#590 Romania 12/03/26

This marvellous cover was sent to me by Dan, thank you very much! It was posted in Bucharest on March 26 and arrived on March 29, 2012.

The left stamp is part of the set “Romania – A European Source of Energy” (România – Sursă Europeană de Energie), which was issued on June 2, 2009. It depicts the Orthodox Cathedral of Turda together with a gaslight as well as a description of Sărmăşel and Turda. In Sărmăşel there was the first natural gas deposit in Romania, which was discovered in 1909. Turda was the first city in Europe to have public street lights fuelled by natural gas in 1917.

The set of six stamps was issued on July 23, 1986. It commemorates the Romanian Arctic explorers Julius Popper (1857-93), Bazil G. Assan (1860-1918), Emil Racoviță (1868-1947), and Constantin Dumbravă (1898-1935). The other two stamps commemorate the Romanian participation at the 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition and krill fishery.

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