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.


I can send you a nice cover from Belgium in return, or Belgian mint stamp(s) - as you prefer.
Have a look at my Delcampe store, all items that are for sale can be exchanged too.


22/08/2009

Slovakia

Latest cover from Slovakia, received yesterday. Thanks to Robert.

The stamp on the left was issued in 1995 to commemorate the 18th World Jamboree (scouting), organised in the Netherlands in August 1995.

In the middle we see a very recent stamp, issued on August 14, 2009. On the website of the Slovakian Post I found this text about the stamp:

The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) is an international competitive exhibition of original book illustrations for children and youth. The work as featured on the stamp was a book illustration awarded by the international jury during the 21st Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, 2007. This event was attended by 387 illustrators from 38 countries. The Grand Prix obtained the German illustrator Einar Turkowski. The featured illustration is taken from the award winning book ‘Es war finster und merkwürdig still’ (‘It was dark and eerily quiet’) published by the Atlantis Publishing House of Switzerland. During the last BIB event, the jury steered away from experimental techniques of any kind and avoided garish colours. Instead, its main focus was on less noticeable yet carefully elaborated black and white drawings with a touch of technically brilliant ingenuity, the ability to build on the contrast of light and shadow, and a bias towards miniature. Hidden humour, bright ideas, precision, and unobtrusive visual expression were especially praised by the jury.

(Barbara Brathová - www.pofis.sk)

Finally, the stamp on the right was issued in 1996 and pictures a work of Endre NEMES (1909-1985), a painter who received the Swedish State Prize.

Endre Nemes was born in Pecsvarad, Hungary and spent his childhood and youth in Slovakia - in Levoča, Spišská Nová Ves and Liptovský Mikuláš. From 1928 to 1930 he worked as a journalist and cartoonist in Prague, where he subsequently studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (1930-1934). In 1938 he fled to Norway to escape fascism, and from 1940 lived in Sweden, where he taught for a number of years at the school of art in Goteborg. From 1955 he worked as a freelance artist in Stockholm. His oeuvre belongs to that offshoot of Surrealism informed by the struggle against fascism. In Sweden he created a number of monumental works in enamel. His celebrated work "Baroque Chair" (1941) is a continuation of his Prague paintings from the 1930s, and in it the artist endeavours to address the international situation during the war from the viewpoint of Swedish neutrality. "Baroque Chair" was Endre Nemes's first major work in Sweden.

(www.pofis.sk)