🇸🇭 Pobjoy Stamps/Creative Directions who are responsible for the production and marketing of the stamps of the British south Atlantic and Antarctic territories (as well as Bahamas and British Virgin Islands) continue to present to collectors some of the very best new issues from anywhere in the world. Even when the designs are based on photographs they are such well chosen and beautifully presented photographs that they leap into one’s collection and make the collecting of modern stamps so very worthwhile. If a collector is trying to decide on an area to collect these present issues from Tristan Da Cunha, Ascension, Falkland Islands, British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands mean that the south Atlantic group should be high on their list. What a pity that the postal service of St Helena does not join the other members of the group and have the opportunity of issuing such marvellous stamps.
I wax lyrical because following on from the set from The Falkland Islands postal service featured in Blog 1723 which depicted paintings of Falkland Islands birds, we now have a magnificent set of 4 stamps from the Tristan Da Cunha featuring sharks of local waters which is due for release on 29 September 2020. The stamps were designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by bpost and are perforated 11.5. Rating:- *****.
Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.
🇸🇬 With the country having been hit by a significant second wave of COVID-19, Singapore like most of the rest of the world is still having to deal with the realities of COVID-19. Its postal service, Singapore Post, plans to issue a set of 6 stamps on the island state’s response to the pandemic. This issue has a rather odd title, ‘COVID-19 Series 1 - The Soapers’ and depicts cartoon characters dressed as super-heroes demonstrating how to take measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The title, one assumes, implies that further stamp issues from Singapore Post will be released on the subject of the pandemic. The stamps will be issued on 4 September 2020 and were designed by Sophia Leow and Ken Koh of the Singapore Ministry of Education. The issue was lithographed by Secura Singapore and perforated 13. Rating:- ***.