Tuesday, 28 March 2017

939. Malta Architecture, Malaysian Calligraphy And Myanmar Foreign Affairs.

  🇲🇹 Anyone who has had the pleasure to visit Malta will appreciate how the character of the island is brought out in the wonderful buildings that one sees all around one and therefore it's easy to understand why Malta Post issues a set of stamps annually which showcase various aspects of the island's architecture.
  A set of 3 stamps will be released therefore on 30 March 2017 which depict the interesting balcony corbels which can be seen around the island; this will be the second such issue with another set of three on the same subject having been released in 2016. This attractive and interesting set was designed by Cedric Galea Pirotta and lithographed by Printex Ltd. and perforated 14. Rating:- ****.

  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 28 March 2017 on the subject of Calligraphy with regard to local festivals - Hari raya, Idil fitur and Chinese New Year. The set was designed by Shahrul Izhar, the calligraphy being carried out by Adam Ng, Mohd Fathi Roseli and Velu Perumal. Rating:- *****.

  🇲🇲 The postal service of Myanmar has issued a single stamp which depicts General Aung San, the country's first foreign minister, by way of commemorating the 70th anniversary of Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is an interesting little item and was issued on 17 March 2017. Rating:- ****

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.