Monday, February 18, 2019

50th Anniversary of The first Europa issue on registered cover from Republika Srpska

In 2005 and 2006, many European postal operators (and some outside Europe), decided to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Europa CEPT stamps. Many of them issued stamps both in sheetlets and minisheeets, and also imperforated versions, and same thing did Post of Republika Srpska on 30.8.2005. I had several copies of this minisheet, and my friend from Istočno Sarajevo, capital city of Republika Srpska, helped me and sent me this cover. Thank you Goran!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Indonesian Railways on First Day Cover

 On 28th September 2018, Indonesian Post issued stamps and First Day Cover dedicated do Indonesian Railways. On first stamp you can see rail clinic and on second is light rail transit, and these stamps are cancelled with superb tricolored postmark, which represents conductor hat!
The majority of Indonesia's railways are on Java, used for both passenger and freight transport. There are three noncontinuous railway networks in Sumatra (Aceh and North Sumatra; West Sumatra; South Sumatra and Lampung) with two new networks is being developed in Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Indonesia has finalized its plan for a national railway network recently. According to the plan, 3,200 km of train tracks that will criss-cross the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi, it has been touted as the most extensive railway project in Indonesia since its independence from the Dutch in 1945.

Thank you Jc Lee!

Flags of the World Series: French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic. It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2,000 kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean. Following the Great Polynesian Migration, European explorers visited the islands of French Polynesia on several occasions. Traders and whaling ships also visited. In 1842, the French took over the islands and established a French protectorate they called Etablissements des français en Océanie (EFO). In 1946, the EFOs became an overseas territory under the constitution of the French Fourth Republic, and Polynesians were granted the right to vote through citizenship. In 1957, the EFOs were renamed French Polynesia. Since 28 March 2003, French Polynesia has been an overseas collectivity of the French Republic.

Stamps on postcard:
First and third stamps are from set The 60th Anniversary of D'Air Tahiti, issued on 11.1.2018.
Second stamp is Aviation in French Polynesia, issued on 17.2.2017.

Thank you Ismael.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The 80th Anniversary of the Financial Guardian Historical Museum

I received this cover from Italy with stamp The 80th Anniversary of the Financial Guardian Historical Museum, issued on 21.11.2017. This theme is not common for museums or stamps. Stamp depicts in the foreground an officer's jacket from the Royal Guardia di Finanza and, in the background, bordered on the upper right by a tricolor band, the entrance to the Historical Museum of the Guardia di Finanza (Museum of Italy's Customs Service) in Rome. Sender also used meter label worth 1,15 € for additional postage.

Thank you Marcello!

The Big Five series on cover from Tanzania

I received wonderful cover from Tanzania with minisheet The Big Five series, issued on 30.7.2013. They issued five stamps on minisheets, and this one is with African bush elephants. The Big Five is name in Africa, for five big animals: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. The term was coined by big-game hunters, and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, but is now also widely used by safari tour operators. Africa's Big Five have become major concerns for wildlife conservationists in recent years. The African lion, African leopard and African bush elephant are all classified as vulnerable. The southern white rhinoceros is classified as near threatened while the black rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered, so hunting them is greatly restricted for the latter.

Thank you very much Henrik!

Cover from Uruguay

I received my first cover from Uruguay, country in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.44 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometers, Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname. Stamp on cover is one of two stamps from Mercosur Issue : National Museum, issued on 28.8.2018.

Inside cover was this beautiful minisheet International Conference on Small Bodies of the Solar System, in Montevideo, Uruguay, issued on 9.4.2017.

Thank you Jorge!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Taiwan: Juguang Tower in Kinmen

Juguang Tower was completed in 1953, originally built to commemorate the battles of Guningtou and the 823 Artillery War (aka Second Taiwan Strait Crisis), two battles in which the KMT forces held back the Communists from invasion. It was built in Nanjing style, the original capital of the ROC. The tower is three stories high with galleries and historic exhibits throughout its halls. Now the tower also has many exhibitions featuring the local art and culture of the Kinmen people.  Often it is the first stop for tourists visiting Kinmen.

Nice red postmark and 3 wonderful stamps on postcard:
Fruit definitives: Annona × atemoya and Litchi, issued on 28.1.2016.
Non-denominated Postage Stamp, issued on 1.8.2017.

Thank you Li Ming!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Locomotives on cover from Croatia

Croatian Post issued set with two stamps with locomotives on 5.10.2018. On left stamp is Steam Locomotive No. 7,  built to pull light passenger and mixed trains at low railways. Small in terms of dimensions, but light and fast, the locomotive was simple to maintain. Locomotive no. 7 had flat steam valves, a Heusinger steering wheel and a lever handbrake. This type of a locomotive was built in the Orenstein and Koppel factories in Berlin Drewitz between 1923 and 1930. Today, the steam locomotive no. 7 can be seen at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb. The locomotive's power is 44 kW (60 KSi), its length is 6380 mm, empty locomotive mass is 10 t, operating locomotive mass is 12 t, water tank is 2.5 m3, coal supply is 0.5 t, and the greatest permitted speed is 25 km/h.

On second stamp you can see Diesel-electrical Motor Train DEV I. The construction of the first aluminium train was instigated by Milan Holjevac, an engineer and the Director of Gradska željeznica Zagreb that was operating on the Samobor Railway from 1950. The train's drive was combined and realised with a four-stroke diesel motor with six cylinders of the FR type and the 140 KS power manufactured in the Famos factory in Sarajevo and electrical engine motor manufactured in the Končar factory in Zagreb. Due to its attractive appearance and aerodynamic shape, the aluminium trains got their popular nickname – Silver Arrows. Three years after the transport was abolished on the Samobor Railway, in 1983 all four aluminum train compositions were disassembled. Only one motor wagon in a very bad state managed to escape the scrap yard. Train length is 46.1 m, width is 2.5 m, height is 3.3 m, mass is 42.2 t, the greatest axle load bearing is 5.5 t, and the highest speed is 60 km/h

Thank you Maja!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Postcard from Saint Martin

Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 300 km east of Puerto Rico. The 87-square-kilometre island is divided roughly 60/40 between the French Republic (53 km2) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (34 km2), but the two parts are roughly equal in population. The division dates to 1648. The southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The northern French part comprises the Collectivity of Saint Martin and is an overseas collectivity of France. This card is sent from French part of the island, and on card you can see Simpson Bay, which is also divided between two sides.

Saint Martin used regular French stamps, unlike Dutch part,witch have their own stamps. Stamp on postcard is The 100th Anniversary of the Death of Sully Prudhomme, issued on 19.9.2007.

Thank you so much Wolfgang!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Flags of the World Series: Taiwan

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations. The Chinese Civil War led to the ROC's loss of the mainland to the Communists, and the flight of the ROC government to Taiwan in 1949. Although the ROC continued to claim to be the legitimate government of China, its effective jurisdiction had, since the loss of Hainan in 1950, been limited to Taiwan and several small islands, with the main island making up 99% of its de facto territory. As a founding member of the United Nations, the ROC represented China at the UN until 1971, when it lost its seat to the PRC.

Stamp on postcard is Regalecus glesne (The giant oarfish), from set Deep-Sea Creatures in Taiwan, issued on 12.12.2012.

Thank you Brendan!