Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sea Creatures Featured on Postage Stamps

Australia Post is highlighting Australia's marine biodiversity by depicting underwater creatures in a new stamp issue.

The issue comprises three domestic rate (60c) stamps and three international rate stamps (2 x $1.20 and $1.80) and was released on 8 May 2012.

The marine molluscs featured on the stamps are known as Nudibranchs and are renowned for their flamboyant . . .

Read more at Australia Post

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Postage Stamps Honor Movie Directors

First Day of Issue: May 23, 2012 Silver Spring, MD 20910

With these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service honors four great filmmakers who captured the many varieties of the American experience.

These extraordinary directors — Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder — created some of the most iconic scenes in American cinema. They gave audiences an unforgettable (and in some cases, deeply personal) vision of life.

The stamp art combines a portrait of each man with a scene from one of his . . .


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

World's Greatest Thoroughbred Honored on Postage Stamps

To celebrate the 20th consecutive win of the champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse Black Caviar, Australia Post is releasing a commemorative souvenir stamp pack.

The special pack features images of all 20 wins by the champion mare in the tab of each stamp. This commemorative pack was issued on 8 May 2012.

 "Australia Post is delighted to honour the 20th consecutive win of Black Caviar by producing a special souvenir stamp . . .

 Read more at Australia Post

Monday, May 21, 2012

Charles Dickens Honored on Postage Stamps

Guernsey Stamps announces the release of commemorative stamps to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, who was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812.

The six stamps depict some of George Cruikshank's original illustrations for Oliver Twist.

Considered to be one of the greatest illustrators of his time, Cruikshank was one of the artists with whom Dickens personally collaborated.

From the earlier chapters of Oliver Twist the 36p stamp shows Mr. Gamfield, a chimneysweeper, who has agreed the sum of three pounds and ten to take . . .

Read more at Guernsey Post

Sunday, May 20, 2012

War of 1812 Joint Issue Postage Stamps

The War of 1812 was a defining moment for the provinces that would later confederate into the Dominion of Canada.

While many significant battles raged along the U.S. border in Quebec and Ontario—and many leaders arose—two of the most important were British Major-General Sir Isaac Brock and War Chief Tecumseh.

This two-stamp issue, the first in a series marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812, depicts the two men face to face.

Brock, a native of the Island of Guernsey, is remembered in both Canada and his birthplace for his ability to take command. For this reason, the stamps will be Canada Post's first joint issue with . . .

Read more at Canada Post

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Famous Canadians Honored on Postage Stamps

Canada Post honours four outstanding and well-known Canadians in this new stamp series, featuring images of Rick Hansen, Michael J. Fox, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Louise Arbour.

According to stamp design manager Alain Leduc, the unusual approach to portraiture has deeper meanings.

The stamps, designed by Montreal's Paprika Design, show intimate close-ups of each of the four Difference Makers, created with a strategically-placed series of small dots.

This unique form of digital pointillism carries with it a subtle symbolism—the dots coming together to create a . . .

Read more at: Canada Post

Friday, May 18, 2012

Prince William's 30th Birthday Celebrated on Postage Stamps

Guernsey Stamps is delighted to announce the release of a collection of six stamps to mark the 30th birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, the elder son of The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

The set of stamps highlight some of the Prince's achievements as well as his support for organisations that reflect his interests and issues about which he cares, both in the UK and . . .

Read more at Guernsey Post

Postage Stamps Honor Calgary Stampede

Canada Post will issue two stamps that will evoke the Wild West and pioneer new digital technology such as our first augmented reality stamps.

Sinewy-strong and beautiful, a powerful rodeo horse stands saddled on the domestic-rate PERMANENT™ stamp.

Featured prominently on the U.S.-rate stamp is the Stampede's limited-issue, silver-and-gold anniversary . . . 

Read more at: Canada Post

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Franklin the Turtle Graces Postage Stamps

Canada has a rich tradition of storytelling, a tradition that will be celebrated in a new occasional postage stamp series featuring the wonderfully imaginative characters that populate Canadian “kids' lit.”

The first postage stamp in the series is dedicated to that warm and wonderful little reptile who gently encourages children to come “out of their shells”—Franklin the Turtle.

The issue will include four stamps in a booklet that includes our first . . .

Read more at: Canada Post

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Postage Stamp

In 1897, The Post Office Department of the Government of Canada celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria—the only other Monarch of Canada to achieve the 60-year milestone—with an issue of 16 intaglio stamps.

The design featured a portrait of the young Queen, as well as one created atthe time of Queen Victoria's 60th anniversary. The series remains a classic for collectors.

As we continue our tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, in May, Canada Post will release a single stamp that . . .

 Read more at: Canada Post

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Postage Stamps Honor Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

2012 marks a significant year for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as she celebrates 60 years as a dedicated monarch. New Zealand Post is proud to present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee stamps to mark this prestigious anniversary.

Featuring silver foiling on metallic silver ink, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee stamps reflect this prestigious anniversary. Each of the six stamps in this highly collectable stamp issue reflects Her Majesty's close association with a dedication to Aotearoa.

From the official 2012 portraits to photographs of the Queen's various tours of New Zealand, this is a stamp issue worth celebrating.

 This stamp issue wouldn't be complete without . . .

Read more at: New Zealand Post

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Irish Landmarks Featured on Postage Stamps

A philatelic invitation to visit Ireland will soon be winging its way around the globe thanks to An Post’s latest stamp issue. Two stamps, on a theme ‘Visit Ireland’, were released recently.

A duo of the country’s leading landmarks, Little Skellig situated off the Kerry coast and Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge feature on the stamps which were . . .

Read more at: An Post

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stamp Collector Enters Guiness Book of
World Records

A philatelist and naturalist Daniel Monteiro (50) from Bramhavar in Udupi district, who specialises in bird philately, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for his unique collection of 4,911 stamps on birds from 263 countries.

 In 2011, he had entered the Limca Book of Records for his rare collection of stamps on ducks and for securing 10 international awards for the ame. He has about 1,000 stamps on . . .

Read more at: Bangalore Mirror

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jersey Moths and Butterflies Featured on
Postage Stamps

The third issue in this very popular series depicts a further selection of butterflies and moths painted by William Oliver.

 A conservationist, William strives to capture his subjects in their natural habitat and paints them in extraordinary detail.

The creatures illustrated on the stamps are:
  •  Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing – a nocturnal moth 
  • Painted Lady – a butterfly which visits Jersey in fluctuating numbers 
  • Merveille du Jour – a striking moth often seen during day time 
  • Queen of Spain Fritillary – a butterfly which visits Jersey only occasionally 
  • Large Emerald – a large and handsome moth 
  • Red Admiral – a well-known butterfly often seen in Jersey gardens and hedgerows
Find out more at: Jersey Post

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Historic Jersey Coastal Landmarks
Featured on New Postage Stamps

Andrew Fothergill, a Guernsey-based designer, was commissioned to produce a set of four new non-value indicator self-adhesive stamps.

 Two are for use in Jersey and two for use between Jersey and the United Kingdom.

 The stamps depict four of Jersey’s many coastal landmarks: Corbière Lighthouse, The Clasped Hands Sculpture, Archirondel Tower, and Mont Orgueil.

 Find out more at: Jersey Post

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Postage Stamp Commemorates 200th Anniversary
of the Red River Settlement

(Winnipeg) – Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk, dreamed of offering Scottish and Irish farmers their own land to work and encouraging western expansion. That dream became a reality in 1812, when the first . . .

 Read more at: Canada Post

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Postage Stamp Honors Louisiana Statehood

First Day of Issue: April 30, 2012 Baton Rouge, LA 70826

With the issuance of this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood.

Known for its vibrant music, authentic cuisine, and dynamic mingling of cultures, the “Pelican State” became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.

 The stamp art features a photograph of . . .

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Postage Stamps Honor RAF Squadrons

Designed by Stephen Perera, this issue of Gibraltar postage stamps is the first of a five year series depicting RAF Squadrons.

The stamps will depict aircraft and the Miniature Sheets will feature Squadron blazer badges (sewn with gold thread) specially produced for us by the RAF Museum. . . .

Read more at: Gibraltar Stamps

Uncancelled Postage Stamps Cannot Be Reused

Dear Heloise: I work for the U.S. Postal Service, and occasionally customers will come into our office with STAMPS on their letters that have been cut or peeled off other envelopes because they are not canceled. 

Once a stamp has been adhered to an envelope, it is considered . . .

Read more at: Washington Post