Saturday, May 8, 2010
Sisi - Austria EXPO Shanghai 2010
I was lucky to receive this beautiful cover from Edna, sent on 30 Apr, from Vienna. Thanks for remembering me ;-)
This minisheet was issued in conjunction with the opening of World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and Austria's participation in it. The motif shows one of Vienna most famous landmarks, "Schloss Schönbrunn" (Schönbrunn Palace), together with a portrait of "Kaiserin Elisabeth" (Empress Elisabeth), nickname Sisi. The beautiful portrait of Empress Elisabeth, with diamond stars in her hair, was drawn by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1865.
Note the beautiful first day cancellation with the chinese word "世", indicating World Expo ("世博会").
The other stamp on the left of cover was issued in 2002 from a set of 5 stamps.
Austria is represented at Shanghai with an extensive business programmes. Among the exhibitors in Shanghai will be the Austrian Post.
You may take a look at the Austrian Pavilion in World Expo 2010 here.