My first postcard from Papua New Guinea. It shows the view of Fairfax Harbour and Royal Papuan Yacht Club. My friend is so kind to affix so many beautiful stamps, including an odd shaped spider stamp, on the card. Thank You very much to my friend !
8-1 : Qiantong Town in Ninghai, Zhejiang
8-2 : Laitan Town in Hechuan, Chongqing
8-3 : Heping Town in Shaowu, Fujian
8-4 : Jingziguan Town in Xichuan, Henan
8-5 : Heshun Town in Tengchong, Yunnan
8-6 : Tangjiawan Town in Zhuhai, Guangdong
8-7 : Lizhuang Town in Yibin, Sichuan
8-8 : Jingsheng Town in Lingshi, Shanxi
On 8 May 1563, Bishop Magnus of Oesel-Wiek and Courland granted the Riga civic charter to Arensburg, today’s Kuressaare, at his Piltene residence. Magnus’s privilege granted to the citizens the right to set up leading bodies of the city, to administer civilian and criminal law and carry out local government functions. The charter protected monetary rights of the citizens, regulated terms of trading and issues of welfare of the city. The day of granting the charter is marked as the birthday of Kuressaare, although the settlement was mentioned for the first time as early as in 1424.
On Estonian and Livonian roads mail was carried on horseback until the middle of the 18th century. Constant growth in the carriage of mail and passengers caused the need that open-top carriages and covered wagons, called kibitkas, were taken into use. A new period in the carriage of passengers began in the 1820 to 1840s in connection with the introduction of stage coaches. According to the requirements a stage coach had to have iron axles, good appearance and built in accordance with drawings endorsed by the chief of the mail routes. One of the illustrations features a government stage coach dating from 1840 and the other a modern mail carriage vehicle. Today there are more than 350 mail carriage vehicles in Estonia, covering about 40,000 kilometres daily.
China Earthquake Rescue and Relief in Concerted Efforts
Date of Issue : 3 May 2013
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan County on April 20, leaving 196 dead, 21 missing and 13,484 injured.
The stamp features earthquake waves, to represent the disaster, and a heart held in hands, to illustrate relief work. A total of 10 million stamps produced, costing 1.2 yuan (0.19 U.S. dollars) each, with all 12 million yuan worth of sales going to the quake-hit Lushan area.
Started to be built in the 5th year of King Taejo’s Reign (in 1396) and completed in the 7th year (in 1398), Sungnyemun is one of Korea’s oldest castle gates and at the same time, one of the oldest wooden structures left in Seoul.
On Feb. 10, 2008, due to a fire, most of the second story of the pavilion and a part of its first story were destroyed. Through a 5-year-long restoration work, Sungnyemun was restored to its original condition according to the traditional techniques.
Australia - Israel Joint Issue - Battle of Beersheba
Date of Issue : 10 May 2013
60c stamp : Statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva (Be'er Sheva) in Israel. The statue is the work of Australian sculptor Peter Corlett.
$2.60 stamp : Contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen. The battle scene, once considered to be a photograph of the actual Battle of Beersheba, is now accepted to be a re-enactment made the following year.
The Battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 and was part of a wider British offensive known as the third Battle of Gaza during World War I. The final phase of this day-long battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, widely considered to be the last great mounted charge in military history. Thirty-one Australian Light Horsemen were killed in the charge and 36 were wounded. The capture of Beersheba allowed British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza and then advance into Palestine, a chain of events which eventually culminated in the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948
Date of Issue : 8 May 2013 2013 marks the five hundred years of the direct relationship of cooperation and friendship between Portugal and China.
In May 1513, Jorge Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain Rui de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu and landed on Lintin (Nei Lingding Island, 内伶仃岛) which was about three miles from the Chinese mainland coast. Upon landing, he raised a Padrão from the king of Portugal
Jorge Álvares later joined the venture of establishing the settlements in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong around 1513 to 1514. This visit was followed by the establishment of a number of Portuguese trading centres in the area, which were eventually consolidated in Macau.
(Information above is from Wiki and also from Portugal CTT website)
Postage Due Cover 欠資封 Sobrescrito com Selos de Porteado
Macau Hong Kong
Date Sent: 30 April 2013
Macau ATM ~~~ Macau "Year of the Snake" ATM (Issued on 30 April 2013)
Hong Kong Postage Due Label ~~~ Issued on 23 September 2004 On the cover, I just affixed 2 "Year of the Snake" ATM stamps with total face value of 1.5 Patacas out of the normal postage of 2.5 Patacas. On 18 May, I went to the GPO to get the mail and paid the postage due. The postage due should be : ((1 / 2.5) x 2.3) + 4 = HK$4.92, which was rounded to HK$4.9. On the cover, you can see the round-shaped T 1/2.5 postmark from Macau and a Hong Kong "To Pay" chop.
The Russian Post is one of the oldest in Europe, it started in the 9th-10th centuries. The coachman driving was used to deliver written messages; it was a system of postal yards (yams), connecting cities of Russia with Moscow. In the first half of the 18th century the coachman driving gave place to post troikas among the advantages of which there were high speed, endurance, large capacity and good passability.
The era of famous Russian troikas came to an end when horses were replaced by the railway transport and cars.
ESTCube-1, a cubesat measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm and weighing little over 1 kg is the first Estonian satellite and it is built in Estonia by students from Tartu University (coordinator), Estonian Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Life Sciences. The satellite's payload has been developed in conjunction with Finnish Meteorological Institute and German Space Center (DLR). The main mission of the satellite is to test the electric solar wind sail, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolutionize transportation within the solar system.
Historic Mills - Windmill in Holic Date of Issue : 26 April 2013
There were more than 5 thousand mills using water energy in the 19th century in Slovakia and more than 20 windmills. One of such mills preserved until today is a Dutch-type windmill in Holíč. It is located in the south-eastern part of the city, on the forest’s edge above the Theresian granary. The mill was built in the 1880s and was in use until 1926. The builder of the mill's technology was a joinery master František Sláma from Jevíčko.
Hi Everyone !
I am Tommy Ying from Hong Kong. Thanks to all my good friends, I am now having real posted FDC or postcards from some 140 countries around the World. If you want to swap real posted FDC or aerogramme or stamped postcards with me, feel free to email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org