Monday, March 31, 2008

Another Couple of Postcards





My first postcard today is from Finland. It was sent by a fellow Postcrosser. The front of the card shows Moomin characters. The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Finnish writer Tove Jansson. Most interesting about this card is the stamp used. In Finland one can order stamps from the post office using your own digital pictures. And, this is just what the sender of the card has done. She calls it a special stamp and I guess to her it is really that. The stamp shows a picture of the senders son when just a few months old. The stamp is also special in that only 48 were produced and I am lucky enough to have received one of them. So in that sense , I guess one can call it somewhat of a rare stamp.

The other card for today is one received from Taiwan, Republic of China. It was sent by another Postcrosser, Katy. The card shows an evening scene from Jiufen. Jiufen is a mountain town in the Rueifang Township of Taipei County, near Keelung, Taiwan. Katy used 2 different stamps . The stamp on the right was issued in 2001 and is 1 of a set of 4 , showing flowers. It reads from Republic of China. The 2nd stamp , on the left was issued in 2007 and is 1 of a set of 4 again featuring flowers. This stamp has just Taiwan on it . This is my first stamp from Taiwan , with just Taiwan showing , without Republic of China. I have been hoping to receive such a stamp for sometime now, and have finally succeeded.

Be sure to tune in again tomorrow for more wonderful postcards from around the world.

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