Indonesia released first Asian Postcrossing stamps in 2017, and this year we have personalized Postcrossing stamp from this country. I received this beautiful cover, 3D postcard and mint stamp inside, and also missing minisheet from 2017 edition.
This beautiful 3D postcard was printed for Postcrossing Exhibition 11-15 July at the Plaza Semanggi in Jakarta. You can't see 3D effect when i scan this card, but I've found someones video on YouTube and you can see 3D effect bellow.
This video is posed on YouTube by hana novi christinawaty, thank you!
I also received one mint personalized stamp inside, and my missing minisheet from previous Postcrossing set.
This is my missing minisheet from last year, part of official Postcrossing set issued on 14.07.2017. Set includes this minisheet and 3 individual stamps, and this 3 stamps I received last year. You can see cover with them here.
I received another registered cover from China, this time with minisheet High-speed Railway Development, issued on 25.11.2017. As regards railway systems, China has become the country with the largest operation scale, the most comprehensive technology and the most abundant high-speed railway managerial experience. It has successfully developed Chinese-standard “Renaissance" Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) bullet trains. With a traveling speed of up to 350 kp/h on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, it sets a new benchmark for the world's high-speed railway operating speed, showing that China's high-speed rail industry has entered a new era.
Other stamps on cover:
Taiwan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea), issued on 1.2.2002. Yunnan Nuthatch (Sitta yunnanensis), issued on 1.1.2004. Greeting Card Stamp, issued on 8.8.2013. Long Sheng Ti Tian (from set Beautiful China), issued on 19.5.2013.
I received my first cover from Honduras, a country in Central America, once known as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became modern-day Belize. The republic of Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.
Stamps on cover:
The eyelash viper, green iguana and burrowing owl from set Conservation of Wildlife, issued on 6.10.2014. And the last stamp is honduran emerald from set Environmental Protection, issued on 10.4.2015.
We received couple of nice postcards from Greece. As you can see on this postcard, Greece is heaven for cats and cat lovers. They are everywhere, especially in touristic places, of course, always around restaurants!
Stamp on postcard is Solon of Athens (from set Seven wise men of Antiquity), issued on 27.7.2017.
Second postcard shows Greek village Panagia, in Chalkidiki.
Stamp on this postcard is from set World day of bees, issued on 18.5.2018.
The Church of Saint George is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. The historical and religious site was named Lalibela after the King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe dynasty, who commissioned its construction. He is regarded as a saint by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The church itself is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela".
Stamps on postcard:
Agelgel from Welega (from set Traditional baskets), issued on 20.2.1997. Menelik's Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus meneliki), issued on 12.12.2002.
I received nice shaped postcard from China. Postcard represents Lin Zexu Memorial, and inscription bellow means: "All rivers run into sea", and meaning of that is - Be tolerant to diversity. Lin Zexu was a Chinese scholar-official of the Qing dynasty best known for his role in the First Opium War of 1839–42. Lin's forceful opposition to the opium trade was a primary catalyst for the First Opium War.
Stamps on postcard:
Greeting Card Stamp, issued on 8.8.2013. Wanfeng Peaks Forest (from set Beautiful China), issued on 12.5.2016. Biddulph's Ground-jay (Podoces biddulphi), issued on 1.2.2002.
This mini sheet is part of set Chinese Dinosaurs. I received bigger sheet from this set before, and you can see it here. So, I finally got smaller sheet, with one, but big and very nice stamp featuring Mamenchisaurus. Mamenchisaurus is a sauropod dinosaur genus including several species, known for their remarkably long necks which made up half the total body length. It is known from numerous species which ranged in time from 160 to 145 million years ago, from the Oxfordian to Tithonian ages of the late Jurassic Period of China, and the largest species may have reached 35 m in length and possibly weighed 50 to 75 tons. This set is issued on 19.5.2017.
Rest of stamps on cover:
Wanfeng Peaks Forest, issued on 12.5.2016.
And rest are from set Greeting Stamps, issued on 8.8.2013.
I received my first cover from Vanuatu, a Pacific island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is 1,750 kilometres east of northern Australia, 540 kilometres northeast of New Caledonia, east of New Guinea, southeast of the Solomon Islands, and west of Fiji. The prehistory of Vanuatu is obscure; archaeological evidence supports the theory that people speaking Austronesian languages first came to the islands about 3,300 years ago. Pottery fragments have been found dating to 1300–1100 BC. In the 1880s, France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the archipelago, and in 1906, they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago as the New Hebrides through an Anglo–French condominium. An independence movement arose in the 1970s, and the Republic of Vanuatu was founded in 1980.
Stamps on cover:
Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, issued on 11.5.2016.
And two stamps from WWF set Giant Grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), issued on 4.10.2006.
Eritrea is a country in the Horn of Africa, with its capital at Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. Name Eritrea is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea, which was first adopted for Italian Eritrea in 1890. At Buya in Eritrea, one of the oldest hominids representing a possible link between Homo erectus and an archaic Homo sapiens was found by Italian scientists. Dated to over 1 million years old, it is the oldest skeletal find of its kind and provides a link between hominids and the earliest anatomically modern humans. It is believed that the section of the Danakil Depression in Eritrea was also a major player in terms of human evolution, and may contain other traces of evolution from Homo erectus hominids to anatomically modern humans.
This postcard was missent to India, so i have cancellations from two countries and two nice stamps on this card:
First one is from set Progress and National Symbols, issued on 17.3.2000.
Second is from set Paintings by Ghide Ghebremicael, issued on 12.7.2004.
I received wonderful cover from Azores with one mini sheet and four stamp sets. Cover was sent from Angra do Heroismo, and on this beautiful mini sheet you can see old map of Angra do Heroismo, and this historic city center is today UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mini sheet was issued on 4.6.2001.
All this 3 stamp sets are dedicated to transportation:
Inter-island Transport, issued on 15.11.1991. Means of transportation, issued on 7.11.1986. Transport of the Azores - Ships, issued on 7.10.1992.
This stamps set is also dedicated to UNESCO World Heritage - Angra do Heroismo, and is released on 4.6.2001.
Inside cover were also two postcards. This one shows Praia da Vitória (translated as the Beach of the Victory), the second largest administrative authority on the island of Terceira.
And this postcard shows fumaroles on Terceira Island, one of the larger islands of the archipelago, which capitol city is Angra do Heroísmo.
Stamps on cover:
Café Athanásio, historic café from Azores, issued on 27.10.2016.
Azores Handicraft (ceramics), issued on 8.5.2015.
Traditional Portuguese Festivals, issued on 21.2.2011.