Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Karelian pasty is for all occasions! 22.1.2016

The Karelian pasty is a traditional baked product familiar to all Finns, suitable for both everyday life and festive moments. The motif of the stamp designed by Klaus Welp is a tray full of freshly baked, golden brown Karelian pasties. The pasties on the stamps form a continuous pattern in the 10-stamp sheet, resembling water-lily pads or stones in the water. The roots of the Karelian pasty are in northern and eastern Karelia, from where the pasty tradition spread throughout Finland after the Second World War. Karelian pasties are a popular snack you can buy at any grocery store, and the baking skills are passed from one generation to the next. The Karelian pasty is covered by the European Union’s food name and product protection. The Karelian Pasty stamp is part of the 2016 Nordic stamp series, the theme of which is Nordic culinary culture.

Thank you Dear Ella for this delectable FDC.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tourism in Spain 7.4.1988

The two stamps on this FDC were issued in 1988 by Spain to promote Tourism.
The first stamp (18) highlights Spanish Gastronomy and depicts the Paella. Paellais a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia. The dish is widely regarded as Spain's national dish, as well as a regional Valencian dish; Valencians regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.
The second stamp (45) features the Covadonga National Park. Covadonga. Southeast of the village, in the Europa Peaks, is the Covadonga Mountains National Park, which was established in 1918. The park’s heavily wooded area of 65 square miles (169 square km) shelters chamois, roe deer, wildcat, bear, and numerous birds. Pop. (2007 est.) 62.The Covadonga National Park was the first to be established (1918) in Spain and is one of the oldest in Europe. Its fauna and flora include many species of interest and the park area is representative of the prevailing ecosystem throughout the wet zone of Spain neighbouring the Cantabrican mountain range. Its history is complex, having been influenced by different political ideologies dominant within the Government. The last few years have been particularly critical as the massive promotion of the country's tourism has led to the occupation of even the most wild and remote areas.

Thank you Merja.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Centenary of the Baloon Post in France 16.11.1971

The Siege of Paris, lasting from 19 September 1870 to 28 January 1871, and the consequent capture of the city by Prussian forces, led to French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the establishment of the German Empire as well as the Paris Commune.
Balloon mail was the only means by which communications from the besieged city could reach the rest of France. The use of balloons to carry mail was first proposed by the photographer and balloonist Felix Nadar, who had established the grandiosely titled No. 1 Compagnie des Aérostatiers, with a single balloon, theNeptune, at its disposal, to perform tethered ascents for observation purposes. However the Prussian encirclement of the city made this pointless, and on 17 September Nadar wrote to the Council for the Defence of Paris proposing the use of balloons for communication with the outside world: a similar proposal had also been made by the balloonist Eugène Godard. The first balloon launch was carried out on 23 September, using the Neptune, and carried 125 kg (276 lb) of mail in addition to the pilot. After a three-hour flight it landed at Craconville 83 km (52 mi) from Paris.    

Balloon mail refers to the transport of mail (usually for weight reasons in the form of a postcard) carrying the name of the sender by means of an unguided hydrogen or helium filled balloon. Since the balloon is not controllable, the delivery of a balloon mail is left to good fortune; often the balloon and postcard are lost. A found balloon should be returned to the sender (by conventional post) with an indication of the discovery site, so that the sender can determine how far their balloon flew. Frequently balloon mail is sent as part of a balloon competition.
Historically, balloons were used to transport mail from Paris during the Siege of Paris of 1870-71. About 66 unguided mail balloons were released from Paris to communicate with outside world, of which the great majority succeeded in delivering their cargo. As the Prussian forces surrounded the city, telegraph lines were cut and messengers were captured, shot or turned back.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Finland Champions of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in 2016 issued on 15.1.2016

The young man and Maple Leafs prospect who scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal game of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in 2016 appears on a new Finnish postage stamp.
Kasperi Kapanen along with teammates Miro Keskitalo and Villi Saarijarvi immediately following Kapanen's wrap-around goal. Kapanen made the jump from the Liiga this year to join the AHL Toronto Marlies as a 19-year old. In 18 games so far this season, he's scored five goals and 10 points. 

Thank you Ella for this Stamp Sheet.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Faroese Flowers 17.3.1980

This stamp on the FDC is one of a set of four stamps depicting Faroese Flowers.

Thank you Merja.