Friday, December 30, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
The Discovery of the Kerguelen Islands
There is usually a lot more to see on covers from the TAAF islands. Oh well. Both stamps are from 2022. The bottom stamp is one of the pair of annual TAAF mineral stamps. On this one is the mineral Serpentinite. And the top stamp commemorates the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Kerguelen Islands.
The 2023 TAAF stamps will be available soon. You can see them in the January 2023 edition of PhilInfo.
Friday, December 23, 2022
Merry Christmas from Finland
Christmas stamps from Finland featuring gingerbread coming to life. With nice Christmas postmarks from Helsinki.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Traditional Malaysian Cakes and Headwear
Monday, December 19, 2022
North Pole, Alaska
Recent US space stamps on a cover from North Pole Alaska. Located just outside Fairbanks, North Pole is apparently known for year-round Christmas decorations but I'm sure there is more going on there than just 24/7 Christmas celebrations. Looking at the weather in North Pole AK this morning (19 December at 9AM) it is -39C. That's pretty cold for this time of year, even for central Alaska.
The stamps on the right are Moon Landing anniversary stamps from 2019. And on the lower left is the Eclipse stamp from 2017. That's the one with thermochromic ink. If you put your finger over the blacked-out moon for a few seconds the ink fades and you can see the moon beneath it.
Friday, December 16, 2022
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Greetings from Sweden
Greeting stamps from Sjöbo Sweden. The stamps are coil stamps from 2019 that were part of a set that don't commemorate anything. They're just stamps for sending mail. The stamp with the rings was probably meant for wedding invitations. I'm not sure about the clouds. Expressing condolences perhaps.
Monday, December 12, 2022
The Queen's 90th Birthday, UK
Another padded envelope, this time from the UK with "North & West Yorksire" postmarks. However the souvenir sheet, issued in 2016 to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday, is also first-day postmarked with a postmark that was sponsored by the Royal Mint (not the official Royal Mail FD postmark). But that postmark was not applied to the envelope. And it does not look like the stamp sheet was previously used as there are still areas of undisturbed gum on the back of it. I think that postmark was applied to the sheet in the past, cancelled to order, and the sheet was eventually used on this cover. Previously postmarked stamps were used to mail this envelope.
After 31 January 2023 the machin stamps on the right will no longer be valid for postage as the Royal Mail are moving to barcoded stamps. So this is likely the last time I will see those stamps on a cover from the UK.
Friday, December 9, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Christmas Island, Nova Scotia
Christmas postmarks from Christmas Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. Christmas Island is a small community on Cape Breton Island and not actually an island itself although it's name is connected to a small island (known as Christmas Island) that is within the boundary of the municipality. I try to acquire postmarks from this post office every year.
Monday, December 5, 2022
Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany
Friday, December 2, 2022
Dawson City, Yukon Territory
New postmark? Maybe. Certainly new to me. Dawson City was known for being at the center of the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890's. With over 1500 residents it is currently the second largest town in Yukon Territory. The stamp commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Summit Series which was an eight game hockey series played between Canada and the Soviet Union in 1972. Canada won.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Winsen an der Aller, Germany
Monday, November 28, 2022
Posthorn Anniversary Specimen
I got this in the mail the other day from Norway Post. In the past I've received Christmas postcards and year-end greetings from postal administrations I have purchased stamps from online. Countries like Sweden and Luxembourg come to mind. But this one from Norway is a little different from what I usually receive.
Friday, November 25, 2022
A 2022 Baden Misprint stamp from Germany. This one is a single stamps from a sheet. Not the souvenir sheet that I received earlier this month. It's postmarked with a lovely Munich "Victory Gate" postmark.
Monday, November 21, 2022
Merry Christmas from Austria
Friday, November 18, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
The Baden Misprint, Germany FDC
First day cover postmarked in Bonn. The 2022 stamp sheet commemorates a very famous and rare stamp error from 1851. The first postage stamps issued by the German state of Baden on 1 May 1851 included a 9 kreuzer green stamp that was supposed to be printed on pink paper. The green was meant to be used for 6 kreuzer stamps. There are only five known examples in existence. Only one copy is unused and was last sold at auction for over €1.3 million.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Andorra la Vella
Friday, November 11, 2022
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Borgo Maggiore, San Marino
Monday, November 7, 2022
Norway Posthorn stamps: 150th Anniversary
Friday, November 4, 2022
Independence of India 75th anniversary
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
World Post Day FDC, Algeria
Monday, October 31, 2022
Minerals from Yokohama
A pearl and red beryl. These are self-adhesive stamps from a sheet of 10 that was issued in February of 2022. The margin from around the stamps was added to the left of the envelope. The address on this envelope was so perfectly written that it actually looked computer generated. Took me a moment to realize it was hand written.
Friday, October 28, 2022
James Webb Space Telescope FDC, USA
Launched on 25 December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope obits the Sun approximately 1.5 million kms from the Earth. It uses it's large mirror array to capture visible to infra-red light allowing it to see further into space than any telescope before it.
On the envelope above I used a NASA image of the assembled system at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Redondo Beach, California. And on the larger envelope below I added the official mission logo.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Monday, October 24, 2022
2012 Olympic Games from Ahmedebad, India
Friday, October 21, 2022
Evansburg, Alberta. Canada
Evansburg is a small town in central Alberta, west of Edmonton. Just a piece of recent domestic mail with lots of older stamps on it. From 1975, Alphonse Desjardins, co-founder of what is now the financial services co-op known as The Desjardins Group. And below those a stamp from 1995 that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the UN. And on the right is a 1974 block titled "Indians of the Pacific Coast".
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Solidarity with the Ukrainian People, Portugal FDC
The stamp shouldn't need much explanation. Any time I see blue and yellow now I think of Ukraine. And wheat on the first-day postmark: that reminds of Ukraine too. I believe money from the sale of this stamp in some way goes to aiding the people of Ukraine.
Monday, October 17, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Stathelle is a small town in the south of Norway. The postmark on this interesting cover was for a collector's fair in Stathelle that was held a couple of weeks ago on 25 September 2022.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Pony Cars FDC
A pair of stamps from a recent USPS issue featuring "Pony Cars": compact American sports cars. A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is on the right and a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT is on the left. An updated version of the Challenger has been in production for a few years now. The 1980's were not kind to the Cougar. It became less sporty and was sometimes offered as a 4-door sedan or station wagon. The third stamp on this cover is a 1982 stamp that pays tribute to America's elderly population. An interesting choice to go along with stamps featuring old cars.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
This was sent to me from the village of Colnago in the municipality of Cornate d'Adda north east of Milan. Set of four stamps from 2010 featuring tourist destination in Italy. From right to left, the Termiti islands, the town of Viggiano, the town of Courmayeur and the town of Todi. Nice choice of stamps. Colourful and tidy.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Île Tromelin, TAAF
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Stanley, Falkland Islands
The stamps from 2021 feature paintings of settlements in the Falklands painted by Mike Peake. Port Louis on the left and Port Howard on the right.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Minerals from Fukushima, Japan
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Monaco's former brewery
The SEPAC theme for 2022 is local beverages. This stamp shows the former brewery in Monaco's Fontvieille district which operated from 1905 to 1972. Postmarked by the Monaco philatelic agency OETP (Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste). There is also a Monte Carlo postmark on the back.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Discovery of Antarctica, Portugal
It took centuries to fully "find" Antarctica. Some places were even discovered multiple times and given different names due to the poor accuracy of navigational instrumentation at the time. GPS would have helped. And a way to share information, like the internet.
Thank you Pedro for this excellent cover!
Friday, August 26, 2022
Pope Francis visits Canada, Vatican City
When I sent this to the Vatican post office I requested some nice postmarks. And that's what I got. The postmark commemorates Pope Francis' recent visit to Canada July 24-30. The stamp on the left commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security (in 2020). In the middle is a 2022 stamp that commemorates the 1900th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Marcian. And on the right from 2021, the 150th anniversary of the Congregation of Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception.