125th Birthday of Poet and Artist Alberts Kronenbergs
Date of Issue : 18 October 2012
The envelope features a portrait of Kronenbergs and samples of books created by him.
Writer and artist Alberts Kronenbergs was born in 1887. He illustrated around 130 books, both his own and ones by other authors - the first among them was the book of Latvian fairytales Brīnuma stabulītes (Wonder Flutes). The first book written and illustrated entirely by Kronenbergs himself was Mazais ganiņš un viņa brīnišķīgais ceļojums (The Little Herdboy and His Wonderful Journey).
Kronenbergs' best-known books are Zelta laiki (Golden Times), Tuntuļu Jurītis, Jērādiņa, Sprunguļmuižā gadatirgus (Fair at Sprunguļmuiža Manor), and the primer Zelta atslēdziņa (Little Golden Key). Several plays based on the graphic artist and poet's works have been staged in the Daile Theater.
Nature Protection: Low Tatras National Park Date of Issue : 12 October 2012
- Only one species, alpine azalea, belongs to the Loiseleuria genus. This plant is found only in three locations in Slovakia nowadays. Two of these locations are in the Low Tatras National Park and therefore it became a subject of stamp issue connected with this area. Alpine azalea is very rare and its appearance is very isolated in Slovakia (the closest locations are distant more than 300 km). This species is protected by law and included in the Red List of Endangered Plants in category of critically endangered species.
- Saxifraga genus contains about 440 species. The Saxifrage species is spread in the Alps and the West Carpathians. In the Carpathians we can find it only in one area that is part of Slovakia, in NAPANT (Low Tatras National Park). This area represents the northernmost isolated appearance of this species.
150th Anniversary of Riga Technical University Date of Issue : 8 October 2012
The stamp depicts a part of the RTU main building, the university coat of arms, and a student cap in the traditional RTU colors.
The Riga Polytechnicum, the first higher education establishment in the territory of modern-day Latvia, opened its doors on October 14, 1862. It acquired its current name - Riga Technical University - in 1990. The university has eight faculties, and it is the largest technical university in Latvia. RTU currently has almost 15,000 students.
On the cover, I just affixed a Macau MOP 1.5 stamp out of the normal postage of MOP2.5. The souvenir cover arrived at GPO on 16 October. On 20 October, I went to the GPO to get the mail and paid the postage due. The postage due is: ((1 / 2.5) x 2.3) + 4 = HK$4.9. On the cover, you can see the round-shaped T 1/2.5 postmark from Macau and a rectangular Hong Kong "To Pay" chop. Unluckily, the Hong Kong datestamp postmark is rather unclear.
Henrique de Senna Fernandes (October 15, 1923 – October 4, 2010) was a Macanese writer. Born in 1923 as one of 11 siblings to an old Macanese family, whom settled in Macau over 250 years ago, he studied law at the University of Coimbra before becoming a writer. His work, written in Portuguese, evokes the atmosphere of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s in the territory. Often focussing on the lives of characters of mixed racial origins, like the author himself, his work represents a unique viewpoint on the evolution of the territory in the twentieth century.
Besides writing he was a teacher and director at the Pedro Nolasco Commercial School. From 1998 to 2009 he was resident of the General Assembly of CAM, operator of Macau International Airport.
In 2006 he received an honourary doctorate from the University of Macau and Medal of Cultural Merit in 2001.
Anton Bernolák (1762 – 1813) Date of Issue : 3 October 2012
Anton Bernolák was a prominent representative of the Slovak National Revival at the turn of the 18th and the 19th centuries. He was a Roman Catholic priest, a linguist and an initiator of cultural and social life in Slovakia. The whole generation representing the personalities of Slovak national significance that accepted the Slovak language codified by Bernolák and the idea of Slovak national individuality is named after him. He was born on 3 October 1762 in Slanica (nowadays a non-existent village in the Orava region).
His greatest one and in many respects still unequalled work is Slowár Slovenskí, Česko-Latinsko-Nemecko-Uherskí (Slovak, Czech-Latin-German-Hungarian Dictionary) published in 5 volumes after his death in 1825 – 1827
The stamp depicts the portrait of A. Bernolák with an open book as a symbol of a new beginning of the Slovak language after its codification. The FDC depicts his birthplace.
France Council of Europe: 40 Years of the European Youth Centre
Date of Issue : 28 September 2012
In 2012, the Council of Europe celebrates the 40th anniversary of the European Centre of the youth of Strasbourg and the European Youth Foundation. The European Youth Centres (ECJ) in Strasbourg is permanent structures responsible for implementing the policy and the Council of Europe Youth programme. Established in 1972, the European Youth Foundation (EYF) is an institution of the Council of Europe, which provides financial support for European youth activities
Date of Issue : 3 October 2012 A 1981 Ericsson desk telephone and the text Postal Museum Vyšší Brod
Postal Museum Vyšší Brod is a Postal Museum´s branch located in Vyšší Brod, a small town in South Bohemia about 200 km far from Prague, close to the Austrian border. Its exposition extends over the vast area of the former Cistercian monastery. Visitors can enjoy a large exposition of postal history in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, starting from 1526 until now, covering an area of about 1,800 m², with the largest collection of 19th century carriages and coaches in the Czech Republic, vintage postal uniforms, post office signs, mail and letter boxes, samples of correspondence, old writing utensils, franking and cancelling machines, reconstructions of 18th and 20th century post offices, telegraph, teleprinter, and telephone machines. At the same time visitors can admire late Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque interiors.
This is the Macau first semi-postal stamp issue, in tribute to the 30th anniversary of ORBIS’ sight-saving work.
This issue includes a set of two semi-postal stamps, the stamps are printed with the postal value and the surcharge respectively. The surcharge of the stamps sold will be offered to ORBIS Macau in support to their action of saving sight.
Date of Issue : 21 September 2012 "Levada" is a Portuguese word derived from the word "levar" - which means to carry, but more correctly defined as mini-canal. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of Madeira island to the drier sun parched regions of the south. The levadas criss cross the mountains and cover a total distance of 2500 km, and date back to as far as the early 16th century.
The Levada "Walks" are walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas.
Estonia Heads of State of the Republic of Estonia - Jaan Teemant
Date of Issue : 24 September 2012
Jaan Teemant (24 September 1872, Illuste, Lääne County, Estonia – unknown) was an Estonian lawyer and politician.
Teemant participated in the revolution of 1905, escaped to Switzerland in the same year and was sentenced to death by default. In 1908, he came back to Estonia after the end of the state of war, was in pretrial imprisonment in 1908–1909 and was sentenced to prison for one and a half years. He served the sentence in St. Petersburg. In 1911– 1913 he was in exile in the Arkhangelsk Province.
After returning to Estonia, Teemant was Head of State from 15 December 1925 to 9 December 1927. On 23 July 1940 Teemant was arrested by the NKVD, and was probably shot in Tallinn or died in the Tallinn Central Prison. According to other data he was sentenced to prison camp for 10 years on 21 October 1941, with no further information on his fate
450th Anniversary of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia Date of Issue : 21 September 2012
LVL 0.55 stamp : Duke of Courland and Semigallia Jacob Kettler (1610-1682).
During Jacob's rule that the Duchy achieved peak prosperity. Kettler ruled from 1642 to 1682, promoting growth in industry, trade and shipbuilding. The duke effected international trade by concluding agreements with Spain, France, Venice, Portugal and many other lands, including the Ottoman Empire. He established colonies on St. Andrews Island at the Gambia River and Tobago in the Caribbean Sea.
LVL 0.35 stamp : Duke Ernst Johann von Biron.
He was born in 1690 and was the first Duke of Courland and Semigallia of the Biron dynasty. He became the Duke of Courland and Semigallia twice - from 1737 to 1741 and from 1763 to 1769. During his rule, palaces were built in Jelgava and Rundāle to a design by the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was an autonomous vassal state of Poland-Lithuania, which from 1562 to 1795 included most of Courland, Semigallia and Selonia. The Duchy was successively ruled by two dynasties - the Kettlers and the Birons - as well as several unrelated dukes.
The design of the FDC incorporates a sailing ship, reminding about the development of shipping and colonies belonging to the Duchy during the rule of the famous Duke Jacob.
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