Monday, 20 March 2017

935. Singapore's Founding Father Featured On New Issue.


  🇸🇬 Singapore Post issued a set of 5 stamps and 2 miniature sheets (one termed "a Collectors sheet") on 14 March 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of National Service in Singapore. One of the stamps depicts the country's father figure, Lee Kuan Yew, who has been depicted on stamps of Singapore only rarely (see Blog 541) and for that reason the issue is quite notable. The issue was designed by Leo Teck Chong and lithographed by Secura and perforated 13. The 2 1st Local stamps have also been issued in a self-adhesive sheetlet of 10 stamps (5 x 2 stamps). Rating:- *****. 

  🇳🇦 The postal service of Namibia, Nam Post, issued a miniature sheet on 3 March 2017 to commemorate the hosting of the 12th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek. As usual it is an interesting and well designed item. Rating:- ****.

   🇬🇧 Royal Mail will issue a new Post and Go stamp on 21 April 2017 on the occasion of the 2 day 88th Congress of the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies to be held in Perth. Two kiosks will be present at the congress - A012 and A014. A012 will dispense the Thistle labels and the Machin Head labels with additional inscriptions "88th Scottish Congress 2017" and importantly the Thistle labels will be available for the first time printed digitally in single design strips. A014 will dispense the Thistle and Heraldic Lion labels with the same additional inscription. Rating:- *.

  🇬🇧 Royal Mail issued 5 Machin Head definitive stamps in new colours to meet altered postal rates. The stamps have been printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print and are self-adhesive and perforated 15 x 14. The colours are named exotically:- £1.17p sunset red, £1.40p dark green pine, £1.57p tarragon green, £2.27p harvest gold and £2.55p garnet red. Rating:- **.

  🇬🇧 On the same date Royal Mail also issued 8 new stamps in the £1.17p and £1.40p values for the 4 regions of The United Kingdom - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The stamps were lithographed by International Security Printers and perforated 15 x 14. Rating:- **.

  🇮🇳 A "My Stamp" sheetlet of 12 stamps with attached labels was released by India Post on 10 February 2017 to commemorate Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. Rating:- *.

  🇿🇦 The South African Post Office has issued a self-adhesive sheetlet made up of 10 different stamps to commemorate the Centenary of the University of Fort Hare. I do not yet know the date of issue.

Friday, 17 March 2017

934. New Falklands Wrecks Set Should Get Twitchers Twitching.

  🇫🇰 A splendid new set of 4 stamps from the Falkand Islands postal service will be issued on 27 March 2017 on the subject of Local shipwrecks. The designs are taken from some striking photographs by Tony Chater and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5 x 13.
  The stamps will be particularly interesting to collectors of Birds on stamps since various types of birds are to be seen perching on the wrecks. I shall look forward to seeing what species are identified on the stamps by philatelic twitchers. Rating:- *****.

  🇬🇮 The Royal Gibraltar Post Office issued a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 6 February 2017 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. The set is a rather unimaginative collection of black and white photographs, with tinges of colour in the stamps and miniature sheet stamp. This is yet another design by Stephen Perera who perhaps should give someone else a chance. The issue was lithographed by Cartor, rating:- **.

  🇸🇱 For those who can't find enough pictures of newly elected USA President Donald Trump, Stamperija, released on 30 January 2017, a delightful "sheetlet" of 4 different "stamps" and 1 "miniature sheet" on the subject of what it calls "Trump's Transport". What can be more fascinating to the people of Sierra Leone, the country whose name is printed on these items, than photographs of President Trump smirking at his exceedingly expensive motor cars?

  No doubt too that the people of Sierra Leone have been in national mourning after the death of the aged and polyandrous Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor who also has a sheetlet of 4 different "stamps" with accompanying miniature sheet dedicated to her and they will be rushing to their post offices to snap up the 32 stamps (8 sheetlets) and 8 miniature sheets showing "Masterpiece" paintings. The featured art subjects are:-  Surrealism, Romanticism, Post Impressionism, Work of Ivan Aivazovsky, Work of Frieda Kahlo, Ancient Egyptian art, Art by Klimt and Art by Rodin. All 8 "sets" are similar in format and time is too valuable to be wasted depicting them all but as an example the "Masterpieces of Surrealism" stuff is reproduced below. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

933. Gone Fishing In Zimbabwe; Bird Spotting In Britain.

 🇿🇼 ZimPost, the postal service of Zimbabwe, issued a set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 30 January 2017 on the subject of Fishing in Zimbabwe. The designs feature some naive local art but are very charming. Rating:- ****.

  🇬🇧 Images of the splendid set of 10 stamps on the subject of Songbirds to be issued by Royal Mail are now to be found on the internet. These are beautiful illustrations of 10 different British birds from the tiny wren and goldcrest up to the cuckoo. Of the featured species, I usually have Great tits nesting in the boxes in my garden most years and for many years I used to walk the dog daily across fields where most summer afternoons a yellow hammer was sitting at the top of its favourite tree calling out for a "little bit of bread" but telling everyone that it wanted " no cheese". This is another superb set to come from Royal Mail during 2017, following hot on the tails of the Racehorses set and the excellent Ancient Britain set as well as the remarkably popular David Bowie issue. One really doesn't mind splashing out a bit of money on stamp issues of such high quality. Royal Mail really seems to have got its act together this year. Rating:- *****.

 In Blog 391, I mentioned the new Post and Go labels which Jersey Post plans to release in the near future. These are now depicted below:- 
  20 March 2017 - Birth centenary of Dame Vera Lynn. Kiosk JE02. Additional inscription "We'll meet again/Broad Street" on Jersey Flag labels.

  28 March 2017 - Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Expo. Additional inscription "Melbourne 2017/Int. Stamp Expo" on Jersey Crest labels.