Tuesday, August 31, 2010

GERMANY - Cover from Hildesheim, Deutschland to Braga, Portugal

Cover with stamp of 2$20 from the 2010 ‘1000 Jahre St. Michaelis Hildesheim’ stamps issue, posted on August, 14 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Manuel Correia)

1000 Jahre St. Michaelis Hildesheim

St. Michael at Hildesheim was founded in 1010 by Bishop Bernward (960-1022) as his burial place.
Bernward was an influential cleric, close contact with the rulers of his day was. It was shortly after his death,
canonized by Pope Celestine III. (Term 1191-1198).
The Church of St. Michael is one of the most important pre-Romanesque religious buildings at the north of the Alps and involves a number of outstanding art treasures. Since 1985 it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.
After the Reformation was agreed that the area of the tomb of Bishop Bernward reports to the Catholic Church and the rest of the structure to the Lutheran Church.
On 22 March 1945 razed to the ground, St. Michael's has quickly built up an admirable way again.
(text extracted from the Deutsch Post Philately web page)

Design: Bianca Becker and Peter Kohl, Hamburg
Image: Illustration church St. Michaelis in Hildesheim
Photo: Eckhard Jordens, Hildesheim
Value: 2.20 €
Printing: multicolor offset
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Securities printing Leipzig
Size: 35.00 x 35.00 mm
Paper: Coated white, fluorescent paper, postage stamps DP 2
Issue date: 02 January 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

GREENLAND - Cover from Tasiilaq, Greenland to Braga, Portugal

Official Greenland postal administration cover with stamp from the ‘Air Greenland 50th anniversary’ stamp issue posted on April, 20 2010.

During its lifetime, Air Greenland has facilitated in transporting people around Greenland and, in 2010, it is celebrating its 50 anniversary since the company first operated aircraft in Greenland. The jubilee year commences on 18th January 2010 when POST Greenland will issue a commemorative postage stamp and Air Greenland will, at the same time, launch its commemorative website www.airgreenland.gl this will be followed up with celebrations around the coast during the jubilee year, and of course, aboard the aircraft.
(text extracted from the Greenland Collector Magazine)

Air Greenland 50th anniversary
Value: DKK 16.50
Date of issue: 18th January 2010
40 stamps per sheet
Size: F - Vertical
Artist: Ina Rosing
Outer measurements: 33.44mm x 28.84mm
Typography: Dorit Olsen Printing method: Offset
Paper: Sopal

Sunday, August 29, 2010

ALGERIA - Cover from Setif, Algeria to Braga, Portugal

Registered cover with stamps from the 2009 Algerian issues – International Polar Year and Protection of Glaciers and Jewels of Southern Algeria posted on July, 22 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Ouari Khemissi)

Poles and Glacier P

Over the millennia, glaciers have experienced periods of growth and melting, their mass, as is the natural fluctuation dictated by climatic cycles. From 'the last decades, they have begun the decline that continues today.

As and when the ice melts, there is less and less solar energy being reflected from the ice and more and more absorbed by the ocean. A significant decrease in glaciers and
ice covering the sea in 'polar regions has been registered. Thus, the thickness of the ice in the Arctic Ocean
increased from 4.88 m on average in 1980 to 2.75m in 2000, a decrease of 2.13 m in 20 years. Studies conducted during 2003 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) , the Arctic lost around 10% its permanent ice.

During the past century, temperatures in the northern regions has increased, average of 1.51 ° C, which produced the phenomenon of global 1'atmosphère, a phenomenon linked primarily to the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The largest projected temperature rise during this century, will vary between 2 ° C and 6 ° C and will affect primarily the northern regions of the 'planet. Also, methods of production of different energies have clearly demonstrated their close association with the phenomenon of global
warming that threatens the planet.

However, the polar regions play an important role in the global climate system by storing the energy of all the hot zones exist worldwide, and exchanging heat flows from Ecuador against the flow of cold water north and vice versa.
Polar regions, seen also as a factor in regulating the climate of the world, used to study many questions related to the planet such as climate, biodiversity, ozone depletion, atmospheric chemistry, ocean dynamics The structure of the globe, etc.

Our planet appears as a whole when the climate is partly dependent on complex interactions between ocean, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and human ac
tivity. The issue of concern to humanity at present and how to slow the advance of climate change on the entire planet to reduce their impact on living beings.

With the aim of reducing the rapid progress which is the phenomenon of global warming, the optimal use of different energies is needed. Algeria is supported, in turn, and whatever the dangers may be caused to the nature, all efforts by the international community to protect and preserve our planet.
Date of Issue: 28. 03. 2009
Face value: 38 DA
Dimensions: 26 x 36 mm Perforation: 14 x 14 Layout/Format: TL
Stamps per TL: 25
Number in set: 1
Stamp designer: Kamardine Krim
Stamp engraver:
Printer: Imprimerie de la Banque d’Algérie
Print technology: Offset

Jewels of Southern Algeria

The southern Algeria, a vast territory and crossroads of nomadic and sedentary, had all the advantages of developing a rich and prosperous jewelry. Jewelers have largely contributed themselves to the distribution of their products. But they chose to settle primarily in major centers where the clientele was important. The jewels of southern Algeria are often perforated and filled grounds, giving them certain originality.

Fibula circular Saharan Atlas
On the hollow center of the circular fibula of silver of the Saharan Atlas is fixed barb. 'The edge of the disc comes in pellets, on the periphery of the center, it is decorated: four cabochons set with colored glass and filigree patterns.

Collier amulets Ia Saoura
The necklace is silver amulets from Saoura region is composed of a bundle of five chains, three square boxes, two triangular and two cylindrical. These boxes amulets hollow inside are decorated with geometric and plant using the technique of embossing.

Ornament pectoral I'Atlas Saharan
The pectoral ornament of the atlas Silver Sahara consists of two perforated fibulae decorated with floral motifs. Both fibulae are connected to the other, by a moon chain tripled.

Silver fibula from Saoura
Formed dune plate decorated with incision and added to obtain floral and geometric disposed on any surface of the plate. The basis of this fibula ends with a crescent.

Date of Issue: 13. 05. 2009
Face value: 1 DA, 5 DA, 9 DA and 10 DA
Dimensions: 22 x 32 mm
Perforation: 14 x 14 Layout/Format:
Stamps per Sheet:
Number in set:
Stamp designer: Kamardine Krim
Stamp engraver:
Printer: Imprimerie de la Banque d’Algérie
Print technology: Offset

Saturday, August 28, 2010

SERBIA - Cover from Belgrade, Serbia to Braga, Portugal

Registered cover with stamps and souvenir sheet the ‘FIFA World Cup 2010’ stamps issue posted on July, 20 2010.

Stamps and
souvenir sheet from the Serbian FIFA 2010 stamps issue.

With this letter I received the stamps and FDC of the Serbian EXPO 2010 Shanghai participation stamps issue.

Title of issue: World Exhibition - SHANGHAI 2010
Date of Issue: 22-06-2010.

Face value: 22 and 50 CSD
Perforation: Layout/Format:
Stamps per sheet: 10
Number in set: 2
Stamp designer: Nadežda Skočajić
Stamp engraver:
Printer: Forum at Novi Sad, Serbia
Print technology: Offset

In this jubilee year, which marks the 110th anniversary of the presentation of the Kingdom of Serbia at the Paris World Expo – for which the Serbian Painter Paja Jovanović created his historical piece “Crowning of Emperor Dušan on April 14 1346” and won a gold medal – Serbia will have a change to appear for the first time as an independent state in a World Expo – EXPO 2010 Shanghai. China, as the pretender to the future throne of global economy, has left nothing to chance: this will be the largest World Expo ever, with about 200 exhibiting countries and an estimated attendance of 70 to 100 million. Visitors of the Pavilion will learn about the economic, cultural and tourism potentials of Serbia, with sports and famous Serbian sportsmen and women as the distinguishing feature of our country at this prestigious world event.
EXPO exhibitions are thematic, and this year national Pavilions in Shanghai will offer their visions of better life in urban environments.
This year’s World Expo theme, “Better City, Better Life”, will be met by Serbia’s “City Code”, an effort to divine the code rooted deep in the Serbian city, the code that is the fine thread linking the past, the present and the future of cities, the code that is at once both unmistakably local and universal to all cities the world over. Like the threads of traditional carpets for which the town of Pirot in Serbia is known, the elements of urban life intertwine, creating a unique, always new pattern – the city code. Serbia Pavilion will also offer concrete solutions for better life in cities, emphasizing time as one of the codes and a versatile resource. The better we learn to make use of time, with higher quality and efficiency, the more pleasant and fulfilled our living in urban environments will be. Time will be the cohesion factor for numerous exhibits and events at the Serbia Pavilion, e.g. the art installations “Time Machine”, “Roundabout” and “The Beautiful Face of Serbia”, which will give Serbian citizens an opportunity to present to Pavilion visitors their vision of better use of time in urban environments. The calendar of our renowned scientists Milutin Milanković will be one of the highlights of the exhibition.

For some, this World Expo will reveal a glimpse of the future; for others, that future has already began. Hopefully, this Expo will also be a milestone for Serbia, both in terms of the country’s attitude to urban life and in terms of promotion of Serbia as a modern European country with long tradition and rich heritage, or, as the centerpiece of our exhibition area neatly sums it up: “Serbia – the Garden of Europe”.
Artistic realization of the stamps: Nadežda Skočajić, graduated graphic designer.
(Extract from the Serbian Post announcing bulletin)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

HONG-KONG - Cover from Kawlonn, Hong-Kong to Braga, Portugal

Cover with souvenir sheet from the ‘2010 International Year of Biodiversity’ stamps issue posted on July, 27 2010.

"Biodiversity" Special Stamps
Date of Issue: 15 July 2010

The United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, calling on the international community to join hands in protecting biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance. Hong Kong is blessed with a diversity of natural habitats. This set of stamps presents four endemic species in the territory, so that our community will know more about these rare species, and evoke our admiration and devote more effort to nature conservation in Hong Kong.

Macropodus hongkongensis ($1.40) - A member of the Belontiidae family, Macropodus hongkongensis (commonly known as Hong Kong Paradise Fish) is the only freshwater fish named after Hong Kong. It can be found in the northeastern part of the territory including the northern New Territories, Tai Po and Sai Kung. The fish has an elliptical and laterally compressed body with elongated dorsal and anal fins. The first pair of gill-rakers extends to form a supplementary respiratory organ. The fish is generally solid black or greyish in colour. During spawning season, the males exhibit dark black body colour and their unpaired fins are lined with bluish-white edges.

Liuixalus romeri ($2.40) - Liuixalus romeri (commonly known as Romer's Tree Frog) is an amphibian of the Rhacophoridae family. Distributed in woodlands on Lamma Island, Lantau Island, Po Toi and Chek Lap Kok, it is the smallest among the frog species recorded in Hong Kong, with an average body length from 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres. The frog's whitish belly and brownish back with a dark X-shaped marking give camouflage in its natural habitat.

Sinopora hongkongensis ($3) - Sinopora hongkongensis is a medium-sized tree of the Lauraceae or Laurel family, and can reach 16 metres in height. Bracteoles bear rust-coloured hairs. Leaves are elliptical and flowers small and greenish-yellow, with globular and yellowish-brown fruits up to 4 centimetres in diameter. First discovered at Tai Mo Shan in 2005, Sinopora hongkongensis was identified as a species new to science and is the only known representative of the genus Sinopora.

Fukienogomphus choifongae ($5) - Fukienogomphus choifongae is a medium-sized gomphid. The dragonfly has a yellow and black body. The male has stout white superior anal appendages and widely divaricate black inferior anal appendages. The female also has white superior anal appendages but short black inferior anal appendages. First discovered at Wu Kau Tang in the northeastern New Territories in 2004, Fukienogomphus choifongae was identified as a species new to science. (Extract from the Hong-Kong Post announcing bulletin)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DENMARK - Cover from Søborg, Denmark to Braga, Portugal

Cover with Denmark’s NORDIA 2010 stamps posted on July, 5 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Peter Gørtz-Christiansen)

The postal services of the Nordic countries are jointly issuing a three-part stamp series entitled
Nordic Coastlines. All eight Nordic countries will be issuing stamps and minisheets in this series during 2010, 2012 and 2014. The theme of the first part is "Life by the coast".

Date of issue: 24 March 2010
Artist and engraver: Bertil Skov Jørgensen
Paper: Self-adhesive
Printing method: Intaglio
Format: 33 x 29 mm Value: 5,50 kr.
Date of issue: 24 March 2010
Photos: Steen Larsen
Design: Post Danmark Stamps
Paper: Self-adhesive
Printing method: Offset
Format: 29 x 39 mm
Number of stamps per sheet: 36
Value: 8,50 kr.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

FAROE ISLANDS – Postcard from Tórshavn, Faroe Islands to Braga, Portugal

Postcard posted on May 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Igor)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DENMARK – Postcard from Copenhagen, Denmark to Braga, Portugal

Postcard posted on July, 30 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Maria de Jesus)