Thursday, July 30, 2009

Olympic Games at home. 1960 Rome

second issue: 5 stamps from the set of 9:

Olympic Games at home. 1984 Los Angeles

set I:

set III- 2 out of 4:

set IV:

Oceanian Olympic issues

2004 New Zealand 2 stamps from the set of 4:

Olympic Games at home. 1980 Lake Placid

Olympic Games at home. 1960 Squaw Valley

Olympic Games at home. 1932 Los Angeles

Olympic Games at home. 1924 Paris

One stamp from the set of 4:

Olympic Games at home. 1920 Antwerp

This the set issued in 1921 with overprints.

Publish Post

Sunday, July 26, 2009

North American Olympic issues -updated


1996- Olympic Games Centennial

1992 Barcelona: 1 stamp from the set of 5:

1980: Lake Placid

1976: Innsbruck


1990 Olympic Games Winners

1972 Sapporo and Munich: 3 out of 4

1976 Innsbruck and Montreal:

1980: Moskow
a. first issue:

b. second issue: 3 stamps out of 4:

c. third issue:

1984 Sarajevo:

1988: Calgary


1992: Alberville 4 out of 5:


first issue: one stamp from the set of 5:

second issue: Baseball- olympic sport:

third issue: 1 stamp from the set of 4

1994: Lillehamer one stamp from the set of 5:

2004: Athens:

Olympic Games at home. 1988 Calgary- Winter

Set 2: complete

Set 3: 1 out of 2

Set 4: complete

Set 5: 2 out of 4

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

European Summer Olympic Games Issues

I will put the issues in the cronological order and the countries in the alphabetical one.
Anyway the section will be under construction permanently.

1964- Tokyo

1.Monaco 1 stamp from the set of 5:

1968- Mexico

1. Bulgaria- 5 stamps from the set of six:

1976- Montreal

1. Bulgaria-complete set:

2. Germany(Federal Republic) s/s:

3. Spain: 1 stamp from a set of 4:

1992- Barcelona:
1. Moldova Games issue and Medals issue

1. Ukraine- set of 3:

1996- Atlanta

1. Germany- full set:

2. Ukraine- set of 2 and s.s:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Art on stamps.

1. Romania 1966 Paintings from the National Art Gallery(14E Mi value)

In 2006 the 5th painting ( Jan van Eyck' The man with a blue beanie') together with other 18 was given back to Brukenthal Museum after 58 years. The paintings had been confiscated in 1948 by the Comunist regime and taken to Bucharest to the National Museum.
Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1721-1803) was the only representative of the Transylvanian Saxon community who acceded to high public office in the Austrian Empire under the Empress Maria Theresia (1717 – 1780), the first such office being that of Chancellor of Transylvania.
The years spent in Vienna, in this capacity, were the years when the Baron started acquiring his collection of paintings, mentioned in Almanach de Vienne (1773) as being one of the most valuable private collections and generally admired by the cultivated Vienna public of the time.
Baron’s initial collections (comprising the collection of paintings, a collection of prints, a library and a coin collection) were mostly put together in the period between 1759 and 1774. We have scant information as to how they came into being, the earliest records in the Brukenthal family being the archive concerning acquisition of paintings dating from 1770 (by which time the core of the collection of paintings must have been acquired).
Appointed Governor of the Principality of Transylvania, a position that he occupied between 1777 and 1787, Samuel von Brukenthal built a Late Baroque palace in Sibiu, modelled on the palaces in the imperial capital.

2. Romania 1967- Paintings from the National Art Gallery(9.5 E)

The sets presents 6 other paintings, the last two being the most famous: Rubens- The Fight of Hercules with the Lion of Nemeea and Rembrandt: Haman Begging the Mercy of Esther.
You can have a closer look to these paintings at:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Manuc's Inn

The inn was built in 1808, and originally owned by a wealthy and flamboyant Armenian, Emanuel M├órzaian, better known as Manuc-bei. Manuc is not a Turkish name(as I thought), but it is formed from Armenian word “Manuc + bei”.In Armenian language Manuc's meaning is “child” for example “Manuci zhepit” (child’s smile),

Manuc is original Armenian male first name.Also “bei” or “beyg” this was aristocratic title in Moslem countries.

Although Manuc's Inn has been subject to restorations its essential structure remains intact; of the three surviving 19th century inns in the Lipscani district, it is the only one currently in use as a hotel.

The inn was the site of the preliminary talks for the Treaty of Bucharest, which put an end to the 1806–1812 Russian-Turkish war. In 1842 it briefly housed Bucharest's town hall. Around 1880 a hall at the inn aws used as a theatre, and was the site of the first Romanian operetta performance.

Before Romania entered World War I, in 1914–1916, the hall "Sala Dacia" hosted meetings of the Wallachian pro-war party seeking to establish a Greater Romania by uniting the Kingdom of Romania with Transylvania and Bukovina.

I want to thank my friend Alex from for his information about the ethymology of the word.

There is also a folk song about this place. Even though it is in Romanian I hope you would like it.

Folklore around the world

My first post is a Cuban set from 2000. First stamp depicts "Rumba caliente" and the second "Cachumba", so I searched the web to find musical examples of these two.

Souvenir sheets to trade