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The Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary by the Isle of Man Post

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Isle of Man Post Office in conjunction with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is proud to commemorate the historic events of the summer of 1940 with a special set of Battle of Britain collectables.

By the middle of June 1940, France had surrendered to Germany, leaving Britain to stand alone against the power of Germany’s military forces which had already conquered most of Western Europe. Hitler had hoped by this time that Britain would sue for peace but he underestimated the will and determination of Churchill and the British people. Britain’s situation was quickly recognised by members of the British Empire, who soon came to its aid with more reinforcements as they became available, and soldiers whose countries had been occupied by the Germans arrived to strengthen the squadrons of the RAF. (read more)

published August 20th, 2015


All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Two…Issued by the Isle of Man

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Isle of Man Post Office is proud to present a colourful collection of six stamps depicting a selection of Manx public transport buses which entered service on the Island during the 1930s and 40s. The images have been specially commissioned by local artist Peter Hearsey and 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Isle of Man National Transport. The issue is due for release on 15th July 2015.

The Island’s rich transport heritage is exemplified in this beautiful set of stamps entitled ‘All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Two’. The stamps augment the ‘All Aboard Please!’ issue of 1999 and feature Manx buses from both the Douglas Corporation and Road Services fleets, which subsequently amalgamated to become Isle of Man National Transport on 1 October 1976. (read more)

published August 6th, 2015

The USPS Launches “Elvis Presley”

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With this stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Elvis Presley (1935-1977), the singer, guitarist, musician, and actor who became one of the first true stars of rock-and-roll.

This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA”, is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock and Roll™. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, is also featured along the right side.

The square stamp sheet resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out of the top of the sleeve. The following text borders the block of stamps:

“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds”

An image of Presley shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side. Antonio Alcalá served as the art director and designed the stamp sheet with Leslie Badani.

The Elvis Presley stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Source: USPS

published August 4th, 2015


100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia – Innovation

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In the most general sense innovation is doing things in a new way. Several world-wide success stories have been born from Estonian innovational ideas and as a result rapid development has changed the lives of all us for good. Smart ideas born in Estonia create added value both in the business and the private sectors and some of the success stories have now arrived also on postage stamps. Fortumo is an international mobile payment provider. GrabCAD helps engineers get products to market faster by making it simple to manage and share CAD files. TransferWise is a global peer-to-peer money transfer service that got started from Estonia. Skype is the software that enables the world’s conversations, with more than 300 million active users globally.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published August 4th, 2015

Sailing Ships by The Danish Post

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Over the years, Denmark has been depicted as a sea-faring nation on many postage stamps. This time, we are turning our attention to the Danish training ships, which play an important role for young people wanting a maritime education or a thorough introduction to life at sea.

The four stamps depict the training ship KØBENHAVN, which disappeared in 1928, the two current training ships DANMARK and GEORG STAGE, while the last stamp depicts FULTON, which is primarily used for school trips for primary and lower secondary school pupils, continuation school etc.

KØBENHAVN

The five-masted bark KØBENHAVN was built for the East Asiatic Company. When launched in 1921, the ship was one of the largest sailing vessels in the world. In De- cember 1928, she left Buenos Aires bound for Adelaide, where she was expected about two months later. However, the ship disappeared without trace on the voyage. Despite an extensive search, no drowned sailors or wreckage were ever found, nor has it ever been established what caused the ship to go down.

DANMARK

After the loss of KØBENHAVN, the training ship DANMARK was built. The new ship was finished in 1932, having been built for the sole purpose of training sailors for the merchant navy.

The state-owned ship takes 80 trainees. It is managed by the maritime and polytechnic

training centre MARTEC in Frederikshavn in northern Jutland. Since 2010, the language of instruction on board the ship has been English. This strengthens the linguistic skills of the future seamen, while also making it possible for trainees from other countries to do a basic training course on board DANMARK.

GEORG STAGE

The three-masted full-rigged ship GEORG STAGE was built in 1934 to replace an older ship of the same name. The full-rigger belongs to the foundation Stiftelsen Georg Stages Minde, which was set up in 1882 by the shipowner Frederik Stage in memory of his son Georg, who died at an early age.

GEORG STAGE houses one of Denmark’s four nautical training colleges and is also the oldest civilian nautical training college in the world. The three-masted full-rigged ship takes 63 trainees. It embarks on a cruise every year in the summer months.

FULTON

The three-masted schooner FULTON was built in 1915 and entered service in the North Atlantic, for example sailing dried cod from Newfoundland to Spain. Since 1970, when the National Museum of Denmark took over the schooner and refurbished it, FULTON has been based in Marstal on the island of Ærø where she was originally built. In the 1970s and 1980s, FULTON was captained for many years by Mogens Frohn, who devoted much of his life to a project aimed at giving disadvantaged youth the opportunity to have a fresh start in life. Today, the Fulton Foundation runs the schooner, which is primarily used for school trips for primary and lower secondary school pupils, continuation school students etc.

TRAINING SHIPS – A POPULAR STAMP IMAGE
It is not the first time that Post Danmark is issuing postage stamps featuring images of the Danish training ships. Back in 1993, four stamps were issued with images of training ships drawn by Bo Bonfils and engraved by Arne Kühlmann. Both GEORG STAGE and DANMARK were included in the series. Even further back, in 1976, Post Danmark issued a charity stamp to mark the bicentenary of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published July 28th, 2015


50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalks – Issued by Kyrgyzstan – KEP

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In 1965 the first ever extravehicular activity was performed. The first ever heroes to perform this activity were the Soviet pilot-cosmonaut Alexey Leonov and the American astronaut Edward White. The KEP souvenir sheet, consisting of two stamps, is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the feats performed by these outstanding men.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published July 28th, 2015

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