New Special Covers on Forts from Pune

Rohida Fort

special cover rohida fortDate of Release:14 July 2017,Pune

Purandar Fort

special cover purandar fortDate of Release:4May 2017,Pune

Rajgarh Fort

special cover rajgarhfortDate of Release:30 June 2017,Pune

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Israel: Festivals Stamp Issue

israel festival stampsThis years’ Festival stamps focus on three evening customs: the recitation of Selicot prayers in the evenings before Yom Kippur; on the eve after the end of Yom Kippur the building of the Sukkah (temporary structure to remind us of the way Jews lived after the exodus from Egypt); and second hakafot (singing and dancing with the Torah) which takes place in the evening at the end of the festival period.

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IOM Issued Stamps on Time Eating Clocks

iom stampsAn inventor who designed and made a series of “time-eating clocks” has been honoured on a set of Isle of Man stamps.Dr John Taylor also invented the the bimetal thermostat, a crucial safety feature on electric kettles which turns them off when the water boils.The Isle of Man Post Office said the stamps celebrate the life and career of one of Britain’s greatest innovators. Continue reading

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Ireland Issued Stamp on 50 Years of Second Level Education

irish students stampsTwo Gorey Community School students are the face of the new €1 commemorative stamp from An Post celebrating 50 years of second level education in Ireland.The stamp, designed by leading designer Ger Garland with photography by Alan Betson, features Lauren Dench and Michael Duke two students of Gorey Community school, the largest second level school in the country.

Lauren and Michael are both sixth year students at Gorey Community School and principal Michael Finn said that the duo were chosen randomly over the summer.’We then chose two students from the school whom we felt were good ambassadors of the school. We wanted to pick sixth year students to signify that their education with us was coming to a close.

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New Special Covers from Bhubaneswar

22nd Asian Athletics Championship

special cover asian athleticsDate of Release:5 July 2017

Eye Donation

special cover eye donationDate of Release:1 July 2017

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Estonia Issued Stamp on Eurasian Lynx

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

Estonia Post issued a new stamp on nature. The single stamp , FDC  and  the FDI-postmark are featuring a Eurasian Lynx.

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New Swiss Stamps

Letter vs. E-mail

swiss selfie stampThe versatility of this stamp knows no bounds. Anyone who looks at it sees themselves. But that’s not the only unique feature of this extraordinary project. The selfie stamp owes its existence to a co-operative venture between Swiss Post and students completing a consolidation course in visual communication at the Zurich University of the Arts. The diligent bachelor’s degree students (average age 22) were briefed by project leaders on the course topic of “Letter vs. e-mail”. The de- sign process pursued by the eight teams of two and seven solo aspirants was su- pervised by the university’s lecturers. The winning design out of the ten best submissions picked and then entered in a nal round was created by Nicole Jara Vizcardo.

The young designer’s concept showed how the rise of e-mail has meant that letters have become digitalized. She drew her inspiration from this and thought about how she could transfer something typical from the digital world to the for-mat of a postage stamp. A selfie-a self-portrait taken at a specific moment and transmitted electronically–appeared the most convincing form to her. Mirror- ing the zeitgeist, it is literally a true re-flection of our society. Silver lm was used to produce this unu- sual stamp. The sheet of special stamps shows 20 individual stamps which form a tablet that re ects the face of the observ-er–the perfect symbol of the symbiosis between digital and analogue reality.

Issue Date: 31.08.2017 Designer: Nicole Jara Vizcardo, Anglikon (student, Zurich University of the Arts) Printer: Cartor Security Printing La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 2 Colours Size: 33 × 28mm

Emoji

swiss emoji stampsThe term “emoji” (pronounced “ee-mo-gee”) comes from the Japanese words for “picture” and “character”. The name has doubtless gained acceptance because of the associations it conjures up with “emotion”, a word that sounds similar in numerous European languages. These little pictures simplify communication, allowing us to quickly and clearly show whether we mean something to be serious, or maybe ironic.

Modern-day emojis hark back to Shigetaka Kurita’s designs in 1998, when he was commissioned by a Japanese mobile phone provider to create simple, single-colour icons. These days there are a large number of different emojis in the digital world. Continue reading

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India Post Issued Stamps on Vulnerable Birds

indian birds stamps
india birds brochurems birdsBy Anil Kr Pujara

India Post has issued a set of three stamps on vulnerable birds on 18th September 2017.Miniature sheet of the issue has also been issued(Price 15 Rs.).

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New Special Covers

International Day of Yoga

special cover yoga dayDate of Release:21 June 2017,Chennai

Gujrat Gaurav Diwas

special cover gujratDate of Release:1 May  2017,Ahmedabad

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New Stamps Released from Hungary

Saint Ladislaus Memorial Year

hungary laszlo stampsHungary issued a definitive stamp with a label to mark the Saint Ladislaus Memorial Year. The emblem of the Memorial Year can be seen on the label attached to the definitive stamp Your Own Message Stamp IV – Domestic 35. The stamp was designed by Imre Benedek and the label attached to it by Tamás Gábor, and 175,000 copies were produced by the printing company Pénzjegynyomda. The new issue will be available at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary from 15 August, but may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store.

(Saint) Ladislaus I (c.1040, near Cracow – 29 July 1095, Nyitra) was the second son of King Béla I of Hungary and Princess Richeza Piast of Poland. He was King of Hungary from 1077 and King of Croatia from 1091 until his death, and was a ruler embodying the medieval ideal of chivalry, who gained distinction in the areas of law-making, church organisation and warfare during his 18-year reign. A number of legends commemorate him.The 2017 Saint Ladislaus Memorial Year commemorates the 940th anniversary of the knight king’s accession to the throne and the 825th anniversary of his canonisation.

Issue Date: 15.08.2017 Designer: Stamp: Imre Benedek; Label by Tamás Gábor Printer: Pénzjegynyomda Zrt. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 18.00 x 25.

50 Years of Hungarian Stamp Issuance : Hungary-Austria Joint Stamp Issue

hungary austria joint issueMagyar Posta is marking the issue of the first Hungarian postage stamp by a Hungarian-Austrian joint issue of a commemorative miniature sheet. 1867 was a historic turning point for both the state of Hungary and the Hungarian postal service. In the wake of the passive resistance after the 1848 War of Independence and due to the effect of unfavourable international events for the Habsburg Empire, this was the year when a compromise was reached to restore Hungarian statehood and the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I was crowned King of Hungary. Austria-Hungary was created. This was known from its inception until the end of the period in 1918 as the dual monarchy and was one of the times in Hungarian history when the country flourished and prospered to the greatest extent.

Under an agreement for the post, the postal services of Hungary and Austria separated, and one of the first measures of the newly independent Hungarian postal service was to order and bring into use its own postage stamps. However, compromises had to be made in order to issue the first stamps on 1 June 1867 because there was no print works in Hungarian territory that was equipped to produce postage stamps of the required quality and quantity. For this reason they were produced at the Imperial and Royal Stationery Office in Vienna. Of the series of seven stamps bearing the portrait of Franz Joseph, the 2, 3, 5, 10 and 15 krajcár denominations were released on 1 June and the 25 and 50 krajcár stamps on 1 September.

Issue Date: 25.08.2017 Designer: Anita Kern (stamp), Attila Elekes (FDC, special postmark) Printer: ANY Biztonsági Nyomda Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp Size: 30 x 40 mm, Miniature Sheet: 80 x 60mm Values: HUF 120, HUF 450150 Years of Hungarian Stamp Issuance I – Special Editions & Stamp Set

150 Years of First Stamp

hungary first stampWhen the first Hungarian postage stamps were issued 150 years ago, customers knew that these miniature graphic artworks would become part of everyday life but they could not be certain that this occasion marked the start of a series of events lasting for centuries. Releasing the special editions of the miniature sheet entitled 150 Years of Hungarian Stamp Issuance for circulation expresses Magyar Posta’s pleasure and pride in looking back at its stamps issued to date.

On this occasion a red-numbered, imperforated and a green-numbered perforated edition of the miniature sheet and a special stamp set are being issued.

What makes the red-numbered and green-numbered versions interesting is that the first two stamps were made by letterpress (book) printing – the same printing technology as used in that period – while the third and fourth stamps were produced by intaglio printing, following the example of the classic stamps printed in 1871 and 1874.

The stamp set includes, in addition to the red- and green-numbered editions, numbered copies of the standard edition and the black print of the miniature sheet. These are unusual as they were numbered by hand using numerals ranging from 1 to 1,000. All the sheets in each of the 1,000 sets issued bear the same number, and the numbered version of the standard edition as well as the black print are only available in this compilation. The stamp set sold in a resealable plastic case comes with a numbered Certificate in Hungarian, English and German bearing an embossed postal seal verifying its originality. Continue reading

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