Thursday, May 23, 2013

Battles of Gettysburg and Vickburg Featured on
U.S. Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 23, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a pair of new postage stamps titled “Civil War: 1863” that feature artistic renderings of the Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle of the war, and the Battle of Vicksburg, a Union attempt to gain control of the Mississippi River.

The Battle of Gettysburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly after the Civil War.

The Battle of Vicksburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1863 lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “Admiral Porter’s Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.”

Learn more at: United States Postal Service

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lydia Mendoza Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: May 15, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new postage stamp honoring Tejano music star Lydia Mendoza.

Lydia Mendoza was one of the first stars of Tejano music and the stamp depicts a publicity photo of Mendoza from the 1950s.

The stamp captures the look of a vintage 45-rpm record sleeve and features the flag of Texas, Mendoza’s home state, splashed across the entire stamp.

Learn more at: United States Postal Service

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Battle of Beersheba Featured on Australian Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 10, 2013 - Australia

Australia has jointly issued with Israel a pair of postage stamps commemorating the Battle of Beersheba.

Australia Post and Israel Post are marking the Battle of Beersheba through the release of a commemorative issue of two stamps.

The Battle of Beersheba is a significant event in the history of both countries and took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the Third Battle of Gaza.

The first stamp features the statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva, Israel. The second stamp depicts contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Battle of Beersheba Featured on Israel Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 10, 2013 - Israel

Israel has jointly issued with Australia a pair of postage stamps commemorating the Battle of Beersheba.

The Battle of Beersheba is a significant event in the history of both countries and took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the Third Battle of Gaza.

The first stamp features the statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva, Israel. The second stamp depicts contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen.

Learn more at: Israel Post

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Landscape Paintings Theme of Australian Stamps

First Day of Issue: March 19, 2013 - Australia

Australia has issued a set of five postage stamps featuring landscape paintings drawn from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

The paintings in this stamp issue show a range of Australian terrain that has captivated artists, from lush coastal regions to the dry interior.

The painting chosen for this stamp series were John Glover's Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land (c. 1838), Nicholas Chevalier's Studley Park at sunrise (1861), Eugene von Guérard's Dandenong Ranges from 'Beleura' (1870), Arthur Streeton's Land of the Golden Fleece (1926) and Hans Heysen's In the Flinders - Far North (1951).

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Australia Stamps Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

First Day of Issue: April 9, 2013 - Australia

Australia has issued a pair of postage stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

A large-sized 60-cent domestic rate stamp features the Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since that of George IV in 1821. The $2.60 international rate stamp features a photographic portrait of the newly-crowned monarch in 1953 and is a detail from a full formal portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Football Heroes Honoured on United Kingdom
Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 9, 2013 - United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has issued a set of eleven new postage stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of the establishing of the rules of Association Football.

The issue also celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Football Association and the 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association.

The stamps feature individual footballers from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, all of whom were supremely gifted, talented players who stood out in their generation and beyond.

Learn more at: Royal Mail

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Estonian Stamp Honors City of Kuressaare

First Day of Issue: May 8, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 450th anniversary of the City of Kuressaare.

Kuressaare is a town and a municipality on Saaremaa island in Estonia. Kuressaare first appeared on maps around 1154.

The island of Saaremaa was conquered by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword under Volkwin of Naumburg in 1227, who merged with the Teutonic Knights shortly afterwards.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Estonia Issues Europa Postage Stamps
Featuring Postal Vehicles

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a pair of new Europa postage stamps with the theme Postal Vehicles.

On Estonian and Livonian roads mail was carried on horseback until the middle of the 18th century.

Constant growth in the carriage of mail and passengers caused the need that open-top carriages and covered wagons, called kibitkas, were taken into use.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Stamp Honors First Estonian Satellite

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the first Estonian satellite.

ESTCube-1 is the first Estonian satellite and it is built in Estonia by students from Tartu University, Estonian Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Life Sciences.

The main mission of the satellite is to test the electric solar wind sail, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolutionize transportation within the solar system.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Ice Breaker Tarmo Honored on Estonian Stamp

First Day of Issue: April 25, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ice breaker Tarmo.

The icebreaker Tarmo was built at the Wärtsilä shipyard in Helsinki in 1963. The Republic of Estonia bought the ship in 1993 and she has now successfully operated under the Estonian flag for 20 years.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Folk Costumes Theme of Estonian Stamps

First Day of Issue: April 12, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a pair of new postage stamps in their series titled Folk Costumes.

The stamps feature folk costumes from Kihelkonna in Western Saaremaa and from Karja in the North-eastern part of the island.

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Estonian Stamp Honors the City of Sindi

First Day of Issue: March 28, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new definitive postage stamp honoring the city of Sindi.

Sindi is a town in Pärnu County, Estonia and lies on the left bank of the Pärnu river. The city has 62 listed heritage sites and two protected environment areas.

The heritage sites include buildings of the Sindi broadcloth factory (established 1834) as well as houses from the first period of Estonia’s independence.

The stamp is the first one in a new series of definitive stamps featuring the coats of arms of Estonian cities.

There are presumably about 4,000 to 8,000 couples of the grey partridge in Estonia at present.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Grey Partridge Graces Estonian Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 7, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp depicting a Grey Partridge.

The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is a small bird of the pheasant family who mainly lives in farmland – in fields as well in pasturelands. It passes the winter in groups, often in the vicinity of human settlements.

There are presumably about 4,000 to 8,000 couples of the grey partridge in Estonia at present.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Queen Elizabeth II Honored on Canadian Stamp

First Day of Issue: May 8, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, yet the Coronation didn’t occur until 16 months later.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, the setting for coronations for more than 900 years.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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Canadian Stamps Celebrate Gates of Chinatown

First Day of Issue: May 1, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a set of four new postage stamps featuring the Gates of Chinatown from four Canadian cities.

Wooden or stone gates, known as paifang in Mandarin, were originally used to separate subdivisions in Chinese cities. Eventually, these gates lost that role, and their doors, remained but as monuments.

In Canada today, these gates are often the most visible representation of Chinatown in our cities, symbolic of cooperation between various levels of Canadian and Chinese governments, businesses, and citizens.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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300th Anniversary of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia Celebrated on Canadian Stamped Envelope

First Day of Issue: May 6, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a new stamped envelope celebrating the 300th anniversary of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.

The town's name was given by French military forces who founded the Fortress of Louisbourg in 1712 and its fortified seaport on the southwest part of the harbour, in honour of Louis XV.

The French fortress was demolished after its final capture in 1758 and the site was abandoned by British forces in 1768.

Eventually English settlers built a small fishing village across the harbour from the abandoned site of the fortress and today Louisbourg is an unincorporated community located in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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Montréal Fire Department Honored on
Canadian Stamped Envelope

First Day of Issue: April 22, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a new stamped envelope celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Montréal Fire Department.

Paid fire services in the city of Montreal date back to 1863. The Montréal Fire Department is responsible for fire and rescue operations in Montreal, Quebec.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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Pet Adoption Theme of Canadian Stamps

First Day of Issue: April 22, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a set of five new postage stamps focusing on pet adoption.

(Ottawa, ON) – Canada Post has released a new five-stamp issue focusing on pet adoption. Developed in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), the series is destined to call attention to the plight of homeless pets in Canada.

The stamps showcase real shelter animals, with their individual stories on the back of the stamp booklet. Each animal image is close cropped to show the most “personality.”

Detaching the stamps allows users to symbolically free the animal from its pen. In the background behind each animal is a black-and-white sketch of what could be its dream home.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Italy Stamp Celebrates Edict of Milan

First Day of Issue: April 5, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The stamp is part of a joint issue with the Vatican City.

The Edict of Milan was an agreement in February 313 by Constantine I, emperor of the western part of the Roman Empire, and Licinius, a ruler of the Balkans. One of the items agreed to by the two rulers was that they would treat Christians benevolently.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Postage Stamp Honors Italian Air Force

First Day of Issue: March 28, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Italian Air Force.

The Italian Air Force became an independent Armed Force in 1923. The stamp design shows the logo for the celebrations of the 90th anniversary against a blue background.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Italy Stamp Celebrates Verona Arena Festival

First Day of Issue: March 15, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation for the Arena di Verona Festival (Verona Arena Festival).

The Verona Arena Festival is a summer festival of opera, located in the city of Verona Italy. The first operas were performed in 1913 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Poet Gabriele d'Annunzio Honored on Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 12, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 150th birthday of Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio.

Gabriele d'Annunzio was an Italian writer, poet, journalist, playwright and soldier during World War I. He occupied a prominent place in Italian literature from 1889 to 1910, and after that, political life from 1914 to 1924. He was nicknamed Il Vate (The Poet) and Il Profeta (The Prophet).

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Italy Stamp Honors Polytechnic of Milan

First Day of Issue: May 7, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Polytechnic of Milan.

Polytechnic of Milan was founded on 29 November 1863 by Francesco Brioschi, secretary of the Ministry of Education and rector of the University of Pavia. It is the oldest university in Milan.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Stamp Honors Italian Artist Paolo Paschetto

First Day of Issue: March 9, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the death of artist Paolo Paschetto.

Paolo Paschetto was the Italian artist who won a contest to design the official "Emblem of Italy." The emblem      was officially adopted in 1948.

The stamp design features a collage of works by Paolo Paschetto.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Vatican City Issue Europa Postage Stamps Featuring Postal Vans

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Vatican City

Vatican City has issued a pair of new Europa postage stamps with the theme Postal Vehicles.

The stamp designs depict a postal van with two different backgrounds, the dome of Saint Peter’s and the world, as a way to emphasize the universality of postal service.

Learn more at: Vatican City Philatelic and Numismatic Office

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Vatican City Stamp Celebrates World Youth Day

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Vatican City

Vatican City has issued a new postage stamp honoring the 28th World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, World Youth Day is an event for young people organized by the Catholic Church.

Learn more at: Vatican City Philatelic and Numismatic Office

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Vatican City Stamp Honors Giuseppe Belli

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Vatican City

Vatican City has issued a new postage stamp honoring the 150th anniversary of the death of Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli.

Belli was famous for his sonnets in Romanesco, the dialect of Rome.

Learn more at: Vatican City Philatelic and Numismatic Office

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Vatican City Stamps Honor Pope Francis

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Vatican City


Vatican City has issued a set of four new postage stamps honoring the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis. The stamps are part of a joint issue with Italy.

On 13 March 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the Bishop of Rome. As such, he is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. He chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.


Learn more at: Vatican City Philatelic and Numismatic Office

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Vatican City Issues Vacant Papal See Stamps

First Day of Issue: March 1, 2013 - Vatican City

The Vatican City has issued a set of four new postage stamps to commemorate the vacancy of the Papal See.

The issue of Vacant Papal See stamps is intended to commemorate the event and ensure the continuity of the issue of postal stamps, to be used to send correspondence from Vatican City only during the period of the Vacant Papal See itself.

Learn more at: Vatican City Philatelic and Numismatic Office

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Italy Issues New € 0,70 Definitive Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 1, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new € 0,70 definitive postage stamp in the “Posta Italiana” (Italian Mail) series

The stamp design features an envelope taking off, leaving behind a trail formed by the colours of the Italian flag. At the top is the Poste Italiane logo, on the side strips of which are repeated the words POSTE ITALIANE in microprint.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Italy Postage Stamp Honors Pope Francis

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Italy

Italy has issued a new postage stamp honoring the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis. The stamp is part of a joint issue with the Vatican City.

On 13 March 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the Bishop of Rome. As such, he is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. He chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Learn more at: Poste Italiane

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Åland Issues Europa Postage Stamp Featuring Hybrid Postal Vehicle

First Day of Issue: May 6, 2013 - Åland

Åland has issued a Europa postage stamp with the theme Postal Vehicles.

In recent years, Åland Post has actively committed itself to the environment. As part of their environmental focus, they have aquired eco-friendly cars and were the first in Finland to use full hybrid eco-cars for postal delivery.

The stamp features a photo of a Toyota Auris Hybrid that is used for postal deliveries.

Learn more at: Åland Post

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Cheese Theme of New Åland Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: May 6, 2013 - Åland

Åland has issued a new postage stamp honoring the Åland dairy industry.

The production and sale of butter and cheese has existed in Åland since the middle ages. The first Åland dairy was founded approximately 120 years ago.

The stamp features a slice of Kastelholm cheese with a window from Kastelholm Castle in the background.

Learn more at: Åland Post

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Loons and Grebes Grace Åland Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: April 5, 2013 - Åland

Åland has issued a set of four new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) postage stamps depicting loons and grebes. A portion of each sale is donated to WWF to assist them in preserving endangered species.

The four stamps depict a Black-Throated Loon, Red-Throated Loons, Great Crested Grebes, and a Horned Grebe.

The stamp designs were painted by Swedish artist Bo Lundwall who devotes all his time to zoological paintings.

Learn more at: Åland Post

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Russia Postal Card Honors Dramatist Viktor Rozov

First Day of Issue: April 26, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new stamped postal card celebrating the 100th birthday of Russian dramatist Viktor Sergeevich Rozov.

Viktor Sergeevich Rozov (1913-2004) is a russian dramatist, a laureate of the USSR state prize, a member of the Union of Writers, an author of plays.

The postal card with commemorative stamp depicts the portrait of Rozov, a desk, books, cover and a passage from the play “Alive forever.”

Learn more at: rusmarka.ru

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Russia Stamps Feature St. Petersburg Landmarks

First Day of Issue: April 26, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a set of three postage stamps featuring panoramic views of St. Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg is said by some to be among the most beautiful and undamaged cities of the world from an artistical point of view.

The postage stamps depict the building of the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and the St. Isaac Cathedral, and the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island.

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Russia Issues Europa Postage Stamp Featuring Postal Troika

First Day of Issue: April 26, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new Europa postage stamp with the theme Postal Vehicles.

The era of the famous Russian troikas came to an end when horses were replaced by the railroad and cars.

In the 20th century, the troika lost its national importance, but it remains popular as a constant attribute of folk festivals.

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Russia Stamped Envelope Honors Sculptor Aleksandr Mikhailovich Opekushin

First Day of Issue: April 19, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new stamped envelope celebrating the 175th birthday of Russian sculptor Aleksandr Mikhailovich Opekushin.

Aleksandr Mikhailovich Opekushin (1838-1923) is a russian painter, monumentalist, full member of the Academy of Arts and the Empire Archeological commission, and academician of sculpture.

The envelope with commemorative stamp depicts the portrait of Opekushin and his monument of the Governor-General Earl N.N. Muraviev-Amursky in Khabarovsk.

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Russia Releases Joint Issue Stamp with Algeria

First Day of Issue: April 1, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new joint issue postage stamp with Algeria celebrating the 50th anniversary of  diplomatic relations.

Diplomatic relations were established between the USSR and Algeria on March 1962 after Algeria proclaimed its independence from France.

The postage stamp depicts a symbolic globe against the background of Russian and Algerian flags.

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Russia Stamps Honors Obuhov Steel Works

First Day of Issue: March 26, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Obuhov Steel works.

The Obuhov Steel works was founded in 1863 as a steel mill, his main task was the production of ordnance weapons of military boats and fortresses.

The postage stamp depicts the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system against the background the Obukhov steel works panorama of 1912.

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Russia Stamped Envelope Honors Composer Nikita Vladimirovich Bogoslovsky

First Day of Issue: March 22, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new stamped envelope celebrating the 100th birthday of conductor, composer, and pianist Nikita Vladimirovich Bogoslovsky.

Bogoslovsky was the People’s Artist of the USSR in 1983. He composed symphonic and chamber music, compositions for the musical theatre, song and soundtracks of films and animations, variety and radio shows.

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Gazprom Chairman Honored on Russia Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 14, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new postage stamp honoring Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin, the first Chairman of the Board of the state gas concern Gazprom.

V.S. Chernomyrdin was awarded the Orders of Merit for the Fatherland of I, II, III and IV degrees.

The postage stamp depicts a portrait of V.S. Chernomyrdin, a sing and Star of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of I degree.

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Russia Releases Joint Issue Stamp with Bulgaria

First Day of Issue: March 5, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a new joint issue postage stamp with Bulgaria celebrating the 135th anniversary of the end of the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878).

The war between Russia and Turkey begun as the result of the rise of the national liberation movement against Turkish domination in the Balkans and the aggravation of the international contradictions in the Middle East.

The souvenir sheet with the stamp depicts the Russian General M.D. Skobelev on a white horse leading his men in battle.

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Russia Stamps Feature Coniferous Cones

First Day of Issue: March 4, 2013 - Russia

Russia has issued a set of four new postage stamps featuring the Cones of Coniferous Trees and Shrubs.

The cones of trees are depicted on two of the stamps, a Larix Cajanderi and a Siberian Spruce. The remaining two stamps depict cones from the shrubs Juniperus Davurica and Microbiota Decussata.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Disney's Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Featured on Japan Postage Stamps


First Day of Issue: March 1, 2013 - Japan

Japan has issued two sets of postage stamps featuring the characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh.

The characters include Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.

Learn more at: Japan Post

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Mountains Theme of Australia Antarctic Territory Landscape Postage Stamps


First Day of Issue: March 12, 2013 - Australia Antarctic Territory

Australia Antarctic Territory has issued a set of postage stamps featuring four mountains and mountain ranges as part of their Landscapes series.

The mountains and mountain ranges depicted are Mount Parsons, Mawson Escarpment, South Masson Range, and David Range.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Australia Stamps Celebrate Canberra Centenary

First Day of Issue: March 5, 2013 - Australia

Australia has issued a pair of postage stamps celebrating the 100th anniversary of Canberra.

Canberra was selected as Australia's capital in 1908 with the official foundation ceremony occurring on 12 March 1913. Following an international competition for the city's design, plans by Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin were chosen as the blueprint for the city we now know.

Australia's Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery are featured on the stamps with the original architectural plan for the city by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin incorporated into the stamp designs.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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U.K. Stamps Celebrate 60th Anniversary of
HMY Britannia

First Day of Issue: April 12, 2013 - United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has issued a set of ten new postage stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II launched the Royal Yacht from its Clydebank shipyard on 16 April 1953. HMY Britannia is now a permanently moored visitor attraction in Edinburgh, and attracts approximately 300,000 visitors every year

The set of ten 1st Class stamps will feature the Union Flag alongside striking images of the yacht from throughout its 60 year history.

Learn more at: Royal Mail

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