After a week or so of the barest of trickles, the floodwaters opened today and once again a nice-sized stack of mail awaited my return from work. It was a bit of a card-oriented day – only one short set of “real” stamps and a couple of souvenir folders of local post issues from Lundy Island – and Great Britain dominated the senders’ countries. In all, five pieces of mail from the UK, one from France, and two parcels from the U.S.
The Qu’aiti State in Hadhramaut counts as a “new” country in my A Stamp From Everywhere collection as the sheikdom in Aden Protectorate had changed its name from the Qu’aiti State of Shihr and Mukalla. These four stamps are the lowest values (Scott #29-32) in a set of twelve released on 1 September 1955, the first with the new name inscribed.
Lundy Island is probably my favorite of the local posts that I collect. The island itself is quite interesting and I particularly like the stamps portraying puffins which is also the “currency” used. Some of the earlier issues portrayed the number of puffins equal to the stamp’s denomination. Today, I received two similar souvenir folders – this one has the complete 1982 definitive set while the other has the three-stamp issue marking Winston Churchill’s death in 1965.
Here we have a maxi-card bearing the lovely stamp issued by Monaco in 1977 marking the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, an addition to my “Pioneers of American Aviation” topical collection.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the world’s first stamp, the famed Penny Black. A number of countries have issued stamps commemorating this anniversary but I have yet to obtain a single one (I celebrated by purchasing an 1840 Penny Black with my initials – MJ – as the control letters). However, I just received this souvenir card issued at London’s Europhilex stamp show a couple of months ago. It illustrates Sir Rowland Hill’s original sketches for what became the Penny Black.
Although I am adopted, I am proud of my adoptive family’s name and wish that more was known of its early history. The story that I remembering hearing as a child was that the “a” in Joachim was dropped when my grandfather emigrated to the United States (I believe through Ellis Island). So I am always on the lookout for philatelic items bearing either of the spellings. This card is one of a lot of posted-on-board items from Danish ferries. I will write about them in some detail – starting with the M/F Prins Joachim, of course – on my postcard blog in the near future.
Finally, I received three new rubber stamps for my own little local post – Muang Phuket LP. The one on the left was intended as a first day of issue postmark for the ASEAN Day issue (8 August) but I ordered the 2-inch size which is too big; I’ll probably use it as a cachet instead and “cancel” the stamps using my generic “wave” postmark. A tuk-tuk is a local mode of transportation; my rubber stamp supplier had a buy-one get-one for free promotion which is why I have two sizes of that…