domingo, 28 de abril de 2013

Andorra: a big surprise!

Fabienne kindly sent me this nice cover. It's my first letter from Andorra by Spanish postal service mail (also has a french).

Merci Fabienne!

Nice cover from Portugal - Portuguese delicacies

A very nice cover received from Portugal. This cover there are two stamps on food typical Portuguese ... One of them, the paio is widespread in Brazil and much appreciated. It's a good idea to disclose culinary gems in stamps. Who has not tasted paio and other Portuguese delicacies and have the opportunity to taste will not regret.
 Friend Luis sent many stamps and a special cover on the Pope's visit to Portugal in 2010. Muito obrigado!

sexta-feira, 12 de abril de 2013

Cover and FDC from Mexico: Very nice!

Correspondence received from Mexico. A cover with stamps on Mexican folk art and an issue on the environment in the world.
Highlighted on a recent FDC on the Mexican Petroleum Congress. The commercial production of oil began in 1901 and today the country one of the great oil producers in the world. The stamps are nice, large and well defined colors. Very nice!

Thank you Monica.

domingo, 7 de abril de 2013

Directions of Philately - Part 2

Directions of Philately - Part 2

Currently I believe that new generations of philatelists in countries with philately tradition and especially in countries like Brazil, China, Russia, India and many in Latin America are more conscious about philately and start your own collections for their own convictions, less influenced by industry. The Internet has boosted the barter and ecommerce without intermediaries, and therefore there can be greater longevity of their collections without illusions of millionaires profits. Many people acquire without intentions of profiting. But caution is needed in ecommerce because there may be abuse and fraud when it comes to items of greater value. 

As for the collection types, the classical still persist and many contemporary collectors organize their collections by countries or periods. The thematic collections gain followers every day because they are, as the chosen theme, more affordable.

I myself am a fan of thematic collections, but a collection type may still exist: I do not know how to sort and do not know has already been classified but I thought about it when I read Helen's Blog "I Heart Post" and after Stamp Magazine Blog by Adrian Keppel: organize a stamp collection according with the design, whatever the country of origin, year or themes, in which the collector only cares if the stamps were designed in the style pop art, medieval, industrial design, computer design, childhood drawing, art of the Cold War, art Nouveau, etc..

A question about the future of philately is also the catalogs. With the advent of computers and the internet is easier for the collector follow emissions of most countries. Although the published catalogs are excellent, few collectors are willing or can purchase them. For new generations of collectors perhaps the next step is to create wiki stamp catalog. Something perfectly viable and realizable which would involve the collaboration of thousands of collectors in the world, although a wiki project today has limitations regarding the assignment of the value to each stamp. But perhaps the chance to register the true fair value between supply and demand. Only time will tell. One thing is certain: while there is philately, will always be necessary specialists  and researchers.

sexta-feira, 5 de abril de 2013

Directions of Philately - Part 1

Recently I read a very interesting post on Apfelbaum's Corner-John Apfelbaum's Blog on Philately. I made a comment that this motivated a post on my blog. I made a comment on this post, but reflecting a bit more on the subject I decided to publish a post on my blog.

Directions of Philately - Part 1

Philately is is going through  a transformation in all countries. The traditional philatelic commerce reached its height many years ago and has being reduced to a few retailers. Of course this situation may have eliminated many serious experts in the market, but a small market may hinder the entry of unscrupulous dealers. The traditional philatelic commerce is still a reference for many veterans and novice collectors, because there is no substitute for personal service and experience.  

I believe there are relatively fewer collectors in the countries of traditional philately (which had its boom in the early 1900s). In the past emerged a large number of collectors who were influenced by the propitious moment to be mass pastime: globalization, urbanization, literacy, free time that industrial society allowed for the people ... added to this, traders invested in advertising, and developed catalogs, publications and a variety of accessories. At this time the hobby hit the middle class, philatelic clubs and associations flourished in thousands of cities around the world.

Many governments recognized the need for increase the supply of stamps, not only to meet the large volume of correspondence resulting from economic and population growth, but also to meet the growing sophistication of philately, ordinary emissions began to share space with commemorative sets.

At this time philately was young and growing rapidly, allowing many opportunities for gains but also of abuse. The new collectors often were led to believe that their little collections could become great fortunes over the course of decades or find a treasure in the basement. Maybe they had some really valuable things in the basement, but not everyone really got high gains.

The philatelic industry profits were enormous, dealers and governments were successful. The problem is that the hobby, although grow, gaining new followers, was not continued by the majority, who left after a few years and when they tried to sell their collections received the news that was worth a few bucks. There has been much disappointment combined with the emergence of thousands of substitutes hobbies. Many collectors who really like and understand what is philately, persisted until the end of life or are still active.

To be continued ...

quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2013

Cover from Spain

I received another nice cover full of history from Spain derived from an exchange I did with Fabienne.
The cover is really cool stamps 4 stamps:
XXII centenary of Oviedo 
The stamp portrays Alfonso II, founder of the city of Oviedo, whose first populated nucleus was started with a community of Benedictine monks. Alfonso II built two famous churches: San Tirso and San Julián de los Prados, the latter World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 2nd December 1998.
Envangelist St. Matthew
Work of painter Eduardo Rosales
The Episcopal Palace of Astorga
Building designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan modernism style.
Kingdom of Granada
Commemoration of independent kingdom that emerged in Muslim al-Andalus in 1013.

Merci Fabienne.

segunda-feira, 1 de abril de 2013

FDC from Russia: Cossaks, WW2 and Gagarin

I received a large Russian FDC from Nastasya ... about the Cossacks...

For centuries the Cossacks are notable for bravery and military capabilities (excellent in cavalry), and a great capacity for self-sufficiency. Even Napoleon recognized the superiority of Cossack cavalry. The Cossacks also have an important role in the battles of World War II. A Cossack detachment of the 4th Guards Corps marched in Red Square During the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.

I liked much of the Cossacks FDC ... I just waited for the stamp on the Winter Olympics, but to open it I got a pleasant surprise: there were 3 more beautiful FDCs and stamp awaited, of course.

Commemoration of 65 years of the victory of the USSR in World War II

The two FDCs bring 4 tanks which are some of the arms of Victory. The cover features a very popular picture that symbolizes the victory over Nazism: the Soviet soldier hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin.

FDC 50th anniversary of the conquest of space

The other FDC commemorates the 50th anniversary of the conquest of space by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
FDCs are two great because besides the topics interested me, they have a nostalgic design.
Thank you Nastasya. Very nice!