Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Today (and also tomorrow) is held in France an event organized by the French postal administration called "La fête du timbre" that I could translate as "the stamp feast". At this occasion various philatelic events are organized in several cities. This is also the occasion for the French post to issue new stamps and to run first day ceremonies.
Despite the heavy rain I woke up early this morning to participate to the one of Paris. After queuing for 40 minutes outside (and therefore becoming completely wet) I could enter the place and buy few stamps that I'm going to share with you today. I also sent to myself some covers to get the "first day of issue" cancel. I will show them to you when I receive them later this week.
The whole event is around protection of the environment as you will see. The first stamp that is issued at this occasion is a stamp re-suing the design of French definitive stamps, the very famous Mariane. The left side of the stamp is written "Let's protect the Earth" and shows a hand planting a plant.
The second issue is a souvenir sheet containing one stamp. The subject of the souvenir sheet is the strawberry.
Two other things to mention, less positive this time. The first one is that the souvenir sheet is extremely difficult to stick on a cover. This is because on the verso, the printed part is not gummed. And finally let's note the very high face value: two Euro! This is huge.
I also bought the philatelic document of this issue (because I found it rather nice). Here is the cover of the document.
The stamps are pre-personalized stamps. Five of them contains actual seeds that could can sow to grow a plant.
The small black dots that you see on some of the stamps are the seeds, that are maintained in a small plastic cap. This is not a first as I think Netherlands was the first country to issue stamps with seeds (I think the technology was different, the seeds being incorporated in the paper). I wonder how many people are going to actually sow the stamps? And how many people are going to use these stamps on cover? I guess none!
To conclude, let me show you also a card that I got as a gift. This is a pre-stamped card re-using the Mariane stamp.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The stamps belong to a set of four stamps issued on the 20th of August 2010 to celebrate 50 years of Television in Norway.
One of the stamp is dedicated to “Entertainment”.
The other persons pictured on the stamps are Dan Borge Akero, Ivar Dyrhaug and Anne Grosvold.
Another stamp is dedicated to television icons.
The third person from the left is Erik Erikssonn Diesen (1926-2004) a Norwegian journalist, artist, author, film actor, folk singer! He was one of the most well known and popular television figures in Norway for the 20th century.
The other persons on the stamp are Arne Scheie, Ingrid Espelid Hovig and Ragnhild Saelthum Fjortoft.
To complete the view here are the two other stamps dedicated to Children’s TV and Comedy.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
But in the mean time I browsed the internet to see what type of stamps was issued by Romanian postal administration. There is a website dedicated to philately that contains a lot of interesting information both in English and in Romanian: http://www.romfilatelia.ro/.
Well, what I could see is that there seem to be a lot of stamps issued per year. I’m not sure that all of those stamps will ever see a cover… A lot of stamps seem to be issued to appeal to topical collectors with fauna or flora.
I was also curious to see if there is any stamp issued related to Timisoara, the city where I am. And I found one. A stamp issued on the 15th of July 2003 to celebrate the Romanian postage stamp day and commemorating 100 years of organized philatelic activities in Timisoara.
The blazon that is pictured on the stamp is the part of the coat or arms of Timisoara, as far I could guess.
The denomination of the stamp (5000 L) seems high, but it is in “old lei”. The current money of Romania is the “new leu” (the plural is lei). In 2005 the money changed from the old leu (ROL) to the new one (RON) with an equivalence of 10000 ROL = 1 RON.
And to finish I could not resist showing you this souvenir sheet issued in 2003 picturing reptiles and amphibians from Romania.
Two frog species are pictured: Green tree frog (Hyla arborea) and European common frog (Hyla temporaria). Two reptile species are also pictured: European green lizard (Lacerta viridis) and European copper skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii).