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From Me To You – Issue by the USPS

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From Me To You is a unique stamp issuance, featuring not only 20 Forever® stamps, but also an interactive element in the form of decals and labels for decorating envelopes, letters, and greeting cards. The stamps each bear the words “From Me To You” in capital letters. Surrounding the four rows of stamps in the center of the sheet are colorful self-adhesive stickers. The eleven labels at the top of the sheet, in the shapes of hearts, circles, and rectangles, carry messages such as “Happy Birthday,” “Miss You,” “Thank You,” and “Get Well Soon.” Along the sides and bottom of the sheet are decorative decals including hearts, envelopes, flowers, mailboxes, and a kiss (red lips). The artist chose bright jewel tones and primary colors to reflect the happy, playful personality of the stamp design.

published March 6th, 2015


British Red Cross Uniforms by the Alderney Post

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The British Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest independent humanitarian network. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement began in 1863, inspired by a Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant. He had been appalled at the suffering of thousands of men who were left to die due to lack of care after the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant proposed the creation of national relief societies made up of volunteers who were trained in peacetime to provide neutral support in times of war. In response to his vision the founding charter of the Red Cross was drawn up in 1863.

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published March 6th, 2015

Luxembourg issues – Aeronautic Federation

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The roots of the Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation go back to the formation of the “Aéro-Club Luxembourgeois“, founded on 28th November 1909 in the Café du Commerce at the Place d’Armes in Luxembourg.

Its first project, after its creation, was to organise, in June 1910, an international week of aviation at Mondorf-les-Bains.
On this occasion, the Aéro-Club was able to achieve its first official goal: the popularisation of aeronautical knowledge and the control of the performances, a power it still holds today for all aeronautical and astronautical activities in the Grand Duchy.

At the present day, about 30 non-profit aeronautical associations and institutions form part of the Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation (FAL). Its main role is to coordinate, encourage, and support the efforts of affiliated clubs in matters of sport and recreation and to represent the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on national and international issues as a member of the International Aeronautical Federation.

As part of the festivities for the Luxembourg aeronautical centenary, the Office des Timbres is issuing these special stamps whose design brings together the most important disciplines of Luxembourg aeronautics and the new airport building.

To celebrate the issuance of these stamps, a postal flight will be organised for the month of June 2009.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published March 5th, 2015


Martin Ramirez – Newly published by the USPS

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Although confined to psychiatric hospitals for more than 30 years, artist Martin Ramirez (1895-1963) produced more than 450 dynamic drawings and collages imbued with hypnotic power. Through the use of repeating lines and idiosyncratic motifs, Ramirez transcended his own situation to create a remarkably visualized world free from the constraints of borders and, even, of time itself.

The sheet of 20 self-adhesive stamps features details from five of Ramirez’s drawings. The first row of stamps highlights a floral detail from “Untitled (Horse and Rider with Trees)” from 1954. The second row of stamps showcases the central image of “Untitled (Man Riding Donkey)” from circa 1960-1963. The third row of stamps shows a detail from “Untitled (Trains on Inclined Tracks)” from circa 1960-1963. The fourth row of stamps showcases the central image of “Untitled (Deer),” which dates from circa 1960-1963. And the fifth row of stamps features a detail from “Untitled (Tunnel with Cars and Buses)” from 1954. The sheet’s verso includes brief text about Ramirez and his importance to 20th-century American art. (read more)

published March 5th, 2015

Water Lilies – Issued by USPS

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Each stamp depicts a close-up of the flower of one of four classic garden water lilies. The photographs were shot in summer at the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C

Water lilies are aquatic herbs that live in both temperate and tropical climates around the world; they are found in still freshwater habitats. There are more than 50 species in the water lily family (Nymphaeaceae) and hundreds of hybrids.

The flowers of the hardy water lily sit at or slightly above the water’s surface; the flowers of tropical water lilies, which produce more blossoms each season than the hardy variety, are held aloft on stems several inches from the surface.

Although delicate looking, hardy water lilies are tough and grow well in much of the U.S. Tropical water lilies, which require water temperatures above 70 degrees, have a more limited range, but the flowers are larger and more vibrantly colored. Water lilies bloom in the U.S. from spring to fall. Many water lilies bloom only during the day, but there are several night bloomers whose flowers open in the late afternoon and close at morning’s light.

Water Lilies will be issued in a booklet format.

Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamps using existing photographs by photographer Cindy Dyer.

Source: USPS

published March 4th, 2015


Architecture in San Marino: Gino Zani

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Gino Zani, dead in 1964, was an engineer, a designer, a city planner, a scholar, an historian, a curator of the archival, librarian, museum and archeological properties of the Republic of San Marino. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, San Marino celebrates the man who drew again the Historic Centre of San Marino with a philatelic issue dedicated to the architecture. The 0.20€ value shows the Puntone della Murata nuova, the only one rafter with a pentagonal plan, rebuilt in 1938, connection between Teatro Titano and Ospedale della Misericordia. The 0.30€ value  depicts the Portici del Mercato, designed by Zani in the 1940s and built in the postwar period. It was an important architectural work that connected the arcade with the squares and the nearby streets and provided the market a protection from the rain. The 4.00€ value represents the Portici e Cripta di Sant’Agata, excavated in the rock and inaugurated in 1941. Gino Zani’s son was Dr Giorgio Zani, General Manager of the Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelica e Numismatica for a long time.
Source: San Marino Post

published March 4th, 2015

Croatia – Newly launched country on WOPA Stamps

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Croatia is a European state situated at the contact of the Middle and South-East Europe – from the furthest eastern rims of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonia Plane and the Danube River bank in the east and the Adriatic Sea coastline in the south. The Croatian Adriatic coast is 1,777 km long and well-indented with more than 1,200islands, islets and rocks. With a pleasant, moderate continental climate in the interior of the country and a warm Mediterranean climate in the costal area, Croatia has today a population of 4.5 million inhabitants–of which are mainlyCroats (90.42%), while the remaining are national minorities (the most numerous being: Serbs, Bosniaks, Slovenians, Hungarians, Czechs, Italians and Albanians). (read more)

published March 3rd, 2015


Vintage Rose Published by the USPS

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As a universal symbol of love, a rose adds a sentimental touch to correspondence. Vintage Rose, a Forever® stamp for all occasions, can be used for wedding RSVP cards and thank-you notes, Mother’s and Father’s Day cards, Valentine’s Day cards, birthday cards, sympathy cards, thinking-of-you cards, or for any time a beautiful stamp is fitting.

The stamp art features an elaborate floral line drawing of a rose similar to the design of the 2015 two-ounce Vintage Tulip stamp. Both are new additions to the popular Weddings series. The drawings are details from engraved plates originally created by naturalist artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). A small, deep crimson heart on each stamp brings a dash of color to the designs and makes them a natural pair. These stamps were printed using the intaglio printing technique.

Jeanne Greco designed both stamps. Greg Breeding was the art director.
Made in the USA.

Source: USPS

published March 3rd, 2015

Year of the Ram – Published by the USPS

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Ring in the Lunar New Year with treats, noise, and celebration! A wooden candy tray, known as the chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness, highlights the 2015 Year of the Ram stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, eighth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Ram begins on February 19, 2015, and ends on February 7, 2016.

In the United States and elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across many cultures; parades featuring enormous and vibrantly painted papier-mache dragons, parties, and other special events are common. Many families set out a candy tray, like the one depicted in the stamp art, to provide guests with an assortment of dried fruits and candies for a sweet beginning to the new year. Drums are played to celebrate this time of renewed hope for the future, with drumsticks sometimes painted red for luck. Firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes (hong bao) containing money are given as gifts to children and loved ones. (read more)

published February 27th, 2015


1500th Anniversary of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice issued by Switzerland

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1500 years continuous presence

A historical staging post lying in the heart of the Alps at the important intersection of the Great St Bernard Pass and the Via Francigena, the Abbey of St Maurice d’Agaune is celebrating the 1500th anniversary of its founding in the year 515. A place of spirituality and artistry which deserves to be (re)discovered!

Travellers from Lake Geneva to Valais are obliged to pass through the gorge at Saint-Maurice. Hemmed in by hills and cliffs on either side, the river Rhone, a railway line and roads are squeezed into this narrow passage. Ever since ancient times, Agaune has been a staging and customs post on the journey from Rome through the alpine passes to the north. The decisive turning point in the history of the town was when troops of the Ro- man Emperor Maximian passed through in 300 A.D. The Theban Legion, which formed part of this army but came from Thebes/Luxor in Egypt, set up camp on the hillsides above the gorge. As Chris- tians, these legionaries refused to carry out the unjust commands of the pagan Emperor. As a result, they were massa- cred together with their leader Mauritius. Ever since this event, Saint Maurice and his martyred comrades have been com- memorated at this site. (read more)

published February 27th, 2015

Newly published ‘Year of the Sheep’ by the Isle of Man Post

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The Post Office is very proud to have worked in cooperation with the Isle of Man Chinese Association to present the first miniature sheet of 2015, a celebration of the Chinese Year of the Sheep. The year 2015 is going to be an exciting time. The sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese astrological calendar, and “eight” is traditionally believed to be a lucky number. The number is also considered to attribute peace and prosperity. Those under the sheep in the Chinese zodiac could be born in 1955, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027. It is believed that people, who fall under this sign experience happiness in other people’s happiness, are pure in nature, fashionable, well-mannered and sophisticated. The Year of the Sheep dates are between February 19, 2015 and February 7, 2016. This unique collectible miniature sheet has been designed by artists Ms Du Xiaoxiao and Mr Guo Zhenshan. The design strikes a balance between traditional and modern art and includes bold, vibrant coloured images of sheep with floral patterns, in addition to Chinese lanterns and calligraphy. The sheet also incorporates the lucky colours of this horoscope red, green and purple. – See more at: https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/isle-of-man-year-of-the-sheep-2015/#sthash.xX8Hs9ej.dpuf

Source: WOPA Stamps

published February 26th, 2015