Thursday, September 20, 2007

Postcrossing postcard from Estonia

Few months ago, I have discovered the joy of Postcrossing. Postcrossing is a project that helps to get postcards from all over the world. There is no admission fee, the only condition to get a postcard is to send one ! Which is rather fair. The positive thing is that there is a huge number of members, giving you the opportunity to get cards form a high variety of countries. The less positive thing is that you can not influence the choice of the country from where you’ll get the card. This is the system that decides for you.I was already able to get some very nice postcards from Iceland, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary. Today I have chosen to show you the one I got from Estonia. First here is the card.

The card pictures a view of Tartu, which is the second largest city of Estonia. It is sometimes considered as a cultural hub, in contrast with Tallinn, the political and financial capital. The two small photos embedded in the card picture the town hall, built in 1789, and the Angel’s bridge, built in the 19th century and renovated in 1913. The local tradition says that when you cross this bridge you should hold your breath and make a wish ! Now let’s have a look to the other side of the card.

The stamp used on the postcard has been issued on the 25th of October 2000. It is a part of a set of two stamps about Lake Peipsi. This lake, located one the border between Estonia and Russia is the fourth largest lake in Europe. This lake is the habitat of 37 different species of fish. The stamp of the card pictures two of these species : the smelt (Osmerus eperlanus spirinchus) and the European lake whitefish (Coregonus albula). Both stamps have been issued se tenant, together with a label. Here is the full set.

The second stamp pictures two other species of fish : the pike perch (Stizostedion lucioperka) and the lavaret (Coregonus lavaretus manaenoides). The label pictures a map of the lake and the coats of arms of Estonia and Russia. In fact this issue was a joint issue between Russia and Estonia. On its side, Russia has issued the following strip of stamps.

As you see, the design is exactly the same. The only difference being the size of the stamps (the Russian ones are larger) and the order of the stamp in the strip.
As those stamps were issued at the same time and with the same design they qualify as twin issue.
The other cards that I got so far through Postcrossing gave me as much pleasure as this one, trying to get info about the place they picture and about the stamp(s) they bear. A very nice experience.

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