Saturday, June 25, 2016

Feather Mail 6.5.2016

The birds living next to the steps of his house in Suomenlinna inspired Erik Bruun to come up with the subject of the stamp. The feather of a mallard illustrates the EUR 0.50 Sulka additional value stamp. Bruun was also behind the previous EUR 0.50 stamp featuring a swan. "The idea for my stamp is based on an over 100-year-old tradition. An express letter was marked with a feather attached to the corner of the envelope with sealing wax. Back then, that was the mark of express mail," says Bruun.
Thank you Ella.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Juventus Football Club's 115th in existence and sixth consecutive season 7.6.2013

The 2012–13 season was Juventus Football Club's 115th in existence and sixth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The club won their second Serie A title in a row.
Thank you Merja.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

25th Anniversary of The Memorial to Polish Soldiers and German Anti-Fascists in Berlin 9.5.1972

The Memorial to Polish Soldiers and German Anti-Fascists is a war memorial in Berlin, dedicated in 1972. Built by the German Democratic Republic during the division of Germany, it is today the principal German monument to the Polish soldiers who died in World War II, as well as an important monument to the German resistance.
The monument is located in Volkspark Friedrichshain, in the borough of Friedrichshain in former East Berlin. It was conceived at a time of improving relations between East Germany and Poland as a monument to the cooperation between the communist Polish People's Army and German communists in the struggle against fascism. The monument of gray Silesian granite was designed by the Polish sculptors Zofia Wolska and Tadeusz Łodzian and the Germans Arnd Wittig and Günther Merkel. Its centerpiece is a pair of parallel 15-meter stone columns (which are actually a single structure) united by a bronze flag. The monument area is in the foot of a hill, and is set off with a wall bearing the motto of Tadeusz Kościuszko, "For your freedom and ours," in Polish (Za waszą i naszą wolność) and German (Für eure und unsere Freiheit), and a relief showing figures of a Polish and Red Army soldier together with a German resistance fighter. Below the columns is the dedicatory plaque, in Polish, German, and Russian, where wreath-laying ceremonies take place.
The monument was rededicated in 1995 following German reunification to include non-communist Polish soldiers and victims of the Nazis, as well as all German resistance movements, and plaques in Polish and German were added explaining this. The monument was left otherwise unchanged, and the columns still bear the communist-era coat of arms of the People's Republic of Poland and the coat of arms of East Germany.
In recent years, concern mounted as to the amount of vandalism and graffiti inflicted on the monument. In 2004, a German company agreed to sponsor the maintenance of the monument. In 2005, the memorial was defaced with neo-Nazi slogans.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

United Nations Postal Administration 4.10.1969

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the postal agency of the United Nations. It issues postage stamps and postal stationery, denominated in United States dollars for the United Nations offices in New York, in Swiss francs for the offices in Geneva and in euros (formerly schillings) for the offices in Vienna. Postage rates charged are identical to those of the host nation.

Thank you Merja.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer is Here - SUMMER GREETINGS FROM THE CITY 6.5.2016

Evening barbecues, mangoes, ice cream and beach days. These are just some of the nine reasons why summer is thebest season of the year. To underline the beauty of this time of the year and to promote summer mood Finland Post has prepared for releasing five class no-value indicator stamps that depict the joys of summer.
The traditional market stall and the lively skater present the diversity of the urban culture. Of course, the stamps also feature the beach, but the effect of weather on the happy days of Finnish summer cannot be avoided.
“City dwellers running for cover in sudden rain was a very suitable image for describing the surprising nature of weather in summer”, says Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi, the designer of the stamps. “For me, the most personal image would be summery feet in sandals. The feeling after you’ve used all your tricks and nail polish to make your feet ready for summer!” Works of the well-known graphic designer and illustrator have been seen on both Finnish products and large foreign brands.

Five colorful 1st class no-value indicator stamps depict the joys of summer. The traditional market stall and the lively skater present the diversity of the urban culture. Of course, the stamps also feature the beach, but the effect of weather on the happy days of Finnish
summer cannot be avoided. ”City dwellers running for cover in sudden rain was a very suitable image for describing the surprising nature of weather in summer,” says Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi, the designer of the stamps. ”For me, the most personal image would be summery feet in sandals. The feeling after you’ve used all your tricks and nail polish to make your feet ready for summer!”
Works of the well-known graphic designer and illustrator have been seen on both Finnish products and large foreign brands. The customers of Kuusniemi include Posti, Fazer, Arla, and Elle Magazine..          

Thank you Ella for this lovely FDC.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Extraordinary Issue for the Emilian Areas struck by Earthquake 30.8.2012

Extraordinary Issue for the Emilian Areas struck by Earthquake.
The first earthquake, registering magnitude 6.1, struck in the Emilia-Romagna region, about 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of the city of Bologna, on 20 May at 04:03 local time (02:03 UTC). The epicentre was between Finale Emilia, Bondeno and Sermide. Two aftershocks of magnitude 5.2 occurred, one approximately an hour after the main event and another approximately eleven hours after the main event. Seven people were killed.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

EUROPA CEPT 1972 - France 22.4.1972

The Council of Europe is an international organization focused on promoting democracy, rule of law, human rights, economic development and integration of certain regulatory functions in Europe