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The USPS Issues Cherry Blossom Centennial

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This panoramic USPS cherry blossoms stamp commemorates Tokyo’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the city of Washington D.C. as a sign of growing friendship between Japan and the United States of America.

In 2012, the U. S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C with the Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever®) stamp design. The two stamps, which are near mirror images, form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin.

The stamp on the left depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos, and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms. (read more)

published March 26th, 2015


75th Anniversary Stamp by the Greenland Post

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On 17th September 1938 a notice No. 326 was forwarded, which was published in the Official Gazette on 31st October 1938. By Executive Order, inter alia, “From this provision it comes into force that the assessors of Greenland’s Governing post record that messages sent from Greenland to Denmark and abroad shall be stamped with Greenland stamps”.

With effect from December 1st 1938 The Greenland Post Office became a member of The Universal Postal Union. The Postal Service’s sales office for stamp collectors, Bernstorffgade 32, Copenhagen K, started selling the new Greenlandic stamps on 1st December 1938.

The first stamp series of The Greenland Post Office were housed in a presentation folder which was handed out during the UPU Congress in Buenos Aires on 23rd May 1939. The front of the folder showed a picture of King Christian X, greeting Greenland’s population during the first royal visit in 1921.

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published March 26th, 2015

The Roman mosaic of Vichten issued by the Luxembourg Post

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Archaeological research undertaken in 1995 on the site of a new agricultural operation in Vichten showed that the terrain in question covered the foundations of one of the most remarkable Roman villas ever discovered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The excellent state of preservation of the buried remnants is explained by the topographical location of the building built on a slight natural terrace of a hill, facing due south, which rises more than 50 m above the site. From late antiquity, the ruins of the villa were progressively covered by material eroded from the nearby plateau causing the remainder of the villa to be hidden under large mounds of earth (between 0.5 and 3.5 metres).

Dating from around 240 A.D., the mosaic of Vichten, which has an area of 61.3 m2 and is in an excellent state of preservation, shows in its main area the mythological and literary subject of the nine Muses, daughters of the supreme God, Zeus, and of the goddess of memory, Mnémosyne. The Muses are reproduced following the order defi ned around 700 B.C. by the Greek author Hésiode : Clio, Muse of history ; Euterpe, Muse of music and lyric poetry ; Thalie, Muse of comedy ; Melpomène, Muse of tragedy ; Terpsichore, Muse of dance and dramatic choirs; Erato, Muse of love poetry ; Polymnie, Muse choir singing and harmony ; Uranie, Muse of astronomy and lastly, in the large central medallion, Calliope, Muse of epic elegiac poetry, in the company of the prince of poets, Homer. The eight « exterior » Muses are oriented on an axis towards the middle of the central medallion. The depiction of the clothing and other attributes of the different personalities, identified by latin inscriptions included above each medallion, is very detailed.
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published March 25th, 2015


Wildlife in Norway VI 2011

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An encounter with a Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in its own environment is the dream of everyone who visits the Arctic. The polar bear is the very symbol of the northern polar areas, just as penguins are the signature species of Antarctica. The polar bear is reckoned to be the largest land predator in the world, rivaled only by the Alaskan Kodiak bear. The record-holding polar bear was shot in Alaska in 1960 and weighed 1003 kg, but they rarely reach this size. A full-grown Polar bear on Svalbard weighs about 500 kg and usually has a maximum life span of 25 years. The oldest Polar bear recorded on Svalbard was a female aged 32. The population there is now estimated at about 1500. Hunting of Polar bears has been prohibited on Svalbard since 1973. Climate changes are starting to create serious problems for the Polar bear and researchers are concerned about the recent developments in the Arctic. The absence of summer ice in the polar basin may become a reality in the course of this century. At the same time the winter period when new ice is formed may become shorter. This will restrict both living areas and the possibility of hunting seal. Seal represents more than 90 per cent of the Polar bear’s diet.

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published March 25th, 2015

USPS Releases ‘Gifts of Friendship’ (Japan Joint Issue)

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In 2015, the U.S. Postal Service® and Japan Post jointly issue Gifts of Friendship, a sheet of stamps featuring beautiful images of flowering dogwood and flowering cherry trees. This issuance celebrates the enduring bond between two nations on the centennial of the gift of dogwood trees from the United States to Japan in 1915.

The left side of the stamp sheet features four new stamp designs: two created by the Postal Service™ and two created by Japan Post. It also includes two Japanese characters meaning “friendship,” the title of the issuance “Gifts of Friendship,” and a short line of selvage text. On the right side of the sheet are eight additional stamps (four each of the two U.S. designs). The two U.S. designs highlight the beauty of flowering cherry and flowering dogwood trees in Washington, D.C. The first stamp depicts the Lincoln Memorial with vibrant cherry trees in the foreground, while the second stamp depicts the U.S. Capitol Building surrounded by white and pink dogwood trees. The Japanese-designed stamps feature two prominent buildings in Tokyo, Japan’s capital city: the National Diet Building framed by cherry blossoms, and the clock tower outside the Diet Building rising behind a foreground of white dogwood flowers. (read more)

published March 17th, 2015


Europa – Old toys Issued by San Marino Post

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PostEurop, organization who meets every two years to decide the themes of the philatelic issues of its member States dedicated to Europa, chose “old toys” for the year 2015. The 0.80€ value depicts a rocking horse, a toy that ties the present of the children with the past of the adults. The first rocking horse dates back to 1610 and it is kept by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The 0.95€ value shows a toy car, a typical game that connects present and past generations. The designer Gabriella Giandelli is also a comic-strip artist, a scriptwriter, a director and a children’s book illustrator. She created the character “little rabbit Milo” for the Mondadori’s children collections which also became a cartoon for the Rai network.

Source: San Marino Post

published March 17th, 2015

Open Sandwiches By Denmark

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‘That sandwiched aren’t food, and love isn’t hate, that’s all I know for now about sandwiches and love’.

So wrote Danish poet Johan Herman Welsh on the occasion of a social gathering in the 10770’s at which only open sandsiches were served. At that time Danes ate two hot meals a day and sandwiches were regarded as something of a last resort. Bread slices with fat or butter and maybe a little salami were certainly not seen as high style.

A hundred years later, things were quite different. Social developments and divisions of labour meant that fewer people could make it home to the simmering pots for lunch, so for them the solution was sandwiches in a lunchbox. At the same time, it had become easier to obtain fresh produce. Now people could easily get fresh meat and fish, which previoulsy were heavily salted and smoked so they would keep. (read more)

published March 16th, 2015


Expo Milano 2015 – ‘Feeding the planet, Energy for life’ Issued by San Marino Post

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The souvenir sheet, made up of 3 values of 1.00€, celebrates the Expo Milano 2015. The event will begin on the 1st May 2015 and its aim is to offer a new model of development and a new idea of cooperation. The Republic of San Marino will take part with its own booth by the Bio-Mediterraneum Cluster. The designer Mauro Vincenzo Bubbico, Professor of Visual Communication Design at the Isia in Urbino, is a master of design oriented towards environmental and social education. The theme of the Expo ”Feeding the planet, Energy for life” is shown through three figures that represent the work of the artisan, the sun and the earth that make the miracle of life come true. The first stamp depicts a bunch of grapes symbol of wine, the second one shows an olive branch symbol of oil and the third one represents three ears of wheat. The gold foil on the souvenir sheet ennobles the universal message of the Expo.

Source: San Marino Post

published March 16th, 2015

Jersey Moments

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Personalised stamps were first introduced over a decade ago and now Jersey Post has given islanders the opportunity to personalise their mail. This set of eight self-adhesive stamps will be issued for our Philateliccustomers and are also part of the new personalised stamps service which will also be launched on issueday. For this service, the stamps have been produced, attached to stamp labels which can bepersonalised; customers can add a photograph, logo or message to the label. The personalisation allowsthe recipient of the mail to feel a connection with the sender even before they open the envelope.There are four Local Letter stamps and four UK Letter stamps. In the initial stages of design for this stampissue the design team at Jersey Philatelic thought about what type of mail would benefit from a personaltouch. Each of the bright and eye-catching images was especially sourced to provide a range ofinterpretations and uses. The general feeling was that personalised mail would mostly consist of invites toengagement parties, weddings or christenings; sending birthday invites or birthday wishes; thank younotes, new address notification and Christmas cards.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published March 13th, 2015


Ferns Issued by the USPS

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Five stamps, originally issued in 2014, celebrate the beauty-and popularity-of ferns. A favorite with gardeners and florists, ferns range from tiny moss-like plants to giants as tall as trees. The ferns featured on the stamps are five of the approximately 380 different species found in North America.
Each of the five stamps depicts a close-up photograph of a different species of fern. The shapes and textures of the fronds stand out against a stark white background, highlighting the placement of the leaflets along each fern’s stem. The name of each fern-autumn fern, Goldie’s wood fern, soft shield fern, Fortune’s holly fern, or painted fern-is placed vertically in capital letters along one edge of the stamp. Art director Phil Jordan created the stamp art by choosing five images from among dozens of existing pictures by photographer Cindy Dyer. After Dyer isolated the fronds in her photos, providing a white background, Jordan tightened the focus on each to fit within the stamp borders. He rotated some of the fronds to provide visual interest and oriented them in relation to one another to form a unified whole. The Ferns stamps add elegance to envelopes and are an exquisite continuation of the U.S. Postal Service’s tradition of offering stamps that feature beautiful plants. These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps in coils of 3,000 and 10,000. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price. The piece is presented in an elegant silver-toned frame with gold accents. A dust cover and sawtooth hanger are included on the back for easy display.
Source: USPS

published March 13th, 2015

3D Printing Revolution issued by San Marino Post

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The philatelic issue dedicated to the 3D Printing Revolution is made up of three revolutionary stamps of € 0.10-0.80-2.15. Innovation, emerging technologies and internationality are the characteristics of the first philatelic set designed by the American illustrator Andy Rementer. He is the author of “Techno Tuesday”, a comic about the nervous habits and idiosyncrasies of the technologic world. The 3D printer is an advanced technology that produces tridimensional objects, made of plastic or other materials, from a computer 3D model. Rementer designed three virtual scenes that forerun the times with his original and visionary comic strip style. The set represents the production of food (€0.10 value), more complex and elaborate objects (€0.80 value) and a provoking “duplicate” of a human being (€2.15 value). This topic will be object of the intellectual debates.

Source: San Marino Post

published March 12th, 2015