Friday, September 21, 2018

Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, and it took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It was the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe. I was lucky to receive cover with two special postmarks: One dedicated to 315 years of Saint Petersburg, and second dedicated to 2018 FIFA World Cup. Stamp on cover is from set of eight stamps dedicated to this event, and i also received two mint stamps (on picture bellow). Stamps are issued on 10.5.2018.

Thank you Evgenia!

Iceland: Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is a town in the northwest of Iceland. According to the Landnámabók (the book of settlement), Skutulsfjördur was first settled by Helgi Magri Hrólfsson in the 9th century. In the 16th century, the town grew as it became a trading post for foreign merchants. Witch trials were common around the same time throughout the Westfjords, and many people were banished to the nearby peninsula of Hornstrandir, now a national nature reserve. The town of Ísafjörður was granted municipal status in 1786.

First stamp on postcard is from set Islands, issued on 6.9.2001. and second is Day of the Stamp, issued on 7.10.2005.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Niue: Utuko Reef

I received earlier cover from Niue, and this is my first postcard. Niue is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand, east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. The first Europeans to sight Niue sailed under Captain James Cook in 1774. Cook made three attempts to land, but the inhabitants refused to grant permission to do so. He named the island "Savage Island" because, as legend has it, the natives who "greeted" him were painted in what appeared to be blood. The substance on their teeth was hulahula, a native red fe'i banana. For the next couple of centuries, Niue was known as Savage Island until its original name, Niuē, which translates as "behold the coconut", regained use.

These two stamps are from set Butterflyfish of Niue, issued on 20.9.2017.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Greetings from series: Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands is a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometers north-northwest of Scotland, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. The islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Their area is about 1,400 square kilometers with a population of 50,322.

A lot of awesome stamps on this postcard:
Old Fire Machines, issued on 22.2.2016.
The Villages - Gasadalur, issued on 10.6.2003.
Old town Tórshavn, issued on 2.3.1981.
Historical documents, issued on 19.10.1981.

Thank you so much!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cover from Hong Kong

I received cover from Hong Kong, with 6 nice stamps: one pair of stamps 150th Anniversary of Hong Kong Fire Service (from set of five), issued on 8.5.2018, and four stamps Basalt Island, from set Landscapes of Hong Kong, issued on 24.7.2014.

Thank you Ling Hui!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

China: Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a 14th-century historical novel attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It is set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280. The story – part historical, part legend, and part mythical – romanticises and dramatises the lives of feudal lords and their retainers, who tried to replace the dwindling Han dynasty or restore it. While the novel follows hundreds of characters, the focus is mainly on the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han dynasty, and would eventually form the three states of Cao Wei, Shu Han, and Eastern Wu. The novel deals with the plots, personal and military battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance for almost 100 years.

This big mini sheet (182 x 65mm), is issued on 24.11.1994. It arrived in very damaged cover, but fortunately, it was very well protected inside.

This cover looks like postman was hungry! Two stamps also missing. Survived stamp is Apricots, from set Fruits, issued on 23.7.2016.

Thank you Nicole!

Liechtenstein: The 100th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Klimt

This stamp set is dedicated to The 100th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Klimt, great Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his "golden phase", many of which include gold leaf. This stamp set shows paintings The Kiss (1907–08) and Death and Life (1910). Stamp are issued on 5.3.2018.

Thank you Rosmarie!

Greetings from series: Czech Republic

This is another postcard from Greetings from series, this time from Czech Republic, or Czechia, landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia.

On postcard is wonderful stamp Postcrossing, issued on 2.9.2015, but cancellation is on wrong place.

Thank you Anastasia!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cover from Niue

Niue is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand, east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. Niue's land area is about 261 square kilometers and its population, predominantly Polynesian, was about 1,600 in 2016. Traditional name for Niue is "Rock of Polynesia". Niue is one of the world's largest coral islands. Niue, whose capital is the village of Alofi, is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand; and New Zealand conducts most diplomatic relations on its behalf. Niueans are citizens of New Zealand, and Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand.

Two stamps on cover are from set Coconut Crab, issued on 7.7.2001.

Thank you Wolfgang and Jinesh!

Chad: Postcard from N'Djamena

Chad is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west. It is the fifth largest country in Africa. Chad has several regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa. The capital N'Djamena is the largest city. Chad's official languages are Arabic and French. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The most popular religion of Chad is Islam (at 55%), followed by Christianity (at 40%).

This stamp is Arabian Bustard (Ardeotis arabs), from set WWF - Birds, issued on 24.7.2017.

Thank you Jinesh!