A nice postcard from Moscow, Russia. One of my favourite country.
Actually, this is a very nice card of Mayakovskaya Station (Маяковская) on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line (Замоскворецкая линия), Line 2 of Moscow Metro(Russian: Московский метрополитен, Moskovskiy metropoliten). Considered to be one of
the most beautiful in the system, it is one of the finest examples of pre-World War II
Stalinist Architecture making it one of the most famous Metro stations in the world.
The name as well as the design is a reference to Futurism and its prominent Russian
exponent Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Now here is an introduction to normal North Korean international Mail.
1) TP cover
TP covers plays an very important role in North Korean international mail. Due to the shortage in resources, and the situation in North Korea, most outgoing mail by Government Department or Foreign Affairs Organisation, are simply stamped by TP cancellation . And due to the shortage of resources, old covers are always used. For example in the above cover, it is believed that it is a FDC for an issue in 1994.
2) stamped cover.
(Source: www. dprk-cn.com)
Stamped cover is not easily to be seen nowadays, except for philatelic purposes.
Before 1999 there were some stamped covers sent out by government organisations, for example the above cover were sent by KPEA.
Or , there are covers sent from DPRK to China, from Koreans to their Chinese Korean relatives .
This is also an important souce of DPRK outgoing mail. For example:
3) Philatelic covers.
Philatelic covers are also a large souce of DPRK outgoing mail. The Korea Stamp Corporation are able to send mail like FDCs or Postcards from Pyongyang to the world. And it is eaily to be get for all stamp collectors in the world.
It is the fact that there are very few incoming mail to North Korea. And every mail incoming would be opened and checked. Here are some of my covers sent to Pyongyang.
China- Interrelated Locality Cover (2010-7T) - Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains sent with the envelope of Museum of Zhejiang province., where this painting was preserved and sent at the nearest post office from the museum.
"Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (《富春山居圖卷》) is the magnum opus and one of the few surviving works by the Yuan Dynasty painter Huang Gongwang (1269 - 1354). Painted between 1348 and 1350, the Chinese landscape painting was burnt into two pieces during the reign of the Shunzhi Emperor (1644 - 1661) in Qing Dynasty. Today, one piece is kept in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, China; while the other is kept in the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. The entire painting combined would measure 691.3 cm in length."
Some can discover that there are only 4 stamps of the set have been used on the envelope and 2 still missing. This is due to the reason of Postage. The accurate postage used is one of the very important rules for Chinese envelope collectors.
Postage Prepaid Postcard Series No.21 - "China Post - Hongkong Post - Macao Post Joint Issue on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge" (Air Mail)
Date of Issue: 24 Mar 2010
Postage Prepaid Postcard Series No. 21 - “China Post – Hongkong Post – Macao Post Joint Issue on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge” (Air Mail) will be issued on 24 March 2010 to commemorate the 100th day since commencement of the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on 15 December 2009.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is an unprecedented important strategic road corridor which links up Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao in the Pearl River Delta, China. It provides opportunities for significant social and economic development in these areas for the coming decades and is targeted to open in 2015/2016. This is the first time that the three Posts jointly issue a Postage Prepaid Postcard.
On the Postcard, Bauhinia (the city flower of Hong Kong), Bougainvillea (the city flower of Zhuhai) and Lotus (the city flower of Macau) are depicted to represent the three cities. The rainbow-like contours echo the cables of the Bridge and symbolise a bright future for the development and collaboration across the three cities.
A very old , Soviet style envelope from Noth Korea
As typed by old type of typewriter, it is not easy to find a new one nowadays, or any "Ink" for its use...
This is a very common North Korean style TP cover... as seen there are very few stamped cover from those Government departments, those external propaganda departments after 1999 (Korea Publications Exchange Association is in charge of issuing those DPR Korea publications to the world, also a easily get known deoprtment oter than Korea Stamp Corporation)
On cover there is the image of Rungrado May Day Stadium. Opened at the first of May in 1989. The stadium can seat 150,000, which is the largest non- auto racing stadium capacity in the world.
The Stadium is also famous of the "Arirang" mass game, with more than 100,000 participants a time.
A nice card from Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty (Kazakh: Алматы / Almatı / الماتى), formerly known as Alma-Ata (Russian: Алма-Ата, until 1992) and Verny (Russian: Верный, until 1921), is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1,348,500 (as of 1 September 2008), which represents 9% of the population of the country.
I don't know much from Kazakhstan, so I hope to receive more card from my friend.
A Mail from My new friend living in Pakistan.
On cover there are a few stamps.
7TH NATIONAL FINANCE COMMISSION AWARD-2009 GWADAR
issued 11th January 2010
issued 14th Aug 2009
55th Birthday Celebrations of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed)
issued 21st Jun 2008
1st Martyrdom Anniversary of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed
issued 28th Dec 2008
29th Martyrdom Anniversary Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto issued
4th Apr 2008
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Tunis 2005)
issued 15th Jul 2005
Behind there are 6 stamps of Muhammad Ali Jinnah , National Father of Pakistan.
Generally this is a very nice cover, it would be much better if the cancellation is clear.
Hongkong Post's Stamp Sheetlets on Mainland Scenery delight the eyes with magnificent landscapes and majestic architecture. The ninth series presents Fujian Tulou, the world's unique mega rammed earth housing structures for mountain dwellers.
A sparkling gem in Chinese culture, Fujian Tulou is known for its long history, massive scale and intricate structure. It is also known as "Hakka Tulou" as most tulou (literally meaning earthen houses) were built by the Hakka people of Fujian Province. Raw earth, the primary construction material, is mixed with sand, lime, wood strips and the like. The mixture is then rubbed, pounded and compressed. Constructed with these reinforced materials, tulou are well ventilated, naturally lit, wind sheltered and quakeproof. The baked tile roofs are exceptionally durable.
If classified by architectural styles, Fujian Tulou mainly consist of round house, square house and "Five-Phoenix" house, with rotunda being the dominant form. The ingeniously built structures sit comfortably on narrow plains in the mountains. Their sophisticated design effectively meets the needs of clan communities, providing defence and security.
Officially inscribed on the World Heritage List on 6 July 2008, Fujian Tulou comprises 46 buildings scattered in ten sites in three counties. They are the Chuxi Cluster, Hongkeng Cluster, Gaobei Cluster, Yanxiang Lou and Zhenfu Lou in Yongding County; Tianluokeng Cluster, Hekeng Cluster, Huaiyuan Lou and Hegui Lou in Nanjing County; and Dadi Cluster in Hua'an County.
The sheetlet depicts the five tulou of the Tianluokeng Cluster. The square Buyun Lou in the middle is surrounded by three rotundas, namely Hechang Lou, Ruiyun Lou and Zhenchang Lou, and the oval Wenchang Lou. The stamp features Chengqi Lou of the Gaobei Cluster, renowned as the "King of Tulou". With its imposing grandeur combined with age-old simplicity, Chengqi Lou blends in perfectly with nature, exemplifying the poetic charm of mountain living.
Stamp products include stamp sheetlet, presentation pack and prestige stamp sheetlet box gift set. Serviced first day cover are also available at the philatelic offices on the issue day only.