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The Birth of HRH the Princess of Cambridge by Isle of Man

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It’s a royal baby girl!

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to join in the royal celebrations following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter HRH the Princess of Cambridge with a postal tribute to commemorate this very special day.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published May 5th, 2015


Missing Children – Issued by the USPS

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Affirming its long-standing commitment to help find missing children, the U.S. Postal Service® issues this new stamp to make members of the public more aware of the ways they can assist-and to offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search.

This stamp features a photograph by Harald Biebel showing a small bunch of purple forget-me-nots on the left with a lone flower farther to the right, all of them against a white background. The forget-me-not is the symbol for International Missing Children’s Day, which occurs on the same day as National Missing Children’s Day, May 25. Orange text at the top of the stamp reads “FORGET-ME-NOT,” followed by “FOREVER” and “USA,” each on separate lines in light blue. Text in light blue along the bottom of the stamp reads “HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN.” A header on the stamp sheet reads “HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN.” The sheet’s verso includes text about the program that delivers materials featuring photos of missing children to millions of American homes. (read more)

published May 5th, 2015

Europe 2015 – Antique toys

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Commemorative postage stamp

Every year PostEurop organizes special stamps that are issued with the EUROPA logo which have a unique central theme for all its members. The theme for the year 2015 is antique toys, and Croatian Post Mostar on its stamps present the wooden flute (ćurlik) and the rocking horse. Toys are not only playing objects, but also very important for a child’s development, for learning various skills as well as socialization in society. The best memories from early childhood are linked to favorite toys. In the old days, these toys were hand-made like the wooden flute or the rocking horse in which was rooted the love of our parents and grandparents.

The wooden flute or “ćurlik” was made from willow branches lengthen about 10 cm, its edge would be cut at about two-three centimeters from the top by a knife, and the core would be detached from the wood and taken off. On the part of the wood that had the core taken off, a cut was made in a form of a letter V, and the top of the cut would be thinned out. On this treated and prepared branch, the core that was taken off is placed back again and the flute is ready to be played on. The first rocking horses appeared in the 17th century, even though some sources mention them in medieval manuscripts. From the 19th century rocking horses are built by crafty woodcarvers, hand-made relatively crudely to finely ornamented rocking horses that were made for children of royalty families. The wooden flute and rocking horse, as simple as can be, ever yet awakened the imagination and emotions of small child’s hearts and left a permanent memory of a childhood filled with careless play and genuine happiness. (Željka Šaravanja)

published April 24th, 2015


Definitives 2015 Issued By Gibraltar

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The 2015 Definitive additional value stamps are a continuation of the 2014 Definitives. They have been printed using a special easy peel self adhesive paper that ensures ease of peeling and a afixing of the stamps onto envelopes. An additional one pound stamp has been produced in tribute and to replicate the original ‘Penny Black’

A definitive stamp is a postage stamp that is part of the regular issue of a country’s stamps, available for sale by the post office for an extended period of time and designed to serve the everyday postal needs of the country. The term is used in contrast to a ‘commemorative stamp’, a stamp ‘issued to honour a person or mark a special event’ available only for a limited time. (read more)

published April 24th, 2015

World Poetry Day Published by the United Nations (3 Offices)

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On 20 March 2015, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of 6 stamps to commemorate World Poetry Day. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.

Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

Source: WOPA Stamps

published April 23rd, 2015


Treasures of Malta Series III – Aqueducts

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Commemorating the 400th anniversary from the construction of the Wignacourt Aqueduct

Since ancient times, aqueducts were constructed to convey water from one location to another usually by using a system of natural riverbeds, canals bridges or other forms of stonework. In Malta aqueducts were mainly built above the ground in the form of bridges.

The Knights of St John built Valletta on an arid, rocky peninsula that had just one natural spring and consequently an aqueduct was necessary so as to provide the new city with water. The first attempts to build an aqueduct were made in 1596 by Grandmaster Martin Garzes. Many engineers were employed, but most of their attempts failed. (read more)

published April 22nd, 2015

‘500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila’ Issued by Austria

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She stands for wisdom, courage and strength and is considered one of the greatest mystics of the Christian faith. She was the first woman to be recognized by the Catholic Church. The Austrian Post is dedicating a special stamp to St. Teresa of Avila, who never fell, despite their great creativity in complacency: “… for the Lord does not look so much on the size of the plants than on the love with which they are done.” (Teresa of Ávila, “Houses of the inner castle”).

Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada was born on March 28, 1515 in Castilian Ávila, the third of ten children. She was considered a cheerful, inquisitive and lively girl and was allowed to learn to read and write at her father’s wish. After the early death of her mother a convent of Augustinian nuns took over her education. In 1535, she found herself – out of fear of domination by a possible husband, but also from fear of damnation – joining the Order of the Carmelites. The next years were marked by serious illness, depression or epilepsy may have caused the suffering, which was at its worst when she spent several days in a coma, followed by several years of paralysis. Her  recovery occurred before an image of the suffering Christ, the first intense encounter with Jesus, more deep prayer experiences and visions, but also factors such as the death of her father led, according to legend, finally, led to her final conversion and her experience of the infinite love of Jesus – in 1556 she celebrated her mental engagement with Christ. Her visions were increasing, and their appeal was even stronger and clearer. (read more)

published April 7th, 2015


Croatia Publishes ‘Bobbin Lace – Joint Issue Croatia – Spain’

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LEPOGLAVA LACE

The best known bobbin lace got its name by the municipality of Lepoglava, situated in the Varaždin County, in the north-west Croatia. In Lepoglava in the 19th and 20th century bobbin lace of various techniques and motifs was manufactured. Already at the end of the 19th century the lace craft in Lepoglava became part of the social politics i.e. organised home production, with the aim to ensure an income to village women. A new rise of the lace craft in Lepoglava began in the 1930-ies with Danica Brössler (1912 – 1993), who in a short period of time became an excellent designer and lace craft teacher.  Having researched the market and the European lace craft, Danica Brössler changed the by then used technique and motifs and created the recognisable lace which by its technological features can be classified as the Croatian variant of the Duchesse lace. It is a kind of fine lace made of very thin thread and joined floral motifs which were created by various types of interweaving and leaves with low relief ribs. (read more)

published April 7th, 2015

The USPS Issues Cherry Blossom Centennial

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This panoramic USPS cherry blossoms stamp commemorates Tokyo’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the city of Washington D.C. as a sign of growing friendship between Japan and the United States of America.

In 2012, the U. S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C with the Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever®) stamp design. The two stamps, which are near mirror images, form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin.

The stamp on the left depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos, and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms. (read more)

published March 26th, 2015


75th Anniversary Stamp by the Greenland Post

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On 17th September 1938 a notice No. 326 was forwarded, which was published in the Official Gazette on 31st October 1938. By Executive Order, inter alia, “From this provision it comes into force that the assessors of Greenland’s Governing post record that messages sent from Greenland to Denmark and abroad shall be stamped with Greenland stamps”.

With effect from December 1st 1938 The Greenland Post Office became a member of The Universal Postal Union. The Postal Service’s sales office for stamp collectors, Bernstorffgade 32, Copenhagen K, started selling the new Greenlandic stamps on 1st December 1938.

The first stamp series of The Greenland Post Office were housed in a presentation folder which was handed out during the UPU Congress in Buenos Aires on 23rd May 1939. The front of the folder showed a picture of King Christian X, greeting Greenland’s population during the first royal visit in 1921.

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published March 26th, 2015

The Roman mosaic of Vichten issued by the Luxembourg Post

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Archaeological research undertaken in 1995 on the site of a new agricultural operation in Vichten showed that the terrain in question covered the foundations of one of the most remarkable Roman villas ever discovered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The excellent state of preservation of the buried remnants is explained by the topographical location of the building built on a slight natural terrace of a hill, facing due south, which rises more than 50 m above the site. From late antiquity, the ruins of the villa were progressively covered by material eroded from the nearby plateau causing the remainder of the villa to be hidden under large mounds of earth (between 0.5 and 3.5 metres).

Dating from around 240 A.D., the mosaic of Vichten, which has an area of 61.3 m2 and is in an excellent state of preservation, shows in its main area the mythological and literary subject of the nine Muses, daughters of the supreme God, Zeus, and of the goddess of memory, Mnémosyne. The Muses are reproduced following the order defi ned around 700 B.C. by the Greek author Hésiode : Clio, Muse of history ; Euterpe, Muse of music and lyric poetry ; Thalie, Muse of comedy ; Melpomène, Muse of tragedy ; Terpsichore, Muse of dance and dramatic choirs; Erato, Muse of love poetry ; Polymnie, Muse choir singing and harmony ; Uranie, Muse of astronomy and lastly, in the large central medallion, Calliope, Muse of epic elegiac poetry, in the company of the prince of poets, Homer. The eight « exterior » Muses are oriented on an axis towards the middle of the central medallion. The depiction of the clothing and other attributes of the different personalities, identified by latin inscriptions included above each medallion, is very detailed.
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published March 25th, 2015