Saturday, January 31, 2009

Beijing Olympic FDC from Ukraine

This nice FDC sent by Anatoliy form Ukrain.
Date of Issue : 26.01.2009

Thanks to Anatoliy

2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

I Wish to have this nice Stamp...............

Switzerland Issuing Commemorative stamps for 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
The 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships will be held in Switzerland between April 24th and May 10th, 2009. Events will be held in both Bern and Kloten. The PostFinance Arena in Bern will be renovated starting August 2007 and will accommodate an attendance of 17,000. The Eishalle Schluefweg in Kloten is going to be expanded for the 2008/09 season to a capacity of 9,000.
Switzerland gained the right to host the World Championship for the 10th time. (1928, 1935, 1939, 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1990 and 1998).
The Championship comprises the top sixteen hockey nations in the world.For the 2009 tournament, the competitors and groups are:
Group A
Canada, Slovakia, Belarus, Hungary
Group B
Russia, Switzerland, Germany, France
Group C
Sweden, United States, Latvia, Austria
Group D
Finland, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CZECHOSLOWAKIA Issue for Sarajevo 1984 Winter Games

This is last stamps, which Dragan sent me, and which I missed to post.
Thanks Dragan

In 1984, the Winter Games took place in a Socialist country for the first and only time. The people of Sarajevo gained high marks for their hospitality, and there was no indication of the tragic war that would engulf the city only a few years later. Skier Jure Franko brought joy to the host nation by earning Yugoslavia’s first Winter Olympics medal : a silver in the giant slalom. Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen won all three individual cross-country races for women. In speed skating, Gaétan Boucher and Karin Enke each won two gold medals. Biathlete Eirik Kvalfoss earned a complete set of medals. Twin brothers Phil and Steve Mahre took first and second place in the slalom. The highlight of the figure skating competitions was the free dance performance of Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean. Their interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero earned across-the-board perfect scores for artistic impression.
49 NOCs (Nations)
1,272 athletes (274 women, 998 men)
39 events
10,450 volunteers
7,393 media (2,363 written press, 5,030 broadcasters)


Thanks to Mansoor


This is also one of the nice FDC I received ever.
Thanks to Mansoor


This is my first Olympic FDC cover ever from any country.
Sent from Mangalore, City of Karnataka State, in Southern India

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Republic Day 26th January 2009

India celebrates 60th Republic Day
Kaleidoscopic images of India's rich cultural diversity and the might of its military were on full display on the magnificent Rajpath on Monday as the nation celebrated its 60th Republic Day amid an unprecedented security cover.
An impressive and colourful parade, a traditional attraction of the national event, marched down the thoroughfare connecting the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the historic India Gate as President Pratibha Patil took the salute from marching contingents.
Armed forces in battle regalia proudly marching before their supreme commander, scintillating show of air power, fascinating tableaux depicting the diverse culture and hundreds of colourfully-dressed dancing school children were part of the parade.
Showcasing strength
The Army then showcased its impressive armoury before the nation including frontline T-90S battle tanks, indigenous Brahmos missile, OSA-AK system, the most modern and versatile air defence weapon.
The Chariot of Victory -- the state of the art infantry combat vehicle, the bullet proof vehicle Takshak Striker and the Network Operations Centre, which is capable of providing high quality information services in various terrains were also showcased.
The indigenously-built Advanced Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' of Army Aviation was also displayed.
Then colourfully-attired military contingents made their entry into the Rajpath.
The Army contingent included personnel drawn from the Parachute Regiment, Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, Rajput Regiment, Garhwal Rifles, Kumaon Regiment, Jammu and Kashmir Rifled, Ladakh Scouts, and Territorial Army (Punjab).
Smartly-dressed Navy personnel came along with a tableau depicting a model of INS Jalashwa, the replenishment vessel acquired in 2007 from the US to provide India major amphibious warfare capabilities.
The naval team comprising 144 men drawn from three Commands of the Navy was led by Lt Commander Anshul Awasthi.
The IAF displayed its air power in the form of a tableau showcashing some of its recent acquisitions including 'Hawk' Advanced Jet Trainer and SU 30 MKI air superiority fighter aircraft and the indigenous Rohini 3D radar. Its tableau was modeled on the IL-76 aircraft-mounted Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) that India purchased from Israelis. However, the system is yet to be inducted into the IAF.
The 148-strong IAF contingent, led by Squadron Leader Robinder Singh Zenda marched to the tunes of "Air Warrior".
The DRDO columns included Brahmos missile, advanced air defence missile, Akash surface-to-air missile and Agni-III ballistic missile.
Other contingents to march in the parade included veterans from the three services led by 85-year-old World War-II Flying Officer M M Shukla, Border Security Force's foot soldiers and their camel units, Assam Rifles, Coast Guard, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, Sashastra Seema Bal, RPF and the Delhi Police.
Bands from all these armed forces and paramilitary forces played martial tunes, as also the massed pipes and drums from several Army regiments.
Among the youth contingents were the NCC's senior division boys and girls cadets, along with their band, and the National Service Scheme.
Showcasing culture
The vibrant diversity of the country's traditional art and culture, industrial progress, scientific development and rich natural resources came alive when 18 tableaux, representing 12 states and six union ministries/departments rolled along the Rajpath.
The colourful state tableaux were led by Andhra Pradesh which was a tribute to legendary saint Annamacharya followed by Assam which depicted the state's rich wildlife in its splendour.
Then came Madhya Pradesh which was a ode to a tribal leader, the local Robinhood, who was hanged by the British for being an anti-social.
Other states which followed were Kerala, Orissa and Rajasthan.
Jammu and Kashmir's tableau depicted a model of a monastery in Ladakh with monks dancing in their traditional costumes. The dance was followed by a luxurious house boat, on which 35 Kashmiri boys and girls sang folk songs accompanied by traditional musical instruments like rabab, nut, sarangi and tumbaknari.
Uttarakhand projected adventure tourism like river rafting, para gliding, trekking and rock climbing while Rajasthan depicted wildlife of Ranthambore National Park.
The famous Gair dance of Ranthambore was performed by 25 folk dancers wearing colourful and traditional attires and headgear at the front of the tableau.
This year the total number of tableaux was 18 against last year's 26.
The department of Science and Technology in its tableau presented the advancements made by India in the field of astronomy.
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore designed the tableau. The UN declared 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy to celebrate 400 years of the first use of telescope by Italian astronomer Galileo.
As the tableaux turned the corner, the little heroes who won the national bravery awards made their entry on decorated jeeps instead of elephants. Twenty children, including one posthumously, have been honoured with the award for exemplary courage.
The other states which presented their tableaux at the parade included Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Orissa, Kerala, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Maharastra.
The Assam tableau conceptualised the famous Kaziranga National Park, the ideal habitat for the one-horned rhino while the Bihar tableau showcased Mithila's historical folk culture of "Saurath Sabha" and "Madhubani" paintings.
The Bihar tableau presented a unique and lively glimpse of marriage ceremony of "Saurath Sabha" which is quite popular in the eastern region.
The Maharashtra tableau presented the lives of Dhangar community from hilly region of Miraj, Kolhapur and Solapur which constitute an important segment of the social fabric of the state.
Kerala presented the colourful annual temple festival of Pooram which is held after the summer harvest in Trissur and Palakkad districts.
The tableau had 12 ornately decorated dummy elephants accompanied by music called Melam.
Performers wearing traditional attire of soldiers bearing colourful shields and swords danced to the war-like steps in perfect orchestration.
The theme of Madhya Pradesh revolved around Tantya Bhil, who was one of the great revolutionaries who waged an armed struggle against the British rule for 12 years and endeared himself to the masses by virtue of his indomitable courage and passion.
Indian Railways showcased the prestigious Jammu to Baramulla new rail link in its tableau while Ministry of Power will highlight village electrification.

USA Issue for 1972 Sapporo Winter Games

Hi ! This is Winter Time and most of part of world enjoying snow fall. I never experience snow fall ever, I am just thinking how fabulous it is.
Even though I can't experience beauty and enjoyment of snow fall, but I can enjoy the stamps of Winter Games. Here are some Stamps from My Swap partner
Dragan from Croatia, Who had sent me this Beautiful stamps couple of weeks before. I couldn't publish on my blog since I was searching information for that.

The 1972 Sapporo Games in Japan were the first to be held outside Europe or the United States. The subject of amateurism stirred controversy when skier Karl Schranz was declared ineligible to compete because he had allowed his name and photo to be used in commercial advertising, but full-time ice hockey players from Communist nations were allowed to compete. Galina Kulakova of the USSR won all three cross-country skiing events for women. Ard Schenk of the Netherlands took three golds in speed skating. In Alpine skiing, little-known Marie-Thérès Nadig of Switzerland won both the downhill and the giant slalom. Norway’s Magnar Solberg won the 20km race to become the first repeat winner in an individual biathlon event. Before the Sapporo Games, Japan had never won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, but in the normal hill ski jumping event, three Japanese jumpers, led by Yukio Kasaya, swept the medals.
35 NOCs (Nations)
1,006 athletes (205 women, 801 men)
35 events

Hungary Issue for 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games

History :
The 1976 Winter Olympics were awarded to the U.S. city of Denver, but the people of the state of Colorado voted to prohibit public funds from being used to support the Games. Innsbruck was subsequently selected by the IOC Executive Board to take over. By updating some facilities and building others they were able to host the Games on short notice, just 12 years after Innsbruck had first hosted an edition of the Winter Games. Rosi Mittermaier won two of the three Alpine skiing events and almost became the first woman to sweep all three events. But in the final race, Kathy Kreiner beat her by 12 hundredths of a second. The ice hockey team from the USSR won its fourth straight gold medal. A new figure skating event, ice dancing, was added to the programme and, like the pairs, it was dominated by Russian couples. The most memorable image of the Games was Franz Klammer flying wildly down the downhill course, barely keeping control, on his way to a gold medal.
37 NOCs (Nations)
1,123 athletes (231 women, 892 men)
37 events

USA Issue for 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games

The 1980 Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York, were filled with impressive performances. The great Swedish skier, Ingemar Stenmark, won both the giant slalom and the slalom. Hanni Wenzel did the same in the women’s races and her nation, Liechtenstein, became the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion. Ulrich Wehling won the Nordic combined for the third time and pairs skater Irina Rodnina did the same in her event. In the biathlon relay, Aleksandr Tikhonov earned his fourth straight gold medal. Nikolay Zimyatov earned three gold medals in cross-country skiing. In an unprecedented achievement, Eric Heiden of the United States won all five speed skating races, from 500m all the way up to 10,000m. Nonetheless, for the home crowd, the highlight was the unexpected victory of the US ice hockey team.
37 NOCs (Nations)
1,072 athletes (232 women, 840 men)
38 events
6,703 volunteers

Lativia Issue for 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games

In 1986 the IOC voted to change the schedule of the Olympic Games so that the Summer and Winter Games would be held in different years. To adjust to this new schedule, the Lillehammer Games were held in 1994, the only time that two Games have been staged two years apart. The 1994 Games were extremely well organised and the Norwegian host' natural love of winter sports added a refreshing purity of spirit. Local hero Johann Koss won three speed skating events and set a world record in every one. Vreni Schneider won a complete set of medals in alpine skiing and Manuela Di Centa earned medals in all five cross-country events. Myriam Bedard won both women's individual biathlon races. Gustav Weder and Donat Acklin became the first repeat winners of the two-man bobsled. Pairs skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov returned to repeat their Olympic victory of 1988.
67 NOCs (Nations)
1,737 athletes (522 women, 1, 215 men)
61 events
9,054 volunteers
6,633 media (2,615 written press, 4,018 broadcasters)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bahrain Grand Prix 2004

Commemorative Stamp for Formula 1
Bahrain Grand Prix 2004
سباق البحرين للفورميلا 1 إبريل 2004

The 2004 Grand Prix was a Formula One race Held on 4th April 2004, at the Bahrain International Circuit. It was first Formula 1 Race to be held in the Kingdom Of Bahrain.

Horse Racing In Bahrain

IX Men's Junior World Cup Volleyball 1997

IX men's Junior World Volleyball Championship - 21st August 1997 (Bahrain)
بطولة العالم التاسعة للكرة الطائرة للشباب - 21 أغسطس 1997

Bahrain Stamps for FIFA World Cup 2006

Bahrain Stamps for FIFA world cup 2002

Bahrain Stamps for FIFA World Cup 98

Commemorative Stamps for FIFA world cup 1998 France

250 Fils
80 Fils
200 Fils

Bahrain Issue for Beijing 2008 Olympics

Bahrain Issue for Athens 2004 Olympics

Bahrain Issue for Atlanta 1996 Olympics

Denominations :
80 Fils
100 Fils
200 Fils
250 Fils

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Switzerland (Helvetia) Issue for 2008 Beijing Olympic

(Thanks to Vural Oguz, for sending nice cover)
Helvetia is the Roman name for an ancient region of central Europe occupying a plateau between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used poetically. Switzerland continues to use the name in its Latin form when it is inappropriate or inconvenient to use any or all of its four official languages. Thus, the name appears on postage stamps, coins and other uses; the full name, Confœderatio Helvetica, is abbreviated for uses such as the ccTLD, .ch.
Notably, translations of the term Helvetia still serve as the name for Switzerland in languages such as Irish, in which the country is known as An Elvéis, Greek, in which it is known as Ελβετία (Elvetia) and Romanian - Elveţia.

US Issue for 1992 Barcelona Olympic

US issue for 1984 Los Angeles Olympic

Mexico Issue for 1968 Maxico City Olympic

France Issue for 2000 Sydney Olympic

UK issue for 1996 Atlanta Olympic

Italy issue for Rome 1960 Olympics

On 23rd June 1959, the series of five stamps serving as Olympic publicity for Italy was issued on the double format postcards representing " Ancient Olympic Champions ". By agreement with the Provincial Directorate of the Rome Postal Services, a Special Post Office was set up within the Post Office of the C.O.N.I., where an artistic commemorative franking with the symbol of the Games could be obtained. The setting up of the Post Office of the Olympic Committee on 23rd July 1959 was the occasion for the issue of a postcard of international philatelic format with the reproduction of the symbol of the Games. This card was marked with the cancellation of the above Office, coupled with a post-marking composed of the following wording: " Inauguration of the Post Office of the Organizing Committee ".
At short intervals, issues were also brought out on the occasion of the inauguration of the various sports venues and of the Celebration of the 1959 Olympic Day. On 22nd August 1959, a commemorative cancellation on one of the previously prepared postcards of double format was applied on the occasion of the inauguration of the Swimming Stadium and distributed by the Post Office of the Olympic Committee. On 25th August 1959, the 1959 Olympic Day, the Olympic Committee Post Office distributed a commemorative franking on an official envelope, whilst the Olympic Committee Post Office also applied a commemorative mechanical post-marking on the official postcard.
On 30th April 1960, to celebrate the inauguration of the Olympic Velodrome, a special Post Office was set up close to the Velodrome on a bus kindly supplied by the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Here a commemorative post-marking on double-format postcard was applied. On 3rd 1960, the inauguration of Palazzo dello Sport was marked by the distribution of a commemorative mechanical stamping by the Post Office of the Olympic Committee on a postcard of double format.
This same Office was responsible for the application of the commemorative post-marking on the occasion of the opening of the Regatta Course at Lake Albano, on 21st August 1960.
The success of the first edition of sticker labels, showing the symbol of the Games, suggested the idea of a further issue in series of 12 languages similar to the first but with the reproduction of the official poster of the Games. On 23rd May 1960, the series of 14 commemorative stamps issued by the Republic of San Marino were mounted on 4 postcards of international philatelic format with the reproduction of the symbol of the Games.

YUGOSLAVIA issue for 1964 Tokyo Olympic