A kind of small-sized deciduous arbors that belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae), peach flowers, native to China, are one type of the most ancient flowers, grown in most areas of the country. Peach flowers in China have a wide range of breeds, including wintersweet-shaped multi-petal flowers and peony-shaped double flowers. Peach flowers blossom in March and April each year.
Two Hong Kong 23.03.13 Covers, one with the postal slogan of the 130th of the Hong Kong Observatory. The other one with a pictoral postmark of the General Post Office, and also the commemorative cachet of the "150th Anniversary of Stamp Issuance in Hong Kong" Stamp Exhibition.
Traditionally, lateral curtains were mostly used to decorate the central hall of a house for a wedding or other celebratory occasion. This red silk lateral curtain, stretches nearly five meters long, features meticulously stitched embroidered flowers, birds, grass, trees, clouds and rocks that simply burst with color.
The souvenir sheet includes a single NT$100 denomination stamp. The stamp features a spectacular peacock, yuhinas, peonies and scholar’s rocks. The sheet selvage features a snow crane, mandarin ducks, butterflies and plum blossoms. To highlight the exquisite beauty of the piece, the souvenir sheet is printed on silk paper plus partly embossed and hot stamped with gold foil.
135th Anniversary of the End of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, Russia and Bulgaria Joint Issue
Date of Issue : 5 March 2013
The war between Russia and Turkey begun as the result of the rise of the national liberation movement against Turkish domination in the Balkans and the aggravation of the international contradictions in the Middle East. In summer of 1877 the most heroic episode of the Russian-Turkish war began – the defense of the Shipka Pass during which the Russian military leader M.D. Skobelev distinguished himself. With a decisive attack he battered the forces of the Turkish army. In February 1878 Skobelev’s detachment occupied San Stefano where on February 20, 1878 the Treaty of San Stefano was signed on favorable terms for Russia This treaty also brought the liberation of Bulgaria from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. Due to his successful actions Skobelev won great popularity in Bulgaria and Russia.
The souvenir sheet depicts a fragment of the picture of N.D. Dmitriev-Orenburgsky "The General M.D. Skobelev on a horse" (1883) from the collection of the Irkutsk Regional Art Museum named after V.P. Sukachev.
Flora of Russia. Cones of Coniferous Trees and Shrubs
Date of Issue : 4 March 2013
Juniperus davurica is a procumbent shrub with branches covered with gray shell bark. Juniperus davurica is widely distributed in North China, Yakutia, Transbaikalia, North Mongolia, Maritime Territory, Khabarovsk krai, Amur region.
Microbiota decussata is a monotypic genus of coniferous shrub in the cypress family Cupressaceae. It can be found on the slopes of Russian Far East. Epithet “decussate” is related to the disposition of scales of leaves and female cones. Microbiota decussate is listed in the Russian Red Book as a threatened species.
Larix cajanderi is the most northern tree growing in these conditions. It is distributed in East of the Lena River, in the basin its tributary the Aldan River, the littoral of the Sea of Okhotsk. It can be found in the basin of the Yana River, the Indirka River, the Kolyma River, the Anadyr River, the Penzhina River and also in Kamchatka. It can grow up to 800 years or more.
Siberian Spruce (Pícea obováta) is one of the most important species of Siberian woods. It grows from North Europe to Magadan region, in the Northland, Kazakhstan, the north of Mongolia, China (Northern Manchuria). As a rule, it usually grows as an accompanying species in mixed forests. It isn’t a fundamental forest forming tree.
Ratu Boko is an archaeological site in the form of royal palace of Old Mataram Kingdom from 8th century. According to the history of Old Mataram, Ratu Boko Palace was used by the Sailendra Dynasty (Rakai Pangkaran) long before the time of King Samaratungga (the establishment of Borobudur Temple) and the Rakai Pikatan (the establishment of Prambanan Temple).
100th Birth Anniversary of A.I. Pokryshkin (1913-1985)
Date of Issue : 22 February 2013
Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin (1913-1985) is a Soviet flying ace, the first three times Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal of Aviation.
During the World War II, A.I. Pokryshkin was the commander of the 16th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment and the 9th Guards Fighter Air Division. He developed new tactics of air patrols. By May 1944 the flying ace accomplished 550 combat missions, personally shot down 50 German aircrafts.
The stamp illustrates the portarait of A.I. Pokryshkin, the works of the painter S.N. Prisekin and aircraft “Aerokobra”.
China 80th Anniversary of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee
Date of Issue : 13 March 2013
The Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (The Central Party School) is the highest institution of learning charged with the task of training senior and middle-ranking leading cadres of the Party and fostering Marxist theoretical cadres.
The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is a small bird of the pheasant family who mainly lives in farmland – in fields as well in pasturelands. It passes the winter in groups, often in the vicinity of human settlements. The winter groups split up in April when coupling takes place. In the nesting period, in May to June, they lead a very covert way of life. The nest usually has from 15 to 20 eggs, and the young fledge at ten days old. It is a species of dwindling numbers that are most affected by predation and by the use of pesticides in farming. There are presumably about 4,000 to 8,000 couples of the grey partridge in Estonia at present.
The new stamp and first-day cover depicts violet iris flowers. Irises have been cultivated for around two thousand years; the plant originates from the Mediterranean region. Approximately 250 species of iris are known in the wild, found in Asia, Europe, North America and North Africa. It is recommended to plant irises in sunny spots, so they are sometimes called children of the sun. Irises have a rich variety of colors - in Ancient Greek, the word iris meant rainbow.
The Estonian national flag combines of blue, black and white colours. Of the colours, blue represents the nation’s bright future and indicates the Nordic sky, with black recalling the past of the nation as well as the black earth, while white symbolizes aspiration of the people for enlightenment and alludes to the white snow and the summer light nights.
China 50th Anniversary for the Publication of Mao Zedong's Inscription 'Learn from Comrade Lei Feng (雷鋒)'
Date of Issue : 5 March 2013
4-1 : Learn from Comrade Lei Feng (雷鋒)
4-2 : Learning and Delving
4-3 : Dedicative in His Work
4-4 : Taking Pleasure in Helping Others
Lei Feng (雷鋒, 18 December 1940 – 15 August 1962) was born in Wangcheng (望城), Hunan (湖南省) (near the town of Leifeng, Changsha, Hunan, named in his honour). Lei was orphaned at an early age. He became a member in the Communist youth corps when he was young and joined a transportation unit of the People's Liberation Army at the age of twenty.
After his death, Lei was characterised as a selfless and modest person who was devoted to the Communist Party, Chairman Mao Zedong, and the people of China. In 1963, he became the subject of a nationwide, posthumous propaganda campaign "Learn from Comrade Lei Feng". Lei was portrayed as a model citizen, and the masses were encouraged to emulate his selflessness, modesty, and devotion to Mao.
500th Anniversary of the Death of Amerigo Vespucci
Date of Issue : 14 December 2012
Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass. Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed "America", probably deriving its name from the feminized Latin version of Vespucci's first name.
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