Sunday, 30 October 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 19

Brazilian Post issued on September 1st, 2011 the third stamp of the series “Brazilian Historical Cities” celebrating the fourth centenary of Mogi das Cruzes, city located 50 km far from the city of Sao Paulo. On September 1st, 1611, Sant’Anna de Mogy Mirim was raised to the category of village and became the seventeenth village in Brazil. Over the years, Mogy became a settlement outpost and important trade point to expeditions which explored the hinterlands of Brazil during the 17th century. The economy was considerably boosted by agriculture by providing supply to those who left for the hinterlands in search of the gold mines of Minas Gerais. In the two following centuries the region adjusted to the demand by growing cotton and sugar cane, among other crops, with an emphasis on coffee. Later on, with the arrival of Japanese immigrants, tea, fruits and vegetables, in addition to ornamental plants formed the so-called Green Belt of the Greater São Paulo. 
On the top left corner the stamp displays a representation of the bandeirantes (members of an armed band of early explorers in Brazil) who passed through the village of Mogy on their way to the hinterlands. Below are the churches of the First and Third Orders of Carmo, which originally marked the borders of the sixteenth century village. In the center, on the top, the stamp shows the magnificence of the current city of Mogi das Cruzes. The white dove shown right below symbolizes the Feast of the Holy Spirit, the source of faith and culture of the people of Mogi das Cruzes. Next is the Tea House, built by the Japanese Kazuo Hanaoka, one of the most valuable examples of Japanese-Brazilian architecture that has been declared a national heritage by IPHAN. Beside it is the Obelisk, considered the “Ground Zero” of the city and built out of marble blocks. On the right-hand corner is the image of City Hall, a counterpoint to the past representing modernity. 

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

My Dutch friend Bertie sent me from Netherlands this German lighthouse postcard.
The island of Sylt is located on the German North Sea coast, in the area known as North Frisia, near the Danish border. North Frisia is part of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state. This area was ruled by Denmark until 1864. There are three surviving lighthouses established under Danish rule on the island of Sylt.  The List West Lighthouse is one of these lighthouses built in 1858 by the Danish government to guide ships through the channel between Sylt and the adjacent (and still Danish) island of Rømø. The 11 m (36 ft) white cast iron tower is the northernmost lighthouse in Germany and also the oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein. Automated in 1977, the light is located at a long sand spit which is a protected natural area, at the northwest corner of the island.   55° 03` 10" N  008° 24` 05" E
Dutch Post issued on March 2, 1999 a set of four stamps presenting important parks in the Netherlands. The 80¢ stamp celebrates the centenary of the Sonsbeek Park in Arnhem, the most famous park in this city and also the first monumental city park in the country. The 67 hectare park is largely wooded with an ancient beech forest and contains a great variety of trees and plants, numerous ponds, fountains and two waterfalls.  The park hosts on summer Sundays free cultural festivals with theater, music and dance performances.
Drawing and cartoon techniques were used on the 80c stamp issued on May 15, 1998 to celebrate the 16th FIFA Soccer World Cup held in France in 1998. 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 18

Brazil issued on August 24, 2010 a commemorative stamp part of the Diplomatic Relations Series celebrating the 120 years of the beginning of Ukrainian immigration to Brazil. The Ukrainian population in Brazil is currently estimated at around half a million, mostly Brazilians who are the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren of immigrants who have come from Ukraine in several waves since 1891. 
The stamp portrays two Ukrainian Christian churches, one in the city of Kyiv, in the Ukraine, and another in the Ukrainian community in Brazil, in the town of Mallet, state of Paraná. On the left one can see St. Sophie’s Cathedral with its golden domes of Byzantine architecture. It was the first Ukrainian monument to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the center the stamp depicts the Cathedral’s magnificent four-story belfry. On the right is the Church of St. Michael the Archangel - the first to be built in Brazil by Ukrainian immigrants – featuring its triple walls, where wood is secured making little use of nails.

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ISLE OF MAN

The Isle of Man is a large island in the Irish Sea very roughly equidistant from southwestern Scotland, northwestern England, and northeastern Ireland. Port Erin is a quiet seaside resort in the south of the island popular for those seeking a relaxed holiday with superb coastal scenery and many fine walks. The Port Erin Range Front Lighthouse is an 11 m (36 ft) octagonal concrete tower painted white with a single red horizontal band. It is located on the waterfront in Port Erin, at the southwestern corner of the island. Lat 54 05.3 N Lon 04 46.3 W
We see on the postcard three flower stamps part of the definitive collection issued in 1998: first part came on sale on 12th February (4p, 21p, 25p, 50p & £1 values)and further flowers values (1p, 2p, 10p, 20p & 30p) followed on 2nd July 1998.
Thank you, Jean Pierre.

Friday, 28 October 2011

LIGHTHOUSE MAXIMUM CARD FROM ALAND

My friend Eeva sent this beautiful maximum card to my collection. Thanks a lot!!!
Finland celebrates the centenary of Finnish comics issuing a miniature sheet of six stamps on September 5, 2011. The first comic book in Finland was published in 1911 “Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki “ (The Expedition of Professor Itikainen),written and drawn by Ilmari Vainio. The pictorial stamps include popular characters from the first six decades of Finnish comics from the 1910s to the 1960s. The 1910s are represented by Ola Fogelberg's Janne Ankkanen which was published in Suomen Kuvalehti and later in Kansan Kuvalehti.  For the 1930s, the stamp sheet features  Herra Kerhonen, whose author, Gösta Thilén, is regarded as one of the masters of wordless comics.
On February 27th, 2008 Finland issued a self adhesive stamp showing the “Sweet Pea” (Lathyrus odoratus), an annual climbing plant with large blossoms. In embossed Braille on the stamp “1 lk. kl” – means “first class” in Finnish. 
Åland is an archipelago lying off the southwestern corner of Finland and stretching across the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia from the Baltic Sea. The great majority of the residents are Swedish by language and heritage (the islands were part of Sweden until 1809). Åland is an autonomous province of Finland, has its own national flag and issues its own postage stamps.

Åland Postal Service issued on June 6, 2008 four lighthouse stamps and their respective maximum cards. The Kökarsören Lighthouse was a square skeletal tower built in 1906 and located atop a small island about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of the city of Kökar.  In 1983, the lighthouse had deteriorated to such a degree that it had to be demolished and replaced by a modern lighthouse. The postcard depicts the original skeletal lighthouse and the engraved stamp brings in its background a map and the position of the tower (59 46,1 N 21 01,3 E). 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM USA

Bernadette sent me two beautiful lighthouse postcards to my collection. Thanks a lot!
The Absecon Light is a coastal lighthouse located in the north end of Atlantic City, New Jersey overlooking Absecon Inlet. The station’s name, Absecon, honors an Indian tribe that at one time lived on the New Jersey coast. 
The 169 ft (51.5 m) brick tower was first lit on January 15, 1857 and is the third tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. Electrified in July 1925, the light station still retains its original first order fixed Fresnel lens. The lighthouse succumbed to what is often described as progress: by 1933 Absecon could no longer be distinguished from the lights of Atlantic City. It was deactivated on July 11, 1933 and remained inactive 64 years. A major restoration of the tower was completed in 1998 and the keeper’s house was reconstructed and opened in October 2001. Nowadays the lighthouse is privately maintained and open to the public: after ascending the 228 steps of the tower amazing views of the Atlantic City skyline wait for you.
The cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream oppose each other just off Cape Hatteras, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina coast.  This current forces ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. The first lighthouse (95 ft/29m) in Cape Hatteras was lit in October of 1803, but it was considered unsatisfactory during haze or low fog. In 1854, it was extended to 150 ft (48 m) and was fitted with a new first order Fresnel lens. But this first light station was never considered adequate and the construction of the current Cape Hatteras lighthouse began in 1868.
The new 200 ft (61 m) round brick tower was first lit on December 1, 1870 and is the tallest U.S. lighthouse. Mounted on an octagonal red brick base the light received a distinctive black and white spiral pattern and its light can be seen for 24 miles (39 km) out at sea. Due to erosion of the shore, once almost a third of a mile from the Atlantic, the Cape Hatteras Light teetered at the very edge of the tides by the late 1990s.  In 1999, a $12 million relocation and restoration project moved the entire light station 2900 ft (885 m) southwest in 23 days. For lighthouse enthusiasts like me, Cape Hatteras still stands 208 years after its construction and we can climb the 248 steps to the gallery and the lantern. The lighthouse is located just off Route 12, near the village of Buxton, and is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 35°1502N 75°3143.7W