GEOGRAPHIC PHILATELY | Covers & Postcards Worldwide

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

Iran (2015) alphabet

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This rare item was sent by Wolfgang, who recently visited this country. He wrote me that sending covers from Iran was quite challenging because of limited availability of stamps and “open” postage rates. Thank you very much, Wolfgang, for your effort and sending this great cover!

Filed under: Iran, NCC (@Postcrossing), Regional culture

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

Tunisia (2015)

TN_2015Very nice cover from Tunisia was sent by Mohamed. I especially like 4 stamps showing fruit trees of Tunisia. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Botany, Tunisia

Iraq (2014)

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Another excellent cover received via the LCC club. Thank you Mr. Zohair!

Filed under: Iraq, LCC, National symbols

Tajikistan (2014)

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Francis from Oregon, USA, arranged cover for me via his friend Parvina in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Parvina prepared very nice cover and she added some postcards inside too.

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Thank you very much, Parvina!

Filed under: Registered letter, Tajikistan

Western Sahara (2014) under Moroccan administration

Cover or postcard from Western Sahara is considered rather rare among collectors. There are several reasons for the scarcity of items sent from this region among collectors.
This territory is long-time disputed beween the Morocco and the Saharawi people. In 1974, the Spanish government succumbed the pressure lead by the United Nations and it issued promises of a referendum on independence in its colony/province Spanish Sahara.

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The Saharawi political representtion immediately proclaimed the independent Saharawi Republic. At the same time, Morocco claimed the sovereignty over the territory, arguing that it had been artificially separated from their territories by the European colonial powers. The UN attempted to settle these disputes between Saharawi representation and Morocco via the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It acknowledged that Western Sahara had historical links with Morocco and Mauritania, but these are insufficient arguments or sovereignty over this territory. The court stated that Saharawi population possess the right of self-determination. Despite the ICJ verdict, Morocco occupied the Western Sahara territory. On 6 November 1975 Morocco initiated the Green March into Western Sahara; 350,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the city of Tarfaya in southern Morocco and waited for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross the border in a peaceful march. A few days before, on 31 October, Moroccan troops invaded Western Sahara from the northwest. Since then, Western Sahara is administrated by Morocco and all international attempts to organize the referendum on the status of Western Sahara were successfully boycotted by Morocco with great help of USA and France, which are permanent members in the UN Security Council. After the years of occupation, Morocco controls the vast majority of the Western Sahara territory. The Saharawi political representation control only minor part of the desert in the eastern part of the WS territory.

SADR2From the philatelic point of view, it is very easy to find and/or buy “stamps” of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on the internet. However, these “stamps” are cinderellas and they have never been used for postage. All major cities of Western Sahara are administrated by Morocco, therefore Maroc Post is the official postal service for this territory. The political representation of Western Sahara (POLISARIO) resides in the refugee camp near the Tindouf city in Algeria. Thus it is very likely that Saharawi people use Algerian Post for their correspondence. There is nothing like SADR (Western Sahara) postal service.

Back to scarcity of the philatelic items sent from Western Sahara. I think that the major reason of such scarcity is the disputed status of the territory. For the safety reasons, the territory is highly controlled by the Army. Therefore at least Laayoune is definitively not prepared for massive tourism yet. Other reason might include the fact that many collectors mistakenly consider SADR stamp as official stamps for postage in Western Sahara forgetting that all mail going from the territory of Western Sahara travels through Moroccan postal service. The only possibility to get cover or postcard from this region is to have a friend in one of few major cities (Laayoune, Boujdour, Dakhla, Esmara) or somebody travelling there.

While visiting the city of  El-Aaiún (Al-Aaiún, Laayoune)—capital of Western Sahara, I tried to send couple of covers and postcards to my collectors friends. Buying postcard in this city is rather challenging and it was impossible to buy a single card of Laayoune or anything related to Western Sahara. Under Moroccan administration, cards refer to Southern Morocco (Sud de Maroc).

Sending philatelic covers seems easier than sending postcards, as the Moroccan Postal Service works perfectly. There are several post office downtown in the city centre of El-Aaiún. I managed to send couple of covers to myself and several collectors friends.

WS_POFirst cover was sent directly from one of post-offices downtown.
The postmistress beautifully cancelled my sent covers.

WS_mail-boxSecond cover was left in mailbox in front of another post office downtown, it was a control dropped in mailbox along with some sent postcards.
Surprisingly, it arrived with nicely readable postmark, which differs from the postmark from other post-office.

You also can check other covers from Western Sahara that I sent to my friends. See their blogs :). 1) Florian, 2) Roland of LCC, 3) Francis, 4) Monica, 5) …

 

 

Filed under: Morocco, National symbols, Western Sahara

Palestine (2014)

Palestina_Pat-2013Pat was visiting the Holy Land at the end of past year and sent me this surprise cover. Thank you very much for such a superb cover!

Filed under: Christmas / New Year, Palestine, Religion

Covers with unique date 11-12-13

Year 2013 brought one another unique date, which looks interesting on some postmarks. I was not “hunting” for covers with this date, but I am glad I received some. These are nice additions to my collections. I want to thank for all received 11-12-13 covers :).

Saujanya (India, KA)IN_11-12-13

Heidi (Estonia)EE_11-12-13

Axel (France)FR_11-12-13

Olesya (Ukraine)UA_11-12-13_Olesya

Irene (Australia)AU_11-12-13

Ulrich (Germany)DE_11-12-13

Wonsik Kang (South Korea)KR_11-12-13_wonsik-kang

Faisal Rasool (Thailand)TH_11-12-13

Juned (Indonesia)ID_11-12-13

Abdeslam Meskaldji (Algeria)DZ_11-12-13

Vural Oguz (Liechtenstein)LI_11-12-13

and three covers sent by myself from Olomouc, Brno and Boží Dar :).CZ_11-12-13_Olomouc CZ_11-12-13_Brno CZ_11-12-13_Boží-Dar

Filed under: Algeria, Australia, Botany, Christmas / New Year, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea Rep. (South), Liechtenstein, National symbols, Nature, Regional culture, Religion, Thailand, Ukraine, Unique dates

Kuwait (2013)

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KW_card KW_card-2Another new country in my collection – Kuwait. It was received with help of Huda. She sent me nice 3 postcards inside envelope with perfect selection of stamps. Thank you very much, Huda!

 

Filed under: Kuwait, National symbols, Postcrossing, Regional culture, Religion

Algeria (2013) postcard

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My first received postcard from Algeria was sent by Faiza at Postcrossing. Thank you very much!

 

Filed under: Algeria, Postcrossing, Stamps on Postcard

Algeria (2013) plants

 

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Cover received from Meskaldji Abdeslam. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Botany, MIDDLE EAST

Afghanistan (2013)

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Safwan managed to send me registered cover from Kabul, Afghanistan. This country belongs to the most difficult ones among cover collectors and I though that it is almost impossible to receive mail from this country. Many many thanks Safwan for making unbelievable to become true! 🙂

Filed under: Afghanistan, Registered letter

Afghanistan (2013) postcard

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My ever first mail from Afghanistan :). Laco, friend of Miloš, helped me with another missing country. It was sent by British Forces Post Office, as it can be seen on the postmark. Many many thanks Laco!

Filed under: Afghanistan, British Forces in Afghanistan, Stamps on Postcard

Turkey (2013)

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Thank you very much Sena!

Filed under: Postcrossing, Turkey

Mauritania (2013) Nature

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Peter arrange this cover for me by his friend in Nouakchott. Thank you very much, Peter!

Filed under: Mauritania, Nature

Saudi Arabia (2013) 12-12-12

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Nice cover cancelled on the date 12-12-12 in Jeddah and posted later on February 11, 2013. Thank you very much Mohammad for this very interesting cover!

Filed under: 12-12-12, Saudi Arabia

Algeria (2013) 50th Anniversaries

Algeria_flagsThank you very much Abdeslam Meskaldji!

Filed under: Algeria, National symbols

Pakistan (2013)

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Thank you very much Mr. Ahmed!

Filed under: CCCC, Pakistan

Egypt (2013)

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Many many thanks to Richard! This cover is really unusual. It is pity that the postman placed stamps on backside of the cover, but on the other hand it makes it somehow special!

Filed under: CCCC, Egypt, Regional culture

Northern Cyprus (2012)

Northern-CyprusThanks very much to Mr. Cholakoglu!

Filed under: Botany, CCCC, Northern Cyprus


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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