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The USPS issues – Summer Harvest

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Every summer, some of America’s favorite foods are in season. The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates a few of those favorites-corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and watermelons-with four new stamps. Vintage produce advertising, including 19th- and early 20th-century crate labels, seed packets, and catalogs, inspired these stamp designs. Though not all produce was shipped in wooden crates, the stamp art is especially reminiscent of vintage crate labels.

The four stylized labels are drawn in the same color palette of red, black, green, and yellow-orange. The produce names are in white lettering at the tops of the four stamps. The word “Forever” is enclosed in a banner centered along the bottom of the stamp; the letters “USA” are to the right of the banner. (read more)

published July 9th, 2015


Princely Births

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On the occasion of the birth of Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, the Office des Timbres issues a block of two stamps consisting of photos of TT.SS.HH. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène with Their Children, taken at the Princess Grace Hospital and during the official presentation on 7th January 2015.

Source: Monaco Philatelic

published July 9th, 2015

Centenary of Women’s Suffrage – Issued by the Danish Post

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It was a huge victory for Danish women when they won the right to vote and stand for election in 1915. Before had gone dec- ades of campaigning, which had mobilised thousands of women and which culminated in a large march on the royal residence Amalienborg on 5 June 1915.

Post Danmark is marking the centenary by issuing a stamp based on a painting by Lise Malinovsky. The painting is a contemporary interpretation of the march organised in celebration of women gaining the right to vote and stand for election to the Folketing and Landsting. (read more)

published July 8th, 2015


Austria releases – 450th anniversary of the Spanish Riding School

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2015 is a special year for the Spanish Riding School, since this world-famous institution is celebrating its 450th anniversary. In September 1565, a document was issued mentioning an amount of 100 guilders “for the erection of the Thumblplatz in the Castle Gardens here”. This open-air riding and tournament arena immediately next to the Vienna Hofburg was the precursor of the Spanish Riding School – today the only institution in the world that for 450 years has lived and cultivated the High School of Classical Horsemanship in the Renaissance tradition.

The tradition of training and riding goes back to the teachings of the Greek general Xenophon around 400 BC. Even today, this knowledge is passed on orally from experienced chief riders to the cadets. A good chief rider is one who can train the horses and convey his knowledge as a teacher. It is in this way that the quality is maintained and the Riding School preserves this unique cultural heritage as a living tradition for which this institution enjoys a worldwide reputation.

The Lipizzaner horses themselves are one of the world’s most significant cultural assets, since this, the oldest European cultural horse breed can boast over 400 years of breeding history. Archduke Karl II founded the Imperial Stud Farm on the karst near the village of Lipica (today in Slovenia) in 1580. Over the following centuries, the Habsburg monarchs bred a new horse breed from Spanish horses which ideally fulfilled the representative requirements at the baroque court.

The best stallions were selected for Vienna. Refined through years of training in the Riding School, they became an indispensable part of life at court. The “Karst Imperial Stud Farm” was the private stud farm of the Austrian Imperial family from 1580 to 1915. In 1920, the valuable part of the original herd remaining in Austria was trans- ferred to the Styrian village of Piber, roughly 45 km west of Graz. It is here that today the direct descendants of the old imperial herd are bred. The name Lipizzaner, incidentally, first became common in the early 19th century, until when these horses had been known as “Spanish karst horses”, a reference to their noble Spanish blood.

The main functions of the Spanish Riding School and the Styria stud farm in Piber include the breeding of the classical Lipizzaners, the training of the stallions accord- ing to the principles of Classical Horsemanship and the training of suitable chief riders.

On the occasion of the anniversary year, a number of glittering festivities are to be held in 2015. The absolute highlight will be a gala performance on Heldenplatz in the inner city of Vienna in front of the presidential chancellery at the end of June. Alongside the “airs above the ground”, this unique event will also present “work in hand” and “work on the long reign”, a magnificent solo and a pas de deux, which also decorates the commemorative stamp. These celebrations will be followed by the 6th Fête Impériale, the traditional summer ball of the Spanish Riding School.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published July 7th, 2015

Silver jewellery embellish Åland and Swiss stamps

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3 September sees the first joint issue between Åland Post and Swiss Post. The two stamps issued by both posts present glittering silver jewellery embellishing the traditional folk dresses of the two countries

The Åland shawl buckle is a so-called woggle in silver designed by Åland silversmith Viking Sundberg on the basis of older finds in Åland.  The woggle is used to fastening the shawl and it is used with all Åland female folk dresses. The first Åland folk dresses appeared in 1908 and all 16 Åland municipalities have their own folk dress today.

The Swiss motif is a traditional Bernese Sunday costume brooch. The filigree brooch is made from delicately twisted silver threads and is one of a number of brooches worn with the folk costume. The cantonal dress has remained largely unchanged since the end of the 19th century and is still used for special occasions.

A joint presentation pack with the stamps and FDCs of both countries will also be available in connection with the joint issue. The pack includes information about the issues in Swedish, English and German. In addition, the Åland Post issues a special commemorative card on which the four folk dress stamps have been cancelled with their respective first day cancels.

Source: Aland Post

published July 7th, 2015


Alderney Winter Wonderland

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The Santa Special

It was Christmas Eve and Alderney had woken up to a magical stillness and hush. As the Islanders pulled open their curtains, a blank canvas awaited them to be filled with festive fun. Victoria Street was a scene from a Dickens’ novel, its cobbles sugar-iced in snow and its street lamps casting pools of golden light against the colour-washed houses.

Down at the harbour, the still waters looked like a skating pond, snow formed into drifts beside the quays and the colours of the fishing boats faded away like old photographs.

On the horizon, dark clouds brooded, lead-grey and ominous. By nightfall, the stillness of the day had been replaced with gusting winds and lashing sleet. Doors were closed and fires banked up. Hot toddies were poured to smooth the last-minute wrapping of presents and stockings were fastened to mantlepieces by excited children. (read more)

published June 19th, 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Issued by the USPS

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The Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly graces the fifth butterfly stamp for use on greeting card envelopes. The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tiger swallowtail rather than an exact replica.

The square format of the stamp was developed in partnership with the greeting card industry to indicate that this stamp may be used for square envelopes weighing up to and including one ounce. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for an additional postage-or the use of this butterfly stamp. The butterfly stamp may also be used to mail envelopes with irregular sizes and shapes. (read more)

published June 18th, 2015


Day of the stamp 2015 Issued by Austria

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The town that decorates the stamp for the Day of the Stamp in Austria this year is often referred to as the town of flowers or roses: Tulln on the Danube is famous for its many nurseries, the gardening fair and a broad floodplain landscape. It is one of the oldest towns of Austria, having been settled as early as the pre-Roman age. Today, this district town has a population of around 15,600 and occupies an area of 72 square kilometres.

Tulln offers a high quality of life – swimming is possible in the Aubad, a natural lake on the banks of the Danube, while walking and cycling are possible along the Danube and in the floodplain areas. It is precisely along the banks of the Danube that one finds the impressive Nibelungen Fountain, built because according to a famous legend it was in Tulln that Edsel King of the Huns came face to face with Siegfried’s widow Kriemhilde. Many people come to the fairs in this Lower Austrian town, and the largest trade fair hall in the province was opened here this year. (read more)

published June 17th, 2015

Jellyfish – Featured by Monaco

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Jellyfish are thriving: they are adapting extremely well to marine pollution, benefitting from overfishing and, little by little, conquering our seas. These animals are at the heart of a comprehensive programme led by the Oceanographic Institute, founded by Prince Albert I of Monaco. The programme includes the publication of a documentary book: Méduses: A la conquête des océans (Jellyfish: Conquering the Oceans), which puts into perspective the declining health of our oceans and the proliferation of jellyfish.

Source: Monaco Post

published June 17th, 2015


The UN Publishes 2015 World Heritage – South East Asia (3 Offices)

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Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Cultural heritage and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. UNPA is pleased to feature the 2015 World Heritage Series on six sites in Southeast Asia.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published June 16th, 2015

LEGENDARY F1 DRIVERS – MICHELE ALBORETO

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An Italian racing driver born in 1956 in Milan, Michele Alboreto competed in 194 Formula 1 Grand Prix races between 1981 and 1994. In 1985, with Ferrari, he finished second in the world behind Alain Prost. In 1995, he switched to sports prototypes. He was killed in 2001 on the German Lausitz circuit while training for the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Michele Alboreto has remained in the hearts of his fellow Italians as a fiery, talented driver.

Source: Monaco Post

published June 9th, 2015