Saturday, November 27, 2010

Julia de Burgos ...

On Sept 14, 2010, in a ceremony held in San Juan (in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the US, located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic), the United States Postal Service (USPS) honoured Julia de Burgos's (one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets) life and literary work with the issuance of a first class postage stamp, the 26th release in the postal system's Literary Arts series. The stamp's portrait was created by Toronto-based artist Jody Hewgill.

On the card, it shows the sight of San Juan and its port.

Many thanks A.W.Welch for this splendid card ;-)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Multi-Party General Elections in Myanmar on Nov 7, 2010 ...

Many thanks Thitar for this nice registered cover which took 19 days to arrive in Singapore ;-)

Season's Greeting from Japan ...

Many thanks Wataru Sumino for this nice cover from Japan ;-)

Cover from Luxembourg ...

Many thanks Klaus U. Riemann for this nice cover, sent from Luxembourg ;-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cover from Slovakia ...

Many thanks Ing. Jozef Vaskeba for this nice cover, with Europa 2009 stamp ;-)

Cover from Italy ...

Many thanks Giovanni for another Alfa cover with different cancellation ;-)

Cover from Belgium ...

Many thanks Robert Vanbellingen for this nice cover ;-) The cover took 9 days to reach Singapore.

Cover from Latvia ...

Many thanks Juris for another mushroom cover ;-)

Cover from USA ...

Many thanks Eduardo Sudnicki for this nice cover, nice cancellation and Christmas greeting card ;-) I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too ...

Covers from Malaysia ...

Thanks, Ronny Wong ;-)

Thanks, KKKhor ;-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Congratulations to Professor Charles K. Kao on his award of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics ...

Professor Charles K. Kao, (高锟, born November 4, 1933) is a pioneer in the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications. Kao, known as the "Godfather of Broadband", "Father of Fiber Optics" or "Father of Fiber Optic Communications", was awarded half of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication".

Cover from Latvia ...

Many thanks Juris for yet another nice cover ;-)

Latvian santīmi ...

The lats (plural: lati, ISO 4217 currency code: LVL or 428) is the currency of Latvia. It is abbreviated as Ls. The lats is sub-divided into 100 santīmi (singular: santīms , plural also santīmi; from French centime).
1 Euro is about 0,7 lats.

Sandro Botticelli cover ...

Many thanks David for this awesome Sandro Botticelli cover ;-)

Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento). Among his best known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Primavera was featured on this minisheet.

Primavera (c. 1482): icon of the springtime renewal of the Florentine Renaissance, also at the summer palazzo of Pierfrancesco de' Medici, as a companion piece to the Birth of Venus and Pallas and the Centaur. Left to right: Mercury, the Three Graces, Venus, Flora, Chloris, Zephyrus.

Cover from Mauritius ...

Many thanks David for this nice cover with definitives stamps, sent from Monneron Hill Post Office, which took 10 days to reach Singapore ;-)

France-Belgium Joint Issue : Flemish Primitives ...

Many thanks Eric for this splendid cover, which autographed by graphic designers Sylvie Patte and Tanguy Besset ;-)

The two stamps above reproduced the two parts of the same diptych painted by Roger de le Pasture (1399-1464) kept today in the French Fine Arts Museum of Caen ("Madonna and Child" on the left) and the Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels ("Portrait of Laurent Froimont" on the right).

Cover from Latvia ...

Many thanks Juris Tarvids for this nice mushrooms cover ;-)

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Cover from the Netherlands ...

Many thanks Klaas for this simple nice cover, with hand cancellation of "TNT" Post and stamps of Queen Beatrix ;-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cover from India ...

Many thanks Elton for this nice cover ;-)

Cover from Malaysia ...

Many thanks KKKhor for this nice cover ;-)

Cover from Italy ...

Many thanks Giovanni for this nice cover ;-)

Cover from Ireland ...

Many thanks Kevin for this nice cover, with cancellation from Cork Mails Centre ;-)

Closing Ceremony of World Expo 2010 Shanghai ...

Many thanks Xu Wei for this nice Expo 2010 card of Chinese Pavilion, sent on the last day of World Expo 2010, with nice cachet and cancellation ;-)))

100th Anniversary of the Death of Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier ...

Swiss Post had issued on Sept 3 a stamp with face value CHF 1.90 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier, in honour of the life’s work of the two Red Cross founders.

The early history of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Red Cross owes much to two figures: Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier, who worked tirelessly to protect the lives and preserve the dignity of victims of wars and conflicts.

Many thanks David for this awesome postcard with nice stamp and cancellation ;-) Also, thanks for sending me postcard from this beautiful city of Lausanne ;-))

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Croix-Rouge française 《Les gestes qui sauvent》...

Many thanks Eric for this nice cover ;-)))

This cover with minisheet of French Red-Cross ("Croix-Rouge française") and red postmarks is simply gorgeous!

Four of the five stamps are devoted to lifesaving ("Les gestes qui sauvent"):

1. Protection and alert ("la protection et l'alerte")
2. Unconsciousness ("l'inconscience")
3. Suffocation ("l'étouffement")
4. Heart massage ("le massage cardiaque")

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Capitales Européennes - Paris

Many thanks Eric for this awesome cover with minisheet from the series of European Capitals ("Capitales Européennes") - Paris, sent from Paris, with first day cancellation of the famous Eiffel Tower, this is simply great! ;-)))

From the minisheet, can you identify the following places?

1. Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile : honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars

2. Opéra Garnier : a grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.

3. La Tour Eiffel : an 1889 iron lattice tower that has become a global icon of France. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.

4. Cathédrale Notre-Dame : is a Gothic, Catholic cathedral and widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe. Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in French.

5. Les toits de Paris (or, the roofs of Paris)

6. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (or, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) : a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

7. Square du Vert-Galant

8. Avenue des Champs-Élysees

Cover from Algeria ...

Many thanks Hocine Ouandjli for this awesome cover ;-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cover from Nicaragua ...

Many thanks Jean-Michel Maes for this nice cover ;-)

Cover from France ...

Many thanks Yves Stagnaro for this nice cover with prepaid stamp and special cancellation of Palais des Papes, located in Avignon, region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in southeastern France ;-)

Avignon is well known for its Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), where several popes and antipopes lived from the early 14th to early 15th centuries.

Seven popes resided there:

Pope Clement V: 1305–1314
Pope John XXII: 1316–1334
Pope Benedict XII: 1334–1342
Pope Clement VI: 1342–1352
Pope Innocent VI: 1352–1362
Pope Urban V: 1362–1370
Pope Gregory XI: 1370–1378

Postcard from Spain ...

Many thanks Arturo for this nice postcard with butterfly stamps, sent from Canary Islands (Fuerteventura) ;-)))

Postcard from Belgium ...

Many thanks Holger for this nice postcard ;-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hawaiian Rain Forest - Nature of America Series ...

Many thanks A.W.Welch for this nice FDC ;-)

The Hawaiian Rain Forest sheet focuses on the beauty and biodiversity of a Hawaiian rain forest. The sheet's artist, John D. Dawson, reflected the complexity of the rain forest by depicting 24 different species, with each species and their illustrated interactions being recommended and verified by scientists.

The 2010 Hawaiian Rain Forest commemorative sheet is the 12th and final issue in the Nature of America commemorative stamp series.

•Sonoran Desert (1999)
•Pacific Coast Rain Forest (2000)
•Great Plains Prairie (2001)
•Longleaf Pine Forest (2002)
•Arctic Tundra (2003)
•Pacific Coral Reef (2004)
•Northeast Deciduous Forest (2005)
•Southern Florida Wetland (2006)
•Alpine Tundra (2007)
•Great Lakes Dunes (2008)
•Kelp Forest (2009)
•Hawaiian Rain Forest (2010)