Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Owney the Postal Dog Wins Favorite U.S. Postage Stamp of 2011

Thanks to the more than 1,000 people who voted in this year’s poll and to those of you who took the time to tell us why you love the stamps you do!

Not all the 2011 issues could make it into the top five, but here’s a sample of what you had to say about some of the others . . .

Read more at: BeyondthePerf.com

Stamp Collecting Goes Virtual with Social Gaming App

Indie developers Francesco Chessari and Nicola Pacini today are pleased to announce the release and worldwide availability of the updated version of Stamp Art Fever, the first title with intriguing combination of social gaming, art and stamp collecting.

This update include Holiday themed collections: 60 new art-stamps to collect plus several improvements.

In Stamp Art Fever you are an art-stamp collector who builds his virtual stamp collection by continuously searching, buying, trading, and bidding on any of over 600 beautiful stamps in . . .

Read more at: prMac

Saturday, December 17, 2011

South Pole Explorers Honored on Postage Stamps

John Robert Francis Wild C.B.E. known as Frank, was one of the most outstanding Polar explorers of the ‘Heroic Age’.

He undertook five Antarctic expeditions under the leadership of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Douglas Mawson and was the only man to experience six gruelling winters in Antarctica.

Frank Wild is one of only two people to be awarded a four bar Polar medal and each pair of stamps in this issue represent the expeditions for which he was awarded a . . .

Read more at: South Georgia Philatelic Bureau

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Joint Issue Postage Stamps Honor Thailand and Pakistan Relations

Islamabad—Pakistan Post will issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.8/- denomina-tion tomorrow to commemorate 60 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Thailand.

The diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Thailand were established in the year 1951.

The stamp of 50.50 x 35 mm size depicts Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore and Victory Monument Bangkok. Stamp also shows the flags of . . .

Read more at: Pakistan Observer

Postage Stamp Commemorates 20 Years of Azerbaijani Independence

Hungarian post-office issued postage memorial stamps dedicated to the 20th anniversary of state independence of Azerbaijan.

On the postage stamp, state symbols-coat of arms, flag as well as national ornaments were . . .

Read more at: APA

Monday, December 12, 2011

Australia Commemorates Barack Obama Visit with Postage Stamp

To mark the official Australian visit of the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, Australia Post has released a domestic rate (60c) stamp, representing the longstanding Australia-United States Alliance under the ANZUS treaty.

During President Obama's visit, he was presented with the framed souvenir stamp by Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard.

"Australia Post is delighted to commemorate President Obama's visit to Australia and recognise our ongoing alliance with this special stamp issue. We trust this issue provides collectors and the . . .

Read more at: Australia Post

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PETA Goes Postal with new Famous Vegetarians Postage Stamps

PETA has launched a limited-edition sheet of U.S. postage PhotoStampsTM featuring famous vegetarians throughout history.

The VIPs featured on these unique postage sheets ditched meat from their diets either out of concern for their health, for the environment, or for animals—and our world would not be the same without their accomplishments.

Although the individuals featured in this series seem very different at first glance, they are united in their respect for . . .

Read more at: peta.org

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Blessed John Henry Newman, Pope Benedict and Westminster Abbey Featured on Vatican Stamp

A special Vatican City postage stamp depicting Blessed John Henry Newman and Westminster Abbey with Pope Benedict is included in a new set issued to mark the Apostolic Journeys made by Pope Benedict XVI during 2010.

The Union Jack is also included in the bottom left-hand corner of the Euro 1.60 value in the set of five stamps released during . . .

Read more at: Independant Catholic News

Postal Service Honors José Ferrer on 2012 Forever Postage Stamp

WASHINGTON — José Ferrer, one of the nation’s foremost and honored actors, will be immortalized on a First-Class Forever Stamp in 2012 as the 14th luminary celebrated in the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished Americans series.

Considered one of the most accomplished talents of his generation, Ferrer (1912-1992) won several Tony Awards for his work on stage and performed in more than 60 movies, garnering three Academy Award nominations. He received a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor José Ferrer on a Forever Stamp,” said . . .

Read more at: usps.com

New Zealand Post Issues Tokelau Christmas Postage Stamps

New Zealand Post is set to solidify its place as one of the leading producers of stamps in the southern hemisphere, with the release of a set of four Christmas stamps for the people of Tokelau.

In September this year New Zealand Post entered into a five year contract to design, produce and distribute stamps for the government of Tokelau.

The Christmas stamps and an accompanying First Day Cover which . . .

Read more at: New Zealand Post

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2012 Forever Postage Stamp to Celebrate Louisiana Statehood

NEW ORLEANS — The Postal Service will salute the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood next April by issuing a First-Class Mail Forever Stamp.

The stamp image, based on a photograph of renowned environmental photographer and writer C.C. Lockwood of Baton Rouge, LA, was previewed today at the Kent Plantation House in Alexandria, LA.

Lockwood’s photograph is of Flat Lake near Morgan City, LA. In the image, a setting sun casts the shadows of bald cypress trees hung with Spanish moss across the dark water.

Flat Lake is in the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the United States. Its bayous are home to alligators, crawfish, snakes, turtles, nutria, owls and eagles.

“The historical significance of the Louisiana Statehood stamp depicts . . .

Read more at: usps.com