Thursday, 25 April 2013

Stamps with Glitter

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps printed with Glitter


Thailand 2012 - New Year celebration 2013 – the fireworks (Stamps with Glitter)




New Year countdown is a popular practice that people do to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The final second into the New Year is usually accompanied with the deafening sounds of firework. 

For this reason, "fireworks" have become the symbols of New Year celebrations and are used for the Third time issued on 15 November 2012 by the Thai Post as New Year stamps. The spectacular fireworks on the stamps are heightened with the Glitter Ink printing technique which adds sparkles to the stamps.


2011 Thailand THAIPEX'11 - Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2011 Commemorative Stamps – Likay – Stamps with Glitter

Thailand Philatelic Exhibition event is held every two years by Thailand Post and the Postage Stamp Collectors’ Association of Thailand. To commemorate the occasion, Thailand Post has released a set of postage stamps on 4th Aug 2011 portraying traditional performing art, Likay.This set comprises four stamps. Two of them depict an actor and an actress wearing extravagant costumes from the likay song kruang period. They dance in the sod soi mala and naeb ok postures. The other two depict an actor and an actress in diamond-studded costumes from the phet (diamond) period. They dance in the “at war” and jeeb na jeeb lang postures. Each stamp costs five baht, and the entire set is 30 baht.

Likay, or Yikay (in popular language) is a folk performing group hired to perform at Buddhist temple's annual fairs or at private houses to celebrate a housewarming, ordination or cremation ceremony. Sometimes Likay is staged as a paid performance inside a temporary enclosure where audiences have to pay a fee to enter. Inside this enclosure is a low, raised stage with settees or benches for performers to sit on during the performance. At the back of the stage is a slightly higher platform for a Pipart musical band (Thai orchestra consisting of the gamelan) and panels of painting of different sceneries as a backdrop to the play. The panels also serve to block off audiences from the performers' dressing area.

The outstanding feature of Likay performance is the extravagant costumes of lead actors which generally consist of an attire adorned with fake diamonds and jewelry. The heroes wear a head band with extra large white ostrich plume and long white socks. The trademark music of Likay is the Radniklerng music which is played throughout the performance.

Thailand 2011 - New Year celebration 2012 – the fireworks (Stamps with Glitter)





New Year countdown is a popular practice that people do to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The final second into the New Year is usually accompanied with the deafening sounds of firework.

For this reason, "fireworks" have become the symbols of New Year celebrations and are used for the Third time by the Thai Post as New Year stamps. The spectacular fireworks on the stamps are heightened with the Glitter Ink printing technique which adds sparkles to the stamps. 

To celebrate the Fire works on New Year 2012, Thai Post issued 4 stamps miniature sheet with glitter on 15 November 2011. 

Thailand 2010 Thousand Hand Guan  Yin Goddess of Mercy Glitter ink MS (Series2)

Thailand post issued a postage stamp on 10 Oct 2010 (10-10-10) honoring the Thousand-Armed and Thousand-Eyed Guan Yin Goddess printed with glitter ink.

The Thousand-Armed and Thousand-Eyed Guan Yin or, for short The Thousand-Armed Guan Yin is one of the attitudes of the Bhodisattava Guan Yin. The Guan Yin Goddess looks grand and majestic, creating a sense of awe at her miraculous powers.

The characteristics of the Goddess in this particular attitude have two hidden meaning. Firstly, the Goddess uses her one thousand eyes to look after creatures that are in a limbo of suffering through her mercy; and with her 1,000 arms, she pulls them away from capture in the meaningless life cycle. The second meaning refers to the miracles of the Bodhisatava in being able to subdue evil and hit them from intruding into human lives.

Thailand 2010 - New Year celebration 2011 – the fireworks (Stamps with Glitter)

Fire crackers and fireworks are symbols of celebration at important events; for example, New Year's Day or Loy Krathong Day, have luminious explosives, which when fired into the dark sky, through the colourful and luminating combustion of flammable substances gives a sensational display of lights in the night. They are able to add colour as well as joy and fun to the celebratory ambience.

It is believed that the Chinese created fireworks before they were taken to other countries. They were then modified to be used as gunpowder. Displays of fireworks have been developed to create more exciting effects for entertainment purposes and for contests.

To celebrate the Fireworks on New Year, Thai Post issued 4 stamps miniature sheet with glitter on 15 November 2010.

Finland 2010 – Valentines Day Fairies – Glitter ink on stamps



Glitter ink contains shiny mylar (polyethylene terephthalate) that result in a printed image with a shiny reflective look. This ink is used to create special effects. The holographic glitter produces a more vibrant sparkling effect than normal metallic inks.With Valentine's Day in mind, miniature sheet from Finland features delicate fairies. The Heart Fairy, Violin Fairy and Star Fairy are ready to carry Valentine's messages to your loved ones. The creator of the fairies is the young artist Minni Havas.

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

CD Rom Stamps

Category - Multi sensory (Sight, Touch, Hear)
Subcategory - CD Rom Stamps

Bhutan 2008 – Multimedia CD Rom stamps



Issue date 21 February 2008

There are two CD-ROMs in the series. The first is titled "Bhutan: 100 Years of Monarchy" and celebrates the history of the nation and its rulers. The second CD-ROM is called "Bhutan: In Harmony with Nature" and highlights their environmental efforts. Issued on 21 February 2008 by Bhutan Post.

The first CD-ROM stamp issued to commemorate 100 years of monarchy. Monarchy has been established in 1907 in Bhutan with Ugyen Wangchuck (1861-1926) the First King. Four kings have followed: Jigme Wangchuck (1902-1952), Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1929-1972), Jigme Singye Wangchuck (1955-) and finally Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (1980), officially crowned on 6 November 2008. The CD-ROM pictures a portrait of each king with his name and the dates of his reign. The CD-ROM contains a video that tells the story of monarchy in Bhutan

The second CD-ROM stamp that commemorates the engagement of Bhutan in the fight for Nature preservation.

The CD-ROM stamps come in a protective envelope that can be affixed to the letter being mailed, so that the CD-ROM can be safely delivered to the recipient.


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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Stamps with Rock Dust

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with matter affixed - Rock dust


Jersey 2013 Superman Stamp with crushed granite printed on stamp




Issue date - 07 June 2013

The Jersey Post has issued a set of Superman Stamps Set ahead of the release of the latest Superman film, Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill who comes from Jersey.

The Stamp set consists of 6 stamps featuring Superman's various super powers and a lenticular miniature sheet. One of the Stamp - 80p, features a thermographic stamp with crushed granite from Beauport Bay applied to give a rough tactile finish to the stamp which acknowledges the Man of Steel's strength.

Argentina 2010 - Our Homelands 200th Anniversary - The Bicentenary Mural (UV Shellac print with dust pigments)




Issue date 31 May 2010

Half meter long Miniature Sheet with Stamps depicted on the Bicentenary Mural.

On 20th May 2010 a 500X100 mm souvenir sheet was issued by Argentina Post. The whole sheet’s design is based on a Bicentenary Mural which was homage to the 200th anniversary of Argentina. This mural highlights the social processes and the ways of “the man in the street” as the saying goes. Originally, the mural had been created during the 2008 Buenos Aires Book fair when painter Miguel Rep started drawing it in front of general public during the one month long Fair by using pen, markers and acrylic paint in actual size 11.66m x 2.4m.

This mural shows the history of Republic of Argentina from 1810 to 2010.This sheet contains 12 stamps of $1,50 denomination in different sizes. This sheet is printed on paper without any watermark. The specialty of this sheet is its 500mm length (Half a metre) and colour used which is very specific. Two special colours, plus a metallized ink. A UV shellac has been applied by sectors over different parts of designs, as well as a pigmented shellac with legends traced upon the “river image” running all over the lower part of miniature sheet.



Every stamp shows different stories as the first one shows the Bunenos Aires town hall where the people celebrate the creation of the first national government Junta on May 25th, 1810.

Stamp 1 – ARS1.50 Mural showing the Buenos Aires Town Hall



Stamp 2 – ARS1.50 Mural showing General Manuel Belgrano who created the National Flag



Stamp 3 – ARS1.50 Mural showing General San Martin crosses the Andes



Stamp 4 – ARS1.50 Mural showing The National Constitution sanctioned



Stamp 5 – ARS1.50 Mural showing The Immigration Wave



Stamp 6 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Argentine National Congress



Stamp 7 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Confrontations galore



Stamp 8 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Peak of Literary Expression



Stamp 9 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Loyalty Day



Stamp 10 – ARS1.50 Mural showing 1976 civilian-military coup



Stamp 11 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Mothers of May Square




Stamp 12 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Economic model of the Nineties


Iceland 2010 - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Eruption – Stamp with Volcanic Ash Dust


The volcanic eruption began in Eyjafjallajökull shortly before midnight on March 20, 2010. In the first stage of the eruption, magma surfaced on the Fimmvörduháls mountain range. It was rather small and seemed to end on April 12.

However, approximately 24 hours later, on the night before April 14, the eruption resumed and then magma surfaced in the southwestern peak crater of Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The next morning volcanic clouds were seen stretching 30 kilometers to the south.

Volcanic ash was carried all over Europe and caused extensive disturbances to air traffic for a few days, the most significant since the end of World War II. It is considered that in the latter stage of the eruption, 250 million cubic meters of ash were emitted.

Iceland Post issued three stamps, which depict the volcanic eruptions, silkscreen printed with very fine-grained Trachyandesite ash which fell at Eyjafjallajokull on 17 April 2010, a little more than three months before the stamps' issue date of 22 July 2010.


France 2009 - 50th Anniversary of Asterix with Stone Dust affixed on Menhir

Issue date 03 December 2009

The Adventures of Asterix (French: Astérix or Astérix le Gaulois) is a series of French comic books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo (Uderzo also took over the job of writing the series after the death of Goscinny in 1977). The series first appeared in French in the magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959. As of 2009, 34 comic books in the series have been released.

The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. In many cases, this leads them to travel to various countries around the world, though other books are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.

The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into over 100 languages, and it is popular in most European countries. Asterix is less well known in the United States and Japan.

The success of the series has led to the adaptation of several books into 11 films; eight animated, and three with live actors. There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix, is themed around the series. To date, 325 million copies of 34 Asterix books have been sold worldwide, making co-creators Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo France's bestselling authors.

La Poste France, much to the delight of fans around the world, decided to issue a series of stamps on 03 December 2009 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Asterix and the other lovable creations of Goscinny and Uderzo with stone dust on the Menhir held by Obelisk.




Thailand 2007 - Pa Hin Ngam National Park Miniature sheet with Rocky Sandstone Dust Particles 



Pa Hin Ngam National Park, originally known as Pa Thep Sathit, is a tourist site in Chayaphume Province in Thailand. Every year, early in the rainy season or from June to August, thousands of bright pink Krajiew flowers (Curcuma domestica), will carpet all the meadows in the park. There are trail ways from the Hin Ngam Rock Platform to the scenic area at the top, which is the highest spot in the park.

The Hin Ngam Rock Platform, covering an area 1,000 rai (1.6 square Km), is located in a lush green timber forest of Siamese Sal trees. Its features quaint looking rock formation of, for example, a prasat building, a naga serpent, an elephant, a radar disk, a hen and the World Cup Trophy.


Pa Hin Ngam National Park stamps collection was issued by Thailand Post on 02 July 2007 and is printed with special technique, leaving a natural stone touch on its surface of both stamps and souvenir sheet. 100,000 copies were printed.

Austria 2006 – Mail from a Different World – Stamp with Meteorite Dust particles

Austria Post issued a stamp on 24 March 2006 with an out of the world rock; this stamp contained 0.03 grams of meteorite dust. The dust came from a 19 kilogram stony meteorite found in Morocco in 2004. The meteorite is composed of Olivine, a mineral chemically defined as magnesium iron silicate. The gemstone known as Peridot is an example of gem-quality Olivine.

The meteorite was crushed into a very fine dust, which was then hand-affixed to the circular stamp using a special adhesive. The stamp issue, called Mail from a Different World, sold for 3.75 EU. 600,000 copies were printed.

Part of the meteor's tail extends onto the border area of this sheet. According to Austria Post, the unused portion of the meteorite is on display at the Vienna NaturalHistory Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of meteorites



Thailand 2003 World Philatelic Exhibition – Stamp with clay dust particles and under UV glow in dark effect

Issue date 04 October 2003

Souvenir sheet issued by Thailand Post on the occasion of Bangkok 2003 World Philatelic Exhibition featuring stamp impregnated with clay dust particles used to make clay pottery and clay toys. The Souvenir sheet illustrates Thai handicrafts of 4 regions.

3.00 Baht - Central region Thai handicraft, Basketry from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

3.00 Baht - Northeastern region Thai handicraft, Earthenware from Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

3.00 Baht - Southern region Thai handicraft, Nang Talung leather craft from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.

15.00 Baht - Northern region Thai handicraft, Woodcraft from Chiang Mai province.

The stamps and miniature sheet glows in the dark under UV light.

Russia 2003 - Davis Cup Winner 2002 - Russia Miniature sheet printed with Clay Dust particles 


Russia Post issued a miniature sheet on 19 February 2003 to commemorate Russia’s Davis Cup Tennis victory in 2002. The miniature sheet has a 50 Rubles stamp portraying Davis Cup, embossed in silver with the image of the tennis court of the Bersy hall in Paris where the Davis Cup took place. The tennis court in the miniature sheet is covered by the real clay from the actual venue of the tourney, affixed by using a special technique.

Gibraltar 2002 – Rock of Gibraltar – Stamps with Gibraltar Limestone Rock Dust



Gibraltar put their country's famous landmark on their stamps both figuratively and literally on 15 September 2002. The Rock of Gibraltar, one of the most recognized natural landmarks in the world appeared on a 4-stamp set in 2002. The top layer of the stamp is embellished with finely pulverized pieces of geologic (limestone) rock from the famous landmark. With this stamp you get a piece of the rock.

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Recycled Paper Stamps

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Recycled Paper / Odd Shaped Miniature Sheet

Hong Kong 2011 Green Living Miniature sheet made from recycled paper



Issued by Hong Kong Post on 14 April 2011. Gentle and refreshing to the eyes, this stamp sheetlet appearing in the form a leaf, is linked by the recurring motifs of a green leaf and mother earth. It is an artistic invitation to conserve valuable resources and to preserve our beautiful planet.

The sheetlet is made from 100% Recycled paper in keeping with the theme of conservation.

To view other stamps in this category click on the following link -
Odd Shaped Miniature Sheet 


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Steel Stamps

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Steel

Bhutan 1969 – History of Steel making Stamps (Stamps made from steel foil)






The world's first steel stamps (actually steel foil) were issued by Bhutan on 02 June 1969.  The designs were created by the Walt Disney Company and produced by the United States Steel Corporation.

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Cork Stamps

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Cork


Portugal 2011 – International Year of the Forest Pre-stamped Cork Postcard





Portugal post issued a Postcard made of Cork on 09 May 2011 to commemorate International Year of Forests 2011 with stamp reading Floresta para Todos (The Forest is for Everyone).

Cork is a material that will not let liquid pass through it. Most cork tissue that is harvested for commercial use comes from the Cork Oak Tree, which is found in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. It is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is for wine stoppers. Portugal produces approximately 30% of cork harvested annually worldwide.

Portugal 2007 – The Cork Stamp – Stamp made of Cork





Portugal's Cork Stamp. Issued on 06 December 2007, this unique stamp is printed on very thinly sliced cork (0.35 mm). Printed on the cork substrate is a stylized image of a cork tree sitting atop a hill. The stamp has a denomination of 1 Euro.
The stamp brings attention to Portugal's cork industry, which provides well over 30% of the world's market for cork. 


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Wood and Wood Paper Stamps

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Wood

French Andorra 2011 BOSCOS Wood effect Paper Stamp



Issue date 09 May 2011

To celebrate the International Year of Forests, the theme for Europe Post’s postage stamps for 2011 is trees and forests. The self-adhesive stamp issued by Andorra Post is made with a special wood effect paper.

Italy 2007 Basilica of San Vincenzo in Galliano, Cantù  wood stamp




Issued on 02 July 2007

Stamp issued as part of Italian Artistic and Cultural Heritage series by Italian Post. The stamp features a sketch of the façade of the Basilica of San Vincenzo in Galliano, Cantù, a church dating from the Early Middle Ages, consecrated in 1007. The stamp is self-adhesive and printed on a wooden sheet faced with birch measuring 0.3 mm in thickness.

Switzerland 2004 – Wooden Stamp




The stamp, issued on September 7, 2004, is made from 120-year-old fir trees from Swiss forests. Due to the nature of the underlying component's growth characteristics, every single stamp is naturally unique.


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Polyurethane Stamp

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different materials - Polyurethane

Austria 2008 – Football – Round stamp made of synthetic mix of Polyurethane

Austrian Post Office issued a stamp on 12 March 2008 made of the same original material as the UEFA European Championship ball – a synthetic mix with polyurethane. The 69cm ball has been shrunk to just 36mm and 490,000 of the special stamps have been made.

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