Monday, 25 October 2021

1964. 🇨🇦 Canada Post Commemorates First World War Heroes.

🇨🇦 Canada Post issued a single self-adhesive stamp produced in booklets of 10 along with a gummed miniature sheet containing five examples of the stamp on 21 October 2021 to commemorate three Canadian military figures who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. The issue was designed by Soapbox Design. Rating:- ****.

🇹🇹 TT Post, the postal service of Trinidad And Tobago, issued a booklet of 10 circular self-adhesive stamps on 16 October 2021. The stamps depict various dishes to celebrate the theme of ‘Authentic cuisine Trinidad and Tobago’ and the issue was released on World Food Day. The rather poor quality illustration is taken from a Facebook page post of the launch of the issue in which most often photographs featured large numbers of government ministers and officials all trying to get in the act but the stamps were largely ignored while the poor designer of the issue did not get a mention. Rating:- *****.

🇱🇰  Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 19 October 2021 to commemorate the national Eid Meelad-un-Nabi festival. A colourful item. Rating:- ****.

🇯🇪 One of the six Jersey Post Post and Go ‘250th anniversary of the Jersey corn riots’ issue mentioned in Blog 1942 is depicted below. The issue was originally said to have involved adding a relevant inscription to the Lighthouses issue but the design featured on the Jersey Stamps and Collectables internet site suggests that the stamps finally appeared with the inscription applied to The Jersey Arms set. The day of issue was 28 September 2021.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

1963. 🇸🇬 Singapore Commemorates SE Asia Defence Agreement.


  🇸🇬 Singapore Post will issue a very interesting set of 4 stamps on 1 November 2021 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangement involving Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. This is an interesting choice of subject at this time when matters are gradually coming to a boil in the Far East as China looks to expand its power in the area.Rating:- ****.

🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia will also release a set on the same subject but further details are awaited.

🇮🇲 I wish that those who choose the subjects and designs for their new stamp issues could understand how dull the philatelic life is becoming with the frequent release of stamps which feature subjects which have been shown on their stamps several times before. Hence we find that Isle of Man Post Office intends to issue a set of 6 Christmas stamps plus a miniature sheet containing all six of them which will depict the frequently featured Thomas The Tank Engine chikdren’s books characters on 27 October 2021. These stamps are cheerful and pleasant and will brighten up the Manx Christmas mail and will probably delight the general Manx mail-sending public but Thomas The Tank Engine has made several appearances on Manx stamps and there is only a limited number of times that you want to see these toy trains on one’s album pages.

  The issue was designed by EJC Design and lithographed by bpost and the stamps are perforated 13.5. Rating;- **

  🇬🇧🇮🇪 Crossing the Irish Sea from Isle Of Man we arrive on the island of Ireland and note that Northern Ireland commemorates its Centenary on 21 October 2021. You might expect that a country would issue stamps to celebrate an anniversary as important as the centenary of its founding but perhaps we may understand why Royal Mail has backed away from philatelicly commemorating this highly significant anniversary and instead chosen to release a long series of items with no national significance at all on the subject of Batman

  We might recall that in similar fashion Royal Mail failed to issue a set of stamps in 2007 to commemorate the Tercentenary of the establishment of The United Kingdom by the Union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland. An article on Norvic’s stamp blog from that year did note that Royal Mail did indeed produce a coil version of the definitive-sized Union Jack stamp so that it could more easily be used on a coin cover which Royal had produced to commemorate the anniversary but other than that there was nothing of note. 

  An Post, the postal service of the Irish Republic, intends to release a pair of stamps on 2 December 2021 to commemorate the Centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

  Blog 1873 details the ‘country definitives’ issued by Royal Mail on behalf of Northern Island along with Royal Mail commemoratives which are relevant to the subject.

🇬🇬 Guernsey Post has indicated what it’s first stamp issues of 2022 will be:- 

19 January - Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger

7 February - inscribed ‘Alderney’ - Plarinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

9 February - Clematis gold, Samaritan Jo

9 February - Love paper, Part 1 

4 April - Voice Vouaie, Guernsey patois

4 April - inscribed ‘Alderney’ - Alderney patois

4 April - Love paper, Part 2.

Monday, 18 October 2021

1962. 🇫🇰 Falkland Islands To Feature Albatross On Upcoming Stamps.


  🇫🇰 The postal service of the Falkland Islands will issue another attractive and interesting set of 4 stamps on 17 November 2021 on the subject of the Black browed albatross. The stamps were designed by Georgina Strange from photographs she had taken and were lithographed by Cartor and are perforated 13.5 x 13. The production of the issue was co-ordinated by Creative Direction. Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue. Rating:- *****.

  🇳🇬 It is often very difficult to keep in touch with news of what is happening on the new issue front in a large number of African countries. On E Bay the dealer, cjtern, is an excellent source of information on the latest new issues of the postal service of Nigeria as well as being someone who has the items actually for sale at a reasonable price. Thus there is now news of an issue from NiPost, the Nigerian postal service, which commemorates the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Nigerian capital, Abuja. A single stamp was released by NiPost on 18 March 2021 and was lithographed by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company. Rating:- ****.

  Cjtern is also offering for sale 2 recent Revenue stamps from Nigeria and points out that such items are often used as postage stamps and I feel are therefore worth mentioning here.

  He notes that a single stamp was issued, I think last year, as a follow-up to the Stamp Duty stamp released in 2006. He informs us that a spat had developed between two government organisations - the postal service NiPost and the government inland revenue service FIRS - as to which of them should have responsibility for the production of revenue stamps. It appears that NiPost was eventually successful in its claim but not before FIRS had produced its own version. Cjtern expected that this item, though rare, would find some usage on mail items.

  The NiPost version was issued on 3 August 2021 with Nigeria Philatelic Services producing a first day cover and by doing so, at a single stroke, giving it postal as well as fiscal validity. Very interesting. Rating:- *****.

 ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡¿ New Zealand Post will issue a set of 4 gummed stamps, 3 self-adhesive stamps from booklets and 1 gummed miniature sheet containing all 4 stamps on 3 November 2021 to commemorate Christmas. The colourful stamps which feature characters from the story of the Nativity were designed by Cam Price but it would have been more pleasing if the featured figures had been given faces. The issue was lithographed by Southern Colour Print and the gummed stamps are perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ***.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

1961. 🇨🇦 Canada Post Commemorates Actor Christopher Plummer.


🇨🇦 Canada Post’s latest new issues are:- 

14 October 2021 - Commemoration of the actor, the late Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) who is most famous I suspect for his role of von Trapp in the movie of the musical Sound of Music. The single self-adhesive stamp which is issued in booklets of 10 also depicts Plummer in the roles of King Lear, Rudyard Kipling in the film The Man Who Would Be King and as John Barrymore in the movie Barrymore. The stamp was designed by Stephen Slipp and Spooky Pooka and is accompanied by a miniature sheet containing 6 of the stamps. Rating:- ****.

19 October 2021 - Diwali (Hindu religious festival) - 1 stamp issued in booklets of 10. Designed by Seung Jai Paek. Rating:- ***.

  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post’s Post and Go kiosk GG02 located at Envoy House in St Peter Port will dispense strips of the Guernsey Flag stamps with an additional inscription to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal British Legion from 11 to 13 November 2021. The inscription will read, “RBL 100/1921-2021’ along with a Poppy icon.The day of issue coincides with Armistice Day.

🇬🇧 The Post and Go kiosk A002, situated at the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth and where Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory is located, will dispense strips of the Union Jack and Machin Head stamps with the additional inscription “Trafalgar Day” to commemorate the 216th anniversary of the British fleet’s defeat of the French at the glorious Battle of Trafalgar from 21 to 31 October 2021.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

1960. 🇧🇲 Bermuda’s Christmas Stamps.


  🇧🇲  The postal service of Bermuda issued a very attractive set of 4 Christmas ‘Greetings’ stamps on 30 September 2021. The stamps were lithographed by Lowe Martin.

  Thanks to Gene W of Colnect for drawing my attention to this issue. Rating:- *****.

  🇦🇺 The latest list of new issues from Australia Post contains only the upcoming Christmas stamps inscribed Australia and the Christmas stamps which are inscribed Christmas Island Australia

  The set inscribed Australia is made up of 3 rather uninteresting stamps featuring decorated biscuits and 2 with a more religious theme. All 5 designs are to be sold in gummed format as well as self-adhesive from booklets and the 65c secular stamps are also in self-adhesive format from sheetlets of 10. There is also a gummed miniature sheet. The issue is designed by Jo Muré and Sonia Young and the stamps are lithographed by RA Printing (religious stamps) and EGO (secular stamps) and Rapid Labels (secular self-adhesives from sheets of 10). The gummed stamps are perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- **.

  The set inscribed Christmas Island is made up of 2 gummed stamps, 1 gummed miniature sheet and 1 self-adhesive stamp from a sheetlet of 10. The cartoony style of local wildlife meeting Father Christmas is cheerful and amusing but has been used continuously over the last few years and has now probably overstayed its welcome. The issue was designed by Andrew McIntosh and Sonia Young and the stamps were lithographed by RA Printing and Rapid Labels (sheetlet of 10) and are perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

  These items are all due to be issued on 1 November 2021.

  Apart from the above Australia Post also intends to issue even more of the tiresome stamp packs containing 2 sheetlets each of 12 different stamps (a total of 24 different stamps per pack) and sold at a premium price of A$17.95. There are two such packs titled ‘Elf on the Shelf’ and ‘Mickey Mouse and Friends Christmas pack’. Rating:- 0.