Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nice cover from Canada

Here is a very nice cover that I received recently from Canada, sent by Glenn Thank you very much Glenn for this cover.

I’m always happy to get covers that are franked with a complete souvenir sheet. This shows that souvenir sheets can be a real postal item and not only an item for collection. This cover is franked with the souvenir sheet issued by Canada on the 9th of April 2009 for the “Preserve the polar regions and glaciers” series. I must say that I like this souvenir sheet!
It is divided in two parts: the top is dedicated to the Arctic and the bottom to the Antarctic. Each part pictures local fauna.

In the right top corner is pictured an Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) and on the stamp located on the left top corner we can see a polar bear (Ursus maritimus).
On the right bottom corner, the sheet pictures penguins, whereas the stamp located on the right pictures an Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea), a bird that makes the link between the Arctic and the Antarctic, since it migrates yearly between the North and the South Poles.
And like on all the souvenir sheets issued in this series, we can find the famous crystal in the top right corner.

The Calgary postmark on the cover is dated from the 9th of April, the first day of issue of this souvenir sheet!

With the two stamps of the souvenir sheet, the postal rate for a letter to France was not reached therefore Glenn had to add some stamps. The two other stamps have been issued on the 2nd of April 2009 in the scope of the International Year of Astronomy.
Both stamp picture an important Canadian observatory and a nebula.
The left stamp pictures the National Research Council’s Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) located in Saanich. In the background is pictured the Horsehead nebula, a cloud of cold gas and dust belonging to the constellation of Orion. The very specific shape that gave its name to the nebula has been observed for the first time in 1888.
The right stamp pictures the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) located on the summit of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano dominating the Pacific Ocean. In the background we can see the Eagle nebula, part of the constellation of the Serpens, and discovered in 1745.
Both stamps have also been issued in a souvenir sheet. Here is a picture taken from the Canadian post website.

I haven’t received so many nice covers from Canada so far, so I was very happy to add this one to my collection.

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