New Special Covers Released from Kerala

Special Cover with 3D features on Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

special cover 3d keralaDate of Release-10 March 2017

Diamond Jubilee of Teachers College

special cover thiruvallaDate of Release:15 March 2017,Thiruvalla ,Kerala

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New Stamps and Stamp Booklets on Animals

Czech Republic

By Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie.

czech animals stampsczech stampsThese stamps will be issued in September this year.

France -Cats Stamp Booklet

france cats stampsIssue Date: 27.02.2017 Designer: Youz Process: Offset Size: 45 x 37 mm (horizontal) Values: €6.60

France- Livestock

france animals stampsEvery year since 2013 La Poste has issued a booklet of 12 self-adhesive postage stamps at the price of the green letter for letters up to 20 g to France, to accompany the International Agricultural Show Which is a major event in France. This year, the booklet “Veal, cow, pig, brood and other livestock” speaks as much to breeders as to children and teachers. Continue reading

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First Ship on Indian Stamps

stamp on stampsFirst ship on Indian stamps was appeared in 1954.A stamp was released to commemorate the postage stamp centenary on 1st October 1954.This stamp depicts a ship ,an aero plane a train and a cycle mail runner.

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New Stamps from Spain

150th Birth Anniversary of Blasco Ibañez

Blasco Ibañez was a writer, politician and Spanish journalist. The work of Blasco Ibáñez could be cataloged within the literary naturalism but alwaysspain blasco ibanez stamp with costumbristas and regionalist touches, sometimes of historical character and others with representations of his time.

The stamp contains a very Valencian illustration, with a montage of the typical construction of this land, the tent, used by peasants and used to be located in the nearby vegetable gardens to the irrigated areas, and a pen, as a symbol of their literary production and whose morphology resembles the roofs of these houses. Also, on the label, you can see “oryzas”, the cereal that contains rice, an essential ingredient in Valencian cuisine, which has made this land of orange and chufas, sun and sea.

Issue Date: 16.03.2017 Process: Offset Size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm Values: 1€

450 Years of The Spanish Road

spainish road stampThe stamp includes an illustration of the profile face of King Philip II, who is considered the creator of this route, Aiming to bring money and troops to war in the Netherlands.At the bottom of the stamp, the diffuse image of an old map appears on which are drawn five red arrows representing the five main routes of this road.The Spanish Way is a historical route that toured the Spanish armies during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, linking Milan and Brussels, with the aim of keeping the Netherlands and the center of the Spanish Monarchy connected.

The routes crossed states allied to the Crown like Savoy and Lorraine and also territories that belonged to her. In this way they tried to protect the Mediterranean from Muslim attacks and other possible enemies. Throughout the years several routes were used to make that Way, but there are five that can be considered as main:

Route of 1567, the Duke of Alba,Route of 1595, by Archduke Alberto,Route 1601, the Gressin Bridge,Route of 1604, Virués,Route of 1634, Nordlingen

It was that first route of 1567 which marked a turning point in the history of Europe. The Duke of Alba along with 10,000 veterans of the thirds, traveled 1,100 kilometers to Brussels, carrying out one of the greatest logistical feats of military and diplomatic history.

Issue Date: 16.03.2017 Process: Offset : 28.8 x 40.9 mm Values: 2 €

Definitives  Stamp on HM King Felipe VI

spain king felipe stampTwo and a half years ago since King Felipe IV occupied the throne of Spain, and since then, the annual Basic Series reproduces the effigy of the monarch as they did that of his father.

The first basic series of the king was put into circulation on July 15, 1976 and since then, in Spain, as well as other countries, has as its purpose: “to cover all postage possibilities provided by the postal fee”. Continue reading

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Sale of Postal Stamps Decreased in India

India-post-logo The total revenue earned by Department of Posts   (DoP) has grown over 11 per cent to about Rs 12,940 crore in 2015-16, Parliament was informed today.

DoP earned revenue of Rs 10,730.42 crore in 2013-14, which grew to Rs 11,635.98 crore in 2014-15 and further to Rs 12,939.79 crore in 2015-16, Communications Minister Manoj  Sinha said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Besides providing purely postal services, post offices perform agency functions like Saving Bank, payment of pension, sale of Cash Certificates etc on behalf of other ministries/ departments, he said adding that the revenue earned is classified under five major heads.

“There is an increasing trend in revenue in three major heads — postage realised in cash from speed post, registry, business post, parcels etc; commission from  Savings Bank; and other major receipts,” he said.

There is a decline in two heads of revenue — sale of stamps and commission on money orders and Indian Postal Orders etc, he added.

Revenue from sale of stamps declined from Rs 670.67 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 576.18 crore in 2014-15 and further fell to Rs 441.75 crore in 2015-16.Similarly, commission from money orders and Indian postal orders reduced to Rs 464.84 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 641.98 crore in 2014-15. Continue reading

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Slovenia will Issue Stamp on Prehistoric Animal

slovenia stampslovenia prehistoric animal stampBy Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

The stamp, FDI-postmark and FDC are featuring a European   cave Lion(Panthera Leo spelaea).The stamp will be issued on 31st March 2017.

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 UAE  Issued Stamps on International Day of Happiness

uae happiness day stampsEmirates Post Group has issued a set of eight new commemorative stamps to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.The new stamps feature the sun, the UAE flag, a smiling face, family and friends, the sea, the date palm tree, clouds, a flower, raindrops, and the symbols of the UAE’s National Programme for Happiness and Positivity. Continue reading

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Canada -France Joint Stamp Issue on Wimy Centenary

canada france joint stamp issueThese stamps will be issued on 8th April 2017 to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle itself, from April 9-12, 1917, is generally regarded as the defining moment in Canada’s emergence as a nation. For France, it proved to be, as French ambassador to Canada Nicolas Chapuis put it, “the turning point in an uncertain war” and “part of the bedrock of the friendship between France and Canada.” The Canadian one, designed by Montreal artist Susan Scott, combines the Canadian National Vimy Memorial monument’s twin pillars with the engraved names of the thousands of Canadian soldiers who died in France during the First World War. The French stamp, by Sarah Bougault, shows the flags of the two nations alongside Canada Bereft, a statue at Vimy depicting a forlorn, cloaked woman. Continue reading

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New Pictorial Postmarks from Germany and Italy  

By Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

Germany:Parrot

postmark parrotOn April 27th 2017 this postmark will be available in 12057 BERLIN. The postmark is featuring a Scarlet Macaw(Ara macao).

Germany: Arctic Explorer

german envelopegerman postmarkThis postmark and envelope will be released on 1st April 2017 in 51373 LEVERKUSEN.

 Both philatelic items are featuring Mr. Johann August Miertsching , German arctic explorer, and the ship HMS INVESTIGATOR. Both philatelic items will be issued for the annual meeting of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Polarphilately

Italy: Prehistoric Man

italy postmarkThis pictorial postmark will be released from I-70121 BARI on 30th March 2017.

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Means of Transport Through Ages Stamp Issue

transport stampsms means of transportfdc transport

India Post has released its mega stamp issue on means of transport on 25th March 2017.

This includes  20 stamps,six sheetlets and four miniature sheets.

The stamps  were released at Heritage Transport Museum at Tawdoo near Delhi.

The series of stamps include a set of four stamps, each on palanquins, animal driven carriages and carts, rickshaws and vintage cars.

Five First Day Covers have also been released with this stamp issue.Each FDC depicts a seprate set of stamps.

A mixed set of four stamps on public transport depicting buses, tram and metro were also released.

The images of 15 of 20 stamps released by the Department of Post were directly adopted from the museum’s collection.

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