Monday, January 17, 2022

The Age of the Vikings on cover from Sweden

 

I received this nice cover from Sweden with stamps from set The Age of the Vikings issued in 2015. 

 

Thank you so much, Henrik!



Monday, January 3, 2022

Europa CEPT 2021 on cover from Montenegro

 

Fantastic cover from Montegro, Europa CEPT 2021! Thank you, Altea!



Friday, December 10, 2021

Two delayed postcards from Malaysia!

 
I received two postcards from Malaysia sent by random senders from Postcard United. It's astonishing how much time these two cards have traveled thanks to many obstacles caused by COVID-19.


If you look at the dates on these postcards, you can see they've been sent in May and June 2020 - year and a half ago! Also both senders are writing about COVID-19, so these cards truly reflects this awful worldwide pandemic.

Thank you so much SookFun and Ally!



Friday, November 5, 2021

Cover from The British Indian Ocean Territory!

 

This cover is one best surprises in my mailbox this year, sent by my dear friend Wolfgang from Austria. BIOT is a British Overseas Territory of the UK situated in the Indian Ocean halfway between Tanzania and Indonesia, with total land area of just 60 square kilometres. The largest and most southerly island is Diego Garcia, 27 km2, the site of a Joint Military Facility of the UK and the USA.

The only inhabitants are British and U.S. military personnel and associated contractors, who collectively number around 3,000. The forced removal of Chagossians from the Chagos Archipelago occurred between 1968 and 1973. Today, the exiled Chagossians are still trying to return, saying that the forced expulsion and dispossession was unlawful, but the UK government has repeatedly denied them the right of return.

Since the 1980s, the Government of Mauritius has sought to regain control over the Chagos Archipelago. A February 2019 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice called for the islands to be given to Mauritius. Since this, the United Nations General Assembly and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea have reached similar decisions. 

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a UN agency in charge of the world's postal policies, voted to block the use of UK stamps from the remote archipelago. All post from the Chagos Islands must now bear stamps from Mauritius, so i was lucky to receive this cover, cause this maybe not possible anymore in the future. 

 On this cover you can see stamp with beautiful reef manta ray and very clear blue postmark from post office in Diego Garcia, and big black postmark of BIOT post office with BIOT coat of arms. 


Thank you so much Wolfgang for this beautiful surprise!

 



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!