Monday, 15 October 2018

1315. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Nursery Rhymes And Historic Post Offices.

  ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore Post will issue a set of 8 gummed stamps, 1 miniature sheet and 4 self-adhesive stamps from sheetlets of 10 on 17 October 2018 on the subject of Nursery rhymes. The colourful issue was designed by Andy Koh and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ***.





  News of some excellent stamps which depict historic post offices:-

  ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka Post issued an interesting single stamp on 9 October 2018 to commemorate World Post Day. The stamp was designed by Pulasthi Ediriweera and depicts Kandy Post Office which was built in 1897. Rating:- *****.


  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ New issues from Myanma Post And Telecommunications are infrequent. A single stamp was issued on 20 September 2018 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Yangon's fine Edwardian era General Post Office building.  The first day cover produced by the Myanmar Philatelic Society also features an excellent illustration of the building. Rating:- *****.



  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ In Blog 1314 I mentioned the stamps issued by Hong Kong Post on the subject of Cantonese Opera and noted that a Prestige booklet containing 3 panes and costing $53 would accompany the issue. The booklet's cover is depicted below:-



Friday, 12 October 2018

1314. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Falkland Islands Features The Road To Nowhere

  ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Following on from an issue by the British Antarctic Territory postal service of a set on the same subject, the postal service of Falkland Islands will release a similar set of 4 depicting extraordinarily beautiful photographs of local Landscapes. The production of the set was co-ordinated by Creative Direction using photographs by 4 different photographers and printed in lithography by Cartor and perforated 13.5. This is a lovely set with one design depicting the romantically named 'Road to Nowhere'. Rating:- *****.
  Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this set.



  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius Post issued a pair of stamps on World Post Day, 9 October 2018, on the subject of local 'Rescue and Life Saving'. The Rs3 value is disappointingly dull though it commemorates an important subject - the St John Ambulance Service - but the Rs13 is rather more interesting featuring, as it does, the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service in action at the scene of a fire. Rating:- ***.



  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post issued a set of 6 stamps and a sheetlet containing 2 sets and a $53 Prestige booklet on 9 October 2018, again on World Post Day, on the subject of 'Cantonese Opera Repertory'. This is an exciting, delightful, colourful and interesting set, designed beautifully by Arde Lam and Martin Lau and lithographed by Enschedรฉ and perforated 14 x 13.5. Rating:- *****. Perhaps Hong Kong Post could loan out its designers to Mauritius Post.





  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ The Royal Gibraltar Post Office's Post and Go kiosk, GI05, dispensed stamps at the Macao 2018 Philatelic Exhibition which was held from 21 to 24 September 2018. Collectors' strips of 6 were produced by dispensing both the Year of The Dog stamps and the Commonwealth Postal Administration stamps with the additional inscription ' MACAO/2018' applied to them. Rating:- 0.






Thursday, 11 October 2018

1313. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ World Post Day Stamps From Malaysia, Christmas From New Zealand And St Helena.

 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ I do like the pair of stamps and miniature sheet which were issued by Pos Malaysia on 9 October 2018 to commemorate World Post Day. The issue was designed by Datuk Dr Mohammad Noor Awang. Rating:- *****.




  ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ No details yet that I have been able to find but I depict illustrations of a set of 4 stamps issued or about to be released by the St Helena postal service on the subject of the Festival of Lights which is hosted by Pilling Primary School as families, friends and schools come together to decorate floats so that they are covered in flashing lights. There is a parade through Georgetown which ends at the wharf where boats, lit up also, sail around the seafront. The local schoolchildren dress up like Christmas trees. Rating:- ****.



  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand Post will release its Christmas set on 7 November 2018. The rather unconvincing designs depict various characters from the Nativity and come as 5 gummed stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 5 stamps and 4 self-adhesive stamps of which the pair of $1.20c values are being sold from a box of 100 coil stamps as well as from booklets of 10 and the $2.40c and $3 values are sold from booklets of 10 both at a discounted price. The issue was designed by Saint Andrew Matautia and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14. Rating:- ***.












Wednesday, 10 October 2018

1312. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland Remembers Victims Of Mail Ship Torpedoed By German Submarine


  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช An Post, the postal service of The Republic Of Ireland, issued a single stamp on 10 October 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of the sinking of the mailboat RMS Leinster when a German submarine torpedoed it during the First World War. The ship was sailing from Kingstown to Holyhead in Wales and 567 people were killed as a result of the German attack. Twenty one of the 22 mail workers aboard were among those killed by the Germans and other victims included medical workers and ordinary civilians as well as Irish members of the armed forces fighting against the Kaiser's aggression.
  The stamp was designed by Design HQ from art by Brian Palm and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****. The issue highlights the importance of Ireland's historical links with Great Britain.
  ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น In a comment in Blog 1309 eyeonwall suggested that we should expect approximately half a dozen more surcharges from the postal service of Trinidad And Tobago and here indeed is a further such item currently on sale on an internet auction site. Rating:- ***.


  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail will issue one of its 'generic sheets' on 15 November 2018 to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the Year of The Pig. The item was designed by hat-trick design and is made up of 20 'Fireworks' Smilers stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.




 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 29 September 2018 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Pontificial Society Of The Missionary Childhood. Rating:- **.


  A single stamp was then released on 1 October 2018 to commemorate World Children's Day. I suppose that there must be someone who feels that the design has merit. Rating:- *.



Monday, 8 October 2018

1311. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Aircraft Of Ross Dependency.

  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 7 November 2018 for sole use in Ross Dependency on the subject of Aircraft of the Territory. The issue was designed by Alan Hollows and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14. Rating:- ***.




  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ As part of its participation in the Macao 2018 philatelic exhibition, Australia Post released 4 miniature sheets in limited editions of just 300 (not for the first time), one being issued each day of the exhibition. Each sheet has overprints applied to them and is numbered. Two, recently being offered on an internet auction site, are depicted below. Each was being sold at just under £50! Rare they may be, desirable they are not, particularly at that price. Rating:- 0.



  ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 24 September 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of cubbing (2016) and Centenary of Rover scouting (2018) in Bangladesh. The 2 stamps are circular in format but the designs are very dull. Rating:- **.





Friday, 5 October 2018

1310. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ New Definitives From BAT And Guernsey To Commemorate The Year Of The (Greedy) Pig With 20 Issue Programme.

 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The postal service of British Antarctic Territory will release a new definitive series during November 2018 made up of 12 stamps on the subject of 'Penguins and Chicks'. The issue was designed from images by Derren Fox and Sue Flood and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. An attractive set which is bound to be popular among collectors. Rating:- *****.







  British Antarctic Territory will also issue a set of 4 stamps in mid to late November 2018 on the subject of local landscapes. The issue was designed by Bee Design from images taken by UKAHT and Sue Flood and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. The issue portrays some lovely scenes. Rating:- *****.




  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ  Guernsey Post has revealed that it will release 20 sets of stamps in 2018.

  The proposed programme is:-

  22 January 2019 - Year of The Pig


  13 February 2019 - Commemoration of John Wilson, architect
  13 February 2019 - 120th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Stella (inscribed 'Alderney')
  13 February 2019 - Post and Go, 50th anniversary of the Guernsey Old Car Club
  19 February 2019 - Post and Go, Spring Stampex 2019 in London, dispensed from kiosk GG01, Guernsey Flag stamp with additional inscription.
  1 April 2019 - Europa, Birds
  29 May 2019 - Birth bicentennaries of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  29 May 2019 - 75th anniversary of D Day (inscribed 'Alderney')
  24 July 2019 - new definitives £2, £1 and 10p to 1p (inscribed 'Alderney')
  24 July 2019 - 50th anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales
  24 July 2019 - SEPAC, Hauteville House
  24 July 2019 - Bicentenary of John Keats' odes (inscribed 'Alderney')
  19 September 2019 - Post and Go, Autumn Stampex 2019 in London, dispensed from kiosk GG01'Guernsey Flag stamp with additional inscription.
  1 October 2019 - 50th anniversary of postal independence (postal)
  1 October 2019 - 50th anniversary of postal independence (philatelic)
  11 November 2019 - Christmas 
  11 November 2019 - Christmas (issue inscribed 'Alderney')
  11 November 2019 - Centenary of Armistice Day (issue inscribed 'Alderney')
  19 December 2019 - Post and Go, Christmas, dispensed from kiosk GG02, Guernsey Flag stamp with additional inscription.

  This year Guernsey Post will issue 2 Christmas sets, each containing 7 stamps:-

  Issues inscribed 'Guernsey' - 8 November 2018 - Christmas, Hoffmann's The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated with simulated perforations. Rating:- ***.





  Issues inscribed 'Alderney' - 

  8 November 2018 - Christmas, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - 7 stamps. Designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Lowe Martin and perforated 13. Rating:- ****.








  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง There is news of a further upcoming new issue from British Antarctic Territory to be released during November 2018 - 4 stamps issued as part of the Creative Direction/Pobjoy Stamps mini-omnibus series featuring Migratory species. This issue depicts migratory seals and was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about all the British Antarctic Territory issues mentioned above.



  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ In addition to the miniature sheet issued on 2 October 2018 to commemorate the beginning of the celebrations to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, India Post has also issued all 7 stamps included in the miniature sheet as separate stamps. Rating:- ***.