Sunday, 28 December 2008

COVER FROM USA


This cover arrived from Michigan state, USA, sent by Mike. Different but nice stamps on the cover. Issued in April, 1990 a stamp celebrating Marianne Moore a Modernist American poet and writer. Also from 1990, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, one of five stamps in a series of five celebrating US coastal lighthouses.
On October 2, 2008, the US Postal Service issued a souvenir sheet of 10 commemorative stamps named Nature of America: Great Lakes Dunes. Great Lakes Dunes is the tenth stamp pane in the Nature of America’s educational series that features the beauty and complexity of major plant and animal communities in the United States. On the cover two bird 42-cent stamps from the souvenir sheet.
One of the most beautiful of the rugged shelled mollusks is the Frilled Dogwinkle, which is found along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California. Its tightly coiled shell is sculpted into many ridges and spines which gives the shell its frilled look. U.S Postal Service issued a 22 cent stamp in April,1985 featuring its shell.

COVER AND FDC FROM SWEDEN

My friends Ken and Gunilla from Sweden sent me eight nice FDC on my thematic collection Blindness /Blind. Here is a sample of them:
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to graduate from college.
Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was nineteen months old that she contracted an illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis). The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind.
In 1887 Helen’s father contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind, located in Boston. The school delegated teacher and former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired and then only 20 years old, to become Keller's instructor. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship, eventually evolving into governess and then eventual companion. Starting in May, 1888, Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1894, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896, they returned to Massachusetts and Keller entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe magna cum laude, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities amid numerous other causes. She was a suffragist, a pacifist, a radical Socialist, and a birth control supporter.


This FDC issued in 1990 celebrates 100 years of Braille in Japan. A blind Frenchman called Louis Braille (January 4, 1809 – January 6, 1852) was the inventor of braille, a worldwide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing. Braille is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points. His system was officially recognized in France two years after his death, in 1854. It has been adapted to almost every known language. Japanese braille is a braille code for writing the Japanese language. It is based on the original braille system. In Japanese it is known as tenji, literally "dot characters".
In 2009 it is celebrated the bicentenary of Louis Braille's birth and many postal administrations have already planned issuing stamps about it.
The first Braille stamp (with letters embossed in Braille) was issued here in Brazil in 1974 to commemorate the 5th World Council for the Welfare of the Blind in Sao Paulo.

Monday, 15 December 2008

COVER AND POSTCARD FROM FRANCE

Eric Contesse, stamp partner from Lyon sent me this cover with a stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fifth Republic (issued in October 2008) and stamps of the lighthouse block issued in November 2007.
The Fifth Republic is the fifth and current republican constitution of France, which was introduced on October 5, 1958. The Fifth Republic emerged from the collapse of the French Fourth Republic, replacing a parliamentary government with a semi-presidential system. Charles de Gaulle and his supporters proposed a system of strong executive presidents elected for seven-year terms. The President under the proposed constitution would have executive powers to run the country in consultation with a prime minister whom he would appoint from each elected parliament.
The Place Bellecour is a large plaza in Lyon. Formerly known as the Royal Square, the Place Bellecour is located between the Rhone and the Saone rivers in the Presqu'ile district. In the center of this square (one of the largest in all Europe) is the famous statue of Louis XIV on horseback, made in 1825. In the background, atop the Fourvière hill, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière looms impressively over the city of Lyon. It was built between 1872 and 1896 and was included when the whole historic center of Lyon was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

POSTCARD FROM MACAU

The Guia Fortress is a historical military fort, chapel, and lighthouse complex in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, in China. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Netherlands to capture Macau from Portugal. The lighthouse was constructed between 1864 and 1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia or on the China coast. The lighthouse stands at 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. The complex was built upon the highest point on Macau, Guia Hill, and named after the same location. At the top of the lighthouse, there is a circular observation platform, where the lantern is installed. The light transmitter is accessed by a spiral flight of stairs inside. The tower has a simple rustic exterior, in keeping with Guia Chapel lying adjacent. Guia Fortress, along with the chapel and lighthouse are symbols of Macao’s maritime, military and missionary past.


In a joint issue (June 2008) Macao and Singapore Postal Administrations released a complete set of eight stamps featuring a selection of popular dishes of their cuisine. Talking about Macao cuisine, it is a Chinese-style cuisine with the inclusion of Western (Portuguese) features, blending the two styles together in a unique and singular cuisine.
Thank you, Diana for the postcard and all information on it.