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Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #2 | #94 (Hobbies)

Today morning we had first snow of this year :). Even in the lowlands of central Moravia, we have some few centimetres of snow. It seems winter is coming early this year.
So it is just the time to stay at home with hot coffee and write my second contribution for the Viridian’s Sunday stamps.


I have several passions and I often wish the day has 48 hours :). My biggest passion is botany, which is also my job (here is the web I am working on with my colleagues). There are myriads of botany-related stamps and I couldn’t chose just a few ones, so I decided to skip this topic. Another big hobby of mine is genealogy and regional history, but for this topic there are only few issues (e.g. Isle of Man) and I don’t have any of them in my cover/postcard collection. So my third hobby, which is philately and cover and postcard collecting, comes into play.


Regarding stamp, postcard or cover collecting, there is no better place to meet people sharing same hobby than postcrossing.  I guess that most of postcrossers noticed that Dutch Post (PostNL) issued a postcrossing stamp last year. It was issued as a minisheet with 10 stamps having 6 different designs: 3 designs with value  corresponding to the Europe Postage and 3 designs with value at World Postage.  I expect that Postcrossing stamps were mentioned by Viridian’s Sunday Stamps already, but I consider worth to mention them repeatedly :). I also love travelling, it is one of my biggest passions and thus postcrossing stamps (depicting postcards worldwide) relate to more than one hobby of mine :).
To be honest, I didn’t like their design at first look. Dutch stamps were always in the history one of the most interesting stamps. For me personally, I consider design of Dutch stamps as the most creative, innovative a graphically neat. Similarly as the pre-euro Dutch guilders ;). And from this viewpoint, I found postcrossing stamps quite boring. However, after some time I changed my mind and found them quite interesting.
For me, the interesting point was to study what’s on postcards on postcrossing stamps that I’ve received. Thanks to postcrossers, I’ve collected all three “Europe” stamps and furthermore one “Wereld” stamp on postcards. Most of places on these stamps can be identified. So let’s take look on what places are honoured by placing them on postcrossing stamp.
First on stamps on MS shows several postcards, but only three are clearly viewcards. The stamp in the middle, although not viewcard, is with no doubt coming from Russia depicting famous Matryoshka doll. Postcard on the right shows Eiffel Tower in Paris and part of postcard on the right edge shows clearly Rio de Janeiro (as “Rio de” is clearly readable).  However, I have no clue on the origin of the donkey postcard. Anybody has an idea? 

The second stamp seems to be the easiest for the places-on-postcards identification. There is clearly visible postcard from Cuba showing whole the country name and typical Cuban old limousines. The postcard above is clearly Giza in Egypt with famous Sphinx. The postcard on the right can also be easily identified by the Finnish text and especially by the Coat of Arm of Helsinki. Title on the orange postcard reveals its Spanish origin. Similarly, Lamai Beach on Ko Samui island in Thailand can be recognized by its title. The only postcard, which I was unable to identify is the with black frame. The countryside seems very similar to Carpathians, but there is no point I can link to any known place.

The third European stamp is quite interesting as there is an error. From the left, there is B/W postcard of Manhattan Bridge in New York, some coral-reef-related postcard (Australia?), Taj Mahal in India, Town Hall in Antwerpen, two non-viewcards of (for me) unknown origin and finally some postcard from the Middle East. The stamp on right is very interesting. It shows tower and there is a title written in Arabic on the right corner as ell. But when you check the title, you can read (from right to left as Arabic language is read) the word “Shkarm”, which makes no sense. But when you read it in “Latin” way, i.e. from the left to right, then you can see the word “M(a)rak(e)sh”, which means “Marrakech”. The tower on postcard is Koutoubia in Marrakech. It seems the postcard is erroneously “mirrored”, as the arabic text is readable only from left to right :).

wrong city name on stamp

correct city name written in Arabic

Thanks for reading and have a good week!

You can see other posts on topic “Hobbies” on Viridian’s Sunday stamps.


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Reunion (2012)

Today I received my second cover from the Reunion Island (Indian Ocean).  My first cover was received earlier this year (territory no. 169 in my collection), but the cover doesn’t look well and I haven’t published it on my blog. Here is finally – in my opinion – beautiful cover from this distant island and first published on my blog :).

Filed under: Nature, Reunion (FR)

Armenia (2012) postcard

My first stamped postcard from Armenia received today :). Many many thanks to Yuri for sending me card from his vacation!

Filed under: Armenia, Regional culture, Stamps on Postcard

Nicaragua (2012) VI Lenin

Many thanks to Jean-Michel!

Filed under: CCCC, National symbols, Nicaragua

Aruba (2012)

Many thanks to Emily!

Filed under: Aruba, CCCC, Nature

Macau (2012) World Post Day

Alan sent me two beautiful covers that were cancelled with the World Post Day commemorative postmark. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Macau (CN), Regional culture

Macedonia (2012) Macedonian icons

Beautiful full set of Macedonia icons issued in 1999 received from Ana. Many many thanks!

Filed under: Macedonia, NCC (@Postcrossing), Religion

Slovakia (2012) Anton Bernolak birth 250th Anniversary

Anton Bernolak was a catholic priest who made the standards and rules for the modern Slovak language.

Many thanks, Miloš!

Filed under: Regional culture, Slovakia

Russia (2012) 75th Anniversary of Transpolar flight

Many thanks to Yuri!

Filed under: Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Ukraine (2012)

Thanks very much to Julia!

Filed under: Nature, Postcrossing, Ukraine

India (2012)

Many thanks to JE Boben!

Filed under: India

USA (2012)

Many thanks to Harry (postcrossing)!

Filed under: Arizona, Postcrossing, USA

United Kingdom (2012)

Many thanks to Andy!

Filed under: England, Postcrossing, United Kingdom

Faroe Islands (2012)

It is always pleasant when Philatelic bureau sends their material in stamped envelope :). Phil.bureau of Faroe Islands is one of few exceptions.

Filed under: Faroe Islands, Nature

Taiwan (2012) postcard

I wished to receive mail with similar stamp combination for a long time. Finally, I received it! :). What is so interesting on this combination of stamps? The country name written on stamps.

Taiwan (Republic of China) issued stamps with the country name Republic of China for very long time. In 2007, one issue bore a short country name – Taiwan – for the first time. Later that year, issue with combined country name, i.e. Republic of China (Taiwan), appeared. Since then, the vast majority of stamps have this combined country name on stamps. I am happy I am having received all the “evolution” of country-name-change of Taiwanese stamps on a single mail :).

Many many thanks, Jing Ping!

Filed under: Postcrossing, Stamps on Postcard, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Belarus (2012) national ornaments

Thanks very much to Kate (postcrossing) for sending me this card with matching stamp :).

Filed under: Belarus, National symbols, Postcrossing, Stamps on Postcard

United Arab Emirates (2012) postcard

My first stamped postcard received from UAE, thanks to Hamda!

Filed under: National symbols, Postcrossing, Stamps on Postcard, United Arab Emirates

Ukraine (2012) nice stamps on postcards

this nice stamps on postcard sent me postcrossers from Ukraine, Helen, Irina & Evgenia. Thanks very much!

I especially like the Tree Definitives! :).

Front sides of these postcards can be seen here.

Filed under: Botany, Postcrossing, Stamps on Postcard, Ukraine

Mexico (2012) postcard


Thanks very much to Ana :).

Filed under: Mexico, Stamps on Postcard

Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #1 | #93 (Ships)

I was reading Viriadian‘ Sunday stamps posts for more than a year (just time to time  :)). I really like this project and was wondering about to join it several times before.

We have very nice bright sunny day here in Central Europe, but as I am tied to the bed with an angina, I have decided to write my first post for the Viridian’s Sunday Stamps session. And also, thanks to Ana and Agi who inspired me to write my own contribution.

Comming from inland country, I love sea very much. Since my childhood, sea was always something “exotic” to me and I still love to travel to sea whenever I have chance to :).

I was always fascinated by the nations, which are strongly depending on the Sea or Ocean, such as are countries in the Caribbean or in Oceania. I therefore want to present stamps received from these regions and depicting some of traditional boats of island nations.

First ones come from the Cayman Islands. Karen kindly sent me this beautiful FDC showing Catboats a year ago. This set is a part of cultural series of Cayman Islands. A catboat is a sailing vessel characterised by a single mast carried well forward (near the front of the boat). A catboat rig is “a fore and aft rig with a mast that has a minimum of standard rigging and no jib (headsail).” Although any boat with a single sail and a mast carried well forward is technically a catboat, the traditional catboat has a wide beam, approximately half the length of the boat, a centerboard, and a single gaff-rigged sail.

The Cayman Islands Cultural Series Part 3: Catboats is a six-part stamp series depicting various aspects of the catboat’s development and role. The 20¢ stamp is titled, Catboats: Catching turtles. There are two 25¢ stamps, titled, Catboats: Being built and Catboats: Sailing around the Bluff. The 50¢ stamp is Catboats: Racing regatta style; the $1.60 stamp is titled, Catboats: Unloading cargo; and the $2 shows Catboats: Sewing the sails. The first day cover depicts a young man blowing a conch shell to let residents know that he and his father were on their way in with the day’s catch.

I am happy that I also received cover with real postally used stamp from this set that Pat sent me from his travel work.

Another region tightly linked to Ocean is Pacific. I received beautifully cancelled cover from the Philatelic bureau of Palau Islands. Four ship stamps depict traditional Palauan way of transport by water.

Long ago, the primary form of travel around the islands was by canoe. Most people lived along the coast, and there were canoes for every task and occasion, such as the sleek war canoe or the bulkier KAEB canoe used to transport people from island to island. Few canoe craftsmen remain today, but there is always a demonstration of this essential craft at the Senior Citizens Center in Koror. The BOROTONG is an outrigger canoe used in the Palau Islands, she is the same design as a KAEB and used to carry cargo. The OLECHUTEL is used inside the lagoons in Palau for fishing. Nine or 10 large bamboo poles were laid side-by-side, secured by lashings and thin strakes driven through the poles. The KABEKL an outrigger war canoe was used by the natives of Palau for long voyages, now extinct, some replica’s have been built lately which are used as tourist attractions and for racing. The KABEKL is a lightly built dugout canoe and made from one tree trunk.

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading my post. Have a great sunday :).



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Hi, my name is Radim, born in a year of Dragon, interested in Botany and loving flags on stamps :). I am collecting nice covers and postcards thaít are addressed to me. And because I love travelling and it is impossible to see all the nice places of the world, I therefore wish to receive covers or/and postcards from as many countries as possible. Just to "touch" the distant places virtually :-).
I will deeply appreciate if you can help me with cover from any of worldwide country. I miss 10(11) countries (+ 2-3 distinct territories) in my collection, but I will appreciate any nice cover from any country sent to my address :)



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