Friday, 17 August 2018

1283. 🇦🇺 Even More Stamps From Australia Post.

  🇦🇺 As always, there are many philatelic products to be released in the near future by Australia Post as revealed in this latest list:-

4 September 2018 - Vintage motor cycles - 4 gummed stamps, 4 self adhesive stamps from booklets (4 booklets each containing 10 of each design), 4 self-adhesive stamps from coils and 1 x $20.95c Prestige Booklet. Designed by Sharon Rodziewicz and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- 0.

21 - 24 September 2018 - Macau 2018, 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition - 4 miniature sheets, one issued on each day of the exhibition.  Rating:- 0.

18 September 2018 - Invictus Games, to be held in Sydney from 20 to 27 October 2018 - $23 Stamp pack containing 2 panes, each of 10 'Map of Australia' greetings stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.

18 September 2018 - inscribed 'Norfolk Island Australia' - Cruise ships - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing the 2 stamps. Designed by John White and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

18 September 2018 - 'Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet' - 5 gummed and 5 self-adhesive stamps (released in bookets of 10 - 5 booklets in all). Designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by Ego and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- 0.

28 September 2018 - inscribed 'Australian Antarctic Territory' - 30th anniversary of RSV Aurora Australis. 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Stacey Zass and lithographed by Ego and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

2018 - Various stamp packs - sold for $23 each -

'Paddington' - 2 panes each containing 10 'Balloons' greetings stamps with attached labels.
'Hot Wheels' - 2 panes each containing 10 'Map of Australia' greetings stamps with attached labels.
'90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse' - 2 panes each containing 10 'Heart of red roses' greetings stamps with attached labels.

Rating of all of above - 0.

2018 - Car stamp packs - $54 each - 3 panes each of 16 'Map of Australia' Greetings stamps, totalling 48 stamps per pack with attached labels - 1 pack featuring the Ford Mustang, a second featuring 'Holden workhorses' and the third featuring 'Holden Motorsport Legends'. Total cost:- $162!

Rating of all of above:- 0.

1282. 🇸🇭 Tristan Commemorates An Important Shipwreck.

  🇸🇭 The postal service of Tristan Da Cunha will issue a set of 4 stamps on 3 September 2018 on the subject of the wreck of the Mabel Clark in 1878. The ship was an American sail-rigged ship which had been built in Maine and was sailing from Liverpool to Hong Kong when it ran into a rock off Tristan in hazy weather and began to break up. As a storm raged the islanders attempted to rescue the crew and were successful in saving the lives of 18 out of a total of 24 crew members. Eventually the survivors were evacuated from Tristan by the Cambrian Monarch and taken to Singapore. Two crew members remained on Tristan, one of whom was Marcus Johnson who married Peter Green's granddaughter, Mary Anne Green. The US authorities decided to reward the Tristan islanders for their efforts to save the crew and Peter Green received a gold chronometer and chain and a binocular glass and £40 in gold was awarded to be made at the discretion of the next British ship captain which was to visit the island.

  This excellent and interesting issue was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Another marvellous issue from the Creative Direction stables. Rating:- *****.

  Many thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.

  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post will issue a set of 6 stamps on 8 November 2018 to commemorate the 70th Birthday of The Prince Of Wales. The designs use pleasing intimate photographs of the prince at various stages of his life. Rating:- ****.

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost issued a sheetlet of 10 different stamps on 14 August 2018 as the second part of its ongoing Festa series. The colourful issue was designed by Mark Micallef Perconte and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14. Rating:- ****.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

1281. 🇧🇩 Eagle Depicted On Bangladesh Post's Praga 2018 Stamps.

  🇧🇩 Bangladesh Post has issued 4 stamps in a se-tenant block and a miniature sheet on the subject of Pallas' Golden Eagle. This issue is as fine-looking as the bird which is featured on it. I suspect that the date of issue was 15 August 2018 which was the date of opening of the Praga 2018 Philatelic Exhibition as the miniature sheet was also released with an added inscription marking the country's Post Office's participation in the expostition. Rating:- ****.

  Bangladesh Post also released additional items to commemorate Praga 2018 - a previous stamp commemorating Year of the Tiger and the 2018 FIFA World Cup miniature sheets, all with additional inscriptions. Rating:- ***.

  🇿🇦 The South African Post Office has issued 5 self-adhesive stamps sold in sheets of 10 (2 x 5) on the subject of National Parks of South Africa. The set was scheduled for release on 31 May 2018 though the actual date of issue may have been put back to a later date. Rating:- *****.

1280. 🇮🇳🇱🇰 Holidays In India And Exorcisms In Sri Lanka.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on the subject of 'Holiday destinations' on 15 August 2018. The sites depicted are the Stone Chariot of Virupaksha Templr in Hampi in Karnataka and The Udaipur Palace in Rajasthan. The issue was designed by Smt. Alfa Sharma based on winning photographs in a competition. Rating:- ****.

  🇱🇰 In Blog 1274 I mentioned the 18 stamps which Sri Lanka Post was intending to release on 8 August 2018 on the subject of Sanni, masked dancers playing the role of exorcists of various human ailments. These stamps are also sold in 3 miniature sheets in which 6 different stamps are included in each sheet. These are colourful and interesting stamps which cheer up any collection. Rating:- *****.