In a lame attempt to make some of my kiloware stamps a bit more interesting, and learn a little geography and history at the same time, I sometimes pick a stamp postmarked with a city name that sounds interesting and then research the name via google. Hoping others will also join in.
Today's Postmark: Szombathely
Hungarian postmarks give the year date first, so this one is dated April 2, 1920 From Wiki, of course: The name Szombathely is from Hungarian szombat, "Saturday" and hely, "place", referring to its status as a market town, and the medieval markets held on Saturday every week.
The German name, Steinamanger, means "stone on a field" (Stein am Anger). The name was coined by German settlers who encountered the ruins of the Roman city of Savaria.
Szombathely is the oldest recorded city in Hungary. It was founded by the Romans in 45 AD under the name of Colonia Claudia Savariensum
Melbourne /ˈmɛlbərn/ is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne is the common name for the urban agglomeration area and Census statistical division of the greater metropolis. The city developed around the large natural bay of Port Phillip with its metropolitan hub, the Melbourne City Centre, located at the northernmost point of the bay - near the estuary of the Yarra River. The metropolitan area extends south from the City Centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The City Centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne, and the metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities. The metropolis has a population of 4.25 million, growing the fastest in numerical terms and fifth fastest in percentage terms since the previous year. Inhabitants of Melbourne are called Melburnians. Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia), in what was then the Colony of New South Wales, by settlers from Launceston in Van Diemen's Land. It was named by Governor of New South Wales Sir Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. In 1851, it became the capital city of the newly created Colony of Victoria. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, Melbourne served as the interim seat of government of the newly created nation of Australia until 1927. Melbourne has been ranked as the world's most liveable city in ratings published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and top three since 2009). Melbourne is also the fifth most expensive city in the world to live in according to the Economist Intelligence Unit worldwide cost of living index in 2013. It has also been ranked in the top ten Global University Cities by RMIT's Global University Cities Index (since 2006) and the top 20 Global Innovation Cities by the 2thinknow Global Innovation Agency (since 2007). Often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia", Melbourne is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the world's first feature film), Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle. It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. The main passenger airport serving the metropolis is Melbourne Airport, which is the second busiest in Australia. The Port of Melbourne is Australia's busiest seaport for containerised and general cargo. Melbourne is also home to the world's largest tram network.
This GB stamp bears a Cork, Ireland cancellation from March 22nd, 1894.
The following info was copied from Wikipedia:
Cork (Irish: Corcaigh, pronounced [ˈkoɾkɪɟ], from corcach, meaning "marsh") is a city in Ireland. It is located in the South-West Region and in the province of Munster. With a population of 119,230, it is the second largest city in the state and the third most populous on the island of Ireland.
The city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city. The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. At the eastern end of the city centre where the channels re-converge, quays and docks along the river banks lead to Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, which is one of the world's largest natural harbours.
The city's cognomen of "the rebel city" originates in its support for the Yorkist cause during the War of the Roses. Corkonians often refer to the city as "the real capital" in reference to the city's role as the centre of anti-treaty forces during the Irish Civil War.
This Hungary stamp (Scott #21 or 21a) was sent on September 27, 1888 from the spa town of Krapinske-Toplice in what is now Croatia. The previous Teplitz stamp was also from a spa town. Apparently toplice, teplitz and teplice are all variations on the word spa.
Here is a wiki view of something in Krapinske-Toplice.
It seem that a lot of stamps have been sent from spa locations. Possibly people writing to friends saying "wish you were here" and "we are having a great time". So maybe I should start collecting postmarks from spa locations around the world, then when my winning Oregon lottery ticket shows up, I can visit them and send you all postcards.
PS: In Austria and some other countries in Europe doctors can write prescriptions for spa visits, which then are covered by health insurance.
Last Edit: Dec 24, 2018 13:13:31 GMT -5 by Butterfly
Post by mourningdoves on Dec 24, 2018 14:17:36 GMT -5
Aidipsos (sometimes transliterated "Edipsos"), Greece. (I've even seen "Edipsou", but I think that's an adjectival form.)
I'd love to tell you where it is, but it's...difficult to describe. If you find Corinth, go straight north through the mainland, and then you'll cross a bay and then hit the west end of a peninsula. It's around there. Yeah.
Aidipsos is a small town with a history as a health spa with thermal springs - in keeping with one of this thread's themes. It now has a tourist industry - also apparently smallish - based on the springs and beach, a cave, a large statue of a bull, and several churches for aficionados of Orthodox architecture. Some people on TripAdvisor were complaining that it's hard to get there. Well...yeah. Greece has more coastline than Mexico and almost as much as China, and except for Crete, almost none of them are straight lines. It's supposed to be hard to get around.
This is the first Greek postmark that I've identified that isn't Athens, Thessalonika, or a well-known city on that order, so I'm prouder of myself than I probably should be .
This postmark took me a while to puzzle out. As you can see, it says ΛEYKAΣ (LEYKAS), and it should be ΛEΦKAΣ (LEFKAS, which was an older version of LEFKADA). That seemed like a strange mistake to make; Y and Φ don't look at all like each other. But I consulted one of several charts that have been of great help during my Hellenic tour, and realized that Y and Φ are next to each other in the alphabet, so the guy who made the rubber stamp simply grabbed a plug out of the next box over from the one he was aiming for. At least that's what I think happened. I wonder how long the rubber stamp was in service before the Lefkas post office caught on?
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2019 10:27:19 GMT -5 by mourningdoves: Misspelled Lefkada.
Post by mourningdoves on Jan 7, 2019 10:48:31 GMT -5
Another one from Greece, this one from Tyrnavos.
Tyrnavos is in the Thessaly district, near where the mainland stops going north and starts going east. I did a little research on it, and...well, this place is strange. Once a year, they revert back to being ancient Greeks and have a fertility festival in honor of Dionysus. Warning: Readers of delicate sensibilities should seriously consider not clicking on that link; once you read about the festival, you will never be able to unread it.Thankfully, our friends at the visitgreece.gr tourist page, the one where I got my awesome Acropolis desktop wallpaper last week, provide a description of the same shebang that's more suitable for nice people. People like us, for instance.
Post by mourningdoves on Jan 9, 2019 13:52:39 GMT -5
Missolonghi, or Messaloggi (which is closer to the postmark; I don't know for sure where the trailing on came from, though it may be yet another form of the name), Greece.
Messaloggi is on the north bank of the Gulf of Corinth, which almost but separates the mainland from the Peloponnese Peninsula. It was the site of two brutal sieges during the War of Independence in the 1820s, and much of its population either fled, died in combat, or starved. It's also where Lord Byron died, and it's where his heart is buried. Today, the Messolonghi Byron Society is headquartered there. I always had the idea that Byron was unimportant to the Greek independence effort, but I've learned that besides using his literary gifts to promote the Greek cause to the rest of Europe, he poured a lot of his personal fortune into relief aid (including Muslims); and to this day he's considered a national hero. It's really a moving story.
Post by mourningdoves on Jan 15, 2019 19:51:46 GMT -5
Caycuma is on (or near) the Black Sea, about 175 miles east of Istanbul. While researching it, I learned that:
It has about 20,000 people, though the metropolitan area is about five times that size.
There are a couple of castles in or near Caycuma; those are the only attractions that got photographs on Trip Advisor.
It's snowing there at the moment. I was surprised, which probably proves only that I don't know anything about Black Sea or Turkish weather.
The bird is a Sylvia ruppeli (Rüppell's warbler), a threatened species that lives along the Mediterranean coast (Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Libya) and also has a population in Sudan and Chad, which geographically aren't anything like the Mediterranean, so I don't get it. The stamp lists the species as Sylvia rüeppelli, which seems odd because:
The e is usually redundant after a ü.
Most sources (I'm looking at the Red List) take out the second l.
I am positive that I've never seen an ümlaut in a Linnaean name, ever.
Beautiful bird, though, and an attractive printing job that holds up under a close look.
Post by mourningdoves on Jan 19, 2019 13:47:24 GMT -5
This one took me a while to figure out, and even now I don't have it down quite the way I'd like.
The stamp is from Upper Silesia, a region that was administered for almost two years under a mandate from the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. In 1921, the Interallied Commission held a plebiscite to determine its final status, and even though the population was split almost 50-50 between Poles and Germans, a majority of the population chose to join Germany. The Commission decided to split Upper Silesia between the two nations, with Germany getting the majority of the territory.
The upper part of the postmark says "Nikula"; I have not been able to track down that place-name (if indeed it is a place-name) anywhere. The bottom says "Kr. Pleß" (I had to magnify it to verify the "e"). I don't know what "Kr." stands for, and if anybody knows, please tell me. Pleß, or Pless, is a town that was in Prussia and then in the German state of Lower Saxony. Since World War II it has been known as Pszczyna. It's in Poland (as you might have guessed from the notorious "szcz" combo), not far from the industrial city of Katowice.
Upper Silesian stamps aren't scarce, but at least to me, an Upper Silesian stamp with such an obscure CDS is a special treat.
Here is one mailed from the village of Marbach on the Danube(Lower Austria) on 10 Sept, 1880. [not to be confused with Marbach on the Neckar(Germany) or Marbach crater on Mars] The stamp is Scott No.36, sometimes called Type III(fine print).
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2019 14:17:08 GMT -5 by Butterfly
Post by mourningdoves on Jan 28, 2019 19:13:16 GMT -5
Syros, Greece, on what I've identified as well as I can as Scott 16, from a remarkably confusing series of 1862-67.
A group of islands form a kind of wave heading southeast off the southeastern corner of the mainland, not far from Athens. These are the Cyclades. The northernmost of this group is Andros; Syros is a smaller island directly to the south. (Go due south quite a ways from Syros, and you'll end up almost smack-dab in the middle of Crete.)
I've tentatively read the date as 1865, but I'll need a larger magnifying glass and/or more light to verify that, if I ever can.
For whatever reason, I'm simply thrilled to have this CDS from Syros. It's like magic of another time.
Post by mourningdoves on Feb 17, 2019 17:21:15 GMT -5
Kyparissia, Greece, on a pretty decent copy of Sc. 68 in the first Small Hermes Head issue.
Kyparissia is on the Gulf of Kyparissia, a gentle curve along the western coast of Peloponnese. It's a small town - about 5,000, plus another 2,000 or so in its metropolitan area. Perhaps its most well-known native son is the poet Kostis Palamas, a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
If you want to read some of his poems, Gutenberg can oblige. I'm not that sensitive to poetry, but ... wow, does he put his heart out there.
Mailed on this day(a special day and time, numerically speaking) in 1922 from Pforzheim, which was known for watchmaking, and later nearly totally destroyed in WWII.
That's really cool. I love that series and the German stamps of that time - the colors are so mysterious and Goth - but their surfaces don't take postmarks really well and I rarely see ones that clean.
Having that date come from a watchmaking city makes me happy, too.
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