Monday, 13 December 2010
Czech registered cover no. 8
Received today, a registered cover sent from the town of Jaroměř in Královehradecký Region (East Bohemia). The postage is covered by a single engraved stamp of 26 Kč (the current rate for a domestic registered letter of up to 50 grams), showing a picture by Czech painter Alois Kalvoda called "Aspens near Velké Němčice" (1897) housed by the Moravian Gallery in Brno... and it is sublime.
The stamp is part of the decades running series "Art on Stamps", the showcase of the Czech stamp production, and was issued on 9 November 2005, together with two other stamps shown above... or here. I would like to point out this Czech stamp catalogue (unfortunately not in English), presenting the complete stamp production from 1945 to 1992 (Známky ČSR II) and from 1993 to these days (Známky ČR, the links on the right - navigation). The information includes names of issues, dates of issues, print-runs, authors, pictures of FDCs, pictures of sheets, prices for unused, clearly postmarked and not-so-clearly postmarked stamps, etc.