Tuesday, December 04, 2007

My first cover from Algeria

Yes I’m glad today to show you the fist cover I received from Algeria. And as you’ll see it bears a lot of stamps. Here it is, a registered cover sent by Abdel.

An interesting number of fauna and flora stamps, exactly what I like ! And inside the cover there was some mint fauna stamps that I will may be show you in a future post. But let’s speak about the stamps of this cover.
The stamp on the right top corner was issued on the 25th of January 2006. It belongs to a set of four stamps about wading birds. This one pictures a Common crane (Grus grus). The stamp below was issued on the 17th of March 1999 and belongs to a set of three stamps picturing flowering trees. This stamp pictures an orange tree.
The stamp located on the left of the crane stamp was issued on the 24th of January 2001. It belongs to a series about birds that was started in 1998. This stamp pictures a Greylag goose (Anser anser). Just below, the stamp picturing a cheetah was issued on the 20th of July 2005 in a set of two dedicated to the Cheetah of the Tassili.
The stamps located below the cheetah stamp is part of the definitive series about roses. This one was issued on the 7th of September 2004 and pictures a Rosa odorata.
Finally the last stamp, the one you can see three times on the cover, was issued on the 10th of April 2007 and pictures Cheikh Mohamed Ameziane Belhaddad (~1790-1873) one of the main leaders who has taken a big part to the fight against French occupation.

As you see the postmarks on the stamps are a bit heavy, but not too much. Interestingly they are of a blue color and not the more traditional black one.
I really don’t know much about the philately of Algeria, so I’m really happy to e able to add this letter to my collection of worldwide covers !

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