Monday, December 9, 2019

World travel series: Åland Islands

World travel is today one many series of postcard, and this one dedicated to national symbols on post stamps and coins. This one is sent by our friend Nina from Åland Islands.

And 3 beautiful stamps on the back with really nice postmark dedicated to camping.

Thank you, Nina!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Old bridge in Mostar

There's a 3 postal operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and this postcard is sent from from Mostar, where is located Croatian post operator in Bosnia. On left side you can see different views of famous Old bridge, which is popular for diving into ice cold waters of Neretva. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat paramilitary forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.The bridge is considered an exemplary piece of Balkan Islamic architecture and was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557.

Stamp on postcard is Christmas stamp, issued on 15.12.2016.

Thank you, Tajana & Kristijan!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Astrophysics on two first day covers from Germany

I received earlier this year two nice first day covers from Germany, both dedicated to same edition of Astrophysics, issued on 1.7.2019, but cancelled with two different postmarks. Upper cover was sent Berlin, and lower from Bonn.

Thank you Holger and Jens!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Maxicard Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds from Åland Islands

On this maxicard from Åland Islands you can see white-tailed eagle, which was chosen for this year's Europa National Birds theme. The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is a very large eagle widely distributed across Eurasia. As are all eagles, it is a member of the family Accipitridae which includes other diurnal raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers. White-tailed eagles usually live most of the year near large bodies of open water, including both coastal saltwater areas and inland freshwater, and require an abundant food supply and old-growth trees or ample sea cliffs for nesting.
This stamp and maxicard are issued on 9.5.2019.

There's also a nice postmark at the back side also.

Thank you, Ana-Kaisa!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Monument to Tsar Peter the Great in St. Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same name by Aleksander Pushkin, which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, the largest stone ever moved by humans. The stone originally weighed about 1500 tonnes, but was carved down during transportation to its current size.

Stamp on postcard is The 100th Anniversary of the Dmitrovsky Kremlin Reserve Museum, issued on 13.12.2018.

Thank you, Angelina!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cover from Republic of South Ossetia – the State of Alania

This is my first cover from Republic of South Ossetia – the State of Alania, or the Tskhinvali Region, disputed territory in the South Caucasus, in the northern part of the internationally recognised Georgian territory. It has a population of 53,000 people who live in an area of 3,900 km2, south of the Russian Caucasus, with 30,000 living in Tskhinvali. The separatist polity, Republic of South Ossetia (or the State of Alania), is recognized as a state by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru, and Syria. While Georgia lacks control over South Ossetia, the Georgian government and most members of the United Nations consider the territory part of Georgia.

Stamp on cover is very interesting, it's joint issue of South Ossetia and Transnistria, celebrating 20 yours of friendship treaty by South Ossetia and Transnistria! Stamp is part of set issued on 26.12.2014.

Thank you, Jinesh!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cover from Donetsk People's Republic

This is my first cover from disputed territory called Donetsk People's Republic, and it's same like with Luhansk People's Republic. The Donetsk People's Republic is a declared people's republic and proto-state in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine recognized only by the partially recognized South Ossetia and Luhansk People's Republic. Ukraine is at war with the DPR and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and has designated it as a terrorist group. It was part of the unrecognized Novorossiya confederation with the LPR until 20 May 2015, and since February 2015, has postured itself as the successor to the historic Donetsk–Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic.

There's no international postal service in Donetsk, only domestic. So you can receive mail only to address within Donetsk, as you can see on this cover. This stamp on cover is from set Khomutovsky Steppe, issued on 5.6.2018.

Thank you, Jinesh!

Cover from Luhansk People's Republic

This is my first cover from disputed territory called Luhansk People's Republic, in the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine. Along with the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the LPR declared independence from Ukraine in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. An armed conflict with Ukraine followed its declaration of independence, during which the LPR and DPR received military and humanitarian assistance from Russia. This conflict is still ongoing as of August 2019. LPR remains unrecognised by any UN member state, including Russia.

There's no international postal service in Luhansk, only domestic. So you can receive mail only to address within Luhansk, as you can see on this cover. This flower stamps are part of set Red Book, issued on 20.8.2018.

Thank you, Jinesh!

Postcard from South Sudan

This is my firs postcard from South Sudan, a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. It gained independence after bloody war from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba. Sudan was occupied by Egypt under the Muhammad Ali dynasty and was governed as an Anglo-Egyptian condominium until Sudanese independence in 1956. Following the First Sudanese Civil War, the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region was formed in 1972 and lasted until 1983. A second Sudanese civil war soon broke out, ending in 2005. Later that year, southern autonomy was restored when an Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan was formed. South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, following 98.83% support for independence in a January 2011 referendum. It has suffered ethnic violence and endured a civil war since 2013.

There is no postal service in South Sudan at the moment. You can get cancellation in Juba, but than you must use DHL to send abroad. Stamp on postcard is President John Garang, issued in 9.7.2011.

Thank you, Jinesh!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hargeisa War Memorial on postcard from Somaliland

This is my first postcard from Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia. Somaliland doesn't have real postal system. This postcard was cancelled in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland and then sent with DHL. On this card you can see Hargeisa War Memorial, set up to commemorate Somaliland's breakaway attempt in the 1980s, and is a symbol of struggle for the people of this province. The memorial is located in Hargeisa's Freedom Square. It consists of a MiG-17 fighter aircraft of the Somali Air Force, which crashed nearby.

These are not real postage stamps, these are fiscal stamps used for postage!

Thank you, Jinesh!