Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The first one is a part of a set of two stamps issued on the 15th of April 2003. This is a joint issue between China and Iran. The stamp on the cover pictures the Mosque of Isfahan in Iran, which was built in 1621. The second stamp of the set (not on the cover) pictures the Bell Tower of Xi’an in China, that was built in 1384. Here it is.
The second and third stamps of the top row are a joint issue between Iran and Brazil. The stamps issued on the 15th of December 2002 celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations between both countries. The stamps picture Iranian and Brazilian ceramics. Once again, this is a Twin issue, since the Brazilian stamps have the same design and have been issued at the same date.
The large vertical stamp located on the left side of the second row has been issued on the 26th of November 2006 to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the foundation of BASIJ, a volunteer based paramilitary force.
The one located on its right was issued on the 4th if January 2006 to celebrate the Wheat self-sufficiency.
The two identical stamps are part of the definitive series from Iran, picturing butterflies. This one was issued in 2006 and pictures a white tiger (Danaus melanippus). I have already mentioned this series in a previous article.
And finally the last very large stamp was issued on the 20th of September 2006 to celebrate the 3rd meeting of the ECO postal administration (ECO meaning Economic Cooperation Organization). On the stamp are pictured the flags of the participating countries : Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The stamps of the set picture the following species :
- 11c : Heuglin’s robin (Cossypha heuglini euronota)
- 25c : Black-collared barbet (Lubius torquatus torquatus)
- 30c : Black-headed oriole (Oriolus larvatus larvatus)
- 50c : Kunichane thrush (Turdus libonyanus libonyanus)
These are birds species that can be found in this area of Africa. But what I found interesting in these stamps is the musical stave that you can find below the bird. I’m not really a musician, so I’m not able to decipher them, but I guess each stave represents the song of each bird. I think this is a nice idea ! This is the first (and I think the only one) time that I see the song of a bird, represented on a stamp.
Another thing to be noticed on those stamps is the margin. As you see, each stamp is attached to the border of the sheet, where you can find the head of an elephant. This symbol is extracted from Venda’s coat of arms that you can see below. I wonder if all stamps of the top row of the sheet do have an elephant head on the margin, or if there is one per sheet (as a printer mark) and I was lucky enough to get the four stamps with it… Does anybody know ?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
The postmark of the cover is also interesting : it bears a slogan that I understand as “For security use Fax and Burofax). A very clean postmark that does not actually cancel the stamps , by the way (it’s quite understandable, seeing the position of the stamps).
The second cover that I received is coming from Angel (thanks a lot).
The stamps of the cover have been issued on the 4th of July 2007 as an homage to the humanitarian and peace tasks carried out by the Spanish army all around the world. The stamp is devoted to the Armed Forces in Peace Missions, which act under the control of the UN. The stamp pictures the shoulders of uniformed soldiers. We can also see the famous blue cask, which is the symbol of these peace forces. And the earth glob symbolizes the fact that those forces may operate every where in the world.
(I’m having (once again) a three days weekend because of the Rugby World cup. I’m travelling to Edinburg to see New Zealand versus Scotland on Sunday. I’ll me back on my blog on Tuesday only. See you then.)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
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.
As those stamps were issued at the same time and with the same design they qualify as twin issue.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The two small stamps of the cover are issued from a definitive series started few years ago and picturing objects of daily life. The stamp on the right was issued in on the 31st of May 2005 and pictures an American toleware. The one on the left has been issued on the 16th of March 2007 and pictures a silver coffeepot. I rather like these stamps and also the other stamps of the series, they are quite simple and well designed.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
A legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was attacked and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.
The souvenir sheet pictures a rather impressive number of animals. I’m not going to list them all. Interestingly you can see that not all stamps do have the same size on the sheet.
Three other stamps have been issued together with this souvenir sheet, illustrating the three main missions of the park : tourism, research and conservation. Here are those three stamps, coming from the Namibian philatelic service website.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Last week I have received a mail from the Stamp Centre of New Zealand Post (I have subscribed to their newsletter after buying few stamps from their web site) announcing the issue of a set of Christmas stamps ! I thought I had fallen into a time hole, because speaking about Christmas early in September sounded a bit strange for me. What was even funnier is that in the mail, they say that “with Christmas just around the corner” (sic) we should hurry to buy the set of stamps. Wahoo. Christmas is around the corner and we are at the beginning of September ! May be I should think of writing my letter to Santa Claus already ;-)I decided anyway to have a look to this set of stamps, and I was quite pleased by what I saw. Here is a picture of the set of five stamps.
I rather like the idea of asking children to design stamps, when the subject is appropriate.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Some words about the stamps. The one on the right belongs to a series about famous people. In this series, started around 1993 I think, three stamps are issued each year. The one on the cover was issued on the 11th of February 2006 and pictures Adolfas Sapoka (1906-1961) a Lithuanian historian.
The stamp on the left belong to another series about Lithuanian churches. This one was issued on the 3rd of September 2005 and pictures the Vilnius Evangelical Lutheran Church that was founded in 1555.
The postmark from Pakruojis is very clean, even if a little bit heavy. A rather simple but nice cover at the end.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
In a previous article I mentioned the first stamp with a 3D effect issued by Italy in 1956. One of my readers was kind enough to send me a scan of this stamp (Thanks a lot !). Here it is.
Friday, September 07, 2007
The souvenir sheet contains four stamps and four labels. There are so many animals and plants pictured on the sheet that I’m not going to give you the complete list. Let’s just mention the one pictured on the stamps (from lowest to highest face value) :
- Ophrys holosericea : which is an orchid belonging to a group referred as the Bee orchids because the shape of their flowers looks like the furry body of bumble bees.
- Colias myrmidon, a butterfly and Anacamptis pyramidalis, an orchid whose flowers have a pyramidal shape
- Ophrys apifera : another orchid from the bee orchids group
- Coracias garrulous, a bird commonly known as the European roller and Gymnadenia densiflora another orchid type
I could not find out (yet) what frog species is pictured on the left bottom corner. But this nice souvenir sheet really gives a good idea of the high variety of the fauna and flora of this area.Thank you again Lenka for the information.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
It has been issued on the 2nd of July 2007. It pictures the façade of the Basilica of San Vincenzo in Galliano, Cantù, a church dating from the Early Middle Ages, consecrated in 1007. The stamp is self-adhesive and printed on a wooden sheet measuring 0.3 mm in thickness. The wood selected for this stamp is birch.
I was a bit disappointed because I think that the result is not so good. Or may be the stamp looks much better than on the scan.
Do you know any other wooden stamps ?
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
(I remember that when I was a kid I tried to watch a 3-D movie on TV using similar glasses. The problem is that it works well when you have well balanced eyes, which is not my case. My right eye is much much stronger than the other one. The result was that I saw the whole movie in blue !)
A question popped up to my mind : if you franked a cover with such a stamp, should you include the glasses in the letter, so that the receiver can enjoy the stamp ? Otherwise he will be disappointed to receive a letter with such a blurry stamp ;-)))
This is not the first stamp that is issued using this special effect. A pair of stamps issued by Italy in 1956 to commemorate the admission of Italy into the United Nations, used the same techniques. Unfortunately I could not find any decent scan of those stamps so I can not show them to you.
I’m thinking about writing an article about innovative stamp design. I’m trying to gather some interesting example of stamps that are different by their shape, the material used for their fabrication or by the special effect they include. If you have any interesting information about that I would be happy to hear from you.
Monday, September 03, 2007
As you see, the souvenir sheet pictures a photography from a rugby game. On the left bottom side you case see the emblem of CTT (the Portuguese post), and on the right side the emblem of the 2007 Rugby world cup.
The nickname of the Portuguese team is Os Lobos (the wolves), and they wear a red jersey with a green collar (we can see a part of it on the souvenir sheet and on the presentation pack). As I said this is their first participation to a rugby world cup. Most of the players are amateur, which contrasts with the other big teams where all players are now professional. Portugal rugby federation counts only 4300 members !