Saturday, August 20, 2011
Caribisch Nederland is a new stamp issuing entity since the dissolution of Netherland Antillen last October 2010. JP had a chance again to visit there and I am very thankful to receive my very first cover Caribisch Nederland. Thanks a lot!!! Another gap in my collection has been filled.
The Caribbean Netherlands (Dutch: Caribisch Nederland, Papiamento: Hulanda Karibe) collectively refers to the three special municipalities (officially public bodies) of the Netherlands that are located overseas, in the Caribbean: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. The territorial grouping is alternately known as Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba or the BES islands. Although part of the country of the Netherlands, the special municipalities remain overseas territories of the European Union at least until 2015.
Bonaire (including the islet of Klein Bonaire) is located east of Aruba and Curaçao, close to the coast of Venezuela. Sint Eustatius and Saba are located south of Sint Maarten and northwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The three islands gained their current status following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, while the islands of Curaçao and Sint Maarten became autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The BES islands have a collective population of 18,000 and a total area of 328 square kilometres (127 sq mi).
This is something I didn't expect, a cover from Hutt River Principality. The Principality is not a recognized nation nor their stamps are recognized by UPU. That's why the stamps were affixed on the reverse side. I am happy to have a cover from this so-called micronation.
The following are so-called "covers' from Russia territories. Since the breakaway of Soviet Union many Russian territories were issuing stamps, overprints and cover. It is quite difficult to say if these covers are fake eventhought it looks real. Most philatelists say that those are "cinderellas", in spite of that, I love these covers. They are unique addition to my collection. Thanks a lot to Holger for these. Many thanks.
Hello! It's been awhile since I had my last update.
Today, I wasn't expecting to receive a cover from Lundy. This is something which I never thought I could receive a cover. This cover very special.
Lundy is an island three miles long and half a mile wide situated ten miles off the coast of Devon U.K. A genuine local post from 1929 to the present day. There is a small resident population on the island plus thousands of tourists visit each year by boat from Devon. There are even rooms for rent at Lundy's Marisco Castle built by King Henry III in 1244 ! The tourists mail thousands of postcards and other mail each year from Lundy using Lundy stamps with Great Britain stamps attached also for the onward journey from Bideford, Devon.
Lundy stamps are for local use only. As you noticed the stamps were affixed on the lower left corner of the envelope (where local stamps should be affixed or if not on the reverse side of the envelope) not on the upper right .
Thank you very!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First of all, I would like to say thank you for the one who sent me this cover from Germany. He is a visitor of my blog. In his letter he told that he sent me this cover because my other German cover is not good, yeah he is right. This is my only second time to received a cover from this country. Thanks a lot!! I will send you a cover for sure but that would be at the end of September because I am really busy right now. Once again, thank you!
JP have sent me really nice covers from USA. Eventhough the US is a common country which we received covers, I still like it especially if the postmark is clear like this one and it has no wavy cancellation lines. Thanks JP!