Friday, July 5, 2013

Bendery

I am not interested in politics. But it is really very interesting that, from collector's point of view, there have some territories which are in fact independent, however not recognized internationally. For example, PMR, N-K and North Cyprus. Compared with N-K and North Cyprus, PMR is not so lucky because it does not have any direct connection with a formal postal administration under UPU (however, the other two have: N-K with Armenia and North Cyprus with Turkey). As a result, although PMR issues its own stamps, these stamps are used domestically only. To send a letter abroad, it must use the postal service from Moldova. That's why this postcard is franked with Moldovan stamps. But the postmark shows it was indeed sent from the PMR, as you can see: Tiraspol is the capital city.