Slovakia: Easter 2017 Stamp

slovakia easter stampA folk painting from the Vajnory church of Our Lady of Sorrows has become the motif of the new postal stamp. On the painting is a pelican, Christological symbol as the pelican was once thought to piece its own breast to feed young with its blood. The postal stamp is called “Easter: Folk Painting Vajnory” and its value is 0.50€.

Its proportions are 26.5 x 33.9 millimetres and it was printed by the offset technique in Poštovní tiskárna cenin, Prague. The author of the postal stamp, FDC envelope and rubber stamp is Marianna Žálec Varcholová.

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Stamp and MS Issued on Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar Institute of Telecom Training

ambedkar msIndia Post has issued a commemorative postage stamp (denomination 15 Rs.) and a miniature sheet on Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar Institute of Telecom Training Jabalpur. Instistute had its origin at Calcutta where it initially started functioning in the 1920 as Telecom Training Centre (TTC)During the Second World War, it was however, decided to locate it at Jabalpur where it commenced activities from 22nd April 1942.

fdc ambedkar instituteIn the beginning the Training Centre was set up in the Telecom Factory compound at Wright Town, Jabalpur. Since this did not provide adequate space for conducting the training activities effectively, the TTC was shifted to a new building at Ridge Road, Jabalpur and the training activities started functioning in its new campus from 1956.Since then, BRBRAITT has made a continued effort to cater to the training needs of the Indian Telecommunication Department, other allied organisations and foreign participants. Continue reading

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Special Covers:Katakpex 2017

Dhabaleshwar Setu

special cover dhabaleshwar setuDate of Release:20 January 2017,Cuttack

Ravenshaw University

special cover ravenshaw universityDate of Release:20 January 2017,Cuttack

Ruchi Foodline

special cover ruchi foodlineDate of Release:21 January 2017,Cuttack

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New Stamps and Postmark on Fauna and Flora

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


croatia bats stampsCroatia:Easter

croatia easter stampTaiwan:Postmark on Deer

taiwan deer postmarkThe postmark will be released on 17th May 2017 at Taidung Post Office for ATM stamps.The postmark  features a Sika deer(Cervus nippon taiouanus).

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Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps:Malaysia

Tamil Calligraphy

malaysia calligraphy stampsMalaysia issued stamp series for three major festive greetings in Malaysia on 28th March 2017.

malaysia calligraphy fdcThe stamp series  features calligraphy for greetings in three different languages, namely ‘Selamat Hari Raya’, ‘Gong He Xin Xi’and ‘Iniye Vaalthukal Deepavali’, and will be sold at 80 sen each.Head of the Stamp and Philately Unit, Diyana Lean Abdullah said hopefully the second issue of the stamp series which features calligraphy would receive good response like last year.She added that miniature sheets worth RM5 depicting Malay, Chinese and Indian calligraphy would be printed on silver while drawings of lanterns and lights will be on the cancellation marks of the series.

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Oman Issued Stamps on Childhood

oman childhood stampsThe special postage stamp for children was launched under the theme “Childhood: Right and Participation” under the patronage of Sheikh Salim bin Mustahail Al Ma’ashani, Advisor at the Diwan of Royal Court. The launching ceremony was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Sa’ayed Al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development and Abdul Malik bin Abdul Karim Al Balushi, CEO of Oman Post.

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Cyprus Issued Stamps on European Capital of Culture Pafos

cyprus pafos 2017 stampsThe stamps are a set of three valued at 64 cents each, portraying ancient monuments, the sea and the natural environment.The series was designed by Nikos Ierodiakonou from Nicosia and printed in Athens by specialists Veridos-Matsoukis.“It would be inconceivable for an institution of such magnitude, hosted in Cyprus for the first time, not to have its own series of stamps, to convey across the world the message that Paphos is the European Capital of Culture for 2017,” said Pafos2017 chairman, Christos Patsalides.

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USPS: ‘Delicioso’ Forever Stamps

usps forever stampsUSPS is celebrating the influence of Central and South America, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine.The stamps feature bright and playful illustrations of tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. Each illustration was created by applying multiple layers of acrylic paint to textured boards, using sandpaper to reveal the hidden layers and give the designs a worn, vintage look.Artist John Parra designed the stamp artwork under the direction of Antonio Alcalá.

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Special Covers  Released from Karnataka on World Heritage Day

special covers bengaluruBy Suresh Rao

On the occasion of the World Heritage day on 18th April 2017 , three Special covers were released at Bangalore GPO. Sri Arun Raj, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India released the covers on 18.04.2017 at Bengaluru GPO. Dr. Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle and Sri S. Rajendra Kumar, Postmaster General, South Karnataka Region were also present.

1. KTK/46/2017: Keerthinaravana Temple of Talakad Talakadu is a desert like town on the left bank of the Kaveri River in Mysuru District. It once had over 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand. It is one of the Pancha Narayana Kshetras where the Keerthi Narayana temple was established in 1117 AD.

2. KTK/47/2017: Halebeedu Hovsaleshwara Temple Halebeedu (earlier Dwarasamudra) was the capital of Hoysala empire in the 1th Century AD. The Hoysaleshwara temple built in 1117 AD is outstanding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with a variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals and birds. No two sculptures of the temple are same.

3. KTK/48/2017: Chennakeshava Temple, Belur The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava Temple, built by King Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakad in 1117 AD, 900 years back.

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New Stamps from Austria

Inventor of Typewriter: Peter Mitterhofer

austria typewriter stampIn the “Austrian Inventions” series, Austrian Post is this time celebrating Peter Mitterhofer, who made the first typewriter in the 1860s, with a commemorative stamp.Peter Mitterhofer was born in 1822 in Partschins in South Tyrol. After learning the craft of a carpenter and cabinet maker in his father?s workshop, he set off on his “Walz” – the educational travels of young craftsmen – and spent many years travelling through Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland.  Between 1864 and 1869 Mitterhofer built five typewriters, four of which have survived to this day. The first two models were mainly made of wood, the later models made of typesetting metal. The model shown on the commemorative stamp, the “Wien” model from 1864, can today be seen in the Technisches Museum in Vienna. At about the same time as Mitterhofer was working on this, Christopher Latham Sholes patented a mechanical typewriter in the USA, which was the first such machine to have the still standard “QWERTY” keyboard. He sold his invention to the company Remington, which began mass-producing typewriters from 1873 onwards.

Issue Date: 16.03.2017 Designer: David Gruber Printer: Joh. Enschedé Process: Offset Values: 0.80

Margherita Spiluttini

One of Austrias best-known photographers, the artist from Salzburg,austria margherita stamp Margherita Spiluttini, is being presented on a commemorative stamp in the “Photographic art in Austria” series. The stamp shows a black and white photograph of the Hochtannberg in summer from the year 1992, a barite print bonded to aluminium.The photograph comes from the “Beyond Nature Construction of Landscape” project from 1991 to 2003. It is “about the ambivalence between the poignant beauty of the mountains and the oppressive threat which can emanate from them. About what is created when mankind wants to overcome, master and exploit the enormity and impassibility of the mountains and how the mountain?s “surface” is changed by this.” Works from this series have been put on show at the Architekturgalerie in Lucerne, the Technisches Museum, Vienna and the Fotografins Hus in Stockholm, among others. Margherita Spiluttini was born in 1947 in Schwarzach in Salzburg, and, having finally been confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis, worked as a freelance photographer from 1981 to 2014. Continue reading

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