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You're very welcome Marco - I'm glad it arrived safely! :D

I've had to take a break for a couple of days to write an article for our national philatelic magazine, but that's off to the editor now so I can do some catch up. I still have a pile of swaps to prepare and send, but first I want to clear the pile of letters I've received over the last few days.

First - a letter from ecwk with some recent issues for my topical collections that he picked up while in Tokyo:

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Japan Astronomical World Series No. 2
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Japan Greetings - Sweets & Desserts, both 62 yen and 82 yen sheets
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Received a swap from RobRoyH today in this great cover with stamps showing off America's wonderful scenery:

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Contents were 9 Lunar New Year sheets from France for my LNY collection (borrowing images from Rob):

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José Paulo sent me a great cover with some swap items:

The cover is franked with the first 3 zodiac stamps and a stamp marking the centenary of the solar eclipse in Sobral/Ceará:
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Inside were the mint stamps:

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The eclipse stamp is a composite of a photograph of the eclipse and another of the observation preparations.

...and a 2018 souvenir sheet commemorating Old Valve Radios that tickled my fancy:

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The souvenir sheet is designed for paper folding into a Valve Radio consisting of 4 stamps. Each stamp represents different aspects of the motif – the technology, the electronic notation, the aesthetics of the equipment and its operation. The radio miniset can be mounted using scissors, glue (or even the gum of the stamp) and the perforation, constituting a metaphor for the practice of radio amateurism, and its tradition of assembling electronic equipment. The color palette refers to the old radio devices, using tones that refer to wood and metal.

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I love them all! Thank you José!
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Matmex recently sent me a whole bundle of Europa covers and stamps, which I have posted on my Europa thread here: https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=32685&p=6106573#p6106570

The cover was amazing, franked with one of the new cryptocurrency stamps issued by Austria, along with an ATM stamp showing orchids and a souvenir sheet for Shangahi Expo 2010:

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The left part of the crypto stamp is stylized with a unicorn associated with Ethereum and functions as a standard stamp that can be used to send mail. The right section contains the credentials used to authenticate the crypto collectible via blockchain.

Thanks so much Marco for this amazing addition to my collection!! :D :D :D
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My pleasure Jean!
Thank you for posting the images.
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Last week I received a surprise cover from KevinHedley with a nice set of frog franking:

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Inside were some International Post maxicards, including a wonderful set of Flightless Birds - so colourful!!

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Also received a great transportation cover from Arakan:

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Inside was a colourful Ellsworth Kelly pane for my Art collection:

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Thank you very much Danny!! :D :D
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I received a great cover from Elkra today, franked with an Irish astronaut stamp and some SOARs with Europa and Organ Donation designs:

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Thank you John!! :D :D
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A fantastic cover sent by Jean
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Bridge Stamps from Japan and Australia
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A series of Hong Kong stamps and SS from Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
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You're very welcome Jose! I'm glad everything made it there safely. Thank you for posting the pictures. :D

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A swap arrived from DarrenK in record time last week (1 week), considering the long transit times from Australia these days:

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A few Australia International Post and high value Berlin stamps to fill some spaces.

Thanks Darren! :D :D
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Matmex sent a surprise FDC of the Apollo 11 moon landing souvenir sheet issued by Austria:

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The surface of the moon is roughened and glows in the dark!

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Thank you so much Marco, I love it!! :D :D
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vicaf60 sent me this great cover with some items for my collections:

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Inside was this postal stationery envelope that he arranged to have sent domestically by registered mail:

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I have posted more information about this envelope on my Blood Donation thread here: https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=36681&p=6128301#p6128301


Victor also kindly sent me a mint booklet of the Belarus 2009 Europa Cept issue to go along with the panes he already sent me, for my space collection:

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I was walking with my family on Yonge street this past weekend and we strolled past the former site of Postal Station K at the corner of Yonge Street and Montgomery Avenue. This was the site of Montgomery's Tavern in the 19th century. Montgomery’s Tavern was a focal point in the Rebellion of Upper Canada in 1837. Owner John Montgomery sympathized with the Reform movement but not the actual rebellion. His tavern served as the headquarters for William Lyon Mackenzie — culminating in a skirmish there between local rebels and government militia. After the battle, the tavern was burned to the ground by the British loyalists.

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Battle of Montgomery's Tavern, a pen and ink drawing by Charles William Jefferys (1869-1952)

More information can be found at The Canadian Encyclopedia here: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/montgomerys-tavern

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In the decades after the rebellion, the Montgomery's Tavern site was the location of several hotels, before the land was acquired by Canada Post. Postal Station K occupied the location from 1936 until 2014, when it moved north to the corner of Yonge and Alexandra Blvd. The developer that purchased the property has built a luxury rental tower above the former post office, but preserved the Art Deco facade.

The public space in front of the building now houses a public art installation that evokes the 1837 rebellion: Montgomery Gates, by Adad Hannah. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the granite blocks that represent both the rebels and the militia are inspired by the Canada Post mailbox form! The area is quite a nice public space - the developer did a good job preserving the history of the site.

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Here is the description of the artwork:
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More details and pictures can be found here: https://urbantoronto.ca/news/2019/07/montgomery-square-reopens-meeting-place-north-toronto

Although the post office has moved from this site, their pictorial canceller that shows the old building is still available for use:

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I use Station K all the time to send my philatelic mail - the staff there know me well and let me handcancel my own mail. I generally use their regular date canceller (which is round), but will occasionally ask for the pictorial canceller, which is tucked away.
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A recent swap came in this excellent cover. Thank you Jean as always for swapping with me.

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We were away at a friend's cottage on Lake Joseph for a few days last week, and work is crazy busy this week, so I'm falling behind again after almost catching up...however, trying to clear some of the backlog on my desk by posting items recently received...

First, a cover from rolcora sent from Canada while he is visiting here:

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...containing stamps for my thematic collections.

Orchids from Thailand and paintings and musical instruments from Tristan de Cunha
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Musical instruments from Bhutan
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and a Chagall souvenir sheet from Belarus, which complements the stamp set that he previously sent me
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Thank you for these lovely additions to my collection Roland!! :D :D
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imworld sent this great cover - love the "Secure your dog for safe delivery" slogan cancel:

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Inside were a set of 6 souvenir sheets issued for China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition with a lunar new year theme. These came in a red envelope embossed with a gold character for "Pig". Also a set of single stamps and a set of art stamps from the UN:

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Philexx sent not 1 but 3 great items:

Apollo 11 souvenir sheet on a cover:
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ESA-Mission Rosetta stamps on cover:
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The Rosetta space probe was launched on 2 March 2004 from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket and reached Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 7 May 2014.

A postcard sent while on holiday in Cuxhaven
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Today this wonderful surprise arrived from shiouming

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Franked with a set of Singapore stamps showing traditional confections - great addition to my gastronomy collection.

Thank you Shiou Ming!! :D :D
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Recently this beautiful cover arrived at home from Canada

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the amazing content has been already integrated to my thematic collections

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FDC with the stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and Canada’s contribution to the historic mission to the moon (NASA engineers James Chamberlin and Owen Maynard, who are featured on the cover, played key planning and design roles for Apollo 11).
Maxicards with Christmas issues from Australia.
Christmas and butterfly stamps.

Thank you Jean!!

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You're very welcome Marco, thank you for posting the pictures. The Apollo 11 First Day Covers were very popular and are already sold out on the Canada Post website. :(

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Received a great surprise in the mailbox today. In a fantastic bear cover there were two envelopes full of sport stamps from Japan and Canada!

Thank you so much, Jean!

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Thanks for posting Henrik, you're very welcome! Fast mail as usual to Sweden. :D I hope you were missing some in your collection. :D

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Jean, thank you, always a pleasure. A bit blurred.
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You're very welcome Vytautas, thank you for posting the pictures. :D

OK, my turn to post some thanks for items received over the last while...

henrik_rrb sent this lovely Faroes Europa cover while on vacation there:

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Philexx sent this great cover franked with the new Humboldt stamp. Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science.

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It's a bit hard to make out, but the cover is cancelled on -4.-9.19, one day before the issue date of Sept 5.

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vicaf60 sent some lovely items from the recent Belarus issue on Traditional Belarusian Musical Instruments.

The stamps depict a lute (N) and bagpipes (M)

First Day Cover
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Maxicards
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Thank you very much Victor for these great additions to my musical instruments collection! :D :D
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Matmex has sent this great cover franked with Liechtenstein's stamp issue commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing, with a pictorial cancel from Phila-Toscana '19, Gmunden Austria

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Inside, a glow-in-the-dark souvenir sheet from Austria for the moon landing

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..and a pair of 2019 Europa stamps from Northern Cyprus (not Turkey as I erroneously posted initially!! :oops: )
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pmc sent me this promotional postcard from the JCII Photo Salon in Tokyo, franked with 2 stamps from the recent Sweets and Desserts Greetings issue:

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Last one for tonight, the amazing joelk sent me a surprise cover with an imperforate French blood donation stamp that he found in Belgium, but of course he added a ton of wonderful stamps from Singapore to accompany it to Canada:

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Thank you very much as always Joel, for your amazing generosity!! :D :D :D
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Hello Canada stamper,

Thank you for the big batch of stamps you sent me. I love all the animal stamps but I like the birds a lot.

Here is the cover. It got opened by Australia Post. Mum says I should keep the envelope.

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Here are some of the stamps in my album. I have not put all of them in yet but I have enjoyed putting them into groups.

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Dear Rafael

I’m very glad that you like the stamps and the cover! I hope you have lots of fun sorting them out and putting them in your album. You have done a great job so far from the pictures you posted. :D

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..and a pair of 2019 Europa stamps from Turkey
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Thank you very much Marco for these lovely items for my thematic collections!! :D :D
You are welcome Jean.

By the way these stamps are from Northern Cyprus.
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Matmex wrote: You are welcome Jean.

By the way these stamps are from Northern Cyprus.
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As usual I am being looked after by that special lady in Toronto.

The 2019 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

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Hi Jean, I can't remember if I sent you the new German Clara Schumann stamp on cover? I have one spare, perhaps you would like to swap for an International-rate Cohen cover? I don't normally collect Music as you know, but it is Canada and I like Cohen so....
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Hi George

Sure! I don’t think there are self-adhesive international rate stamps so I will use one from the stamp pane.

Or would you prefer that I use the 3 P stamps, it overpays the international rate by 5c.

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Three P sounds good to me Jean, thank you :D
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Philexx's Clara Schumann cover has arrived:

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Thank you very much George!! :D

I'm going to take this opportunity to show an image of the whole pane, with a piano keyboard for comparison:

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The keyboard down the left side of the pane has the same number of keys as a piano keyboard (88), but there is an extra black key at the bottom and a white key at the top has been omitted. I guess it doesn't necessarily represent a piano keyboard (versus just a repeating pattern), but it would have been a nice touch to get that right. :mrgreen:
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Further to the items that vicaf60 sent above, another letter has arrived containing mint sheets and a souvenir sheet, along with some Estonia Europa stamps and a mint orchid minisheet from Malagasy:

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This gorgeous cover arrived from Turkey, courtesy of Matmex:

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The franking is amazing: a fabric stamp celebrating Turkish culture in Japan, and a set of 3 stamps showing musical instruments.

Thank you very much Marco for this beautiful cover!! :D :D
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AMark managed to send me a cover franked with a Leonard Cohen stamp and postmarked on the date of issue, a Saturday - not an easy feat!

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A bunch of goodies arrived from Arakan recently.

US Apollo 11 moon landing mint pair
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...and several covers from Taiwan franked with complete sets of stamps issued June - August 2019

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...plus 2 postcards franked with ATM stamps showing the Formosan serow, with ROCUPEX 2019 pictorial cancel:

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Thank you very much for all of these Danny!! :D :D
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BrewDog sent some swap items in a Europa 2019 cover:

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Kevin Hedley sent a wonderful letter a while back, franked with International Post stamps and enclosing some lovely recent Australian issues:

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Apollo 11 moon landing souvenir sheet
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In the Garden and crayfish sets
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In the Garden stamp pane - really lovely!
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Thanks for these great additions to our collections Kevin!! :D :D
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Well, I've managed to clear a lot (but not all) of my backlog. I still have another gigantic package that KennethSequeira sent me a while back, but I want to wait until I can spend some time to go through the contents carefully - I will have to update a lot of my wantlists. :D A couple of other (non-Stampboards) swaps await me too...but they will have to wait until I've finished revising my exhibit pages - which I have to get back to now!! I'll post some of the new pages over on my exhibiting thread when I have a chance.
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Canada stamper wrote: ... gorgeous cover arrived from Turkey, courtesy of Matmex:

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The franking is amazing: a fabric stamp celebrating Turkish culture in Japan, and a set of 3 stamps showing musical instruments.

Thank you very much Marco for this beautiful cover!! :D :D
You are very welcome, Jean.
Thank you for posting it.
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Canada stamper wrote:Further to the items that vicaf60 sent above, another letter has arrived containing mint sheets and a souvenir sheet, along with some Estonia Europa stamps and a mint orchid minisheet from Malagasy:

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Thank you very much Victor!! :D :D

My pleasure, Jean :)
Glad the letter reached youy safely.

BTW, your letter with Montreal'76 FDC arrived, too, many thanks - just had no time to scan it.

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Canada stamper wrote:AMark managed to send me a cover franked with a Leonard Cohen stamp and postmarked on the date of issue, a Saturday - not an easy feat!

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Thank you Mark!! :D :D
You're very welcome Jean. :D

You are right, it's not easy to get stamps issued on a Saturday in this part of Canada. All Canada Post (CP) corporate locations are closed during the weekend and the only CP outlets that are open are either privately owned or located in a Shoppers Drug Mart. But the problem is that the Shoppers POs are staffed with student over the weekend and they do not have access to new issues. :shock: Well, I had to ask a friend (on a Thursday) at a Shoppers location to leave the Saturday issue out for the student to sell to me on a Saturday. It worked and I am happy that Jean received the cover posted on the day of issue. :D
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