Friday, March 31, 2023

Fa'a'ā, French Polynesia

From the philatelic bureau in Fa'a'ā on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. French Polynesia is an Overseas Country of France consisting of 121 islands that are home to more than 275000 people. I'm not sure what the exact difference is between an overseas country and an overseas territory but it seems to imply a higher level of autonomy. 

The stamps from 2022 are plants endemic to French Polynesia. On the left is "Pacifigeron rapensis" and on the right "Erythrina tahitensis".

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Registered Mail from Singapore

No postmarks on this registered letter from Singapore. The envelope was from a 1991 philatelic presentation pack for a set of stamps about the history of civil aviation. The envelope has a nice weight to it. The group of four stamps at the top are 2000 Year of the Dragon stamps. Bottom right is a 1999 "Economic Progress" stamp from the "20th century in retrospective" stamp sheet. And next to that is a low value definitive.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Pordenone, Italy

Postmarked in Pordenone at the post office on via Santa Caterina. A pair of stamps from 2020. The stamp on the left depicts Tuscany's Etruscan Coast. The Etruscans were an ancient pre-Roman Italian civilization and the Etruscan Coast is a strip of the western Etruscan coastline that is now part of Tuscany, stretching from Livorno to Piombino. The stamp on the right commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Financial Guards Alpine school in Predazzo. The Italian Financial Guards are a militarized police force that deals with financial crimes, customs and border patrol.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Congratulations from Austria, FDC

First-day postmarked in Vienna. The stamp on the right is a 2023 "Congratulations" stamp. On the left is a black deadly nightshade loyalty stamp from 2022 next to a low value definitive.


Friday, March 24, 2023

Year of the Rabbit, Japan

Very cute Lunar New Year sheet from Taisha-cho which I believe is a district of the city of Mishima, Japan. The pictorial postmark shows the Mishima Taisha shrine in the city of Mishima with Mount Fuji in the background.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Hawker ACT, Australia

Hawker is a suburb of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory named after Australian member of parliament Charles Hawker. Not to be confused with the town of Hawker in South Australia named after Australian settler and politician George Hawker: Charles Hawker's grandfather.

The two stamps on the left are from a sport stadium series in 2022: the Anna Meares Velodrome on the top and an upside down Adelaide Oval on the bottom. In the middle are a pair of Rottnest Island definitives from 2007. And the 2022 stamp on the right commemorates 50 years since Australia became the first country to mandate compulsory seatbelt use in the front and back seats of a vehicle.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Marsa, Malta

A random set of stamps from Malta. On the left, a 2013 stamps showing an old airport bus in use during the 1950's and 60's. In the middle, a 2022 Europa Myths and Legends stamp based on the myth of Odysseus and Calypso. And on the right, a 2004 stamp depicting an early 20th century tram in Malta.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Year of the Rabbit FDC, USA

With a first day postmark from San Francisco. The stamps on the right are a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT from the 2022 Pony Car stamp series and a 1989 "Walk on the Water" steamboat stamp. It was the first steamboat to operate on Lake Erie.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Czesław Słania's 70th birthday, Sweden

Some older stamps on the front and back of this cover from Sweden and possibly posted from one of Postnord's processing facilities. I believe this is a philatelic postmark. It is clearly handstamped and not machine cancelled. The large stamp on the right is from a 1991 sheet that commemorates the 70th birth anniversary of famous stamp engraver Czesław Słania.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Roserio, Italy

Half a postmark. A bit of a challenge. The clue was CMP which is an acronym for Centro di Meccanizzazione Postale: a sorting center. So I just had to find a sorting center with a name that ended in "serio". This mail was processed at the Milano Roserio CMP in the district of Roserio on the north western edge of the city of Milan. The stamp on the left is from a 2022 Philately Day set with the theme "go back to writing". And on the right, a stamp from 2019 commemorating the "80th Anniversary of the National Fire Brigade".

Monday, March 6, 2023

Martyrs Without Graves, Algeria FDC

The stamp on the right is dedicated to those who perished during the Algerian Revolution. And the stamp on the left from 2018 depicts one of Algeria's revolutionary Martyrs: Mourad Didouche. He died 18 January 1955 at the Battle of Douar Souadek.