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BLACK Friday Philatelic Deals have arrived

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Amazing as it may seem but Black Friday is now offering exclusive Philatelic Deals too for all of us who are into stamp collecting

WOPA Stamps, the leading philatelic platform which sells new issues on behalf of many official philatelic services worldwide is offering this weekend several exclusive and money saving deals which are time limited and quantity limited

Have a look on their site www.wopa-stamps.com/blackfriday

published November 26th, 2015

Commonwealth Posts come together for the first time in postal history

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For the first time in postal history, 27 postal administrations within the Commonwealth have come together for a genuine postage purpose to produce a unique stamp sheet to mark the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the role as HM The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

The first of its kind product is officially issued on Friday (27th November) when the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opens in Malta in which HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip, HRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend. The Commonwealth sheet of stamps also coincides with HM The Queen being the longest reigning monarch and the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black – postage stamps have always linked the Commonwealth nations together.

The unique sheet of stamps has been months in the planning and through the Commonwealth Countries Postal Administration (CCPA) Office in London, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins invited all official postal administrations to join them in commemorating the milestone anniversary. A total of 27 postal administrations agreed to participate and each of the stamps are valid for postage in the country of issue. The entire project has been coordinated by Isle of Man Post Office including design and packaging and all orders will be despatched from the Isle of Man.

The project was the brainchild of Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, Isle of Man Post Office. It had been a long standing career ambition of hers to bring the postal administrations of the Commonwealth together to produce something unique and which encapsulated the values of the Commonwealth: shared culture and traditions, equality, respect and (read more)

published November 26th, 2015

MEGA QEII Joint stamp Issue – 27 Nations united

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MEGA JOINT Issue unitees 27 NATIONS – Sheet includes stamps of all 27 issuing administrations

A very special world first sheet that brings together stamps from 27 Commonwealth nations, marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth Secretariat and also celebrates 2015 as the year in which Her Majesty The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The Isle of Man Reprint label set is also available in Mint Condition or Cancelled to Order (CTO).

Inspiration for the sheet came from The Isle of Man Post Office, who extended the invitation to Commonwealth nations, Crown dependencies and overseas to participate. The 27 nations whose stamps are featured are Antigua and Barbuda, Ascension Island, Bahamas, Barbados, British Antarctic Territory, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Isle of Man, Kenya, New Zealand, Nevis, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Zambia. Each nation has chosen a stamp to feature within this very special world first sheet, which also features a label that marks the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

View the stamp issue and purchase this with free worldwide SHIPPING ON http://wopa-stamps.com/index.php?controller=country&action=stampProduct&id=24220

Technical Details

Issue Date: 27.11.2015
Colours: 4 Colours

published November 24th, 2015

The fabulous story of the new and old inverted and upright jenny stamp

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The Postal Service announced that it printed 100 additional sheets of stamps of the recently issued Inverted Jenny stamp but with the plane flying right-side up. These very limited edition stamps were circulated with the recent issue of the most famous “misprinted” stamp.  Customers who have recently purchased the new Inverted Jenny stamp could have a very limited edition of the famous stamp.

Unique to this stamp issuance, all sheets were individually wrapped in a sealed envelope to recreate the excitement of finding an Inverted Jenny when opening the envelope and to avoid the possibility of discovering a corrected Jenny prior to purchase.

“We are leveraging the incredible story behind the rare collectible as a creative way to generate interest in stamp collecting while highlighting the role the Post Office Department had in developing the commercial aviation industry,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Individuals purchasing ‘corrected Jenny sheets’ will find a congratulatory note inside the wrapping asking them to call a phone number to receive a certificate of acknowledgement signed by the Postmaster General.

Just days after the Postal Service issued the new $2 version of the most publicized stamp error in U.S. history — the 24-cent 1918 Curtiss Jenny airmail stamp depicting a (read more)

published November 20th, 2015

Philatelist offering his stamp collection to anyone who is interested in it

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Following an initial response, Courtenay philatelist Dick Tatton is opening up his collection to any collector or anyone interested in stamp collecting.

Following an Oct. 1 story in The Record, Tatton is opening up his collection for free – including stamps, catalogues, reference or stock books, and other related material.

Initially, he offered his collection to former students of the Valley View Elementary and École Puntledge Park Elementary stamp clubs.

He asks those interested to give details about their collection and what the types of stamps are of interest.

He stipulates interested collectors must pick up the stamps from his house, but asks for a letter first, which should include their full name and telephone number.

Letters can be sent in the mail or dropped off in his mailbox care of Dick Tatton, 1440 Thorpe Ave., Courtenay, B.C., V9N 7K7.

Source: http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/community/338012011.html

published November 20th, 2015

Sweden Christmas stamps are simply beautiful

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The assignment to design this year’s Christmas stamps was a no-brainer for Elin Sandström since she is an avid Christmas card writer.

“Every year I send around forty Christmas cards that I design myself. This year it will be particularly fun to send my Christmas cards since I will be able to frank them with my own stamps,” she says.

Elin Sandström’s idea was to create stamps that have a strong association with Christmases past. To use vibrant colors and stars to help create Christmas symbols that do not feel overdone. “I wanted the stamps to be perceived as enjoyable and poignant. Using understated lighting and colors as well as simple shapes and symbols, a discreet, rather than over- whelming, feeling of Christmas is conveyed.”

She was inspired by Christmas cards from the 1930s and 1940s as well as the popular TV Christmas programs, Karl Bertil Jonsson’s Christmas and the 1958 Walt Disney Presents Christmas special, From All of (read more)

published November 20th, 2015

Kyrgyzstan KEP offers a FREE Ltd Edition stamp sheet on its first anniversary

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Message from Kyrgyzstan Post KEP to Worldstampnews.com readers

“Those of you, who have been our fans since the very beginning, are probably aware that on November 18, 2014 our first ever stamp issue was out. To celebrate our first anniversary of stamp issuing, we have got something very special for you all! If you place your order anytime during the whole WEEK on www.wopa-stamps.com  with a total of $12 or more (without shipping and handling), we will give you a “Carrier Pigeon. 140th anniversary of the UPU” souvenir sheet, worth almost $10, for FREE! It is a very special souvenir sheet, very dear to us, not only because it is the first one, but because it is a symbol of our post, declaring our unique status in 8 languages. A very hard job was done to print these souvenir sheets, almost manually covering the borders with ultra shine silver paint by means of silk screen printing, with only 5000 of them issued. Share the excitement of our first anniversary with us! Offer ends on Nov 27th  12:00 am GMT

This is a great opportunity to get your FREE sheet

published November 20th, 2015

70th Anniversary of Homecoming – Alderney Miniature Sheet

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During the Second World War, the Channel Islands were the only part of the British territory to be occupied by the Germans.

In June 1940 almost the entire population of the island of Alderney was evacuated. Most of the 1,500 residents left on official evacuation boats sent from mainland Britain.

When the German troops arrived in Alderney they found it virtually deserted. Following Hitler’s instructions they set to work fortifying the island to form part of his ‘Atlantic Wall’. Four concentration camps were built, and forced labour was used to build bunkers, gun emplacements and air-raid shelters.

The war raged on, until eventually, after almost five years, the Germans finally surrendered Alderney on (read more)

published November 17th, 2015

Designer of beautiful Swedish Christmas stamps explains the creative process

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Message from the stamp designer to collectors!

I have always liked winters with a lot of snow. The landscape loses its color and becomes stylized. Trees in particular stand out. Their true personalities emerge through their beautiful collage of branches. In order to capture that deep feeling of winter through a lens, you have to go when the trees are laden with snow. In southern Sweden, there are only a few days a year when the conditions are perfect. The proof for the stamps depicting the ash trees is a photo taken on New Year’s Day in the southern part of the island of Öland. A snow storm had raged during New Year’s Eve, but then the wind disappeared and a fantastic light appeared. I pulled off the road and just knew that it was going to be a great photograph.

The motifs of the other stamps were taken from some forests in the mountains of Dalarna. At these latitudes, the best time to find the trees covered with snow and good winter light is at the beginning of the year. The days are short, but the light is soft and beautiful.

Three beautiful stamps were made from photographs that I really enjoyed long after I took them. But as I take new photographs, I find new favorites. Even though I have been a nature photographer since (read more)

published November 13th, 2015

Liechtenstein release their Chinese New Year collection

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Stamps to celebrate Chinese Signs of the Zodiac: Year of the Monkey

The Philatelic Office of Liechtenstein is continuing its beautifully elaborately designed series of Chinese signs of the zodiac with a monkey adorning the new self-adhesive special stamp (value: CHF 1.90). View the collection our site http://goo.gl/IFx0qe

The Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world’s history and fascinates with its diversity. One part of this is astrology and the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The year 2016 (8 February 2016 to 27 January 2017) will be ruled by this human like mammal. People born in the Year of the Monkey are considered intelligent, clever and flexible. They are very inventive and are therefore able to solve most problems easily. Astrologers from the Far East say those born in the Year of the Monkey have common sense and have a thirst for knowledge.

The motif of the special stamp was designed as a delicate paper cut and produced using ultramodern laser technology. The designer (read more)

published November 13th, 2015

Åland stamp was most beautiful music stamp 2014.

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Åland stamp was most beautiful music stamp 2014.

The Yehudi Menudin Trophy 2015 was awarded Åland Post and the Art Director at Aland Post Cecilia Mattsson for the design of the Åland 2014 Europa stamp on the theme “musical instruments”.  The stamp depicts the Åland concert pianist Alie Lindberg (1843-1933) and her grand piano.

The vote for the most beautiful music stamp among music stamp collectors worldwide has been arranged since 1980. The annual vote is arranged by the International Philatelic Music study group, one of the largest thematic stamp societies in the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten (German Philatelic Association), and has more than 300 collectors from 35 different countries.  The designer of the most beautiful music stamp is awarded The Yehudi Menuhin Trophy, in memory of violinist and composer Lord Yehudi Menuhin who was patron of the Philatelic Music Circle from 1969 until his death in 1999.

Voted second was Austria and third came Switzerland. The voters chose between 84 stamps   that had music as theme in 2014.

Åland Post sales manager Heidemarie Eriksson accepted the award at the opening of the international stamp fair in Sindelfingen on 29 October.

published November 11th, 2015