Tuesday 5 September 2017

1075. 🇳🇿 Ross Dependency New Issue Features Explorers' Historic Huts.

  🇳🇿 New Zealand Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 20 September 2017 on the subject of Historic huts of Ross Dependency. These historic huts, used during the Antarctic expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, have been preserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust and are depicted on this excellent set in photographs and paintings. The issue was designed by Sean Garwood and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- *****.

  🇹🇰 The Tokelau postal service will issue a set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on the subject of Reptiles of Tokelau. Another excellent issue prepared for Tokelau by New Zealand Post, it was designed by Jonathan Gray and lithographed by Collectables and Solutions Centre and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  🇳🇺 New Zealand Post has also prepared the latest issue from the Niue postal service which will also be issued on 20 September 2017 and which is on the subject of Butterfly fish of Niue. Another delightful set which features well chosen photographs- these stamps were designed by Jonathan Gray and lithographed By Collectables and Solutions Centre and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  🇯🇪 Jersey Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet to commemorate the Centenary of the Jersey Beekeepers Association on 3 October 2017. This is a colourful and attractive set and was designed by Interabang and lithographed with "honey scent" applied to the stamps (!) - more gimmicks to attract collectors in the face of an overwhelming tide of new issues. Rating:- ***.

  Below I depict the miniature sheet which was issued along with the 6 stamps issued on 10 July 2017 to commemorate the Bicentenary of the kaleidoscope. A colourful item but I still don't know why Jersey Post felt the need to commemorate this particular anniversary which doesn't seem to have any connection whatsoever with the island. Rating:- *.

  🇬🇧 As Autumn Stampex 2017 approaches the list of new issues connected with the event grows longer and longer. The Postal Museum will sell a Collectors strip of 6 x 1st of the "Mail by Air" Post and Go stamps from 13 September 2017 from kiosk A001 situated at the museum and also in a presentation pack to be sold for £10 (total face value £3.90p). Rating:- *.

  I depict below the revised Post and Go labels dispensed by kiosk A002 sited at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth which commemorate the arrival of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and which I mentioned in Blog 1072:-

  🇲🇾 The miniature sheet issued by Pos Malaysia on 20 July 2017 and mentioned but not illustrated in Blog 1026 is now depicted below:-

  🇯🇪 Back to Jersey Post which has announced that its Post and Go kiosk, JE02 situated in Broad Street post office in St. Helier, will dispense its "Jersey Arms" labels (6 different designs) with an added inscription "Super League Triathlon 2017" from 18 September to 16 October 2017 to commemorate the holding of the first everSuper League Triathlon in Jersey. At least the issue commemorates a locally relevant event. Rating:- **.

  🇸🇱 Stamperija will issue a sheetlet of 4 different "stamps" and 1 accompanying miniature sheet to commemorate the Bandung 2017 Philatelic Exhibition held in Indonesia. The items, inscribed "Sierra Leone", depict endemic wildlife of Indonesia. Rating:- 0.

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