Friday, June 26, 2009

FDC from Taiwan/FDC du Taiwan

Taiwan Butterflies Postage Stamps (Issue of 2009)/
Les Timbres de Papillons de Taiwan (l'Édition de 2009)

To call public attention to conserve natural habitat, Chunghwa Post is following up with a souvenir sheet on swallowtail butterflies. These stamps will be issued on June 25, 2009. The designs follow:

1. Papilio xuthus Linnaeus (NT$5.00): It has dark brown wings, although the coloration in females is somewhat lighter. There is a pale yellow crescent (lunule) behind the forewings and hindwings, and there are some light yellow markings near the base of the hindwings. The males and females are similar in appearance except for some obvious orange markings on either side of the bluish gray band on the underside of females’ hindwings. In addition, there is a black spot on the front edge of males’ hindwings, which is absent in females.

2. Troides aeacus formosanus Rothschild (NT$5.00): The male has black wings, and the bright yellow markings on the upperside and underside of its hindwings are larger than those of the female. There is a row of black saw-tooth markings on the outer margin of its hindwings and some red markings on its thorax. Females are larger than males, with broader forewings and a complicated yellow and black pattern on their hindwings. This butterfly is an endemic subspecies to Taiwan. It is listed as a rare and valuable protected species.

3. Graphium agamemnon (Linnaeus) (NT$12.00): Females and males have identical wing patterns. The male has black wings with four vertical rows of yellowish green spots on each wing. There is a fuzzy gray brand in the fold at the inner edge of the hindwings. Females lack the brand and are larger than males.

4. Papilio paris nakaharai Shirôzu (NT$12.00): It has black wings. There is a broad, metallic greenish blue marking on its hindwings, which shimmers during flight. It is one of the most beautiful butterflies in Taiwan. There is a row of red crescents on the outer edge of the underside of its hindwings. Females and males are similar in appearance, except that in males the blue marking on the upperside of the hindwing extends narrowly below and above.

Note: If you interested in this stamp S/S, please contact.

Monday, June 22, 2009

FDC from Japan/FDC du Japan

The 50th anniversary of Japanese weekly comic books for boys(II)/
Le 50ème anniversaire de livres de bandes dessinées hebdomadaires japonais pour les garçons.(II)

Weekly Shōnen Sunday (週刊少年サンデー, Shūkan Shōnen Sandē) is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan.

Shōnen Sunday was first published on Tuesday, March 17, 1959, the same day as its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.

Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday is published on Wednesdays of each week. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.
Weekly Shōnen Sunday's mascot, Issue 1991-#37

Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.

Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Case Closed, MAJOR, InuYasha, and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran mangaka which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.

In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.

Weekly Shōnen Magazine (週刊少年マガジン, Shūkan Shōnen Magajin), also known as Shōnen Magazine, is a shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha, first published on 17 March 1959. Despite some unusual censorship policies (until just recently, it was one of the only shōnen magazines to forbid the depiction of female nipples), its audience tends to skew older with some more mature works and a large portion of its reading population falling under the male high school or college student demographic.

Weekly Shōnen Sunday (少年サンデー shōnen sandē) est un magazine de prépublication de manga de type shōnen publié par la Shōgakukan depuis 1959. De nombreux mangakas prestigieux comme Osamu Tezuka, Rumiko Takahashi ou Mitsuru Adachi ont vu leurs séries prépubliés dans le Sunday.

Weekly Shōnen Magazine (週刊少年マガジン, Shūkan Shōnen Magajin) est un magazine de prépublication de manga de type shōnen publié par la Kōdansha. Le premier numéro a été lancé le 17 mars 1959, soit une semaine avant les débuts de l'un de ses principaux concurrents, le Shonen Sunday. Une version mensuelle, le Monthly Shonen Magazine existe également, parmi d'autres déclinaisons.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

FDC from Bulgaria/FDC de la Bulgarie


Note: This letter is missent to China and turn to Taiwan after, There is Chinese "Missent to China" direct stamp in the cover back.

Friday, June 19, 2009

FDC from Austria/FDC de L'Autriche


"The new commemorative raises one of the most serious problems of our age, the preservation of the glaciers and Polar regions. Alongside the vital efforts aimed at saving the rain forests from further logging activities, the research of the glaciologists is no doubt one of the most important in the global race against time to secure the ecologically balanced survival of our planet."

FDC from Romania/FDC de la Roumanie


"At the beginning of the 21st century, one of the major problems that mankind has to face and will have to face also in the future is represented by the global warming phenomenon.
The consequence had on globe´s flora and fauna - already a well-known subject of the written press and audio-visual media from all over the world - reached a critical stage.
The main cause of this phenomenon has its origin in the human community´s activities. Therefore science people launched an alarm signal letting everyone know that the ice cap melting speed reached a record level.
In 2007, the ice cap reached the lowest sizes registered in the last 30 years of satellite record. A NASA study proved that 23% of losses were registered during last winters.
"The ice dissolution during wintertime becomes the main cause of the melting alarming level. Over the next 25 years the Arctic ice cap will disappear during summertime. Without the emissions of the greenhouse gases, this situation would had never been possible"... said the research scientist Walt Meier from National Snow and Ice Data Center- NSIDC (USA).
During the last years the glaciers melted exceedingly which led to the formation, in the North Pole area, of a new navigable route between Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Otherwise said, from now on there is a "shortcut" between Europe and Asia.
The polar regions are very sensitive to the climatic changes and some science people predict that the glaciers will disappear from the Arctic area until 2040. The analysts plead that the global warming takes place in the Arctic area twice faster than in the other regions of the Planet.
"We have noticed that the glaciers lowered at just 3 million square kilometers", declared Leif Toudal Pedersen from Danish National Space Center.
The Arctic does not benefit now of an international statute such the Antarctic and it can be asserted and exploited.
In order to preserve the Antarctic, a Treaty was concluded, which determines the international statute of the continent; in 1959 the Treaty was signed by 12 states (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Soviet Union, England, United States of America) and it came into force in 1961. Romania signed this Treaty in 1971, being the 17th joining country. Almost 50 countries have now signed the Treaty.
The special thematic philatelic issue follows the initiative launched in 2007 by the presidents of Chile and Finland states. In full agreement the Postal Administrations from these two countries proposed also to other states to join the program of creating a postage stamps issue having as theme preserve the polar regions and glaciers. A series of Northern European countries, but also Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa and many other countries joined this project. Romania is one of them.
The stamps issued by the participating countries will have the same specific sign: the graphic symbol of an ice crystal and next to it, the member states of the Antarctic Treaty will also add the outline of the white continent."-Romfilatelia

Sunday, June 14, 2009

FDC from Belarus/FDC du Belarus


FDC from Algeria/FDC de L'Algerie

Protection of Poles and Glaciers/
Protection des Pôles et Glaciers

"Au fil des millénaires, les glaciers ont connu des phases de croissance et de fonte de leur masse, comme le veut la fluctuation naturelle dictée par les cycles climatiques. Dès les dernières décennies, ils ont entamé le déclin qui se poursuit de nos jours.

Au fur et à mesure que la glace fond, il y a de moins en moins d'énergie solaire qui est réfléchie par la glace et de plus en plus absorbée par l'océan.

Une diminution considérable des glaciers et de la couche de glace couvrant la mer dans les régions polaires a été enregistrée. Ainsi, l'épaisseur de la glace de l'Océan Arctique est passée de 4,88m en moyenne dans les années 1980 à 2,75m en l'an 2000, soit une diminution de 2,13m en 20 ans. Selon les études effectuées durant l'année 2003 par la « National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) », l’Arctique perd environ 10% de sa couche de glace permanente.

Au cours du dernier siècle, la température dans les régions du nord a augmenté en moyenne de 1,51° C, ce qui a engendré le phénomène du réchauffement de l'atmosphère, phénomène lié essentiellement à la concentration du gaz à effet de serre dans l'atmosphère. La plus grande hausse de température prévue au cours de ce siècle variera entre 2° C et 6° C et touchera en premier lieu les régions du nord de la planète. Aussi, les méthodes de production des différentes énergies ont clairement démontré leur étroite liaison avec le phénomène du réchauffement qui menace la planète.

Cependant, les régions polaires jouent un rôle important dans le système climatique mondial en stockant l'énergie de toutes les zones chaudes existant à travers le monde, et en échangeant les courants de chaleur en provenance de l'Equateur contre les flux d’eau froide au nord et vice-versa.

Les régions polaires, considérées aussi comme facteur régulateur du climat du monde entier, permettent d'étudier de multiples questions liées à la planète comme le climat, la biodiversité, le trou d'ozone, la chimie de l'atmosphère, la dynamique des océans, la structure du globe, etc.

Notre planète apparaît comme un tout où le climat dépend en partie d'interactions complexes entre l'océan, l'atmosphère, la biosphère, la cryosphère et l'activité de l'homme. La question qui préoccupe l'humanité à l'heure actuelle et comment pouvoir ralentir l'avancée des changements climatiques sur l'ensemble de la planète afin de diminuer leur impact sur les êtres vivants.

Dans l'objectif de réduire l'avancée qui s'avère rapide du phénomène du réchauffement de l'atmosphère, une utilisation optimale des différentes énergies à est nécessaire. L’Algérie souscrit, quant à elle, et quels que soient les dangers qui peuvent être causés à la nature, à tous les efforts déployés par la communauté internationale en vue de protéger et de sauvegarder notre planète."-poste algerie

Friday, June 12, 2009

FDC from Lithuania/FDC de La Lituanie


"If there were no the Earth’s atmosphere, which transmits sunlight like a greenhouse but keeps the Earth surface warm, the sunlight, reflected by the Earth’s surface, would instantly fade in the space. Gases accumulated in the atmosphere trap the heat given out by the Earth and cause the so-called greenhouse effect.
Power plants generating electricity and heat, vehicles, factories, and other activities of man increase the concentration of gasses around the Earth enhancing the greenhouse effect and leading to the increase in temperature and climate change.
The melting of polar ice caps, retreat of mountain glaciers, rising sea level, storms, floods, dry years, heat waves, and shortage of drinking water can be named as the consequences of climate change.
In order to stop climate change, it is necessary to reduce the emission of gases contributing to the greenhouse effect.
Postage stamps under the topic "Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers" dedicated to the problem of climate change will be issued in January–March by some tens countries, including Lithuania."-Lietuvos paštas

note:This FDC is mail to Taiwan via Hong Kong, There is registered label in the back of cover.

FDC from North Korea(DPRK)/FDC de Coree du Nord(RPDC)

China 2009 World Stamp Exhibition FDC/
Chine 2009 Exposition de timbre mondiale