Tuesday, 16 May 2017

1003. Trans-Canada Highway Depicted On New Canada 150 Stamp.

  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada Post has revealed the fifth design of its Canada 150 set of 10 stamps which is to be released on 1 June 2017. This new design by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. commemorates the Trans-Canada Highway. The stamp was lithographed by Lowe-Martin. Rating:- *****.


  πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί There seem to be very few stones left unturned by Australia Post in its mission to extract money through its philatelic service. In recent years Australia Post has issued enormous numbers of stamps in various formats often with no clear reason for the issue of such stamps.
  In addition to the regular commemorative/thematic stamp issues and definitive issues Australia Post puts out enormous numbers of philatelic items which it lists under the heading of "Gifts" on its website. Many of the featured subjects have as little to do with Australia as the stamps issued by Stamperija have to do with its client states. Doubtless, Australia Post would say that these items are not meant for stamp collectors but are more for non-collectors and particularly their children. Nevertheless these items are featured prominently in its philatelic listings so they must expect stamp collectors to at least have some interest in buying them. Among recent such products are those depicted below and the sheer number of issues makes the Australia Post "Licensed Stamp Pack" programme look like Royal Mail's "Smilers" stamps programme on steroids:-

  2016 NRL Premiers Cronulla Sharks "Souvenir Stamp Sheet" sold for $15.95 - sheetlet of 8 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels.


  2016 Brownlee Medallist "Souvenir Stamp Sheet" sold for $15.95 - sheetlet of 8 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels.


  "Ice Age" stamp pack sold for $26 - 3 panes each of 8 "Map of Australia" stamps with attached labels.





  "Our Pets" stamp pack sold for $26 - 3 panes each made up of 8 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels.





  50th Anniversary of "Star Trek" stamp pack sold for $27 - 3 panes, 2 of which contain 10 stamps and one of 5 stamps. The stamps are the "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels.





  "PAW Patrol Ready For Action" stamp pack sold for $23 - 2 panes each of 10 "Balloons" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  "Shaun The Sheep" stamp pack sold for $23 - 2 panes each of 10 stamps with attached labels.




 18 April 2017 - "Barbie" stamp pack sold for $22 - 2 panes each of 10 stamps with attached labels.




  14 March 2017 - "Tom and Jerry" stamp pack sold for $22 - 2 panes each of 10 "Cake" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  75th anniversary of "Wonder Woman" stamp pack sold for $22 - 2 panes each of 10 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  14 March 2017 - "The Smurfs" stamp pack sold for $22 - 2 panes each of 10 "Handprints" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  2016 - "Peppa Pig Make Believe" stamp pack sold for $18 - 2 panes each of 8 "Handprints" stamps with attached labels.




  2016 - "Ghostbusters" stamp pack sold for $18 - 2 panes each of 8 "Hands" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  "Tweety and Sylvester" stamp pack sold for $18 - 2 panes of 10 "Love to celebrate" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  "Superman Stamp Pack" sold for $16.95 - 2 panes each containing 10 " Love to ce,berate" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  2016 - "Minions Christmas Pack" sold for $15 - 2 panes of 10 "Joy" stamps with attached labels.




  2016 - "Sesams Street Christmas Pack" sold for $15 - 2 panes of 10 "Joy" stamps with attached labels.




  "Audrey Hepburn Funny Face" Stamp Pack sold for $23 - 2 panes of 10 "Rose" Greetings stamps with attached labels.




  14 March 2017 - "Elvis Presley" Stamp Pack sold for $28 - 3 panes with a total of 25 Heart greetings stamps (2 different panes of 10 and 1 pane of 5) with attached labels.





  "Crayola" Stamp Pack, sold for $16.95c - 2 panes of 10 "Balloons" Greetings stamps with attached labels. 



  30th anniversary of the first broadcast in Australia of "Fireman Sam", Pack sold for $22 - 2 panes of 10 x "Ballons" greetings stamps with attached labels.




  πŸ‡±πŸ‡° Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 9 May 2017 on the subject of the State Vesak Festival. The design, by Palitha Gunasinghe, depicts the Vattarama Sri Arahatta Maliyadeva Rajamaha Vihariya in Imbulgasdeniya where the state festival will take place. Rating:- ****.

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