To my cover-exchanging friends, please try as much as possible to
as these give a more personal touch to the cover
the Philippine postal service damages the cover with scribbling that highly devalues the aesthetic value of the cover, which is what I am after
or at least same themes when sending covers, but it is okay if this is not possible or if this would be expensive, and
not too small, but maybe around 4"x6" or something like that; big envelopes are not very attractive unless they have many stamps.
Thank you!



Here is a beuatiful cover from Russia. I couldn't find any site with any info on the issue dates and other technical details, but I was able to figure things out since I can decipher the Russian script.

The three stramps on the upper right are most probably definitives and were issued in 1998 showing what seems to be a space satellite. Perhaps these stamps pay tribute the launching of some space craft; I am not so familiar with this field of science, so that's all I can say about them.

The other stamp on the lower left is also a definitive issued in 1998, this time showing the logo of Πочта Рoccии, or Russian Post. A little history on them:

Russian Post is a founding member of the Universal Postal Union created in 1874. In 1902 Chief Postal Service was made part of the Internal Affairs Ministry and in 1917 under the Provisional Government it became part of Ministry of Post and Telegraph. During the Great Patriotic War Soviet postal service part of People's Commissariat of communications was delivering up to 70 million mails per month to the Soviet army front from the rear under extremely difficult and often very dangerous conditions.

In 1993 Russian Post became a part of Ministry of Communications and in 2002, its status changed from a government ministry to a Unitary enterprise in the framework of the restructuring the federal postal communication agencies. The company's headquarters are located in Moscow.

And now for the two beautiful commemoratives:

The one on the left, issued in 2007, pays homage to Vladimir Bekhterev, a Russian neurophysiologist and psychiatrist. Perhaps this stamp commemmorates his 80th death anniversary since he died in 1927. A little more on Bekhterev:
Bekhterev was the one who noted the role of the hippocampus in memory around 1900. Bekhterev founded the field of psycho reflexology, transferring Ivan Pavlov's work on dogs to humans. From his writings we can tell that he and Pavlov acted like enemies. He is most remembered for Bekhterev's disease.
In 1907 Bekhterev founded the PsychoNeurological Institute, later renamed the St. Petersburg State Medical Academy. He died in 1927, after an interview with Stalin, who presumably sought his expertise in dealing with depression. The facts of his death may never be known, but it has been speculated that the outspoken Bekhterev had diagnosed Stalin with paranoia, causing Stalin, who did not agree with the diagnosis, to have the doctor killed.
The stamp on the right, issued in 2008, reads "150-Летие Выхода в Почтовое обращение Первой Российской Марки," which translates to "150th Anniversary of the issue of the first Russian Stamp." The first Russian stamp is depicted next to a what seems to be a horse seld, perhaps the means of transportaing mails in 1858 Russia. This is a very beautiful stamp and I really like it since its topic is one of my favorites: Stamps on Stamps and Postal History.

The cover on which the stamps are affixed is very nice as well. I wish I knew what that building was. Maybe the envelope has an explanation on the back like most of my other Russian covers do. I'll get back to this as soon as I can.

Finally, the stamps were franked on 28 Mar 2008 at Saint Petersburg, which is is often described as the most Western European-styled city of Russia and was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years (1713-1728, 1792-1918).

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