Monday, December 5, 2011

Belgium Cover # 13

Thank you very much Gaby.

Uruguay Cover #12 Neighborhood mailboxes

Thankyou Jorge for sending me. 

Very nice Post Office Box stamps and Cancellation.


The first known reference regarding the use of mailboxes by the Uruguayan E is found in the Report on the Post Office during the years 1858 and 1859 raised to the Superior Government of the Branch General Manager, Don Prudencio Echeverriarza.

On July 18, 1879 was the inauguration of the neighborhood mailbox. These boxes were made of cast iron, solid and safe, cost amounted to the sum of 1500 gold pesos at a rate of sixty dollars per mailbox, and were acquired by Mr. Henry Fynn, representing the mail. Upon reading the word mouth ~ ~ Letters and side-Neighborhood Mailbox ~ ~, the middle box with the hours of service and below the national emblem and the year 1879.

The placement of these boxes are made referring to the neighborhoods of more population and more trade, including those which by their great distance from the Central Office demanded that improvement.

This service had over the years a significant growth, and is so in the Postal and Telegraph Yearbook 1898, we find a list of 73 Neighborhood Mailboxes with its corresponding location.

Contemporary documents state that: ~ Montevideo is now best neighborhood mailboxes many capitals of Europe and America ~

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Four Corners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah.

Thanks Ririfoi.

The Four Corners is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, northwestern corner of New Mexico, northeastern corner of Arizona and southeastern corner of Utah. The Four Corners area is named after the quadripoint where the boundaries of the four states meet, where the Four Corners Monument is located. 

The majority of the Four Corners region is part of semi-autonomous indigenous American Indian nations, the largest of which is the Navajo Nation, followed by Hopi, Ute and Zuni Indian nations. The Four Corners region is mostly rural, rugged and arid. In addition to the monument, commonly visited areas within Four Corners include Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The most populous city in the Four Corners region is Farmington, New Mexico, followed by Durango, Colorado.

Click following if you want to see on actual point on google maps.

4 Corners 

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More reading at Wikipedia.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Library of Congress, Washngton DC.

 The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress, de facto national library of the United States, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books. 

The Library of Congress was built by Congress in 1800, and was housed in the United States Capitol for most of the 19th century. After much of the original collection had been destroyed during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson sold 6,487 books, his entire personal collection, to the library in 1815.

The collections of the Library of Congress include more than 32 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 61 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America, including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, a Gutenberg Bible (one of only four perfect vellum copies known to exist); over 1 million US government publications; 1 million issues of world newspapers spanning the past three centuries; 33,000 bound newspaper volumes; 500,000 microfilm reels; over 6,000 comic book titles; films; 5.3 million maps; 6 million works of sheet music; 3 million sound recordings; more than 14.7 million prints and photographic images including fine and popular art pieces and architectural drawings; the Betts Stradivarius; and the Cassavetti Stradivarius.

The Library developed a system of book classification called Library of Congress Classification (LCC), which is used by most US research and university libraries.

The Library serves as a legal repository for copyright protection and copyright registration, and as the base for the United States Copyright Office. Regardless of whether they register their copyright, all publishers are required to submit two complete copies of their published works to the Library if requested—this requirement is known as mandatory deposit. Parties wishing not to publish, need only submit one copy of their work. Nearly 22,000 new items published in the U.S. arrive every business day at the Library. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Library does not retain all of these works in its permanent collection, although it does add an average of 10,000 items per day. Rejected items are used in trades with other libraries around the world, distributed to federal agencies, or donated to schools, communities, and other organizations within the United States. As is true of many similar libraries, the Library of Congress retains copies of every publication in the English language that is deemed significant.

The Library of Congress states that its collection fills about 838 miles (1,349 km) of bookshelves, while the British Library reports about 625 kilometers (388 mi) of shelves.[ The Library of Congress holds about 147 million items with 33 million books against approximately 150 million items with 25 million books for the British Library

Want to read more about LOC. Then click  following wikipedia link..

Is it not interesting.!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

France - Cover #9

Thanks Francios for sending me this beautiful cover.

Thanks for posting my cover on your blog.

Krka National Park : Croatia - Postcard

Thanks Josip again for sending me postcard.

Krka National Park  is one of the Croatian national parks, named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county, downstream Miljevci area, and just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Šibenik. It was formed to protect the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.

This postcard has 2 beautiful stamps.

1) Eleonora Sokol 2011 : Eleonora's Falcon  is a medium-sized falcon. It belongs to the hobby group, a rather close-knit number of similar falcons often considered a subgenus Hypotriorchis.

2) Sredozemna Medvjedica  2011 : The Mediterranean monk seal is a pinniped belonging to the Phocidae family. At some 450–510  remaining individuals, it is believed to be the world's second-rarest pinniped and one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

Croatia - Cover #8

Thanks Josip for sending me cover from Croatia. 

Very Nice Miniature Sheet.

I send you 2 cover with airplane stamps and it will have 100th Anniversary of Airmail flight. You can see your cover in following image. Both cover will have different special cancellation related to 100th anniversary.

Brazil - Cover #7

Thanks Pedro for sending me cover.

You can see Pedro blog at

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cover # 6 :Greece

Thank you for this cool cover, Mr. Spyros from Crete Island, Greece.
The cover is a standard airmail cover with 4 stamps on it.
The two blue stamps are stamps that depict two different Greek islands.
The stamp in the left-most corner has an old wood sailing ship depicted on it.
The final stamp is a stamp that depicts a group of statues in the triangular top part of an old building, possibly an artist's version of the Parthenon.

Crete  is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), the earliest "high culture" civilization in Europe, which built the first palaces in Europe.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pony Express 151 Anniversary Cover - Official Cover, Carried on Horses

Hello Readers,

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the original Pony Express.

To celebrate, the NPEA designed a cover that would be mailed, by horse back, from the starting point to the end of the Pony Express route.

Riders left St. Joseph, Mo., on Aug. 17, and the last rider arrived in Sacramento on Aug. 27.

The ride was originally set for June 7-17, but was rescheduled due to an outbreak of equine herpes virus. The 10-day 24-hour-a-day event includes more than 600 riders stationed at intervals to relay the designed leather mailbag during the 1,966-mile ride.

The original young riders traveled alone on horseback and were exposed to unpredictable dangers and weather conditions as they raced westward to deliver the mail. Mark Twain said of the young men: "The pony-rider was usually a little bit of a man, brimful of spirit and endurance." Mail service along the Pony Express route was a much-needed service that provided valuable news and information prior to the stringing of telegraph wires across the country and the transcontinental railroad.

Though the Pony Express was only in business 18 months (1860 through mid 1861), the Pony Express epitomized the American spirit, and according to some historians also helped win much needed federal aid for a more economic postal system.

It also helped contribute to the economy of such small towns and communities along the route including Stagecoach, Ft. Churchill, Stagecoach, Dayton, Carson City, Genoa and all settlements dotting the rider's route.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Advanced Eye Glasses (If your prescription changes, you don't need a new pair)

     Recently, my optometrist, or eye doctor, sent me this postcard as a way of reminding me I had an appointment coming up. It stuck out from the rest of the mail and gave me a good laugh. I hope it also gave you one too.

     The machine the boy has in front of his eyes is a phoropter, an instrument commonly used by eye care professionals during an eye examination. It contains different lenses used for refraction of the eye to measure an individual's refractive error and determine his or her eyeglass prescription.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


     Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. Since then, the history of the Academy has reflected the history of America. As America changed culturally and technologically, the Naval Academy followed suit. In only a few decades, the Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high-tech fleet with nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships and supersonic aircraft. The Academy has changed, too, giving midshipmen the up-to-date academic and professional training they need to be effective naval officers in their assignments after graduation.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cover # 5: Croatia!

Thanks, Ms. Ivanna Perunski.

This cover is from

Going from clockwise, the first stamp shows Jagoda Truhelka (  1864-1957), a Croatian teacher and writer for children and adolescents.

The second stamp has written, roughly, Children's World of Croatia, and has been dedicated to the International Children's Festival in Sibenik. Going into its 51 year, the fair is an old tradition and has thousands of visitors each year.

 The third stamp shows the American brown bear, a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America. It can weigh from 300 to 780 kilograms (660 to 1,700 lb), and its diet varies depending on the subspecies and the location.

The main, big lettering of the fourth stamp translates into "And children are entitled". However, without the word children, it translates to "the rights" The small text at the bottom translates into "The Year of the Declaration of Children's Rights" and "The  Convention on the Rights of the Child"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, spells out the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled. It has since been ratified by all governments except the richest, the United States of America, and one of the poorest, Somalia.

The fifth stamp is a stamp with a picture of Croatia on it.

The sixth stamp is about Woodland Strawberries.Woodland strawberries are fruits that are strongly flavored, and are still collected and grown for domestic use and on a small scale commercially for the use of gourmets and as an ingredient for commercial jam, sauces, liqueurs, cosmetics and alternative medicine. In Turkey hundreds of tons of wild fruit are harvested annually, mainly for export. A plant of the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves serve as significant food source for a variety of mammals, such as mule deer and elk, and the fruit are eaten by a variety of birds that also help to distribute the seeds in their droppings

*****************  My Postcard reached to Croatia ******************

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Second Postcard Reached its Destination!

Hello Readers,

My second postcard from my postcard galore recently reached its intended recipient.

This is a official advertisement postcard from Recreation Dept. of USA ( which has a picture of a National Park in the USA. 

What really made this postcard special, however, was that it also had a National Park Pictorial Cancellation (with trees, USA flag & animal) and a National Park Stamp! (98 cents Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming)


I think this will be a Used Max Card with 3 things

1) Stamp (Grand Teton National Park)
2) Cancellation (Pictorial Cancellation from Olympic National Park)
3) Picture (National Park)

Following is a translation of his original article, which was in German. 

In the western part of Washington, lies the Olympic National Park. This was founded around 1938. The biosphere reserve of the National Park has been recognized in 1976 by UNESCO. The park is located on a peninsula, almost isolated from civilization and therefore could develop many animal and plant species found only there. For obvious reasons, is the preserve of biologists and zoologists, as assumed in research, like. Consisting of two parts, on the one hand there is the coastal section, which is almost always shrouded in mist.On the other beaches are located directly on the wood, so that frequently uprooted trees line the beach.

The focus of the national park is the mountainous region, which is called the Olympic Mountains. Those are covered with glaciers and inaccessible. There is a park boundary, it lies on the rain forest. This is the wettest region of America. It is named after the Olympic National Park, Mount Olympus, which Captain John Meares in 1788 as this place "where the living gods" called. Logging decimated the forests and enormous President Cleveland declared so in 1897 the Olympic Forest Reserve on. This action protected and guarded the timber. A long struggle for the national park was created. Today 95% of the parking area are under additional conservation. 

The UNESCO named the Olympic National Park a World Heritage Site.

Of course, large areas open to visitors. Numerous rivers give way to the boat trip or even for fishing. In winter, at the Hurricane Ridge to provide skiers and snowboarders show off their skills. Also suitable campsites are available and are mobile to reach. For travelers who prefer more leisurely, two hotels called Mountain Lake Crescent Lodge and Kalaloch Lodge, provide pleasant atmosphere. Paths with nearly 1000 km in length in all directions of the park with nature trails and hiking trails are very popular.

Self-climbing is not excluded. The Mount Olympus, with its 2428 m altitude is not to be despised and the mountaineers are a must. Riding tours in the immediate vicinity of the park are not uncommon and are gladly accepted by visitors. So many different events are offered. Of natural history programs on children, to slide lectures, which are held outdoors.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cover # 4: England!

Thank you, Stamp Raider, for this delightful postcard!

Great Britain's oldest letter box still in regular use is at Barnes Cross, Holwell, near Sherbourne, Dorset.  The box was made between 1853 and 1856 and is octagonal with a vertical letter slot.  In the picture, the local postman Stephen Whittle wears a uniform of the 1850s.

Thanks again for the cool postcard!

You sent me mail from two different countries, so I am looking for something interesting about archaeology to send you back.

USA Postman