Friday, 1 November 2013

Extra Wide Length Stamps

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Sub Category - Extra Wide Length Stamps

This category of stamps was started due to my interest in wide length stamps which were unique in their own ways and each competing to be the widest stamp in the world. Will try to give the dimensions in the stamps as Length x Height (where length would be the basis of comparison). 

Thailand 2013 –National Children's Day with flags of 10 ASEAN COUNTRIES

Issue date 12 Jan 2013

On National Children's Day 12 January 2013 Thailand Post issued their longest stamp till date (widest in the 130-year history of Thai stamps) measuring 124mm in width (wider than the 116mm stamp with an illustration of Suphannahongse, the royal barge, released in 1997) and features cartoon characters wearing national costumes of the 10 ASEAN member countries, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam along with their National flags. 

Stamp Size - L 124 mm x W 31mm.  (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)

The world’s widest stamp, 162 mm, was released in 2011 to mark the 45th anniversary of Singaporean-Egyptian diplomatic relations.

Singapore 2011 Joint issue with Egypt – Significant Rivers MS

Comparing the extra wide stamps and miniature sheet

Issue date 17 October 2011

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic  relations between Singapore and Egypt, a joint stamp issue by Singapore Post featuring Significant Rivers was issued on 17 October 2011. This is the first joint stamp issue between the two countries.

This joint stamp issue features the two significant rivers in both countries, the Singapore River and the River Nile on the S$1.10 and S$2 stamps respectively. Both rivers have been closely associated with the evolution of Egypt and Singapore.

The Singapore River is a river in Singapore with great historical importance. It was made the first trading port in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, and served as the main lifeline of Singapore then. 

Today, the Singapore River continues to play an important role as part of the Marina reservoir and a major tourist destination. 
Similarly, the Nile River, the longest river in the world, has been the lifeline of Egyptian civilisation since ancient times. Most of its population as well as cultural and historical sites are located along the riverbanks. It is also a major tourist attraction of Egypt. The Nile River is truly the heart of both ancient and modern Egypt.

Stamp Size – L 162mm x  W 30mm

Sri lanka 2011 - 25th Anniversary of Viceroy Special Steam Train

Issue date 02 February 2011

Stamp Size -  L 123 mm x W 30 mm

Sri Lanka has issued one of the longest ever stamp to mark 25 years of service of the Viceroy luxury coal powered steam train.

The Viceroy Special is the only coal powered steam locomotive still in operation with two air-conditioned compartments including 64 plush reclining seats and adjustable tables. The train has been utilised as a tourist attraction to offer visitors an enthralling experience of passenger transportation of the yester years.

Namibia 2003 Worlds most beautiful stamp Miniature Sheet

Issue date 8 Dec 2003

A stamp issued by Namibia in the form of a miniature sheet in 2003 showing Elephants on the Hoarusib River was voted the Most beautiful Stamp of the world in 2003 at the 8th Stamp World Cup held in Paris, France in 2003.The stamp were designed by acclaimed Namibian artist Helge Denker.

The elephant stamp was first issued in 2002 as part of the stamp set of Ephemeral Rivers of Namibia featuring the N$2.60 Hoarusib River stamp.

Thailand 1996 - 2001 Royal Barge Series  MS 

To publicize the beautiful carved Royal Barges, considered to be an invaluable nation heritage, Thailand has issued 4 miniature sheets from 1996 till 2001.

Thailand 1996 Narayana Song Suban Royal Barge:

Issue date 13 November 1997

Stamp Size – 116 x 30.4 mm

The Royal Thai Navy and the Department of Fine Arts commissioned the construction of the Narayana Song Suban Barge - the first to be built during the current reign - to pay homage to His Majesty the King on the 50th Anniversary of his Accession to the Throne.

Thailand 1997 Subanahongsa Royal Barge:

Issue date - 13 November 1997

The name Subanahongsa, or golden hamsa, refers to the swan-like mythical steed of the Hindu God Brahma which appeared in Thai lore during the Ayutthaya Period. King Rama I ordered the Subanahongsa Barge to be built soon after his accession to the throne in 1782. The vessel was in constant use as the principal royal barge until it became too old to be repaired.

Size - 116 x 30.4 mm

Thailand 2000 Anantanagaraj Royal Barge:

Issue date - 15 November 2000

Second in rank to the Subanahongsa is the Anantanagaraj Barge, which is characterised by a seven-headed naga, the mythical serpent that is a symbol of water.Like the other principal barges, the Anantanagaraj had a predecessor, in this case built in the reign of King Rama IV. The present barge was built by King Rama VI and launched on April 15, 1914.

Size - 116.5 x 30.4 mm

Thailand 2001 - Anekajatbhujonga Royal Barge:

Issue date - 15 November 2001

The oldest of the principle royal barges is the Anekajatbhujonga Barge, built for King Rama V. In state processions, the Anekajatbhujonga stands out as appearing quite plain in outline, as it does not have a figurehead, but a simple yet graceful prow. Closer inspection, however, dispels this impression of simplicity. The barge is in fact covered with an intricate pattern of innumerable naga figures.

Size - 116 x 30.4 mm

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  1. Thank you for posting an interesting collection of stamps. I am a collector of Discworld Cinderellas (based on the books by Terry Pratchett) and I enjoy using them as a springboard to find out about real stamps. Your post was very providential as I was wondering just how big (and wide) stamps have been made.

  2. I've been feeding a revived interest in stamp collecting, which I more or less abandoned when I was in my 30s. about 30 years later, I've been discovering some fantastic stamps and, especially, miniature sheets on e-Bay, and I've amassed a substantial collection in a little over a year.
    Your postings of the widest/longest stamps ever issued is fascinating, and I'll be trying to acquire some of them soon. But here's one I bought last November, which seems to have escaped your attention. It's from the French Southern And Antarctic Territories, issued in 2007, and depicts a panoramic view from sunrise to sunset of the French Antarctic research base at Dumont d'Urville. The stamp itself is 158mm x 32mm. You can see it here:

    I think this makes it second only to the world's longest stamp, as shown above, the Singapore-Egypt rivers joint issue.

    Hope this is useful!

    Good collecting,