May 1, 2015

Ramsar Cover from ROMANIA

The convention was developed and adopted by participating nations at a meeting in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran, on February 2, 1971, hosted by the Iranian Department of Environment, and came into force on December 21, 1975.

The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance now includes 2186 Sites (known as Ramsar Sites) covering over 200,000,000 ha (490,000,000 acres). The country with the highest number of Sites is the United Kingdom at 170 and the country with the greatest area of listed wetlands is Bolivia, with over 140,000 km2 (54,000 sq mi).The Ramsar definition of wetlands is fairly wide, including "areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters" as well as fish ponds, rice paddies and salt pans.

Presently there are 168 contracting parties, up from 21 initial signatory nations in 1971. The state parties meet every three years as the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), the first held in Cagliari, Italy in 1980. Amendments to the original convention have been agreed to in Paris (in 1982) and Regina (in 1987).

There is a standing committee, a scientific review panel, and a secretariat. The headquarters is located in Gland, Switzerland, shared with the IUCN.

Romania has seven Ramsar sites.
Remark-Thanks my friend from Romania sending such beautiful cover

Apr 30, 2015

The 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov FDC from RUSSIA

FDC Name:The 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov
Issue Date:10th APRIL 2015
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov born 30 May 1934 in Listvyanka, West Siberian Krai, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.

Leonov was one of the 20 Soviet Air Force pilots selected to be part of the first cosmonaut group in 1960. Like all the Soviet cosmonauts, Leonov was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His walk in space was originally to have taken place on the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds on 18 March 1965, connected to the craft by a 5.35-meter tether. At the end of the spacewalk, Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. Leonov had spent eighteen months undergoing intensive weightlessness training for the mission.

Remark:Excellent FDC with nice cancellation.Thanks Limanskii E.N for such beautiful FDC after long time.

Teresa Teng FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Teresa Teng
Issue date:15th APR'2015
Teresa Teng was an influential Taiwanese singer famous throughout Asia and in Chinese communities around the world. She enthusiastically participated in concerts for ROC troops and for overseas Chinese communities, giving performances in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asian nations, among other places. She was known as a “patriot performing artist,” “the military's sweetheart,” and “the queen of her generation's singers.” A powerful demonstration of musical artistry that resonated with audiences everywhere, her voice comforted countless souls. One of the true superstars of the Asian singing world in the last half of the 20th century, she helped to advance Chinese pop. On both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and in fact anywhere there are ethnic Chinese—her songs are still popular even today, nearly 20 years after her death.
In commemoration of Teresa Teng, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of four stamps with denominations of NT$5, NT$9, NT$13, and NT$15.
This set of stamps is designed by Janny Pai and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.
Remark:Beautiful FDC with set of 4stamps.Both type of the cancellation are very clear.Thanks Chen.

Apr 18, 2015

Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” 
Issue Date:30th MAR'2015
In 2014, Chunghwa Post issued its first set of stamps in its Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” series in the order of the chapters. Now it is following up with its 2015 issue of four stamps. The designs follow :
  1. Daiyu Burying the Flowers (NT$5): Baoyu’s maid Qingwen refuses to open the door for Daiyu when she comes visit. Daiyu weeps in silence as she mistakenly interprets this as Baoyu’s doing. The next day, when she sees the ground carpeted with fallen petals, she is overcome with sadness again. As she gathers the fallen blossoms to be buried, she compares herself to the fallen petals and laments at her despondency and loneliness. She tearfully mourns the flowers: “The falling twirling petals fill the air, wasting away while no one cares.….” As he listens, Baoyu becomes transfixed and spellbound. 
  2. Tanchun Starting a Poetry Club (NT$5): Tanchun proposes to establish a poetry club. The first business of the club is for everyone to pick an alias for themselves and to draw up the rules and penalties. Then the topics and rhyme entries are chosen before the members start to write and critique each other’s work. Parties held by the club become a fad in Daguanyuan for a while. The scenes where the girls write and chat and Baoyu jokes around highlight the Jia household’s heyday and add vitality and interest to the book. 
  3. Granny Liu Touring Daguanyuan (NT$10): Granny Liu follows Grandmother Jia to Daguanyuan, where they party, row boats, and drink tea. To amuse Grandmother Jia, Sister Feng covers Granny Liu’s hair with chrysanthemums. Granny Liu goes along with her jest and plays the fool to make everyone laugh. Through Granny Liu’s touring, the author further describes the extravagant lifestyle of the Jia household, the sumptuous decor of Daguanyuan, and highlights the vivid contrast between Grandmother Jia and Granny Liu’s economic situations.
  4. Miaoyu Tasting Tea (NT$25): Miaoyu comes from the gentry class. She is both fastidious and haughty. When it comes to tea, the water she uses is snow water that was collected off of plum blossoms and then buried in the ground in a pot for five years. The tea cups she uses are all valuable antiques. She hands Baochai one with the name “Calabash Cup”, Daiyu “Rhinoceros Cup”, and Baoyu her personal green jade cup. Later she swaps it with a huge goblet decorated with coiled dragon with nine curves, ten rings and 120 knots carved from a whole bamboo root. 
Remark:Nice FDC with Fan cancellation.

Apr 17, 2015

Chinese Idiom Stories FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Chinese Idiom Stories 
Issue Date:20th MAR'2015
To enhance teenagers’ understanding of Chinese idioms and to inspire them, Chunghwa Post has issued a set of four stamps on idioms. The designs follow :
  1. Bo Le Appraises the Horse (NT$5): Bo Le is the name of a constellation in charge of the heavenly stable. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), there was a man named Sun Yang that many called Bo Le because he was expert in the ways of horses. There is a legend about his search for a good horse. One day, he saw a horse struggling to pull a salt cart up a steep slope. When he approached, the horse suddenly neighed loudly. From the horse’s cry, Bo Le knew that this was the horse he was looking for, so he purchased it. After being properly cared for, the horse did indeed become a great war horse. Later, people began to call anyone who was good at scouting talent Bo Le. 
  2. The Ambition of a Swan (NT$5): The Records of the Grand Historian devoted a chapter to a man named Chen She. Chen was poor when he was young and once worked as a farmhand. One day, he woefully said to his coworkers: “Let’s not forget about each other when one of us strikes it rich one day.” The others laughed and said, “You are just a hired farmhand, you will never strike it rich.” Sighing, Chen said “How can a sparrow know the ambition of a swan?” The idiom compares ordinary people to sparrows, who are incapable of understanding the aspirations of a hero. Later, the idiom came to be used to describe great ambition. 
  3. Adept with Both the Pen and the Sword (NT$5): In Chapter 93 of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a man beats Kong Ming at his own game. Surprised, Kong Ming inquires about him: “Who is that? How did he see through my trick?” He then was told: “His name is Jiang Wei who is very devoted to his mother. He is adept with both the pen and the sword. What’s more, he is intelligent and brave. He is a truly outstanding fellow.” The idiom “adept with both the pen and the sword” is now used to encourage people to pay attention to their work and their extracurricular skills. 
  4. Tiny Blade of Grass and Spring Sun (NT$5): “The Song of the Wandering Son,” a poem by Tang dynasty poet Meng Jiao, reads as follows: “The thread in the hand of a loving mother goes into the clothes for her wandering son. She makes the stitches tight before he leaves, worrying it might be a while before he returns. How can tiny blades of grass repay the sun, however much they appreciate its warmth?” The idiom describes how children receive so much from their parents that it is hard to expect them to repay it in kind.
Remark:I am writing this blog after long gap due.In meantime I have lost contacts with many good friends who used to send me very good FDC. Only.Only one is continuing-He is one of my best philatelic friend Shi--Ching Chen from Taiwan.Many many thanks to him & looking forward for good exchange.

May 11, 2014

Polar Bear FDC from GREENLAND

FDC Name:Vulnerable Animals
Issue Date:11th JUNE'2013
The 2013 Greenlandic stamp of the year was the stamp with the attractive polar bear with the title “Vulnerable Animals”. Stamp collectors from all over the world voted for their favorite among the 24 stamps issued by TELE-POST in 2013.
It is the artist Naja Abelsen, who has created the beautiful stamp. Naja has earlier been behind no less than 16 stamps issued by TELE-POST. The stamp “Vulnerable Animals” was issued 11th June 2013. It was a joint issue with the Israeli Post and the point of the issue was to create awareness about vulnerable animals.
The stamp is enhanced with the Augmented Reality technology. This means that you can see a short video of a live polar bear, if you download the “Sepac App” and install it on your tablet or smartphone and scan the stamp.
The winner of this monetary prize of DKK 10,000 chosen in the draw was Philippe Kocielkowski from Saint-George-sur-Meuse in Belgium. TELE-POST congratulates the winner.
The ten lucky winners of the extra prices of a year pack from 2013 are Esa Kallio in Sweden, Gert Kragh Andreasen, Camilla Nissen Toftdal, Jørgen Rasmussen and Jørgen Vesth-Hansen in Denmark, Bezazel Ferhat in Algeria, Pastorimi Massimo and Francesco Magnani in Italy, Tor Nygaard in Norway and finally Uda Yanuhardi in Indonesia.
The competition for the “2013 Greenlandic stamp of the yea” ran in the period from 1st December 2013 to the 1st March 2014.

Archeological treasure 2014 FDC from CROATIA

FDC Name:Archeological treasure
Issue Date:12th MAY'2014
In the village Služanj near Čitluk, from previous times, numerous medieval tombstones (“bilig”) are located in today’s local Catholic cemetery and nearby it. Inside the cemetery there laid a chest, which had deeply sunked into the ground, because it was obvious that it fell from its base. With somewhat effort the “bilig” in 2013 was erected and set up on its baseboard. The erected “bilig”, in the form of a tall chest with angled ends towards the baseboard, has truly impressive dimensions: height of 209 cm, width of 149 cm and depth of 69 cm. On all sides it is decorated with embossed moulding, which consists of lines in a form of rope and spiral wreaths of vines with the Croatian “trolist”.
Under the arcade from the south end, an inscription written on Humac (Cyrillic letter in Humac land) was found. The inscription is engraved in one line and says: СИ БИЛЕГЬ УГРИНА ВРАТУШИЋА / Si bileg Ugrina Vratušića / This (is) “bilig”of Ugrin Vratušić. This last name from its etymological sense is clear, most possibly a derivative of the nickname Vratuš, a man with a distinguished (long) neck. And this inscription, above all, demonstrates that the folk name “bilig” is rooted in the Humac land or Herzegovina, instead of the artificial tombstone. The inscription and “bilig” can be dated from the second half of the XV century. (Radoslav Dodig)
The Croatian Post Ltd. Mostar has issued a regular postal stamp in a sheet of 20 stamps, postmark and First Day Cover (FDC).

May 9, 2014

BELARUS-Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

Stamp Name:Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
The post of the Republic of Belarus issued 3 nos of stamps and a souvenir sheet from the series “Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi”.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games were held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 7 to 23 February 2014.2800 athletes from 88 countries attended the event. Belarus was represented by 26 athletes (15 men and 11 women) in 5 sports disciplines.
The Belarus team took part in Winter Olympics for the sixth time. Belarus is ranking the 8th in the medal table. Belarusian athletes have won six medals (5 gold and 1 bronze). The medal winners are: Darya Domracheva (three-time Olympic champion in biathlon), Alla Tsuper (Olympic champion in freestyle), Anton Kushnir (Olympic champion in freestyle) and Nadezhda Skardino (bronze medal in biathlon). The three-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva has been awarded the title “Hero of Belarus”.
The stamps depict Nadezhda Skardino, Alla Tsuper, Anton Kushnir, the souvenir sheet features Darya Domracheva.

Feb 7, 2014

EIPEX-2014 in Bhubaneswar,Odisha

# Special Cover  will be release on Birds of Mangalajodi Its vast wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds journey from as far different places of the world. Its wetland now host more than 1.5 lakhs of birds in the peak season. November to March is a good time to visit for enjoying an amazing experience. Its importance as a significant global wetland habitat and declared as an International Bird Conservation Area.
# 8 numbers of Picture Post cards will also released on 9th FEB'2014 at Mangalajodi,Odisha.

Oct 29, 2013

Two Ancient Artifacts Souvenir Sheet FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Ancient Artifacts
Issue Date:8th OCT'2013
To spread understanding about the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts, Chunghwa Post is issuing two souvenir sheets on five items from the National Palace Museum’s exhibition – “ The all Complete Qianlong: a Special Exhibition on the Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong.” 
Souvenir Sheet A: includes one stamp
New Year’s Chinese silk tapestry scroll with Emperor Gaozong’s calligraphy, Qing dynasty (NT$25): Based on a new year’s painting by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty, the sheet features a Chinese silk tapestry scroll. The tapestry depicts a pine branch, some camellia flowers and plum blossoms in a vase. In front of the vase are a persimmon, two lily bulbs, as well as some reishi mushrooms placed in an incense burner. It symbolizes good fortune and longevity. 
Souvenir Sheet B: includes four stamps
1. Revolving gourd-shaped vase with decoration of floral pattern in yellow ground of yangcai painted enamels, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$5): The vase consists of four parts: a small vase on the top, a middle section that connects to the upper half of the open fretwork, a base that connects to the lower half of the open fretwork, and an inner cylinder. Hibiscuses are painted on the lip, the body, and the base, whereas the neck, the waist and the open fretwork are adorned with representations of golden lotus petals and scroll grass patterns over a sky blue field. A mark on the base in underglaze blue and seal script reads, "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”
2. Carved red lacquer bowl and plate with dragon motif, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$10): This glossy red lacquer bowl stand consists of a tall ringfoot, a six-petal sunflower-shaped plate, and a round bottomless bowl holder. The outer wall of the bowl holder features a dragon weaving through clouds. The ringfoot and both sides of the plate are adorned with cloud patterns. A mark on the base includes the character for wisdom in gold regular script and the following text: "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”
3. Plate with celadon glaze, Ru ware, Northern Song dynasty (NT$10): This plate is round with a slightly arched wall and flat well. Its foot rim curls slightly outwards with brass studs on the edge. There is a pinkish sheen where the glaze is thin. There are crackles where the glaze pooled at the edge of the well. The plate has a poem by Emperor Qianlong inscribed on the base.
4. Jade bear vessel, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$12): This vessel is made to look like a bear, with its mouth open, its tongue slightly curled, its left hand stretching forward and its right hand pulling back. It holds a ball in its right hand and is posed to throw. A tube sticks out from its back. A three-column inscription in regular script on the back of the tube reads, “In the ancient style, Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”Source-Chunghwa Post
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending these two FDC on the issue date,The local First day cancellation is good.I hope you will also send the miniature sheets to me later.The size of the two FDC are different for the big & small size miniature sheet.Well planned,now India Post is also doing the same for last few issues this year.

Oct 26, 2013

Spiritual Snake Postage Label FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Spiritual Snake Postage Label
Issue Date:18th OCT'2013
Following the “Auspicious Dragon Postage Label” released in 2012, Chunghwa Post is issuing a “Spiritual Snake Postage Label” featuring zodiac animal sign. The spirited paper-cut snake is expressively rendered with bright colors, and complemented by gold coins and ingots, symbolizing the overflow of great fortune and auspiciousness. On the lower left corner of each label is a serial number with three English letters (which signify the roll number) and four Arabic numerals. A total of 900 rolls with 1,000 labels each will be issued.

Further detail about the label is given as follows:

1. First day of issue: October 18, 2013

2. Paper used: Phosphorescent stamp paper

3. Designer: Delta Design Corporation

4. Printer: Cartor Security Printing

5. Size of label: 43 × 25.5 mm; with two semi-round holes at both upper and lower sides

6. Round holes: 1.5 mm radius; 20 mm between the centers of the two holes

7. Color: Colorful

8. Quantity: 900,000 labels
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending this FDC by registered post on the issue date.

Oct 24, 2013

150th Anniversary of Latvian Agriculture Academy FDC form LATVIA

FDC Name:150th Anniversary of Latvian Agriculture Academy, 2013
Issue Date:16th SEP'2013
The stamp designed by artist Ludis Danilāns depicts the Jelgava Palace and the coat of arms of the LUA with the motto of the university: Proventus pro patria or For the Growth of the Fatherland. The denomination of the stamp is LVL 0.40 and EUR 0.57, corresponding to the cost of mailing an A-class letter within Latvia. The total print run of the stamp is 30,000, and the print run of the first day cover(FDC) is 1,500.
In 1863, an Agriculture Faculty was established in the Riga Polytechnical Institute, creating the foundation of the present-day Latvia University of Agriculture. Over the years, it has grown into an important national university with eight faculties, around 5,000 students and a teaching staff of more than 300.
Latvijas Pasts actively contributes to promotion of the State higher education establishments by marking their major anniversaries. In 2012, Latvijas Pasts issued a stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the Riga Technical University.
Remark:Thanks Juris for sending this nice FDC on the issue date.I have sent a FDC "wild flowers of India"hope you must have received the same.

Oct 22, 2013

Historic Australian railway stations

Stamp Name:Historic Australian railway stations
Issue Date:8th OCT'2013 
Australia Post is featuring four historic Australian railway stations – Maryborough, Victoria; Quorn, South Australia; Hay, New South Wales and Normanton, Queensland – in a new stamp issue. The stamp issue comprises four domestic base-rate (60c) stamps.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, “We are pleased to release this second stamp issue in a series on Australian historical architecture. We trust these stamps have captured the beauty of these distinctive and historic buildings.”

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, railways played an important role in transforming Australia into a nation by establishing a network of communications and trade throughout the continent.

The historic railway stations taking center stage in the new stamp issue are:
• Maryborough, Victoria – built in 1890 of red brick with stucco trimming and a clock tower. This magnificent station boasts one of the longest platforms in the southern hemisphere and still hosts freight and passenger services. When American writer Mark Twain visited Maryborough in 1895, he was most impressed by the town’s grand railway station.
• Quorn, South Australia – constructed in 1916 of stone and brick. In its heyday it served as a junction for all rail traffic travelling south–north (Adelaide to Darwin) and east–west (Sydney to Perth) across the continent. The line was closed in the 1980s and the Pichi Richi Rail Preservation Society now runs and maintains the station and the rolling stock.
• Hay, New South Wales – opened on 4 July 1882. Built in the Italianate style with bonded brick and a corrugated iron roof, the station features cast iron ridge decoration. Today the Hay station building accommodates various arts and community organizations.
• Normanton, Queensland – built around 1889. It is historically important as a unique building in an isolated inland railway system. This station has an exposed stud frame with verandahs and iron roof, to which is attached a spectacular train shed of all-metal construction with a barrel vault, clad in corrugated iron.

The stamp illustrations are by Melbourne-based artist Peter Edgeley. The stamp designs are by John White from the Australia Post Design Studio.

The associated products available include a first day cover, stamp pack, maxi-card set of four, roll of 100 x 60c self-adhesive stamps, booklet of 10 x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a gutter strip of 10 x 60c stamps with design.Source-Australia Post


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