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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

United States of America.

Two of my online philately friends met last week in New York and shared the day together. They also shared this postcard and sent it to me in England. It shows Pennsylvania Station in New York in 1943. The stamps are a 22cent Uncle Sam and two bird "Forever" stamps showing a Scarlet Tanager and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Thanks for send it both of you:

As is the growing practice of postal authorities these days, there is no postmark, only orange phosphor bar codes.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Argentine Sheep

This sheet was used by German to send two lovely Christmas items to me.

Sheep rearing and fattening is a huge industry in Argentina producing meat and wool. The breeds of sheep on this sheet are the Romney Marsh, Merino, Corriedale, Hampshire Down, Lincoln and the Frisona.

Many thanks, German.

A Package from Canada

A friend's envelope bore Year of the Tiger stamps. Inside was a booklet of Conservation and Hunting Licence stamps.

The envelope bore these stamps:

I think this is a smashing strip of stamps. The gold foil of the tiger symbol glints wonderfully in the light. However, I find one thing surprising. The stamps appear not to carry a face value nor other indicator of purpose. Have the regulations changed. At one time the face value had to be on the stamps for overseas use. Lately a zone indicator has been allowed such as the "E" for europe on British stamps. But what about these Canadian stamps. Can't see any such thing on these stamps.

Inside the envelope was a 1987 booklet containing one stamp, face value $6.50, being a contribution to
conservation funds. For a hunting Licence to be valid one of these stamps had to be affixed, though anyone could buy a stamp to help the cause of conservation. A great idea.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

I Love You from the USA

Here is a cover from the USA. 

From a stamp dealer, the cover bears five stamps: two cartoon stamps, two se-tenant seashore with birds stamps, and an "I Love You" stamp.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Dragon Boat Festival Postcard from China

This is a stunningly beautiful card from China issued for the Dragon Boat Festival. 

The colours are so vivid and the whole thing is drawn so well. Just look at the determined expression on the dragons face. 

The postcard has one printed stamp and one additional to make the international post rate.

Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures around the world. In many Asian cultures dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe. They are associated with wisdom—often said to be wiser than humans—and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernatural power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers.

Many thanks Xu Wei for this fabulous addition to my collection.