Friday, January 30, 2009

Commemorative postmark on a cover from Italy

I really like receiving covers that are interesting not only because of the stamps it bears, but also because of the cancellation of the stamps. Unfortunately it seems that commemorative postmarks are more and more difficult to get. In a lot of countries, the events that are commemorated with a specific cancel are becoming scarce, probably because of cost!

I recently received this cover from Italy which bears a nice and clean postmark, and I wanted to share it with you (I must say that in the last years Italy is the country from where I got the highest number of covers with such commemorative postmarks).

The cover is postmarked from Ponzone, a city located in the Piedmont region. The postmark commemorates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the voluntary firefighter’s brigade of Ponzone.
I really appreciate also the fact that both stamps are nicely cancelled. The stamp located on the left side has been issued on the 3rd of November 2008 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earthquake in Messina. This earthquake happened on the 28th of December 1908 and reached a level of magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter’s scale, which means a major earthquake. Unfortunately it made a huge amount of victims and destroyed a big part of the city.
The stamp features an aerial view of the city of Messina, in stylized graphics. There are also some concentric rings on the stamp, which represent the seismic waves caused by the earthquake.

The second stamp belongs to the rather well know definitive series about women in art that I already mentioned in a
previous post.

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