Monday, July 16, 2018

My stamp order from Portugal

When Portuguese post issued Star Wars stamps, I decided it's time to make my first order from this beautiful country. This beautiful sheet with 3 stamps and 6 individual stamps are dedicated to The 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, and it's issued on 25.8.2017. Sheet is dedicated to the original trilogy (now Episodes IV, V and VI), and individual stamps celebrate most memorable characters from franchise.

Beautiful design and coloring for legendary characters: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Yoda. 

I also bought Europa (C.E.P.T.) - Children's Books, issued on 7.5.2010. Fantastic design!

Portugal also have separate issues for their island territories, Madeira and Azores, and it's also issued on 7.5.2010.

This is Europa (C.E.P.T.) - Astronomy, issues for Portugal, Azores and Madeira. Release date was 8.5.2009.

I also bought this 3 joint issues:
Joint issue with Iraq - Birds of Prey, 21.9.2009.
Joint issue with Turkey - Porcelain, 12.5.2009.
Joint issue with India - Folklore/Dance, 7.1.2017.

And for the end, this is one of rare posts which sends philatelic material in cover with stamps! This is so rare today, unfortunately. They used two different stamps: Christmas, (10.9.2013), and famous Portuguese tiles rewarded with Aga Khan Award for Architecture (6.9.2013.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

United Nations: Vienna International Centre

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) is the campus and building complex hosting the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is colloquially also known as UNO City. The VIC, designed by Austrian architect Johann Staber, was built between 1973 and 1979 just north of the river Danube. The initial idea of setting up an international organization in Vienna came from the Chancellor of Austria Dr. Bruno Kreisky. Six Y-shaped office towers surround a cylindrical conference building for a total floor area of 230,000 square meters. The highest tower stands 127 meters tall, enclosing 28 floors.

This awesome Smurf stamp is from set International Day of Happiness, issued on 20.3.2017.

Thank you Cassandra!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

French Polynesia: Huahine

Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Leeward Islands group. The island has a population of about 6,300.

Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The island maintains the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to the original ancestors of the Tahitians—the Lapita people—around 700 AD.

Stamp on postcard is The 4th South Pacific Arts Festival, issued on 20.11.1984.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

USA: Indianapolis Motor Speedway with matching stamp

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an automobile racing circuit located in Speedway, Indiana (an enclave suburb of Indianapolis) in the United States. It is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, and formerly the home of the United States Grand Prix. Constructed in 1909, it is the second purpose built banked oval racing circuit after Brooklands and the first to be called a 'speedway'. It has a permanent seating capacity of 257,325 with infield seating raising the grand total capacity to an approximate 400,000. It is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world.

Postcard arrived with matching ATM label, issued on 25.5.2008. Other two stamps are complete set Wilt Chamberlain, issued on 5.12.2014.

Thank you Charlotte!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jetoy series: Cat with a Pearl Earring

Jetoy makes this really interesting fusion of famous paintings and cats. On this postcard you can see Jetoy version of famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, originally painted by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer.

Our friend Charlotte this time used four stamps on postcard:
Frederick Hurten Rhead - Dinnerware (from set Pioneers of American Industrial Design), issued on 29.6.2011.
Silver Coffeepot (from set American design), issued on 16.3.2007.
Vintage tulip (from set Vintage Flowers), issued on 14.2.2015.
American Toleware (from set American design), issued on 22.8.2008. (dated 2007)

Thank you Charlotte!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Flags of the World Series: Kenya

Kenya is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2, and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017.

Beautiful stamp on postcard, but unfortunately, without cancellation. This bird on stamp is Hadada Ibis, and release date is 22.02.1993.

Thank you Deo!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Russia: The blue cat in boots

I arranged this card for Nina as a surprise. It is from Blue cat series by Rina Zenluk.

Postcard was sent from Russia with many nice stamps:

The 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Ingushetia, issued on 04.06.2017.
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Aram Khachaturyan, issued on 24.04.2003.
Paintings of S. Prisekin - "Whosoever come with the sword will perish with the sword", 1983, issued on 08.06.2004.
Happy New Year, issued on 07.12.2007.

Thank you Polina!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ferrari World in United Arab Emirates

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, is also located here.

The foundation stone for the park was laid on 3 November 2007. It took three years to develop the park and it officially opened to the public on 4 November 2010. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi covers an area of 86,000 square metres. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named the "Middle East's Leading Tourist Attraction" at the World Travel Awards 2015 & 2016. In 2017, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named as the "Middle East's Leading Theme Park" at the World Travel Awards.

Stamp on postcard is Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, issued on 01.12.2017.

Thank you Ian!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Nevis: Jessup Bay

Here is another postcard from beautiful Nevis in West Indies. The West Indies is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean that includes the island countries and surrounding waters of three major archipelagoes: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago. The phrase "West Indies" distinguished the territories encountered by Columbus or and claimed by Spain from discovery claims by other powers in "East Indies". The term "West Indies" was eventually used by all European nations to describe their own acquired territories in the Americas.

Cattleya Sophia Martin, from set Orchids, issued on 15.06.1999.
Broad-winged Hawk, from set Local hawks and herons, issued on 19.03.1985.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nevis: Conch in Cotton Ground

This is Lobatus gigas, originally known as Strombus gigas, commonly known as the queen conch, is a species of large edible sea snail. This species is one of the largest molluscs native to the tropical northwestern Atlantic, from Bermuda to Brazil, reaching up to 35.2 centimetres in shell length. Picture is taken by sender itself, my friend Wolfgang, on beach in Cotton Ground. Cotton Ground is a town on the island of Nevis in Saint Kitts and Nevis. It is the capital of Saint Thomas Lowland Parish.

Two stamps are used for postage, but one fell off during journey to my home. This flower stamp is Cattleya intermedia, from set Orchids, issued on 15.06.1999.

Thank you Wolfgang and friendly people from philatelic bureau in Nevis!