Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Austria 2019 - Crypto Stamp

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 11 June 2019
Stamp Size: 85,6 mm x 53,98 mm x 0,79 mm
Artwork: Julia Obermuller
Printing: Variuscard GmbH Slebdruck & Offset/ Silk Screen & Offset Printing
Quantity: 150,000 stamps

About Crypto Stamp

Stamps go Digital
With the innovative crypto stamp, Austrian Post is for the first time offering a stamp which also exists as a digital asset (crypto collectible) in the Ethereum blockchain, and is thus breaking completely new ground.

The blockchain is a special form of decentralised data storage. For this, data are not stored in a single computer centre but are distributed across many independent computers. A sophisticated mechanism ensures that completed transactions cannot be subsequently manipulated. Using the QR code printed on the stamp, the owner can look at the digital version of his/her crypto stamp in the Ethereum blockchain and then transfer it to other users.

The Crypto Stamp
The crypto stamp on the one hand comprises the physical stamp which you can remove from themini sheet along the perforated line and use for postage like any “normal” stamp. The second part ofthe sheet contains (in addition to the stamp), concealed under a scratch-off layer, access data (address and private key) to a so-called wallet, a “virtual wallet”. This contains the associated digitalcrypto stamp. In the Ethereum blockchain everybody can see which wallet address the digital crypto stamp is assigned to. However, the identity of the owner of this wallet address is not visible.

Only the owner of the private key belonging to the wallet can access the crypto stamp. On the minisheet this code is given in the form of a “secret word list” which is revealed after scratching off thecoating on the third section. This code enables the owner to access the pre-configured wallet address and also to transfer the stamp to other wallets. Every transfer of ownership is irreversibly documented in the blockchain so that legal ownership can always be proven.

The unicorn depicted on the stamp block has a symbolic meaning: successful start-up companies valued at at least one billion US dollars are referred to as unicorns in the world of business as they are just as rare as these mythical creatures. The unicorn is also the heraldic animal used to represent the Ethereum community.

That's how it works

Scan the QR code with your mobile phone camera or a QR code app. Alternatively, enter the code [1]. Now you see the unique digital version of your brand.

Your digital crypto stamp is in a preconfigured wallet. The address of this digital "purse" is below the scratchpad for your information [2]. The blockchain records which wallet a particular crypto stamp belongs to. So there is a unique certificate of authenticity that can prove that you are the current owner of this Collectibles. A cash discount of the transaction balance in the wallet is not possible.

With the code [3] you can also transfer your Crypto Stamp to another wallet. For this you need the so-called Secret Word List. You can see this when you scrub code [3].Keep this code well and do not share it with others, it is the password to your Blockchain Wallet.

When you retrieve your crypto stamp using the QR code scanner or code [1] you will see an illustration of the crypto stamp in five color mutations.

These color mutations determine the rarity of your cryptostamp.

The distribution pyramid

Red mark1500
Yellow mark10,000
Blue mark20,000
Green brand40,000
Black mark78,500

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Singapore 2018 - Early Trades in Singapore

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 18 Apr 2018
Denominations: 1st Local, 60c, 90c, $1.30
Stamp Size: 45mm x 30mm
Perforation: 13-14
Paper: Unwatermarked
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Thai British Security Printing
Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Designer: Lim An-ling

The Early Trades of Singapore stamp issue is released to preserve the memories of the early trades in Singapore. Beautifully depicted in this stamp issue are four early trades – Samsui Woman, Sikh Guard, Boatman and Coolie.  They bear testimonies to growing and building of yesteryear Singapore and are part of our nations rich cultural heritage.

Samsui Women
Samsui women hailed from the Guangdong county of Sanshui in China and during Singapore's early years, they were employed to work in labour-intensive sectors such as building and construction.  They were characterised by their distinctive red headscarves or hong toujin which marked their membership in a sisterhood sworn to singlehood as well as their commitment to maintain their independence through labour.  They often worked long hours carrying heavy loads and performing manual work at wages lower than their male counterparts.  From the late 1970s onwards, industrial advancements such as the introduction of prefabrication technology resulted in decreased demand for Samsui women.  As a result, many Samsui women entered other fields of works such as housekeeping and general cleaning.

Sikh Guard
From the second half of the 19th century, Sikhs from Punjab, India were recruited by the colonial authorities to serve as policemen and security personnel in the Straits Settlements. to augment local recruits and expand the police forces.  The colonial authorities regarded Sikhs as loyal and honest, and as possesing great physical and martial prowess.  In 1881, a Sikh Police Contingent was established in Singapore and other police units (such as Tanjong Pagar Dock Police, Sembawang Naval Police Force, Seletar Air Base Additional Police Force) continued to recruit Sikh policemen up till the mid-20th century.  Those who could not meet the strict guidelines to join the police were employed as private security guards (jaga) or watchmen, or took up other trades.

The Orang Laut, or Boatmen, refers to tribes of nomadic "sea people" who traversed the Malay Archipelago.  These sea tribes lived on houseboats and sought out a livelihood through fishing, simple trade and seamanship.  Due to the boatmen's deep knowledge of the monsoon patterns as well as the geography of local islands, reefs and estuaries, local rulers, regional traders as well as merchants hailing from around the world often sought their services.  The Orang Laut also rowed out to deeper waters in their sampans where the large merchant ships were anchored and transported cargo back to port.  Through the course of time, many Orang Laut have assimilated into the larger Malay community and the traditional boatman as an occupation has disappeared with the tides of time.

Coolies were unskilled manual labourers who formed the backbone of Singapore's earliest labour force.  They were employed in almost every type of work during the colonial era, including construction, agriculture, shipping, and transport.  Old photographs of the Singapore River often show coolies carrying gurney sacks of commodities to and from vessels docked at the river.  Most of these coolies were Chinese and Indian immigrants who had come to Singapore during the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century to seek their fortune.  Despite the hardships they faced, few coolies returned to their home countries.  Instead, most of them settled down in Singapore doing odd jobs even as the need for manual labour decreased.

Singapore 2017 - Morning in Singapore

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 4 August 2017
Denominations: 1st Local, 2nd Local, 60c, 90c, $1.30
Stamp Size: 48mm x 30mm
Perforation: 13
Paper: Unwatermarked
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Secura Singapore Pte Ltd
Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Designer: Brett Antonio and Christian Hernandez (DNA Life Pte Ltd)

Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) has released a new set of stamps that depicts Singapore life through colourful illustrations of familiar morning scenes in the heartland. 

The pictures portray children dropped off at school, people catching the bus to work, breakfast at a hawker centre, cycling on the park connector network, exercising at a fitness corner, and grocery shopping at a wet market. On the $2 miniature stamp sheet, these scenes come together to show how public amenities are connected seamlessly in the neighbourhood to enable interaction among all residents of the community. 

SingPost, too, has been an integral part of Singapore for more than 150 years, and the General Post Office at the Fullerton Building was a vital centre for the community for decades. Fullerton: Familiar & Futuristic is a short film that retells the important role SingPost has in Page 2 of 3 connecting society through the provision of an affordable and reliable postal service that is familiar to all.

The Morning in Singapore stamp set comes in six denominations: 1st Local, 2nd Local, 60¢, 70¢, 90¢, and $1.30. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $5.20. There is also a $2 stamp set in a miniature sheet.

SIngapore 2018 - Evening in Singapore

Technical Details:
Issue Date: 3 August 2018
Denominations: 1st Local, 2nd Local, 60c, 70c, 90c, $1.30
Stamp Size: 40.8mm x 29.85mm
Perforation: 13
Paper: Unwatermarked
Printing Process: Offset Lithography with foil stamping
Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Printer: Secura Singapore Pte Ltd
Designer: DNA Life Pte Ltd

Illustrating the unique Singapore identity, the bright stamps capture vividly how families, friends and co-workers spend their evenings in various distinctive ways. These familiar day-to-day scenarios speak volumes about the country’s ethnic diversity and social harmony. People of different cultures and backgrounds come together freely and readily to enjoy each other’s company and share experiences.

Thailand 2017 - Thai Traditional Festival, Long Boat Racing

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 07 April 2017
Perforation: 13 1/2: 14
Quantity: 300,000 pieces
Designer: Ms. Mayuree Narknisorn (Thailand Post)
Printing: Thai British Security Printing, Thailand

3 Baht - Preparation Before The Race in The Province of Nan
3 Baht - Two Boats Ahead of The Finish Line in The Province of Nan
3 Baht - The Winner-Boat During The Festival From The Province of Chumphon
3 Baht - The Handle After The Flag on The Finish Line

Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 1984 - Tripoli International Fair, Tea Serving

Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 1985 - Tripoli International Fair, Musicians Playing Instruments

China 2018 - The 24 Solar Terms, Seasonal Periods, Painting Stamps III

Republic of China (Taiwan) 2002 - Regional Opera

Laos 2015 - 20th Anniversary of Luangprabang World Heritage 1995 - 2015

Technical Details:
Issue date: 07 December 2015
Perforation: 13 : 12 3/4  ;  Imperforated
Souvenir Sheet Size: 139 x 109 mm
Quantity: 1,000 pieces
Designer: Vongsavanh Damlongsouk
Printer: Vietnam Stamps Printing

5000 Lao Kip - Silk Mill, Spinning Wheel
5000 Lao Kip - Dam, Bridge
5000 Lao Kip - Religious Ceremony
5000 Lao Kip - Wooden Stilt House

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burkina Faso 1987 - Traditional Costumes

Technical Details: 
Date of Issued: 04 December 1987
Perforation: 11½ x 12
Printing: Photogravure

10 CFA - West African CFA Franc - Dagari
30 CFA - West African CFA Franc - Peul
90 CFA - West African CFA Franc - Mossi
200 CFA - West African CFA Franc - Senoufo
500 CFA - West African CFA Franc - Mossi

Gabon 1981 - Hair Styles

Mali 1981 - Coat of Arms of Cities

Friday, March 8, 2019

Israel 2006 - Fashion In Israel

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 17 December 2006
Width 30.8 mm
Height 30.8 mm
Denomination 1.50 ILS
Number in Set: 4
Layout/Format: Sheet of 15
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp Issuing Authority: Israel Post Ltd
Printer: E Lewin-Epstein Ltd

1.50 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Oriental Style
2.50 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Ethnic Style
3.30 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The International Style
7.30 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Technological-Personal Style

Malaysia 2019 - Malaysian Festivals

Malaysia 2018 - Blowpipe

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 14 August 2018
Stamp Value: 60sen x 3 designs
Stamp Size: 30mm x 50mm
Perforation: 14.286 x 14.47
Stamp Paper: Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper 103gsm

Sheet Content: 20 stamps
Printing Process: Lithography

Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp Designer: World Communications Network Resources (M) Sdn Bhd
Miniature Sheet Value: RM3.00
Miniature Sheet Size: 100mm x 42mm
Stamp Size In Miniature Sheet: 80mm x 42mm
Miniature Sheet Perforation: 14.286 x 14.47
Miniature Sheet Paper: Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper 103gsm

Blowpipes are weapons used for hunting and in open combat.

The blowpipes is unique as it has the capability to be used as a long-range weapon that does not cause damage to the environment.  Another advantage of this blowpipe is that it has the precision that can reach up to 200 meters.

0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Orang Asli's Blowpipe
0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Dayak Ethnic's Blowpipe
0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Murut Ethnic's Blowpipe
3.00 Malaysian Ringgit - Dayak Ethnic's Blowpipe

Malaysia 2016 - Traditional Dances

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 03 February 2016
Stamp Value: 60 Cent x 5 Designs
Stamp Size: 25mm x 60mm
Perforation: 14
Stamp Paper: SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Sheet Content: 20 pieces
Paper: SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process: Litography
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer: Hazel Design Sdn Bhd

Traditional Dances in Malaysia
Malaysia is well known for its multi-racial and multi-region populace, making it a country that is rich in culture, represented by the various ethnic groups that call Malaysia home.

Traditional dance is a popular form a cultural expression in Malaysia, performed during festive celebrations, weddings or public events.  Traditional dance in Malaysia can be prominently identified with certain regions or religious practices and some are  imbued with political and historical influences.

Pos Malaysia’s Traditional Dance II stamp edition gives prominence to the  traditional dance of the Malaya, Chinese, Indians, Kwijau, and Bidayuh.

Cempaka Sari Dance
This is a traditional Malay court dance which highlights the greatness of the Perak Sultanate of the olden days.  The song “Cempaka Sari” incidentally was an original composition by the late Sultan Idris Shah II of Perak.  The use of long scarves epitomes grace and beauty, while the use of fans heavily crafted with gold threads, symbolize a peaceful and harmonious life under a fair and just ruler.

Chinese Ribbon Dance
The ribbon dance originated from mainland China during the Han Dynasty but evolved during the Tang Dynasty.  It is associated with the legend of a man who tried to assassinate the Chinese Emperor.  Previously performed as court dance exclusively for the royals, today it is common to witness this graceful dance during public events.  The ribbons are usually 5 to 12 feet long.  Skilled dance can create beautiful movement of dragons and rainbows in the sky using ribbons tied to a stick.

Oddissi Dance
Oddissi, also popular known as Orissi, is one of eight traditional dance forms of India.  It is characterized by three body bends called the thibangi, involving the deflection of the head, torso, and hips.  Dancers in colorful costumes stamp their feet and strike various postures as seen in Indian scriptures.  A variety of hand gestures are also used in Odissi, similar to the ones in Bharata Natyam.

Magunatip Dance
Magunatip, a head hunter dance, is also known as the ‘bamboo dance’.  It is performed by the indigenous ethnic group Kwijau, residing in Sabah.  The word ‘Magunatip’  is derived from ‘Apit’, which means ‘to press between two surfaces’.  The bamboo pales are usually 6 feet long and held by two dancers who will beat them together over shorter wood or bamboo, creating an interesting rhythm.  This dance involves jumping between the clapping bamboo poles and requires one to be fast to avoid getting their feet trapped.

Redang Be’uh
Redang Be’uh or the eagle dance is a dance of the Bidayuh community in Sarawak.  It is usually performed after a harvest season, for guests at the longhouse.  The movements of flying eagles.  The dancer move to the rhythmic beat of the drums and gongs, accompanied by tiny bells tied around the ankles.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nepal 1997 - Ethnic Groups

Date of Issued: 30 September 1997

Ethnic Group Chepang
Ethnic Group Gurung
Ethnic Group Rana Tharu

Portuguese Guinea 1948 - Native People, Local Motifs

April 1948

Monday, March 4, 2019

Philippines 2001 - Boxer Codex (Circa 1590)


Date of Issued: 01 August 2001

Thailand 1969 - Thai Ceremonies and Festivals

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 23 November 1969
Perforation: 13½

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Cyprus 1981 - EUROPA, Folk Dances

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 04 May 1981
Size: 26 x 35 mm
Perforation: Comb 14½
Printing: Photogravure
Colors: Multicolor
Print run: 2,000,000

40 Cypriot Mil - Male Dancers
175 Cypriot Mil - Female Dancers

Friday, February 22, 2019

Austria 1970 - Famous Operettas

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 03 July 1970
Sheetsize: 50 
Perforation: 13¾

Austria 1970 - Famous Operettas

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 11 September 1970
Sheetsize: 50 
Perforation: 13¾

Saint Helena 1969 - Military Uniform

Drum Major 66th Foot 1816 and Officer Royal Artillery 1820 
Private, 91st Foot and 2nd Corporal Royal Sappers and Miners 1832
Warrant Officer and Drummer 53rd Foot 1815
Surgeon and Officer (Light Company) 20th Foot 1816

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Vatican 2019 - 90th Anniversary of the Lateran Pacts (Vatican Coat of Arms)

On 11 February 1929, during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, the “Lateran Pacts” between the Holy See and Italy were signed in the Hall of Honour at the Lateran Palace. It marked the first time since the unification of Italy that normal bilateral relations were established between Italy and the Holy See. The agreements recognized the independence and sovereignty of the Holy See, and at the same time they marked the official “founding” of Vatican City State. For the 90th Anniversary of the Lateran Pacts and the foundation of Vatican City State, the Philatelic Office is dedicating a postage stamp value in a joint issue with Italy, a miniature sheet of two values realized by artist Orietta Rossi, and for the first time ever a stamp made of embroidered cloth presented in an exclusive folder. The postage stamp of the joint issue with Italy, a € 1.10 value dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of the Lateran Pacts, features the Hall of Reconciliation of the Lateran Palace where the agreements were signed and where the original table and chairs of the era are still found today. The miniature sheet features a map of Vatican City on the left margin, and two values of € 1.10 and € 1.15 with Pope Pius XI and Pope Francis respectively. The design is framed and embellished with a garland of olive and oak branches. The stamp made from embroidered cloth has a value of € 8.40 and features the coat of arms of Vatican City State. It is presented in a Folder containing a new postage stamp and one that has been postmarked on an envelope as a first day of issue.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tanzania 2002 - Ceremonial Costumes of Tanzania

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 30 March 2002
Width: 26.0 mm
Height: 37.5 mm
Number in Set: 4 Stamps and 1 SS
Perforations: 13.6 by 13.5
Stamp Issuing Authority: Tanzania Posts Corporation

250 Tanzanian Shilling -  Makonde Mask Dance (Lipiko)
350 Tanzanian Shilling -  Mwaka Kogwa Festival, Zanzibar (Msewe Culture)
400 Tanzanian Shilling -  Lizombe Dancer
450 Tanzanian Shilling -  Zaramo Bride's Celebration
500 Tanzanian Shilling -  Lizombe dancer (Souvenir Sheet)