Thursday, May 23, 2013

Battles of Gettysburg and Vickburg Featured on
U.S. Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 23, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a pair of new postage stamps titled “Civil War: 1863” that feature artistic renderings of the Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle of the war, and the Battle of Vicksburg, a Union attempt to gain control of the Mississippi River.

The Battle of Gettysburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly after the Civil War.

The Battle of Vicksburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1863 lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “Admiral Porter’s Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.”

Learn more at: United States Postal Service

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lydia Mendoza Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: May 15, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new postage stamp honoring Tejano music star Lydia Mendoza.

Lydia Mendoza was one of the first stars of Tejano music and the stamp depicts a publicity photo of Mendoza from the 1950s.

The stamp captures the look of a vintage 45-rpm record sleeve and features the flag of Texas, Mendoza’s home state, splashed across the entire stamp.

Learn more at: United States Postal Service

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Battle of Beersheba Featured on Australian Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 10, 2013 - Australia

Australia has jointly issued with Israel a pair of postage stamps commemorating the Battle of Beersheba.

Australia Post and Israel Post are marking the Battle of Beersheba through the release of a commemorative issue of two stamps.

The Battle of Beersheba is a significant event in the history of both countries and took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the Third Battle of Gaza.

The first stamp features the statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva, Israel. The second stamp depicts contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Battle of Beersheba Featured on Israel Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 10, 2013 - Israel

Israel has jointly issued with Australia a pair of postage stamps commemorating the Battle of Beersheba.

The Battle of Beersheba is a significant event in the history of both countries and took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the Third Battle of Gaza.

The first stamp features the statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva, Israel. The second stamp depicts contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen.

Learn more at: Israel Post

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Landscape Paintings Theme of Australian Stamps

First Day of Issue: March 19, 2013 - Australia

Australia has issued a set of five postage stamps featuring landscape paintings drawn from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

The paintings in this stamp issue show a range of Australian terrain that has captivated artists, from lush coastal regions to the dry interior.

The painting chosen for this stamp series were John Glover's Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land (c. 1838), Nicholas Chevalier's Studley Park at sunrise (1861), Eugene von Guérard's Dandenong Ranges from 'Beleura' (1870), Arthur Streeton's Land of the Golden Fleece (1926) and Hans Heysen's In the Flinders - Far North (1951).

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Australia Stamps Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

First Day of Issue: April 9, 2013 - Australia

Australia has issued a pair of postage stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

A large-sized 60-cent domestic rate stamp features the Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since that of George IV in 1821. The $2.60 international rate stamp features a photographic portrait of the newly-crowned monarch in 1953 and is a detail from a full formal portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Learn more at: Australia Post

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Football Heroes Honoured on United Kingdom
Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 9, 2013 - United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has issued a set of eleven new postage stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of the establishing of the rules of Association Football.

The issue also celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Football Association and the 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association.

The stamps feature individual footballers from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, all of whom were supremely gifted, talented players who stood out in their generation and beyond.

Learn more at: Royal Mail

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Estonian Stamp Honors City of Kuressaare

First Day of Issue: May 8, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 450th anniversary of the City of Kuressaare.

Kuressaare is a town and a municipality on Saaremaa island in Estonia. Kuressaare first appeared on maps around 1154.

The island of Saaremaa was conquered by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword under Volkwin of Naumburg in 1227, who merged with the Teutonic Knights shortly afterwards.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Estonia Issues Europa Postage Stamps
Featuring Postal Vehicles

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a pair of new Europa postage stamps with the theme Postal Vehicles.

On Estonian and Livonian roads mail was carried on horseback until the middle of the 18th century.

Constant growth in the carriage of mail and passengers caused the need that open-top carriages and covered wagons, called kibitkas, were taken into use.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Stamp Honors First Estonian Satellite

First Day of Issue: May 2, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the first Estonian satellite.

ESTCube-1 is the first Estonian satellite and it is built in Estonia by students from Tartu University, Estonian Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Life Sciences.

The main mission of the satellite is to test the electric solar wind sail, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolutionize transportation within the solar system.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Ice Breaker Tarmo Honored on Estonian Stamp

First Day of Issue: April 25, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ice breaker Tarmo.

The icebreaker Tarmo was built at the Wärtsilä shipyard in Helsinki in 1963. The Republic of Estonia bought the ship in 1993 and she has now successfully operated under the Estonian flag for 20 years.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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Folk Costumes Theme of Estonian Stamps

First Day of Issue: April 12, 2013 - Estonia

Estonia has issued a pair of new postage stamps in their series titled Folk Costumes.

The stamps feature folk costumes from Kihelkonna in Western Saaremaa and from Karja in the North-eastern part of the island.

Learn more at: Estonian Post

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