North Korea Issued Stamps on Missile Programme

north korea stampNorth Korea’s state media announced that the country has issued a new set of stamps to commemorate the testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July.

The stamps feature dictator Kim Jong-un as well as the weapons in question, a celebration of the nation’s illegal nuclear weapon’s program. North Korea often issues special edition stamps to commemorate milestones for its nuclear program and key anniversaries in the history of the repressive Kim family cult. The Hwasong-14 missile test in question occurred on July 4, in an apparent attempt to provoke the United States on its Independence Day. Experts  concluded from the missile’s trajectory that it was in fact an ICBM, and could potentially reach Alaska.

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Malta Issued Stamps on The 350th Anniversary of the Melchiorre Gafa

malta stampsGafa’, also known as Cafa’ was a Maltese sculptor renowned for his Roman Baroque style. He was born in Vittoriosa Malta in 1636 and baptised as Marcello. However, after his move to Rome in 1658, he was most frequently referred to as Melchior or Melchiorre. His works are to be found in many major international museums and collections. Date of Issue:4 September 2017

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Hindi Day :Postal Stationary

By Sudhir Jain

hindi dayHindi Divas (Day) is celebrated on 14 September because on this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi written in Devnagri   script as the official language of the Republic of India  . But this didn’t come as easily as it sounds. As such, on the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha] on 14 September 1949, the efforts came to fruition following adoption of Hindi as the official language. This decision was ratified by the Constitution of India that came into effect on 26 January 1950. Continue reading

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New Postmarks from Korea

By Wolfgang Beyerkorea postmarks

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New Stamps from Royal Mail

Mail by Air Stamp Issue

 royal mail airmail stamps

Value Description
As overprinted by Post & Go machine First UK aerial mail, 1911

At 4.58pm, on 9 September 1911, Gustav Hamel flew from Hendon to Windsor in a Blériot monoplane carrying 23½lb of mail, which included letters to King George V and other dignitaries. The stamp depicts Hamel flying over Windsor Castle prior to landing at Shaw Farm meadow, Frogmore, at 5.13pm.

As overprinted by Post & Go machine Military mail flight, 1919

In 1919, the RAF began operating a mail-carrying service between Folkestone and Cologne. Following a rail and road journey from London to the aerodrome, mail was loaded onto a De Havilland DH.10 and flown to troops in Germany. Between 1 March and 31 August 1919, 922 flights were made.

As overprinted by Post & Go machine International airmail, 1933

Imperial Airways’ Handley Page HP.42E airliners first entered into service in 1931. G-AAXF Helena is depicted flying over the pyramids in Egypt, on the Cairo-Gaza-Karachi sector, in 1933. During their eight years of service, the HP.42s carried an exceptional amount of mail.

As overprinted by Post & Go machine Domestic airmail, 1934

The most versatile of aircraft was the De Havilland DH.84 Dragon II, which was used by the majority of airlines for mail and passenger duties. Railway Air Services Ltd had a total of 11 DH.84s in its fleet, of which G-ADDJ City of Plymouth is depicted in flight in 1934.

As overprinted by Post & Go machine Flying boat airmail, 1937

The Empire Air Mail Scheme was introduced in 1937 to carry first-class mail for 1½d by air within the British Empire. Imperial Airways used flying boats to operate the new service and commissioned Shorts of Rochester to produce 28 of the C class for this purpose. G-ADUW Castor is depicted on take-off.

As overprinted by Post & Go machine Datapost service, 1980s

Datapost was introduced as an express mail service for guaranteed next-day delivery in any part of the UK, transporting mail bags from airports all over the country. The aeroplane depicted is an Embraer Bandeirante EMB.110P1 G-POST operated by the Scottish company Air Ecosse.

Ladybird Books

royal mailladybird stampsLadybird Books have had a vast influence on successive generations of British children. In the 1940s the company Wills and Hepworth hit upon the formula that brought huge commercial success. With paper rationing in force, the business designed a book format where an entire 56-page book could be produced from a single sheet. The size for this was 7 inches by 4 5/8 inches and the classic format was born with the first title published in 1940. Continue reading

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Special Covers:Legends of Tamil Cinema

special cover tamil cinemaThese special covers were released during TANAPEX 2017. 1. Samikannu Vincent 2. T.P. Rajalakshmi 3. M.G.Ramachandran

Date of Release: 7 January 2017,Chennai

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Jersey  Issued Stamps on 100 Years of War in the Air

jersey stampsThe First World War was the first major conflict to involve the large-scale use of aircraft in combat. Powered flight itself was in its infancy; the Wright brothers’ first flight had only been achieved eleven years previously, and in 1914 the aircraft were still flimsy and very primitive. Six stamps feature aircraft flown by the squadrons of Britain, France, Germany and the United States, that battled in the fast developing air-war between 1914-1918. Continue reading

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Luxembourg Issued Stamps on Multilaterale Hertogpost 2017

luxembourg stampsThe Multi laterale is an initiative that came from the Philatelist Associations of the German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg) as well of Slovenia and the Netherlands. The 2017 Multilaterale in s’Hertogenbosch

This year, the Dutch Philatelist Association and the Dutch Post Office will organise the exhibition from the 25th to 27th of August in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Because Luxembourg will be organising the next exhibition in 2019, PostNL and POST Luxembourg will issue for this matter a joint postage stamp block for 2017.

Issue Date: 25.08.2017 Designer: Linda Bos Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Printing (NL) Process: Multicoloured high-resolution offset Size: Size of Stamp: 36 x 25 mm, Size of M/S: 144 x 75 mm

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New Sepac Stamps:Aland – Local Crafts

aland local crafts stampThe handmade necklaces on the stamp were made from old leather garments and metallic bits. At the lower edge of the stamp, a pair of earrings made from ostrich feather down appears. The jewellery is sold under the name Oktober, and is produced by Anna Karlsson in her tiny workshop in Godby.The material at hand is often the starting point of Anna’s jewellery. She mainly uses recovered material, mostly leather but also yarn, pieces of glass or discarded cartridge cases.

Issue Date: 17.08.2017 Designer: Tiina Tahvanainen /Anna Karlsson Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: 4-Color Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Size of stamps: 40 x 30 mm, Size of sheet: 2 x 12 stamps Values: €1.00

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Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps:Czech Republic

czech stationaryBy Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie and Mr. Slavomil Strnad, Philatelic Club Jilemnice- Czech Republic

One postcard is featuring a Lammergeier(Gypaetus barbatus) and the second one is featuring a Yellow-throated marten(Martes flavigula). Both species are found in India.

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