Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A view of the Beijing hutong. Hutong is a type of narrow street or alley with many houses along the street or alley. It is similar to neighborhood. This one is taken from Beigouyan Hutong (北沟沿胡同). This hutong is located in Dongcheng District (东城区). Thanks Fengwenyi.

Many stamps were used to make up the postage. They are . This postcard was sent from Hebei Baoding on 28.12.2010. The cancellation is written as Hebei Baoding Pinxin (Tongqu)4 or in Chinese 河北 保定 平信(筒取)4 . "Pinxin" is ordinary mail and "Tongqu" is taken from mailbox.

Monday, May 21, 2012


An artistic postcard from India Post in which the design is adapted from wall painting in Madhya Pradesh. It shows the First War of Independence in 1857. Thanks Palak.

Two Rs5.00 stamps with famous people, Dr. Rajakumar and Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar were used together with a Rs2.00 rose definitive stamp. These stamps were cancelled in Surat. The cancellations are quite blur.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


A multiview postcard of Santiago de Chile. The first row (from left to right) shows Iglesia de Los Dominicos, Sector de Providencia, and Sector de Apoquindo. The second row shows Vista desde el cerro S. Cristóbal, Sector de Las Condes, and Plaza Italia. The last row shows Estación Central, Museo de Bellas Artes, and Valle Nevado. Thanks Antartique.

A $310 Christmas stamp of 2009 and a $280 Francisco Valdés Subercaseaux stamp were used to pay its postage. A red-color cancellation was used to cancel these stamps on 22.12.2009. The postmark is not clear, only partial place name, "...larrica", is seen. According to Muriel, it may be from Villarrica.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


A postcard on Helsinki's distinct landmark, Helsingin tuomiokirkko or Suurkirkko (Helsinki Cathedral). The statue in the front is dedicated to Emperor Alexander II of Russia. This church was built from 1830 to 1852 in neoclassical style. Thanks AKS.

It was sent from Helsinki (Helsingfors) on 4.1.2010. Very clear machine cancellation. This 1 KL stamp shows the landscape in the northern part of Finland.