Wednesday 10 August 2016

805. Gold Medal Stamp Cascade From Australia Post.

  Australia Post has revealed the designs of its 3rd and 4th Rio De Janeiro Olympics gold medal winner stamps - the first of these 2 designs depicts a charming portrait of Catherine Skinner who won the Women's trap shooting event. Presumably this was issued on 10 August 2016. It was designed by John White and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14.5. Rating:- *****.

  The Australian team also won the Women's rugby sevens competition and the date of issue of this stamp which features the 12 members of the team each with their medals I presume to be 12 August and the issue of course has the same designer and printer as the rest of the series. Rating:- *****.
  We await the 5th stamp which will depict Kyle Chalmers who won the Men's 100m freestyle event.

  Post and Go issues - the autumn brings vast numbers of Post and Go stamps with it just as it inevitably brings falling leaves:-

  Royal Mail  - 10 August - 13 September 2016 - Olympic Games, Rio De Janeiro. Collectors strips of Union Flag stamps dispensed from NCR kiosks in many post offices nationally and IAR kiosks in a limited number of post office enquiry offices (MM02 - MM06 - Mount Pleasant, Bradford North, Kingston, Croydon and Doncaster). These stamps are unchanged from previous Union Jack stamps and have no additional inscription.

                          16 August 2016 - Royal Navy Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport. Newly installed IAR kiosk A007 dispensing strips of  Machin Head and Union Flag labels with "Royal Navy" inscription.

                          14 September 2016 - Autumn Stampex 2016 - kiosks A009, A011 and A012 -
                            (A) Ladybirds - 6 new designs sold from IAR kiosks at Stampex and limited number of Enquiry offices. And 
                                                 - the same stamps dispensed from NCR kiosks in many post offices nationally
                                                 - the same stamps with inscriptions printed in photogravure and sold in packs of 6 x 1st different stamps.

  The stamps were designed by Osborne Ross and Chris Wormell and printed in photogravure by International Security Printers.

  I like these new Post and Go "Ladybirds" stamps very much - they're colourful, straight-forward and attractive and after all, everyone loves a ladybird. Rating:- *****.

                            (B) Poppy labels with "Battle of the Somme" additional inscription - Collectors strip.

                         23 September - 23 October 2016 - Trafalgar Day. Collectors strips sold from IAR kiosks at Royal Navy museums (except for Fleet Air Arm and Submarines museums). 

                         14 September - 11 November 2016 - The Postal Museum - Edward VIII. Collectors strips dispensed by IAR kiosk at The Postal Museum. Machin Head labels with additional inscription "King Edward VIII 1936" 
                            (A) 1st class strip - 6 values
                            (B) 2nd class strip - 2 values

                         24 October -13 November 2016 - Reissue of Poppy stamps :-
                            (A) NCR format from ordinary post offices 
                            (B) IAR format from post office enquiry offices, The Postal Museum and Royal Navy museums. 
                         14 November 2016 - Hibernating animals - 4 new designs sold from IAR kiosks in post office enquiry offices
                                                        - the same stamps sold from NCR kiosks in many post offices nationally
                                                        - the same stamps with inscriptions printed in lithography and sold in packs of 4 x 1st different stamps. 

  Jersey Post - 22 July - 20 August 2016  - Third birthday of Prince George of Cambridge kiosk JE02 (Broad Street post office, St. Helier) - Jersey Flag stamps with additional inscription "Prince George 3rd Birthday".

                          14 - 17 September 2016 - Autumn Stampex kiosk JE01 dispensing
                            (A) new Beetles labels

                            (B) Jersey Flag labels with additional "Battle of the Somme 1916-2016" inscription.

  Guernsey Post - 14 - 17 September 2016 - Autumn Stampex kiosk GG01 dispensing 
                            (A) previously issued Bailwick Life lab
                            (B) Guernsey Flag labels with additional "Battle of the Somme 1916-2016" inscription.
                            (C) Guernsey Flag labels sold by Guernsey Philatelic Bureau dispensed by B series ("Back office") kiosk with additional inscription "Battle of the Somme 1916-2016".

                                14 September - 14 October 2016 - 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - kiosk GG02 (Envoy House, St. Peter Port) will dispense "Battle of Hastings commemorative stamps" with additional inscription "Envoy House Battle of Hastings"

  Royal Gibraltar Post Office - 14 - 17 September 2016 - Autumn Stampex kiosk GI01 dispensing   
                            (A) labels described as "International Year of the Monkey" issue (previously issued)
                            (B) Gibraltar flag labels additionally inscribed "Gorham's Cave World Heritage"

  Autumn Stampex 2016 will also see the issue of a set of stamps by Royal Mail to commemorate the Centenary of the first murder mystery written by Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair At Styles featuring Hercule Poirot) (no-one can say that Royal Mail hasn't done its best for English literature during 2016 what with issues commemorating Shakespeare, The Mr. Men, Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie - Roald Dahl was commemorated in 2012 and so only the Charlotte Bronte bicentenary remains uncommemorated - she was last commemorated on stamps in 2005). Six atmospheric stamps  will be released on 15 September 2016 and they certainly capture the spirit of a Christie novel - mysterious Art Deco images in black and white - splendid stuff. It will be a pleasure to add them to my collection. The issue was designed by Studio Sutherland and lithographed by International Security Printers. Rating:- *****.
  The featured stories which we've all either read or seen on the television with David Suchet or Joan Hickson are:- Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, The Mysterious Affair At Styles, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Body in the Library and A Murder Is Announced. 

  And so, from a lesson in how to produce great modern stamps to a lesson in how to kill stamp collecting .... the latest philatelic products to crawl out of the notorious agency known as .... Stamperija. Once more the name of Mozambique is used on this latest stuff which is a bizarre miscellany of random subjects which the agency doubtless expects to appeal various individuals prepared to spend their money on it. As usual, there are 15 "sheetlets", each containing 4 different "stamps", and 15 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.
  The featured subjects are:- Castles, Octopuses, Reptiles, Snakes, "Killer sharks" (shark conservationists will love that), Jellyfish, Warblers, Swallows, Parrots, Vultures, Lighthouses, Ice hockey, Chess, Butterflies and Dinosaurs. The stated "date of issue" was 15 January 2016.


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