Friday, October 28, 2016

Beautiful Flowers from Morocco

These beautiful stamps on flowers from Morocoo were issued in 1965, printed on granite paper. The flowers featured on the stamps are Iris, Gladiolus and Capparis.

These stamps were printed in sheets of 10 comprising 5 tete-beche sets in each sheet. The stamps displayed are the set forming a tete-beche variety. Interesting thing to note is that the stamps were printed in 1964 and released in early 1965.

These flowers are endemic to North African region but may be found in other areas as well.

115 - Iris Tingitana
116 - Gladiolus segetum
117 - Capparis spinosa

Friday, November 13, 2015

Orchids from Colombia

These stamps were issued by Colombia on 22nd August, 1950 on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the UPU.

The stamps depict different orchids and the 18c stamp shows the Santo Domingo Post Office.

580 - Masdevallia Chimaera
581 - Odontoglossum Crispum
582 - Cattleya Labiata Trianae
583 - Masdevallia Nycterina
584 - Cattleya Dowiana Aurea
585 - Miltonia Vexillaria
586 - Santo Domingo Post Office

Thursday, March 4, 2010

India Travancore-Cochin Postcard showing a Sunflower

This Postcard is from Travancore Cochin State with a value of 4 Pies, circa. 1940's. This postcard was converted from the States use to the use of the INDIAN POSTS & TELEGRAPHS DEPARTMENT after the Native Feudatory States were dissolved into the Indian Constitution.

This postcard was nullified by a rolling cancellation of a design of Sunflowers. This postcard was sent on 11th June, 1971 but returned to the sender, "The Postmaster, Sikar" in Rajasthan, India as the receiver does not exists anymore. The postcard is also registered and has a label with a registered no. 552 from Sikar.

The postcard did not reach the addressee and was tried to deliver 3 times on 13th, 15th & 16th July, 1971 and finally returned back to the sender on 22nd July, 1971.

POSTCARD - Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wildflowers from the United States of America

This sheet of 50 stamps were issued on 24th July, 1992 by the United States of America. This is a pane of 50 different stamps on Wildflowers. This is a beautiful sheet of flowers still intact in its original packaging with the 64-page Wildflowers Album, where all the relevent information is given on the subject.

This pane of 50 stamps is the 4th plate position during printing and is plate no. 1111.

2647 - Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja
2648 - Fragrant Waterlily - Nymphaea odorata
2649 - Meadow beauty - Rhexia
2650 - Jack-in-the-pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum
2651 - California poppy - Eschscholzia californica
2652 - Large-flowered Trillium - Trillium grandiflorum
2653 - Tickseed - Coreopsis
2654 - Shooting star - Dodecatheon
2655 - Stream violet - Viola glabella
2656 - Bluets - Houstonia
2657 - Herb Robert - Geranium robertianum
2658 - Marsh marigold - Caltha palustris
2659 - Sweet white violet - Viola blanda
2660 - Claret cup cactus - Echinocereus
2661 - White mountain avens - Dryas octopetala
2662 - Sessile bellwort - Uvularia sessilifolia
2663 - Blue flag - Iris versicolor
2664 - Harlequin lupine - Lupinus stiversii
2665 - Twinflower - Linnaea borealis
2666 - Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus
2667 - Sego lily - Calochortus nuttallii
2668 - Virginia bluebells - Mertensia virginica
2669 - Ohi’a lehua - Metrosideros polymorpha
2670 - Rosebud orchid - Cleistes
2671 - Showy evening primrose - Oenothera speciosa
2672 - Fringed gentian - Gentiana crinita
2673 - Yellow lady’s slipper - Cypripedium pubescens
2674 - Passionflower - Passiflora
2675 - Bunchberry - Cornus suecica
2676 - Pasqueflower - Pulsatilla
2677 - Round-lobed hepatica - Hepatica
2678 - Wild columbine - Aquilegia canadensis
2679 - Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolium
2680 - Indian pond lily - Nuphar polysepala
2681 - Turk’s cap lily - Lilium superbum
2682 - Dutchman’s breeches - Dicentra cucullaria
2683 - Trumpet honeysuckle - Lonicera ciliosa
2684 - Jacob’s ladder - Polemonium
2685 - Plains prickly pear - Opuntia polyacantha
2686 - Moss campion - Silene acaulis
2687 - Bearberry - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
2688 - Mexican hat - Ratibida
2689 - Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia
2690 - Desert five spot - Eremalche rotundifolia
2691 - Smooth Solomon’s seal - Polygonatum biflorum
2692 - Red maids - Calandrinia
2693 - Yellow skunk cabbage - Lysichiton americanus
2694 - Rue anemone - Thalictrum thalictroides
2695 - Standing cypress - Ipomopsis rubra
2696 - Wild flax - Linum perenne
2696a - Pane of 50 Stamps

Friday, February 19, 2010

Various Flowers from St. Pierre & Miquelon

These stamps were issued by St. Pierre & Miquelon on 24th April, 1962. These are two small groups of islands off the southern coast of Newfoundland. Once a French Colony, now a department of France.

The stamps with 25F & 50F values were issued for domestic postage and the stamp with 100F value was issued for the use of Air Post. All of these stamps were printed by engraving method and hence command a very high catalog value.

The lower values, shows different species of orchids and the higher value stamp shows a carnivorous plant known as a Pitcher Plant.

360 - Cypripedium Acaule - Cypripedium - Orchids
361 - Calopogon Pulchellus - Calopogon - Orchids
C24 - Sarracenia Purpurea - Pitcher Plant

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fragrant Roses from India

This miniature sheet was issued on 7th February, 2007 by India. There was even a sheetlet issued showing the stamps.

These stamps have fragrant smell of Roses. This was the second issue from India having fragrant smell. The first one was with the smell of Sandal Wood.

Different, local cultivars of Roses are displayed in the stamps.

Catalogue numbers to be updated at a later date.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Beautiful Species of Orchids from France

This miniature sheet was issued by France on 11th March, 2005. This sheet has the complete set of 4 stamps issued even as singles, showing different species of orchids.

Some of them are even native to the European Continent.

3102 - 0.53€ - Cypripedium Calceolus
3103 - 0.53€ - Paphiopedilum Mabel Sanders
3104 - 0.55€ - Oncidium Papilio
3105 - 0.82€ - Paphinia Cristata
3105a - Miniature Sheet

Friday, February 12, 2010

Orchids from Venezuela

This set of 8 stamps was issued on 30th May, 1962 by Venezuela. The stamps shows different species of Orchids in their full bloom.

The stamps were printed by the method of Lithography.

804 - Oncidium Papilio Lindl - Oncidium
805 - Caularthron Bilamellatum - Caularthron
806 - Stanhopea Wardii Lodd - Stanhopea
807 - Catasetum pileatum - Catasetum
808 - Masdevallia tovarensis - Masdevallia
809 - Epidendrum Stamfordianum Batem - Epidendrum
810 - Epidendrum Atropurpureum Willd - Epidendrum
811 - Oncidium falcipetalum Lindl - Oncidium

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beautiful Garden Flowers from Italy

These stamps were issued by the Italian Postal Authority on 27th April, 1981. These flowers are the general ones which are found in our gardens.

1452 - Roses - Rosa
1453 - Anemones - Anemone
1454 - Oleanders - Nerium

This is the second set of stamps issued on the same garden flowers theme from Italy on 10th April, 1982.

1510 - Cyclamens - Cyclamen
1511 - Camellias - Camellia
1512 - Carnations - Dianthus

This is the third set of stamps issued on the same garden flowers theme from Italy on 30th April, 1983.

1555 - Mimosa -Mimosa
1556 - Rhododendron - Rhododendron
1557 - Gladiolus - Gladiolus

Roses in Natural Colours from Bulgaria

This set of 8 stamps were issued by Bulgaria on 28th March, 1962. There are 8 different varieties with different colours and shades of Roses dicpicted on these stamps.

1210 - 1217 - Roses - Rosa

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Flower Stamp of Bolivia

This stamp was issued by Bolivia in 1925. This stamp is an imperf of the actual stamp used for postage. Imperforated stamps are printed as a check just before the final printing of the stamp with perforation. Here, the imperf stamp is in a pair making it of a very high catalogue value.

This is a part of a set of 10 stamps, conmemorating the Centenary of the Bolivian Republic Foundation. This is the unique value showing a flower. This set was printed by Perkins Bacon & Co of London.

This is also the National Flower of Bolivia.

153 - Cantua bicolor - National Flower of Bolivia

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Varieties of Roses from Monaco

This is a booklet pane, containing a set of 12 stamps issued by Monaco on 24th October, 1995. There are 12 different varieties of Roses displayed in the stamps.

This set of stamps depicting roses are in commemoration of the Princess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco, opened in 1984. This garden is famous for its, very large variety of roses. The garden houses a total of some 4,000 rose trees. There are about 150 varieties of rose plants from all over the world. Visitors come to see the special variety of European and American roses. During the blooming season you can smell the fragrance of these flowers.

The stamps were printed by the use of lithography and having a perforation of 13.5. The botanical name for roses is Rosa under the family Rosaceae.

1964 - Rose Grace of Monaco
1965 - Fuschia Lakeland Princess
1966 - Carnation Century of Monte Carlo
1967 - Fuschia Grace
1968 - Rose Princess of Monaco
1969 - Alstroemeria Gracia
1970 - Lily Princess Grace
1971 - Carnation Princess Caroline
1972 - Rose Stephanie of Monaco
1973 - Carnation Prince Albert
1974 - Sweet pea Grace of Monaco
1975 - Gerbera Gracia

Monday, December 28, 2009

National Emblems - Joint Issue - Canada & Thailand

This Miniature sheet was issued on 4th October, 2003 by Canada. This issue was released in a joint cooperation along with Thailand commerating the Bangkok International Philatelic Exhibition held in 2003.

The stamps shows the National Emblems of these countries. The Maple Leaf is the National Emblem of Canada and Cassia Fistula is of Thailand.

2000 - Acer Saccharum - Maple Leaf
2001 - Cassia Fistula - Golden Shower
2001b - Miniature Sheet

This Miniature sheet was issued on 4th October, 2003 by Thailand for the same joint issue above.

2090a - Cassia Fistula
2090b - Maple Leaves
2090c - Miniature Sheet

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Peony Flower Festival from Isle Of Man

This sheetlet of 8 stamps was issued by Isle of Man on 10th April, 2009. The stamps represents the Peony Flower.

Isle of Man, participated in the stamp exhibition in Luoyang, China and produced these stamps accordingly. Luoyang is considered as the capital of Peony in the world. Every year an exhibition is held for 30 days displaying a wide variety of the flowers.

Catalogue numbers to be updated at a later date.

10p x 8 - Peony - Paenoia - Sheetlet

Monday, December 21, 2009

Flowers on registered cover from Malaysia

This is a registered cover from a Malaysian state to another. This cover was posted from Kuala Lumpur, Penang to Kota Bharu, Kelatan with a registration done with no. 7695 at Kuala Lumpur.

The cover was posted on the 3rd November, 1966 and was received the next day on 4th November, 1966 at Kelatan.

The stamps affixed are a set of seven different species of Orchids been released on 15th November, 1965 by Malaysia.

67 - 1c - Vanda Hookeriana
68 - 2c - Arundina Graminifolia
69 - 5c - Paphiopedilum Niveum
70 - 6c - Spathoglottis Plicata
71 - 10c - Arachnis Flosaeris
72 - 15c - Rhyncostylis Retusa
73 - 20c - Phalaenopsis Violacea

Friday, December 18, 2009

Redoute's Paintings on Roses from Belgium - Series 1

This set of 2 stamps and a miniature sheet was issued on 25th April, 1988 by Belgium.

These stamps were issued to promote philately and belong to a series of three other issues. the stamps and the sheet are surcharged for the promotion of philately.

The Roses displayed in the stamps are the paintings taken from "Sixty Roses for a Queen",
done by P. J. Redoute (1759-1840).

B1069 - Roses
B1070 - Roses
B1071 - Roses - Miniature Sheet

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Flowers in Natural Colours from Indonesia

These stamps were issued on 23rd December, 1957 by Indonesia.

The stamps were issued as Semi-Postals and have surcharges on it added for public welfare.

B104 - Kembodja Flower - Frangipani - Plumeria rubra
B105 - Michelia - Magnolia
B106 - Sunflower - Helianthus Annuus
B107 - Jasmine - Jasminum
B108 - Orchid - Dendrobium Phalaenopsis

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Various Flowers from Congo

This set of 3 stamps were issued by People's Republic of Congo on 28th September, 1961.

The stamps are engraved and were issued for the use for Air Post. These stamps were issued after Congo gained independence on 15th August, 1960.

C2 - 100F - Helicrysum Mechowiam
C3 - 200F - Cogniauxia Podolaena
C4 - 500F - Thesium Tencio

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Flowers from Hungary

The Miniature Sheet was issued on 15th September, 1958 by Hungary. The stamps shown on the miniature sheet is a part of the stamps issued on 12th August, 1958. The sheet was issued for the International Philatelic Congress held at Brussels.

The important thing about the sheet is that the stamps printed on it are in different colours. The sheet measures 111x111mm and is printed on unwatermarked, linen-finish paper. Back-ground of stamps, marginal inscriptions and ornaments in green.

This sheet is of a very high catalouge value.

1195 - 20f - Dolomite Flax - Linum Dolomiticum
1196 - 30f - Kitaibelia Vitifolia
1201 - 2.50f - Pinks -Dianthus plumarius
1202 - 3.00f - Dog Roses - Rosa canina
1202a - The Miniature Sheet

Mei Flowers from China

Mei flowers on stamps from China used on registered cover. These 6 stamps were released on the 5th April, 1985 by The People's Republic of China.

Mei flower is botanically known as Prunus mume and commonly called the Chinese plum. The flowers were orginally found in China and later brought to other places in East Asia. The tree flowers only in late winters and in Eastern Asia only.

The cover shows different species of Prunus mume.

1974 - 8f - Green calyx
1975 - 8f - Pendant mei
1976 - 8f - Contorted dragon
1977 - 10f - Cinnabar
1978 - 20f - Versicolor mei
1979 - 80f - Apricot mei