Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hockey World Championship Postage Stamp Sells Out in Hours Due to Huge Demand

All the hockey experts said that Mikael Granlund's sensational lacrosse-style scooped goal in the World Championships semi-final against Russia would take some licking, and now - with almost unseemly haste - they are to be proved right.

The wonder-goal has found its way rapidly onto a commemorative stamp, according to an announcement made on Friday by Itella (formerly Suomen Posti), the State-owned national mail enterprise.

The first-class mail stamp has been designed around a . . .

Full story at: Helsingin Sanomat

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Australia Native Plant Industries Celebrated on Postage Stamps

Australia Post is featuring four of Australia's largest native plant industries - eucalyptus oil, honey, macadamia nuts and tea tree oil in a new stamp issue available on 17 May 2011.

"The importance of the Australian native plant industries featured in this stamp issue cannot be under estimated. All four commercially cultivated industries have significant export markets. We trust this stamp issue will be popular with the public with these industries reminding us of their significant contribution to the Australian economy," said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt.

The Farming Australia - Native Plants stamp issue comprises four 60 cent stamps as well as a unique Australian . . .

Full story at: Australia Post

Postage Stamp Honors 150th Birth of Soprano Dame Nellie Melba

Australia Post is releasing a stamp issue for the 150th anniversary of the birth of soprano, Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931). The stamp issue will be available on 10 May 2011.

"We are delighted to commemorate Australia's first world-renowned opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, who has been represented on this stamp using a portrait by an Australian artist of the era, Rupert Bunny. We hope this special stamp issue will be popular with opera and art-lovers as well as the public," said Australia Post Managing Director and CEO, Ahmed Fahour.

Melba was . . .

Full story at: Australia Post

Zodiac Signs: Gemini Postage Stamp Released by Canada Post


In the months of April, May and June, Canada Post will launch three more Signs of the Zodiac stamp issues, each one on the day in which each particular constellation takes its place of prominence in the zodiac calendar.

Named for the stars Castor and Polydeuces (also known as Pollux--and the two stars together are known as the Dioscuri), Gemini means twins in Latin. The third astrological sign in the Zodiac, Gemini is considered an air sign, and is closely associated with Mercury, the planet of childhood and youth. Like children, those born under this air sign tend to either be very, very good or charmingly bad. The sun is in Gemini from approximately May 21 to June 20. However, some astrologists claim that the . . .

Full stamp details at: Canada Post

Unusual Methods of Mail Delivery Postage Stamps Issued by Canada Post


Given Canada’s sometimes daunting landscapes and often extreme weather, delivering the mail has, at times, required a little ingenuity. A new series of stamps honour Canada Post’s history and depict the role of mail delivery in the development of our nation.

Full stamp details at: Canada Post

Parks Canada Postage Stamp to be Issued by Canada Post

Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, the world's first national parks service. The domestic rate stamp depicts a lone hiker standing over a majestic scene that includes Indian paintbrushes, a moose, a grizzly bear, an eagle, waterfall and mountain peaks in bold colours.

Founded on May 19, 1911, Parks Canada is celebrating a century of world leadership in protection, education and visitor experience that is admired around the globe. Parks Canada protects 167 national historic sites, 42 national parks and 4 national marine conservation areas, which together make up one of the most extensive networks of protected national heritage places in the world.

"In Canada, we tend to be a little . . .

Full story at: Canada Post

New Postage Stamps Celebrate History of Morris & Company Arts and Crafts

Royal Mail is celebrating the creative genius of Victorian arts and crafts designers, Morris and Co., on a new set of stamps.

The set of six stamps (two 1st Class, two 76p and two £1.10) highlight some of the company’s most beautiful designs, which were fashioned in wood, fabric, wallpaper, tiles and stained glass.

The original company of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company was founded 150 years ago in 1861, and quickly established a reputation for fashionable interior design and manufacture of fine furniture and decorations.

Its Pre-Raphaelite founders were artist and designer William Morris, together with partners Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the architect Philip Webb, artist Ford Madox Brown, his associate Peter Paul Marshall and Charles Faulkner.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “The work of Morris and Company has inspired generations of designers and manufacturers and was also a major influence on the arts and crafts movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their legacy is still with us today on wallpaper, fabrics and decorations gracing homes across the UK and around the world.”

William Morris’s work appears on two stamps; a complex fabric print on one of the 1st Class stamps, and a series of hand-painted glazed tiles designed with William De Morgan on one of the £1.10 stamps.

The other 1st Class stamp shows a design used on a wall panel by Philip Webb, which can be seen in the Morris Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The two 76p stamps show a distinctive wallpaper design by John Henry Dearle and a ceramic tile design by Kate Faulkner.

An example of the company’s exquisite stained glass work can be seen on the second £1.10 stamp - The Merchant’s Daughter - by Edward Burne-Jones, the firm’s principal stained glass panel designer.

Through the purchase of the original firm by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd in 1940, the company, now known as Morris and Co., continues to thrive, with the timeless patterns reinterpreted for new generations.

Full stamp details at: Royal Mail

Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Year of the Craft Postage Stamps Released

2011 has been designated as Year of Craft by the Crafts Council of Ireland and Craft Northern Ireland, and these stamps recognise the traditional and contemporary elements in our craft heritage.

Each stamp is dedicated to one of the main craft disciplines: Glass, Wood, Metal, Textiles and Ceramics. The work of five leading craft artists/makers illustrates each of these disciplines.

The five 55c stamps were designed by . . .

Full stamp details at: An Post

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Garden of Love Postage Stamps

The 2011 Garden of Love (Forever®) issuance—ten different first-class stamps depicting a colorful mosaic of flora and fauna in a garden setting—is a continuation of the Love series, begun in 1973. Intended for use on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day cards, these stamps will add beauty to any expression of love and affection.

Working with art director Derry Noyes, award-winning illustrator José Ortega created an abstract garden of bright flowers, a butterfly, a strawberry, and doves, interlaced with vines that run from one stamp to . . .

Full stamp details at: usps.com

Indianapolis 500 Centennial Celebrated on U.S. Postage Stamp

INDIANAPOLIS — Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indianapolis 500, begins racing his Marmon “Wasp” through the nation’s mail stream today in the form of 50 million First-Class Mail Forever stamps to celebrate 100 years of racing at the iconic brickyard.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Speedway as a prelude to Fast Friday, the qualification runs for the 100th Indianapolis 500.

“At the Postal Service, we understand the power of our stamps in celebrating American history and culture — in this case, the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in dedicating the stamp. “I won’t be so bold as to predict the winner of the race, but I will predict that 50 or 100 years from now the U.S. Postal Service will issue another stamp to commemorate the next milestone anniversary of . . .

Full story at: usps.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

U.S. Postal Service to Release Semipostal Tiger Cub Stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Help Save Vanishing Species

WASHINGTON — Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp today on Capitol Hill at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums reception that could help save them all. When issued in September, net proceeds from the sales of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to . . .

Full story at: U.S. Postal Service

100th Anniversary of Titanic to Get Postage Stamp

Canadian icons from Rick Hansen to Franklin the turtle, as a well as a host of other milestones and anniversaries highlight Canada Post's 2012 stamp program. The program, announced today, will honour Canadians such as Michael J. Fox; commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games; and mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic off Canada's east coast.

"Stamps are chosen for their contribution to celebrating and promoting . . .

Full story at: Canada Post

Canada Post App Turns Your Photos into Postage Stamps

Ottawa, ON – Canada Post today introduced new mobile applications that enable Canadians to create their own postage stamps while on the go. The new applications are available in iPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidTM and BlackBerry formats and can be downloaded for free. These new applications join the growing suite of mobile apps now offered by Canada Post.

“This is a unique and creative way to capture special moments in one’s life – whether it’s to mark an occasion like a wedding, celebrate a loved one or commemorate a pet – and share it with friends and family,” says Mary Traversy, Senior Vice President, Transaction Mail at Canada Post.

Picture PostageTM can be used the same way as any other stamp. The stamps are valued at
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Full story at: Canada Post

Friday, May 6, 2011

Postage Stamps Celebrate Morris and Company's 150 Year Anniversary

Royal Mail is celebrating the creative genius of Victorian arts & crafts designers, Morris & Co., on a new set of stamps issued today, 5th May.

The set of six stamps (two 1st Class, two 76p and two £1.10) highlight some of the company’s most beautiful hand-crafted designs, which were fashioned in wood, fabric, wallpaper, tiles and stained glass.

The original company of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company was founded 150 years ago in 1861, and quickly established a reputation for . . .

Full story at: Royal Mail

Irish Europa Forest Postage Stamp Set Released

On May 5, 2011, An Post issued two stamps for the annual Europa series.

The common subject chosen by PostEurop (European Post Offices) for 2011 was forests, with each country designing stamps to match this topic. For Ireland, two outstanding examples were chosen.

One stamp shows a little girl sitting under the Tulip Tree, at Knockabbey Castle and Gardens, Co Louth. These gardens date back to 1730 and in just over a decade they have been wonderfully restored to their former glory. The other stamp shows a young boy crossing the River Walk on the Avondale estate in Co. Wicklow. The estate has just over 200 hectares of forest, while the house now fully restored, was once the home of Charles Stewart Parnell.

The featured locations represent the . . .

Full story at: An Post

Music Hall of Famer Bruce Cockburn gets Postage Stamp

(OTTAWA) - Canada Post today announced the addition of Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn to the Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He joins four more outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno for the third installment of the very popular series. The four Canadian Recording Artists stamps will be issued on June 30, 2011.

Bruce Cockburn was . . .

Full story and stamp image at: Canada Post

Purple Heart Medal Honored on Forever U.S. Postage Stamp

The Oldest Military Decoration in the World in Present Use Lasts Forever on U.S. Postage Stamp

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Postal Service honored the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever Stamp. The stamp goes on sale nationwide at Post Offices and online at usps.com/shop today.

“It is our hope, that with the issuance of this stamp, the Postal Service, along with the rest of our nation, can pay tribute to those whose sacrifices have given all of us a country that is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman.

“Through this postage stamp, we have created a lasting tribute to the many brave members of the armed forces who have served our country. We are proud to share their legacy with America and the world, as we deliver our nation’s mail,” Stroman said.

Stroman was joined in dedicating the stamp by Rear Admiral . . .

Full story at: usps.com

Astronaut Alan Shepard Immortalized on Forever U.S. Postage Stamp

Two Stamps Recognize 50th Anniversary of First Manned Spaceflight
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — The Postal Service dedicated two stamps today commemorating two historic events — one that occurred a half century ago, and the second that’s making history now.

The 50th anniversary of America’s first manned spaceflight and an unmanned spacecraft currently charting planet Mercury were commemorated today on two 44-cent First-Class Forever stamps. The dedication ceremony took place next to a seven-story replica of the rocket Alan Shepard piloted to become America’s first man in space. A second stamp celebrates the MESSENGER Mission spacecraft that is currently orbiting and charting planet Mercury.

“These two historic missions — Shepard’s Mercury flight that took place 50 years ago tomorrow, and MESSENGER’s current orbiting of Mercury — frame a remarkable 50-year span in which America has advanced space exploration through more than 1,500 manned and unmanned flights,” said Stephen Masse, U.S. Postal Service vice president, finance and planning, in dedicating the stamps. “The Postal Service is proud to commemorate these achievements on stamps.”

Joining Masse in the . . .

Full story at: usps.com

Monday, May 2, 2011

U.S. Postal Service to Sell Limited Supply of Kate and Prince William Royal Wedding Postage Stamps


WASHINGTON — When the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton took place on Friday, the U.S. Postal Service and British Royal Mail helped you join in the worldwide celebration. A limited supply of Official Royal Wedding collectibles not for mailing went on sale Saturday on the The Postal Store website, www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724.

The Royal Wedding Presentation Pack is a beautifully illustrated brochure which includes a miniature sheet of The Royal Wedding stamps and features the story of how Prince William and Catherine Middleton met. The color photographs make this a superb keepsake, which sells for . . .

Full story at: usps.gov

U.S. Postage Stamp Honors Actor Gregory Peck

Postage Stamp Displays Image from "To Kill a Mockingbird"

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The U.S. Postal Service welcomed Gregory Peck to its celebrated Legends of Hollywood stamp series with the issuance of a new Forever stamp honoring the Academy Award- winning actor.

Elected the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI), Peck joins Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and other cinematic greats, as the 17th inductee in the series.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA, and the Forever Stamp goes . . .

Full story at: usps.gov

U.S. Postage Stamp Honors Actress Helen Hayes

WASHINGTON — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hayes receivee one of the nation’s highest honors with the issuance of the Helen Hayes commemorative Forever Stamp. The stamp goes on sale nationwide at Post Offices and online at usps.com/shop today.

“Tonight the United States Postal Service wants to do its best to honor Helen Hayes and her remarkable legacy with its latest commemorative Forever Stamp,” said Joseph Corbett, Chief Financial Officer and executive vice president, during the 27th Helen Hayes Awards program in the nation’s capital. “From this day forward, this wonderful image of Miss Hayes will travel quickly, easily and affordably on letters and . . .

Full story at: usps.gov