Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wooden stamp from Austria

I have new stamps from Austria in my collection. Traditionally, Austrian Post every year have one stamp from unusual materials. This year they issued this Oak tree stamp, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Österreichische Bundesforste, which were separated from the state budget in 1997 and newly formed as a share company. Stamp is in the form of an oak, and it's made from real oak tree.

Oaks are quite recognizable on their characteristic lobed leaves and on their fruits also for laymen. In Austria, the stalk and the grape oak are predominant. In the eastern areas of Austria, oaks are widespread and play a significant economic role. They can reach an altitude of up to 40 meters as well as an age of about 1,000 years.

Release date: 28.07.2017.
Circulation:  130.000
Printing:  Laser engraving / screen printing
Design:  David Gruber

Other new stamps in my collection:
EUROPA - Palaces and Castles, issued on 09.05.2017.
EUROPA - Think Green, issued on 14.05.2016.
Classic Cars - Puch XII Alpenwagen, 1919, issued on 20.05.2017.
Classic Cars  - Denzel WD Super 1300, issued on 26.08.2016.

The 60th Anniversary of the Birth of Falco, issued on 19.02.2017.
Austrians in Hollywood - Christoph Waltz, issued on 12.07.2017.
The 150th Anniversary of the Villach Carnival , issued on 07.01.2017.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cover from Dominican Republic

About a month ago i received this cover from Dominican Republic. Cancellations are very pale, so i don't know what's on them, but it resembles the shape of perforated stamps. There are four stamps on cover: First one is  The 33rd Anniversary of United Nations, issued on 23.10.1978. Second is The 100th Anniversary of the Death of St. John Bosco (Founder of Salesian Brothers), 1815-1888, issued on 23.02.1988. And third and fourth stamps are The 50th Anniversary of Palace Museum Alcazar de Colon, tagged with year 2007, but is released on 18.04.2008.

Thank you Valery!

Guam: Talofoto Bay

Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States situated in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean.The capital city of Guam is Hagåtña and the most populous city is Dededo.On this postcard you can see Talofoto Bay. Talofofo Bay is notable for being one of the most accessible brown sand beaches of Guam, and is the site of the World War II shipwreck of the Aratama Maru, a Japanese freighter.

Stamp on postcard is Green Succulent, issued on 28.04.2017.

Thank you Shang-Hong!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Postal History on cover from Singapore

I received another fine cover from Johnny Lowis - three stamps from set The 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamp Issued in Singapore, issued on 01.09.2017.  

2017 is a special year in remembering and appreciating the history of postage stamps of Singapore. On 1 September 1867, stamps of India overprinted with a crown and various rates of postage were released becoming the first postage stamps of the Straits Settlements. This stamp issue is released to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamp Issued in Singapore.

Thank you Johnny!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Art Award cover from Finland and stamps from Åland Islands

I received a cover from Finland with whole stamp set Art Award, issued on 06.09.2017.

Posti’s first art award was handed over to sculptor Jasmin Anoschkin in March. In addition to EUR 10,000 of prize money, the award includes the publishing of stamps based on the artist’s works.
Three playful works were selected for the stamp series: ceramic kissing lips, a koala and a giraffe, and a reindeer made of wood. The sheet was designed by Paula Salviander and consists of 15 domestic no-value indicator stamps.

 Inside cover was 3 mini sheets from Åland Islands. First mini sheet is Nordic Mythology - Letesgubbar, issued on 29.03.2006. Second is also Nordic Mythology, but this time Drottningkleven, issued on 27.03.2008. Third mini sheet is Millennium - Peace Symbol, issued on 03.01.2000.

What a fantastic piece of art! So simple, but beautiful!

Thank you Kimmo!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lichtenstein: Vaduz Castle

Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. The Princely Family of Liechtenstein acquired Vaduz Castle in 1712 when it purchased the countship of Vaduz. At this time, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, combined the countship with the Lordship of Schellenberg, purchased by the Liechtensteins in 1699, to form the present Principality of Liechtenstein.

Beautiful matching cancellation and corn on stamp from set Crop plants, issued on 06.03.2017.

Thank you Jens!

Austria: Haus des Meeres in Vienna

The Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea) is a public aquarium in Vienna, Austria. It is located in Esterhazy Park in downtown Mariahilf district. The Haus des Meeres houses over ten thousand aquatic beings on an area of around 4,000 square meters inside a tall concrete flak tower built during World War II. In 2012 the Haus des Meeres attracted a record high of 436,500 visitors. We were there last year, it was really crowded and warm inside, but it's really worth of visit.

 Stamp on postcard is The 150th Anniversary of the Villach Carnival, issued on 07.01.2017.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flags of the World Series: Wales

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations.

Stamp on postcard is from set Europa CEPT: Sounds of Britain, issued on 03.10.2006.

Thank you Kirsty!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flags of the World Series: Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers. North of Cyprus is occupied by Turkey in 1974.

Two stamps on postcard, again without cancellation:
EUROPA 2016 - Think Green, issued on 09.05.2016.
Refugge stamp, issued on 03.01.2013.

Thank you Sven!

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Star Wars stamps from UK

Royal mail yesterday again released wonderful Star Wars stamps. This time we can see Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, Porgs, BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO and K-2SO. The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween who also designed the hugely popular Star Wars stamp set issued in 2015. The four ‘droid’ stamps include design features that become visible only under a UV light. I pre-ordered this stamps, and i was surprised when i received them, because they arrived few days before release date.