Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Cloth Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Cloth Stamps 

Wishing all friends and fellow Philatelist a very Happy New Year!!

Portugal 2013 Aga Khan award for Architecture Silk Souvenir Sheet.





Issue date 19 September 2013

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have significant presence.

The design shows the sight of old Lisbon with Sao Jorge Castle, where the ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture took place.

The souvenir sheet is made of silk paper with intaglio printing.

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Cloth Stamps


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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

3D - Motion Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - 3D - Motion Stamps 

Merry Christmas to my friends and fellow Philatelist colleagues.. Wishing you all a very happy 'collecting' year to come..

New Caledonia 2008 Lenticular Kagus (Cagou) 3D Flip stamps







Issue date 06 August 2009

The multi Kagu or Cagou (French) bird stamp was released in August 2009 by New Caledonia Postal Service and available as a 4 stamp sheetlet or a solo stamp to celebrate 150 years of Postal Service in New Caledonia.

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3D - Motion Stamps


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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Stamps with Sea Salt

Category - Taste
Subcategory - Stamps with materials affixed - Sea Salt

Slovenia 2013 Marine Fauna Stamps printed with Sea Salt



Issue date 18 September 2013

 PoŇ°ta Slovenije will be the first national postal service to issue stamps on which part of the design is covered with real salt from the Piranske Soline saltworks. The Fauna series shows four characteristic marine fishes of the Slovenian sea; Damselfish (Chromis chromis), Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and Golden grey mullet (Liza aurata) stamp in miniature sheet.

The stamps has been printed using a very special thermography technique. Illustrations and design by Matjaz Ucakar, printed by Cartor Security Printing S. A., France.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Stamps with Interactive Games - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Stamps with Interactive Games

Austria 2012 Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted Jigsaw Puzzle Miniature sheet


Issue date 05 October 2012

To mark the international premiere of Dreamworks' animated movie 'Madagascar 3', the Austrian Post issued a self-adhesive Miniature Sheet with 4 jigsaw-puzzle shaped stamps. There are two EUR 0.62 stamps (inland letter rate), one EUR 0.70 stamp (European letter rate) and one EUR 0.90 stamp (World letter rate). Parts of the centrally placed Alex the Lion character is spread across all 4 stamps.This was a part of the movie poster released by Dreamworks.

Other characters of the movie featured on the miniature sheets are Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippopotamus and The Penguins - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.


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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Stamps with Pearls - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with Materials affixed - Pearls

Austria 2009 The Pearl of Philately Stamp with half pearls affixed



Issue date 06 May 2009

From May 6 to May 10, 2009, Essen (Germany) simultaneously hosted the International Philatelic Exhibition (IBRA), the National Stamp Exhibition (NAPOSTA), and the 19th International Stamp Fair. An Austrian Post issued p-stamp (Personalised Stamp) issued on the occasion of philatelic exhibition ' IBRA - NAPOSTA ' 09 ' in Essen ( Germany ).

The p-stamp features  a half pearl affixed on the stamp surrounded by the other philatelic pearls or you could say legends on stamp collecting. The legendary stamps featured on this stamp are

- The rare Mauritius Two Pence Blue(1847) which was one of the star attraction at the philatelic exhibition at Essen. According to the legend, Barnard had engraved "Post Office" instead of "Post Paid" by mistake. The latter appellation was to be seen on all Mauritian stamps during almost twenty years. Much later it was proved that "Post Office" was really the legal term used for the Post in those days.

The "Mauritius Post Office" stamps have become rare gems of world philately. They are in fact the first Mauritian stamps, among the very first in the world. They are also among the rarest because only 500 of these stamps were printed for the Mauritian Post.


- The Basel Dove Stamp The Basel Dove Stamp is one of the world’s first tricolor postage stamp. The stamp was issued on July 1, 1845 by the Canton of Basel (member state of the federal state of Switzerland). It has a face value of 2 ½  rappen and was the only stamp issued by Basel. It is the world’s first tricolor stamp printed in black, crimson, and blue. The stamp was designed by Melchior Berri which featured a white embossed dove carrying a letter in its beak, and inscribed with “STADT POST BASEL” 

- The first stamp of Saxony (Sachsen in German), issued in 1850, shown above, is one of the rarest of classical European stamps.  An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 copies are thought to exist today, and many of them are repaired. This is also one of the most forged of the classical European stamps, most notably by Fournier. 


- The Three Skilling Yellow (1855) , a rare color error of the first stamp from Sweden


- The  'Inverted Jenny' Error stamp from USA (1918)

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Stamps with Pearls
Stamps featuring Inverts

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Multi-Sensory Stamps Sets - Update

Category - Multi sensory with a varied combination of Sight, feel, smell, taste and/or hearing features

Portugal 2009 - Stamps and the Senses - Bicentenary of Birth of Louis Braille - Multi-sensory Set 




Issue date 2 October  2009   

Portugal Post issued a set of 5 stamps to commemorate the 200 years celebration of Louis Braille. The stamps features various attributes of the 5 senses - Hear, Taste, Smell, Feel and Sight.

The first stamp - € 0.32 features a cup of coffee which gives out the aroma of coffee (Smell). 

The second stamp - € 0.68 depicts a Vanilla ice cream stick with a Vanilla flavoured adhesive on the reverse (Taste).

The third stamp - € 0.80 features holographic images on the spectacle lenses which change according to the position of the stamp (Sight).

The fourth stamp - € 1.00 provides a feel of the embossed paste (ink) coming out of the tube (Touch).

The fifth stamp - € 2.00 shows a file where the ear is sensitive to the noise made by the file when the file's rough surface is rubbed (Hear).

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Multi-Sensory Stamps Sets
3D - Holographic Stamps
Flavoured Stamps
Stamps with Rock Dust
Embossed Stamps
Scented Stamps


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Sunday, 1 December 2013

3D - Holographic Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - 3D Hologram 

Netherland Antilles 1998 Solar Eclipse Hologram Miniature Sheet


Issue date 26 February 1998

Netherland Antilles Post released three stamps and one mini-sheet (hologram) which represent either the sun, or the darkness area covered by the eclipse on a map. 

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3D - Holographic Stamps



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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Personalised Stamps

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Personalised Stamps

Au revoir India…Hello Canada…Just moved.. Big Time Life Reboot..

Here are some of the personalised Stamps issued by India Post just before I left India. You get personalised stamps from many countries. Most allow images and company logos to be printed. Artwork is a bit iffy depending on each country allowing it.

India My Stamp 2013 Flower Series






Issue Date 22 November 2013

The personalised stamp from India Post is available at Mumbai General Post Office on a regular basis for Rs.300. You just need to carry your passport sized photograph or carry a copy on a usb-drive in a.jpeg image and you are ready to go. However there are facilities to click your photograph too. Of course you also need to carry a photo id proof to enable you to a personalised stamp. So if you are planning to visit Mumbai India, do not forget to visit the Mumbai GPO. Right now they are not entertaining mail request.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

3D - Holographic Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - 3D Hologram

New Zealand 1994 - 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing



Issue date - 20 July 1994 

On 21 July 1969 - man first set foot on the moon. The American astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, watched by millions of television viewers round the world, stepped off the ladder of the lunar module, Eagle, on to the moon and said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," .

New Zealand Post has paid tribute to these astronauts Neil Armstrong and 'Buzz' Aldrin being the first men to walk on the moon. and celebrated the 25th anniversary of their historic moon landing with the launch of New Zealand's first hologram stamp depicting an astronaut walking on the moon with the earth and New Zealand in the background.

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3D - Holographic Stamps


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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Stamps Featuring Autographs

Category Sight
Subcategory - Stamps featuring Autographs

This new category is based on stamps featuring autographs on the stamps as I have noticed there are stamps being issued of iconic personalities with their autographs.. Cheers to a new category

Easdale Island 2008 Celebrating 12000 runs - Sachin Tendulkar with his personal autograph



Issue date 2008

8 Stamps of Sachin Tendulkar with a Central Flag Label on a Miniature Sheet issued by Easdale Island - Scotland, showing the Great Indian Cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, commemorating his scoring 12,000 Runs in Test Cricket with his personal autograph on the plastic of miniature sheet. You will notice his signature on the stamps as well.

Sachin Tendulkar became the highest scorer in Test cricket after surpassing West Indian legend Brian Lara (11,953 runs in test cricket) in the second Test in Mohali on 17 October 2008. 

Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut at the tender age of 16 against Pakistan in 1989 in Karachi.

Sachin Tendulkar reached another coveted landmark by completing an astounding 50,000 runs in competitive cricket across all formats on 05 October 2013 against the West Indies.

To preserve the mint condition of the miniature sheet - the sheet was signed on the plastic containing the miniature sheet. The autograph was obtained through a mutual friend of Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. (Huge thanks to him for the one time kind favour...and sorry the miniature sheet is not for sale and no special request for autographs please).



As a personal tribute to a Cricketing Legend - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on stamps to commemorate Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium,Mumbai India which will be held from November 14-18 2013 between India and the West Indies, please find below my collection on stamps featuring Sachin Tendulkar

India 2013 - Sachin Tendulkar 200th Test Match





Issue date 14 November 2013

India Post has issued two different stamps, a miniature sheet and a sheetlet on - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar 200th Test Match which is final Test of his career at the Wankhede Stadium,Mumbai India which will be held from November 14-18 2013 between India and the West Indies. 

Sachin Tendulkar made his test debut on 15 November 1989 when he was 16 years and 205 days old against Pakistan.The stamps depicts his journey of his test career from his first test debut to the current one on 14 November 2013

- 15919 Runs in 200 Test Matches
- 18426 Runs in 463 ODI Matches
- 51 Centuries in Test Cricket
- 49 Centuries in ODI Cricket

P.S.. Was informed by a philatelist friend that Sachin Tendulkar's stamp is actually not the second instance/exception where India Post has issued a stamp on a living person as reported in some media. This actually is the 10th issue date..the number on Sachin Tendulkar's team jersey. Please note mention of issue date as on a particular issue there were 8 stamps issued on living personalities.

Guinea Bissau 2011 India World Cup Champions stamp featuring Sachin Tendulkar and other Indian team members




Issue date July 2011

Guinea Bissau 2011 India World Cup Champions miniature sheet stamp featuring Sachin Tendulkar and other Indian team members (Harbhajan Singh, M.S. Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli) to commemorate India's win at the World Cup Championship 2011.


Guinea Bissau 2011 The National Team of Indian Cricket featuring Sachin Tendulkar



Issue date February 2011

The miniature sheet issued by Guinea Bissau Post to honour the Indian Cricket team to the World cup 2011. The miniature sheet also features Sachin Tendulkar's number one fan - Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary who is widely recognised for showing up at every home match the Indian team plays with his entire body painted in the national colours of India. He is usually seen with his body art, waving the national flag in the live telecast of the matches. He carries a conch with him and blows conch to announce the arrival of India cricket team.



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Friday, 8 November 2013

Stamps featuring Inverts - Update

Category Sight
Subcategory - Stamps on Stamps  - Inverts

Gambia 2004 Rare and Famous Postage Stamps miniature sheet featuring the inverted Jenny

Issue date 04 June 2004

The miniature sheet issued by Gambia Post features a Stamp on Stamp of the Inverted Jenny which is one of the category under which this miniature sheet is filed.



The Inverted Jenny (also known as an Upside Down Jenny or Jenny Invert) is a United States postage stamp first issued on May 10, 1918 in which the image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane in the center of the design appears upside-down; it is probably the most famous error in American philately. Only one pane of 100 of the invert stamps was ever found, making this error one of the most prized in all philately. 



The British Guiana 1c magenta is regarded by many philatelists as the world's most famous stamp. It was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1856, and only one specimen is now known to exist.



The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of 1840.
The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill's 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system; it was normal then for the recipient to pay postage on delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters. At that time postage was charged by the sheet and on the distance traveled.



The Benjamin Franklin Z Grill, or simply "Z-Grill", is a 1-cent postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in February 1868 depicting Benjamin Franklin. While stamps of this design were the common 1-cent stamps of the 1860s, the Z-Grill is distinguished by having the so-called "Z" variety of a grill pressed into the stamp, creating tiny indentations in the paper. The 1-cent Z-Grill is generally cited as the rarest and most valuable of all US postage stamps.

There are currently only two known 1-cent 1868 Z-Grills, both with cancellation marks. One is owned by the New York Public Library as part of the Benjamin Miller Collection. This leaves only a single 1-cent 1868 Z-Grill in private hands.


5-cent red brown stamp depicting Benjamin Franklin (the first postmaster of the U.S.) - The first U.S. Postage stamp issues were authorized by an act of US Congress and approved on March 3, 1847. The earliest known use of the Franklin 5¢ is July 7, 1847.

This stamp were declared invalid for postage on July 1, 1851.

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Stamps featuring Inverts

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Embossed Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Embossed Stamps

Thailand 2011  Eight Immortals Embossed Souvenir Sheet 

                                         



Issue date 01 February  2011 

The Eight Chinese Deities

Li Tieguai, the Deity of Medicine and Medical Treatment, is a young, intelligent and robust man. He is a vegetarian, follows religious precepts and leads an austere life.

Han Zhongli, the Deity of Fortune, is plump and of huge stature, with a broad forehead, long thick eyebrows and a large nose.

Lu Dongbin, is the Deity of Industry, Trade and Business, Intellectual People and Poets. He has a high crown, long ear-lobes, long eyebrows and elongated eyes like those of a swan. His left eyebrow is marked with a black mold. His face features a large, round nose, chubby cheeks, a wide mouth and long, slender neck. This eight-foot-two-inch-Deity is clever and has very good memory.

Zhang Guo Lao, is the Deity of Stability, Long Life and Good Health. The Zhang Guo Lao legend has it that a white bat lived on the sunlight and the moonlight for over a thousand years until it was made into the deity. He can transform himself into an aged man and he has a white donkey as his vehicle.

Lan Caihe, is the Deity of Flowers and Abundance. According to legend, this Deity was given a miraculous fruit that enabled him to maintain his youthful looks and complexion forever. There is nothing to show whether this Deity is male or female, but, in Taoism, he is to be taken a male. 

He Xiangu, is the Deity of Virtues, Loyalty and Gratitude. He is knowledgeable, articulate and his words are endowed with reason. He is graceful and tender in his manner. He loves to help the deprived with his magical powers and he is able to give solid predictions.

Han Xiang Zi, is the Deity of Fortune-Telling. He is regarded as a prophet and a music lover. Having a special interest in people who had magical power he took lessons in magic and practised penance with Lu Dongbin.


Cao Guojiu, is the Deity of Status and Prestige, Royal Deities, Employees and Loyalty. He was a member of the royal family and was blessed with a great fortune, yet he decided to sacrifice his luxurious and easy life for meditation.

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Embossed Stamps


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Recycled Paper Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Recycled Paper

South Africa 2010 International Year of Biodiversity Recycled Paper miniature sheet




Issue date 12 March 2010  

Year 2010 has been chosen by the United Nations to be the Year of Biodiversity. On this occasion, a lot of stamps have been launched by national Post Offices all over the world to celebrate the biodiversity and to encourage the protection of the fauna and flora.

South Africa Post has come out with a Miniature sheet made from recycled paper to encourage the protection of the trees used for making paper.

The stamps picture various animals (and one tree) that can be found in South Africa. Clockwise the species that are represented are:

- Giant African Mantis (Sphodromantis viridis) a species of praying mantis  and Devil fire fish (Pterois miles) also known as the common lionfish

- Black Rhinoceros (Dicero bicornis) with the Red Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)

- Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) and Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus)

- Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) and African Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata)

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Recycled Paper Stamps

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Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps

Finland 2003 Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland with glow in the dark under UV printing




Issue date 09 October 2003 

The Finland Post has issued 5 1st Class stamps named "Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland" on a miniature sheet. 

This is a special stamp issue with the world's first glow in the dark lighthouse stamps.

Each of the lighthouses is position on the sheet in geographical order from west to east. The following list has the year in which the lighthouses were built, their precise location, and height above ground level. This information can also be seen on the upper edge of the lighthouses sheet.


Lighthouse of Bengtskar - built in 1906 at 59 degrees 43,4'N 22 degrees 31,1'E and stands 43.8 meters high.
Lighthouse of Russaro - built in 1863 at 50 degrees 46,0'N 22 degrees 57,1'E and stands 21.4 meters high.
Lighthouse of Ronnskar - built in 1800 at 59 degrees 56,1'N 24 degrees 23,7'E and stands 30.0 meters high.
Lighthouse of Harmaja - built in 1883 at 60 degrees 06,3'N 24 degrees 58,7'E and stands 14 meters high.
Lighthouse of Soderskar - built in 1862 at 60 degrees 06,5'N 25 degrees 24,8'E and stands 32.5 meters high.

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Odd Shaped Miniature Sheet

Category - Sight 
Subcategory - Stamps on Odd Shaped Miniature Sheet Form

I do not specifically collect these types of Odd Shaped forms of Miniature sheet, but for lovers of this category, I have presented some from my collections which have other unusual features along with the Odd form of this category. My apologies to the lovers of this category as there are so many to collect that it becomes really difficult to collect each and every one along with my collection of unusual stamps. Will not be going into details of the stamps except for issue date if they have been covered elsewhere on this blog. 

Round Shape MS
Flower Shape MS
Heart Shape MS
Butterfly shape MS
Leaf shape MS
 
Round Shaped Miniature Sheet 

South Africa 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation with drop shaped stamps 





Issue date 20 March 2013

Argentina 2011 – Copa America  (with moving triangular Stamp) Souvenir sheet





Issue date 25 June 2011. 

USA 2000 Space Achievement and Exploration Hologram Round stamp 



Issue date 09 July 2000

Flower Shaped Miniature Sheet 

Finland 2009 Drops of Happiness Drop shaped stamps




Issue date 22 January 2009

Heart Shaped MS

Taiwan 2013 Valentine Day Embossed Roses 



Issue date 04 Feb 2013

Butterfly Shaped MS

Taiwan 2011 – Euploea Butterfly miniature sheet with butterfly shaped holes


Issue date 08 April 2011

Taiwan 2009 – Swallow Tail Butterfly miniature sheet with butterfly shaped holes


Issue date 25 June 2009



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