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Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #6 | #157 (Flowers)

I was not joining Viridian’s Sunday Stamps for very long time. But I couldn’t resit today’s topic, which is one of my most favorite ones :).

I would like to share with you beautiful mini sheet issued by India on September 2013 depicting 12 species of wild flowers of India. I am thankful to my philatelic friend J. E. Boben from Thiruvanthapuram  in Kerala (India) who sent me all 12 stamps on single cover :).


Let me introduce species on this beautiful MS; going from upper left corner to bottom right corner.

1) Silene vulgaris – Bladder Campion. A common European species with very wide distribution area spanning from West Africa and Macaronesia to Far East Asie. It also occurs in Himalaya and thus it belongs to native flora of India. In the Mediterranean,  young leaves are eaten raw in salads, older leaves are eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes and risottos.

2) Second species is some of many Rhododendron species, probably  the Hodgson’s Rhododendron, Rhododendron hodgsonii. All rhododendrons are very decorative and very popular in Europe.

3) Third species is named according to locality, where it is growing. Dibang chirita – Chirita dibangensis originates from the Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

4) Fourth species is large brush endemic to Kashmir, Kashmir Mallow – Lavatera cachemiriana – s a beautiful plant, occurring in Central Asia and which is popular ornamental garden plant.

5) Himalayan mini Sunflower – Cremanthodium ellisii is beautiful plant occurring at high altitudes of Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet.

6) Himalayan Lantern – Agapetes serpens of Rhododendron family – is a beautiful shrub, with tiny hanging lantern-like flowers. It grows in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1200-3000 m, in Nepal and NE India, particularly Darjeeling.

7) Himalayan Bellflower – Campanula latifolia is species native to wide Eurasian area, from Europe to western Asia. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant. In Europe, it is names as giant bellflower. 

8) Cobra Lily – Arisaema nepenthoides  – is morphologically very interesting plant, with a mottled reddish-brown spathe, resembling a cobra about to strike. It is found in the Eastern side of the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SW China, at altitudes of 2000-3300 m.

9) Roundleaf Asiabell – Codonopsis rotundifolia – Roundleaf Bellflower is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 1800-3600 m.

10) Blue Poppy – Meconopsis grandis  – Himalayan Blue Poppy  is  species native to the Himalayas, northern Burma, Tibet and Yunnan Province in China where it is typically found in shady mountain areas, mountain meadows, slopes and woodlands. It is noted for producing large, deep sky blue flowers

11) Globe Thistle – Echinops echinatus – Indian Globe Thistle – s an erect branched herb about a meter high, 

12) and finally, Himalayan Iris – Iris clarkei  – is smaller but very decorative species, rarely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant.

Have a good week!

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SOUTH POLE – Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #5 | #100 (something special)

The Viridian’s Sunday stamps has its 100th edition! Wow, I can’t miss it even though I am very busy in this period :).

I was wondering what to present on such an occasion and decided to show cover that i received this week. On Wednesday (Dec 5) I received this special cover.


Two USA stamps are not somehow original or surprisingly exciting (anyway, I like them :)). However, postmarks make this cover very interesting :). This cover was posted from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Antarctic Base (USA). It is scientific research station and it is the southernmost inhabitated place on Earth. The station is located on the high plateau of Antarctica at an elevation of 2,835 meters. It is the only place on Earth (on its land surface, not ocean), where the sun shines continuously for six months :). I am very happy that I received cover from such a distant place on Earth :).

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Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #4 | #96 (anything you wish)

It is already a Monday evening, but I am participating with the delay the Viridian’s Sunday stamps session. This week is free topic. I therefore decided not to write about stamps. I want to write about postmarks (handstamps), because receiving stamps without postmark is like to receive postcard without message J. The postmark can also add some story to stamps on cover or postcard J.

Postmarks were developed to damage stamps and to prevent from being used repeatedly. First postmarks from 19th century were thick a strongly damaged stamps. Recent postmarks show the sending date and are applied by hand or by machines. Mail stamped by machines often can arrive without any postmark.

What kind of postmarks we can receive on mail?

Regular (daily) postmark is the ordinary handstamp that is applied on outcoming mail. Usually it has rounded shape, but for some countries it can differ (e.g. Square postmark for Canada, oval for Saint Helena or Botswana, or very unusual shape for Guatemala).

regular daily rounded postmark (Luxembourg)

oval daily postmark (Botswana)

rectangular daily postmark (Canada)

unique daily postmark of Guatemala

 Pictorial daily postmarks. Some post office have special pictorial postmark that is used permanently. These are typically some British postmarks or for instance postmark of Christmas Island (Australia).

pictorial daily postmark (Christmas Island, AU)

Commemorative postmarks are applied on limited period of time and only on some particular occasion. It can be sport event, anniversary, political event and whatever else. Special type of commemorative postmarks is FDC postmark. These are usually applied only on the first day of stamp issue.

postmark commemorating unique date 11.11.2011 (Poland)

New Year postmarks (Russia)

FDC postmark + daily postamrk (Estonia)

Some post offices also use special cachets. These stamps are not used for postal purposes but make covers more interesting. These are used especially on unique places, such as e.g. Antarctica.

Cover with cachet postmarks from Chilean Antarctica

 Not only pictorial postmarks can tell some story, but also regular some particular dates. Among collectors are popular covers sent on unique dates like Nov 11 2011, leap day and others.

Postmark of Nov 11, 2011, 11 am.

And example from my todays mailbox: card supporting obama sent on the election day :).

Have a great week!

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Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #3 | #95 (Water)

It is Sunday afternoon and therefore it is time to share some stamps by Viridian’s Sunday stamps :).

Topic for this week is water.

Water is everywhere on Earth, however there are several problems related to water resources. Only 3% of water on Earth is fresh water. As the world human population grows, there is increasing water demand in many regions of the world. I therefore decided to share two stamps issued in 2011 that are related to this topic. And, which are – in my opinion – very nice stamps :).

First one comes from US. It is part of beautiful set “Go Green”. USPS issued 16 Forever stamps depicting what anybody can do to promote the health of our environment. One of the stamps is reminding that fixing the leaking water can save the water resources.

Second stamp and related issue comes from Hong Kong; it was issued in 2011 too. Hong Post issued four stamps and one Stamp Sheetlet on topic “Green Living”. The HK Post webpages say about the issue: “Hong Kong has experienced phenomenal social progress and economic advances over the past few decades. As the territory becomes an international financial centre and a global trading hub, there is increasing community awareness of the concept of “sustainability”, which advocates a suitable balance between development and conservation. In this context, embarking on green way of living is conducive to the objective of building a better future for our future generations.”

One of the stamp, is similarly to US Go Green issue, dedicated to water conservation. The Hongkong Post says about the design: “Set is in refreshing and uplifting colours, the four stamps deploy a tender green shoot as background to highlight common green initiatives such as water conservation, emission reduction, energy saving and waste recycling. The stamp sheetlet bearing a leaf-shaped design is the first of its kind and augurs well with the theme”.

Have a nice Sunday and great week!

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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!

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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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