Sunday, January 28, 2018

Golden Age of Sailing Ships, Yugoslavia

Stamps-wise, being a Yugoslav-kid, letter Y is always like an easy solution for me. The difficult part is what in particular to choose from the wide range of Yugoslavian stamps I have :)) (these could also fit in well with the letter J edition though...)

Sailing ships as the means of navigation on the seas were very important in olden times when only the power of winds could be used as a propulsion. Various types of sailing shipsfor commercial and war purposes navigated on the Adriatic Sea. In the old historiography, the Phoenicians were considered as the first seamen. However, later it was proved that the Egyptians had built their ships before them. The Greeks with their ships conquered the isles on the Adriatic coast and founded their colonies. The notion of a war ship at that time was the famous Greek trireme. The Illyrians, especially the Liburnians, who were good ship builders, took part in the maritime commerce on the Adriatic Sea. Their "Liburna is well known in the maritime history. Later the Romans took over the shipbuilding and navigation skills from the Greeks and the Illyrians and then the Roman galley appeared. In the 7th century, the Slavs gradually took possession of the Adriatic coast. The Croatian ships were the only ones which could resist to the Venetian and the Byzantine naval force. In the naval history, Dubrovnik appears in the 8th century and becomes an important military martime and commercial centre with a navy and mercantile shipping, while the shipbuilding also develops at Boka Kotorska where the famous navy of Boka had originated. In the 15th century, Dubrovnik reaches the climax of its naval power. The navas of Dubrovnik - merchant ships on long lines are well known. At the Mediterranean Sea, the French, English, and Dutch ships appear more and more frequently, and they "expel" the ships of Dubrovnik back to the Adriatic Sea. The era of the sailing ships ends with the 19th century, when the steam-ships, modern and more economical, take over the reign of the seas.

This set of six stamps and one souvenir sheet was issued on 10 June 1989.
1. A classic Greek Sailing Ship
2. A Roman Sailing Ship
3. A Crusade Sailing Ship, 13th century
4. Nava of Dubrovnik, 16th century
5. French Sailing Ship, 17th century
6. Sailing Ship, 18th century

s/s - an engraving of Dubrovnik - various sailing ships in the harbour of Dubrovnik and various symbols of Dubrovnik and its surroundings

so that would be the short story of the Yugoslavian sailing ships.

For more stamps related to letter Y, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Xilinguole Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, China

At first, the thought of finding a suitable match of a stamp and the letter X may seem a bit intimidating and discouraging and you think to yourself, "I will probably opt out of this week's edition".
And then the small electric bulb hits your head and the word "China" crosses your mind! Bingo! It reminds you that there are all these Chinese places and names that when transcribed into English, the magical letter X is right there at the beginning!
So first thing solved, now the question is, do I actually have such a stamp? After a short while, the answer appears on this envelope below, so yes I do! And seems I will be taking part in this Sunday Stamps edition after all! Truth to be told, the rule is that letter X could appear anywhere in the name, but you know, the perfectionist in me just wasn't content with posting something Mexican or related to boxing or so...

So anyways, the important stamp to look at here is the green one in the middle.

It was issued on 24th July, 1998 as a souvenir sheet and portrays the Xilinguole Grassland, one of the world's largest grasslands, located in the central area of North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Covering a total area of 10,786 square kilometers, the Xilinguole National Nature Reserve was established in 1985 and is the first grassland nature reserve in China. UNESCO placed it on its list of International Biosphere Reserves in 1987.

Its name means "river on hilly lands" in Mongolian.

For more entries on the intriguing letter X, visit today's Sunday Stamps edition!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

World Weightlifting Championship - Paris, France

So I wonder, why in the English language, almost everything related to 'wine' starts with the letter 'v' actually and not 'w' - so why it is not a wineyard but a vineyard (ok, this is more of a rhetorical question, because you grow vines there, not wines, but WHY? Cos you know, I had this cool cover regarding vineyards, so that's where my 'bother' stipulates from, realizing I actually cannot use it :D )

But then this cover from France comes to a rescue, a pretty good rescue actually.

From 5 - 13 November, the Disneyland Paris resort hosted the 79th edition of the World Weightlifting Championships and for the occasion, on 7 October 2011, the French Post issued a souvenir sheet consisting of two round stamps evoking the two weights of a weightlifting bar.

The € 0.89 stamp portrays a weightlifter's profile in the movement of the clean and jerk(it is a composite of two weightlifting movements, most often performed with a barbell: the clean and the jerk. During the clean, the lifter moves the barbell from the floor to a racked position across the deltoids, without resting fully on the clavicles. During the jerk the lifter raises the barbell to a stationary position above the head, finishing with straight arms and legs, and the feet in the same plane as the torso and barbell). The other stamp (€ 0.60) features the snatch movement where the man bears the colors of the French team. The 22nd edition of Women's World Championships also took place in Paris at the same time. (In order to respect the perspective, these stamps have two different diameters (43 and 49 mm)).

For more W-inspired words, you know where to go to - Sunday Stamps

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christmas, Serbia

Merry Christmas to you all celebrating it today, me included!

And isn't there a better way (read excuse) to start the posts in 2018 than with something Christmassy related :)

Issued a bit way too early in the year (seriously, who issues Christmas stamps at the beginning of October?!)... but then again when I went to Belgrade last October, they were already putting up Christmas decorations, so this should come as no surprise I guess... Anyways, it definitely is a lovely issue, and that is coming from someone who is really not fond of Christmas and stuff - but this issue rocks, esp. that gingerbread-house stamp... love it! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Serbia definitely has one of the best stamp issues, not just at a European level, but in general (unlike Macedonian post on the other hand, but let's not get into it now).

Anyways, Happy holidays to you all, and hopefully see you more often around here.
May this year bring gems and delights in your mailbox!

Hugs to all!