Sunday, 14 July 2019

United Nations

1991: ECE - For a Better Environment (United Nations - Vienna)
A trip to the seaside with this stamp set although I suspect that the FDC envelope illustration is the same one used for the New York headquarters stamp which featured an alpine lake. The blue water looks inviting although it would be rather more chilly
Mediterranean Coastline and Wildlife
than the balmy Mediterranean in summer featured on the UN Vienna stamps.  The perfect vacation destination.  Unfortunately I don't know who the artist is but the 
postmark deserves a feature of its own.  More fauna
1993: Endangered Species (1st series)
on the first of United Nations stamps series on endangered species, although we do not seem to be running out of species to feature on this ongoing stamp issue. The 2019 theme is "below the water" another environment in trouble.
1993: Endangered Species (Design - Steve Brennan)
But lets take a moment just to enjoy the animals - Grevy's Zebra, the largest of its species sometimes called the Imperial Zebra which can be found in Eastern Africa.  A pair of Humboldt penguins come next who can be seen along the coast of Chile and Peru, their rocky habitat has made them into excellent climbers and they jump with both legs using their flippers for balance.  News recently that London is projected to become as hot as Barcelona prompted a discussion of the best animal to be reincarnated as to cope with earth's rising temperature, maybe this one, the Desert Monitor, they are good swimmers so rising water levels would be no problem either.  Lastly we have of course a wolf gazing over its territory.

Sunday Stamps II prompt this week is the Letter U - here for United Nations and as I am about to go on vacation there is a - V for Vienna - for next week too - See It On A Postcard  


violet s said...

Enjoy your vacation! I am just back from mine, so getting caught up with everyone.
The cancellation is very detailed which is lovely, but it does get lost over the stamps. And I guess the penguins won on the cuteness scale to be on the other cancellation!
(I can barely jump over a puddle, never mind up rocky cliffs. Respect to the Humboldts!!)

Mail Adventures said...

The first set of stamps is just wonderful. I guess it would be diffucult to use only one of the staps on an envelope...

Bob Scotney said...

I can only admire the postmark - glad you showed it to us away from the stamp.

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