Monday, 23 January 2017

CHAD - République du Tchad

Officially the Republic of Chad (Arabic: جمهورية تشاد‎ Jumhūrīyat Tshād; French: République du Tchad), is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north,Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest and Niger to the west. It is the fifth largest country in Africa in terms of area.
Chad has several regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa. N'Djamena, the capital, is the largest city. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Arabic and French are the official languages.

 
These  beautiful covers from Chad sent by my Chinese friend Zhang Fan with the help of his contact working in Chad. Unfortunately they forgot to send as registered mail. The covers posted on December 27, 2016 and I received in my hands on January 16, 2017. Thank You dear friend for the great covers.

Friday, 30 December 2016

KOSOVO - SERBIAN POST

There are some post offices in Pristina Region, capital of Kosovo is still operated by Serbian Post. This information I came to know from my Slovenian friend Zant Trost, who is a fruits label collector. He recommended me to a Serbian girl Natalija who can help me to send back my covers from Serbian Post office in Kosovo. It was really amazing, and in 2016 Serbia issued 4 stamps of Churches which are geographically in Kosovo. My another Serbian friend Emanuel gifted those sets of stamps alongwith another set of Serbian birds stamps and butterflies stamps. I prepared the covers with the Kosovan Church stamps and sent to Natalija, she went to a Serbian Post office in Pristina region called Kosovska Mitrovica and sent back as Registered. 



The covers sent on October 26, 2016 and I received in my hands on November 10, 2016 . She sent another cover as normal post , which is also arrived safely on November 20, 2016. Thank You Zan, Natalia and Emanuel for the big help to get a perfect cover from Serbian Post in Kosovo.

USA - LOUSIANA

Louisiana (French: État de Louisiane, Louisiana Creole: Léta de la Lwizyàn) is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Louisiana is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are the local government's equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Plaquemines. Louisiana is bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, Texas to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.


This is my first airmail cover from Lousiana state , USA. My US state wise flag series stamped cover collection is growing !. This is my 12 th state  with perfect postmark sent by my good friend Jia Wern from Baton Rouge, Lousiana state. He specially requested for perfect hand cancellation and sent to me. Thank you very much Mr. Wern for the perfectly postmarked cover.


USA - ALABAMA

Alabama  is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th-most extensive and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. At 1,300 miles (2,100 km), Alabama has one of the nation's longest navigable inland waterways.
Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the Cotton State. The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. Alabama's capital is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham, which has long been the most industrialized city, and largest city by land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana.


This is my first airmail cover from Alabama state , USA. My US state wise flag series stamped cover collection is growing !. This is my 11 th state  with perfect postmark sent by my good friend Jia Wern from Alabama state. He specially requested for perfect hand cancellation and sent to me. Thank you very much Mr. Wern for the perfectly postmarked cover.

SAINT LUCIA

Saint Lucia (French: Sainte-Lucie) is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and reported a population of 165,595 in the 2010 census.Its capital is Castries.
One of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the island's first European settlers, and the only country in the world named after a woman.
The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres (3,120 feet) above sea level. Two other mountains, the Pitons, form the island's most famous landmark. They are located between Soufrière and Choiseul on the western side of the island. Saint Lucia is also one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drive-in volcano.



These beautiful Registered Airmail covers sent from the Philatelic Bureau of St.Lucia in Castries. St.Lucia previously used UPU barcode labels for registered mails , now they shifted to common Caribbean designed barcode labels similar to St.Vincent . Soon Grenada also will accept the similar design. The covers posted on  November 16, 2016 and I received them in my hands on December 13,2016. Thank You postmaster for the perfect postmarks. 




These two Airmail covers sent from the Philatelic Bureau of St.Lucia in Castries. The covers posted on April 22, 2015 and I received in my hands on May 02, 2015. The registered one reached on May 14, 2015. The perfect red postmarks enhances the beauty of the covers. Thank You postmaster for the big help.