Thursday, November 17, 2011

World's Most Famous Front Door on a Postage Stamp for the First Time

The Number 10 Downing Street front door features on a Royal Mail stamp for the first time.

Downing Street has been home of the Prime Minister since 1735 Prime Minister, David Cameron, marked the launch of the stamp outside the famous black front door of 10 Downing Street.

The stamp is part of a Special Stamps programme – the UK A-Z issue - celebrating the UK’s most famous landmarks . . .

Read more at: Royal Mail

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Story of the Nativity Delivered by Royal Mail 2011 Christmas Stamps

Issue Date - 8th November 2011

This year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamps, issued on 8 November, feature scenes inspired by the Nativity. Mary and the Baby Jesus appear on the 1st Class stamp and Joseph being visited by the Angel on the 2nd Class stamp.

The stamps are set to be appear on millions of cards and letters sharing Christmas greetings between friends and family in the UK and overseas. In fact Royal Mail’s festive mailbag is expected to be bulging with around two billion items. On its busiest days, around 130 million items will enter Royal Mail’s delivery network - more than double the average daily number.

The seven stamps are inspired by verses from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and recognise that 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: “Christmas stamps help . . .

Read more at: Royal Mail

Friday, November 4, 2011

Santa Comes to Christmas Island on New Christmas Postage Stamps

Australia Post has officially kicked-off the festive season with the release of this year's Christmas stamps featuring three unique themes: the traditional nativity scenes, warm "Dear Santa" images and the vibrant Christmas Island issue.

"We know many people like to start sending Christmas cards early so we release our Christmas stamps in November each . . .

Read more at: Australia Post

Australia Celebrates Christmas with Themed Postage Stamps

Australia Post has started the Christmas countdown with the release of this year's festive stamps featuring three themes: traditional religious scenes, joyous 'Celebrate Christmas' images and the animated Christmas Island issue.

"We start receiving letters and parcels as early as September, with around 70 million cards sent each Christmas," said Australia Post Managing Director and CEO, Ahmed Fahour.

"Even with all the different ways we now communicate, sending cards still remains an amazingly resilient Christmas tradition.

"This year Australia Post is offering a variety of Christmas stamps so . . .

Read more at: Australia Post

Postage Stamps Commemorate Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I (1914 - 1918), when Australians pause to honour our men and women who were injured, or lost their lives in service for our country.

An observance of silence was adopted on the first anniversary of armistice on 11 November 1919 by allied nations, and now honours all who have served and suffered in any military conflict or peace-keeping operation.

Australia Post Managing Director and CEO, Ahmed Fahour says, "This stamp issue has a very significant time and date sequence this year, where . . .

Read more at: Australia Post

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Libya Postage Stamps Among Remaining Symbols of Qaddafi's Power

USS Philadelphia off coast of Libya

This week in the magazine, Jon Lee Anderson reports on the strange and destructive world created by Muammar Qaddafi during his reign as President of Libya. (“It was an article of faith among the rebels that Qaddafi had regularly used magic to prop up his long reign. What other explanation could there be?”)

Anderson writes that, in the days following Qaddafi’s death, “rebels dramatized their triumph by removing the visible symbols of Qaddafi’s power wherever they found them.” Libyan postage stamps, like the ones in the collection below, are among the symbols left over.

These particular stamps were . . .

Read more at: The New Yorker

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Joint Postage Stamps Celebrate Australia and Korea Year of Friendship

Australia and the Republic of Korea are marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries with the release of a joint stamp issue. This joint stamp release is a first between the two nations and is available 31 October 2011.

The Australian stamps include a domestic rate (60c) stamp and an international rate ($1.65) stamp. The Korean stamps have their own denominations.

"Australia and South Korea have formed a significant bond since the Korean War. We're delighted to be releasing a joint stamp issue in this special Year of Friendship," said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Mr Michael Zsolt. "We worked closely with Korea Post and hope this joint stamp issue further demonstrates . . .

Read more at: Australia Post

Artists with Autism Sought for New United Nations Postage Stamp

The United Nations will honor autism awareness next year with a series of postage stamps designed by individuals with the developmental disability.

The stamps are part of an annual effort to highlight causes that are important to the international body, according to David Failor, director of the United Nations Postal Administration, which will issue the first-ever autism awareness stamps in early April.

The U.N. is currently accepting submissions through Friday from artists with autism who would like their work featured on a stamp. Failor says the organization will select at least . . .

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Postage Stamp Depicts 1961 Paris Massacre

Algeria’s post office on Monday issued a new stamp to commemorate the massacre on Oct. 17, 1961, of Algerian-born people in Paris by French police who were breaking up a protest rally.

The stamp, worth 15 dinars ($O.2, O.15 euros) shows men beating people to death and throwing bodies into the river Seine, running red with blood, during an incident 50 years ago which is seen as a stain on French history.

Behind them is a bridge from which beaten Algerians are falling, while the Eiffel Tower is . . .

Read more at: Al Arabiya News