Sunday, February 25, 2018

Military vehicles on cover from Czech Republic

I received cover from Czech Republic with stamps from set They brought Freedom. Set of four stamps is issued on 20.01.2015. First stamp is Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXE aircraft. The Supermarine Spitfire was the the most important British fighter aircraft during World War II and is perhaps the most famous fighter ever. Altogether 20,351 of these aircraft were built.

Second stamp is T-34/76, a Soviet medium tank that had a profound and lasting effect on the field of tank design. At its introduction, the T-34 possessed an unprecedented combination of firepower, mobility, protection and ruggedness. Its 76.2 mm high-velocity tank gun provided a substantial increase in firepower over any of its contemporaries; its well-sloped armour was difficult to penetrate by most contemporary anti-tank weapons. When first encountered in 1941, German general Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist called it "the finest tank in the world" and Heinz Guderian affirmed the T-34's "vast superiority" over existing German armour of the period. Although its armour and armament were surpassed later in the war, it has often been credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the Second World War.

Inside cover was this Polish stamp for my Postcrossing collection. Poland issued this stamp on 14.07.2016.

Thank you Michelle!

Postcard from Andorra, Spanish Administration

Postal services in Andorra are unique in that they are not operated by the country itself, but by its two larger neighboring countries, Spain and France. This is a legacy of the centuries of de facto control exercised by those two countries over Andorra. Correos of Spain and La Poste of France operate side by side. This postcard is sent through Spanish postal system in Andorra.

Stamps on postcard:
EUROPA - Integration through the Eyes of Young People , issued on 16.05.2006.
The 10th Anniversary of the Entry of Andorra to the United Nations, issued on 28.07.2003.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The 30th Anniversary of the First Romanian Cosmonaut

Romania celebrated The 30th Anniversary of the First Romanian Cosmonaut with this mini sheet issued on 09.05.2011. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program. Having obtained the highest marks during three years of preparation, he was then selected for a joint space flight with the Russian cosmonaut Leonid Popov. In May 1981 they completed an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory where they completed scientific experiments in the fields of astrophysics, space radiation, space technology, space medicine and biology. Prunariu is the 103rd human being to fly into space.

Thank you Silviu!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Greetings from Monaco

This is my second postcard from Monaco, from Greetings from series by Ewa Słocińska. Monaco is sovereign city-state, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. With 19,009 inhabitants per km², it is the second-smallest and most densely populated sovereign state in the world. Monaco is host of famous street circuit motor race Monaco Grand Prix, one of the original Grands Prix of Formula One.

This interesting stamp with nice clean cancellation is ASTANA 2017 - Energy of the Future, issued on 16.05.2017.

Thank you Axel!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Historical Postal Vehicle on cover from Austria

I received a cover from Austria with mini sheet from annual series Historical Postal Vehicles. A rural postal vehicle drawn by a single horse of the type used to deliver post in the countryside is being presented. The stamp design is based on a lithograph by A. Fachini. Designer was Regina Simo, print run 130.000 copies.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian post Mostar): Ljubuški

There's a 3 postal operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and i finally got mail from third operator - Croatian post in Mostar. This postcard is from Ljubuški, a town and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the West Herzegovina Canton, a unit of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stamps on postcard:
Early Christian Cemetery & Monastery of St. John, Livno, issued on 12.05.2013.
Christmas, issued on 01.12.2017.

Thank you Ivan!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Registered cover from Germany

I received another registered cover from Germany with a lot of interesting stamps:

Merry Christmas, issued on 08.11.2007.
Greta Garbo, from set International movie-stars, issued on 11.10.2001.
Film Reel, from set International movie-stars, issued on 11.10.2001.
EUROPA Stamps - The Circus, issued on 02.05.2002.
The 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Hermann Hesse, issued on 04.07.2002.
Berlin's Museum Island, issued on 08.08.2002.
Flowers - Krokus (Elves Crocus), issued on 11.08.2005.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Laos: Buddha Park in Vientiane

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River.Although it is not a temple, the park may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan, since it contains numerous religious images. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues. The socialist government operates Buddha Park as a tourist attraction and public park.

This stamp is from set Traditional Lao Wedding Ceremony, issued on 21.11.2016.

Thank you Echo Liu!

Map of Madeira

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal. Its total population was estimated in 2011 at 267,785. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, located on the main island's south coast. Since 1976, the archipelago has been one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores, and i still don't have postcard from there). Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1419 and settled after 1420.

This stamp is from set Christmas and New Year Festivities, issued on 07.04.2016.

Thank you Raul!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mauritius: Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the extreme southwestern tip of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius on the windward side of the island. It is highlighted by an eponymous basaltic monolith with a summit 556 metres above sea level. The peninsula was notorious in the early 19th century as a refuge for runaway slaves. After the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, on 1 February 1835 a police expedition was despatched there ostensibly to inform the slaves that they had been freed. At the time the slaves had been using Le Morne summit for many years as a look-out point to spot military despatches from Port Louis being sent to re-capture them. On previous occasions when these attempts had been carried out they had been spotted by the look-outs, the warning issued to the rest of the slaves who chose to leap to their deaths from the rock, rather than be recaptured back into slavery.

Stamp on postcard is The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Serge Constantin, issued on 28.09.2017.

Thank you Wolfgang!