Thursday, 23 April 2009


Brazilian Post issued today (April 23) the fourth stamp of the series “Diplomatic Relations”, celebrating the friendship with Lebanon. The Lebanese community in Brazil is currently the largest in the world to live outside Lebanon (USA has the second one); by the way, my great grandfather was a Lebanese immigrant.
Literature was the thematic chosen since Beirut was designated by UNESCO as 2009 World Book Capital. The stamp depicts the image of the Lebanese poet and writer Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931) and one of his citations “Wisdom is the only wealth that tyrants can not expropriate”. Beirut is the ninth city designated as World Book Capital, following Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007) and Amsterdam (2008).


Brazilian Post issued on April 17th, 2009 two stamps dedicated to diplomatic relations with Thailand, reproducing singular aspects of the architecture and flora of these two countries. The “Thai stamp” depicts the Dusit Maha Prasat throne hall in Bangkok and a species of orchid called Rhynchostylis gigantean. The cruciform Dusit Maha Prasat building, built by Rama I in 1790, is one of the least altered and most elegant public buildings of the center court. Although it has been used as a residence and audience hall, its primary purpose which survives to this day is as the lying-in-state place for kings, queens and favored members of the royal family. The Rhynchostylis is also commonly called Foxtail Orchid (Orquídea Rabo de Raposa) and occurs in Thailand and other countries of Southeast.
The other stamp presents the catholic Cathedral of São Pedro de Alcântara, in Petrópolis and two native bromelias of Brazil: Aechmea distichantha and Vriesea ensiformis. Petrópolis (“City of Pedro”), also known as the” Imperial City of Brazil”, is a popular summer holiday spot where is located the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian Emperor, Pedro II. The cathedral is an 18th century French Neogothic building and was executed in stone masonry and granite ashlar. The interior Imperial Chapel adorned with Carrara marble works houses the tombstones of Emperor D. Pedro II and her wife Dona Teresa Cristina. The patron of the Cathedral is Saint Peter of Alcantara, worshiped as protector of monarchs and named by D. Pedro I patron of the Brazilian Empire.

Friday, 17 April 2009


My friend Anthony from Netherlands sent me many stamps and FDC issued in 2009 celebrating the bicentenary of Louis Braille. My topical Blind stamp collection increases day by day. Thank you, pal.
The Belgium stamp celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Braille depicts a small bust of him and hands reading Braille (issued on February 21st, 2009).

On 23 January, 2009, Irish Post issued a 55c stamp to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille. It features an eye created with a series of dots representing Braille as a system that extends the senses through the organization of a minimal form. “Eire” and “55c” are reproduced in Braille.

Slovenia Post issued on 30 January, 2009 a nice miniature sheet with an eye and Braille’s writing (the dot system alphabet) celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Braille. I am interested in the Braille First Day Cover from Slovenia.

Andorra Post also issued on 26 January 2009 its Louis Braille stamp.

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park stamp begins a new series, which will show different aspects of nature and the seasons of the year. The Finnish stamp is a first class self-adhesive stamp with Braille lettering issued on January 22, 2009. Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the third-largest national park in Finland, located in the Lapland Province.The high fells of the park are the southernmost place to see some arctic species in Finland. Most of the park consists of primeval forests and various types of muskeg.

Monday, 13 April 2009


Brazilian Post issued on April 4th the first stamp of a series called “Soccer Teams – Brazil towards 2014 FIFA World Cup” which celebrates the centenary of Sport Club Internacional, also known as Inter. Internacional, a Brazilian soccer team from the city of Porto Alegre, founded on April 4, 1909 plays in red shirts, so its nickname is Colorado (or the Reds). The club's most successful season was in 2006, when Internacional won the FIFA Club World Cup 2006, beating FC Barcelona, in Yokohama, Japan. The stamp shows the team’s emblem, the main trophies they have won and the phrase “Campeão de tudo” (Champion of all). Inter is the only Brazilian club to have won all the official international championships and cups a South American team can win (Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana and FIFA Club World Cup). In the victorious Seventies, the club lived its best years in history securing three times the Brazilian Championship: 1975, 1976 and 1979.

Sunday, 12 April 2009


The new commemorative stamp issued on March 18th is dedicated to the protection of polar areas and glaciers and mark the International Polar Year 2007-2009. Brazilian Post chose two specimens (one native from Arctic and other from Antarctic) as symbols of endangered animals caused by recent climatic changes. The Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) is most common in the polar and subpolar waters of the Southern Hemisphere, along the coast of Antarctica and on most sub-Antarctic islands. Some individuals can be found on the coasts of South Africa, southern Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Atlantic coast of South America. The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding seas. For decades, the world's largest carnivore found on land suffered unrestricted hunting, what raised international concern for the future of the species. Nowadays, scientists list global warming as the most significant threat to the polar bear, primarily because the melting of its sea ice habitat reduces its ability to find sufficient food.