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.


Slovakia (1/4)

Thank you Róbert for this beautiful cover, the first one of 4 covers received from Slovakia in the past week.

Žofia Bosniaková was born on 2 June 1609 in Šurany. She was the third of the seven children of Tomáš Bosniak and Mária Kenderessyová. At the time of her birth, her father was a captain at the Castle of Šurany. With his family, he later moved to Fiľakovo to become a captain of the Fiľakovo fortress. At the age of seventeen, Žofia married Baron Michal Serényi and left for Světlov Castle in Bojkovice, Moravia. Because of her husband’s death in the spring of 1626 following a sudden illness, however, their marriage was short. Žofia returned home and entered into her second marriage with František Wesselényi. Thus her new home became Teplička nad Váhom, where she gave birth to her two sons, Adam (1630) and Ladislav (1633). She was a modest, deeply religious and kind-hearted woman, always eager to help. Her deep sympathy for the poor and suffering led her to found and sustain a poorhouse. She died on 28 April 1644 at Strečno Castle, where she and her family were then staying due to riots related to the uprising of Juraj Rákoczi. She was buried at Strečno under the castle chapel. In 1729, her body was found intact and deposited in a glass-lidded coffin in the church in Teplička, the Loretan Chapel of Virgin Mary, built for that purpose by Count Löwenburg. Her great popularity, which went beyond the area of Teplička, is one factor in her potential beatification. Remains of Žofia Bosniaková were burned by mentally unstable man on April 1st 2009.

The postage stamp represents the portrait of Žofia Bosniaková in clothes of her time and the castle Strečno. The areas of the sheet are filled with parish churches in Šurany and in Teplička nad Váhom on the sides. Right under these there are baroque ornaments from the parish church in Teplička. There are also located small bread loaves called „bosniaky“ which Žofia used to feed the hungry and the poor. Above the postage stamp there is the fragment Loretan chapel portal. Under the postage stamp is depicted the coffin with the remains of Žofia (status as of April 1st 2009). The FDC shows the castle in Šurany where Žofia was born together with her signature placed into ornaments of mass vestments which she embroidered herself according to the tradition. The FDC stamp represents the parish church of St. Martin in Teplička nad Váhom.

(Ján Vallo http://www.pofis.sk)