Friday, December 17, 2010

Cover from Honk Kong with lenticular stamp on a souvenir sheet

(I’m back from a one week trip to Shanghai from where I could not update from there because of the internet access control. It seems that I still suffer from the effects of the jetlag… Sleepy in the evening and waking up much too early in the morning…)

I recently purchased from an Ebay seller who lives in Hong Kong a souvenir sheet for my frog stamp collection and I got the nice surprise to see that he used various stamps and a souvenir sheet to frank the cover. I decided to share it with you.
I don’t show you he front of the cover because it does not contain anything interesting except my address, but here is the back side.

The two small stamps are part of a set of sixteen definitive stamps issued in December 2006, a very nice set for bird stamps collector. One of the stamp pictures a Collared scops owl (Otus lettia).

The second one pictures the White bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), a bird that is the emblem of the state of Selangor, one of the thirteen states of Malaysia.

The larger stamp belongs to a set of four issued on the 21st of October 2010 entitled “Hong Kong in my eyes” and illustrated with drawings from children. I unfortunately could not find a clear scan of the full set.

But the reason why I wanted to share with you the cover was the souvenir sheet. First because this is pretty rare to have a full souvenir sheet used to frank a cover. But also because this sheet contains a lenticular stamp, a stamp with a “moving effect”. This does not give a very nice result on the scan, but the stamp picture a locomotive which is moving from back to front when you move the sheet.

The souvenir sheet is part of a wide set of six stamps and two souvenir sheets issued on the 28th of September 2010 to commemorate the centenary of the railway service in Hong Kong. I could not find a good image of the stamps, but each of the six stamps picture a different type of train used in the railway service in Hong Kong over the age. One of the souvenir sheets contains the six stamps and the second one is this sheetlet containing only one stamp with the lenticular effect. The result is really nice, much nicer than on the scan where you can only see a blurry image.

The train pictured on the stamp is the steam train that began to run upon the commencement of railway services in Hong Kong along the track of the section within Hong Kong of the Kowloon-Canton Railway, from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lo Wu, on 1 October 1910. The steam engines from the early days were gradually replaced by diesel locomotives from the 1950s onward until they were all retired from service in 1962. The building at the upper part of the stamp is the Hong Kong Railway Museum. The six background colours of the sheetlet represent the six train models used in different periods, setting off the silhouette of the changing cityscape of Hong Kong over the past century - a rural community evolving into a metropolis filled with skyscrapers.

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