Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Frogs on postmarks (II)

I was recently discussing with a friend who is not a philatelist and not interested in stamp collection about my collection of frogs on stamps. He was quite surprised that I could find so many stamps picturing a frog. He said he had never seen one before on mail he could have received so far (I’m not that surprised ;-) ). He was even more surprised when I told him that my collection included also postmarks! He could not believe that some postmarks exist picturing a frog. So I showed him my collection and then I thought it could be a good idea to share some of them with the readers of my blog. This post only contains a part of my collection of postmarks. I did not have yet the time to scan all the ones I have.
As you will see there are two types of cancel in my collection: first day cancel, usually associated to a stamp picturing a frog also, or commemorative ones, celebrating an event which sometimes has no real link with the frog itself!

First of all I just recall a former post that I wrote on the same subject and in which I showed two nice postmarks,
one from Great Britain and one from United Nations.
And another one in which I presented a
nice red cancel from Japan.

Here is a spectacular postal cancellation from India, containing a “Protect the environment” slogan and picturing not only a frog but also three other animals.
Nice one, isn’t it?

The next cancels are coming from the same country: United States of America. Pictorial commemorative cancels are quite common in USA. Some of them are very large and I have seen a very impressive number of cancels containing frogs. I have selected four of them.

The first one is from Biddeford, Maine, where every year is held a Franco-American festival called
La Kermesse whose logo contains a frog.

It seems this is the first pictorial postmark that was used in Biddeford for this occasion.

The second done comes from Conway, Arkansas, where is held every year the
Toad Suck Daze festival, a music-art-and-food festival. It was first organized in 1982 and is held on the first weekend of May. One of the attraction of the festival is the Toad Races. The celebration of this festival has been the object of a lot of different postmarks such as the one below.

The two last ones are coming from Sacramento, California. I did not find much information about the Frog Day or the Frog Exhibit Day. I

Here are two other examples coming from Australia this time.

Some background information first: October is the stamp collecting month in Australia. Every year a subject is selected as the topic of a set of stamps and/or souvenir sheets. The purpose is to draw the attention of children to philately and stamp collecting, so the subject is selected among the subjects that children like. In 1999 the topic for the Stamp Collecting month was “Small pond”. Stamps and souvenir sheets have been issued picturing the common inhabitants of small ponds: a kingfisher, a dragonfly and several types of frogs. This month is also the occasion of various stamp exhibitions that are often commemorated via nice postal marks.
This was the case of SWANPEX 99, a philatelic event held in East Perth on the 23rd and 24th of October 1999. At this exhibition you could purchase cover franked with a set of six postal labels overprinted SWANPEX 99 picturing koalas and kangaroos (these labels have been used for the first time for another exhibition, AUSTRALIA 99 held in Melbourne between the 19th and the 24th of March 1999. They were re-used for other exhibitions therefore you can find them with various overprints.)
These covers could be purchased with cancel that re-use the kingfisher and frog theme.

Another event was the APTA STAMP & COIN Show held from the 8th of October until the 10th, where a frog cancel was also available.

Finally here is a postmark from Peru commemorating the World Day of Wetlands on the 26th of March 2003. Again a frog is used to symbolize wetland and its inhabitants.

Above were examples of commemorative postmarks, but as I said at the beginning, the frog cancels are sometimes first day cancellations. Here is a first case coming from the Czech Republic: the first day cancellation of a stamp issued from a souvenir sheet that I presented in a
former post.

Below are other examples of first day cancels that picture a frog.
A round cancel from Slovenia.

A square cancel from Austria.

And my favorite one, a rectangular cancel from Mozambique with a small frog inside.

My collection also contains postmarks from France and Netherlands that I did not scan yet.

To finish I would like to share with you another type of postal mark, a meter stamp from Korea which contains a frog in its design.

If you have any information on one of the cancellations I have shown in my post I would be very happy to hear from you.

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