GEOGRAPHIC PHILATELY | Covers & Postcards Worldwide

Covers and postcards sent to my address from different countries of the world.

South Ossetia (2014)

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South Ossetia in the Caucasus mountains represents a puppet republic in hands of the Russian Federation. Similarly to Abkhazia (officially belonging to Georgia too) and Transnistria (belonging officially to Moldova), it is also politically isolated due to its dispute status – unrecognised independent status. Unlike the Crimea, these 3 territories were not annexed by Russia.

There are a lot of stamps in the market that are sold as stamps of South Ossetia, but the vast majority of them were never used for postage and are cinderellas (often of unknown origin).

Searching for information on postal service in South Ossetia (or Abkhazia) is challenging. Some sources says that the postal service is operated by the Russian post. I was not sure what stamps are in use for mailing the post from the Tskhinvali (Цхинвал; capital of South Ossetia) to Russia or worldwide. There were reports on the new issue of stamps in 2013, commemorating National Symbols of South Ossetia and political relations with the Russian Federation (see for instance here). This registered cover is proving that the 2013 issue of South Ossetia is valid for postage for mail from Tskhinvali.

Thank you very much for sending me this extraordinary cover! 🙂

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Filed under: National symbols, Registered letter, South Ossetia

Christmas in Central Europe (2014)

Czechia

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Czech Post issued a Christmas stamp this year (unlike previous year). It is the second stamp on the cover from the right and it depicts the Bethlehem in Winter by Czech painter Josef Lada. The first stamp (from right) on this cover is one stamp out of 25 from the series “The Advent”, which is private issue of the Czech Post (so called “My Own Stamps”). The information about this series on the webpages of Czech Post is unfortunately in Czech language only. This series was issued on Nov 12, 2014, part of the issue (10.000 stamps) was issued as a box with postcards sharing the motif of stamps. The postmark is special pictorial Christmas postmark of the Boží Dar (Gottesgab in German, “God’s Gift” translated to English), the city in the Krušné hory Mts. (Erzgebirge, Ore Mountains). Besides the interesting name of the city, it is also the highest elevated city in the Czech Republic.

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© Czech Post


SlovakiaSK_christmas-2014_Miloš

Slovakian Christmas issue of 2014 depicts the stained glass from the Church of the Assumption in Chynorany. There is a collection of 8 stained glasses in this Church, one glass shows newborn Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The pictorial postmark is of the “Christmas Post” (Vianočná pošta) in the Rajecká Lesná village. Cover was kindly sent by Miloš, thank you very much!


Austria

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Florian has sent me beautiful Christmas cover from other neighbouring country. Thank you very much! The stamp used on this cover is Christmas issue of 2011 (issued on 11-11-11) depicting St Quirinus in Sellrain. More important is the postmark on this cover – traditional Christmas postmark from the Postamt Christkindl, which is located right next to the Christkindl pilgrimage church. The “stamp” in the left upper corner is label from the “Postamt Christkindl” as well.

Filed under: Austria, Christmas / New Year, Czechia, Registered letter, Slovakia

Moldova (2014) European Union

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Republic of Moldova (Moldavia) stands at historical crossroads. It is now more or less in hands of people of Moldova whether they join the big European family or return to cultural isolation. On the June 27, 2014 European Union signed the Association Agreements with Moldova, which is commemorated by stamps on this cover.

This perfect cover was sent by Gheorghe from Chisinau. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Moldova, National symbols, Registered letter

Estonia (2014) Laulupidu

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The Laulupidu is well known Estonian folklore festival of music and dance. This cover, kindly sent by Heidi, was sent from this festival and using the private issue (“My Stamp”) depicting this event. Thank you very much for this special cover, Heidi!

Filed under: Estonia, Regional culture

Solomon Islands (2014)

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Perfect cover from very rare country arrived to my mailbox as a surprise from Florian. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Nature, Solomon Islands

New Zealand (2014)

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I have had received several nice cover from New Zealand in past, but finally this autumn, I have received perfectly hand-stamped 2 covers from Mr. Warwick Hooper. Thank you very much!

Filed under: LCC, New Zealand

Cyprus (2014) Europa-CEPT

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And last example of the CCCC superb covers for this moment :). The Cypriot issue of the Europa-CEPT for 2014 beautifully cancelled with commemorative postmark of the Limassol Wine Festival. Than you very much Mr. Chris Hadjigeorgiu!

Filed under: CCCC, Cyprus, EUROPA 2014 (music instruments)

Canada (2014)

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Excellent cover from Canada sent by Mrs Grace Peters. Not often seen such a perfect cancellation from Canada. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Canada, CCCC, COUNTRIES

Uruguay (2014)

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Another example of beautiful cover received via the CCCC, sent by Mr. Jorge Martinez Mutay. Thank you very much!

Filed under: CCCC, Nature, Uruguay

Nicaragua (2014)

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Very interesting cover received via the CCCC from Dr. Jean-Michel Maes. He wrote me that postal service of Nicaragua run out of the stamps and thus now uses old stamps with the old currency. Stamps before 1990 became invalid unless it is approved by the postal service. And this is example of such a cover validly using old invalid stamps (using the old currency) in recent times.

Thank you very much for great cover related to postal history!

Filed under: CCCC, Nicaragua

Indonesia (2014) Environment

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An example of beautiful cover received via the London Cover Circuit Club. This was sent by Irene. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Indonesia, LCC, Nature


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 :-).
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I will deeply appreciate if you can help me with cover from any of worldwide country. I miss 12 countries (18 distinct territories) in my collection, but I will appreciate any nice cover from any country sent to my address :)

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