Monday, November 20, 2017

Lichtenstein: Vaduz Castle with matching cancellation and Europa stamp

I received another postcard with famous Vaduz Castle in Lichtenstein, but this time with matching cancellation and Europa stamp. Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. The Princely Family of Liechtenstein acquired Vaduz Castle in 1712 when it purchased the countship of Vaduz. At this time, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, combined the countship with the Lordship of Schellenberg, purchased by the Liechtensteins in 1699, to form the present Principality of Liechtenstein.

 Nice clear cancellation and beautiful Europa stamp issued on 06.03.2017. 

Thank you Wolfgang for this nice surprise!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Rise of the Indonesian Defence Industry

I received a cover from Indonesia with stamp set The Rise of the Indonesian Defence Industry, issued on 05.10.2015. On first stamp is CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft that was jointly developed by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA of Spain and Indonesian manufacturer IPTN, as a regional airliner and military transport. Its primary military roles include maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport.

On second stamp is Battleship KRI Banda Aceh 593. Serves primarily as a command and multirole vessel able to transport approx. 500 troops or 13 tanks, plus two 23m LCUs.

On third stamp is Anoa, a 6x6 armoured personnel carrier developed by PT Pindad of Indonesia. The vehicle is named after the Anoa, which is a type of buffalo indigenous to Indonesia.

Thank you Siti!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Registered cover from Germany

I received registered cover from Germany. Cover was prepaid, but three stamps are added for additional postage. Prepaid stamps are from series Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas, issued on 01.07.2015. Chiemsee lake is on stamps. Below that is three real stamps: First is definitive stamp Common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), issued on 08.06.2017. Second is Art glass by Theo Baumann, from set of two stamps German Designs, issued on 08.12.2016. And last stamp is Vitamin C, from set Microworld, issued on 13.07.2017. Inside cover was two beautiful Austrian stamps, and you can see them in my previous post.

Thank you very much Lars!

Austria: The Willendorf Venus 3D stamp and Edelweiss

The Willendorf Venus is Austria´s most famous and valuable find from the later Palaeolithic age. When i was in Vienna i saw this ancient figure in Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Natural History Museum). Later i try to find this stamp in Philatelic center, but they didn't have it. But i got help from my friend Lars Brehm from Germany. He sent me this stamp and one embroidered flower stamp. Because is very hard to scan properly this kind of material, i found this nice gif image to show you 3D effect.

The Venus sculpture was created before 25,000 years. It was found in Willendorf in the Wachau on 7 August 1908. The figure is 11 cm high, made of fine limestone and has survived almost undamaged.  Stamp is issued 350.000 copies on 08.08.2008.

Other stamp he sent me embroidered stamp with flower Edelweiss, issued on 19.07.2005.

Thank you very much Lars!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Postcard from Oman

I received my first postcard from Oman, an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the country shares land borders with the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan.

Postcard was sent from Nizwa, the largest city in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region in Oman and was the capital of Oman proper. Nice clear cancellation and three stamps: First and third stamps are Al Khanjar A'suri - Traditional Omani Dagger. First one is issued on 19.03.2001, and third on 07.12.2005. Second one is most important stamp - GCC Stamp Exhibition held in Nizwa in October 2015. Date of issue is 15.10.2015.

Thank you very much Wolfgang!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tourism Destinations of Indonesia

I received complete set of stamps Tourism Destinations of Indonesia on covers and postcard from Indonesia. This mail traveled 4 months and it's not even cancelled! Set of one mini sheet and four individual stamps is issued on 10.02.2017.

Destinations featured on stamps: Danau Toba, Bromo, Mandalika and Labuan Bajo.

Very nice postcard with butterfly Papilio ascalaphus - the Ascalaphus swallowtail. This butterfly is from family Papilionidae. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines. The wingspan is 140–160 mm. The larvae feed on Citrus species.

 And the same mini sheet on postcard.

Thank you Muhammad!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Indonesia: The 100th Anniversary of Bogoriense Zoological Museum

I received a cover from Indonesia with five mini sheets, four inside and one on cover - The 100th Anniversary of Bogoriense Zoological Museum, issued on 20.08.1994. On this mini sheet you can see a skeleton of a Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus). There is also one stamp from set Indonesia Postal Service, issued on 29.08.2013.

Other mini sheets are:
Traditional Textiles of Indonesia, issued on 18.06.2012.
The Sumatran Rhinoceros and the Javan Rhinoceros, issued on 02.10.1996.
Year of the Rooster, issued on 21.01.2017.

And the last one is National Flora and Fauna Day, issued on 05.11.1997.

Thank you Juan!

Flags of the World Series: Slovakia

Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava.

Stamps on postcard:
Cultural Heritage of Slovakia - Pominovce, issued on 02.01.2009.
Europa 2017 - Castles, issued on 05.05.2017.

Thank you Juraj!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Flags of the World Series: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population.

 Stamp on postcard is Queen Elizabeth II, issued on 21.03.2017.

Thank you Jen!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Flags of the World Series: Lithuania

Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of northern-eastern Europe. One of the three Baltic states, it is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It is bordered by Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Russian exclave Kaliningrad to the southwest. Lithuania has an estimated population of 2.8 million people as of 2017, and its capital and largest city is Vilnius. Lithuanians are a Baltic people. The official language, Lithuanian, along with Latvian, is one of only two living languages in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family.

Stamp on postcard is The 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Michał Kleofas Ogiński, issued on 26.09.2015.

Thank you Nina Klemetti!