Monday, July 09, 2007

The new seven world wonders

You may have heard about this recent election that took place on the internet, asking everybody to vote for the “new” seven world wonders. I don’t know who was behind this initiative, that I found quite funny, even if not completely necessary. This election has triggered a lot of controversy, one example being Egypt that requested the big Pyramids of Giza to be removed from the candidate list, arguing that they are the only remaining original world wonder still existing so they could not be part of this new election. Anyway the vote has taken place and the results were announced on the 7th of July 2007 (07/07/07 a nice date for postmark on cover, isn’t it ?).

And the winners are :
- Chichén Itza in Mexico
- The Christ redeemer in Brazil
- The great wall in China
- The Machu Pichu in Peru
- Petra in Jordan
- The coliseum in Rome, Italy
- The Taj Mahal in India

I’m quite happy that the Taj Mahal is part of the list !
As a game I decided to try to find stamps picturing these seven new world wonders. Even more complex, when there are several stamps, to try to find the oldest one, picturing the place. The challenge is started, I’ll let you know about the results. If you want to help, you are welcome.

To illustrate this post I have chosen a stamp picturing the Taj Mahal

This set of stamp (and label) was issued on the 3rd of July 1992 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Russian painter Vassily Vereshchagin (1842-1904). This is surely not the oldest stamp picturing the Taj Mahal, I’ll have to work a bit to find what is the oldest… Give me few days and I’ll come back on this subject.
And what about the original seven world wonders ? Anybody is able to provide the list ? And is there any stamp issue about them ?

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