Friday, December 30, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
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
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
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
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
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
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
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
Friday, December 2, 2022
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.