Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Stamps with Rock Dust - Update

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

Brazil 2005 The Royal Road - Treasure Preserved by Nature with dust particles printed on the stamp.                  


Issue date 13 August 2005 

Pieces of stone are affixed to the center 80-centavo stamp in a se-tenant (side-by-side) strip of three featuring the Estrada Real, also known as the Royal or King's road. Constructed in the late 17th century to speed the transport of gold, diamonds and other gemstones, it is one of the oldest roads in the Americas. You can feel the road on the 2005 Brazilian stamp.  


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Friday, 26 December 2014

Photomosiac Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Photomosaic Stamp

St.Vincent 2014 - The Christening of Prince George Alexander of Cambridge, 23 Oct 2013 Photomosiac sheet 



Issue date 31 Dec 2013

Christening of Prince George of Cambridge issued by St.Vincent Postal department containing 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps (the design takes the form of a mosaic of pictures taken from the christening on 23 October 2013)


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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Stamps with Seeds - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamp with materials affixed - seed

Morocco 2010 Earth Day - Stamp encapsulated with Luzerne Seed




Issue Date 22 April 2010

Morocco Post issued a stamp made of 100% recycled gummed paper, the stamp contains seeds of Luzerne, a local perennial plant of Morocco, to commemorate the celebration of Earth Day's 40th anniversary in Morocco. The stamps were printed by SCG Paper company,  a leading Stamp manufacturer.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Stamps with Holes/Design Perforations/Cut Outs - Update

Category - Touch
Sub-Category - Stamps with Holes/Design Perforations/Cut Outs

Finland 2011 Struve Geodetic Arc Miniature Sheet Round shaped stamp with Map cutout






Issue date 06 May 2011

In the beginning of the 19th century Struve Geodetic Arc was a tour de force of astronomy and triangulation. The series of measurements carried out to determine the shape and size of the Earth was a huge achievement at the time before satellite positioning. 

The Struve Geodetic Arc was used for determining the size and shape of the globe. The arc, which is approximately 2,820 kilometers long, extends from the Black Sea in Ukraine all the way to the Arctic Ocean in Norway. The arc was named after F.G.W. Struve who managed the measurement in 1816-1855.

The arc measurement stations are located in ten countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The 34 most representative measurement points of the Struve Arc were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a joint site of ten countries in 2005.


The miniature sheet designed by Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi indicates the six points located in Finland. The two stamps in the release are within each other in the miniature sheet. The outer stamp is round, and the inner has the shape of the map of Finland. The stamp depicts the station points in Finland in a landscape filled with lakes and forests.


Struve Geodetic Arc stretches from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005 as a joint World Heritage of the ten countries involved. Six station points located in Finland are included in the World Heritage List. The other countries concerned are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Odd Shaped Stamps

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps - Update

Category - Sight 
Subcategory - Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps / 3D Hologram     

Taiwan 2013 Deep Sea Creatures MS with Glow in the Dark under UV and 3D Hologram Stamp     









Issue Date 12 December 2012 (12-12-12)

To increase understanding about deep sea creatures, Chunghwa Post issued two souvenir sheets featuring animals that live in the mesopelagic zone of waters near Taiwan. Their designs follow:

Souvenir Sheet A: includes four stamps

1. Eurypharynx pelecanoides (NT$10): This mesopelagic and bathyalpelagic fish lives at depths of 500-3,000 meters. Despite its huge mouth, the fish mostly preys on small crustaceans due to its tiny teeth and stomach that can’t be over-stretched.

2. Argyropelecus aculeatus (NT$12): Commonly known as the Atlantic silver hatchetfish, it lives at depths of 200-1,000 meters. Its flat silver body resembles a mirror, reflecting the colors of its surroundings to camouflage itself. The light organs along its belly also help it conceal itself by producing light that hides its own shadow.

3. Bufoceratias shaoi (NT$10): This species lives at depths of 500-1,200 meters. Its body is globular in shape but slightly flatter on the sides. The tip of its first dorsal fin has evolved to become a light organ called the illicium or esca, which contains many symbiotic bioluminescent bacteria. The esca can emit light to lure curious prey—hence its Chinese nickname: “lantern fish.”

4. Regalecus glesne (NT$12): This mesopelagic fish is found at depths ranging from the surface to 1,000 meters. There have been occasional sightings of it in waters off the coast of Taiwan. The world’s longest bony fish, it can grow up to 11 meters. It is nicknamed the “earthquake fish” in Taiwan because it is often spotted by fishermen after earthquakes.

The marginal inscription features Leptocephalus (upper left corner), Ctenophora (lower right corner) and Bobtail squid (lower left corner).

Souvenir Sheet B: includes one stamp

Histioteuthis celetaria pacifica (NT$25): This species lives at depths of 300-500 meters. Densely covered with light organs, its body can emit just the right amount of light to camouflage itself. One of its eyes has evolved to be larger than the other so as to help it search for prey.

The marginal inscription features Pyrosoma sp. (upper left corner), Tomopteris sp. (right), Malacosteus niger (bottom) and Gnathophausia sp. (bottom left). 


To highlight the bioluminescent characteristics of these deep sea creatures, the luminescent parts of these animals are printed in luminous ink, giving the stamps a charming effect under darkness. Furthermore, in order to illustrate the color of the silver hatchetfish, it is hot stamped with holographic foil


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Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps 
3D Holographic Stamps

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Stamps with Wood Chips - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with wood chips printed

New Zealand 2014 Hobbit The Battle of Five Armies Miniature Sheet Stamp with wood chips printed 





Issue Date 12 November 2014

New Zealand Post is giving fans everywhere the opportunity to own a real piece of Middle-earth with the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stamp. A piece of the Hobbiton Movie Set has been incorporated into a stamp 

The stamp feature the iconic door to Bag End in the Shire, home of the Hobbits Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Trilogy, and Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Incorporated into the door part of the images of the Stamp on the miniature sheet are particles of wood from the ‘party tree’ on the Hobbiton Movie Set, which appeared in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit motion picture trilogies.

Well known characters Bilbo, Gandalf the Grey and Bard the Bowman; Elves Tauriel and Thranduil; villains Azog the Defiler and his army of Orcs; and the fire-breathing Dragon Smaug also feature on the other official stamps.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Wood and Wood Paper Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps made from different material - Wood/Odd Shaped Stamps

Germany 2011 Germany's first wooden stamp comes from Dresden issued by Private Post Modern  





Issue date 25 November 2011

The first wooden Stamp from Germany issued by private postal operators POST MODERN in the form a miniature sheet with 8 triangular self adhesive stamps made from real wood shows a spanning tree to depict a Christmas Tree.

A smaller self adhesive wooden stamp featuring a candle stand was also issued at the same time.


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Friday, 5 December 2014

Unusual Postal Stationery - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Unusual Covers, Envelopes, Folders and Postcards 

Spain 2014 Eucharist - Nineteenth Edition Ages of Man or Edades del Hombre Exhibition Wood FDC




Issue date 6 May 2014

To mark the Ages of Man exhibition, which runs from May to November in Aranda del Duero in the province of Burgos, a stamp was issued depicting Eucharist, the Latin name for the event, and the bells of the churches of San Juan and Santa María, where the exhibition is held.

The Ages of Man has a religious theme whose main purpose is to bring awareness of the artistic and historical heritage of the Catholic dioceses in the region of Castilla and Leon. 

This 19th exhibition is dedicated to the Eucharist and displays 130 pieces of religious art, separated into four groups. The first three can be seen in the church of Santa María, and show: the development of the basic elements of the Eucharist, such as bread, wine and the feast; the Eucharist from the standpoint of the Old Testament, with leading figures, such as Abraham, Isaac and the manna in the desert; and lastly, the institution of the Eucharist in the New Testament.

The church of San Juan holds the fourth part of the exhibition, showing the basic embodiment of the Eucharist - the feast, sacrifice, real presence of the body of Christ, celebration, charity and the suggestion of a cosmic dimension to the Eucharist.

On the occasion of the first day of the exhibition, an envelope made of wood was released as the first day cover for the stamp.

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Scented Stamps - Update

Category - Smell
Subcategory - Scented Stamps

Brazil 1999 Forest Fire Prevention - burnt wood scented Miniature Sheet



Issue date 01 August 1999 

Brazil's first scented stamps was issued to bring awareness to the damages of forest fires.

Brazilian post issued a set of 4 stamps smelling of burnt wood. The stamps feature an anteater, a flower, leaf, and a burnt tree trunk, each of which indicates what is at risk when a forest burns.

The odor was meant to make people keenly aware of the dangers of careless fires and their impact on the environment. The stamp set was part of Brazil's forest fire prevention efforts.


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