Special  Cover Released on Bharat Sevashram Sangha

special-cover-bharat-sevashramDate of Release: 24 August 2016, Kolkata

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New Stamps on Birds and Animals

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

Czech Republic

czech-bird-stampThe stamp is featuring a pair of European Bee-eaters(Merops apiaster).Date of Release:12th October 2016

 Estonian : Northern Birch Mouse

estonia-mouse-stampThe northern birch mouse is a smaller mouse sized rodent belonging to the family of the Dipodidae. Its characteristics are a black stripe on the back and a tail much longer than its body. The northern birch mouse is an omnivore that eats both fruits and seeds as well as insects and caterpillars of butterflies. It hibernates from September to May. When waking up in spring, the animals weigh only about 8 grams, however, by autumn, they store plenty of fat, weighing nearly 15 grams then. They breed once a year and usually 4–6 young are born per litter. As a rare and little researched species, the northern birch mouse has been added to Annex V of the Habitats Directive of the European Union, and in the list of species protected under Category III in Estonia.

Issue Date: 25.08.2016 Designer: Sandor Stern Printer: As Vaba Maa Process: Offset Size: 40,88 x 41,3 mm Values: 0.65 €

Sweden Birds: Redpoll and Hoopoe

sweden-birds-stampsRedpoll (Carduelis flammea) belongs to the finch family of birds. It is approximately 11.5-13 cm in length.It has brownish-gray speckles, a red forehead and a black bib. It nests primarily in forests of mountain birch, but also in the lowlands of northern Sweden. In the winter large flocks of redpoll can be seen flying south.

Hoopoe (Upupa epops) grows to around 27-29 cm in length and is reddish-beige with black and white bands on both its tail and rounded wings. It nests in hollow trees, stone walls and termite stacks. The hoopoe was once associated with different superstitions; during the Middle Ages it was said to be a harbinger of war.

Issue Date: 25.08.2016 Designer: Carina Länk Illustrator: Painting by Magnus von Wright Process: Offset Size: 26.5×36.6 mm

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Special Cover Released on India’s 500th Cricket Test Match

special-cover-cricketBy Suresh Rao

This special cover(KTK/17/2016) is released to mark the occasion of the 500th Test match of Indian Cricket team. The match will be played at Kanpur from September 22 onward against New Zealand.

The Captains of few major Test Matches are: 1st – Shri CK Nayudu,,100th – Shri M. A. K. Pataudi,200th – Shri Sunil Gavaskar,300th – Shri Sachin Tendulkar,400th – Shri Rahul Dravid,500th – Shri Virat Kohli.

Issue price: Rs 35/-

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New Stamps from Romania

20 years of I.P.A. Romanian Section

romania-friendship-stampLargest friendship organization of police around the world, the International Police Association – I.P.A. – came into being on January 1st, 1950.I.P.A. was established in Great Britain at the initiative of a police sergeant, Arthur Troop of Lincolnshire, England. A determined idealist, he wanted to create an appropriate framework for the friendship between policemen everywhere and their international cooperation.

The Romanian Chapter of I.P.A. was founded on August 31st, 1992 and affiliated with the I.P.A. on October 25th, 1996 at the ­initiative of Lieutenant General Phd. Engr. Iulian Medrea.With its 156 branches and over 45,000 members, I.P.A. Romanian ranks second worldwide

Issue Date: 24.08.2016 Designer: Vlad Vamasescu Process: Offset Colours: 4 Size: Stamps size: 48 x 33mm, Minisheets size: 164 x 132 mm, Souvenir sheet size: 100 x 100 mm (stamp size: ø 30 mm) Values: 8.00 Lei; 15.00 Lei

Cities of  Romania:Cluj-Napoca

romania-cities-stampsThe year 2016 marks the celebration of 700 years since Cluj has been granted the status of city and on this occasion Romfilatelia introduces into circulation a thematic philatelic issue, from the Cities of Romania series dedicated to the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 3.50 reproduces the image of the “Dormition of Virgin Mary” Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings of Cluj-Napoca, the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, was built during the pastorate of Bishop Nicolae Ivan.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 4.00 reproduces the image of the Tailors’ Bastion (Tower), which was named after the tailors’ guild in Cluj which maintained it and had the task of safeguarding the city at that point, being the largest defence tower of the city that was entirely preserved.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 4.50 reproduces the image of the “Lucian Blaga” National Theatre and Romanian Opera.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 15.00 reproduces the image of “Babes – Bolyai” University.

Issue Date: 19.08.2016 Designer: Mihail Vamasescu Process: Offset Colours: 4 Size: Stamps size: 48 x 33mm; 33 x 48 mm, Minisheets size: 116 x 119 mm; 119 x 116 mm Values: 3.50 Lei; 4.00 Lei; 4.50 Lei; 15.00 Lei

Transalpania

romania-transalpania-msThe most beautiful and the highest road in Romania, Transalpina, is one of the “jewellery” roads of the country. Situated at more than 2000 m high, it can be crossed by car, reaching the maximum limit in Urdele Pass, 2.145 m. It was also called the “King’s Road”, since King Carol II inaugurated it by crossing it along with the royal family and the Prime Minister at that time, Gheorghe Tatarescu.

romania-transalpina-fdcThe inauguration happened during the first days of 1938 in Poiana Sibiului, the road being considered at that time, a great technical achievement, having economic, strategic and military role. Continue reading

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Special Cover Released on Medal Winner’s at Rio Paralympic Games

special-cover-rio-paralympicBy Suresh Rao

This special cover is released to commemorate Medal winners of India in Rio Paralympics. The Paralympics Games is a quadrennial multi-sport event, involving athletes with range of disabilities that include impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, vision impairment etc. All the winners are the first time Medal winners except Javelin thrower Shri Devendra Jhajharia – became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals (including a gold medal won earlier in 2004 Athens Paralympics). (Cover Number-KTK/16/2016)

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New Postal Stationary and Stamps on Birds and Butterflies

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

Czech Republic

postal-stationary-czechThe postcard is featuring a swallow-tail(Papilio machaon).

Germany

postal-stationaryThe postcard is featuring a a Red Kite(Milvus milvus).

Singapore:Birds of Prey

singapore-birds-stampsSingapore Post’s four-stamp set includes a 70-cent stamp with Singapore’s largest native raptor, the white-bellied sea eagle; a 90-cent stamp with the Brahminy kite; and a $1.30 stamp showing a perched black-winged kite.The changeable hawk eagle, whose name refers to the two colours that the species can come in, is featured on the 1st Local denomination of the series.

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Special Cover Released on Rabindranath Tagore’s last Mungpoo Visit

special-cover-tagoreThis embossed special cover was issued by West Bengal Circle on 21st August 2016 on the occasion of 76 years of last visit to Mungpoo by Rabindranath Tagore on in 1940.

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New Stamps from Liechtenstein

Artistic photography: Erich Allgäuer

liech-photography-stampsLiechtensteiner Erich Allgäuer (b. 1939) was inspired to take his first steps in photography after a visit to Rome in 1960. The “Woman” (value CHF 1.00) on the first special stamp is reminiscent of a theatre character, while the “Man” (value CHF 1.50) on the second stamp could have been an earlier emperor or philosopher. A modern “Woman with Hat” (value CHF 2.00) from Paris of the 1920s is the subject of the third motif.

Joint issue with the Czech Republic

liech-czech-joint-issueThe painting entitled “A Young Woman on a Balcony” (value CHF 1.50) from the 17th century graces the new, completely steel-engraved joint issue stamp of the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. The work by the Dutch artist Gerrit Dou (1613-1675) hangs in the National Gallery of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Issue Date: 05.09.2016 Designer: Václav Fajt Printer: Poštovní tiskárna cenin Praha a.s. Process: Steel Engraving Colours: 6 Size: 44.4 x 54.4 mm Values: CHF 1.50

Motorcycles

liech-bikes-stampsMotorcycles from the last century round off the Collections in Liechtenstein series. In 1928, the “M. Thun” (value CHF 0.85) rolled out of the motorcycle works in Vienna. Equipped with a 490 ccm JAP engine, the motorcycle was ridden in the 1950s complete with sidecar. The current owner, who acquired it in 1988, carried out the extensive modernisation of the machine over the following three years. The “Harley-Davidson” (value CHF 1.00) from the year 1920 is equipped with a 1000 ccm V engine and originally boasted a magnetic ignition and a gas lamp. Continue reading

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New Stamp Released on Lady Hardinge Medical College

stamp-lady-hardinge-medical-collegefdc-lady-hardinge-medical-collegebrochureIndia Post has  issued a commemorative postage stamp on Lady Hardinge Medical College on 23.09.2016.

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Qatar: Back to School Stamps

qatar-back-to-school-stampsQatar Post has issued new stamps on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year. The stamps  are based on selected, outstanding works of students.

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