Working on New Zealand tonight and came across this nice cancel...
Eketakuna, New Zealand - January 11, 1900
Small service town between southern and northern Wairarapa. Set on terraces above the Makakahi River, Eketāhuna had a 2013 population of 444. The town has suffered long-term decline and has turned to tourism to promote growth. A craft shop and café have opened, and local attractions – such as an 18-hole golf course, the Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, and farmstays – are promoted to visitors. In 2006 a 6.5-metre-high kiwi was erected at the town’s entrance to attract passing traffic, and the slogan ‘Eketāhuna Kiwi Country’ was adopted.
Sited towards the southern end of the heavily forested Forty Mile Bush, Eketāhuna was originally named Mellemskov (heart of the forest) by the Scandinavian settlers who founded the town in 1872. These government-assisted migrants were contracted to fell the bush and build roads. As the land was cleared, dairying and sheep farming developed. The town became a borough in 1907.
‘Eke’ means to land or come aground, and ‘tāhuna’ is a sandbank. One interpretation is that the site was the furthest south that canoes could travel on the Makakahi River.
Post by mourningdoves on Mar 31, 2019 20:49:22 GMT -5
This is postmarked Piatra, but the town's full name is Piatra-Neamţ. I don't know why it was shortened; as far as I can tell, there isn't another Piatra anywhere in Romania, and they've always been called Piatra-Neamţ. (That last letter is a t with a comma under it, similar to the French ç.)
It's in Moldavia, which is up in the northeastern part of the country and was one of the two founding principalities of the current Romania. It looks like a really nice place, and their tourism page (in Romanian; I couldn't find an English version) says they're having a folk music festival and a classical music festival this year.
Post by mourningdoves on Mar 31, 2019 21:04:02 GMT -5
Another one from Romania, and another one with an ambiguous name.
The Romanians call it Iaşi (that's an s with a comma under it this time), but it is known as Jassy in German, English, and Polish, and Iassy in French. It is Romania's second-largest city, with Romania's oldest university and a wealth of Jewish history, including Romania's oldest surviving synagogue. Iaşi is way up in the northeast, on the border with the Republic of Moldova.
By the way, the stamp is Scott 43a, from an 1871-72 series. So it was pretty much hot off the press when it went through the mail and got this lovable cancellation.
Post by mourningdoves on Apr 13, 2019 14:40:02 GMT -5
Buzău (or Buzeu on this stamp), Romania.
The stamp is Scott 168, part of a seven-stamp set noting the opening of a new post office in Bucharest. An eight-stamp set with a different design, in horizontal aspect, came out at the same time for the same post office. Most of my copies have a very similar postmark; I assume they were favor-canceled.
Buzău is 50 or 60 miles northeast of Bucharest. It was one of Romania's major railroad hubs in the early days of rail and was industrialized during the Ceauşescu regime, though it seems to be recovering from that. The poet Vasile Voiculescu and the Nobel Prize scientist George Emil Palade both went to high school there.
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