It is hard to believe that we are in summer these days. The weather in Paris is ugly, cold and raining. My workload at work is as high as usual. Normally July and August are rather quiet, but this is not the case this year. So I haven’t much time to take care to my stamps or to update my blogs. This is a pity.
Today I would like to share with you a nice cover I received from Taiwan through a cover exchange club. It bears nice stamps and nice cancellations.
The two identical stamps on the left side are definitive stamps issued on the 14th of October 2009. The stamp pictures a pink powder puff (Calliandra emarginata). The flower takes its common name from the fact it looks like a powder puff! The stamp is part of set of four stamps (images are coming from Taiwain postal administration website, hence the “specimen” mark).
The three other stamps picture a cotton tree (Bombax ceiba), a royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) and a fountain tree (Spathodea campanulata). This set is the second one in a series that started in March 2009.
The two other stamps on the cover are part of a set of issued on the 28th f July 2010 and dedicated to lighthouses.
The NT$5 stamp pictures the Wenkan Tui lighthouse. Built in 1914, this skeletal steel frame light tower is located on Waisanding Sandbar off Kouhu Township, Yunlin County. In 1974, due to sandbar shift, the lighthouse was rebuilt and placed in a new location nearby. In 2006, because of another sandbar shift, the lighthouse was moved once again to present location, and a radar beacon pole was added.
The NT$10 stamp pictures the Paisha Chia lighthouse. Built in 1901, this round brick light tower is located in Guanyin Township, Taoyuan County. In 2002 the Taoyuan County Government designated the lighthouse as a county monument!
The full set contains two other stamps picturing the Chilung Tao lighthouse and the Liuchiu Yu lighthouse.
The cover bears an interesting cancellation picturing a owl. I wonder in which context this nice pictorial cancel was used. Does anybody have information on it? I also wonder the same about the red cancel on the far left of the cover.