Friday 10 March 2017

930. New Zealand's Darkest Hour.

  🇳🇿 New Zealand Post will issue the 4th part of its ongoing Centenary of the First World War commemorative series on 5 April 2017. The issue is made up of 10 different stamps issued in a sheetlet as well as a block of 6 x $1 stamps, 2 miniature sheets (one with 6 different stamps and 1 with 4 different stamps) and a $39.90c booklet which contains 12 different miniature sheets. The issue is titled "The Darkest Hour" and deals with the events of 1917 including the use of tanks in the war, the Palestine Campaign and the Battle of Passchendaele. Those interested in the theme of "Medicine on stamps" will be interested in one of the values which deals with plastic surgery and its use on some of the terribly maimed soldiers. This is an excellent and worthy set, beautifully designed by Strategy Creative of Wellington and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14.5. Rating:- *****.

  From the sublime to the ridiculous:-

   🇲🇿 Stamperija issued a set of 14 sheetlets each containing 4 different "stamps" and 14 miniature sheets on miscellaneous subjects on 10 February 2017. The featured subjects had little or nothing to do with Mozambique which is the country whose name is printed on the items. The subjects are:- 20th anniversary of the death of Princess of Wales, Polar bears, Pandas, Minerals and volcanoes, Extinct birds, Sharks, Butterflies, 35th Anniversary of the death of Princess Grace of Monaco, 40th anniversary of the death of Charlie Chaplin, 90th Birthday of Pope Benedict XVI, 70th Anniversary of the death of Paul Harris (founder of Rotary), Commemoration of the late John Glenn, Centenary of the death of Ferdinand Von Zeppelin and the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Some of the items are depicted below. Rating:- 0.


  1. I feel a little embarrassed to admit it, but those Mozambique polar bear stamps are my favourite stamps of the year so far.

    1. Hello Richard, Good for you. We are all entitled to like whatever we want to like and shouldn't have to bother about other people's opinions. Taste varies from individual to individual and no-one has the right to tell us what we should like or dislike. Best wishes.