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Scenic stamps from Jersey Post

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Rating: 3.9/5

Scenery is consistently a popular theme with collectors of stamps; today , Jersey Post will issue the third set of six stamps in the ‘Scenery’ series. In keeping with the previous issues, the style alludes to traditional picture postcards and a long ‘landscape’ format is used.

Philatelic Researcher, Mrs Melanie Gouzinis, explains “We learnt from our 2009 customer survey, that stamp collectors particularly like to see our island depicted on stamps.  Luckily we have a seemingly endless choice of landscapes to choose from.”  Those which are shown on the new set of stamps are:  Beauport, St Ouen’s bay, Ouaisné Common, St Brelade’s Bay, Mont Orgueil and Portelet.  (read more)

published September 28th, 2011

Australia Post scores a “hole in one” with golf stamps

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Rating: 4.1/5

One of Australia’s most popular sports, golf, will feature in a new stamp issue coinciding with the hosting of The Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November. The stamp issue comprises three domestic rate stamps (60 cents) and two international rate stamps ($1.65 and $2.35). This stamp issue is available from 27 September 2011.

“Australia Post is delighted to celebrate Melbourne’s hosting of The Presidents Cup with this stamp issue,” said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt. “The Presidents Cup showcases golf’s best players as well as raising much needed funds for worthwhile charities.”

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published September 28th, 2011

New Stamps from Small European Postal Administration Cooperation, SEPAC

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Rating: 4.3/5

Since 1996 a number of small European Postal Administrations have cooperated in a group called SEPAC. Today this group includes Aland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. All the members of the group have small home markets and face the same challenges, making it natural to cooperate.

On 28th September 2011, twelve of fourteen members of SEPAC will launch a new joint stamp issue with one stamp from each postal administration. The common theme of the stamps will once again be ‘Scenery’. All the stamps bear the official SEPAC logo.

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published September 27th, 2011

Modern Architecture on Austrian Stamps

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Rating: 4.8/5

The motif of the first stamp shows an outstandingly prominent example of modern architectural creativity in Austria, the “Loisium” in Lower Austria’s largest wine-producing community, Langenlois, at the beginning of the delightful landscape of the Kamp Valley. The extraordinary cube of the Loisium is itself an invitation – visible from afar – to investigate this unique world of wine. The interested visitor learns here everything about the most important topics of wine cultivation in Lower Austria – history, the present and nature.

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published September 26th, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Expands Mobile Access to Customers

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Rating: 5.0/5

Building on the success of its Apple and Android smart phone applications, the U.S. Postal Service this week launched a usps.com app for BlackBerry. The BlackBerry app will allow users to track and confirm a package, locate a Post Office, and look up a ZIP Code more quickly and easily.

“Since more and more people are accessing the Internet from mobile devices, we wanted to be sure our customers’ experiences on their smart phones are convenient and user-friendly,” said Kelly Sigmon, vice president, Channel Access. “This BlackBerry app is the latest example of our continuing efforts to make it easier for customers to conduct postal business, when and where they want.”  (read more)

published September 25th, 2011

Faroes Islands Sepac 2011 Landscape Issue

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Rating: 4.3/5

Landscape photography is universally appreciated by all, in part because all humans have a connection to the physical world our ancestors have walked for millennia. Of course, this connection to the environment in which we live is felt stronger by some, especially by outdoor photographers and by people who live more dependently off the land. The Faroese people, for example, have this deeper connection to the natural world; it is inescapable and unforgettable wherever one goes among the Faroe Islands. There are no big cities to get mentally lost in and forget about what lies beyond – only picturesque villages in idyllic settings nestled along the ocean and backed by mountains. (read more)

published September 25th, 2011

Luxembourg Posts 30 Years AIDS & ULC 50th Stamps

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Rating: 3.8/5

Thirty years have passed since the discovery of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome, better known as AIDS.
It was 30 years ago, during the summer of 1981, that the American medical authorities officially recognised a mysterious pneumonia and a rare skin cancer. Two years later, Professor Luc Montagnier and researcher Françoise Barré-Sinoussi discovered the virus responsible for AIDS.

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published September 24th, 2011

Barbara Jordan (Forever) Stamp Issue From US Post

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Rating: 3.7/5

One of the most respected and influential American politicians of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) captured the attention and admiration of the nation with her intelligence and integrity, eloquent oratory, ardent defense of the Constitution, and staunch advocacy of equal rights.

The Barbara Jordan (Forever®) stamp is the 34th in the Black Heritage series. Created by artist Albert Slark, the portrait of Jordan on this stamp is based on an undated black-and-white photograph from the University of Texas at Austin. The art director was Richard Sheaff.

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published September 24th, 2011

Centenary of Xinhai Revolution stamp issue from Hong Kong Post

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Rating: 4.2/5

A set of commemorative stamps on the theme of “Centenary of Xinhai Revolution” will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 10 October 2011(Monday).

The Xinhai Revolution in 1911 brought an end to the Qing government and imperial rule in China. The founding of the Republic of China, the first democratic republic in Asia, laid an important milestone in the modernisation of the country. The year 2011 marks the centenary of the Xinhai Revolution. To commemorate the special occasion, a set of four stamps and a stamp sheetlet are issued by Hongkong Post.  (read more)

published September 23rd, 2011

Amnesty International 50th Anniversary Stamp Issue

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Rating: 3.4/5

Amnesty International is an international organization fighting for human rights all around the world. Amnesty was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a Bristish lawyer. The organization is concerned with human rights regardless of politics, religious matters or ideology. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1977. The emblem for Amnesty which was designed by Diana Redhouse is based on a candle encircled in barbed wire.  (read more)

published September 22nd, 2011

Iceland & Malta Joint Stamp Issue

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Rating: 4.6/5

Iceland and Malta are the northernmost and southernmost islands in Europe. Fishing has been the main source of revenue for centuries on these two islands. Iceland Post and Malta Post are now collaborating on a joint stamp issue occasioned by this relationship with fishing towns as the motif. The town of Húsavík is the motif of the Icelandic minisheet while the Maltese one depicts the town of Mgarr, Gozo.

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published September 20th, 2011