Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Superb cover from Austria

Superb cover from Austria with latests stamps with indigenous people. Impressive stamps and cancellation. Thanks Edna!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cover from Indonesia

Three bird stamps on cover from Indonesia. Nice cover, nice cancellation.

FDC from USA

Here we have wonderful FDC for the memory of Kate Smith - an American singer. What is interesting about this cover is that it took more than a month to get it from US to Latvia. But now it is here and added to my collection.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Post #100, FDC of new lighthouse

Just noticed that I have made already 99 entries in this blog and this is #100. Here I want to show you latest stamp from Latvia - lighthouse of Užava. It is FDC that I sent to myself. And as my colleague said - even I like this cover. Nice stamp, nice cancellation and cover.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tips and tricks for making a good cover

I have collected covers now for some time and have noticed that there are differences how different people make covers. Some covers I must admit is not in the best condition when they arrive and there are some things that a sender can do in order to make the cover better. Here are some tips and tricks that I try to stick with when I make a covers. 

  1. Would you like the cover if you would receive it? That is the first question to ask yourself when you make a cover.
  2. If possible, ask recipient what kind of envelope size should be used, if the address should be hand written or printed, what kind of stamps, themes would be preferred. This is just a good practise to make a cover that recipient would be interested in and would be a great addition to his/her collection. 
  3. Try to avoid non traditional envelope size - this is because for the collectors it is not very easy to gather and somehow preserve such covers. 
  4. Try to avoid using any kind of adhesive tapes like scotch tape or any other. If you want to glue something better then use regular paper glue. This is because any kind of tapes won't persist for many years and in future the cover won't be in such a good condition as it would be without tape.
  5. Don't ever send empty envelope! Always put inside either post card or folded paper or anything else to make the cover stiff. Because without anything inside the probability that it will arrive in bad condition is much greater.  
  6. If it is possible make sure that cancellation will be clear and precise - this is possible if in the post office you can follow the cancellation process or ask to cancel cover yourself. Unfortunately it's not permitted in my country.
These are the basic steps I try to follow. It is not said that this is the best worldwide practise but it's just something I have noticed that can be done in order to make the cover more desirable and valuable for collectors.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10-10-10 Latvia / two covers

These two covers I sent to myself on the 10th of October. But I had doubts if they will be cancelled with the special date because I placed them in mailbox from which mail is taken out on Sundays. That is why I was not sure if they will be cancelled on that day. But they were. And I believe that the result is impressive - two different covers with two different and clearly visible cancellations. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

10-10-10 Israel / two covers

Two covers I have received from Paulo. What is so special about these covers? They were sent out on 10th October in year 2010. I myself sent out 16 covers on that day.

FDC from Austria

Another real circulated FDC from Austria. Edna sent me this FDC. Especially I like the handwriting of recipient. Cancellation also is very luxurious.

Felix Nussbaum / Germany

Very nice cover from Germany. Two flowers - tulip and krokus. But the masterpiece here is the painting "The Secret" from Felix Nussbaum. This painting was painted in 1939.

Cover from Sri Lanka

Cover from Sri Lanka with a lot of stamps on it. We have here two stamps of World Indigenous People's Day 2010.08.09 with cave paintings and some ritual dancing. Then two more stamps with buildings - one is the Faculty of Engineering - University of Peradeniya and second one is Royal College, Colombo. And besides that two more stamps - one for ozone layer protection and second one connected with history.

First cover from Brazil

Ricardo sent me this cover with set of polar stamps on it. This is the Brazilian version of Preserve the polar regions and glaciers. Nice. 12 days for the letter to arrive from Brazil to Latvia.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Issue plan for Latvia, 2011

The plan for year 2011 is now available and I want to share it with you. Looks like in 2011 there will be 13 new issues.

Here they are:
#1 14th January - Domestic animals - Rabbit - one stamp
#2 1st February - Žanis Lipke - one stamp
#3 25th February - definitive stamps - coat of arms (Ikšķile and Carnikava) - two stamps
#4 25th March - Flowers - Rose - one stamp
#5 8th August - Europa - Woods - two stamps
#6 6th May - Struve geodetic arc - mini sheet of two stamps
#7 17th June - Rigas' pfenning - 800 - one stamp
#8 5th August - History of Latvian railroad - one stamp
#9 26th August - Latvian harbor - Riga Harbor - one stamp
#10 23rd September - Latvian birds - Swallow and Snake-eagle - two stamps
#11 14th October - Modern architecture of Latvia - one stamp
#12 11th November - Republic of Latvia - 100 - three stamps
#13 2nd December - Christmas - two stamps

I would like to point out that we will have new issue on a nice date - 11-11-11 - three stamps dedicated to 100th anniversary of Latvia. Dates are not fixed but I hope that at least for the #12 it will be like it's is stated now.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thematic cover from US

Cover from US with six stamps on it. This is nice example of thematic cover because all stamps have a picture of one person. And here we have starting from left - Sun Yat Sen / China, Churchill, Dante, Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Mother Teresa.

Cover from France / butterfly

Here is a cover from Jean-Pierre. Very simple but also very nice. One stamp with face value of 0.75 EUR which is a correct postage rate for EU postage from France. Also cancellation is nice and everything is understandable and readable. Cover from France arrived in five days.

Two covers from Austria

Thanks to Edna, who sent me these two nice covers. One is with the set of UN Transport + addition stamp of  museum. The second one is real circulated FDC with wonderful stamp and cancellation.