New Special Covers

Indian Naval Air Squardron 30

special cover naval squadTo mark the induction of MIG29K and deinduction of Sea Harrier INAS300 a special cover was released by Maharashtra Circle of India Post at A P Dabolim on 11.05.2016.

Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji

special cover narvir shivajiDate of Release:5 May 2016,Panhala ,Maharashtra

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Portugal Issued Stamp on Shrines of Europe

portugal shrine stamp“Whiter than if he was made of snow”: on the centenary of the apparition of the Angel in Fátima.When, in 1937, Lúcia de Jesus (1907-2005) wrote the memoirs of the extraordinary days that she experienced in her infancy, she clarified some evidence that had already been formally recorded in that distant year 1917, in the pages of an interrogation that had been conducted on the 2nd of November of that year. It is from that description that we know the angel also perceived by Francisco and Jacinta Marto: “a young man of some 14 to 15 years old, whiter than if he was made of snow, whom the sun made transparent as if he was made of crystal and of great beauty”. Continue reading

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Estonia Issued Stamp on Painter Ants Laikmaa

estonia painter ant stampAnts Laikmaa (1866 -1942) was one of the most colourful persons of the Estonian art history, known as portrait painter, landscape painter whose favourite technique was pastel. Until the Estonianization in 1935 his name was Hans Laipman. After studies in St. Petersburg and Düsseldorf the artist opened a studio school under his own name in 1903 which developed into a important institution where nearly 800 people (including J. Lukk, J. Greenberg, P, Burman, J. Võerahansu etc.) studied. He organized the first overview exhibition of Estonian art in Tartu in 1906. The artist had the tradition of looking for new motifs travelling on foot or on horseback. One of the themes to which the artist returned to again and again was his self-portrait. A fragment of his self-portrait of 1902 is shown also on his postage stamp. Ants Laikmaa’s last place of rest is in Kadarpiku village in Lääne County, on the territory of the artist’s house museum opened in 1960.

Issue Date: 05.05.2016 Designer: Lembit Lõhmus Printer: AS Vaba Maa Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40,88 x 41,3 mm Values: 0.65

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Aland Issued Stamps on Medicinal Plants

aland medicinal plants stampsIssue Date: 09.05.2016 Designer: Jonas Wilén Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 52 x 23,83 mm

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New Special Covers from Maharashtra and Karnataka

Indian Institute of Architect

special cover mumbaiDate of  Release: 12 May 2016,Mumbai

Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey

special cover hockeyDate of  Release: 3 May 2016,Madekeri,Karnataka

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New Stamps from Switzerland

Gottardo 2016

swiss gottardo stampsTwo special stamps with a gutter document a strengthened sense of togetherness. The Gotthard Base tunnel is opening up new prospects for the north and south. At 57 kilometres in length, it is a world-re- cord-breaking tunnel. 28,200,000 tonnes of rock were excavated during the con- struction process, and 325 trains a day are set to speed through the massif. Has Gotthard the Giant climbed down from his perch at last? The “Gottardo 2016” souvenir pays trib- ute to the extraordinary achievement of constructing the world’s longest tunnel. The centrefold and accompany- ing original stamps “Gottardo 2016”, “100 years of the Lötschberg Railway” and “100 years of the Gotthard Railway” make the product a valuable collector’s item – not just for stamp collectors and railway enthusiasts!

Issue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Vaudeville Studios, Zurich Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process: Offset, special varnish, with powdered stone from the Gotthard tunnel Colours: 5 Colours Size: Stamps: 104×37 mm (inc. gutter) (32.7×37 mm, 38.6×37 mm, 32.7×37 mm), Sheet: 134×205 mm (5 rows of 2 stamps and gutter) Values: CHF 1.00 x 2

Europa 2016:Think Green

swiss europa stampsIssue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Doxia Sergidou, Cyprus (“Think Green” special stamp), Nicola Carpi and Dina Christ, Zurich (“Be Green” special stamp) Printer: Giesecke & Devrient, Leipzig, Germany Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamps: 40×32.5 mm, Sheet: 190×162 mm (4 rows of 4 stamps) 2 motifs on one sheet Values: CHF 1.00 x 2

Swiss Wrestling

swiss wrestling stampIssue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Beat Leuenberger and Jürg Glauser, Berne Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 40×32.5 mm, Sheet: 190×161 mm (4 rows [2× 4 and 2× 2 stamps] and vignette 80×65 mm) Values: CHF 1.00

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New Special Covers

Swami Sundra

special cover swami sundraDate of Release:19 March 2016,Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Western Union Lucknow

special cover western unionDate of Release:11 May 2016,Lucknow

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New Stamps from Guernsey

Victor Hugo

guernsey victor hugo stampsIn October 1855 Victor Hugo arrived in Guernsey, a political exile. He established a home for himself and family in St Peter Port at Hauteville House.  Almost every day he wrote. He completed les Misérables and composed many poems which were published as les Légendes des siècles and les Chansons des rues et des bois.In Guernsey Hugo had the perfect opportunity to study the sea. From his ‘look out’ he witnessed steamships and sailing-boats coming and going, the hustle-and-bustle of the port, storm clouds rolling in, the sea turning into a raging cauldron, ships in distress, shipwrecks.

In 1859 he spent a holiday in Sark. While swimming in a cave his son Charles tangled with an octopus. An idea for a novel was born. Hugo incubated the project until the summer of 1864 and then began to write in earnest. At first he called the novel The Abyss but then changed it to The Toilers of the Sea.

Issue Date: 06.05.2016 Designer: Keith Robinson Printer: BDT International Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 44.45mm deep x 27.94mm wide Values: 43p, 57p, 58p, 64p, 70p, 78p

Europa 2016: Think Green

guernsey europa stampIssue Date: 06.05.2016 Designer: PostEruop Printer: Lowe-Martin Process: Offset Lithography

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Finland: On Vacation Stamp Issue

finland on vacation stampsIssue Date: 06.05.2016 Designer: Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi Colours: 4 Colours

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Surya Namaskar:Stamps and Brochure

surya namaskar stampssurya namaskar brochuresurya namaskar brochure 1

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