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Alderney Winter Wonderland

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Rating: 2.5/5

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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Rating: 2.6/5

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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Rating: 4.7/5

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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Rating: 5.0/5

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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Rating: 5.0/5

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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Rating: 4.7/5

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

Penguins by the USPS

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Rating: 4.0/5

This beautiful stamp from the U.S. Postal Service® pays tribute to the majestic emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri).

Largest of the penguin species, the emperor stands over three feet tall and can weigh more than 80 pounds. Emperor penguins rely on a layer of fat and a waterproof coat of short, stiff feathers to protect them from the subzero temperatures, powerful winds, and icy waters in their Antarctic habitat. Emperor penguins can dive deeper than 1,500 feet in pursuit of fish, squid, and crustaceans-farther than any other bird. They can stay submerged for nearly 20 minutes, though they usually resurface much sooner.

The stamp art is a stylized drawing of a pair of emperor penguins on a cool green background. The pop of orange and yellow on the birds’ beaks and ear patches lends a regal look to the aptly named emperors.

Illustrator Nancy Stahl hand-sketched and then digitally composed the art based on photos she took of emperor penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. Art director Carl Herrman designed the stamp.

Penguins is being issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20 and rolls of 100 stamps. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use.

Made in the USA.

Source: USPS

published June 9th, 2015


Young People for a Healthy Diet by Austria

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Rating: 2.8/5

Jakob Hansbauer convinced the jury with a collage of fruit and vegetables, and it is his subject that can be found on the 2015 Youth Stamp. This stamp is not created by famous artists but instead by young people themselves – for four years, there has been a youth creativity competition in which large numbers of young-generation artists from throughout Austria have participated.

This year, young people were encouraged to submit drawings, paintings, collages or photographs on the topic of a healthy diet – the technique being at the participant’s choice. The topic of a healthy diet is particularly important for children and young people because it is at this early age that the basis is laid for later dietary habits. Obesity is a topic that affects an increasing number of young people, and a varied age-appropriate diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit is the best precondition for turning healthy children and young people into healthy adults. (read more)

published June 8th, 2015

Cunard 175th Anniversary – Three Queens Meeting Signed Cover by the Isle of Man

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Rating: 2.6/5

This celebratory Signed Cover marks the 175th Anniversary of the Cunard Line on May 25 with an unprecedented sighting of all three Cunard ships on the River Mersey. Hand signed and numbered by the artist and then accompanied by three stamps that beautifully depict each of the three cruise liners, cancelled with a unique postmark dated 25 May 2015. Limited to just 500 items, our very special edition collectable is a must have for philatelists and maritime enthusiasts alike.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published June 3rd, 2015


Austria publishes ‘Steyr Puch IMP 700 GT Coupé’

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Rating: 5.0/5

From the popular “Cars” series, Austrian Post is this time presenting a sports coupe: the IMP 700 GT. The specific model is the result of the conversion of a Puch vehicle by an Italian sports car manufacturer.

Frank Reisner, a Canadian of Hungarian origins, and his wife were both great car enthusiasts. In 1959, they founded the Costruzione Automobili Intermeccanica company in Turin, originally producing tuning sets for cars. A short time later, they began to build their own vehicles, using engines made by other manufacturers. On the basis of the Steyr Puch 500, finally, in cooperation with Johann Puch of the Graz Puch Works (which had entered into a cooperation with Fiat), a small two-seater coupe in the style of the Fiat 500 Abarth was designed, and given the name IMP, for “Intermeccanica Puch”. A few models were converted into racing cars, and in 1961 the Carinthian Johann Ortner even won a race on the Nürburgring. As a result of this, however, Carlo Abarth, the Fiat racing car tuner, succeeded in preventing the use of any Puch vehicle parts for the production, and thus the IMP project came to an end in the same year.

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published June 3rd, 2015

Legendary F1 Drivers – Graham Hill, Issued by Monaco

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Rating: 4.8/5

Born in London in 1929, Graham Hill won the Formula 1 World Championship title in 1962 and 1968. Having also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1972, he is the only driver in history to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport. For many years, he held the record for the number of Monaco Grand Prix victories (five). His record was broken in 1993 by Ayrton Senna, who, in a twist of fate, defeated Hill’s son, Damon, in the race. Graham Hill died in 1975 at the controls of his private aeroplane.

Source: Monaco Post

published June 1st, 2015