Monday, 27 March 2017

938. Whales From Bahamas; Independence Celebrations From Maldives; Transport From India.




  🇧🇸 The Bahamas Postal Service will issue a set of 4 stamps on 10 April 2017 as the second part of its series which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation. The set features local whales and was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Another excellent issue from Creative Direction/Pobjoy Stamps. Rating:- *****.



  🇲🇻 Maldives Post is said to have issued 11 "local" miniature sheets during 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. Independence Day was celebrated on 26 July 2016. I do not know the date of issue of these sheets but if they were released on Independence Day then they would have been issued while Maldives was still a member of The Commonwealth so I suppose, given their local nature, that I really ought to add them to my Commonwealth stamp collection. Rating:- ***.










  🇮🇳 India Post issued 20 different stamps on 25 March 2017 on the subject of "Means of Transport". The issue was produced in various formats - 5 miniature sheets each of 4 different stamps (Palanquin, Bullock cart and horse carriage, Rickshaw, Vintage car and Public transport) issued in a Prestige booklet sold for Rs600, 1 sheetlet of 20 different stamps and 5 sheetlets each containing 5 se-tenant strips of 4 different stamps and each sold for Rs275. Rating:- **.



























Friday, 24 March 2017

937. Canada Joint Issue With France Commemorates Vimy Ridge.


  🇨🇦 Canada Post will issue a single stamp and 1 miniature sheet on 8 April 2017 as a joint issue with La Poste to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The "P" value will be issued in self-adhesive format from booklets of ten and the miniature sheet is gummed. The issue was designed by Sarah Bougault and Susan Scott with the illustration being "inspired by Chris Howes". Rating:- *****.


  🇬🇸 Fish seem to be the subject of a number of issues this year and the next issue from the postal service of Ascension Island will continue this theme with a set of 6 stamps on the subject of Local Eels. The set uses photographs by Dr. Andrew Richardson of AIG Conservation and is unusual in its depiction of eels in a single set. Five species of Moray eels and a Spotted snake eel are shown on the stamps which were designed by Bee Design and lithographed by Lowe-Martin Group and perforated 13.5. This is another highly interesting issue from Creative Direction/Pobjoy, Rating:- *****.




  🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 21 March 2017 to commemorate the Centenary of Girl Guiding in the country. The stamp was designed by P Isuru Chataranga and printed in lithography. Rating:- ***.


  🇯🇪 Jersey Post issued a Commemorative sheet of 20 x "UK" rate "Jersey Flag" stamps with attached labels on 22 March 2017 on the subject of "Welcome to Jersey". In many ways this is an attractive item, including as it does many local scenes including a portrait of a pretty Jersey cow, but I generally dislike these extremely overpriced Commemorative sheets and gave up collecting them a long time ago. How much nicer it would have been to have a series of proper stamps featuring these images and sold at face value rather than at a premium price. So, despite this being an attractive item of local relevance, its rating is * and no more.







Thursday, 23 March 2017

936. Northern Cyprus Features Dolphin, Bhutan Depicts Mini-Temples.


  🇹🇷 The postal service of The Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus issued a single stamp on 23 February 2017 on the subject of Dolphins. The stamp was designed by GN Sonmezer and lithographed by Devlet Basimevi and is an interesting and attractive item. Rating:- *****.

  🇧🇹 Bhutan Post has issued a sheetlet containing 4 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet on the fascinating subject of Tashigomangs. As the text in the borders of the sheets explains, these are miniature temples carried on the backs of Buddhist priests from village to village so that those who gaze on them are able to obtain blessings from doing so. Another excellent and modestly priced issue of local interest from Bhutan Post. I do not yet know the date of issue. Rating:- *****.




  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 17 March 2017 as the second part of its Festival Food series. This issue depicts Kadazandusun and Dayak cuisine and was designed by KY Lim of Reign Associates. This is an enjoyable and pleasant ongoing series. Rating:- *****.






  🇲🇿 Finally this week's paraphilatelic stuff from the infamous Stamperija includes items with the name of Mozambique printed on them with the numerous subjects being eclectic in the extreme:- Special transport, Big cats, Sea birds, Concorde, Bees, Owls, Hornbills, Lighthouses, Marilyn Monroe, Ferrari cars, Japanese high speed trains, Snakes, Orchids, Fire engines and Turtles (the usual 15 "miniature sheets" and 15 "sheetlets" each containing 4 different "stamps"). Rating:- 0. These items are said to have been "issued" on 10 February 2017 though where they were issued is not so clear. There's little point in reproducing all of this stuff as it is all in similar format but below I illustrate a couple of items from this "issue" just to demonstrate what it looks like:-