Sunday, May 22, 2011

SWITZERLAND - 1976 - Sunday Stamps #20

I decided to start with the Sunday Stamps Project, maybe i find some stamps from time to time :) This Weeks theme wasn't that hard to fulfill as the third theme from the europa stamps was handicrafts.
On the left stamp you see some flower embroidery which switzerland was/is famous for. See more informations at the Embrodery Museum Site
The right Stamp shows a pocket watch from 1890. Our FrenchPart is famous for producing clocks since ages. You may all know the brand SWATCH, that is just one from hundreds (Rolex!) Further Informations: SwissTime

UKRAINE - 2008

The Europa stamps came on a FirstDayCover for the 100 Year Anniversary of Kiev Zoo.

Issue Date: 12. March 2008
2.47G - multi coloured - correspondent with quill
3.33G - multicoloured - correspondent with computer
The stamp used on the europa stamps is from the 8th of march in 2010.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

LATVIA - 2008

26. April 2008
45(S) - multi coloured - letters
85(S) - multi coloured - hand with quill, ink pot
I'm a poor collector, i even didn't mark from whom i got this FDC. As it is unused i can't make any supposes either.

Friday, May 20, 2011

UKRAINE - 2005

Issue Date: 20. May 2005
3.52G - multi coloured - vegetables
There exists another stamp from this issue, the left one. If someone could send me the other issue? ;)
The Cover was from an official postcard via

Thursday, May 19, 2011


First Day Cover - Issue Date: 04.10.2011
An alluvial forest is a hardwood forest found on low levees, ridges and terraces with a high level of underground water within the floodplains of streams and rivers. This type of forest grows in areas that are slightly elevated above floodplain swamp and are usually flooded for a portion of the growing season. Formerly a normal biotope, it has been disappearing with the growing number of river realignment projects.

The largest alluvial forest in the Czech Republic grows at the confluence of the Morava and Dyje rivers. Residual alluvial forests can be found in the area of the confluence of the Labe and Cidlina rivers (Libický Alluvial Forest Natural Reserve), and on the banks or in the headwater area of the Morava and Dyje rivers.

The presence of a stream or river, or a high level of underground water leads to a lower amount of oxygen in the soil and subsequent reduction processes. The products of the processes contribute to the typical bluish colour and special smell of the so-called gley soil.

Primary trees found include poplar (Populus L.), oak (Quercus L.) , ash (Fraxinus L.) , elm (Ulmus L.) , alder (Alnus L.) , willow (Salix L.) , lime tree (Tilia L.) . Shrubs and small trees, such as cherry (Prunus serotina) , honeysuckle (Lonicera) , cornel (Cornel) , viburnum (Viburnum) , elder (Sambucus) , are present at places with more light.

The mix of plants found in alluvial forests depends on the shadow prevailing in the lower layers of the forest. Creepers, such as hop vine (Humulus lupulus) , try to penetrate into the upper layers. Other plants, such as ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) , bramble (Rubus) , catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine) , spread by vining stems.

Light-demanding herbs flowering before leaves bud on the surrounding trees give the forest so-called spring aspect. Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) , snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) , lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) , yellow star-of-Bethlehem (Gagea lutea) , starwort (Stellaria holostea) , lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) , early-dog violet (Viola reichenbachiana) , hollowroot (Corydalis cava) , are among the herbs most commonly encountered in spring. A mix of grass species and other shadow-demanding herbs such as wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) , true forget-me-not (Myosotis palustris) , yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) , enchanter's-nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) , European birthwort (Aristolochia clematitis) , moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) , creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) , common comfrey (Symphytum officinale) , common figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) , touch-me-not balsam (Impatiens noli-tangere) , cover the ground in summer.

The patchy mossy underground tends to cover maximum 10% of the forest floor.

Soil fauna in alluvial forests is relatively rare due to the high amount of water in the soil. Earthworms and harvestmen are among the most common species. Amphibians are frequent in wet areas. Birds typical of alluvial forest include yellow throat, different species of warbler, chaffinch, whitwing, robin, starling, stork, silver and night herons, bee eater, buzzard, kite, hawk, falcon, sea eagle.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BELGIUM - 1958

13. September 1958
2.50Fr - red
5Fr - blue

A seminal totem in the Brussels skyline; neither tower, nor pyramid, a little bit cubic, a little bit spherical, half-way between sculpture and architecture, a relic of the past with a determinedly futuristic look, museum and exhibition centre; the Atomium is, at once, an object, a place, a space, a Utopia and the only symbol of its kind in the world, which eludes any kind of classification.

The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind.

The peaceful use of atomic energy for scientific purposes embodied these themes particularly   well and, so, that is what determined the shape of the edifice.  At 102 metres high, with its nine interconnected spheres, it represents an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion (thousand million) times. It was dreamed up by the engineer André Waterkeyn (1917-2005). The spheres, though, were fitted out by the architects André and Jean Polak.
The Atomium was not intended to survive beyond the 1958 World Fair but its popularity and success soon made it a key landmark, first of Brussels then internationally.

Half a century later, the Atomium continues, for that matter, to embody those ideas of the future and universality. And, among other things through its cultural programming, it carries on the debate begun in 1958: What kind of future do we want for tomorrow? What does happiness depend on? from


I received a few Covers recently. One big envelope i got from Laura (stamp raiders). Unfortunately i didn't marked them, so i just can say thanks a bunch to all those nice Covers you sent me! Other covers are coming from an auction i won last winter. The first i like to show you comes from Luxembourg. A FirstDayCover.

13. September 1985
2.50Fr - dark-rosa-karmin
3.50Fr - bluegreen
5Fr - türkisblue

But much more nicer the registered mail to Monsieur Holzherr, living at the Schänzlihalde and the marks on the back of the envelope! 
It arrives at the main Post (formerly the Schanzenpost) and a Day later it was in the District Postoffice, where i had a PO Box too :)

Registered Mail to Bern, posted on my Birthday - well i was still with the stars in this year :)
Interesting: 1 Day from Luxembourg to Bern - that's quite fast for this time!

Monday, May 16, 2011

ITALY - 1958

13. September 1958
25L - orange - red
60L - blue

Not that beautiful First Day Cover, but i like the old spirit of it.

wonderful foto from Rom 1958
found on this stunning page:
thank you very much for sharing your childhood memories with us!
-> in german

ESTONIA - 2011

Received the Estonian Cover twice, this year!The Layout isn't really deliberated as you can see the stamps cover a part of the picture. What a bummer!

Estonia is extremely rich in forests – nearly half the territory of the country is covered with forests. Estonian forests belong to the mixed forests zone and the most widespread forest type is where evergreen conifers dominate, but there are also deciduous forests. Dozens of domestic species of trees and shrubs grow in the forests, the most common tree being the pine, followed by the birch and the spruce. The biggest forests in the country lie in the north eastern and central parts of Estonia. There are primeval virgin forests, sustainably managed forests as well as specially developed holiday forests. Estonia’s rich forests are home to numerous animals – it is quite common to meet rabbits, foxes or roe deer, and the biggest animal is the elk. The forests are home also for a number of species on the verge of extinction, such as the European mink, the dormouse and the flying squirrel. The forestry sector is an important pillar of the economy, timber being the most important renewable natural resource and wood processing a considerable source of livelihood. Today forests are called the green gold, but in olden days forests were considered a sacred place and the people worshipped sylvan spirits. copy from estonian post

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SPAIN - 2011

A simple Cover received from Melita in Spain.

Issue Date: 04.04.2011

The stamp depicts a photograph of autumn in the Hayedo de la Pedrosa by Juan A. González. This beech wood is located northeast of the province of Segovia, in the municipality of Riofrio de Riaza. It covers an area of 1,930 hectares and is one of the main beech forests of southern Europe.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

LATVIA - 2011

This was the first Issue i got/ received this Year. The stamps aren't that bad but really classical. Maybe that's the reason why i'm not interested in Eastern Europa stamps (except for the europa issues - for sure) anymore. They are just common. 

Thanks to alexsent from Latvija!

First Day Cover - Issue Date: 08.04.2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

FINLAND - 2011

First Day Cover - Issue Date: 06.05.2011
Sent by lovely Marja2006 with the MayRR card (a maximumcard :))
It is one of my most favourite stamp issue this year - so far. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011


First Day Cover - issue date: 28.04.2011
Sent by childish (Lilia) from Sofia

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aland - 2011

I know i know it's been a while ago - since i've updated and posted on this blog. Life isn't always easy and sometimes i really don't have the effort to scan and comment my received things - even i got a bunch of new things in my collection and i almost burst to let you all know how many dear friends i have out there! Well i try to be a good blogger. New Year,new stamps,new theme, new categories,new pledges... in German we have a quote:
alles neu macht der Mai.
There isn't existing a one to one translation but i think the english speakers use often this quote: 
May gives birth to the fruits of April’s wet labor
maxicard nr.71 - issue date: 09.05.2011

First Day Cover - Issue date: 09.05.2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GERMANY - 1958

13. September 1958
10Pf - darkgreen - used
40Pf - cobaltblue - used
September 1958 the third issue selected again a common design, a dove flying above the letter E of Europe, designed by the Dutch artist, André Van der Vossen. Turkey replaced Switzerland that year. (8 countries ; 17 stamps)

Monday, May 9, 2011

FRANCE - 1958

13. September 1958
20 Fr - red - used
35 Fr - cobalt blue - used

First Day Cover - 13. September 1958
Conseil de L'Europe - Strassbourg

The Council of Europe (French: Conseil de l'Europe) is an international organisation promoting co-operation between all countries of Europe in the areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It was founded in 1949, has 47 member states with some 800 million citizens, and is an entirely separate body from the European Union (EU), which has only 27 member states. Unlike the EU, the Council of Europe cannot make binding laws. The two do however share certain symbols such as the flag of Europe. The Council of Europe has nothing to do with either the Council of the European Union or the European Council, which are both EU bodies. from wikipedia
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...