Friday, August 21, 2009

Butterflies on Turkish covers

For the post of today I have selected two new covers coming from Ahmet and therefore nicely illustrated. They are both picturing the same topic: butterflies.

Both covers are franked with a different butterfly stamp belonging to a set of four issued on the 5th of June 2009. The complete set was issued as a souvenir sheet. Here it is. (It is a nice item for butterfly stamp collectors, isn’t it? I think the theme of butterflies is one of the most common among topical collectors).
From left to right the stamps picture the following species:
- A Black-veined white (Aporia crataegi)
- A Wall brown (Lasiommata megera. It seems there is an error on the stamp where the scientific name is written as Lasiommate megera. Or may be both are accepted, I don’t know).
- A Brown Argus (Plebeius agestis)
- A Common brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Both covers also bear stamps from another set. They belong to a 2009 definitive series picturing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), born Mustfa Riza, was the founder of the Republic of Turkey and its first president. He received the second name Kemal (meaning perfection or maturity) from his teachers in recognition of his academic excellence), and he was nominated Atatürk (father of the Turks) on the 24th of November 1934.
The full set contains ten stamps picturing Atatürk at various ages.

A large amount of stamps have been issued by Turkish post and picturing Atatürk. And the fact that, more than 70 years after his death, the Turkish post still issues definitive stamps picturing his portrait shows how important he still is for the Turkish people!

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