Monday, November 01, 2010

Triangular stamps on a cover from Pakistan

Triangular stamps are not so common. I like them; I think this is an interesting shape for a stamp. So I’m happy today to share with you a cover that I received recently from Pakistan, posted from Islamabad, and bearing a set of four triangular stamps.

The four triangular stamps have been issued on the 23rd of March 2009 to celebrate the national year of environment. Each stamp pictures a national emblem of Pakistan. From left to right and top to bottom you can see:

- The jasmine (Jasminus) a type of shrubs and vines belonging to the olive family with around 200 different species! The stamp pictures probably the common jasmine (Jasminum officinal) which is the national flower of Pakistan
- The deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) that is a species of cedar native to northern Pakistan and also the national tree of the country
- The Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar) which is an Eurasian upland game bird in the pheasant family and the national bird of Pakistan
- The Markhor (Capra falconeri) a species of wild goat that is found in central Pakistan which is also the national animal of Pakistan. To be noted the corkscrew-like horns of this goat.

Three other large stamps are used on the cover. Starting on the far left is a stamp issued in February of this year to celebrate the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore from the 14th to the 26th of August 2010. There were 26 sports presented during these games. Pakistan won only one medal, a silver one, in hockey after being defeated 2-1 by Australia in the final.

The stamp on the right is part of a set issued on the 26th of August 2002 to commemorate the world summit on sustainable development (WSSD) held from the 26th of August and the 4th of September in Johannesburg. The full set contains two stamps.

The last stamp on the cover was issue on the 9th of September 2009 (09/09/09 ! nice date) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Philippines. The stamp pictures the flag of both countries. I thought that this stamp was a part of a joint issue but I could not find any stamp issued by Philippines on the same subject…

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