Hi :)

I try to collect one nice cover from every country in the world, and I need YOUR HELP! Below you can browse through my collection, if you see your country is missing (or you can send me a better cover than the one I already have), please contact me :)

I prefer covers with WWF stamps, because this is my main (topical) collection. I also collect other WWF items, like local FDC / MC etc.


Very nice cover from Slovakia

Thank you very much Róbert from Trnava, Slovakia for this very nice cover on Slovak history and culture.

The stamp on the right has been issued earlier this year to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the coronation of king Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, also known as Matthias the Just (23/02/1443 - 06/04/1490) As is the case in Belgium, this stamp has no nominal value. It's used for 1st class letters up to 50 g. I really like this stamp, it has very nice colours and... well I just like it.

Matthias Corvinus was king of Hungary and Croatia between 1458 and 1490 and was also crowned king of Bohemia in 1469. During the dominiom of Corvinus, Hungary was a lot bigger than it is today as it extended from current Germany to Eastern Carpathian.

Matthias Corvinus was interested in culture. The Matthias Corvinus library, the Bibliotheca Corviniana, was Europe's greatest collection of (secular themes) historical chronicles and philosophic and scientific works in the 15th century, and second only in size to the Vatican Library (But Vatican library contained mostly Bibles for monks and parsons). His renaissance library is part of UNESCO World Heritage!

Second stamp (in the middle) pictures a painting from Dezider Milly (1906-1971). Dezider Milly, holder of National Artist honors, was the founding and most significant artist representing Ruthenian-Ukranian art in Slovakia. He was born on 7 August 1906 in Kyjov, Stará Ľubovňa district. He received his artistic training from 1926–1933 at the Vysoká umelecko-priemyselná škola (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design) in Prague under the tuition of Professors J. Schusser and A. Hofbauer. Returning home after graduating, D. Milly had greater perception of the country around him, and in the daily life of the village. This is evident in his work: Orlov Landscape, 1941; Kyjov, 1942; Betrothal, 1942; Orlov Bride, 1942; Bleak Fields, 1944; and Shop in Kyjov, 1945. His most significant compositions of this period have a symbolic, melancholy character, specifically the multiple depictions of Vagabond and Krivý Jarok. The girl’s face, reflecting grief, angst, desolation and desperation, embodies the hard life of the village; while the terraced, furrowed, knoll of the Krivý Jarok hill epitomizes the artist’s birthplace. In his last productive period, D. Milly arrived at a new and modern type of landscape painting, which, together with the Vagabond and Krivý Jarok themes, was to best characterize his work. Even while teaching, he continued painting, drawing, print-making, illustration and scenic design. D. Milly died on 1 September 1971 in Bratislava, where he is also buried.
(text: Ladislav Puškár; http://www.pofis.sk/index.php?id=2439&prod=2700)

The third and last stamp pictures a work of one of my favourite artists: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606, Leyden – 1669, Amsterdam). In secondary school, I have made a work about this painter for the lessons 'aesthetics'. So I am really very pleased to find a stamp of one of his works on this cover!

Rembrandt is one of the most famous and distinguished artists of all time. Unlike some of his great contemporaries, such as Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals, Rembrandt was the representative of chiaroscuro of the Baroque style. He mastered various media with brilliancy; he was recognised as a painter, drawer, and engraver. Apart from portraits, his collection of work includes landscapes and figure compositions, but mostly secular and historical images. He devoted much of his attention to portraying biblical motifs. Rembrandt is the author of 400 paintings, over 1 000 drawings, and about 300 engravings; the latter also include the two reproduced engravings: Christ at Emmaus and Christ and the Woman of Samaria.
The scene portrayed on the stamp ‘Christ at Emmaus’ is based on a story from the New Testament (Lk 24, 28-32), when following His resurrection Jesus Christ sat together with his disciples, who only recognised him when he broke the bread at the dinner. The figure of Christ is the focal point of the scene, and the light He casts unites the overall composition and contributes to the enigmatic and mystical character of the picture. FDC portrays the depiction of another biblical story – Christ and the Woman of Samaria at the Well (J 4). Even thought Rembrandt pictured their meeting as a genre scene, as a chance meeting of a man and a woman at a well, the overall composition, light and atmosphere add to the more grave air of the scene.
Both biblical themes were very close to Rembrandt’s heart, he returned to them with variations at later stages in his life. We can also recognise them in drawings and paintings (Louvre, Paris).

Here is a self portrait of Rembrandt (this one has been decorating my room for years...):

And this is another one of my favourites: