Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Frog on postmarks (III)

My quest for postmarks picturing frogs continues. I would like to share with you the recent findings I made in this domain.

First a spectacular postmark from the United States celebrating a “science in school” day at the elementary school of Readfield, ME.

This jumping frog is rather impressive, isn’t it?

Then a red first day cancel from Japan on a frog stamp issued on the 20th of July 1976. The frog pictured on the stamp (and on the cancel) is a Kinugasa Flying Frog (Rhacophorus arboreus).

This frog, endemic to Japan, was described by Okada and Kawano in 1924. It should not be mixed with the Rhacophorus arboreus described by Ahl in 1928 that is also named Boophis microtympanum (Boettger, 1881).

The next one comes from Italy and commemorates a streets festival called “La notte dei ranat”.
This festival is held every year in the city of Novara. This year, it was the first time that a dedicated postal cancellation was designed and used during the festival.

The last two ones come from the Czech Republic and commemorate the 11th and 12th edition of a National Sport even organized for the employees of the Czech postal administration. This even is held in the city of Pardubice and every year a new cancel is designed at this occasion. The two marks below come from the 2004 and 2005 editions.

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