Wednesday, 25 February 2009

COVER AND FDC FROM CANADA

Mr. Prout, friend from Vancouver, sent me this complete thematic material to my Blind collection. On his cover, we can see three of the five self adhesive permanent stamps that Canada recently issued focusing 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paraolympic Winter Games. The stamps features five sports: curling, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, bobsleigh and ice sledge hockey.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Association for the Blind (April, 28th 2008), Canada issued the guide dog stamp, the first Canadian stamp to feature Braille. Successful guide dogs share a number of common qualities including a willingness to work, a desire to please their human companion, a quiet, calm disposition and the ability to focus no matter how distracting the environment.



The Montreal Association for the Blind, founded in 1908 by Philip Layton, educates and offers rehabilitation to the blind and visually impaired. Today, the MAB is the oldest rehabilitation centre of its kind in Canada serving people with vision loss.







Tuesday, 24 February 2009

POSTCARD FROM BAHAMAS

This beautiful lighthouse is the main focal point in the harbor of Hope Town, on the Abacos islands, Bahamas. The Elbow Cay Lighthouse is one of only three manually operated kerosene-powered lighthouses still in use in the world. It was built in 1862 and became operational two years later. The stripped horizontally red and white tower (89 foot tall) is open to visitors interested in climbing its 101 steps up to visit the light mechanism. Its light can be seen from 23 nautical miles away. Thank you, Gina. This is my first postcard from Bahamas.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

POSTCARD FROM USA

Gudrun, from Jacksonville, USA sent me this nice postcard. As a maritime state with extensive coastline (about 1200 mile), Florida has many lighthouses of various construction. The thirty remaining historic lighthouses are a state treasure and each of these structures is unique in history and architecture. Once central to the economic growth and settlement of the United States, many of Florida's lighthouses face uncertain futures. Some need restoration and are not active nowadays. Some continue active and are open to visitors with their museums and gift shops. A lot of history and curiosity involve these buildings: Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, for instance, is one of the most highly restricted lighthouses in the country, being on Air Force restricted property, on a secured Air Force Base, and still partially under the Coast Guard.


FDC FROM INDIA


Another country pays tribute to Louis Braille at his bicentenary: India issued its stamp and FDC on January 4th. Thank you, Pranay for the mint stamps too.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

COVER AND STAMPS FROM PORTUGAL

André de Melo from Portugal sent me this cover with 2009 two commemorative stamps named Major Figures of History and Culture. The first stamp celebrates the centenary of the birth of Joaquim Soeiro Pereira Gomes, a Portuguese writer of realist influence, one of the major names of Portuguese literature of the 20th century. The second stamp celebrates 150 years of birth of Henrique Pousão, Portuguese painter. One of his best works “Waiting for Success”, painted in 1882, is the image printed on the stamp.

On May 9, 2006 Portugal/Madeira issued a two stamp souvenir sheet for Europa/Integration as seen by the young. In one of the stamp a blind man is shown walking with a guide dog, drawing by a young person. Another thematic stamp to my blind/blindness collection. Obrigado, André!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

COVER AND FDC FROM POLAND

Today a cover sent by Andrzej from Poland arrived here. The cover brings a block of three stamps issued in 2008 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Polish Post. Printed on the background of historic panoramas of Cracow and Venice are portraits of three important figures who greatly contributed to the development of the first Polish Post: Zygmunt August, Prosper Prowana and Sebastian Montelupi (who took over the administration of the royal postal service in 1564). Another stamp issued last year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Rota (the Oath) by Maria Konopnicka. Rota is one of the most patriotic songs for the Poles and was written by the poet Maria Konopnicka in 1908.

In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birthday, on 4 January the Polish Post introduced a postage stamp with an adjoining field. The stamp itself features a portrait of Louis Braille, and the field includes his full name inscribed in Braille. A First Day Cover features an illustration presenting Braille's alphabet. Thank you, Andrzej for your mail.