Friday, 23 June 2017

1027. 🇭🇰 Hong Kong Commemorates 20 Years Of Chinese Sovereignty.



  Hong Kong Post will issue a set of 4 stamps and I miniature sheet on 1 July 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. The set was designed by Shirman Lai and lithographed by Enschede and perforated 14 x 13.5. Rating:- *****.





     On 1 July 2017 Hong Kong Post will also issue a "mini-pane" of 10 x HK$1.70 stamps as a joint issue with China Post and a souvenir sheet will also be released which contains 1 x HK$1.70 and 3 China stamps (values - RMB1.20, 1.20 and 1.50). The issue commemorates the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty and was designed by Hon Bing-wah and lithographed by the Beijing Postage Stamp Printing House and perforated 13. Rating:- **.





  🇮🇲 The Isle Of Man Post Office issued a set of 6 stamps on 20 June 2017 to commemorate the Platinum wedding anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The designs feature various photographs of the royal couple at various stages of their marriage. The designs are not very original but are generally bright and colourful. Rating:- ***.




  🇮🇳 India Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 22 June 2017 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Survey of India which is the country's central engineering company charged with mapping and surveying to consolidate the territories of the British East India Company. The British surveyor, Colonel William Lambton, commenced the Great Trigonometry Survey in 1802 and the project lasted 5 decades being completed by Survey General Lieutenant George Everest in 1852. Radhanath Sikdar measured the height of Mount Everest in 1852.
  For such a significant anniversary this is an incredibly uninteresting set of stamps - dull and drab and unimaginative. Rating:- *.




  On the following day, 23 June 2017, India Post released an equally dull and uninteresting single stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Passport Act by the Indian Parliament. Rating:- *.



Thursday, 22 June 2017

1026. 🇲🇾 Batik And Festive Food From Malaysia.

  🇲🇾  Pos Malaysia issued a set of 6 stamps (3 se-tenant pairs) on 20 July 2017 on the subject of Batik. The very attractive set was designed by Reyzal Jasman and KY Lim. Rating:- ****.




  Previously, Pos Malaysia had issued a set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 2 June 2017 as the third part of its ongoing Festive food series this time depicting Malay food. This is an excellent little series and I very much like the food illustrations used in the series. Rating:- ****.





  🇲🇹 MaltaPost issued a commemorative cover with a special stamp plus label affixed to it which commemorated the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of St. George Preca whom Pope John Paul II had dubbed "the Second Apostle of Malta". He was the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine and was a Third Order Carmelite, being known locally as "Dun Gorg".
  The stamp is the "Map of Malta" greetings stamp with an attached label depicting St. George Preca. This item appears to only be available attached to the cover and not in unused state but is still worth obtaining particularly in view of the low cost of this commemorative item. Rating:- ***.



  🇬🇬  In Blog 1021 I mentioned the set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on the subject of 'Coastal eclipses' which Guernsey Post is planning to release on 19 July 2017. This issue is now illustrated below. The publicity calls it "Costal eclipses", which is something to do with ribs, and which may explain why no coastal scenes appear on the stamps.
  Nor do the eclipses have much to do with Alderney whose name appears in the inscription on the stamps - the featured eclipses illustrated are said to be in Vancouver, Miami, Hamilton (Bermuda), Dakar (Senegal), Saint Anne (Alderney) and Anadyr (Russia). This ill-judged issue, designed by The Potting Shed, is more of a vehicle for a philatelic gimmick than for good design since, if heat is applied to the stamps, the eclipse fills out into a complete "moon" as shown in the illustration of the miniature sheet below. The issue was lithographed by Enschede and perforated 13.5 X 14. Rating:- *.




  The Guernsey Post Philatelic Bureau "tweeted" on 22 June 2017 that on that day its "Lighthouses" Post and Go stamps were being dispensed from kiosk GG01 in Smith Street post office with an additional inscription applied which welcomed tourists on board the cruise ship Ventura which was in port that day.


   Back to Pos Malaysia which also issued a sheetlet of 8 stamps (2 each of 4) with attached labels on 20 June 2017 to commemorate Father's Day. It's an amusing item which seems to equate fatherhood with silly moustaches and hats dating back to the mid 20th century - oh, and pipe smoking. What else can you say? Rating:- ***.




  🇸🇱 Stamperija is changing the type of products it's issuing which appears to involve more "stamps" or sheetlets per issue and thus larger potential profits if there's anyone around who is prepared to buy the stuff. Thus we now have sets of 4 stamps but not produced as sheetlets of 4 different stamps but as 6 identical stamps printed in 4 sheetlets, hence anyone who has it in mind to buy sheetlets will be buying 24 stamps instead of 4. Now too another new phenonomen - sheetlets of 8 different stamps! Is Stamperija getting desperate?
  The latest products include a sheetlet of 8 stamps which commemorates someone called Billy Karam 
who is, apparently, the Guinness World Record holder for having the largest collection of model cars and dioramas (so he's someone who really deserves to be depicted on a set of stamps then). Mr Karam is also celebrated with an accompanying miniature sheet. Well done Mr. Karam.
  Oh by the way, the name of Sierra Leone is printed on this and the following items:- 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet sets on the following subjects:- 70th death anniversary of Henry Ford, 165th anniversary of the death of Louis Braille, 190th anniversary of the death of Ludwig van Beethoven, 55th birth anniversary of the late Steve Irwin (naturalist), 95th anniversary of the death of Alexander Graham Bell, 50th anniversary of the publication of Mikhail Bulgakov's ""The Master and Margarita", Commemoration of Pope Francis and the 35th Birthday of The Duke of Cambridge.
The stated date of issue is 30 May 2017. Rating:- 0.







   🇸🇧 Stamperija has also released various products with the name of Solomon Islands printed on them. These revert to the format of sheetlets of 4 different stamps and accompanying miniature sheets on the following subjects - "Ships that never sailed", Butterflies, Lighthouses, Turtles, Orchids, Pandas, Polar bears, Whales, Fish, Tigers, Parrots, Cats and 135th Birth Anniversary of US President Franklin D Roosevelt. These items, stated to have been issued on 15 May 2017, are similar in appearance to all other Stamperija products and it is pointless to waste time adding illustrations of them to this Blog. Rating:- 0.

Monday, 19 June 2017

1025. 🇫🇰 Falkland Islands Commemorates Journal Anniversary.



  🇫🇰 The postal service of Falkland Islands is to issue a set of 4 stamps on 5 July 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Falkland Islands Journal. Each stamp, designed by Bee Design, features one of the covers of the journal. The 31p value depicts the 2010 cover which features a painting of "Pale Maidens" by Gerald Roberts which was in memory of Jane Cameron, the Falkland Islands Government archivist.
  The 76p depicts the 2013 cover which features the Jhelum, a Victorian merchant ship, in a painting by Fred McAdam. The £1.01p stamp depicts the 2014 cover which shows a part of a painting of The Battle of the Falkland Islands by JS Abrahams and the £1.22p stamp depicts the 2016 cover on which is shown a section of a painting of Port Stanley by Tommy Thompson, the Journal's first editor.
  The set was lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.
  Thanks to Juliet Warner for supplying the information on this issue.




   🇬🇧 The Royal Mail Post and Go stamps dispensed from kiosk A011 at the Royal Signals Museum from 9 June 2017 to October/November 2017 - the now disbanded Royal Signals White Helmets motorcycle display team. See Blog 1015.


  🇮🇳 India Post issued a single stamp on 18 June 2017 to commemorate Jhala Manna who fought in the Battle of Haldi Ghati in 1576, fought between the Rana of Mewar, Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and saved the life of the Pratap by sacrificing his own life. An interesting historical subject - Rating:- ***.


  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post Philatelic Bureau tweeted on 19 June 2017 that Post and Go kiosk GG01 in Smith Street post office was dispensing "Lighthouses" stamps with an additional inscription applied to them which welcomed the passengers on board the cruise ship Caribbean Princess which was docked in Guernsey on that day. This is the third time that GG01 has dispensed labels to commemorate a visit by the Caribbean Princess.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

1024. 🇰🇾 Cayman Islands Views The Planets.


  🇰🇾 The postal service of Cayman Islands issued a set of 4 stamps on 2 June 2017 on the subject of Astronomy. The designs depict photographs taken at the Dr. Wm. Hrudey Observatory based at the University College of the Cayman Islands and there is notable local interest in the issue because of the source of the photographs. Rating:- ****.


  🇦🇺 Australia Post has announced a number of new issues for the coming couple of months:-

4 July 2017 - Centenary of the Trans-Australian Railway - 2 gummed stamps, 2 self-adhesive stamps from booklets of 10 and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by John White and lithographed by EGOTrade and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ****.




4 July 2017 - previously issued $2 "Golden rainbow" wild flowers definitive stamp issued in a booklet of 5 self-adhesive stamps.


7 July 2017 - "Perth Stamp and Coin Show" - 1 miniature sheet. Rating:- *.


11 July 2017 - "Care Bears" stamp pack sold for $23 - 20 x $1 "Hearts" stamps with attached labels in 2 panes. Rating:- 0,


11 July 2017 - "Dirty Dancing" stamp pack sold for $23 - 20 x $1 "Hearts" stamps with attached labels in 2 panes. Rating:- 0.



18 July 2017 - issue inscribed "Norfolk Island Australia" -  Flowers - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Sharon Rodziewicz and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.


1 August 2017 - Dragonflies - 5 gummed stamps, 5 self-adhesive stamps from booklets of 10 stamps and booklets of 20 stamps and 2 self-adhesive stamps from coils and 1 gummed miniature sheet. Designed by Owen Bell and Jo Mure and lithographed by EGOTrade (coil stamps lithographed by Pemara) and perforated 14 x 14.5. An attractive set but unnecessary- Rating:- *.









15 August 2017 - issue inscribed "Christmas Island Australia" - Early voyages (Captain William Mynors and William Dampier) - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet - Designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by EGOTrade and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.



15 August 2017 - "The Emoji Movie" stamp pack sold for $23 - 20 x $1 "cake" stamps with attached labels in 2 panes. Rating:- 0.


15 August 2017 - "Beauty and The Beast" stamp pack sold for $23 - 20 x $1 "Rose" stamps in 2 panes with attached labels. Rating:- 0.


29 August 2017 - Shipwrecks- 3 gummed stamps, 3 self-adhesive stamps from booklets of 10, 3 self-adhesive stamps from coils and 1 x $20.95c Prestige booklet. Designed by Simone Sakinofsky, lithographed by RA Printing (coil stamps lithographed by Pemara) and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- **.





prestige booklet