Monday, February 23, 2009

A cover from Germany

When I receive a cover as the one I want to show you today I always feel a little bit jealous. I think that whatever I do I would never be able to get such clean and nice cancel on a French cover, out of a special occasion such as a first day ceremony. And even if I succeed convincing a postal clerk to apply a neat cancel on the stamps, I can not exclude that the cover is automatically cancelled once again, ruining the nice look of the cover…
The cover I have selected comes from Germany and I’m really impressed by the way the stamps are cancelled.

The cover was posted from Remscheid, a city located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and it bears two commemorative stamps and one semi-postal stamp.
The stamp on the left side has been issued on the 9th of October 2008 and commemorates the 500th anniversary of the creation of the market of Leer. Leer is a German city located on the border between Germany and Netherlands. In 1508, thanks to Count Edzard, the city received the right to hold a market. This was the beginning of the tradition of the “
Gallimarkt”, which is now an annual fair. The stamp pictures the market with its crowd and its animals: cocks, pigs, cows…

The stamp located in the middle is a semi-postal stamp. It bears surtax for the benefit of the preservation of the environment. The stamp pictures the now famous polar bear Knut, who was born in December 2006 in captivity, in a zoo of Berlin. He was the first polar bear cub to survive past infancy at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, and he quickly became a popular tourist attraction and commercial success. The stamp was issued on the 10th of April 2008.

The last stamp was issued early this year, on the 2nd of January 2009. It commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the castle of Tangermünde.
Tangermünde is a German city located on the Elbe River. Its castle is mentioned in the literature for the first time in 1009. In 1373, Karl IV, Bohemian king and German emperor, made of this castle his second residence. He then acted to make of Tangermünde a key place within the Hanseatic League. Unfortunately this changed when Karl IV died, Tangermünde loosing then its political role. The city is surrounded by a red brick wall. The stamp pictures a view of the castle.

A nice cover isn’t it?

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