sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2013

Cover from Canada: Photo

I received a very nice letter from Monica. A single stamp on the envelope called my attention ... I have been searching.

This is a recent issue of Canada on an artist Arnaud Maggs, Canadian photographer died in late 2012, who portrayed Yousuf Karsh, another Canadian photographer of Armenian origin who made famous portraits of historical personages that you have probably seen: Einstein, Alberto Giacometti, Frank Lloyd Wright, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart , Mother Teresa, Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill and Eisenhower. This work belongs to the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and features very early work of Maggs: portraits in black and white shot from the front, side and back.
Gracias Monica!

sexta-feira, 17 de maio de 2013

Stanley Gibbons debut in Brazil

While interest rates remain at low levels (considering the Brazilian standard rates), the stock market continues to follow the guidelines of bearish worldwide crisis the big Brazilian investors have sought allocations in their portfolios to ensure higher earnings as gold, real estate, art works, antiques, but now may invest in stamps!
The Stanley Gibbons has opened an office in Brazil a few days ago and is already having meetings with potential investors in major Brazilian cities.

domingo, 12 de maio de 2013

Brazilian best stamps not issued and not circulated in 2012

In 2012 I read on the website of the Brazilian post offices that would be issued beautiful stamps on the passage of the Olympic and Paralympic flags of the British for the Brazilians. These are a pair of "Se-tenant" each composed of 3 stamps: one on the Olympic flag and another on the Paralympic. During months when I visited post offices, including the philatelic  post office, I not found such stamps. The Post online shop , which makes online sales also never provided these stamps... Actually nobody knows about these stamps and all philatelists I know also do not know and never saw them. Neither dealer has them. These seals are not on the official list of stamps issued in 2012, but interestingly, the post office is disclosing voting for best stamp issued in 2012 and such stamps are competing! ... so if you receive a letter with these stamps mint or find them: keep them, even if they do not have much value it is an interesting curiosity for your collection.

sábado, 11 de maio de 2013

Cover from Spain: Chito...You know this sport?

I received a letter from Fabienne. The object of this letter was an exchange of mint stamps of one of the themes that I collect (saints). But as always the covers come full of history... 
I could talk about the two stamps on art: Renaissance sculptor Alonso Berruguete (1488 - 1561) or realist painter Antonio López Torres (1902-1987), but I chose to comment on the seal about a little-known sport in the world: Chito (also known as: Tanga or Tuta) ... I did not know until you see this stamp. But to see it automatically reminded of two popular sports in southern and southeastern of Brazil: Bocha and MalhaBocha is a game with balls brought by Italian immigrants  (Gioco delle Bocce), although it is also popular in France (Boules). I grew up watching games of bocce.

But Malhabrought by Portuguese immigrants,  it is practiced with the launch of metal disks toward a pin which is a few meters away. Malha is most similar to the Chito game: is to launch a drive against un cylinder (wood engraving called chito or tanga) at a distance of 22 meters on top del chito is placed a coin. Researchers about the sport say that Malha game has French and Italian origin. Malha is also very similar to Fito or Chinquilho who plays in Portugal that instead of disks uses horseshoes. Unfortunately games like these are becoming less popular in the world, as they lose space for sports like football, increasinglymassified industry and media ... I like football, but there are so many sports like these are simple, do not require large expenditures and develop various physical skills for youth and elders.

Wow! All this reflection thanks to a stamp!!
Thank you Fabienne!