Friday 14 September 2018

1298. 🇸🇭 Ascension Commemorates RMS St Helena.

  🇸🇭 The postal service of Ascension Island will issue 2 stamps on 8 October 2018 to commemorate the final voyage of RMS St. Helena which served the island over many years. This excellent and straight forward pair of stamps was designed by the master stamp designer Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

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

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost will issue a single stamp miniature sheet on 21 September 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio who was declared to be a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on 16 June 2002. The issue was designed by Design S from a painting by Patri Krispin and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14. Rating:- ***.

  🇨🇦 In Blog 1297 I mentioned the Canada Post set of 5 self-adhesive stamps (from booklets of 10) and 1 gummed miniature sheet to be released on 14 September 2018 to commemorate Canada's emergency services and included illustrations of 3 of the stamps. Below I now depict the remaining 2 stamps which commemorate the Fire Service and Police service. Rating:- **.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 15 September 2018 which are part of a Joint Issue with the postal service of Serbia. It's hard to see why such an issue is required but for anyone interested the designs depict Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda who seem to have nothing in common as far as I can see. Rating:- 0.


  1. please read this to educate yourself:

    most of your posts about indian stamps is quite negative!

    1. Thank you.

      It is not surprising that my posts in recent months are negative. There are far too many issues even though India is of course a very large country. Many present Indian stamps are dull and the designs lack imagination. Far too many of India Post's new issues feature uninteresting portraits of politicians of varying degrees of historical significance. The new issue programme clearly has the heavy hand of political interference behind it. As regards the more colourful and potentially more interesting subjects and designs depicted on current Indian stamps, it is questionable whether the production of sets of more than 12 issued in different formats (sheets, sheetlets, miniature sheets and so on) is defensible.

      This current sea of excess and frequently mediocre designs must inevitably lead to a big fall in the wish of ordinary collectors to continue to collect new Indian stamps.