Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cover from Republic of Abkhazia

This is my first cover from Republic of Abkhazia, de facto and partially recognized republic on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, south of the Greater Caucasus mountains, in northwestern Georgia.
The status of Abkhazia is a central issue of the Georgian–Abkhazian conflict and Georgia–Russia relations. The polity is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria. While Georgia lacks control over Abkhazia, the Georgian government and most United Nations member states consider Abkhazia legally part of Georgia, whose constitution designates the area as the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

Cover was sent from capital city Sukhumi, with stamps which are before considered as "Cinderellas", but know with real postal traffic they became real stamps! On this cover you can see stamps from two sets: First one is nice flag stamp Cooperation with Transnistria from 2018, and other two stamps shows famous people from Abkhazia, issued in 1998.

Thank you, Jinesh!

Monday, August 19, 2019

National Alpini Association on cover from Italy

The National Alpini Association is an Italian association representing the "Alpini in congedo" (Alpini on leave) of the Italian Army. The Alpini are a mountain infantry corps of the Italian Army, that distinguished itself in combat during World War I and World War II. As the ANA defines itself a quick reaction reserve corps to the active Alpini units, it has been nicknamed 10th Alpini Regiment. Accordingly, the Italian Army never had a 10th Alpini Regiment. Italian post issued this commemorative stamp on 10.5.2019.

Thank you, Marcello!

Honey bees on cover from Malaysia

A honey bee is a eusocial flying insect within the genus Apis of the bee clade. They are known for construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax, for the large size of their colonies, and for their surplus production and storage of honey, distinguishing their hives as a prized foraging target of many animals, including honey badgers, bears and human hunter-gatherers. In the early 21st century, only seven species of honey bee are recognized, with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically seven to eleven species are recognized. The best known honey bee is the western honey bee which has been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination; modern humans also value the wax for candlemaking, soapmaking, lip balms, and other crafts. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the roughly 20,000 known species of bees. On this cover you see honey bees from Malaysia, on stamps released on 9.4.2019.

Thank you, Raymond!

Postcard from Sint Maarten

This is my first postcard from Sint Maarten, 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 is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

On this postcard you can see Princess Juliana International Airport, main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. This famous airport has very low-altitude flyover landing approaches, owing to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore and Maho Beach, as you can see on this postcard.

Both stamps on this postcard are from set Tourism - Local Views, issued on 3.4.2013.

I received earlier postcard from French part of the island and you can see it here.

Thank you very much Wolfgang for sending me postcards from both parts of the island!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lizards on cover from Dominica

This is my first cover from Dominica, with definitive stamps which shows local lizards: Dominican Ground Lizard (Ameiva fuscata), Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) and Fantastic Least Gecko (Sphaerodactylus fantasticus). Stamp set is issued 1.2.2012.

Dominica is an island country in the West Indies. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique to the south-southeast. The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago and later colonised by Europeans, predominantly by the French from the 1690s to 1763. Columbus is said to have passed the island on Sunday 3 November 1493, and the island's name is derived from the Latin for "Sunday". Great Britain took possession in 1763 after the Seven Years' War, and it gradually established English as its official language. The island republic gained independence in 1978.

Thank you so much, Wolfgang!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Volkswagen Beetle on cover from Croatia

This is cover from Croatia with stamp dedicated to legendary Volkswagen Beetle, that was manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003. The need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its functional objectives were formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country's new road network. Members of the National Socialist party, with an additional dues surcharge, were promised the first production, but the war shifted production to military vehicles instead. Lead engineer Ferdinand Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalize the design. Béla Barényi is credited with first conceiving the original design for this car in 1925 by Mercedes-Benz, five years before Porsche claimed to have done his initial version. The result was the first Volkswagen, and one of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

This stamp is issued on 8.5.2008. Postage is underpaid and that's why is letter "T" on cover, but postman didn't ask me to pay the difference.

Thank you, Maja!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds on cover from Sweden

This fantastic looking souvenir sheet is Swedish issue for Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds, issued on 9.5.2019. Both birds on stamps are common or Eurasian blackbirds (Turdus merula), a species of true thrush. It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. They also live in Serbia, and they had nest in my yard! The adult male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich, melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Thank you so much, Henrik!

Monday, August 12, 2019

World Philatelic Exhibition in Thailand on cover from Indonesia

I received cover from Indonesia with souvenir sheet dedicated World Philatelic Exhibition 2003, held in Thailand. Sheet is dedicated to elephant football, which is popular in Thailand. Sheet is issued on 4.10.2003.

Thank you, Juned!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds on FDC from Germany

Deutsche Post issued one stamp for Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds theme on 2.5.2019, with pair yellowhammer birds. The yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerine bird in the bunting family that is native to Eurasia and has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. Most European birds remain in the breeding range year-round, but the eastern subspecies is partially migratory, with much of the population wintering further south. The male yellowhammer has a bright yellow head, streaked brown back, chestnut rump, and yellow under parts. Other plumages are duller versions of the same pattern. The yellowhammer is common in open areas with some shrubs or trees, and forms small flocks in winter.

Thank you so much, Holger, for this beautiful FDC and mint stamp inside!

Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds on cover from Czech Republic

Česká pošta issued one stamp for Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds theme on 24.4.2019. Česká pošta selected a combined view of a winter landscape with two common kingfishers. The kingfishers are brightly coloured birds with a turquoise blue head and wings and a rusty brown belly, a brown-and-white stripe stretching from the long dark bill to the back of the head, and white feathers marking right below the bill. The kingfishers weigh approximately 40 g and measure 15 to 17 cm. The wingspan is approximately 25 cm. The kingfishers are found not only in Europe but also in South Asia and North Africa. They also live on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you, Michaela!