Last weekend, members of the Harley-Davidson Club Liechtenstein and the Harley-Davidson Club Luxembourg worked as postmen, thus enabling the very 1st official Harley-Davidson Club post.
The action was jointly initiated by Liechtensteinische Post AG and Post Luxembourg. Members of the Harley-Davidson Club Liechtenstein and the Harley-Davidson Club Luxemburg were given specially designed letters in their home countries and hit the road with them on their Harleys. On Saturday, 6 May 2017, the two clubs then met in Riquewihr in the French Alsace region to swap letters. Besides swapping mail, the two motorbike clubs made friends and had an evening meal together. The next day, the Harley-Davidson riders set off home again where they handed over the letters to the postal authorities in Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
The “Harley-Davidson Club Post” special covers created for this event are franked with the suitable stamps and bear a special postmark. The covers will be available from Philately Liechtenstein shortly.
Picture caption: Representatives of the postal companies and the Harley-Davidson Clubs from Liechtenstein and Luxembourg when the post is handed over in Riquewihr, France.
Philately Liechtenstein is currently working on a very special collector’s item. Unique covers bearing the special postmark “1st Liechtenstein Post to the ISS” dated 19.1.2015 will start the long journey to the International Space Station ISS. The envelopes contain a greeting from the head of the Liechtenstein government, Adrian Hasler, to the crew of the ISS. The crew will sign and stamp the covers in outer space before these are transported back to Earth and certified by a recognised expert. The covers will then be sold by Philately Liechtenstein. It is presently not possible to make a precise statement regarding cost, but it is expected that the price per unit will be in the region of between CHF 300 and 400.
The special postmark can be used on any valid postage stamp. At the moment, no guarantee can be given as regards the availability of the covers, since unforeseeable events and/or technical problems can lead to damage or loss of the pieces, nor is it possible to give a precise date when goods will be transported to the ISS next, although we hope that the transport can be carried out before the end of 2015.
As soon as news on the 1st Liechtenstein ISS post is available we will publish this on this page and on our Facebook page www.fb.com/philatelie.liechtenstein.
|19.01.2015||Special postmark "1st Liechtenstein Post to the ISS"|
|Specimen cover – The cover will receive a stamp from the ISS and the signatures of the astronauts|
|Greeting from the Liechtenstein Head of Government, Adrian Hasler, to the crew of the ISS|
|22.05.2015||As reported by headlines across the globe, an unmanned Russian space freighter with supplies for the International Space Station ISS went out of control at the end of April and burnt up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on 8 May 2015. We have information that our covers from outer space had already been delivered to the ISS for processing and were not affected by the crash. Our philatelic space mission is thus going to plan.|
|08.10.2015||Mission completed – Our post from outer space has been returned to Earth undamaged. The covers reached the crew of the ISS space station with the space freighter Sojus TMA-16M on 28 March 2015 where they were stamped, signed by the cosmonauts Gennadi Padalka and Michail Kornijenko and left the station again on the same freighter on 11 September 2015. The letters from outer space have already been certified and are now undergoing further processing. We will soon publish details on the sales launch and purchase opportunities. Standby.|
The Lindau Messenger was a courier service that transported goods, money and letters and was operated between Lindau at Lake Constance and the Italian city of Milan up to the beginning of the 19th century. It is assumed that the Messenger was already travelling along the arduous route on a fairly regular basis towards the end of the 15th century. In good weather, he completed the journey in five-and-a-half days but in snow and ice the trip took quite a bit longer. At that time, Lindau and Milan were trading centres and re-loading points at the crossroads of traffic routes. They thus became the points of departure for transports across the Alps.
The Messenger brought home luxury goods such as silk, gold thread, textiles of all kinds, exotic fruit and weapons. In return, simpler materials such as linen and fustian as well as wool, leather, fur, saddles along with copper, tin and silver were sent to Italy. There is much to suggest that there was actually nothing that was not transported on the pack animals as long as it was possible to do so in smaller quantities. On his way the Messenger crossed through areas which are today the countries of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Italy.
The first four countries named have organised a philatelic tour on 27 September 2014 showing the Messenger’s most important stops on the German-speaking leg of the journey, such as Lindau, Fussach, Balzers and Chur. In Balzers, the travellers will visit the “Alter Pfarrhof” (old vicarage) where besides an interesting special exhibition on the Lindau Messenger, a special post office of Liechtensteinische Post AG will be organised on that day from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. where the philatelists will have the opportunity of having a special postmark put on their covers. In addition, an exclusive cachet cancellation stamp will be available from the special post office in Balzers on that day only.
The special exhibition on the Lindau Messenger in the “Alter Pfarrhof” can also be visited after 27 September 2014 for several more days:
Unfortunately, many missed seeing the airship landing as it arrived early. We compiled a short video of 1 September 2014 as a small consolation.