Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Spain

The Kingdom of Spain is one of the larger countries in Europe situated in the southwest. Apart from mainland Spain, the country consists of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of Africa and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in north Africa. The first stamps were issued in 1850 and showed Queen Isabella II.

Spain issues a lot of stamps each year showing the rich culture and traditions of the country. For collectors the Spanish post offers special pictorial postmarks in post offices across the country, including postmarks for ships and the Antarctic stations.

During the Briefmarken-Messe in Essen in May 2017 I left stamped envelopes at almost every foreign postal administration hoping they would send them back when they arrived home. The stamp I chose for Spain is a new 2017 stamp commemorating the International Your for Sustainable Tourism, declared by the United Nations. The envelope received a perfect postmark from the capital city Madrid.

The philatelic website of the Spanish post, Correos (in English): correos.es/filatelia.

Date sent: 11 May 2017
Date postmark: 16 May 2017
Date received: 18 May 2017
Number of days: 7
Envelope in collection: 76




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