Monday, April 21, 2014

Lighthouse stamps of Estonia

These lovely lighthouse stamps of Estonia were in a souvenir folder sent to me by my Dear Friend Ella.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman, popularly known as Johnny Appleseed, is honored with this  1966 5¢ Johnny 
Appleseed stamp. Chapman, while voyaging the Ohio River with two canoes filled with appleseed, traveled over 100,000 square miles planting apple orchards.

John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 11, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He was also a missionary for The New Church (Swedenborgian) and the inspiration for many museums and historical sights such as the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio and the Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center in between Lucas, Ohio and Mifflin, Ohio.

Thank you Merja for this FDC with a nice stamp with an interesting story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Olive tree and its products

A new commemorative stamp issue “The Olive tree and its products” was released by Cyprus Post on 30 January 2014. The issue comprises two stamps of the value of € 0, 34 and € 0, 51(se-tenant).
Cyprus has a long history of producing oil products. Olive trees have grown on the island since at least the Neolithic period (sixth millennium B.C.) and have been cultivated since the second millennium B.C.
Ancient oil presses for the production of olive oil dating back to the end of the 13th     century B.C. have been discovered on Cyprus.
The Olive Tree and Its Products issue includes three stamps: a €0.34 denomination picturing an olive tree in the foreground and rolling hills covered with more trees in the background; and a pair of se-tenant €0.51 stamps showing ripe olives and a bottle of olive oil. Marianna Iacovou designed the stamps. 

Thank you Merja.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pioneers in Medical Science


Continuing with the Heroes of Medicine series of stamps, Transkei issued these four stamps to honour these four Pioneers in the field of Medical Science.

(15c) Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with (notably theurgy and philosophy), thus establishing medicine as a profession.
However, the achievements of the writers of the Corpus, the practitioners of Hippocratic medicine, and the actions of Hippocrates himself were often commingled; thus very little is known about what Hippocrates actually thought, wrote, and did. Hippocrates is commonly portrayed as the paragon of the ancient physician, credited with coining the Hippocratic Oath, still relevant and in use today. He is also credited with greatly advancing the systematic study of clinical medicine, summing up the medical knowledge of previous schools, and prescribing practices for physicians through the Hippocratic Corpus and other works.
(20c) Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (October 24, 1632 – August 26, 1723) was a Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology.
Raised in Delft, Netherlands, Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth, and founded his own shop in 1654. He made a name for himself in municipal politics, and eventually developed an interest in lensmaking. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules, and which are now referred to as microorganisms. He was also the first to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, and blood flow in capillaries (small blood vessels). Leeuwenhoek did not author any books; his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters.
(25c) William Harvey (1 April 1578 – 3 June 1657) was an English physician. He was the first to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the brain and body by the heart, though earlier writers had provided precursors of the theory. After his death the William Harvey Hospital was constructed in the town of Ashford, several miles from his birthplace of Folkestone.

(30c) Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, Bt., OM, FRS, PC (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912), known as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., between 1883 and 1897, was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. By applying Louis Pasteur's advances in microbiology, he promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Lister successfully introduced carbolic acid (now a for this FDCathknown as phenol) to sterilise surgical instruments and to clean wounds, which led to a reduction in post-operative infections and made surgery safer for patients.

Talking about the Oath of Hippocrates which is depicted on the cover - I think this is a very debatable subject, as I personally believe that neither do medical students take this oath nor follow it. The reason I am given to understand is that financial constraints make it necessary to breach this oath and conveniently forget it.

Thank you Maria for this FDC.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

50th anniversary of the United States Airmail Service

1968 10¢ Curtiss Jenny stamp marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Airmail Service, which was born onMay 15, 1918, when two 90-horsepower Curtiss Jenny airplanes departed from New York and Washington. During the first year of service, 1,208 flights were flown. Fifty-three were forced down by bad weather and thirty-seven by engine trouble. But the overall completion record was better than 92%.

Thank you Merja.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

General Federation of Woman’s Clubs

1966 5¢ General Federation of Woman’s Clubs stamp issued on September 12, 1966 Celebrated the 75th anniversary of the General Federation of Women's Clubs that range in projects from aiding school dropouts to encouraging international understanding.

Thank you Merja.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special stamp issued to mark Olympic gold medal win of Sami Jauhojärvi and Iivo Niskanen

Itella Posti is moved fast to mark Sami Jauhojärvi’s and Iivo Niskanen’s gold medal triumph in the men’s team sprint at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with a special stamp issued on Monday, March 3. Displayed is a lovely souvenir sheet of this stamp given to me by Ella.

The stamp is based on a photograph of the pair by Antti Aimo-Koivisto, taken at the Sochi medal ceremony. Titled Men’s sprint gold, the stamp is designed by Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu.

Those wishing to secure this special edition stamp will need to act fast as it is issued in a limited edition of just 250,000. The stamp is priced at EUR 1.80.

“I’ll probably get recognized more often now”. The Olympic gold medalists are happy and surprised to learn that they will be commemorated with their own stamp. “I never would have believed I’d end up on a stamp. At the Olympic Village, I had a personalized stamp made of myself, but it is incredible to have an official stamp now. I’ll probably get recognized more often now,” Jauhojärvi commented. “It feels incredible to get my own stamp. The stamp makes one feel like an important person and part of sports history,” Niskanen stated.

The previous sports-related personalized stamp was released following Finland’s gold medal win at the 2011 Ice Hockey World Championships in Slovakia. The stamp displayed the legendary air hook goal scored by Mikael Granlund in a match against Russia.