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New Zealand All Blacks Stamp Issue

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Rating: 3.8/5

New Zealand Post is proud to present a suite of collectable products created in honour of what will arguably be the biggest year in New Zealand rugby history. With an unrivalled winning percentage since the first test against Australia in 1903, the All Blacks will carry the hopes and expectations of more than four million New Zealanders onto the field.

Despite decades of change in how the game of rugby is played, the current All Blacks have one key thing in common with the generations of All Blacks before them: they all wear the silver fern.

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published September 16th, 2011

SEPAC National Park stamp issue from Iceland

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Rating: 4.0/5

The theme of the joint issue of 11 small nations in Europe (SEPAC) is landscape. The motif of the Icelandic stamps in this third and last issue is Snæfellsjökull (Snæfell Glacier) National Park. Former motifs for the Icelandic SEPAC stamps were Jökulsárgljúfur and Skaftafell. SEPAC stands for Small European Postal Administration Cooperation. This cooperation is primarily concerned with issuing postage stamps but also includes sales and marketing.

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published September 15th, 2011

The New Zealand Experience Stamp Set

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Rating: 3.7/5

Every year, millions of tourists explore New Zealand’s diverse landscape by foot, boat or even hanging from a bungy cord! Get a taste of their unique nation through their eyes with The New Zealand Experience stamp issue.

New Zealand may be a small country but it has a whole lot to offer – from breathtaking scenery to adrenalin-pumping activities and a cultural experience like no other. And when you can drive from the ski slopes to the beach within 30 minutes, it’s easy to see why so many people flock to their diverse and picturesque shores. Take a closer look at the vast array of experiences to be had in New Zealand with the six gummed stamps in this issue.

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published September 13th, 2011

First stamp in Canada Post history to be chosen by public vote unveiled

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Rating: 4.4/5

Canada Post unveiled the 2011 Mental Health stamp to help kick off the company’s annual fundraising campaign for community-based mental health initiatives across Canada. In November 2010, a competition was launched to help find a design, in which the five finalists were subjected to a popular vote, a first in Canada Post’s 160 years.

The Puzzle, a design by Terrebonne resident Miriane Majeau received the most points and will adorn over 3.5 million stamps available at post offices across Canada. A dollar from the sale of every booklet of 10 stamps is donated to the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health.  (read more)

published September 11th, 2011

The Narcissus Flower stamp issue from Isle of Man

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Rating: 5.0/5

The Narcissus flower (commonly known as the Daffodil) stamp issue is released to coincide with  the 27th Asian International Stamp Exhibition Wuxi, Jiangsu, China which takes place in November 2011. The stamps form part of a collection of issues from a number of countries depicting Chinese Flora.

Daffodils are as well loved in the Isle of Man as they are right across the British Isles. Every Island garden shows its rich drifts of cream and gold to welcome the sun in spring. The flowers are to be seen growing in yellow masses in the Island’s beautiful wooded glens, and landowners have planted thousands of bulbs along roadside hedgerows.  (read more)

published September 11th, 2011

Portugal’s Centenary: Pupils of the Army stamps

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Rating: 4.2/5

The Institute of Pupils of the Army, created in 1911, is one of the projects achieved more and more of the republican regime and perennials will celebrate next month of May, 100 years old. This centennial means clearly that men are not exhausted in what they do, when the work is. 

Initially called the Institute of Professional Pupils Army Land and Sea, founded with the purpose of training citizens useful to his country, continues today as before, to be a reference in the Portuguese educational, thus constituting a clear demonstration of how, over a century, every generation Republican, even during the most severe crises in the country, as of 1915, were able to understand the value and relevance of the objectives of its founders. 

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published September 10th, 2011

Austria’s Pink Ribbon stamp issue

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It was in 1996 that the international breast cancer expert Dr Ernie Bodai launched the first breast-cancer stamp. The idea was for this stamp to raise a maximum of donations for breast cancer research. In the meantime, the stamp has raised an unbelievable USD 30 million in America for the National Cancer Institute and the breast cancer research programme. Encouraged by the success, Dr Bodai has made it his life’s work to launch this stamp in as many countries as possible to promote national breast cancer research. He has already encountered success in many countries: from Kenya to Belize, from El Salvador to Hungary, Serbia and Kosovo – the “Pink Ribbon” stamp has already spread around the globe. It is thanks to the commitment of the Austrian Post Office that this stamp is now available in Austria.

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published September 9th, 2011

Faroes Juniper berry and crowberry stamp issue

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Rating: 4.3/5

Of the more than 400 species of plants that make up the wild flowers of the Faroe Islands, only a few woody plants occur. Two of these ligneous plants are the juniper berry and crowberry.

Common juniper (Juniperus communis subsp. alpina)

Today, several species of conifer and shrub grow in the Faroe Islands. Most of these have been imported and planted here. The only indigenous plant species in the same family as conifers is the juniper. In some areas, the names “juniper” and “juniper berry” are used indiscriminately to describe these plants.  (read more)

published September 8th, 2011

CO2 neutral delivery stamp issue from Austria Post

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Rating: 5.0/5

As the largest logistics enterprise in the country, the Austrian Post Office is involved in a very energy intensive business. Every year, around 6 billion items of mail are delivered – and every day the Austrian Post Office staff cover over 200,000 km on foot, by bicycle and moped, or by car and lorry. Each year, the company’s vehicles use around 15 million litres of fuel and its buildings consume roughly 180 million kWh of energy. This produces CO2 emissions that are a burden on the global climate. The Austrian Post Office is aware of its responsibility to the environment and is therefore always looking for ways to minimise its ecological footprint.

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published September 5th, 2011

Australia Post celebrates 50 years of the World Wide Fund for Nature

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Australia Post celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with the release of its second joint Australian territories stamp issue. There are four domestic-rate (60 cents) stamps depicting animals from Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Australian Antarctic Territory. This stamp issue is available from 30 August 2011.

“The World Wide Fund for Nature: 50 Years stamp issue marks an important milestone in nature conservation history. The release of these stamps continues a tradition for Australia Post, which has issued more than 30 World Wide Fund for Nature stamps since 1998. The stamps highlight the importance of species preservation and biodiversity,” said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt.  (read more)

published September 4th, 2011

Edward Hopper (Forever) Stamp Issue from US Post

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Few American artists are as popular or influential as Edward Hopper, whose beautiful, sunlit painting, The Long Leg, is the tenth entry in the American Treasures series. The work’s title refers to sailing; a leg is one part of an alternating, zigzagging series of short and long tacks.

This painting, from around 1930, shows Hopper’s characteristic use of light to insulate objects, and reflects his love of the sea as well as his interest in architecture. The lighthouse in the painting is Long Point Light, at Provincetown. The boat is a “Knockabout” sloop, a type of craft commonly used for sailing, cruising, and fishing.

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published September 4th, 2011