New Special Covers Released on 30th January

National Cleanliness Day

special cover national cleanliness dayDate of Release:30 January 2017,Bangaluru

69th Martyr’s Day

special cover martyr dayDate of Release:30 January 2017

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Malta Issued Fourth Set of Flora Stamps

malta flora stampsThe fourth set from the Maltese Flora series was issued on 24th  February 2017.

This includes three stamps each bearing a face value of €0.26, €0.42 and €1.25 and respectively depict the Fan-Lipped Orchid (Maltese: Orikida Ħamra), the Yellow Bee-Orchid (Maltese: Żunżana) and the Small Flowered Tongue-Orchid (Maltese: Orikida tal-Ilsien iż-Żgħir) which are species found in the Maltese Islands. Photographer Guido Bonett captured the flowers featured on the stamps.

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New Postmarks from Germany and Poland

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

Germany: Mussel

germany mussel postmarkThe postmark is featuring a  scallop(Pecten maximus).Issue Date- 20 March 2017

Poland:Bird

poland bird postmarkThe postmark is featuring a White stork(Ciconia ciconia). Issue Date- 20 March 2017

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Picture Postcards Released on Magh Mela

magh mela postcardsmagh melaBy M.Gulrez

India Post has released a set of six picture postcards on Magh Mela on 24th magh mela cancellationFebruary 2017 at Allahabad.The Magh Mela is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims in Prayag, on the banks of Triveni Sangam (the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati).

This Mela is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (corresponding from mid January – mid February) and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days. It commences on the day of Makar Sankranti in January, which is the first important bathing day. A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month of Magh in prayers. Every year during this period massive arrangements are made by the Uttar Pradesh Government for the devotees coming to Magh Mela. This include establishment of a temporary post office,  tented township, roads, transport services, water supply, electricity and sanitation facilities, medical and policing.

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Hungary Issued Stamp on 500 Years of Arrival of Regiomontanus

hungary regiomontanus stampRegiomontanus (1436-1476; original name: Johannes Müller) was a mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. As was the custom at the time, he adopted the Latin name of his town of birth, Königsberg in present-day Germany. He worked and lived in Buda for years, and as a sign of respect for King Matthias, he took the meridian passing through the royal palace in Buda as the basis for his calculations in astronomy. This was the meridian of Buda.

Regiomontanus was a child prodigy, and started studying mathematics and astronomy at the age of 11, first in Leipzig and then in Vienna. When he was 12, he calculated the orbits of planets.

He was entrusted with the critical translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest, which was later used as a textbook by Copernicus and Galileo. His work on triangles originates from the same period. Continue reading

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Norway:Tråante 2017 Stamp Issue

norway traante stampsWith the Southern Sami name for Trondheim, on February 6 the Sami people celebrate 100 years since the Sami held their first national congress in Tråante – Trondheim.

The congress was an important event in Sami history. It gathered the Sami across national boundaries for the first time to discuss and shed light on common issues and challenges. It was Sami women who both took the initiative and managed proceedings. Elsa Laula Renberg was behind the idea and realization of the meeting, which gathered over one hundred participants. The committee envisaged both political and practical education and debate.   Continue reading

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Croatia:Valentines Day Stamp

croatia valentines day stampIssue Date: 03.02.2017 Designer: Katarina Lončar, designer from Zagreb Printer: AKD d.o.o., Zagreb Process: Offset Size: Stamp in the shape of heart, in field 48.28 x 40.54 mm Values: 3.10 HRK

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Maxin Cards on Headgears of India

maxim cards headgears of india

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Malaysia Issued Stamps on Orchids

malaysia orchids stampsAccording to Pos Malaysia Group chief executive officer Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, the ‘National Definitive Series’ featuring garden flowers was last issued in 2010.

“It is reported that there are over 20,000 types of orchids grown worldwide.“For this stamp series, we have chosen six of the most popular varieties – the Rynchostylis for the 60 sen stamp, Phalaenopsis for the 70 sen stamp, Vanda for the 80 sen stamp, Paphiopedilum for the 90 sen stamp, Aranda for the stamp, and Papilionanda for the RM1.10 stamp. Each of the six stamp designs comes on an imperforated miniature sheet priced at RM7.40 each. Other philatelic products such as the First Day Covers (FDC) with free brochure go for 55 sen each, while the folder is available at RM6.35 each.Customers can also purchase the complete folder set at RM135.80 each.Issue Date-21st February 2017.

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New Postmarks on Year of Rooster:Taiwan

taiwan year of rooster postmarksBy Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie.

On February 23th 2017 two new postmarks are available in Taiwan (Republic of China) for use on one day only. Both postmarks are featuring a rooster and a hen.

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