups "Knights" and "Swifts". The Russian Knights formed on 5 April 1991 and currently fly eight Sukhoi Su-30s. (stamp on the left). The Swifts formed on 6 May 1991 and fly six MiG-29s (stamp on the right).

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Northern Lights in Finland

The stamp on the left is the 2017 Europa "castles" issue.  And on the right is the Northern Lights stamp from 2021.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

TAAF, Martin-de-Vives

From the St Paul and Amsterdam Islands in the southern Indian Ocean.  This was postmarked a couple weeks after the station hand-off from the winter crew to the summer crew. A few cachets covering the back of the envelope. I don't always get TAAF covers with this many cachets. Station activities are documented in their blog.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Amersfoort, Netherlands

From left to right, a 1993 stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wageningen University & Research which specializes in life sciences and agriculture, a moth from the Duin en Kruidberg nature reserve 2021 Experience Nature stamp sheet, a dragonfly from the Haarzuilens Country Estate 2021 Experience Nature stamp sheet, and a porpoise stamp from an Endangered Species set issued in 1985.


Saturday, January 8, 2022

Shanghai, China

The stamps on the left are from a 2015 set commemorating the 70th anniversary of China's victory against Japan during World War II. The the two on the right are 2021 Year of the Ox New Years stamps.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Neubrandenburg, Germany

 Processed through the mail center in Neubrandenbug, in the northeast corner of Germany.