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.