Monday, October 31, 2011

Koryo style Royal Court Dresses from Korea

The various dynasties of Korea differed in their clothing styles. Many times the differentiation came from trying to appear more progressive than previous dynasties. Other times, the styles copied patterns from the past.

During the late Koryo period, court members made an effort to free themselves from one hundred years of influence by Yuan China.
A spider lily, a bird named Nycticorax nycticorax (Black-crowned Night Heron) and a triangalar shaped stamp (Philately week special stamps, 2009).  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Fairy Tale Castle from Poland: Moszna Zamek

Moszna Castle, Now a Centre of Therapy of Neurosises and hotel,  is situated in Poland , about 30 km southeast of the city Opole. The palace and park complex is the former residence of the German Tiele-Winckler family. This gigantic 7,000 square and 65,000 cubic meter construction was started in the 17th century and has 365 rooms and 99 turrets.

(top left)
From the series Polish mansions.

(top right)  
75th anniversary of the foundation of (the) Polish State Railways (PKP).

(bottom left)
Youth sports, from a set of 4: Mountain bike riding.

(bottom right)
XXVII Olympic Games Sydney 2000, various sports.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated on February 16, 1881. Less than five years later a ribbon of steel united Canada when the line to the Pacific coast was completed with the driving of the "Last Spike" at Craigellachie, British Columbia, on November 7, 1885.

A cute little Polar bear.

From Russia by train.

Russia (or former Soviet Union) has many stamps with trains on.

Three definitive, a fox and two bears.

A statue from Belgrade, Serbia

The Pobednik (Serbian Cyrillic: Победник; English: The Victor) is a monument in the Kalemegdan Fortress erected after World War I to commemorate the first Allied victory of the war, the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by the Kingdom of Serbia in the Battle of Cer. It is one of the most famous works of the Croatian sculptor, Ivan Meštrović.

25th summer universiade – Belgrade 2009

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A lighthouse from the Bahamas

“You’ll find our capital city, Nassau on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. Offering a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease, this unique island pair gives you the freedom to do everything or nothing at all. So, kick back. Enjoy.”

The desert rose (Adenium spp.) is pictured on this 2006 flora issue.

Maracas Bay from Trinidad

The country covers consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the main islands. The capital city is Port of Spain.

The north coast of Trinidad is home to Maracas Bay, one of the more popular beaches on the island because of its rolling waves and shaded white sands.

(Left) Carnival is "WE TING" It features the Pierrot Grenade, the supreme jester in Trinidad Carnival.

(right) Local Herbal Medicine, Wormgrass.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jeongbang Falls | 정방폭포 , South Korea

Jeongbang Waterfall is a famous waterfall on Jeju Island.

Jeongbang Falls is the only water fall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. On the wall of the water fall, there is an inscription written “Seobulgwacha”, referring to Seobul passing by this place. Seobul was a servant of the Chinese Emperor Jin (BC 259~210) who was ordered by the Emperor to find the substance that would make him immortal.

Two definitive’s, Tundra Swan and national flag.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Angkor Wat Temple from Cambodia

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Wat is the Khmer word for temple.

Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

(left) From a set of three stamps. They were released on World AIDS Day in 2006 to celebrate condom use to prevent the spread of AIDS. "Number One" is the name of the country's most commonly used condom.

(right) From a set of five stamps, water lilies.

Sri Mariamman Temple from Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Built in 1827, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then, was constructed for worship by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power in curing epidemic illnesses and diseases.

The Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot is a small (13 cm) mainly green parrot found in forested lowlands from Thailand to Borneo.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Georgia, USA

Things to do in Georgia:

Atlanta Zoo
Atlanta Zoo is the name of the largest zoo in Georgia, located of course in Atlanta.

Stone Mountain
One of the major tourist attractions in Georgia is Stone Mountain, where travelers can climb or drive up to a huge stone representation of Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta
The World of Coca-Cola museum is one of the most popular Georgia vacation spots and a major tourist attraction to the city of Atlanta.

National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning
Expansive chronicle of America's foot soldiers in war.

Billy Carter Gas Station Museum in Plains
The legacy of President Jimmy Carter's colorful brother is chronicled in a replica of his service station.

Grand Teton National Park

A Postcard from Macau

From collection with authentic Chinese décor.

120th Anniversary of the International Labour Day.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Postcard from Oman


Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The head of state and of the government is the hereditary sultān, Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id assumed power on July 24, 1970, in a bloodless palace coup directed against his father, Sa'id bin Taymur, who later died in exile in London. The new sultan was confronted with insurgency in a country plagued by endemic disease, illiteracy, and poverty.

One of the new sultan's first measures was to abolish many of his father's harsh restrictions, which had caused thousands of Omanis to leave the country, and offer amnesty to opponents of the previous regime, many of whom returned to Oman. He also established a modern government structure; and launched a major development program to upgrade educational and health facilities, build a modern infrastructure, and develop the country's resources.

Since the 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman has rapidly entered the modern world. Today, it is an economically, politically, and socially progressive country. The population of modern Oman is approximately 3.3 million.

(left) OMAN- 36th National Day (2006).
(middle) Khanjar knive.
(right) Oman 2010 China Shanghai Expo Sticker stamp Logo.

Café des Nattes in Sidi Bou Said | سيدي بو سعيد Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia located about 20 km from the capital, Tunis. It is full of quaint blue and white painted houses. At the main square you’ll find the famous Café des Nattes, which was described in the novel ‘View of A Mosque’ by August Macke in 1914.

Tunisian Celebrities, from a set of 4 stamps,  Ali Ben Salem 1910 – 2001.

A postcard from مراكش | Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh is known as the "Red City" and is the capital of the south of Morocco. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world: Djemaa el Fna.

Mohammed VI (21 August 1963) is the present King of Morocco.

Новослободская | Novoslobodskaya metro station, Russia

The most notable feature of the Novoslobodskaya metro station, on the Koltsayeva Line of the Moscow metro, is its glowing stained glass decorations set into a brass-framed arcade. This station was built in 1952. The station got its name after the nearby Novoslobodskaya street.

70th Anniversary of Moscow Metro.

St. John Crusaders' Church, Lebanon

About 37 km north of Beirut, Byblos is claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world. Long before Greece and Rome, this ancient town was a powerful, independent city-state with its own kings, culture and flourishing trade. In 1104 Byblos fell to the Crusaders.


Friday, October 21, 2011

From SEGESTICA to SISAK | Croatia

SEGESTICA - Celtic town (35 BC)
SISCIA - roman town
SISSEK - the mediaeval Croatian settlement
SZISZEK - the biggest Croatian river port
SISAK - the town of Croatian victories
Coat of Arms and flag of Croatia

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A postcard from Egypt: القاهرة | Cairo by Night

Cairo is the capital of Egypt. In 969, the Egypt-area was taken from Tunisia and a new city was built north of Fustat to serve as its capital. The city was called Al-Qahira, which translates to Cairo.

Two from a set of three stamps: Museum of Islamic Art Centenary.

Lisor Hilltribe from Thailand

Hill tribe is a term used in Thailand for all of the various tribal peoples who migrated from China and Tibet over the past few centuries.

(left) A label with White Elephant

(right) International Letter Writing Week 2010 Commemorative Stamps - Zinc Toys


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque from Brunei Darussalam

The Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Brunei and features an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture.

The height of this mosque is 52 meters. The walls are made of Italian marble. The arches, columns and towers are made of the same marble. The walls support the gold dome on the top of the mosque. The carpets are made in Saudi Arabia. The handmade stained glass, that were brought from England add more charm to the beauty of this Mosque.

Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei is named after the 28th Sultan of this country.

The Sultan of Brunei.

Le Palais National, Port au Prince, Haiti

Devastated by the earthquake of January 2010, Haiti's presidential home has suffered many tragedies.

The Haiti National Palace, or Presidential Palace, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has been built and destroyed several times over the past 140 years. The original building was demolished in 1869 during a revolution. A new Palace was built but destroyed in 1912 by an explosion that also killed Haitian president Cincinnatus Leconte and several hundred soldiers. The most recent Presidential Palace, shown above, was constructed in 1918.

Stamps are affixed on both front and back of the postcard!

(front) Christmas stamps 1999 (left) and 200 years constitution of 1801 (right)

(back) Les Frères Grimm, L’eau de Vie “Il était une fois un roi qui tomba malade et nul ne crut qu'il en réchapperait.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Cave Temple from Sri Lanka

“At the top of the list of things to do in Dambulla is the Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla.  Comprised of 5 caves and a picturesque facade carved into the side of a steep rock face, the Dambulla Cave Temple houses ancient statues and paintings depicting the Buddha and his life.“ (

(left) International Organizations: 80 Years of Rotary in Sri Lanka.

(right) Ancient stone bridge at Mahakanadarawa dates back to the 7th century.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A monument from Kingdom of Bahrain

The back of the postcard reads: “ Bahrain – monument near Bahrain International Airport.”

Arab Summit Conference 2003. One from a set of 22(!) stamps.

(left) King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Formerly an emirate,
Bahrain was declared a kingdom in 2002.

(right) A charity stamp.


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