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#1372 Czech Republic 20/03/13

This very nice cover from the Czech Republic was sent by Jan, thank you! It was posted in Jablonec nad Nisou on March 13 and arrived on March 18, 2020.

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#1367 Australia 22/07/18

This very nice cover from Australia was sent by Alfred, thank you very much! It was posted in Fairfield on July 18 and arrived on August 11, 2022.

#1364 Greece 20/11/03

This very nice FDC was sent by Alfred, thank you very much! It was issued on November 3 and arrived on November 11, 2020.

The mini-sheet commemorates the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.

#1279 British Virgin Islands 18/12/28

This very nice cover from the British Virgin Islands was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much! It was posted in Tortola on December 28, 2018 and arrived on January 18, 2019.

The top left stamp commemorates the octocentenary of the Magna Carta (1215), the middle stamp commemorates the sugar-apple fruit (Annona squamosa), the top right stamp depicts some great barracudas (Sphyraena barracuda), and the bottom left stamp commemorates the grooved brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis).

 

#1174 El Salvador 18/05/04

William has sent this registered cover from El Salvador, thank you very much! It was posted on May 4 and arrived on May 24, 2018.

The four stamps on the front side are part of the set “200th Anniversary of the First Shout of Independence”, which commemorates the 1811 Independence Movement. The set was issued on May 25, 2011.

The left stamp on the back is the 2017 Christmas stamp (issued on November 13). The stamp on the right is part of a set, which commemorates the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan. That set was issued on February 13, 2015.

#1148 Anguilla 18/02/12

This very nice registered cover from Anguilla was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much! It was posted in The Valley on February 12 and arrived on February 23, 2018.

The left stamp is part of the “Wildflowers” set, which was issued on September 12, 2009. It depicts the jimsonweed (Datura stramonium).

The right stamp is part of the set “40th Anniversary of the Anguilla Revolution“, which was issued on July 12, 2007. The stamp depicts Jeremiah Gumbs, one of the leaders of the secessionist movement.

#967 Rwanda 14/08/27

Rwanda 140827-2Here is another very nice cover from Rwanda, which was sent by Déo, thank you! It was posted in Kigali on August 27 and arrived on September 16, 2014.

The left stamp is part of a set, which commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Rwanda Scout Association. The set was issued on February 20, 1978.

The middle stamp commemorates the 200th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. It is part of a set, which was issued on January 30, 1976.

The right stamp is part of the “Folklore” set, which was issued on November 15, 2010.

See also: #844 Rwanda 14/08/27

#829 Italy 14/01/08

Italy 140108This nice cover from Italy was sent by Alfredo, thank you! It was posted in Turin on January 8 and arrived on January 10, 2014.

The stamp is part of the mini-sheet, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Expedition of the Thousand in 1860. The sheet was issued on May 5, 2010. The stamp itself commemorates the Battle of Calatafimi.

Interestingly the stamp was already cancelled with a special Christmas postmark on December 16, 2013.

#690 Mongolia 13/07/19

Mongolia 130719Thank you, Enkhbold Jigmid, for sending this beautiful cover from Mongolia! It was posted in Erdenet (Эрдэнэт) on July 19 and arrived on July 29, 2013.

The mini-sheet commemorates the “800th Anniversary of the Great Mongolian State”. It was issued on July 16, 2009.

The stamp on the right is part of the mini-sheet, which commemorates the “35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Mongolia and Japan”. The stamps were issued on February 23, 2007.

Enkhbold would like to receive covers from around the world too, so please send him a nice one:

Enkhbold Jigmid
P.O. Box 122
Erdenet city
Orkhon aimag 61000
MONGOLIA

See also: #653 Mongolia 13/03/03

#475 Panama 11/02/17

A. Garcia sent me my first cover from Panama, thanks a lot! It was posted in Betania on February 17 and arrived on March 3, 2011. The cover and special cancellation commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

The stamp on the front and three on the back commemorate the centenary of the independence of Panama in 1903. They are part of a set, which was issued on November 26, 2003.

The middle stamp on the back was issued in 2007 and commemorates Panama’s national park Sarigua.

The bottom airmail stamp on the back was issued on November 24, 2003. It is entitled “Jewels of the Pollera“.

#390-#392 China 10/05/15

Thank you very much, Hui XU, for sending this beautiful FDCs from P.R. China! The FDCs were issued and sent on May 15, 2010. On the back there are four additional postage stamps and day cancellations (not shown). The three FDCs and six stamps are entitled “Ancient Chinese Calligraphy – Running Script”. The stamps have the titles “Preface to the Orchid Pavilion”, “Poems Composed during the Cold Food Festival in Huangzhou”, and “Elegiac Lament for My Nephew”.

Running Script (Xing Shu) […] originated in the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-A.D.220), and became mature during the Wei (220-265) and Jin (265-420) dynasties. It simplifies the strokes of Regular Script (Kai Shu), transforms the patterns of Regular Script, and loosens the structure of Regular Script, thus being more applicable and practical to daily life compared to Regular Script and Cursive Script (Cao Shu). The “Preface to the Orchid Pavilion” […] is a calligraphic work by Wang Xizhi (303-361) […]. It is said that Wang invited friends to gather at the Orchid Pavilion on the outskirts of Shanyin in Kuaiji (present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province), where they drank wine and composed poems for an anthology, to which Wang wrote the preface. The calligraphy features vigorous strokes, an unconstrained structure, and a graceful style, vividly representing the new form initiated by Wang Xizhi. It produced a profound influence upon Chinese calligraphy in the following generations.

The “Poems Composed during the Cold Food Festival in Huangzhou,” […] is attributed to Su Shi of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) […]. It comprises two five-character-in-a-line poems, describing the author’s sorrowful state of mind and difficult living conditions after being demoted to Huangzhou. This calligraphy features free-style fonts in round shapes, contributed by a stress on the use of marginal tip of the writing brush, and is full of charm. It represents the greatest accomplishment of Su Shi in Running Script.

The “Elegiac Lament for My Nephew,” […] was calligraphed by Yan Zhenqing during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) […]. This work was created by Yan in mourning of his nephew. Yan Jiming, who died during the political turmoil started by An Lushan and Shi Siming. The calligrapher resolutely adopted withered brush and nearl-dried ink to convey his deep grief and striking artistic effect. (FDC’s info texts)

#384 Sri Lanka 10/05/24

Thank you, Ravindra, for sending this beautiful cover from Sri Lanka! It was posted on May 24 and arrived on May 31, 2010.

The attached stamp set was issued on September 16, 2008. It depicts buildings and artefacts of the late Anuradhapura Era (6th to 10th centrury AD).

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