Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
As you can see on the right border, the postcard is franked with a stamp attached to two labels. This set is a part of a souvenir sheet that I have already mentioned some months ago in my blog. The stamp pictures a couple of kingfishers (Alcedo athis), while the upper label pictures a set of Greylag gooses (Anser anser).
As you can imagine I’m particularly interested in the bottom label that pictures a couple of Green frogs (Rana esculenta, which is now called Pelohylas kl esculentus). This species of frog is also called commonly the Edible frog because it is the type of frogs that is used for food, as in France, where frog’s legs is a famous meal (By the way French people have the reputation to eat frogs, mainly among English people, but I must say two things : first we are not the only ones, I saw frog’s legs served in a Chinese restaurant in Shanghai, and secondly this is not so common to eat frogs in France !).
What is interesting on this label is that the male is pictured with its two vocal sacs inflated : such vocal sacs are present in almost all frogs species. It is used by males to emit a sound to attract the females. Sometimes the vocal sac is unique and located under the head, but for the Green frog there are two small sacs located on both sides of the head.
There are no so many stamps that picture a frog with inflated vocal sacs, even though this is a very specific characteristic of this animal.
The other stamp located on the card is part of a souvenir sheet issued on the 19th of June 2002 and picturing endangered butterflies species. Here is a picture (I know, it is small, I did not find a bigger one, sorry) of the sheet.
The stamp on the card pictures the scarce Large Blue butterfly (Maculinea teleius).
Also to be noted, the very nice postmark from Praga 2008, a philatelic exhibition that was held in Prague from the 12th to the 14th of September 2008. If you want to know more about this event, you can check the official website.
I don’t know anything about the two other blue postmarks, if Lenka has any information I will be happy to get it.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The long stamp that you can see on the cover is 120 mm long ! It is part of a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet issued on the 5th of September 1993. This long stamp is in fact extracted from the souvenir sheet. I was not able to find a scan of the complete souvenir sheet and/or of the four other stamps of the set. If somebody has one I will be happy to post it here.
The subject of the set is a place called “the Longmen grottoes”. The Longmen Grottoes, also called Longmen Caves, are located 12 km south of present day Luoyang in Henan province, China. The grottoes are densely dotted along two mountains: Xiangshan (to the east) and Longmenshan (to the west). The Yi River flows northward between them. Along with the Mogao Caves and Yungang Grottoes, the Longmen Grottoes are one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China. The grottoes contain 2100 niches, more than 100,000 Buddhist statues, some 40 pagodas and 3600 tablets ! It is the most impressive collection of Chinese art dating from 316 to 907 and it represents the zenith of stone carving in China. The area was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in November 2000.
The stamp on the cover pictures the ancestors worshipping temple.
I don’t think this long stamp is very frequent on cover, because few people actually accepts to destroy a souvenir sheet to take out a stamp. It is a pity that the sender has put an air mail label on the stamp itself.
The second stamp on the cover is a definitive stamp that I have already shown in a previous post.
Now let me show you the souvenir sheet that was included in the cover.
- The Formosan magpie (Urocissa caerulea)
- The Tibetan bunting (Emberiza koslowi)
- The Cabot’s tragopan (Tragopan Caboti)
- The Snowy-cheeked laughing thrush (Garrulax sukatschewi)
- The Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
- The Biddulph’s ground jay (Podoces biddulphi), which is, by the way, the same bird than the one pictured on the definitive stamp used on the cover I showed above.
I think this souvenir sheet is nice, mainly when you like stamps picturing birds, like me. I wonder if those stamps will be seen very often used on covers…
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Today I want to share with you a postal card I received from my Chinese friend who lives in Beijing. As you will see, this card is related to Olympex, the philatelic and numismatic exhibition that takes place every four years, in the same location than the Olympic Games.
Here is the recto of the card.
- Beibei, the fish, who symbolizes prosperity. Among the Fuwa Beibei is known to be gentle and pure.
- JingJing the Panda, symbolizes happiness. He makes children smile.
- Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, who is the big brother. He symbolizes the passion of sport
- Yingying the Antelope carries the symbol of heath and strength
- Nin, the swallow who brings good luck wherever she flies
If you put together the first part of their name you get “Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni” which means “Welcome to Beijing” !
Now here is the verso.
The printed stamp pictures the now well known emblem of the Beijing 2008 games. But what is more interesting, the left part of the card contains four pictorial cancels that were available during Olympex 2008. This exhibition was held between the 8th of August and the 18th of August in the Beijing Exhibition Centre. The cancels located on the top left and the one on the bottom right pictures the logo of the exhibition. Here is a picture of the official logo.
The cancel located on the right top corner pictures the façade of the Beijing Exhibition Centre where the expo has taken place.
An interesting souvenir, isn’t it ?
If you want to know more about the expo you can check its website :
Monday, October 06, 2008
First, let's say a word about the stamp. It belongs to a set of two stamps issued on the 26th of July 2008 to celebrate the Olympic Games of Beijing. The stamp on the cover pictures the women marathon. The second stamp of the set is dedicated to Laser radical. Here it is.
Lithuania won fives medals during the Olympic games in Beijing : three bronze medals and two silver medals. Among the two silver medals there was one in Laser radical, so this was a good choice for a stamp ! But Lithuania did not win any medal at the women marathon.
This FD postal mark exists in different forms. This one is the one I have seen the most often.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
In order to develop the interest for stamp collecting among young people, Magyar Posta has started to release a new series of stamps entitled PHILAVILLAGE. The complete series will contain a total of 12 stamps, issued in 6 steps. The special feature of this issue is that the stamps can be bought as part of a six-part board game. The six playing sheets make up a fun game for children to learn about stamp collecting.
On the 10th of July, the fifth and sixth denominations have been issued picturing the police and the ice cream seller. And here comes the frog, as a policeman !
The seventh and eighth stamps have been issued on the 2nd of September and picture the village school and museum. I could not yet find a picture of the stamps.
The last stamps of the series should be issued before the end of the year. When I get the pictures of the six remaining stamps I will post them here.
I think this is a rather good idea to draw the attention of kids on stamps. Unfortunately, on these days of video games an internet, I’m not so sure that this is really working ! At least this is worth trying.