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Kevin Hedley sent this amazing package with goodies from Australia's recent gorgeous Cloudscapes issue:

Cover franked with full set of International Post stamps
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Mint set
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Souvenir sheet
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Maximum cards
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Thank you very much Kevin!! :D :D Some Canadian birds are on their way to you. :D
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Matmex sent another amazing package full of goodies for my Europa and space collections

Cover with first day cancel
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Recent UN issue to mark 50 years of peaceful uses of outer space
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The stamps and souvenir sheets all have a gold sheen that is hard to appreciate on the scans.

Loads of used Europa stamps, mostly from 2018
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Thank you very much Marco for these amazing additions to my collection!! :D :D
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Last but not least, Philexx sent a surprise cover franked with a recent mushroom stamp:

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More fantastic items in my mailbox this week.

ecwk sent a second cover, this time from Bratislava, franked with Slovakia's 2018 Europa stamp, with a nice pictorial cancel

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Thank you again Eric!! :D :D
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Also a second cover from Philexx, sent while on vacation, franked with a recent Captain Cook stamp. The cover received a nice health-related slogan cancel.

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Finally, last but not least, a second package from Matmex, franked with a wonderful Gustav Klimt souvenir sheet and a 2017 stamp with a Swarovski crystal!!

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Inside a ton of covers for my Europa collection:

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Thank you very much Marco for these wonderful items!! :D :D :D
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Canada stamper wrote:Also a second cover from Philexx, sent while on vacation, franked with a recent Captain Cook stamp. The cover received a nice health-related slogan cancel.

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Thank you George!! :D :D
Glad you liked it Jean. I asked for a Hand Cancel too and received a "I will do it later" reply (main GPO in Reading, UK). Shame they didn't! Mine arrived in the same way, but at least it's a Health-related slogan for you.
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Canada stamper wrote:Finally, last but not least, a second package from Matmex, franked with a wonderful Gustav Klimt souvenir sheet and a 2017 stamp with a Swarovski crystal!!

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Inside a ton of covers for my Europa collection:

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Thank you very much Marco for these wonderful items!! :D :D :D
You are welcome Jean. I am glad everything has been received in good condition and is really useful for your collection.

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Some lovely items landed in our mailbox last week. :D

A gorgeous cover sent by Matmex franked with a souvenir sheet commemorating the centenary of the year in which 4 great Austrian artists died: Klimt, Schiele, Moser and Wagner.

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A beautiful Reptiles FDC from Belarus for Naomi from vicaf60

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...containing a souvenir sheet and 3 blocks of stamps with a label:

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Last but not least, a great cover from rolcora with lovely franking:

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Inside a host of goodies for my thematic collections:

Space images
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Art and musical instruments
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ecwk sent this lovely cover from PRAGA 2018, franked with the Czech Republic's 2018 Europa stamp:

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Thank you very much Eric! I hope you had some luck at the show?! :D :D :D
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Philexx sent this terrific Cook minisheet, which will fit nicely into my map collection:

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Wonderful franking with Old Vic stamps on the (rather large :D) cover:

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Canada stamper wrote:Last but not least, a great cover from rolcora with lovely franking:

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Inside a host of goodies for my thematic collections:


Thank you very much Roland!! :D :D
Hello Jean,

Glad you liked the included stamps. Also, this is one the first instances when I could actually affix Indian stamps on a cover for mailing as I took a risk sending it by regular mail. Happy to note that it reached your safely.

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I haven't been too active with stamps lately, as we have been planning an overhaul of the basement office space, which is my stamp den (and also where I do my non-philatelic home office stuff like finances, etc.). Over the years we have outfitted the office with IKEA furniture, which was supposed to be modular, but of course when we went back to add pieces, the dimensions had changed ever so slightly, so we couldn't stack them, and it's ended up a bit of a hodge-podge.

I like to keep things organized and neat, but found that stuff was starting to overflow onto the floor, and there was no room for expansion. I'd also run out of space for research material for my exhibit, so it was getting hard to keep track of where everything was.

I started to think about buying yet another bookcase and squeezing it in somewhere, but my husband suggested getting rid of everything and starting from scratch with a custom-built space. :D :D :D

So, first we got rid of a ton of stuff the kids have outgrown, and then worked with a company that specializes in creating space solutions. We settled on a design, following the principle that there is no such thing as too much storage space - I don't want to have to do this ever again! :D This weekend we packed up and moved all of my stamp stuff out of the space, and tomorrow they are coming to install - I can't wait!!

I thought I would share some pics of the progress...
BEFORE

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In the third pic you can see the space along the top of the low shelves where I've put my old medical textbooks to good use - as weights for my drying books. :D The table with the red chairs was the kids' arts and crafts space for a long time, although now I mainly use it for sorting stamps and cutting stiffeners down to size. The cabinets along the wall in the last pic housed all the kids’ games and miscellaneous toys for many years. Recently I took over the cupboards on the right for my stamps. We realized that they'd outgrown a lot of the stuff - so out it went to colleagues' kids. It's good to take stock and purge every once in a while! :D
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It's quite a large space when you move everything out!! :D :D

I'll post more pics as the installation progresses...
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Lots of work there Jean. Looking forward to seeing the "after" photos :)
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Installation Day 1
Two very nice young men came to do the installation today. They were at it from 9:30 until almost 6 pm, with a lunch break.
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...and the prep for tomorrow...

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I'm starting to wonder if I went a little overboard with the amount of storage space. :mrgreen:

I do like how the new colours work with the walls though. My desk was a carry over from our previous house, and when we added furniture we kept the same colour scheme. However, it made the whole room a bit too orange - the new colours set off the wall colour much better.
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It looks fantastic, Jean! I wish my stamp den had that much space! :D

I doubt you need to worry about the extra storage space, I have a feeling that you'll be able to fill that up too within not too much time, if you're anything like most other stamp collectors... ;)

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So true Henrik!! :D :D Although at the moment it feels a bit cavernous! :D
Installation Day 2
A couple of different guys came today and installed most of the other side of the room. Tomorrow they will finish up and then I'll be able to move my stuff back in...except that I will be out of town on Thursday and Friday, so it will have to wait until the weekend! The room seems much larger now than it did before with all the mismatched furniture and clutter!! :D :D
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It's simply awesome, Jean. Waiting to see the final outcome :D

I too wish I had that much space when I had my collection. Now I console myself with about 5% of this area to manage what is remaining in my possession :(

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I really like the colours too, excellent contrast to the walls. Love everything so far :D
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Installation Day 3 - Almost done!
Today one guy spent most of the day putting on all the trim and finishing the fronts - just a few final touches on Friday and then I'll be able to re-populate the room when I get back. I can't wait! It's remarkable how the room has been transformed. It seems much more spacious and open, because the return separating the office area from the rest of the room is lower in height than it was before (also none of my stuff is put back yet :mrgreen: ).
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I'll post some pictures once I've moved everything back in... :D :D
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So the Stamp Den is finally shaping up ... if I may suggest some Philatelic art on those walls or awards / award images from the exhibitions :D
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I’m thinking to put a couple of magnetic boards on the far wall under the upper cabinets. The long wall is perfect for pictures but it’s a cinder block wall, so we will have to get stick on mounts I think. :)
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DONE!!
So barring a few last tweaks (one more grommet hole in the desk and a couple of shelves in the upper cabinets), the basement office is done, and I spent the weekend moving most of my stuff back in.

It was a good opportunity to purge and I threw out paraphernalia that I didn't even remember I had. I'm going to need to do some more sorting and organizing, and I'm sure not everything is in it's final resting spot, but the office is once again functional.

Although I have a ton more space (the office basically swallowed all of my stuff and there's lots of room left over), I'm finding myself moving around a lot more to reach things that I need. A small price to pay. :D

I have a huge surface now for sorting stamps, and also to lay out my drying books. The room is much more open because the return separating my office from the TV/rec area is lower in height. The colour scheme is also a huge improvement.

The other big bonus is that I'm no longer facing into the corner with my back to the rest of the room when I'm sitting at my computer. :D

Here are some BEFORE and AFTER pictures, and then some overview pics. All in all a big success! :D
The 2 big red bins on the left part of the new bookcase hide all my bags of kiloware, which were previously sitting in bags and boxes on the floor.
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No more clutter on the floor. Our old area carpet didn't fit the new space, but I don't mind the floor. If the floor gets cold in the winter, we'll have to look for a new rug.:D

Those of you who are sharp-eyed will see that we retained one piece of furniture - a small grey steel filing cabinet on wheels from IKEA that fits nicely under the desk and houses boxes of glassines with my swap stock - the colour even works perfectly. I've also upgraded the computer, and switched to an ultra-wide screen monitor that is not glossy (the last one was a touch screen all-in-one that reflected the lamp light and was hard on the eyes due to glare).

I'm very very happy with my new set-up. In the next few days I'll get back on track with posting some thanks for items received recently, then will hold a celebratory giveaway to inaugurate the new Stamp Den!! :D :D
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As promised, some catch up posts.

Received in a swap with vicaf60: a cover franked with a stamp commemorating the Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relations between Belarus and Romania, and containing 2 mint sheets from Belarus' 2009 Astronomy Europa issue.

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This AMAZING cover was sent by henrik_rrb during his recent Safari to Tanzania:

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Thank you so much Henrik!! :D :D The cover arrived in perfect condition and Naomi was thrilled. Judging by your photos on FB, it must have been quite a unique experience! Are you planning to make a photobook or frame some of your pictures?
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DONE!!
I'm very very happy with my new set-up. In the next few days I'll get back on track with posting some thanks for items received recently, then will hold a celebratory giveaway to inaugurate the new Stamp Den!! :D :D
CONGRATULATIONS on your vastly improved, aesthetically beautiful and cavernous stamp den.

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Thank you so much Henrik!! :D :D The cover arrived in perfect condition and Naomi was thrilled. Judging by your photos on FB, it must have been quite a unique experience! Are you planning to make a photobook or frame some of your pictures?
Very happy the cover arrived in a good state, Jean! And even more happy that you and Naomi got so happy about it! :)
It sure was the trip of my life. Seven days safari was more amazing than I even could have hoped and we saw so many animals and experienced so much fun!

I'm happy I've managed to sort out the 2500 photos into around a tenth of that for the travel reports that I made on FB. My plan was to cut them down to around 100 and re-use the texts for a photobook, but so far I haven't been able to copy-paste and I'm not too thrilled about re-writing 40-50 000 letters... But the trip is definitely worth a photo book, so it will be one in the end. :) Trying to learn the IMovie program on the Mac too, so I can make a safari movie from all the movie clips I made too. With patience...

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Congratulations on your newly made stamp den! It looks absolutely fantastic! So much space and such good order now!

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Canada stamper wrote:As promised, some catch up posts.

Received in a swap with vicaf60: a cover franked with a stamp commemorating the Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relations between Belarus and Romania, and containing 2 mint sheets from Belarus' 2009 Astronomy Europa issue.

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Glad it reached you safely, Jean :D

I tried to match the cover and the stamp, too - the pre-stamped cover commemorates the traditional Belarusian Harvest Fest called Dazhynky, and the stamp shows the fruit of a harvest - dividing just baked bread from the new harvest :wink:

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vicaf60 wrote:I tried to match the cover and the stamp, too - the pre-stamped cover commemorates the traditional Belarusian Harvest Fest called Dazhynky, and the stamp shows the fruit of a harvest - dividing just baked bread from the new harvest :wink:
That's wonderful Victor! I did notice the similarity in images. :D It will be a great addition to my gastronomy collection. :D
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I've been doing some tidying up/organizing/purging in my new office space, and I found a pile of empty booklets - I've been throwing these into a box whenever I use up the stamps. It's interesting to see the variety of stamps I've been using to send out my philatelic mail over the last few years. I'm not sure of the time period this accumulation represents, but it must be at least 3-4 years (and probably not everything is here).

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Arakan sent this great lenticular souvenir sheet with a disappearing rabbit in a hat: the Art of Magic!

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It arrived in this wonderful cover franked with a recent set of stamps depicting Modern Taiwanese Paintings:

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A great cover arrived today from Kennethsequeira bearing exchange items:

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Glad it reached you safely
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Girish Vaidya sent this wonderful cover franked with a handlooms souvenir sheet and recent issues commemorating Swami Vivek Ananda and the National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme, all with pictorial First Day cancels:

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Inside was a HUGE souvenir sheet of the recent India Post issue depicting the Solar System:

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...along with a First Day Cover and mint block of 4 of the Hepatitis Control Programme issue:

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Thank you very much Girish! :D :D

The stamp may actually go into my exhibit, where I talk about transmission of viral hepatitis through blood transfusions. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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A lovely swap with MaJu arrived in this cover:

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...containing 2 beautiful souvenir sheets for my thematic collections:

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Thank you Markus for another nice swap!! :D :D
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Philexx sent me this wonderful cover with a new stamp issued for the Alte Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and nice pictorial cancel:

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Thank you very much George!! :D :D
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vicaf60 sent 2 beautiful covers with this year's Christmas issues from Belarus:

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Thank you very much Victor!! Time to get into the holiday spirit!! :D :D
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Mail has been coming in fits and spurts over the last couple of weeks due to the rotating Canada Post strikes, but a whole stack of stuff arrived today. Among them was this wonderfully yummy cover sent by pmc, franked with asparagus, squash, and watermelon:

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Inside was a mint booklet of Japan's 4th issue in their Traditional Dietary Culture of Japan Series.

The booklet cover is designed to appear as a box...

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...which when opened reveals the treats inside:

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Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko (azuki bean paste), and fruits. They are made in a wide variety of shapes and consistencies and with diverse ingredients and preparation methods. Some are popular across the country and around the year while others are only available regionally or seasonally.

Sweet azuki bean paste (anko) is a central ingredient in a large number of Japanese sweets. Boiled azuki beans are sweetened with sugar and mashed to create either smooth anko (koshian) or chunky anko (tsubuan). Other common ingredients for wagashi include rice cakes (mochi), rice flour, Japanese agar (kanten), sesame paste and chestnuts.

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Thanks Peter for this delectable addition to my gastronomy collection!! :D :D :D
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Naomi and I got a surprise letter from aethelwulf this week:

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Inside were a couple of Cinderella sheets provided by Southern Colour Print at Macau 2018, perfed and cut to size on site:

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...and a set of pop-up stamps issued by postnl to commemorate Kinderboekenweek (Children's Book Week) in 2012:

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These are very cool! 8) Here is a blog post that explains how they work:

it’s a stamp! it’s a pop-up! it’s a “kinderstamp”! (pictures are borrowed from there)

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Thank you very much Jeremy for thinking of us!! :D :D :D
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After a busy week I have finally had time to examine a cover (and contents) I received from Jean in detail and it is stunning! Many thanks Jean for taking the trouble to prepare such a great military cover for me. It even has an 11.11.18 cancel :D

The swap items inside were also great!

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Glad that it reached safely George. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get the 100th anniversary cancel. My regular post office was closed as it was a Sunday, but the postal outlet at a local pharmacy was open that day. :D
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I've got a huge pile on my desk and a ton of things I need to send out. I started to make a dent in it tonight. Here are a few things that have arrived recently.

Clapas sent this lovely cover with swap items inside:

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This souvenir sheet from TAAF is very cool - if you scan it with an App called Courrier Plus, it will play 3 videos on your phone: the sound of the winds of the Kerguelen islands in the Antarctic, the sounds of the royal penguin colony of Cape Ratmanoff, and a teaser of Symphonie Australe composed by Julien Gauthier and played by l'Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne.

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A superb addition to my music collection!

Also several mint art stamps for my art collection:

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Many thanks Thierry for the swap! :D :D :D
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vicaf60 sent this lovely stationery envelope of Belarussian artist Israel Basov, with an additional stamp commemorating the 400th anniversary of the world's first Primer:

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Inside were some beautiful orchids for my collection:

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Thank you very much Victor!! :D :D
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Matmex sent this beautiful cover with pictorial cancels

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Inside some items for my thematic collections:

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Thank you very much Marco for these great additions to my collection!! :D :D

Well it's getting late and I have to be up early in the morning. I will keep posting this week until I am caught up...:D
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joelk sent this wonderful cover bearing one of his numerous giveaways:

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2018 Areas of historical significance past and present
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In addition to the offered set, he included extra stamps from Singapore

2018 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations with Russia (joint issue with Russia)
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2018 Native gingers
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2018 125th anniversary of the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid
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Thank you so much Joel!! I love them, they are absolutely gorgeous and make me want to visit!! Someday I will get there! :D :D
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Still working through the pile on my desk.

Mrs. Stamp sent this lovely cover and card, along with some swap items:

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Thank you very much Lara! I will send a letter back soon! :D :D
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Philexx sent this joyful card:

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...and also this gigantic package that was too big for my scanner:

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containing recent sheets from the UN offices depicting musical instruments:

String instruments from Geneva
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Brass and woodwinds from New York
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Percussion instruments from Vienna
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Thank you very much George, these are amazing!! :D :D
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