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.
Post by mourningdoves on Apr 21, 2019 20:29:10 GMT -5
The only reference I could find to this town on the Web was via a couple of weather maps. It's in the southeastern corner of Bacău County, south-southeast of the city of Bacău; does that help? It must be a small place; Romanians are very enthusiastic about writing superbly detailed articles on Wikipedia, and I haven't found a whisper about Bobos even on the country's tourist-oriented Web pages, which are equally enthusiastic and thorough.
The stamp is from that long series that started in 1893 and went through several printings; I've been complaining about it on the So, What's Stampy?? thread for a few days now. I think the cancellation is from 1905, but I haven't seen quite enough cancellations from that immediate time period to be totally confident in my ability to decipher the format.
Post by mourningdoves on Apr 21, 2019 20:48:22 GMT -5
Another Romanian town for your enjoyment and edification: Moineşti.
Wikipedia gave me a clue about why the postmark's spelling differs from the town's official name:
Moinești once had a large Jewish community; in Jewish contexts the name is often given as Mojnescht.
Like Bobos in my last post, it is in Bacău County; it lies west of the capital city. It has one famous, or infamous, native son: Tristan Tzara, an artist who is credited as the founder of the anarchistic Dada movement and then went on to play an important role in Surrealism. At the time this stamp was postmarked, Tristan Tzara was nine years old and still known as Samuel Rosenstock. The link tells his story, and it is fascinating.
Moses Rosen, the Chief Rabbi of Romania through the Communist era (talk about a thankless job!!) and into the democratic era until his death, was also born in Moineşti.
The stamp is yet another one in the long and winding 1893 series, and I'm not confident that I've correctly identified it.
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