Thursday 8 October 2020

1749. 🇸🇬 Singapore Extra Long Stamp Depicts Spectacular Skyline.


🇸🇬 Singapore Post will issue a pair of stamps on 15 October 2020 on the subject of The Singapore Skyline. The $2 value has extraordinary dimensions of 163.2 mm x 29.85 mm which make it rather hard to illustrate here (and no doubt also to find room for it on an envelope) and so I have also depicted it vertically so that the detail on the stamp can be made out more clearly. This is a spectacular set depicting a spectacular skyline for a modest price. The issue was designed by Sonny Lee and lithographed by Secura Singapore and is perforated 13. Rating:- ****.

🇲🇲 On 9 October 2020 the postal service of Myanmar will issue the sixth stamp in its series depicting the art of various artisanal crafts. The latest part depicts, I believe, the art of the sculptor. This is a charming set and designed beautifully. Rating:- *****.

  Below are the first 5 parts of the series which are described more accurately and correctly than I have done previously on the excellent Blog Ko Toe Philately:-

24 July 2020 - Panbe, the art of the Blacksmith

7 August 2020 - Pantain, the art of the goldsmith and silversmith

28 August 2020 - Pantin, the art of bronze casting

4 September 2020 - Pantaut, the art of making floral designs in masonry

21 September 2020 - Panyan, the art of bricklaying and masonry.

🇬🇧 The Royal Mail Post and Go kiosk A010 situated at the STEAM GWR Museum in Swindon will dispense stamps bearing the STEAM GWR identifying inscription additionally inscribed ‘Celebrates 20 Years’ from 12 October 2020 until the end of 2020 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum.

🇯🇪 It’s very regrettable to me that the offshore British islands continue to issue wildly excessive numbers of issues of stamps when the ones they produce are very frequently interesting and attractive. But I resolutely refuse to buy issues from these territories unless there is a good reason for the set to have been issued other than as a source of additional revenue for whichever postal authority is releasing them until the number of issues is reduced to more reasonable levels (I would say 6 to 8 per year). Therefore I shall not be adding the latest products to emerge from Jersey Post, a set of 6 and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps, even though they look interesting and attractive. The set, issued for no obvious pressing reason, is a second release on the subject of local folklore and legends. The delightful designs are by Nick Parlett and the set was lithographed and is due for issue on 3 November 2020. The highest value (£1.18) is titled the Martyrdom of St Helier, after whom of course Jersey’s capital is named. Despite the inscription on the stamp the graphic details of the saint’s martyrdom are not portrayed on the stamp which is fortunate as he is said to here been beheaded with an axe by marauding pirates which is why the arms of the parish of St Helier features a pair of axes. Rating:- *.

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