May 11, 2014

Polar Bear FDC from GREENLAND

FDC Name:Vulnerable Animals
Issue Date:11th JUNE'2013
The 2013 Greenlandic stamp of the year was the stamp with the attractive polar bear with the title “Vulnerable Animals”. Stamp collectors from all over the world voted for their favorite among the 24 stamps issued by TELE-POST in 2013.
It is the artist Naja Abelsen, who has created the beautiful stamp. Naja has earlier been behind no less than 16 stamps issued by TELE-POST. The stamp “Vulnerable Animals” was issued 11th June 2013. It was a joint issue with the Israeli Post and the point of the issue was to create awareness about vulnerable animals.
The stamp is enhanced with the Augmented Reality technology. This means that you can see a short video of a live polar bear, if you download the “Sepac App” and install it on your tablet or smartphone and scan the stamp.
The winner of this monetary prize of DKK 10,000 chosen in the draw was Philippe Kocielkowski from Saint-George-sur-Meuse in Belgium. TELE-POST congratulates the winner.
The ten lucky winners of the extra prices of a year pack from 2013 are Esa Kallio in Sweden, Gert Kragh Andreasen, Camilla Nissen Toftdal, Jørgen Rasmussen and Jørgen Vesth-Hansen in Denmark, Bezazel Ferhat in Algeria, Pastorimi Massimo and Francesco Magnani in Italy, Tor Nygaard in Norway and finally Uda Yanuhardi in Indonesia.
The competition for the “2013 Greenlandic stamp of the yea” ran in the period from 1st December 2013 to the 1st March 2014.

Archeological treasure 2014 FDC from CROATIA

FDC Name:Archeological treasure
Issue Date:12th MAY'2014
In the village Služanj near Čitluk, from previous times, numerous medieval tombstones (“bilig”) are located in today’s local Catholic cemetery and nearby it. Inside the cemetery there laid a chest, which had deeply sunked into the ground, because it was obvious that it fell from its base. With somewhat effort the “bilig” in 2013 was erected and set up on its baseboard. The erected “bilig”, in the form of a tall chest with angled ends towards the baseboard, has truly impressive dimensions: height of 209 cm, width of 149 cm and depth of 69 cm. On all sides it is decorated with embossed moulding, which consists of lines in a form of rope and spiral wreaths of vines with the Croatian “trolist”.
Under the arcade from the south end, an inscription written on Humac (Cyrillic letter in Humac land) was found. The inscription is engraved in one line and says: СИ БИЛЕГЬ УГРИНА ВРАТУШИЋА / Si bileg Ugrina Vratušića / This (is) “bilig”of Ugrin Vratušić. This last name from its etymological sense is clear, most possibly a derivative of the nickname Vratuš, a man with a distinguished (long) neck. And this inscription, above all, demonstrates that the folk name “bilig” is rooted in the Humac land or Herzegovina, instead of the artificial tombstone. The inscription and “bilig” can be dated from the second half of the XV century. (Radoslav Dodig)
The Croatian Post Ltd. Mostar has issued a regular postal stamp in a sheet of 20 stamps, postmark and First Day Cover (FDC).

May 9, 2014

BELARUS-Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

Stamp Name:Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
The post of the Republic of Belarus issued 3 nos of stamps and a souvenir sheet from the series “Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi”.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games were held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 7 to 23 February 2014.2800 athletes from 88 countries attended the event. Belarus was represented by 26 athletes (15 men and 11 women) in 5 sports disciplines.
The Belarus team took part in Winter Olympics for the sixth time. Belarus is ranking the 8th in the medal table. Belarusian athletes have won six medals (5 gold and 1 bronze). The medal winners are: Darya Domracheva (three-time Olympic champion in biathlon), Alla Tsuper (Olympic champion in freestyle), Anton Kushnir (Olympic champion in freestyle) and Nadezhda Skardino (bronze medal in biathlon). The three-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva has been awarded the title “Hero of Belarus”.
The stamps depict Nadezhda Skardino, Alla Tsuper, Anton Kushnir, the souvenir sheet features Darya Domracheva.

Feb 7, 2014

EIPEX-2014 in Bhubaneswar,Odisha

# Special Cover  will be release on Birds of Mangalajodi Its vast wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds journey from as far different places of the world. Its wetland now host more than 1.5 lakhs of birds in the peak season. November to March is a good time to visit for enjoying an amazing experience. Its importance as a significant global wetland habitat and declared as an International Bird Conservation Area.
# 8 numbers of Picture Post cards will also released on 9th FEB'2014 at Mangalajodi,Odisha.

Oct 29, 2013

Two Ancient Artifacts Souvenir Sheet FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Ancient Artifacts
Issue Date:8th OCT'2013
To spread understanding about the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts, Chunghwa Post is issuing two souvenir sheets on five items from the National Palace Museum’s exhibition – “ The all Complete Qianlong: a Special Exhibition on the Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong.” 
Souvenir Sheet A: includes one stamp
New Year’s Chinese silk tapestry scroll with Emperor Gaozong’s calligraphy, Qing dynasty (NT$25): Based on a new year’s painting by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty, the sheet features a Chinese silk tapestry scroll. The tapestry depicts a pine branch, some camellia flowers and plum blossoms in a vase. In front of the vase are a persimmon, two lily bulbs, as well as some reishi mushrooms placed in an incense burner. It symbolizes good fortune and longevity. 
Souvenir Sheet B: includes four stamps
1. Revolving gourd-shaped vase with decoration of floral pattern in yellow ground of yangcai painted enamels, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$5): The vase consists of four parts: a small vase on the top, a middle section that connects to the upper half of the open fretwork, a base that connects to the lower half of the open fretwork, and an inner cylinder. Hibiscuses are painted on the lip, the body, and the base, whereas the neck, the waist and the open fretwork are adorned with representations of golden lotus petals and scroll grass patterns over a sky blue field. A mark on the base in underglaze blue and seal script reads, "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”
2. Carved red lacquer bowl and plate with dragon motif, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$10): This glossy red lacquer bowl stand consists of a tall ringfoot, a six-petal sunflower-shaped plate, and a round bottomless bowl holder. The outer wall of the bowl holder features a dragon weaving through clouds. The ringfoot and both sides of the plate are adorned with cloud patterns. A mark on the base includes the character for wisdom in gold regular script and the following text: "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”
3. Plate with celadon glaze, Ru ware, Northern Song dynasty (NT$10): This plate is round with a slightly arched wall and flat well. Its foot rim curls slightly outwards with brass studs on the edge. There is a pinkish sheen where the glaze is thin. There are crackles where the glaze pooled at the edge of the well. The plate has a poem by Emperor Qianlong inscribed on the base.
4. Jade bear vessel, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$12): This vessel is made to look like a bear, with its mouth open, its tongue slightly curled, its left hand stretching forward and its right hand pulling back. It holds a ball in its right hand and is posed to throw. A tube sticks out from its back. A three-column inscription in regular script on the back of the tube reads, “In the ancient style, Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”Source-Chunghwa Post
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending these two FDC on the issue date,The local First day cancellation is good.I hope you will also send the miniature sheets to me later.The size of the two FDC are different for the big & small size miniature sheet.Well planned,now India Post is also doing the same for last few issues this year.

Oct 26, 2013

Spiritual Snake Postage Label FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Spiritual Snake Postage Label
Issue Date:18th OCT'2013
Following the “Auspicious Dragon Postage Label” released in 2012, Chunghwa Post is issuing a “Spiritual Snake Postage Label” featuring zodiac animal sign. The spirited paper-cut snake is expressively rendered with bright colors, and complemented by gold coins and ingots, symbolizing the overflow of great fortune and auspiciousness. On the lower left corner of each label is a serial number with three English letters (which signify the roll number) and four Arabic numerals. A total of 900 rolls with 1,000 labels each will be issued.

Further detail about the label is given as follows:

1. First day of issue: October 18, 2013

2. Paper used: Phosphorescent stamp paper

3. Designer: Delta Design Corporation

4. Printer: Cartor Security Printing

5. Size of label: 43 × 25.5 mm; with two semi-round holes at both upper and lower sides

6. Round holes: 1.5 mm radius; 20 mm between the centers of the two holes

7. Color: Colorful

8. Quantity: 900,000 labels
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending this FDC by registered post on the issue date.

Oct 24, 2013

150th Anniversary of Latvian Agriculture Academy FDC form LATVIA

FDC Name:150th Anniversary of Latvian Agriculture Academy, 2013
Issue Date:16th SEP'2013
The stamp designed by artist Ludis Danilāns depicts the Jelgava Palace and the coat of arms of the LUA with the motto of the university: Proventus pro patria or For the Growth of the Fatherland. The denomination of the stamp is LVL 0.40 and EUR 0.57, corresponding to the cost of mailing an A-class letter within Latvia. The total print run of the stamp is 30,000, and the print run of the first day cover(FDC) is 1,500.
In 1863, an Agriculture Faculty was established in the Riga Polytechnical Institute, creating the foundation of the present-day Latvia University of Agriculture. Over the years, it has grown into an important national university with eight faculties, around 5,000 students and a teaching staff of more than 300.
Latvijas Pasts actively contributes to promotion of the State higher education establishments by marking their major anniversaries. In 2012, Latvijas Pasts issued a stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the Riga Technical University.
Remark:Thanks Juris for sending this nice FDC on the issue date.I have sent a FDC "wild flowers of India"hope you must have received the same.

Oct 22, 2013

Historic Australian railway stations

Stamp Name:Historic Australian railway stations
Issue Date:8th OCT'2013 
Australia Post is featuring four historic Australian railway stations – Maryborough, Victoria; Quorn, South Australia; Hay, New South Wales and Normanton, Queensland – in a new stamp issue. The stamp issue comprises four domestic base-rate (60c) stamps.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, “We are pleased to release this second stamp issue in a series on Australian historical architecture. We trust these stamps have captured the beauty of these distinctive and historic buildings.”

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, railways played an important role in transforming Australia into a nation by establishing a network of communications and trade throughout the continent.

The historic railway stations taking center stage in the new stamp issue are:
• Maryborough, Victoria – built in 1890 of red brick with stucco trimming and a clock tower. This magnificent station boasts one of the longest platforms in the southern hemisphere and still hosts freight and passenger services. When American writer Mark Twain visited Maryborough in 1895, he was most impressed by the town’s grand railway station.
• Quorn, South Australia – constructed in 1916 of stone and brick. In its heyday it served as a junction for all rail traffic travelling south–north (Adelaide to Darwin) and east–west (Sydney to Perth) across the continent. The line was closed in the 1980s and the Pichi Richi Rail Preservation Society now runs and maintains the station and the rolling stock.
• Hay, New South Wales – opened on 4 July 1882. Built in the Italianate style with bonded brick and a corrugated iron roof, the station features cast iron ridge decoration. Today the Hay station building accommodates various arts and community organizations.
• Normanton, Queensland – built around 1889. It is historically important as a unique building in an isolated inland railway system. This station has an exposed stud frame with verandahs and iron roof, to which is attached a spectacular train shed of all-metal construction with a barrel vault, clad in corrugated iron.

The stamp illustrations are by Melbourne-based artist Peter Edgeley. The stamp designs are by John White from the Australia Post Design Studio.

The associated products available include a first day cover, stamp pack, maxi-card set of four, roll of 100 x 60c self-adhesive stamps, booklet of 10 x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a gutter strip of 10 x 60c stamps with design.Source-Australia Post

Oct 19, 2013

200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c.1848) from AUSTRALIA

Stamp Name:200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c.1848)
Issue Date:15th OCT'2013 
Australia and Germany are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c. 1848) with the release of a joint stamp issue.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, “Leichhardt’s legacy includes his contribution to the natural sciences in Australia which is detailed in his field books, notebooks, journals and diaries. His mysterious disappearance in the Australian outback during one of his expeditions ensures he lives on in our nation’s mythology.”

“We worked closely with Deutsche Post on this joint stamp issue which highlights the important work and legacy of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.”

Leichhardt was born in Prussia and was initially educated at the universities of Berlin and Göttingen. He also studied medical and natural sciences in London and Paris. Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 with the intention of exploring the inland of Australia.

Leichhardt undertook three major expeditions in Australia: an overland expedition from the Darling Downs, Queensland to Port Essington in the Northern Territory from October 1844 to December 1845, an unsuccessful attempt in December 1846 to cross Australia from east to west, and a final east–west quest to cross the continent from the Condamine River, Queensland to the Swan River in Western Australia. This last expedition, which set out in March 1848, resulted in the disappearance of Leichhardt and his entire party, of which no remains have ever been found.

The stamp features a portrait of Ludwig Leichhardt from around 1846, which is held by the National Library of Australia. The stamp was designed by Melbourne-based designer Gary Domoney.
Source-Australia Post.

Sep 20, 2013

Marine Fauna of SLOVENIA

A new issue in the Fauna series shows four characteristic denizens of the Slovenian sea; Damselfish (Chromis chromis), Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and Golden grey mullet (Liza aurata) stamp in miniature sheet.
The stamps will be printed using a very special thermography technique, and we are proud that Pošta Slovenije will be the first national postal service to issue stamps on which part of the design is covered with real salt from the Piranske Soline saltworks.
Illustrations and design by Matjaz Ucakar, printed by Cartor Security Printing S. A., France.

Sep 8, 2013

World Stamp Exhibition 2015 – 2nd issue of stamps by SINGAPORE

The Association of Singapore Philatelists (ASP), with effort to commemorate Singapore’s golden jubilee in 2015, successfully bidded for the hosting rights of World Stamp Exhibition in 2015, with support of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie (FIP – International Federation of Philately). With the theme “Stamps of all Ages”, 4 sets of past issues, with designs from the “1955: Queen Elizabeth II Definitives”, “1962-1966: Fishes, Orchids and Birds Definitives” (1st series), “1960: National Day” and “1970: Osaka Expo” are selected to revive the memories of collectors, as well as to showcase the developments that Singapore had achieved through the years.
This year Singapore post showcases the second series of the stamps. Two designs from the “1970: Osaka Expo” are chosen, featuring the guppy and the seashell.
The guppy (Poecilia reticulate) is a small colourful species of freshwater tropical fish which makes it popular as an aquarium fish. Guppies often display elaborated patterns on their tail fin, with the male being generally more brightly coloured; female guppies however are larger in size and have a shorter tail as compared to the males. The guppy is an omnivorous animal and eats a wide range of organic matter that is available in the water. Guppies primarily feed on algae and small invertebrates. They also feed on particles of food from the water that has been left behind by a larger fish. Guppies have a wide range of salinity and thus are able to survive in both salt and freshwater. They are usually found in large groups in the wild.
A seashell, also known as shell, is a hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. The shells are empty because the animal has died and the soft parts have been eaten by another animal or have rotted out. The term seashell usually refers to the exoskeleton of an invertebrate; it can also be used to mean the shell of various marine invertebrates. Most shells that are found on beaches are the shells of marine mollusks, generally because these shells endure better than other seashells. Shells come in many shape and size and they are commonly collected by beachcombers. Apart from collection, seashells have been used by humans for many different purposes throughout history and pre-history. They have been used as a medium of exchange, tools, religious objects, musical instruments, jewelleries and for art and horticulture.

Aug 28, 2013

Thailand 2013 : World Stamp Exhibition - Won Bronge Medal

We thanks all our blog followers, Colleagues, Friends, Philatelist & advisers  for their support for our Medal.We are shortly coming out with our New English Book on Philately to encourage young collectors & Philatelists.

Aug 17, 2013

INDIA - Medal won in Thailand 2013 : World Stamp Exhibition

EXHIBIT   FRAME                NAME                TITLE               MARKS MEDAL

1.      4018
Virendra Sharma
British India Queen Victoria Postal Stationery
2.      2241
Pradip Jain
Mahatma Gandhi
3.      7317
Brijmohan Modi
The History Of Architecture With Culture And Heritage.
4.      7228
Rajesh Bhura
Mahatma Gandhi
5.      10209
Mrinal Mathur
From Wheel To Car
6.      7229
Nawal Kishore Tatiwala
Gems & Jewellery
7.      L113

K. Ramachandirann
Indian Postal History - Focus on Tamil Nadu
8.      L112

Bibhudatta Mishra and Shanti Swarup Rath
Dakatikata Sangraha & An Unique Flow of Knowledge


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