GEOGRAPHIC PHILATELY | Covers & Postcards Worldwide

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

The Caribbean Netherlands (2015) Saba

On October 10, 2010, The Netherlands Antilles dissolved into 3 new territories: Curaçao and Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) joined independent status as Aruba previously received, and remaining islands (so called “BES islands”) formed the Caribbean Netherlands (Dutch Caribbean). These 3 new territories started to issue own stamps, labelled as Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Caribisch Nederland, respectively. I received my first cover from the Caribbean Netherlands on 2011. Unfortunately, the postal service in the Dutch Caribbean (operated by the Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen (NPNA) based in Curaçao) didn’t work well. As a consequence of repeated compliances on bad quality of the postal services in the Caribbean Netherlands, The Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has appointed new postal operator for the Caribbean Netherlands. Since Jan 1, 2014, The Flamingo Express Dutch Caribbean started operating the postal service for this territory (for a period of 10 years). The new operator started to issue separate stamp issues for each of 3 islands. Therefore, each island (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius) has own stamps of the Dutch Caribbean with the inscription of the islands’ name.

For collectors, this means that 3 new territories can be collected :).

My first new item arrived recently from the Saba island. Saba-2015_stamp Pat sent me nice postcard from his travel to this island. He used stamp of the bird series issued on 2014 (one first 3 issues). Thank you very much! Saba-2015_front

Filed under: Nature, Saba, The Caribbean Netherlands (NL)

Vanuatu (2015)

I prepared couple of covers for my friends as well as members of the LCC (which were sent as circuits), and sent them to the Vanuatu Philatelic bureau with request for cancellation. The Postmaster did really a great job. All my three covers returned back perfectly cancelled. I also like the unusual Airmail label of the Vanuatu Post.

Thank you very much!

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Some of other covers sent from Vanuatu by me can be seen on my friends blogs: Florian Tirk | Irene Chen |

Filed under: astronomy, Botany, Nature, Vanuatu

Philippines (2015) Pope Francis

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Ralph, a very experienced cover collectors from the Philippines, has sent me this perfect cover. He used the series issued on Jan 8, 2015, which commemorates the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. The Philatelic bureau of the Philippines (PHL Post) says to this issue. “The spotlight will not be on the person of the Pope but on the communities devastated by “Haiyan”, the strongest typhoon on record, whose destructive path displaced four million people and flattened a million homes. Pictures of survivors, carrying religious images and clutching their rosaries while fleeing in the height of the typhoon’s devastation, are images of faith that have struck a chord in the common humanity that brings the world together in times of tragedy.”

Thank you very much for this perfect cover and stamps!

Filed under: Philippines, Pope Francis, Religion

Norfolk Island (2015) Landscape

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Norfolk Island is small island in South Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. It is part of the Commonwealth of Australia, but it has a large degree of self-governance. From the biological point of view, it is famous for its distinct conifer species that is depicted on the Norfolk flag and which is widely popular in Europe, i.e. Araucaria heterophylla. This species can be seen on some of stamps on cover too.

This cover was kindly prepared and sent by the Postmaster of the Norfolk Island Philatelic bureau. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Botany, Nature, Norfolk Island (AU)

Japan (2015) Mt. Fuji and flowers

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Tomoko sent me this superb cover, which looks even better in real than scanned here on the blog :). This perfect cover was made by using the newly issued stamps from the series “National Afforestation Campaign” (issued on May 15, 2015) and newly issued definitive stamps (3-yen Definitive Stamp; issued on Feb 2, 2015). Stamp in right corner depicts the Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), stamp in left corner shows the Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata). Cover was posted from the Fujiyoshida city that lies at foothill of the famous Mt. Fuji and which is commemorated by special postmarks.

Thank you very much for this gorgeous cover!

Filed under: Botany, Japan, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Latvia (2015) The EU council Presidency

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Uldis, member of the LCC, sent me another 5 great covers recently. I have chosen to present this one; the right-corner stamp commemorates the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  The presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The EU Council is an essential decision maker which together with the European Parliament (EP) adopts legislation and coordinates EU policies.

Thank you very much for the cover!

Filed under: Botany, EU presidency, Latvia, LCC

Germany (2015) 50th Anniversary of the Germany-Israel Diplomatic Relations

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Britta sent me cover with stamp and special postmark commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. At first, Israel refused to establish relations with Germany due to the Hitler regime’s genocide during the Holocaust. However, relations gradually thawed as Germany offered to pay reparations in 1952, and diplomatic relations were officially established in 1965.

Thank you very much for the cover!

Filed under: Germany, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Tonga (2015) birds

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The newest addition to my country collection arrived today. Kingdom of Tonga, territory #274 in my collection. This cover was sent as a surprise by Roland, the head of the LCC club. Thank you very much!

Filed under: LCC, Nature, Tonga

Chad (2015)

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Cover from this “very rare” country was kindly sent by Chinese collector travelling to Chad. The cover he sent is simply perfect. Thank you very much, Zhang!

Filed under: Chad, Nature

Palestine (2015) Gaza

Gaza strip of Palestine represents one of the most isolated territory. It is because of long-time civil war in the region. It was big surprise when I have found 4 mails from Gaza in my mailbox one day :).

Gaza_regularHazem sent me perfect cover from city of Rafah. He used 2 stamps from the bird series issued by the Palestinian Authority in 1997. Thank you very much!

Gaza_registeredJinesh, experienced collector from India, arranged for me registered cover from Gaza via Philatelic bureau in the Gaza city. This cover is unique because stamps used on cover are the “Gaza issues”. Due to the political split between the Fatah-controlled West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in 2009, there exist two separate postal administrations: The Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza, and Palestine Post of the Palestinian Ministry of Telecom & IT in Ramallah/al-Bireh. Both are issuing stamps for their respective areas, although Gaza issues were not allowed for international use between 2009-2014. These stamps were issued in 2014, left stamp commemorates kids killed in the conflict, the right one depicts old Gaza.

Thank you very much friend!

Filed under: Gaza, Nature, Regional culture

Seychelles (2015) fishes

Seychelles_coverThis cover was kindly sent by unknown Postmaster of the Philatelic Bureau in Victoria on Mahé island, Seychelles. Stamps depicting two coral reef fishes were used to make the correct postage. Thank you very much!

Filed under: National symbols, Seychelles

USA (2015) Missouri

US_MIssouri_Jefferson-Memorial_2015This beautiful cover was received with kind help of unknown Postmaster at Post Office located in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Saint-Louis, MO. Thank you very much!

usa_saint-louisI have visisted this impressive place in 2012. From the top of the Arch is outstanding view on the Saint-Louis city and its surroundings.

Filed under: Missouri, National symbols, USA

T.A.A.F. (2015) Scattered Islands

Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean (Îles Éparses de l’océan Indien) is French Territory near Madagascar. On four out of five islands is post office and it challenges collectors to receive mail from all 4 islands. My first cover from the Scattered islands was received in 2012 from the Tromelin island. Later that year, I received cover from the Juan de Nova island.

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And recently, I received the two missing islands:

Europa island is tropical atoll in the Mozambique Channel and it is the southernmost island among Scattered islands. The Europa island is uninhabited, but has a weather station, is visited by scientists and thus has temporary post office.

TAAF_Ile-Euopa_2015This cover was prepared by me and sent for cancellation to Ile Europa Postmaster.


 

Glorioso islands (Îles Glorieuses) are a group of islands and rocks in the northern Mozambique channel. The archipelago consists of two islands, Grande Glorieuse and Île du Lys, as well as eight rock islets (Roches Vertes): Wreck Rock, South Rock and Verte Rocks and three others that are unnamed.

TAAF_Iles_Glorieuses_2015This cover was kindly arranged by Roland, Head of LCC.

Filed under: cachet, LCC, Nature, TAAF - Iles Eparses (FR)

Austria (2015) Private Post Stampservice

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Florian sent me cover by the first Austrian private Post company, Stampservice. The left postmark indicates that postal service works via Mauritius Post (Port Louis).

Thank you very much!

Filed under: Austria

Gibraltar (2015)

Gibraltar_Philatelic-bureauThis cover, along with other 20+ covers, were prepared by myself and perfectly cancelled with kind help of the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau. Most of sent covers were circuits with the LCC.

The unknown Postmaster at Main Post Office did a great job. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Gibraltar (UK), National symbols, Nature

St. Martin (NL) (2015)

Sint-Maarten_2015Perfect cover sent by Pat from his trip to Sint Maarten (Saint Martin) of former Netherlands Antilles, Thank you very much!

Filed under: Nature, NCC (@Postcrossing), St. Martin (NL)

USA (2015) Northern Marianas

US_Northern-MarianasCover received with help of the unknown postmaster at Capitol Hill in Saipan Post Office. Thank You very much!

Filed under: National symbols, Northern Marianas (US)

Madeira (2015) Europa 2011 Forests re-issue 2015

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This cover was posted in Funchal and it received the machine postmark. The stamp is reissue of 2011 Europa CEPT issue. It differs from the 2011 in the value (E20g) and that it is self-adhesive.

Cover with the 2011 issue can be seen here.

Filed under: EUROPA Forests (2011), International Year of Forests, Madeira (PT)

Japan (2015)

Two extraordinary cover received from Ai in Japan.

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This cover is interesting for me because of the right stamp shows the Prague castle.

JP_Cornus-floridaSecond cover commemorates the Centennial of the US gift to Japan, the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida).

Thank you very much Ai for these (and other unpublished) covers!

Filed under: Botany, FDC, Japan, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Latvia (2015) 25th Anniversary of Independence Declaration

LV_uldis Uldis from Latvia, member of LCC, sent me this wonderful FDC commemorating 25th Anniversary of the Latvian Independence Declaration. Thank you very much!

Filed under: FDC, Latvia, LCC, National symbols


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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