Tuesday, March 07, 2006


President Kurmanbek Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan became the 45th world leader to respond to my request.

The postmark is mostly illegible but it seems to indicate the letter was mailed over three months ago. The enclosed letter was also on a short piece of paper. I wonder if perhaps there is a paper shortage in Kyrgyzstan...

Looking at the stamps you'll see that the biggest and the brightest of the stamps features two men on horseback. As it turns out horsemanship is a national sport that culminates each year with the National Horsemanship Games of Kyrgyzstan.

The stamp to the right features an illustration of the Burana Tower in Tokmok. If you read up on it you'll learn that that it is actually a minaret that was originally almost double as tall until the 15th century when the top 20 meters was lost in an earthquake.

Can anyone help me identify the birds pictured in the other stamps? I want to find out more about them...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that there's the name of the bird on the left side of the stamps. Unfortunately the resolution isn't high enough to read it.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

The letter seems like a form letter. (Why else would the body of the letter be typed but your name filled in by hand?) It's not that unusual for short forms to be printed three or four to a page, then cut into strips.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Darko said...

It's a falcon...


2:20 PM  

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