Sunday, 23 November 2014

499A. Nevis Commemorates Actress Cicely Tyson

  Nevis has issued a sheetlet of 4 identical stamps which commemorate the American actress Cicely Tyson. Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem but her parents, Theodosia and William Tyson, were immigrants to USA from Nevis so this issue does have a relevance to Nevis. She made her first film in 1956 which was appropriately named Caribbean Gold. She has been appearing in films and on television and in theatre roles since then. I do not yet know the date of issue of these stamps:-

   An altogether more dubious issue must be that which has been produced in the name of Sierra Leone - a sheetlet of 4 different stamps and an accompanying miniature sheet which commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of Mei Lanfang, a Chinese artist of the Peking Opera. I can not see any possible connection between Sierra Leone and Mei Lanfang and, with the terrible ongoing Ebola crisis in the country, it is hard to believe that these philatelic products will find their way to being put on sale at a Sierrra Leone postal counter. Hopefully any profits that Sierra Leone's philatelic agents make from this issue will be donated to one of the charities which are helping Sierra Leone fight the Ebola outbreak:-

  As mentioned in a previous Blog, there are no species of parrot resident in Antigua Barbuda but this fact has not prevented its philatelic agents from producing a second stamp issue in 2014 which features this family of birds - this time specifically depicting macaws. This latest issue consists of  2 sheetlets each of 4 different stamps and 2 miniature sheets each containing 2 different stamps;-

  Other recent issues from Antigua And Barbuda - I do not yet know the date of issue:-

  2014 - Hummingbirds (part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s. of 2 different stamps (see also Blog 481):-

  2014 - Ducks (Part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s. of 2 different stamps (see Blog 481):-

  2014 - Coral reef (Part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet (see Blog 481):-

  There is a second sheetlet of 5 different stamps from Ghana on the subject of African frogs (see Blog 455):-

  The latest issues from South Africa (see also Blog 468 and 496):-
17 September 2014 - South African National Parks - 1 sheetlet of 5 self-adhesive stamps. The photographs depicted on the stamps were taken by Koos van der Lende and the stamps were printed in lithography by Cartor:-

  13 November 2014 - South African ceramic vessels - 1 booklet of 10 self-adhesive stamps:-

  5 December 2014 - Fourth UNI World Congress, Capetown - 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Ananda Notling. The UNI Global Union represents postal workers worldwide.

  The South African Post Office has announced its 2015 philatelic programme:-
5 February 2015 - Centenary of the South African Aviation Corps;
3 March - Animal poaching awareness;
3 April - 8th World Congress of Nephrology;
4 May - International Firefighters' Day;
8 June - Kingfishers;
2 July - Popular South African musicians Part 2;
12 July - Jellyfish of South African waters;
7 September - 14th World Forestry Congress;
18 September - 21st Route Development Forum;
28 September - International Year of Light;
9 October - World Post Day;
30 October National parks of South Africa Part 2;
30 October - Biosphere reserves of South Africa.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

499. Fish Feature On St. Helena Christmas Stamps.

  St. Helena issued a set of 6 stamps on 15 October 2014 as its Christmas issue. The stamps depicted fish which is not a subject which one usually associates with Christmas, though a fish was an early Christian symbol. The stamps are colourful and have local relevance and resonably priced:-

   St. Helena also issued a set of 4 stamps on 20 October 2014 to commemorate the island's participation in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Members of the island's team are depicted on the stamps:-

   A spokesperson for Zampost, the Post Office of Zambia, announced that a set of stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country's independence was released on 22 October 2014. Unfortunately details of the issue were not reported and I have not yet seen any illustrations of the issue. It was announced however that the issue was titled "50 Glorious Years of Independence" and that Zampost had issued "3 souvenir editions" and would be handing out albums of the jubilee stamps to some "notable members of society".
  The 2 latest issues from Bangladesh are :-
  17 September 2014 - 40th anniversary of Bangladesh's membership of The United Nations - 1 stamp, designed by Anowar Hossain and lithographed by The Security Printing Corp. Gazipur:-

  13 September 2014 - Establishment of  BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation) Secretariat in Dhaka - 1 stamp, designed by Anowar Hossain and lithographed by The Security Printing Corp. Gazipur:-

  The latest issue from India was released on 12 November 2014 and is a single R5 stamp which commemorates the Unit Trust of India:-

  On 4 November 2014 Hong Kong China issued a large number of items related to Christmas. There is a set of 4 gummed stamps, a gummed miniature sheet, 4 self-adhesive miniature sheets each containing 4 x 4 of the same design, each m.s. featuring a different design and 2 "Heartwarming" sheetlets of 8 identical stamps each with an attached label. The items were designed by Shirman Lai and lithographed by Cartor:-

  Two recent issues from Singapore Post:- 
9 November 2014 - Joint issue with Liechtenstein - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. One of the stamps features a design by Jensen W Beyrich, an artist living in Liechtenstein, which is a representation of the artist's impression of Singapore and the second stamp depicts a design by Mrs. Hok Sek Chern, a Singaporean artist, which features part of her painting "Looking at Vaduz" (a depiction of the capital of Liechtenstein):-

  7 August 2014 - Philakorea 2014 philatelic exhibition - 1 miniature sheet. Other recent Singapore issues are described in Blogs 439, 456, 479 and 496:-

  A sheetlet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet have been issued by IGPC in the name of St. Kitts on the subject of cactus flowers. I did not yet know the date of issue of these philatelic products. The miniature sheet contains a $7 circular design:-

  A Commonwealth double-whammy this week from Stamperija - 2 sets of philatelic items produced with either the names of Mozambique or Solomon Islands printed on them.
  Those inscribed Mozambique are said to have been issued on 20 August 2014 and comprise yet another 15 sheetlets, each containing 4 different "stamps" and 15 accompanying miniature sheets. The themes this time are:- Dogs, Cats, Turtles, Climate change (including pictures of polar bears and penguins!), Seashells, Minerals, Bee eaters (birds), Dolphins, Mushrooms, Orchids, Sharks, Lizards, Owls, Fish and Spiders. So far therefore during 2014, Stamperija has produced 341 "stamps" and 89 miniature sheets with the name of Mozambique inscribed on them making a grand total of 430 items:-

   The products produced in the name of The Solomon Islands consist of 10 sheetlets each of 4 different "stamps" and 10 accompanying miniature sheets and the subjects of each sub-issue are:- Third SIDS  Conference held in Samoa, Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, High speed trains, Victory of Germany in FIFA World Cup Championships, Graf Zeppelin, Galileo Galilei, Yuri Gargarin, Minerals, Fire engines and the Succesion of King Felipe VI of Spain. The stated "day of issue" is 20 November 2014. Stamperija has therefore produced 272 "stamps" and 68 miniature sheets so far during 2014 inscribed with the name of Solomon Islands - this makes a total of 340 items. 

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