Thursday, October 14, 2021

Postcard from French city Béziers

 

Béziers is one of the oldest cities in France. Research published in March 2013 shows that Béziers dates from 575 BC, making it older than Agde (Greek Agathe Tyche, founded in 525 BC) and a bit younger than Marseille (Greek Massalia, founded in 600 BC). 

Béziers was a Languedoc stronghold of Catharism, which the Catholic Church condemned as heretical and which Catholic forces exterminated in the Albigensian Crusade. Béziers was the first place to be attacked. The crusaders reached the town on 21 July 1209. Béziers' Catholics were given an ultimatum to hand over the heretics or leave before the crusaders besieged the city and to "avoid sharing their fate and perishing with them". However, many refused and resisted with the Cathars. The town was sacked the following day and in the bloody massacre no one was spared, not even Catholic priests and those who took refuge in the churches. 


Two lovely stamps from set Vacations 2020 are used on this postcard.


Thank you, Lidija!




Thursday, August 19, 2021

Nice registered cover from Kyrgyzstan with my stamp order from KEP

 

Most of postal operators don't use stamps when you order something. Fortunately, KEP (Kyrgyz Express Post) isn't one of them. They've sent cover with 5 nice stamps from different sets and with nice hand cancellations. 





Beside my ordered stamps, they've also sent these nice set of 4 mini sheets with Cinderellas as a gift (last scan).

 

Thank you KEP!




Sunday, June 13, 2021

Canadian cover with personalized stamps

 

Another fine Canadian jumbo cover received last year, but this time with 12 personalized stamps on front. There is also rare sticker "flip over", which means there's additional postage on backside, which you can see on second picture. 

 
 
Thank you, Trevor!



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Mars 2020 launch on cover from Cape Canaveral, USA

 

My friend Trevor Ashman designed this cover dedicated to Mars 2020 launch, when rocket Atlas V carried rover Perseverance and the small robotic coaxial helicopter Ingenuity to their mission to Mars. USPS made this awesome postmark to celebrate this event in Cape Canaveral. 

 

 

Thank you, Trevor!



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Successful docking of the Crew Dragon Endeavour with the ISS

 

Crew Dragon Endeavour is a Crew Dragon spacecraft manufactured and operated by SpaceX and used by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. It was launched into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket on 30 May 2020 and successfully docked to the International Space Station on 31 May 2020 as part of the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission; this was the first crewed flight test of a Dragon capsule, carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. It is the spacecraft used in the first crewed orbital spaceflight from the United States since STS-135 in July 2011 and the first crewed orbital spaceflight by a private company. On 2 August 2020 it returned to Earth.

 

This nice cover is designed by Trevor Ashman to commemorate this unique event. He sent his covers to Houston cause of this awesome special postmark. Thank you very much, mate!



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Europa CEPT 2020 Ancient Postal Routes on cover from Poland

 

Like all European postal administrations, Polish post issued common Europa CEPT theme Ancient Postal Routes. They issued one stamp with unusual dimensions, so this one is tallest Europa CEPT 2020 stamp. Stamp is issued on 29.4.2020.

Thank you, Olga!



Friday, March 19, 2021

San Juan de Dios Market on postcard from Guadalajara

 

 
I received this wonderful card last year with top view of fruit vendors in San Juan de Dios Market in Guadalajara in Mexico. It is the largest indoor market in Latin America with an area of 40,000 m². On the back there is, you can say, matching stamp, even if its part of Folk Art set issued in 2019.


Thank you, Isaac!



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Land camera on postcard from UK

 


 
We received this postcard randomly sent from Postcard united several months ago. It shows Land  camera from 1947. The camera, which became better known by the name of Land's company, Polaroid, was the first so-called instant camera. Using developer and fixer contained in sacs with the film and photographic paper in a layered packet, the first Polaroid camera could produce a black-and-white photo in 60 seconds.  After the exposure was made, the packet was pulled out of the camera, which squeezed the chemicals from their sacs and began the developing process.

Thank you, Rasa!