Friday, November 30, 2007

India Children's Day M/S FDC

India Minisheet FDC
Name: Children's Day
Issue date: 2007 November 14th

Children are God's greatest gifts to mankind. Their pure innocence, pristine thoughts and bubbling enthusiasm lend a unique flavour to life. The wondrous eyes of a child perceive with crystal clear honesty the myriad hues of nature and its bounties. To a child, the world is pure magic. Each day to a child unfolds a new secret, a new joy which the child rushes to embrace with outstretched arms.

Children's Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of November. This day also coincides with the birthday of India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru' by children.

The Department of Posts commemorates Children's Day every year by bringing out stamps designed by the children themselves. The stamp designs are selected by holding on All India Stamp Design Competition. The theme for the Stamp Design Competition this year was "The Magic of the Night". The competition elicited great response and the entries revealed beautifully the flight of a child's fantasy.

This year's stamps are based on painting made by Kum.Swarali.V.Bhakare, Class IV, Annasaheb Raje Bhosale, Primary School, Satara, Maharashtra and B.Karthick, Class VIII, T.E.L.C Middle School, Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu who won the first prizes in Group I and Group II respectively. Miniature sheet is based on the painting made by Master Pradhan Karnik, Class IX, Kendriya Vidyalaya, NAL Campus, Jeevan Bhimanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka which won the first prize in Group III.

The design of the First Day Cover is based on painting by Raj Ballav Hazarika, Class XII, K.V. Narangi School, Assam APS, which won the second prize in Group III of the competition.

The painting reveal the inner working of a child's mind and what magic it weaves in the phenomena of night, seeing it through its wide eyed innocence. The Department of Posts is happy to celebrate this spirit of innocence by releasing this set of two postage stamps.

2007 India Children's Day Minisheet FDC
2008 Thailand National Children's Day FDC

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Turkey Philosophy FDC

Turkey FDC
Name: World Philosophy Day
Issue date: 2007 November 22nd

Along with a decision by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Philosophy Day has been celebrated each year on the third Thursday in November since 2002. Philosophy is a struggle to reach fundamental trueness for knowledge and also occurrence required by humanity to recognize the world and solid principles and rules which will direct attitudes.

Need for philosophy is rising continuously in both world and our country. Problems that humanity face make it necessary to recognize them in light of the philosophy. Guidance of philosophy to the protection of peace, freedom, human rights, human dignity and values is critically important.

The aim of World Philosophy Day is to make it possible to become an actor for problem solving and public life drawing attention for vision and cogitation opportunities that philosophy sophisticates.

World Philosophy Day shall be celebrated with the cooperation of UNESCO, Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and Philosophical of Turkey Society between 21-23rd November, 2007. Turkey shall host the activities that will take place.

Official Website of 2007 World Philosophy Day

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Russia Horse Breeds M/S FDC

Russia Minisheet FDC
Name: The Native Horse Breeds
Issue date: 2007 November 7th

2007 Malaysia Horse Show FDC
2007 Russia Horse Breeds FDC
2007 Russia Horse Breeds Minisheet FDC

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

China Stamp: T6-2007

It's a embossed stamp set, you can see it in the back.
China Stamp
Name: Commemoration of China's First Moon Probe
Number: T6-2007
Issue date: 2007 November 26th

On October 24, 2007, the Chang'e-1 satellite, named after the Chinese legendary moon goddess, was successfully launched by the Long March 3A launch vehicle at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. On November 7, the satellite entered the circumlunar orbit after going through the phasing orbit, the earth-moon transfer orbit and the lunar capture. On November 26, the satellite sent back the first image date about the moon, thus the Chinese scientists, by way of inverse, got the first 3D image of the moon. Chang'e-1 is the first moon probe developed and launched independently by China. The moon probe is the third landmark in the development of China's space industry, coming after the successful launch of man-made earth satellite and the breakthroughs in manned spaceflight.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Indonesia Butterflies FDCs

Indonesia FDCs
Name: Butterflies
Issue date: 2007 November 5th

Butterflies are insect group of the order of Lepidoptera which means scaly wings, and well known for their remarkable life cycle from egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and then amazing metamorphosis into its adult from (imago). With colourful dazzling pattern of its wings, most of the species are day-flying. Comprising of superfamilies of Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea, butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some are developing symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Economically, butterflies are important by virtue of being one of the major agents of pollination, although a small number of species are pests on domestic crops and trees.

As adults, butterflies consume only liquids which are sucked by means of their proboscis. Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, and dissolved minerals in we sand or dirt. Butterflies sense the air for scents, wind and nectar using their antennae. These antennae are richly covered with sensillae in various shapes and colours.

Butterflies are strongly correlated with environment. Environmental damage has made butterflies population decreased and in turn reduced the forest diversity. Together with other insects and bats, butterflies help pollinating plants and secure forest dynamics. Today, butterflies are spread out all over the world except in the very cold and arid regions. There are an estimated 17,500 species of butterflies out of about 180,000 species of Lepidoptera. More than 1,600 species are found in Indonesia with almost 40 percent of it categorized as endemic to Indonesia.

1/4 Delias kristianiae van Mastrigt, 2006

As a family member of Pieridae, this new species is found in Foya Mountain, Papua by Henk van Mastrigt in 2005 and described by him in 2006. The given name is derived from Indonesia’s first lady, Mrs. Kristianti Herawati, to honour and support President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in his effort to preserve Indonesian forest and protecting it against illegal logging. Wings span is 4.5 cm.

2/4 Ornithoptera aesacus Ney, 1903
This beautiful birdwing butterfly is an endemic species in Obi Island and not found in other place in the world. Threatened by habitat alteration as well as overcollection due to high demands of collectors, this species should be granted a protection status. Wings span is 12 cm.

3/4 Ornithoptera croesus Wallace, 1859
The beauty of this birdwing butterfly had caused great excitement to Alfred Russel Wallace who found and described this species. This endemic species can be found only in North Maluku and shall be granted a protection status. Wings span is 14.5 cm.

4/4 Troides hypolitus Cramer, 1775
This birdwing butterfly is one out of 19 species protected in Indonesia. This species if found in Sulawesi and Maluku. Wings span is 12 cm.

2007 Indonesia Butterflies FDCs
2008 India Butterflies FDC
2008 India Butterflies Minisheet FDC
2008 Malaysia Butterflies FDC
2008 Malaysia Butterflies Souvenir Sheet FDC

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ukraine Christmas FDC

Ukraine FDC
Name: Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!
Date of Issue: 16 November 2007

2009 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Israel, Lithuania.

2008 Christmas FDCs:
Canada: The Nativity, Canada: Winter Fun, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania.

2007 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Vatican.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey Architect FDC

Official FDC
Self-made FDC
Turkey FDC
Name: Mimar Sinan and His Works
Issue date: 2007 November 14th

Mimar Sinan (Ottoman Turkish: خوجه معمار سنان آغا) (April 15, 1489 - July 17, 1588) was the chief Ottoman architect for sultans Selim I, Suleiman I, Selim II and Murad III. He was, during a period of fifty years, responsible for the construction or the supervision of every major building in the Ottoman Empire. More than three hundred structures are credited to his name, exclusive of his more modest projects, such as his Koran schools (sibyan mektebs). More...

60krs. Büyükcekmece Bridge (Büyükcekmece köprüsü):

The Büyükcekmece Bridge crosses the Büyükcekmece Lake at the European half of Istanbul. The bridge is located at the "Via Egnatia" crossroad, linking Istanbul since the Classical Age with the Balkans.Since this road has had also great significance in Ottoman times, being a major trade and pilgrimage route and a bridge erected by the Romans had become too fragile it was erected by Mimar Sinan at 1567/68. The bridge has a length of 635,37 m and is wide 7,17m, and has at all 28 arches. It is most remarkable that the bridge has been erected over a swamp area, making it a statical masterpiece.

70 krs. Haseki Hürrem Sultan Bath (Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamami)
A public bath built by Mimar Sinan at 1553 (next to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul) within the pious foundation complex founded by Haseki Hürrem Sultan(1506-1558), the wife of Sultan Süleyman II. the Magnificent(1494-1566). Being one of the most beautiful historical baths of Istanbul, the buildings length is 75 m and composed of two linked complexes. While the middle parts of the building are made of massive stones the buildings wings are composed of rows of bricks. It is used as a museum nowadays.

70. krs. Selimiye Mosque (Selimiye Camii):
Built at Edirne by Mimar Sinan between 1568-1574. It was considered by Sinan to be his masterpiece and is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture. It has four minarets which are all exactly 79,89 m. high while its magnificent dome has a diameter of 31,28 m. In this mosque Sinan employed an octagonal supporting system that is created through eight pillars incised in a square shell of walls. The four semi domes at the corners of the square behind the arches that spring from the pillars, are intermediary sections between the huge encompassing dome (31.25m diameter with spherical profile) and the walls. Around the rest of the mosque were many additions: libraries, schools, hospices, baths, soup kitchens for the poor, markets, hospitals, and a cemetery. More...

80 krs. Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii):
Built between 1550-1557 at the historical center of Istanbul. The mosque is 59 meters in length and 58 meters in width. The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 26.5 meters. It has four minarets, the inner courtyard measures 2465 m2. Apart from the main mosque with the praying hall (cami) and courtyard (avlu), the mosque complex also includes a caravanserai or seraglio (sarayi; han), a public kitchen (imaret) which served food to the poor, a hospital (darüssifa), four Kuran schools (medrese), a specialized school for the learning of hadith, and a bath-house (hamam). It may be of interest that four big granite columns which are located in the mosque itself were brought from different places in the Empire: two from Istanbul,one from Alexandria and one from Baalbek. More...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

2008 China Stamps & Postal Stationeries Catalogue

Click to find design images or detailed information.
Update: 26/12/2008







Year of the Rat



Booklet, Sheet II


Zhuxian Town New Year Woodprints





Role of Jing in Peking Opera




Birds of China




The 11th National People's Congress of the PRC




The 29th Olympic Games - Torch Relay



M/S, Sheet II


White Horse Temple & Mahabodhi Temple



Joint issue with India


Sutong Yangtze Highway Bridge




Boao, Hainan




The Summer Palace




Scene on the Qiandao Lake





Olympic Expo Beijing 2008




Fighting Earthquake & Reducing Victims



Semipostal stamp


Cao Chong Weights the Elephant





The Construction on The West Coast of the Taiwan Strait



Sheetlet II


The 2nd National Land Survey




Murals of Qiuci (Kucha) Grottoes




Famous Ancient General - Qi Jiguang




The Opening Memorial of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad



Sheetlet II, M/S


Celebrating the Opening of Olympex, the Olympic Expo Beijing 2008




Olympic Games from Beijing to London



Joint issue with UK, Sheetlet II


The 50th Anniversary for the Founding of Chinese Television Industry and CCTV




The Emblem & Mascot of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games




The 50th Anniversary of University of Science and Technology of China




The 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Ningxia Autonomous Region




Construction of Civil Aviation Airports




The 50th Anniversary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region




The 7th Asia-Europe Meeting



Sheetlet II


30th Anniversary of Reform and Opening-Up



Sheetlet II


Power Grid Construction




Foreign Musicians (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)




Longhu Mountain




The Origin of Three Rivers



2008 China Postal Stationeries





The 60th Anniversary of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang (RCCK)



International Forum on Climate Change and Science & Technology Innovation



The 90th Anniversary of China Held Stamp Exhibition



2008 International Grassland and Rangeland Congress



The 130th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Large Dragon Stamps






China 2008 National Philatelic Exhibition, Nanchang



50th Anniversary of China Academy of Engineering Physics


Wulong Karst



Memorial Hall of The War to Resist America and Aid Korea



Huxian Farmer Paintings



The Ancient Qikou Town


2008 China Stamps & Postal Stationeries Catalogue
2009 China Stamps & Postal Stationeries Catalogue
2010 China Stamps Issue Plan

Thailand Flowers M/S FDC

Thailand Minisheet FDC
Name: New Year 2008
Issue date: 2007 November 15th

Number: 831

There is an Autograph of Stamps Designer (Mrs. Veena Chantanatat) on this FDC.

Official FDC of this set

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thailand Flowers FDC

Thailand FDC
Name: New Year 2008
Issue date: 2007 November 15th

Number: 831

To be affixed on New Year greeting cards.

Illustrate Plumeria rubra L. and Plumeria obtusa L.

Plumeria (common name Frangipani; syn. Himatanthus Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees. P. rubra (Common Frangipani, Red Frangipani), native to Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela, produces flowers ranging from yellow to pink depending on form or cultivar. From Mexico and Central America, Plumeria has spread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawaii, where it grows so abundantly that many people think that it is indigenous there.

They are now common naturalised plants in southern and southeastern Asia, and in local folk beliefs provide shelter to ghosts and demons. The scent of the Plumeria has been associated with a vampire in Malay folklore, the pontianak. They are associated with temples in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures, though Hindus do not use the flowers in their temple offerings. More...

Minisheet FDC of this set

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lithuania Christmas FDC

Lithuania FDC
Name: Holy Christmas and New Year
Date of Issue: 10 November 2007


1,35 Lt: Winter Holidays
2,45 Lt: The World greets New Year

2009 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Israel, Lithuania.

2008 Christmas FDCs:
Canada: The Nativity, Canada: Winter Fun, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania.

2007 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Vatican.

Philippines Scouting FDC

Philippines FDC
Name: 100 Years of Scouting
Date of Issue: 01 Augest 2007

Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society.

Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books, with influence and support of Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson. During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls (Brownie Guide, Girl Guide and Girl Scout, Ranger Guide). More...

2008 Malaysia Scouting FDC
2007 Argentina Scouting FDC
2007 Philippines Scouting FDC
2007 Taiwan Scouting FDC

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thailand Ministry of Defence FDC

Thailand FDC
Name: 120th Anniversary of the Ministry of Defence
Issue date: 2007 November 11th

Number: 830

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Ministry of Defence.

Illustrate the royal portraits of Their Majesties King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) with the Ministry of Defence building and the emblem in the background.

Thailand's military affairs came into existence at the same time when the kingdom of Thailand was established. They have subsequently developed from Sukhothai period through Rattanakosin era. In the reign of King Rama the fifth,our great beloved King systemized the thai military for the purposes of defending the country, maintaining Thailand's freedom, integrity and sovereignty and keeping abreast with civilized countries. The King brought the army and the navy under the command of his royal highness prince (Mahavajirunahidh) the crown prince. On april 8,1887, the King issued a decree to establish the war department, during that period, the thai military affairs were extensively developed and modernized in pursuit of those of civilized countries. Later on, april 1,1890, the war department was upgraded to the war ministry with the army and the navy under its command. In the reign of King Rama the sixth, the war ministry was changed into the ministry of defence. It's responsibility was only for the army as the navy was separated to become the navy ministry after world war I, the navy ministry was joined to the ministry of defence on november 8,1931 and the air force was established on april 9, 1937. Since then there have been three armed services in the ministry of defence. Namely army, navy and air force.

The thai armed forces have been continuously developed to be as advanced as those in civilized countries. There are some major changes in organizational structures,education, training, operations and others in order to implement authority and responsibility as specified in the present constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand. Article 72 of the constitution states that the state is required to provide military forces in order to protect it's independence, stability, the monarchy, national interests, democracy with constitutional monarchy and to develop the country.

In 1960, the role and the duty of the ministry of defence were defined in article 4 of the ministry of defence act. The article states that the ministry of defence has authority and duty in defending and maintaining the stability of the Kingdom from external and internal threats. The military force is established to protect the monarchy, to fight the rebels and the riots, to develop the country and to protect the national interests as defined by law.

Website of the Thailand Ministry of Defence

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Russia Horse Breeds FDC

Russia FDC
Name: The Native Horse Breeds
Issue date: 2007 November 7th

6.00: Vladimir Heavy Draft
(Владимирская порода)
This breed was developed in Ivanovo and Vladimir regions on the basis of large native horses through crossbreeding with various draft breeds, such as the Percheron and the Suffolk, and later with the Clydesdale and, to a lesser extent, with the Shire. The latter was in wide use only from 1919 through 1929. The aim was a horse of medium draft power or less which would have rather high speed. In the formation of the breed, a particular role was played for more than a hundred years by Gavrilovo-Posad breeding station, previously a stud farm and a state breeding stable. Its experts invested no small effort in the creation of horses of uniform type in the region. In 1946 the new heavy draft breed was recognized.

The features of the conformation are: a long clean-cut head with the profile often arched; elongated and well-muscled neck; sufficiently pronounced and long withers; back somewhat long, a little dipped; short and broad loin; long moderately sloping croup; long legs, clean properly set. the chest is broad but not deep and the ribs are insufficiently sprung. The hair of the mane, tail and limbs is well developed. The Vladimir have excellent gaits. The predominant color is bay; brown and black are less frequent. There are characteristic markings on the head (a star or blaze) and legs. More...

7.00: Orlov Trotter (Орловская рысистая порода)
The Orlov Trotter was developed by A.G. Orlov at Khrenov stud beginning sometime between 1775 and 1784. The first date is that of the establishment of the Khrenov stud while the latter is that of the birth of Bars I, the progenitor of the modern pedigree Orlov. Arabian horses were crossed with the Dutch, Danish and Mecklenburg harness breeds. The Orlov evolved under the natural conditions of Voroezh region, characteristic of central Russia, and used natural pastures in the flood plain of the Bityug river. The combination of stable and pastures produced a breed with good action and adaptability to various management conditions. It thus became possible to spread the breed beyond the limits of Voronezh region to different climatic zones of the country, from Poltava to Perm regions, from Pskov to Kurgan regions and from Kirgizia to Altai territory. The Orlov is also taken to the mountain regions east of Lake Baikal as the principal improver of the native breeds. More...

7.00: Vyatka (Вятская порода)
The Vyatka belongs to the North Russian Pony group. Its development was strongly influenced by the natural conditions in the territories of what are now Kriov and western Perm regions and in Udmurtia.

The Vyatka's features are a clean-cut head, a wide forehead and broad jaws. The neck is short and fleshy, often well-arched; the withers are average in size; the back is broad, long and sometimes slightly dipped at the withers; the croup is wide and on the short side; the trunk is wide and deep; the legs are short and solid and have good hoofs; the hind legs are often sickle-hocked. The forelock, mane and tail are thick and long. A characteristic feature of the breed is its chestnut-roan or bay-roan color with black stripe along the spine and wing-shaped pattern over the shoulders, as well as zebra stripes on the forelegs. However, the color can also be brown, bay, chestnut or rarely, black. The average measurements (in cm) of modern Vyatka mares are: height at withers 140, oblique body length 150, chest girth 172, and cannon bone girth 18.9. The live weight is 400 kg. More...

8.00: Russian Don (Донская порода)
The Russian Don Horse serves superbly both in harness and under saddle. This breed was the mount of the famed and feared Cossack Cavalry. It was the Cossack's skill at breeding that made the Don such a rugged horse. The breed originated in the area near the Don and Volga Rivers in the southern Soviet Union. Originally, this was a small horse, but during the 1800's large numbers of the Persian Arabs and Karabakh breeds were bred to the Don. The result was a larger, more refined horse, which combined the durability of the older type and the more pleasing conformation of the imported stock. Traditionally, the Don has roamed in herds, enduring harsh winters with little food and only the heartiest have survived.

The Don Horse has a refined head with a straight or sometimes hooked nose, large nostrils, and expressive eyes. The neck is lean and often straight. The withers are not prominent; the shoulders are quite straight, giving the Don a rather short stride. Its chest is substantial and muscular. The back is long and the legs are clean. The Don stands between 15.1 and 16 hands and appears in varying solid colors such as chestnut, bay, and gray. The breed is noted for an even temperament and great powers of endurance. More...

2007 Malaysia Horse Show FDC
2007 Russia Horse Breeds FDC
2007 Russia Horse Breeds Minisheet FDC

Friday, November 16, 2007

Taiwan Outdoor Activities FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Outdoor Activities (Issue of 2007)
Issue date: 2007 November 9th
Number: Sp. 511

(1) Speed Walking (NT$5.00):

Speed walking is walking with a longer stride and faster pace. It is suitable to all age groups, can be done anytime and anywhere. There is little risk of injury. It is a form of exercise that is convenient and affordable.

(2) Cycling (NT$5.00):
Cycling is suited to all age groups, and is environmental and fashionable. Bike paths have been built across the nation. A combination of exercise and leisure, cycling is very popular.

(3) Skateboarding (NT$12.00):
Skateboarding is a sport popular among young people, for it requires speed, technique and a willingness to challenge oneself. The cool designs of the boards also appeal to youth.

(4) Inline Skating (NT$25.00):
It is called an inline skate because the wheels are arranged in a single line. Inline skating is a challenging sport, and is great at enhancing the skater’s sense of balance and coordination. It is a cool sport in the eyes of teens.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Finland Woodwork FDC

Finland FDC
Name: Fine Woodwork (Finland - Hong Kong, China Joint issue)
Issue date: 2007 November 2nd

0,70 € (left):
Zitan Armchair with Dragon Design, Qing Dynasty
The Qing Dynasty chair shown on the stamp was made of the now extinct zitan hardwood tree.

0,70 € (right): Oval Bowls of the 2000s
The Finnish stamp shows six curly birch bowls made by Markku Kosonen in which the brown, almost floral grain of the wood is brought out beautifully.

Belarus Yakub Kolas EOS

Belarus Envelope with Original Stamp (EOS)
Name: 125th Birth Anniversary of Yakub Kolas
Issue date: 2007 October 30th
Number: 071
Stamps Design: Yakub Kolas's State Memorial and Literary Museum

Yakub Kolas, Jakub Kołas (Belarusian: Яку́б Ко́лас, November 3 [O.S. October 22] 1882 – August 13, 1956), real name Kanstancy Mickievič (Міцке́віч Канстанці́н Міха́йлавіч) was a Belarusian writer, People's Poet of the Byelorussian SSR (1926), and member (1928) and vice-president (from 1929) of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences.

He wrote collections of poems Songs of Captivity (1908) and Songs of Grief (Песьні-жальбы, 1910), poems A New Land (Новая зямля, 1923) and Simon the Musician (Сымон-музыка, 1925), stories, and plays. His poem The Fisherman's Hut (Рыбакова хата, 1947) is about the fight after unification of Belarus with the Soviet state. His trilogy At a Crossroads (1954) is about the pre-Revolutionary life of the Belarusian peasantry and the democratic intelligentsia. He was awarded the USSR State Prize in 1946 and 1949.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

India Air Force FDC

India FDC
Name: Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee (1932-2007)
Date of Issue: 08 October 2007

Established under the Indian Air Force Act(XIV of 1932) passed by the Legislative Assembly on 8th October 1932, the Indian Airforce has served the nation in peace and war with 'elan, professionalism and dedication over the past three quarters of a century. It is one of the oldest independent Airforces in the world.

During the Second World War, IAF played a seminal role in beating back the Japanese invasion across the Burma border and the siege of Imphal. The greatest challenge to the small air force, rendered smaller by partition of the country, came in the early hours of 27th October, 1947 when Pakistani raiders were at the gates of Srinagar and it appeared the city would fall. IAF airlifted our brave jawans from Delhi and saved the city and Kashmir. This pattern was repeated again and again in defending Punch, Leh, and later (in 1962) Chushul.

From Kashmir War of 1947 to Kargil in 1999, IAF has its "Blood, sweat and tears" to make Indians proud of their Air Force, dominating the skies and winning the wars in partnership with the army and navy. It has decimated the enemy in the desert, at times all by itself as in Longewala in 1971, and in conjunction with the army as in halting the armoured offensive in Chhamp sector in 1965, and the heights of Kargil in 1999. And it has stood guard to defend the skies day and night, year after year.

500p WAPITI:

The Westland Wapiti formed the nucleus of the Indian Airforce in April 1933 with four aircraft. They were used for escort for convoys, reconnaissance in the North West Frontier Province strafing, anti bombing and anti-submarine roles.The sole surviving Wapiti aircraft is now maintained in the Airforce Museum at Palam.

500p DHRUV:
DHRUV is the first indigenously designed and developed helicopter in India developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.tHE The Dhruv has been showcased by Sarang Helicopter Display team both internationally and domestically apart from performing operational tasks.

500p AWACS:
The Airborne Warning and control System is an aircraft equipped with its sophiscated radar, communication and other electronic equipment to detect and track intruding aircraft(s) which still deep within enemy territory. With the induction of AWACS the long felt need for the country for an "eye in the sky" to ward off any airborne threat will be achieved to a great extent.

1500p IL-78:
IL-78 MK-I Flight Refueller Aircraft is a giant leap in operational capability of the indian Air Force. This force multiplier inducted in IAF three years ago has increased the offensive potential of our air superiority fighters and deep penetration strike aircraft manifold and enabled them to operate their full potential.

2007 India Airplanes FDC
2008 Poland Airplanes FDC
2008 Turkey Airplanes FDC

Monday, November 12, 2007

India Police Academy FDC

India FDC
Name: Maharashtra Police Academy
Issue date: 2007 November 3rd

MAHARASHTRA POLICE ACADEMY was established in 1906. It began as a Police Training School at Pune and was shifted to its present location at Nasik in around 1909. After bifurcation of old Bombay State into Maharashtra & Gujarat states 1960, the Police Training School was renamed as Police Training College. It was upgraded to the present status ie. Maharashtra Police Academy, Nasik in the year 1990.

The Academy is located on a 267 acre campus at Nashik on Nashik Trimbak Road. The Academy has three buildings of old European architecture, which came into existence at the time it was shifted from Pune 1908. The Academy has a modern small arms firing range and a multi channel FireArms Training Simulator.

The main object of setting up this institution was to impart basic training to the candidates for appointment as Police Sub Inspectors and Dy.Supdt of Police.

Apart from providing induction training to the directly recruited Dy.Supdt.of Police, the Academy also gives familiarisation training to I.P.S Officers on joining the State cadre. The Academy also provides facilities for training to the Dy.Ss.P & P.S.SIs.of Goa State on request.

The Maharashtra Police Academy is a pioneer training institution, which has completed 100 glorious years of its formation, producing tough and efficient officers since its inception in 1906.

Kazakhstan Almaty Zoo FDC

Kazakhstan FDC
Name: Almaty Zoo

Issue date: 2007 October 31st

On January, 30, 1937 Advice of National Commissioners Kazakh SSR has made the decision immediately to create a zoo in the city of Almaty. Scientific management to branch of the Academy of sciences.

Under the decision Almaty city advice the ground area by the area of 26,6 hectares on the right to coast of small river Kazachka in a fruit garden under construction of a zoo on February, 19 has been allocated. The allocated territory on the relief allowed full opportunity to issue it to destination without the big expenses. Have for the beginning mastered 7 hectares. All constructions were the time type, designed on some years, the plan of construction of a zoo for all allocated area will not be developed yet. By the moment of its opening the small collection of animals has been got. In June the first animals have arrived: spotty deers, wolves, young foxes and arkhars. In second half of summer a party of a waterfowl from Uch-Aral, hyenas, jackals, peacocks and wavy parrots. In October from the Moscow zoo have delivered lions, bisons, polar bears, raindeers and raccoons.

In the beginning of November, 1937 all city has been pasted over with posters: "On November, 7 opening of a zoo". Has come solemn day. At an entrance played an orchestra, all ranking officers of city have gathered, there came the first visitors. But the snowfall which has begun in 12 o'clock in the afternoon has broken all plans of organizers of this important event for city...

Not looking at this fact, interest of Almatian to a zoo of dews. Only for November, 1937 of it has visited from above 3500 person. On November, 24 the first excursion on a zoo has been lead has been carried out.

Annual updating its collection was necessary for research and educational works of a zoo. Purchase of valuable exotic animals for a zoo is a part of its history. The Chinese alligators and a bengalese tiger Almatian have seen in 1954. Large parrots Ara got by a zoo in 1957 year, humanoid monkeys and llamas in 1961, hippopotamuses in 1962. Seychelles the turtle - giant has lodged in a zoo in 1967, black panthers, cheetahs in 1970, sea cats in 1972...

Almost for seventy years of the existence the Almaty zoo from the small menagerie having about 200 animals, has turned to one of the largest zoos of the world. Here lives over 530 kinds of animals.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Finland Christmas FDC

Finland FDC
Name: Christmas
Date of Issue: 02 November 2007

0,55 €:
Gingerbread Mouse
Show a little gingerbread mouse bringing Christmas cheer to every home. Scratching the biscuit picture releases the aroma of gingerbread. The self-adhesive stamp has scent capsules under a layer of Lacquer and the aroma is released when the stamp is scratched or touched. The aroma is very mild.

1 lk kl (0,70 €): Straw Goat and Mouse
A mischievous mouse is bringing Christmas greetings, riding a straw goat.

2009 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Israel, Lithuania.

2008 Christmas FDCs:
Canada: The Nativity, Canada: Winter Fun, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania.

2007 Christmas FDCs:
Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Vatican.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Russia Russian Language FDC

Russia FDC
Name: The Year of Russian Language 2007
Issue date: 2007 October 29th

Russian (русский язык) is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of three (or, according to some authorities, four) living members of the East Slavic languages; the others being Belarusian and Ukrainian (and possibly Rusyn, often considered a dialect of Ukrainian).

Written examples of Old East Slavonic are attested from the 10th century onwards. Today Russian is widely used outside Russia. Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian. It is also applied as a means of coding and storage of universal knowledge — 60–70% of all world information is published in English and Russian languages.[1] Russian also is a necessary accessory of world communications systems (broadcasts, air- and space communication, etc). Due to the status of the Soviet Union as a superpower, Russian had great political importance in the 20th century. Hence, the language is one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels, which is not entirely unlike that of English. Stress in Russian is neither indicated orthographically, nor governed by phonological rules.

09/14: All-Russian Competition FDC

Friday, November 9, 2007

Japan Nagoya Port FDC

Japan FDC
Name: The Port of Nagoya

Issue date: 2007 November 5th

The Port of Nagoya (名古屋港; Nagoya-kō) is situated at the innermost part of Ise Bay, which is located at the center of the Japanese Archipelago on the east coast facing the Pacific Ocean, the Port of Nagoya has steadily grown since it opened for international trade on November 10, 1907. The Port is an integrated international port, handling all types of cargo (general, container, bulk etc.) We are the largest port in Japan in terms of total cargo throughput, which reached 187 million tons in 2005, and counted as one of the five major ports in Japan (Ports of Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe.)

The Port of Nagoya tops all others in Japan in terms of trade value (total export/import value) in Japan, which amounted to 12.3 trillion yen in 2005. This is approximately 10% of the nation's total trade value of about 122.6 trillion yen. Of particular note is that the Port of Nagoya accounts for about 43% of Japan's total trade surplus of around 10 trillion yen.

The Port's hinterland is home to Japan's automobile industry. We are the No. 1 automobile exporting port in Japan, shipping approximately 1.4 million completed automobiles annually.

The Port of Nagoya plays a major role as a point of entry to Japan, through its connections with approximately 150 countries around the world.

Official Website of The Port of Nagoya

Taiwan Birds (I) FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Birds of Taiwan (1st Series)
Date of Issue: 03 November 2007
Number: Def. 128 (I)

Taiwan is surrounded by the oceans and the seas. Because of its extremely varied topography and humid tropical and subtropical climate, it abounds with plants and wildlife, including a great variety of birds. Apart from endemic resident bird species and subspecies, there are also many migratory birds. Because of differences in their resting and foraging habits, these birds scatter to different altitudes and ecological environments. Therefore, birders may observe different kinds of birds in different part of the island. Taiwan Post has planned a series of definitive stamps on this subject.

(1) Pericrocotus solaris (NT$3.5):

This common resident bird is about 18 centimeters in length. The males' heads and backs are black, their rump and tail feathers are orange-red; and their tail feathers' roots and two inner tail feathers are black. They have red bars on black wings. They are gray from cheek to nape; their breast and belly are orange-red; and their beak and feet are black. The slender body and brilliant coloration of the bird give it the appearance of a string of red hot chili peppers. Consequently, the bird used to be known as the "red minivet."

(2) Parus varius (NT$5.00):
An uncommon resident bird and an endemic subspecies of Taiwan, it is about 11 centimeters in length. It has a grayish white crown, a black beak, head, throat and upper breast, a leaden black back, wings, tail and feet; and a chestnut belly and undertail coverts. There is a wide white cheek band extending from the corner of its beak to its nape on each side.

(3) Luscinia calliope (NT$12.00):
This common winter migratory bird has a length of about 16 centimeters. Males have an olive brown back; white eyebrows and mustache; black lores and chin; a red throat; a beige breast; a white belly and sandy beige undertail coverts.

(4) Phoenicurus auroreus (NT$25.00):
This uncommon winter migratory bird is about 15 centimeters in length. Males have a brilliant silver gray forehead, crown and nape; a black face, chin and throat; a salmon pink to tawny breast, belly, rump and undertail coverts; black tail feathers; and red brown outer tail feathers. Their black wings have conspicuous white patches.

Taiwan "Birds of Taiwan" FDC (I)
Taiwan "Birds of Taiwan" FDC (II)
Taiwan "Birds of Taiwan" FDC (III)
Taiwan "Birds of Taiwan" FDC (IV)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sri Lanka Animals FDC

Sri Lanka FDC
Name: Udawalawe National Park
Issue date: 2007 October 31st

Udawalawe National Park, which holds a unique place in the wild life conservation web in Sri Lanka, is situated in a dry and intermediate zone bounded by Moneragala District in Uva Province and Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa Province. It is 30,821 hectares in extent and was declared a National Park on 30th June, 1972.

It is situated 165km, away from Colombo. The entrance to the park is situated near the 11th mile post on the Thimbolketiya and Thanamalwila Highway. Apart from the vast plain there are small mountains and hills rise above it occasionally. The Kaltota Mountain and Diyawinna Waterfall are in the North. Rocks like Bambaragala and REmenikotha and Uggala Mountain are in the West.

Rs. 5.00:
Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)
The wild water buffalo is a large and powerful animal. The general colour of the body, in dry conditions is ash. When the skin is wet, the colour darkness to almost brownish-black. The male is larger than the female. A mature male is about 5 feet in height. It generally carries much longer and heavier horns. It mainly lives in the dry zone. They live in groups, the leadership of which remains with a mature male. The wild water buffalo is very dependent on the availability of water and spends much of its time wallowing in mud holes and shallow pools. The water buffalo is mainly a grazer and feeds in the morning and evening. The gestation period is about 300-340 days. It usually gives birth to one calf at a time. It’s life span is about 25 to 29 years.

Rs. 15.00: Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sri Lankan Elephants belong to the order Proboscidea, containing the largest of all living terrestrial mammals. The male is generally larger than the female. Adult male’s height is approximately nine feet, six inches. They are herbivores. They eat grasses, leaves, bark and fruit. They generally pay more serious attention to feeding in the early morning and afternoon. Midday is resting period. The period of gestation is 23 months. The life span is approximately 60 years. Today the number of wild elephants in Sri Lanka is around 4,500-5,000.

Rs. 40.00: The Ceylon Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii)
The Ceylon Ruddy Mongoose belongs to the order Carnivora and Family Viverridae. It is normally solitary or as a couple. They are ash brown in colour. Always it may be recognized, even at a distance, by its characteristic habit of carrying its tail with the black tip curved upwards. The normal food of this mongoose is birds, small mammals and reptiles. Therefore it is a Carnivore. The female probably gives birth to 2-3 young.

Rs. 45.00: Grey Langur (Semnopithecus entellus)
The Grey Langur belongs to the order Primates and class Mammalia. They are large and fairly terrestrial. They are grey, with a black face. They are mostly found in the dry zone. They feed on leaves, fruit, seeds and flowers and live in medium to large groups, sleeping on branches during night; usually with one dominant male. The female gives birth to one offspring.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Poland Papal Foundation FDC

Poland FDC
Name: Quarter of Century of Pope John Paul II Foundation
Issue date: 2007 October 30th

John Paul II Foundation was established by a Papal Decree of October 16, 1981 as a religious, educational, charitable and non-profit organization. Its official seat is located at the Vatican. The Foundation owns a building in Rome at 1200 via Cassia where the secretarial offices are located. The main goals of the Foundation are:

  • preservation and development of the Christian heritage and culture;
  • collection and preservation of documents and propagation of the teachings of Pope John Paul II;
  • assistance to Christian pilgrims on visits to the Holy See, particularly pilgrims from Poland and Eastern countries;
  • providing educational assistance and scholarships to young intellectuals from Eastern countries to study at the Catholic University in Lublin, Poland.

China Minisheet: 2007-30

It's a embossed stamp minisheet, you can see it in the back.
China Minisheet
Name: Chinese Calligraphy--Kai Shu (Standard Style)
Number: 2007-30T
Issue date: 2007 November 5th

6-1: Proclamation
6-2: Zhang Menglong Stele
6-3: Inscription for Sweet Spring at Jiucheng Palace
6-4: Predace for Sacred Religion at Wild Goose Pagoda
6-5: Yan Qinli Stele
6-6: Mysterious Pagoda Steele

More detail of this set

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

China Pre-stamped Postcard JP146

China Pre-stamped Postcard
Name: The Eighth China Arts Festival
Number: JP146
Issue date: 2007 November 5th

China Arts Festival has been held every three years, which has been a national festival and has great influence both home and abroad. The 8th China Arts Festival is mainly organized by Civilization Bureau of PRC and undertaken by Hubei Province, the festival has widely attracted the attentions of government leaders at different levels.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Russia Trucks FDC

Russia FDC
Name: The First Native Trucks
Issue date: 2007 October 25th

Design: from left to right
1. AMO-F-15 АМО-Ф-15, 1924
Zavod Imeni Likhacheva was founded in 1916 as Avtomobilnoe Moskovskoe Obshchestvo (AMO, Russian Автомобильное Московское Общество (АМО) — Moscow Automotive Enterprise). The plans were to produce Fiat F-15 1.5 ton trucks under license. Because of the October Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War it took until 1 November 1924 to produce the first vehicle, the AMO-F-15.

2. GAZ-AA(MM) ГАЗ-АА(ММ), 1932
The GAZ-AA was a very important vehicle for the Soviet Army throughout World War II. This 2-axle truck was based on the Ford Model AA truck and began production in 1932. It had a four cylinder, 40 HP engine and could reach a top speed of 70 km/h on roads. This workhorse was placed into a variety of roles by the Red Army including supply hauling, troop transport, ambulance, fueling, and was also converted to mount either the 25-mm AA gun or quadruple Maxim machine gun. This truck is most famous for being the vehicle used by the Soviets to cross the frozen Lake Ladoga bringing supplies into Leningrad so that the besieged city would not fall into German hands.

3. ZiS-5V ЗИС-5В, 1942
An almost identical copy of an American Autocar Model CA, the ZiS-5 ("ZiS" standing for "Zavod Imieni Stalin") was produced from 1933 on. The truck was an instant success and evolved to the workhorse of the upcoming Great Patriotic War. Due to the lack of steel, the all-metal cab of the ZiS-5 soon received a wooden style which together with the angled front fender made up the ZiS-5V.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

China Stamp: 2007-25

China Stamp
Name: Gongga Shan & Popocatépetl (China - Mexico Joint issue)
Number: 2007-25
Issue date: 2007 November 22nd

2-1: Gongga Shan:
Gongga Shan (Chinese, Traditional: 貢嘎山, Simplified: 贡嘎山, Pinyin: Gònggá shān), also known as Minya Konka, is the highest mountain in Sichuan, China. It is situated in the Daxue Shan mountain range. It is the easternmost 7000 m peak in the world and the third highest peak outside of the Himalaya/Karakoram.

The peak has large vertical relief over the deep nearby gorges.

A rope way has been constructed that can transport tourists across the glacier below the mountain to a cable car station at 5000 meter altitude. More...

2-2: Popocatépetl:
Popocatépetl (commonly referred to as El Popo or Don Goyo) is an active volcano and the second highest peak in Mexico after the Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m). Popocatépetl comes from the Nahuatl words popōca 'it smokes' and tepētl 'mountain', thus Smoking Mountain. Popocatépetl is linked to the Iztaccíhuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.

Popocatepetl is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico, having had more than 20 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. Popo is currently active. A major eruption occurred in 1947 to begin this cycle of activity. Then, on December 21, 1994 the volcano spewed gas and ash which was carried as far as 25 km away by prevailing winds. The activity prompted the evacuation of nearby towns and scientists to begin monitoring for an eruption. In December 2000, tens of thousands of people were evacuated by the government based on the warnings of scientists. The volcano then made its largest display in thousands of years. More...
This FDC was sent to my Lithuania friend on issue day by registered mail. There are 2 special cancellation on the FDC, right one is China special cancellation, left one is Shanghai special cancellation.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Belarus Brids FDC

Belarus FDC
Name: Nature of The Sanctuaries of Čepkeliai and Kotra (Lithuania - Belarus Joint Issue)
Issue date: 2007 October 3rd

Left: Great Snipe (Gallinago media)
Right: Corncrake (Crex crex)

Čepkeliai Nature Reserve, situated on the southern edge of Lithuania, consists of the biggest array of marsh in the country, overgrown continental dunes, forests and relic lakes. The River Katra marks the southern boundary of the reserve as well as the state border with Belarus. Behind it the Katra sanctuary runs in Belarus.Specific nature conditions have determined a wide variety of rare plant, insect, amphibian, reptile and bird species. Here breed the biggest populations of Great Snipes in Lithuania as well as Corncrakes, which are rare in other areas. Čepkeliai has become a safe shelter for these birds.

The Great Snipe (Gallinago media) is a very rare bird of the family Scolopacidae in Lithuania and is considered as a universally declining bird species included to the Red Data Book of Lithuania. A bird’s body reaches up to 28 cm in length; weight is 62-74 g. When flying may be recognized from white sides of the tail and 2 or 3 white strips along the wings.

The Corncrake (Crex crex) is a bird of the family Rallidae, also included to the Red Data Book of Lithuania. It lives in damp meadows and the valleys of rivers. Nests in high grass. Runs very fast and feels itself better on the ground than in the air. Flies badly and slowly. The body reaches up to 23 cm in length; weight is 130-190 g. When flying may be recognized from brown sides of the body and quite long outstretched legs.

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