Tuesday, 17 October 2017

AMERICAN SAMOA - Teritori o Amerika Sāmoa

American Samoa (Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa, also Amelika Sāmoaor Sāmoa Amelika) is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.
American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group. 
In July 1997 the Constitution was amended to change the country's name from Western Samoa to Samoa (officially the "Independent State of Samoa") Western Samoa had been known simply as Samoa in the United Nations since joining the organization in 1976. The neighboring U.S. territory of American Samoa protested the move, feeling that the change diminished its own Samoan identity. American Samoans still use the terms Western Samoa and Western Samoans.

Getting envelopes from American Samoa is not very rare , but I failed three times by sending my envelops for postmarking. I believe they lost in transit, this is the fourth time I tried, finally got back my envelopes with postmarks from Pago Pago.  All the letters from American Samoa transit through Honolulu sorting center, that is why there is an extra machine postmark of Honolulu can be seen on the top of the envelope. The covers posted on September 20, 2017 and I received them in my hand on October 14, 2017. Thank You very much the postmaster for the big help.

KARELIA - Republic of Karelia/ Республика Карелия

The Republic of Karelia (Russian: Респу́блика Каре́лия, tr. Respublika Kareliya; IPA: [rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə kɐˈrʲelʲɪ(j)ə]; Karelian: Karjalan tazavalda; Finnish: Karjalan tasavalta; Veps: Karjalan Tazovaldkund) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic), located in the northwest of Russia. Its capital is the city of Petrozavodsk.
The modern Karelian Republic was founded as an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR by the Resolution of the Presidium of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK) of June 27, 1923 and by the Decree of the VTsIK and the Council of People's Commissars of July 25, 1923 from the Karelian Labor Commune.
From 1940 to 1956, it was known as the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic, one of the union republics in the Soviet Union. In 1956, it was once again an autonomous republic and remains as part of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The republic is in the northwestern part of Russia, taking intervening position between the White and Baltic Seas. The White Sea has a shore line of 630 kilometers (390 mi). It has an area of 172,400 km2 (66,600 sq mi). It shares internal borders with Murmansk Oblast (north), Arkhangelsk Oblast (east/south east), Vologda Oblast (south east/south), and Leningrad Oblast (south/south west), and it also borders Finland; the borders measure 723 km. The main bodies of water next to Karelia are the White Sea (an inlet of the Barents Sea) to the north-east and Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga both shared with neighbouring Oblasts to the south. Its highest point is the Nuorunen peak at 576 m (1,890 ft).

These perfectly postmarked airmail covers posted from Petrozavodsk, the capital city of Karelia. The covers posted my Max, he is a philatelist too. The covers posted on July 19, 2017 and I received in my hands on October 15, 2017. Thank You Max for the great covers. 

CHUVASH REPUBLIC - Чувашская Республика — Чувашия / Чăваш Республики — Чăваш Ен

The Chuvash Republic (Russian: Чува́шская Респу́блика — Чува́шия, Chuvashskaya Respublika — Chuvashiya; Chuvash: Чăваш Республики, Čăvaš Respubliki), or Chuvashia (Russian: Чува́шия Chuvashiya; Chuvash: Чăваш Ен, Čăvaš Jen) for short, is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). It is the homeland of the Chuvash people, a Turkic ethnic group. Its capital is the city of Cheboksary
The Chuvash Republic is located in the center of European Russia, in the heart of the Volga-Vyatka economic region, mostly to the west of the Volga River, in the Volga Upland. It borders with the Mari El Republic in the north, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in the west, the Republic of Mordovia in the southwest, Ulyanovsk Oblast in the south, and the Republic of Tatarstan in the east and southeast. There are over two thousand rivers in the republic—with the major ones being the Volga, the Sura, and the Tsivil—as well as four hundred lakes. Some of the Volga River valley reservoirs are in the north of the republic, and the Sura River flows towards the Volga along much of the republic's western boundary.

My first airmail covers from Chuvash Republic of Russian Federation. The covers posted by my good friend Diana from Cheboksary, the capital city of Chuvashia, on September 05, 2017 and I received them in my hands on October 03, 2017. Unfortunately someone removed one of the stamps sticked on the right side of the envelope during transit.Thank You Dian for the big help.

Monday, 16 October 2017

MAYOTTE - Department of Mayotte / Département de Mayotte

Mayotte (French: Mayotte, pronounced [majɔt]; Shimaore: Maore, IPA: [maˈore]; Malagasy: Mahori) is an insular department and region of France officially named the Department of Mayotte (French: Département de Mayotte). It consists of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Maore), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two. The archipelago is located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa, between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique. The department status of Mayotte is recent and the region remains the poorest in France. Mayotte is nevertheless much more prosperous than the other countries of the Mozambique Channel, making it a major destination for illegal immigration.
Mayotte's area is 374 square kilometres (144 sq mi) and, with its 212,645 people, is very densely populated at 569 per km² (1,473 per sq mi).[1] The biggest city and prefecture is Mamoudzou on Grande-Terre. However, the Dzaoudzi–Pamandzi International Airport is located on the neighbouring island of Petite-Terre. The territory is geographically part of the Comoro Islands. The territory is also known as Maore, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of Comoros.
The island was populated from neighbouring East Africa with later arrival of Arabs, who brought the Islamic religion. A sultanate was established in 1500. In the 19th century, Mayotte was conquered by Andriantsoly, former king of Iboina on Madagascar, and later by the neighbouring islands Mohéli and then Anjouan before being purchased by France in 1841. The people of Mayotte voted to remain politically a part of France in the 1974 referendum. Mayotte became an overseas department on 31 March 2011 and became an outermost region of the European Union on 1 January 2014, following a 2009 referendum with an overwhelming result in favour of the department status.


These perfectly postmarked airmail covers from Mayotte sent from Mamoudzou, the capital city of Mayotte. The covers posted on October 29, 2013 and I received them on November 19, 2013. Mayotte now accept old stamps but the value must be there in Euro currency. After 2011, no own stamps issued by Mayotte postal services, now use French stamps with and without over printing as Mayotte.  

This is my first airmail cover from Mayotte, which is arranged by my good friend Holger from Germany. The cover posted from Mt.Tsangamouji, on September 17, 2013 and I received on October 16, 2013. Thank You Holger for the great cover.  

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

BOTSWANA - Lefatshe la Botswana

The Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred meters long.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, now boasting a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.
These beautiful covers sent by my good friend Mokoka, who work in Botswana post. He did a very good job for me. Usually it is difficult to get postmarks on the registered envelopes, he specially took care  to do the postmark on covers. My another friend Kearoma posted 3 registered airmail envelopes in March 2017, but ever reached in my hands. No idea where it disappeared during transit.The cover posted on August 21, 2017 and received in my hands on September 05, 2017. Thank You very much my dear friend fro the big help.


These beautiful covers sent by my good friend Kiaroma from Muchudi, Botswana. Actually she posted the covers on March 07, 2017 but the covers stucked in transit centre and I received them on 28 September 2017 !. The covers seems lost, so I prepared the envelopes again and got done by another friend Mokoka who work in Botswana Post. But late I received all these covers in good condition. Thank You Kiaroma for the big help.