Monday, July 21, 2008

Two covers from Nepal

I have received at the same time two different covers from Nepal, sent by two different persons, and they appear to have a link together. This is a funny coincidence. Here is cover #1, this is a registered one. I show you the recto and the verso because both sides bear some stamps.

Here is cover #2.

The link between both covers ? In fact the two stamps picturing a mountain belong to the same set. This is a set issued on the 9th of May 2006. The stamp on cover #1 commemorates the golden jubilee of the first ascent of Mount Manaslu whereas the stamp on cover #2 commemorate the golden jubilee of the first ascent of Mount Lhotse.
Mount Lhotse, which is located between Nepal and Tibet, in the shadow of Everest, has a height of 8516 meters and is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Its first ascent was made by two Swiss mountaineers, Fritz Luchsinger (1921-1983) and Ernst Reiss (1920-), on the 18th of May 1956.
Mount Manaslu, located in Nepal, is 8163 meters high, which corresponds to the eighth highest peak in the word. Its first ascent was made by a Japanese mountaineer Toshio Imanishi on the 9th of May 1956 (9th of May is an interesting day for me since it is my birthday… ok, ok… in 1956 I was not yet born !)
The sender of cover #2 is collecting all philatelic items related to the mount Everest and its ascent. If you have any unusual item related to it (he has already an impressive collection) then just let me know. I will establish the contact between both of you.

The other stamp on cover #1, the large one, was issued on the 22nd of October 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the UN. During the closing days of the Second World War, representatives of 51 nations attended the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco and signed the UN Charter. This event brought the Organization into existence on 24 October 1945, the day now known as United Nations Day.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of UN, in November 1995, a UN flag was carried into outer space by the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, to salute United Nations work for the peaceful uses of outer space.

And finally the last stamp of cover #2 belongs to a set issued on the 12th of June 2006 and dedicated to bio-diversity. This set contains four stamps, I have already written about it in
a previous post.
The stamp pictures a Kaiser-I-Hind (Teinopalpus imperialis, Hope 1843) which is a rare species of swallowtail butterfly native to India. Its common name means Emperor of India. This butterfly is endangered because much sought after by butterfly collectors for its beauty and rarity.

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