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175th Anniversary of The Penny Black Issued by Gibraltar

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The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year and features a profile of the Queen Victoria.

All London post offices received official issues of the new stamps but other offices throughout the United Kingdom did not, continuing to accept postage payments in cash only for a period. Post offices such as those in Bath began offering the stamp unofficially after 2 May 1840. (read more)

published May 28th, 2015

Greenland published ‘Arctic Winter Games 2016′

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he Arctic Winter Games (AWG) are to be held from 6th to 12th March 2016.

For the second time Nuuk will be the host city for the Arctic Winter Games, where Inuit and Sami compete for a week. The sports disciplines will be both traditi- onal Inuit sports and skiing as well as more modern sports such as ice hockey, volleyball and indoor football.

POST Greenland will provide inter alia support for the event by releasing an additional value stamp for the benefit of the Arctic Winter Games.

The first Arctic Winter Games were held in 1970. Gre- enland participated for the first time in 1990.

AWG is much more than a sporting event. It is a cul- tural hub where young people get the opportunity to see others from their own hometown, the opportu- nity to test their athletic abilities, be together with other young people across the country, with other cultures and languages. In addition to the sporting activities, AWG also provides a cultural exchange with other young people from the other participating countries. (read more)

published May 28th, 2015

Croatia publishes – Our Lady of Međugorje

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The famous Marian shrine of the Queen of Peace in Međugorje for 34 years has been visited by the pilgrims from all over the world. According to the testimony of six young people on 25th June 1981 on the hill Crnica, today’s Apparition Hill, had an encounter with the woman which they recognized as the Mother of God. Apparitions, by the words of now adult visionaries, still occur today.

In 2010 Holy See established the International Commission which consisted of twenty cardinals, bishops, theologians and other experts who have thoroughly studied the reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Međugorje. The Commission completed its work in January 2014 and submitted their results to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for further processing. (read more)

published May 27th, 2015

Europa 2015 – Old Toys (Azores)

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In this issue, the topic relates to childhood, to the most innocent and fun leisure of the human being: Child’s play! Materialized in many different objects, we cover a universe over one hundred years old – a period which marks the beginning of the industrial production in Portugal. It includes toys from various collections — — Museum Carlos Machado in the Azores, the Toy Museum in Madeira, the Caramulo Museum and the Portuguese Toy Museum, in Ponte de Lima.

At the end of the 19th century, Portugal was an essentially rural country, focused on a rudimentary agriculture and without major technological ambitions. The production of toys intertwines with handmade production, seeing as these industries were formed mostly by people from the same family.

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published May 27th, 2015

‘Aviation V 1/3′ Issued by Greenland

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We have now reached the fifth part of our popular aviation series that celebrates the civil Greenland aviation history. Two of the three stamps in this is- sue deal with aircraft flown by companies whose principal base is outside Greenland. They are, re- spectively, SAS and First Air. The aviation series is scheduled to continue to 2017 when the series will conclude with the publication of a book that brings together all the stamps in this aviation series.

De Havilland Canada DHC7

By Ole Dam, former Area Manager at Grønlandsfly

DHC7 plane, popularly known as ‘Dash-7’, has for more than 30 years been the ‘backbone’ of Greenland’s air transport and has served all airports in West Green- land and Kulusuk, Mestersvig and Nerlerit Inaat in East Greenland. In addition, the Dash-7 operated routes to Iceland and Canada. The aircraft is produced by the Ca- nadian firm DeHavilland of Canada (DHC) which, since World War II, has been known for its production of STOL aircraft to operate from very short runways (STOL = Short Takeoff and Landing). Originally there was gener- ally just minor aircraft but, in 1972, DeHavilland began the development of the Dash-7 aircraft with seating for approximately 50 passengers. In 1978 the first aircraft was ready to be delivered to a company in the USA. (read more)

published May 22nd, 2015

Soaring Eagle, Hovering Falcon, Prey catching featured by Kyrgyzstan

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The first stamp of the series represents a bird of prey (Eagle) who starts his flight from the hand of the Hunter. The second stamp of the series represents a Falcon hovering in the still air and looking for a prey. In the background a typical mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan is depicted. At the third stamp the final phase of falconry is presented: catching the prey (a Hare).

Source: WOPA Stamps

published May 21st, 2015

‘My Stamp, My Aland – Tarja Halonen’ issued by Aland

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“Åland women” was President Tarja Halonen’s choice of theme when asked to contribute to the My Åland stamp series. The presidential stamp is out on 8 May featuring the energetic seafarer Mimmi Widbom.

Serafina Wilhelmina “Mimmi” Widbom was an extraordinary woman of her time being, as she was, a professional seafarer. She worked as cook and chief steward on several of Åland shipowner Gustaf Erikson’s ships in the early 1900s. Mimmi Widbom rounded Cape Horn eight times and she made her last voyage as active sailor in 1943. (read more)

published May 21st, 2015

Finland releases ‘Pertti Kurikan’

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Let’s cheer on Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät to Eurovision victory!

Posti will be releasing a punk-themed postage stamp of the band – advance sales will commence through our online store on April 28.

Finland’s Eurovision Song Contest entry Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will be challenging discriminatory attitudes towards people with disabilities as they get on stage in the first Eurovision semi-final in Vienna, Austria, to perform their barnstorming hit song Aina mun pitää. Many are predicting that the band will sail through into the final. Posti will release a new stamp to celebrate Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät in the week before the Eurovision Song Contest, on Monday, May 11. It will be released for advanced sales via the Posti online store on April 28. (read more)

published May 20th, 2015

‘Nudity In Art : La Nymphe Salmacis’ Issued by Monaco

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The stamp depicts La nymphe Salmacis, a work by Monegasque sculptor François-Joseph Bosio (1768–1845). Bosio established himself in Paris and became portrait sculptor to Napoleon I and then a teacher at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1821, he was appointed first sculptor to the King. His major works are to be found in Paris: 20 bas-reliefs for the column in Place Vendôme, the equestrian sculpture Louis XIV in Place des Victoires, for which he received the title of Baron, the Quadriga of the Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel, and Henry IV as a ChildAristaeus and Hercules Wrestling Achelous, all three of which are in the Louvre.

Source: Monaco Post

published May 19th, 2015

Gibraltar Publishes ‘QEII Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch’

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Elizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), and his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth).

On Wednesday, 6 February 1952, Princess Elizabeth received the news of her father, King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, while staying in a remote part of Kenya. The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. It was a solemn ceremony conducted by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury.

In winter 1953 Her Majesty set out to accomplish, as Queen, the commonwealth tour she had begun before the death of her father. With The Duke of Edinburgh, she visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Ceylon, Uganda, Malta and Gibraltar. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Gibraltar during the 10th and 11th May 1954. (read more)

published May 19th, 2015

Croatia Publishes ‘Myths and Flora 2015 – Hemp’

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Hemp (Cannabis) is an annual herbaceous plant from the Cannabaceae family, which three subspecies belong to: Cannabis sativa (industrial hemp), Cannabis indica (Indian hemp) and Cannabis ruderalis (ruderal hemp). Its name was created in the Far East, from ancient Indian bhang and Assyrian-Babylon qunnabu through the Greek kannabic to Germanic hanapiz. Hemp, which was cultivated in China before ten thousand years ago, has become the most important raw in the textile, construction and marine industry. The first book was printed on the hemp paper in 1455, known as Gutenberg Bible, as well as the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. Hemp has leaves like a fist and it was believed that it is of divine origin. According to the legend Buddha, on his way to the enlightenment, fed with hemp seeds. Another legend states that hemp was found on the king Salomon’s tomb. On the excavations site of Beit Shemeshu near Jerusalem, in the tomb of one woman (1500 BC), remains of hemp were found. Archaeologists assume that woman died in childbirth, while they gave her hemp in order to facilitate the birth pangs.

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published May 18th, 2015