Sunday, March 28, 2010

Charles Darwin, Italy

Here is a nice cover from Italy.

It features the last year's Charles Darwin's stamp, which I think was issued if not in all then in the majority of countries, regarding the Bicentennial of  Darwin's birth. Macedonia issued a Darwin stamp as well.
As you most probably know, he is most famous for his Origin of Species theory which is considered to be the foundation of the evolutionary biology.
This cover also came with a nice and neat cancellation, thanks to Riccardo.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

DDR

This actually wasnt something sent to me, but to my neighbour who used to live across my house and who had probably had a penpal in DDR back then. Since both she and her mum knew that my mum was interested in stamps, they gave her a number of envelopes years ago. And of course, it is me who had inherited them :)
It actually feels special to own these, coz personally


There are three stamps on the envelope, issued in 1980.
The small green one on the left is a definitive from a set of 3 representing Birds, while the other one is also from a set of 3, dedicated to the Olympic games in Moscow, representing Judo.

Friday, March 19, 2010

EUROPA, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Probably one of the most collected series of stamps among the philatelists, the EUROPA.


While in most of the world it seems to be functioning normally, Macedonia seems to be having serious issues when it comes to EUROPA series...I wonder how this 2010 will be or if history is going to repeat itself.

As for this great mini-sheet, it is from the 2008, when the EUROPA theme was Letters.
For this "Pišem ti pismo" (I am writing you a letter) sheet, the BiH post received the most beautiful sheet award in the international contest for The most beautiful stamp issued in 2008, held in Beijing.
I do love it as well!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cartoons, The Netherlands

Today I received a bunch of stamps, and they arrived in this fantastic envelope!

We are again at the issue of Comics without Disney, by total coincidence :)
These were issued by the Dutch post office in 2001 in a set of 5 stamps dedicated to some of the Cartoon Network and Turner Entertainment Cartoons. I am missing only one of the stamps, but these 4 look lovely as well.
You can surely recognize Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Johnny Bravo and Dexter. On the missing stamp are the Powerpuff Girls, so honestly, i dont feel that disappointed for not having it :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mercosur, Bolivia

My one and so far only one cover from Bolivia sent back in 1998.


I sometimes wonder if any of these people who had sent me letters and postcards and with whom i had totally lost touch, if maybe they had ever accidentally come across my blogs and maybe recognized themselves in some of my posts....
The Mercosur stamp is of a value of 3.00 Bs and was issued in 1997.
Mercosur (Southern Common Market) is a Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) among& Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay founded in 1991 by the Treaty of Asunción, which was later amended and updated by the 1994 Treaty of Ouro Preto. Its purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency.
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have an associate member status. The four *shining starts* represent each of the main member states.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Comics, Great Britain

A cover from another *used-to-be-penpal*. Karin from Scotland.

I really like this stamp and I wish i had the whole set. Its a set of 5 stamps issued in 1998 showing Comics (without Disney). Funny this separation is...Comics with or without Disney.
On my stamp you can see Peter Cook, who was a famous British satirist, writer and comedian and a very influential figure within the British comedy itself, described as "the funniest man who ever drew breath".
The stamp has a nice clear cancellation from 27 April 1998, postmarked in Glasgow. Only it is upside-down :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

World Food Conference, Ghana

I used to have a penpal in Ghana too....yeah....another *used to* here....well, its not as if the postal service with Africa was the most reliable one, but im still not sure what happened with this one

In 1993 Ghana issued a nice set of 5 stamps regarding the World Food Conference, where the first one was held back in 1974 in Rome and is famous for one of the statements how within 10 years, no child would go to bed hungry.
Well, we are all pretty much aware where that statement stands today, no?

On the stamp you can see fish, peanuts, runner beans, meat....or all together, as the stamp says *Body building foods*

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Zofia Bosniaková (1609-1644), Slovakia

A very nice cover decorated with a nice s/s and two small definitives.


Both, the s/s and the small stamp were issued in 2009.
The s/s was issued to commemorate the life of Zofia Bosniaková, who during her life was well-known for her help she gave to the poor and sick and other good deeds. She died at the age of 35 and it is said that her body, almost undamaged, was found 45 years after her death in the castle crypt, despite the fact that it hadn't been embalmed.
The small stamp is from a set of 12 definitives depicting the Cultural Heritage of Slovakia, and this one shows The Church of St John the Baptist in Sedmerovec - Pominovce.

Thanks a lot to Milos for this really beautiful cover.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II, Tanzania

One of the letters I had received from my former penpal in Tanzania, Piller...from this point of view, feels really sad to see with how many people I had lost touch actually...


The stamp on the cover was issued in 1996, in a set of 3 stamps in order to commemorate the 70th Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II . Honestly, i think these Tanzanian stamps are much much much more appealing than those ones that the English post issues on every occasion and which "decorate" every second thing I receive from England. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fauna, Croatia

Well ok, Ill admit that this is a cover im EXTREMELY biased towards to...and when I found it in my mailbox, i honestly didnt pay any attention to the stamps, and also, i totally forgot about the rest of mail...I was simply blinded by that bottom left corner *cough cough*.

the guilty one for all this is of course Goran...and apart from putting the effort to make this such an adorable cover, I love the stamps he used to and I love that here I actually have the whole set of them.
These are stamps issued in 2007, under the subject of Croatian fauna, showing the River Crayfish (stamp on the left), Lobster (middle stamp) and Norway Lobster - Scampi (stamp on the right).
Really, I couldnt have wished for a lovelier cover :)

Hvala ti Gorane!!!!!!!!