Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Local letter from tax inspection of St.Petersburg (Russia).

Russian post has a "space speed" of local mail delivery. This letter was sent 02/07/2015 and I found it  in my mailbox only on 17/08/2015. 

Hong Kong


Sunday, August 16, 2015

The 175th Birth Anniversary of Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Composer (Souvenir sheet).

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was the great Russian composer, conductor, teacher, musical and public figure.
He was born in Votkinsk, in the family of a mining engineer, chief of the Kama-Votkinsk factory. Tchaikovsky began playing the piano when he was 5 years old, and three years later he was reading and writing music.
In 1850-1859, Tchaikovsky studied at the Law School, then he was determined to serve in the Ministry of Justice. He started to take piano lessons from the famous pianist R. Kyundinger in 1855-1858.
Tchaikovsky enrolled at the Conservatory as part of its premiere class but held on to his Ministry post until the following year, wanting to make sure his course lay in music. From 1862 to 1865 he studied harmony and counterpoint with Zaremba. Rubinstein, director and founder of the Conservatory, taught instrumentation and composition. At the same time he was written the first major works for orchestra: Overture "The Storm" (a drama of Alexander Ostrovsky, 1864) and the Overture in F Major (1865), "Characteristic Dances", cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra on Schiller's ode "To Joy" (graduate work), chamber works. He left the service in May 1863, and started to give lessons.
In 1866, Peter Tchaikovsky was offered the post of professor of the Moscow Conservatory.
The composer has worked in almost all musical genres, has created a special melodic language, both able to translate subtle spiritual experiences of a person, and to generalize the large-scale ideas.
The most famous works are the ballet "Swan Lake" (1876); operas "Eugene Onegin" (1878) and "The Queen of Spades" (1890); the cycle of plays "The Seasons" (1876) and "Children's Album" (1878).
The stamp depicts a portrait of a composer, his facsimile and the building of the Moscow State Conservatory named after Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Russian cultural heritage), the margins of a souvenir sheet depict notes of "The Nutcracker" ballet, and the composition of lira and branches tied with ribbon.

Nikolayevsk-on-Amur city (FDC).

Nikolayevsk-on-Amur (Nikolayevsk till 1926) is a city of regional subordination and a center of Nikolayev region of Khabarovsk Krai of the Russian Federation. 
It was founded as a military administrative settlement (Nikolaevskiy fasting) by Admiral Gennady Nevelskoy, a Russian navigator. The city acquired a great economic and political importance on a pacific coast in a short time due to its location. A port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was moved to Nikolayevsk-on-Amur in 1855, and in 1856, during the formation of the Primorsky region, has become a regional center. It was the center of the Primorsky region (composed of Kamchatka and Sakhalin) until 1880.
In 1926 the city was renamed in Nikolayevsk-on-Amur.
Nowadays Nikolaevsk-on-Amur is an industrial and cultural center of the Northern Amur Region. The leading industries are maintenance of fishing industry, ship repair, enterprises of food industry.
The main attractions of the city are an obelisk and a monument to Gennady Nevelskoy, the founder of the city, crafts specialized schools.
The postage stamp depicts a monument to Admiral Gennady Nevelskoy with city view on the background. 

Additionally, FSUE PTC "Marka" will manufacture a first day cover and a special postmark for Moscow and Nikolayevsk-on-Amur inside.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ugo Chaves.

Ugo Chaves.
Date of issue: 28th July 2014
Designer: O.N. Ivanova
Paper: chalky
Printing process: offset
Perforation: comb 12 : 12 1/4
Size of a stamp: 30 x 42 mm.
Sheet composition: 15 (5 x 3) stamps
Printing run: 420.000
Michel catalogue number: 2061

15 R. multicoloured. Portrait of Ugo Chaves.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Dobrobook - russian reusable notebooks.


Dear friends! Have a look please!
If you want to buy this nice russian wipebook, ask me how.