From left to right, one stamp from a 2019 set of three stamps commemorating the centenary of the Latvian Armed Forces, one stamp from a 2019 pair commemorating the centenary of the University of Latvia, a water lily stamp from 2016 and at the bottom a one cent definitive showing a common daisy.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Monday, August 28, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
Two stamps showing fall scenes, first-day postmarked in central Tokyo on 9 August 2023. The stamps are from a pair of sheets, each with 10 different stamp designs. Some have animals. The FD postmark on the right with an image of a deer is machine stamped. The one on the left with the cute little chipmunk is hand stamped.
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Some older stamps on this cover from Hidaka. From left to right, cherries from Yamagata prefecture from 1999, the 50th anniversary of the Public Welfare Commission from 1967, and the 100th anniversary of the start of the Meiji Era from 1968.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Monday, August 21, 2023
An idiom is a phrase in which the literal meaning is not the same as the figurative meaning. The Chinese language is ripe with idioms with ancient origins. They are known as chengyu and usually consist of four characters. The stamps on this cover are from the third series of "Stories of Idioms" stamps from China showcasing just a few classic Chinese idioms.
- 铁杵成针 Grind an iron rod into a needle : as long as people work hard, they will be successful
- 程门立雪 Cheng Men Lixue. Stand in the snow and wait upon master Cheng respectfully: have respect for teachers, teaching and studying
- 孺子可教 The child is worth teaching
- 韦编三绝 Wei Bian Sanjue. Leather straps used to bind bamboo strips break three times : Confucius read the "Book of Changes" so many times that the bindings fell apart. And yet he still felt it would take several years to master the magic of the book. Another example of persistence and learning.
Friday, August 18, 2023
Gundam themed manhole covers are new. but anime inspired manhole covers have been popular in Japan for a while now. There are Pokemon themed covers in cities across the country and finding them, photographing them, getting a card hand-stamped with a stamp from a nearby stamping station, is a hobbyist thing in Japan. An "otaku" thing.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Monday, August 14, 2023
The 74 inch reflector telescope at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill Ontario was, for a brief time, the second largest telescope in the world and is still the largest telescope in Canada. The observatory went into service in 1935 and was operated by the University of Toronto until 2008. The City of Richmond Hill maintains the site now, mostly for it's historical significance. Light pollution from encroaching urban sprawl put an end to scientific research at the observatory a long time ago. Today there are homes within 200m of the telescope.
Friday, August 11, 2023
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Monday, August 7, 2023
These stamps are from a sheet of ten that show an animal delivering a letter to another animal, and then that animal turning around and delivering it to another animal... and so on. Very cute.