Thursday, 13 July 2017

USA - NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI;Chamorro: Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas), is one of five inhabited American insular areas. It is one of two territories with US "commonwealth" status; the other is Puerto Rico. It consists of fifteen islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. The CNMI and Guam together comprise the Marianas archipelago.
The United States Department of the Interior cites a landmass of 183.5 square miles (475.26 km2). According to the 2010 United States Census, 53,883 people were living in the CNMI at that time. The vast majority of the population resides on SaipanTinian, and Rota. The other islands of the Northern Marianas are sparsely inhabited; the most notable among these is Pagan, which for various reasons over the centuries has experienced major population flux but has formerly had residents numbering in the thousands.
The administrative center is Capitol Hill, a village in northwestern Saipan. Because the island is governed as a single municipality, most publications consider Saipan the capital.

These beautiful covers posted from Saipan on jUNE 21, 2017 and received in my hands on jULY 05, 2017. These Islands are very remote in pacific Ocean, I felt it is a big treasure when the covers reached in my hand as perfect. On the first cover you can see the name of the state is written and the flag too. My plan is to collect covers from all US regions with 'flag of our nation' series stamps and hand cancellation. Thank You Holger for the flag stamps.




This is Saipan post office in Northern Marianas. You can see the old USPS logo on the wall.

USA - GUAM - Territory of Guam / Guåhån

Guam , formally the Territory of Guam) is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. Located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, Guam is one of five American territories with an established civilian government. The capital city is Hagåtña, and the most populous city is Dededo. In 2015, 161,785 people resided on Guam. Guamanians are American citizens by birth. Guam has an area of 544 km2 (210 sq mi) and a density of 297/km² (770/sq mi). It is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, and the largest island in Micronesia. Among its municipalities, Mongmong-Toto-Maite has the highest density at 1,425/km² (3,691/sq mi), whereas Inarajan and Umatac have the lowest density at 47/km² (119/sq mi). The highest point is Mount Lamlam at 406 meters (1,332 ft) above sea level.
The Chamorros, Guam's indigenous people, settled the island approximately 4,000 years ago. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to visit the island on March 6, 1521. 


These beautiful covers posted from Barrigada on June 20, 2017, and received in my hands on July 05, 2017. These Islands are very remote in pacific Ocean, I felt it is a big treasure when the covers reached in my hand as perfect. On the first cover you can see the name of the state is written and the flag too. My plan is to collect covers from all US regions and territories with 'flag of our nation' series stamps and hand cancellation. Thank You Holger for the flag stamps.
This is the photo of a post office from Guam. He said No Aircondition, cash or check only, one staff operation , no postage label machine or computers. And no low value stamps too. These islands are very remote and very few people live there. 

The one and only staff handling the registered mails in Guam post office.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MAURITIUS - République de Maurice / Republik Moris

The Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometres (350 mi) east), and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Brandon and two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (172 km (107 mi) southwest) form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis.
The island of Mauritius was visited during the medieval period by the Arabs and then by the Portuguese, who named it Dina Arobi and Cirne, respectively. The island was uninhabited until the Dutch Republic established a colony in 1638, with the Dutch naming the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. The Dutch colony was abandoned in 1710, and, five years later, the island became a French colony and was named Isle de France. Due to its strategic position, Mauritius was known as the "star and key" of the Indian Ocean.


These beautiful covers sent by Preetham from Port Louis post office,  Mauritius. The covers posted on June 02, 2017 and I received them on June 06, 2017. I had requested for sending back the envelopes as registered mail with Blue UPU barcode label, which is my favorite . But I was unaware about Mauritius had stopped using the use of such labels and started self generating own barcode labels. But the bureau staff Preetham sent requests to a number of post offices to get some of such labels, which were already exhausted from most of the post offices. luckily from a remote rural post office, she could find two labels, and it used on my envelopes in a perfect way and sent back to me with clear postmarks. I specially express my gratitude and appreciate for the sincerity of the philatelic bureau towards my humble request. Thank You Preetham for the big effort taken for me to get perfect covers from Mauritius.

KURDISTAN REGION - IRAQ - Herêmî Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan, officially called the Kurdistan Region (Central Kurdish: هه‌رێمی کوردستان‎, translit. Herêmî Kurdistan; Syriac:ܩܠܝܡܵܐ ܕܟܘ̣ܪܕܸܣܬܵܢ‎ , Arabicإقليم كردستان‎, translit. Iqlīm Kurdistān‎) by the Iraqi constitution, is located in the north of Iraq and constitutes the country's only autonomous region. It is frequently referred to as Southern Kurdistan (Central Kurdish:باشووری کوردستان‎; Northern KurdishBaşûrê Kurdistanê), as Kurds generally consider it to be one of the four parts of a Greater Kurdistan, which also includes parts of southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), northern Syria (Rojava or Western Kurdistan), and northwestern Iran (Eastern Kurdistan).
The region is officially governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), with the capital being Erbil. Kurdistan is a parliamentary democracy with its own regional Parliament that consists of 111 seats. Masoud Barzani, who was initially elected as president in 2005, was re-elected in 2009. In August 2013 the parliament extended his presidency for another two years. His presidency concluded on 19 August 2015 after the political parties failed to reach an agreement over extending his presidency term. The new Iraqi constitution defines the Kurdistan Region as a federal entity of Iraq, and establishes Kurdish and Arabic as Iraq's joint official languages. The four governorates of DuhokHawlerSilemani, and Halabja comprise around 41,710 square kilometres (16,100 sq mi) and have a population of 5.5 million (2015) (2015 estimate). In 2014, during the 2014 Iraq Crisis, Iraqi Kurdistan's forces also took over much of the disputed territories of Northern Iraq.

Kurdistan is one of the rarest region to get stamped and postmarked envelopes. Eventhough it is not international recognized as a sovereign nation, They use own postal service, own stamps etc. On september 25, 2017, the country is going to be independent as a sovereign nation, Then the postal system will be fully working and can easily get the mails from Erbil. Right now they use the stamps in the name as Kurdistan region - Iraq, or Iraqi Kurdistan. This cover arranged by my good friend Michal from Slovakia, with the help of his friend who live in Bagdhad, he usually goes to Erbil. The mails travel with Kurdistan internationally , but for safety he took back the cover as postmarked and sent back from Iraq in another cover. My another friend is visiting soon Erbil, my self prepared envelopes already with him, eagerly waiting for the internationally travelled airmail registered cover from Kurdistan. Thank You Michal for the big help.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - SABA

Saba (/ˈsɑːbə/; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsaːbɑ]) is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality (officially public body) of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands.
Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi). As of January 2013, the population was 1,991 inhabitants, with a population density of 150 inhabitants per square kilometre (390/sq mi). Its towns and major settlements are The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns. The origin of the name "Saba" comes from the Arabic word Sabha, meaning the Biblical kingdom of Sheba.
Saba became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010. In 1963 Saba residents built the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. This 400-metre (1,300 ft) landing strip is reputed to be the shortest commercial runway in the world, and is restricted. Only trained pilots flying small STOL airliners, such as the Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman Islander may land there, as well as helicopters.

This beautiful registered airmail cover sent from Windwardside post office, Saba Island. The cover posted on April 05, 2017 and I received in my hands on May 05, 2017. Caribisch Nederland consists of 3 islands - Bonaire, Saba and St.Eustatius, each Islands use own stamps but use the same country code. The postal service operator is FXDC from 2014, a private company, after Cpost International of Curacao stopped their postal service in Caribisch nederland due to increased cost of operations.
FXDC issues beautiful thematic stamps and promote philatelic service through WOPA. Thank You FXDC post office staff for the perfect covers.