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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hong Kong - Qipao, Traditional Ladies Costumes 2017



"Qipao" Special Stamps
Date of Issue: 17 October 2017

Qipao, a traditional Chinese dress for women that first came into vogue in the 1920s, accentuates the gracefulness of the feminine physique with its oriental charm. To review the evolution of the qipao which has spanned almost a century, Hongkong Post issues a set of stamps on the theme of “Qipao”. This set of six stamps, together with the stamp sheetlets, exhibits the special characteristics of the qipao dresses from different decades. Illustrations on the stamps are the works of students studying for the Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture at the Hong Kong Design Institute. The stamp sheetlets are embedded with the first-ever qipao-shaped stamps. Furthermore, the $20 stamp sheetlet is printed with paper made of taffeta fabric to enhance the theme.

$1.70 ─ Qipao in the 1920s inherited the wide and straight cut of long gowns of the Qing dynasty. The hemline fell between the calf and the ankle while the sleeves reached either the wrist or the elbow.

$2.20 ─ Qipao in the 1930s became the most popular daily attire among women. The qipao at that time mostly adopted a slim and slender cut, with higher slits on both sides to allow easier movements.

$2.90 ─ Qipao in the 1940s had its hemline raised to the calf and the collar lowered. The dresses were made of plainer fabrics with few embellishments. Summer qipao dresses were largely sleeveless.

$3.10 – Qipao in the 1950s was characterised by a slender cut, an indented hem and a higher collar. The qipao became the most elegant and decent dress for women for going out and the mainstream work attire for office ladies.

$3.70 – Qipao in the 1960s bore a similar style to that of the 1950s: shortened length, a slim waistline, a body-hugging fit and a narrow hemline to create an hourglass figure.

$5 – Qipao in the 1970s gradually fell from grace as western outfits won hearts. Nevertheless, the qipao continued to be worn as a ceremonial dress and thus became the attire for special occasions.

$10 Stamp Sheetlet – Contemporary qipao has retained the classical design while undergoing refinement and recasting by introducing contemporary fashion elements into the fabrics, cut and styles, hence reinforcing its prestigious status as a perennial classic.

Acknowledgement: Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Museum of History.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Japan - The World of Japanese Traditional Culture: Kimono 2017



Issue: The World of Japanese Traditional Culture : Kimono
First Day: 04 August 2017
Face Value: Japanese Yen 82 x 10 pieces (Self Adhesive)
Designer: Nakamaru Hitomi (Stamp Designer)
Printing: Offset in 6 colors
Size: A, C, E, G, I : 25.5 x 27.0mm
Size: B, D, F, H, J : 22.0 x 28.0mm
Sheet: 10 stamps

Stamp Designs:
G169A - Kimono 1 ; G169B - Heian Period
G169C - Kimono 2 ; G169D - Muromachi Period
G169E - Kimono 3 ; G169F - Azuchi-Momoyama Period
G169G- Kimono 4 ; G169H - Edo Period
G169I  - Kimono 5 ; G169J - Present

These greeting stamps depict "Kimono" which has become popular throughout the world and is Japanese traditional culture. Design used for Kimono and images of Kimono from Heian period to the present are illustrated for each period.

Japan - Fashion 2017



Issue: Japanese Fashion
First Day: 09 August 2017
Face Value: Japanese Yen 82 x 10 (Self-adhesive)
Designs: Fashion Illustration
Creator of Original Drawing: Okamoto Azusa (Fashion Illustrator)
Designer: Tamaki Akira (Stamp Designer)
Printing: Offset in 6 colors
Size: A, B, F, G: 21.50 mm x 43.50 mm
Size: C, E, H, J: 21.50 mm x 27.00 mm
Sheet: 10 Stamps

The motif of these greeting stamps is a fashion illustration. The images of fashionable women dressed in a stylish manner are illustrated with a vibrant color and delicate brushwork.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hong Kong - Chinese & Western Wedding Customs 2017


Country / Post: Hong Kong (PRC)
Date of Issue: 23 July 2013
Subject: Chinese and Western Wedding Customs
Width: 28.0 mm (Stamps) ; 100.0 mm (SS)
Height: 45.0 mm (Stamps) ; 40.0 mm (SS)
Perforations: 13.5 by 13.25
Stamp issuing authority: Hongkong Post
Printer: Joh Enschedé BV, the Netherlands

A set of special stamps on "Chinese and Western Wedding Customs" will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 23 July 2013 (Tuesday). Two Heartwarming Stamps with Fragrance (2013 Version) "Chinese and Western Wedding Customs" Mini-panes will also be issued on the same day.

"As I have held thy hand, so I shall grow old with thee." Marriage is a lifelong promise between a man and a woman. It is also an important event in a couple’s life. Throughout time and across cultures, nuptial ties are formed at marriage ceremonies. Apart from bringing sweet and memorable moments for the bride and groom, a wedding is a joyful occasion shared with family and friends. Influenced by culture, traditions and the way of life, marital customs vary in different societies. In Hong Kong where the East meets the West, weddings are characterised by a blend of traditional Chinese etiquette and Western customs. This set of stamps introduces the wedding culture of Hong Kong from various perspectives, highlighting the harmonious mix of Chinese and Western elements.

1.40 Hong Kong Dollars – The newlyweds, in traditional Chinese wedding dress, perform their bows as part of the ceremony. The dragon and phoenix embroidery on the bridal dress symbolises nobility, auspiciousness and a blessed union. Forming a backdrop are a "double-happiness" paper-cutting and two big red lanterns, adding to the joyous atmosphere.

1.80 Hong Kong Dollars – Their hearts filled with love for each other, the groom, in his tuxedo, and the bride, in her wedding gown, exchange their vows. The wedding rings on their fingers are tokens of enduring love and faithfulness.

2.40 Hong Kong Dollars – "Gift Presentation" in traditional Chinese wedding etiquette is very much like a betrothal ceremony. On the day of "Gift Presentation", the groom’s family will pay a visit to the bride’s family, bringing gift money, bridal cakes, coconuts, tea leaves, etc. to make a formal marital pledge.

2.50 Hong Kong Dollars – Cutting a cake at a wedding is a Western tradition. The new couple share the cake with their family and friends who partake in the joyful celebrations and share the happiness of the bride and groom.

3.00 Hong Kong Dollars – The red background with dragon and phoenix motifs suggests auspiciousness and joyfulness in Chinese weddings. The couple, in gold silhouette, have drunk their nuptial wine: now they will never part.

5.00 Hong Kong Dollars – Western weddings are usually held in a church or a garden. Decorations are mainly in white. An archway adorned with roses and wedding bells lend solemnity and a touch of sweetness to the occasion.

In this stamp issue, red and gold, popular colours for Chinese celebrations, are used in three of the stamps to emphasise the cheerful bustle of Chinese weddings. White and pink, being the symbol of purity, are the main colours of the other three stamps in which the feeling of romance associated with Western weddings permeates.

An auspicious colour in Chinese tradition, bright red is employed for the stamp sheetlet to highlight the Chinese red lanterns and dragon-phoenix bangles on the left, and the crystal chandelier and wedding rings on the right. A couple in Chinese wedding costume and another in Western wedding attire are juxtaposed to show the harmonious integration and coexistence of Chinese and Western wedding customs in Hong Kong. The contrast is delightful.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hong Kong - Cantonese Opera Costumes 2014



Date of Issue: 21 August 2014
Subject: Cantonese Opera Costumes
Width: 28.00 mm (stamps); 100.00mm (SS)
Height: 45.00 mm (stamps); 40.00mm (SS)
Perforations: 13.50 by 13.25
Stamp Issuing Authority: Hongkong Post
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France

Cantonese opera, as a traditional form of performing art, has a large following in Hong Kong. The “Cantonese Opera Costumes” stamps featured seven distinctive costume types in beautiful embroidery.

Cantonese Opera is the indigenous performing art form of Guangdong region. Dating back to some four centuries ago, the genre has a unique style built upon narration and Cantonese folk music and singing. Cantonese opera costumes are mostly embroidered and classified by the roles, gender and scenes. This exquisite stamp issue presents seven costumes including the Great Han Costume, Gown with Sloping Collar, Dress for Young Ladies, Military Uniform for Soldiers, Python Ceremonial Robe, Gown with a Vertical Collar and Grand Armor in meticulous details.

The stamp sheetlet features a grand armour. Dressed in the grand armour, actors impersonating the marshals of the Six Kingdoms in the Joint Investiture project a heroic, gallant and formidable demeanour.

1.70 Hong Kong Dollars - Great Han Costume
2.20 Hong Kong Dollars - Gown with a Slopping Collar
2.90 Hong Kong Dollars - Dress for Young Ladies
3.10 Hong Kong Dollars - Military Uniform for Soldiers
3.70 Hong Kong Dollars - Python Ceremonial Robe
5.00 Hong Kong Dollars - Gown with a Vertical Collar

A set of special stamps on the theme “Cantonese Opera Costumes” will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 21 August 2014 (Thursday).

Cantonese opera is a highly-valued traditional performing art in Hong Kong. With a live chamber orchestra and special theatrical costumes, Cantonese opera is an art form involving many skills such as singing, acting, narration and martial arts. Cantonese opera costumes come in a wide variety and correspond to the identity and social status of different roles. Hongkong Post issues a set of special stamps on “Cantonese Opera Costumes” featuring seven distinctive costumes on 21 August 2014.

The $1.70 stamp portrays a great Han costume. Embroidered with phoenix and floral designs, the costume is mostly worn by artists impersonating queens, princesses or imperial concubines. A female great Han costume features a top with draping sleeves and a large decorative shoulder cape, a long double layer pleated dress, a tight waist, a front flap and a back flap.

The $2.20 stamp shows a gown with a sloping collar. The gown is a common Cantonese opera costume worn mostly by artists playing young aristocrats and noblemen. Decorated with floral patterns, it is characterised by a sloping collar, wide sleeves covered by flowing sleeves and a straight body with two side slits.

The $2.90 stamp depicts a dress for young ladies. The dress is the daily wear for the role of unmarried maidens. It is featured by a top with wide sleeves covered with flowing sleeves, a tight waist, and a long dress embroidered with flower motifs. A decorative shoulder cape and a front or back flap can be added to the costume to reflect the character’s identity or status.

The $3.10 stamp delineates a military uniform for soldiers. The uniform, emblazoned with floral and cloud motifs, features a top with a round collar, loose sleeves with cuffs, an outer vest and a pair of harem trousers. Artists portraying military officers usually wear this costume.

The $3.70 stamp displays a python ceremonial robe (mang). The robe, a form of regalia worn by actors playing emperors, generals and ministers, is decorated with a circular dragon, a single dragon and cloud motifs. A men’s mang is a long robe with a round collar, wide sleeves covered with flowing sleeves, and a jade belt around the waist.

The $5 stamp features a gown with a vertical collar (pei). This gown with floral embroidery is the casual wear worn by patricians. A women’s pei is a long knee-length robe with symmetrical fronts, wide sleeves covered with flowing sleeves, two side slits and a long dress.

The $10 stamp sheetlet features a grand armour. Dressed in the grand armour, actors impersonating the marshals of the Six Kingdoms in The Joint Investiture project a heroic, gallant and formidable demeanour. As the costume for military officers, grand armour emblazoned with a scale pattern is decorated with triangular pennants on the back. Grand armour for men features a round collar, narrow sleeves and a stiff protruding protective front covering in the centre.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mongolia - Modern Mongolian's National Costumes 2012



Date of Issue: 24 August 2012
Subject: Modern Mongolia's National Costumes
Width: 30.0 mm
Height: 60.0 mm
Perforations: 12 by 12
Stamp issuing authority: Postage Stamp Authority of Mongol Post
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House of State Postal Bureau

Stamps:
100 Mongolian Tughrik
200 Mongolian Tughrik
300 Mongolian Tughrik
400 Mongolian Tughrik
500 Mongolian Tughrik
600 Mongolian Tughrik

Mini Sheet:
700 Mongolian Tughrik
800 Mongolian Tughrik

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Philippines - Coat of Arms 1951



5.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

6.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

18.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Switzerland - Coat of Arms 1918-1926

SWITZERLAND STAMP SCENE

Examine the borders on Switzerland’s Arms issues

Many details are hidden in the borders of Switzerland’s Pro Juventute stamps from 1918 to 1926 featuring the cantonal arms. The tiny figures offer clues to Switzerland’s history and culture.

RICHARD T. HALL - LINNS STAMP NEWS

The 1918 series: the 10-centime semipostal stamp features the arms of canton Uri, with the border showing an apple with an arrow through it; the 15c, the arms  of canton Geneva, with the strings of pearls in the border representing the canton as the center of jewelry trade.

Have you ever looked closely at the Pro Juventute issues of 1918 to 1926 showing Swiss cantonal arms? Of course, you say. They show the coat of arms of each of the then 25 cantons.

But have you noticed the tiny figures to the right and left of the arms? Let’s take a look at these, because they have ties to the canton whose arms are featured.

Let’s start with the first of the series, the 1918 10-centime semipostal stamp showing the arms of canton Uri (Scott B10), one of the first three cantons of 1291. The cantonal capital of Uri is Altdorf, of William Tell fame. So what better to border the arms with than an apple with an arrow through it.

The next stamp in the series, the 1918 15c, shows the arms of canton Geneva (Scott B11), one of the cantons to join the Confederation in 1815 after the Napoleonic Wars. Geneva, the capital of the canton, is known, among other things, as a center of the jewelry trade. Strings of pearls refer to that.


The 1919 issues: shows the arms of canton Vaud (10c), and the two half-cantons of Nidwalden (7½c) and Oberwalden (15c). The borders feature bunches of grapes (Vaud), a bunch of “Morgensternen” or “Morning Stars” (Nidwalden), and halberd blades (Oberwalden)

The 1919 issues show the arms of canton Vaud (Scott B13, a 10c stamp) and the two half-cantons of Nidwalden (B12, a 7½c stamp) and Oberwalden (B14, a 15c semipostal). Canton Vaud was another of the group that joined the Confederation in 1815, while Unterwalden (the name of the full canton) is also one of the three original cantons in the Confederation.


The borders of the two half cantons refer to the struggles they faced in gaining their independence. The border of the Nidwalden stamp shows a bunch of “Morgensternen” or “Morning Stars”.

A Morning Star was a root gnarl into which iron spikes had been driven, attached to a chain, and then whirled over the head of the soldier. These were lethal weapons during close-in fighting. The Oberwalden border is composed of halberd blades, another very effective weapon at close quarters.

The border of the Vaud stamp shows bunches of grapes, referring to the vineyards on the slopes above the Lake of Geneva responsible for most of the wines of Switzerland.



The 1920 issues: the arms of cantons Schwyz (7½c stamp), Zurich (10c stamp), and Ticino (15c stamp). The borders picture a raised hand with the thumb and two fingers extended (Schwyz), gears (Zurich), and bricks (Ticino).



The 1920 issues show the arms of cantons Schwyz (Scott B15, a 7½c stamp), Zurich (B16, a 10c stamp), and Ticino (B17, a 15c stamp). Canton Schwyz is the third of the three original cantons and is the home of the field at Rutli, where the Confederates swore their allegiance to their cause by raising their hand with the thumb and two fingers extended, shown in the border of the stamp. This gesture is still used to signify a Swiss citizen’s allegiance to the Confederation.

Canton Zurich joined the Confederation in 1351 and is the commercial and financial center of Switzerland. What better way to show this than gears.

Canton Ticino is another late entry to the Confederation, having joined in 1803. The border is made up of bricks symbolizing the construction trade of many of the inhabitants.



The 1921 issue: the arms of cantons Valais (10c stamp), Bern (20c stamp), and Switzerland (40c stamp). The borders feature cherries, grapes, and plums (Valais); heads of wheat (Bern); Count Rudolf I of Hapsburg at the left and William Tell with his crossbow at the right (Switzerland).


The 1921 issue shows the arms of cantons Valais (Scott B18, a 10c stamp) and Bern (B19, a 20c stamp).

The 40c stamp of the 1921 issue features the Swiss arms (B20). The border figures of this stamp are Count Rudolf I of Hapsburg at the left and William Tell with his crossbow at the right, the two proponents in the William Tell legend.

Canton Valais is another of the group that joined the Confederation in 1815. The border of the stamp shows cherries, grapes, and plums, referring to the orchards and vineyards of the canton.

Canton Bern joined the Confederation in 1353 and is known as the bread basket of Switzerland, hence the heads of wheat in the border of the stamp.




The 1922 issue: the arms of cantons Zug (5c stamp), Fribourg (10c stamp), Luzern (20c stamp), and Switzerland (40c stamp). The borders show fish (Zug), bishop’s miters and rosaries (Fribourg), sailboats encircled by rosaries (Luzern), and Duke Leopold III of Austria at the left and Arnold von Winkelried with an armful of spears and a battle ax at the right (Switzerland).



The 1922 issue shows the arms of cantons Zug (Scott B21, a 5c stamp), Fribourg (B22, a 10c denomination), and Luzern (B23, a 20c stamp). The fourth stamp (B24), a 40c denomination, shows the Swiss arms bordered by Duke Leopold III of Austria at the left and Arnold von Winkelried with an armful of spears and a battle ax at the right.

These men represent the Battle of Sempach in 1386, an important battle for Swiss independence. Winkelried is famed for sacrificing himself by grasping as many of the Austrian spears as he could to open a gap in the battle line to allow the Confederates passage to kill the Duke.

Canton Zug joined the Confederation in 1352 and is the location of the Lake of Zug. The lake is the only place where the Zuger Rotel, a fish reknowned for its flavor, is found, hence the fish in the border of the stamp.

Canton Fribourg joined the Confederation in 1481. Its capital, the city of Fribourg, is the seat of the Bishopric of Fribourg, Lausanne, and Geneva, hence the bishop’s miters and rosaries in the border.

Confederation in 1332. On the Lake of Lucerne (officially the Lake of the Four Cantons, Vierwaldstattersee), the border of the stamp shows sailboats encircled by rosaries referring to the pleasures of life on the lake and the strong Catholic influence in the canton.





The 1923 issue: the arms of Half-Canton Basel Stadt (5c stamp), Canton Glarus (10c stamp), Canton Neuchatel (20c stamp), and Switzerland (40c stamp). The borders show crozier heads (Basel), repeating Edelweiss pattern (Glarus), watches (Neuchatel), and French Dauphin Louis XI and a Swiss soldier with many arrows piercing his body from the Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs fought in 1444 (Switzerland).

The 1923 issue shows the arms of cantons Glarus (Scott B26, a 10c stamp) and Neuchatel (B27, a 20c denomination) and of the half-canton of Basel Stadt (B25, a 5c stamp).

The Swiss arms on the high denomination 40c stamp (B28) show the French Dauphin Louis XI and a Swiss soldier with many arrows piercing his body from the Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs fought in 1444.

The battle was a terrible defeat for the Swiss because they were slain to the last man; however, the massive casualties they imposed on the French saved Zurich.

Canton Glarus joined the Confederation in 1352. The border of the stamp shows a repeating Edelweiss pattern, referring to the mountainous character of the canton and its reputation for printed fabrics.

Canton Neuchatel joined the Confederation in 1815, the final member of the group that became part of the Confederation at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The canton is the home of the watch-making industry, hence the watches (interestingly, none showing the same time) in the border of the stamp.

The Canton of Basel joined the Confederation in 1501. Conflict between those living in the countryside and those living in the city of Basel led to a revolt in 1833, which resulted in the canton being split into two half-cantons. The half-canton of Basel Stadt encompasses the city of Basel and is the seat of the Bishopric of Basel, hence the crozier heads in the border.






The 1924 issue: the arms of cantons Appenzell (5c stamp), Solothurn (10c stamp), Schaffhausen (20c stamp), and Switzerland (30c stamp). The borders feature Swiss cow bells (Appenzell); banners and mitres (Solothurn); grapes (Schaffhausen); and two soldiers from the Burgundian Wars of 1474-77 between the forces of Charles, Duke of Burgundy, and the Swiss (Switzerland).



The 1924 issue shows the arms of cantons Solothurn (Scott B30, a 10c stamp) and Schaffhausen (B31, a 20c stamp) and of the half-canton of Appenzell Inner-Rhoden (B29, a 5c stamp) along with the arms of Switzerland (B32, a 30c stamp). The 30c stamp has the figures of two soldiers from the Burgundian Wars of 1474-1477 between the forces of Charles, Duke of Burgundy, and the Swiss.

Canton Solothurn joined the Confederation in 1491. The border of the stamp shows banners, referring to the Cathedral of St. Urs, and mitres, referring to the fact that the Bishop of Basel had his residence in Solothurn.

Canton Schaffhausen joined the Confederation in 1501. The Hallau region of the canton is famous for its wines, hence the grapes in the border.

The Canton of Appenzell joined the Confederation in 1513, but the Protestant Reformation resulted in battles between the Catholics and Protestants in the canton. In 1531, it was decided to split the canton along faith lines. Each town in the canton decided if they wanted to join the Catholic Inner-Rhoden or the Protestant Ausser-Rhoden, resulting in a patchwork of borders between the two half-cantons. The border of the Appenzell Inner-Rhoden stamp shows the famous Swiss cow bells, referring to the herds of cattle grazing on the lush pastures of the region.





The 1925 issue: the arms of cantons St. Gallen (5c stamp), the half-canton of Appenzell Ausser-Rhoden (10c), Graubunden (20c stamp), and Switzerland (30c stamp). The borders picture embroidery (St. Gallen), hand embroidery (Appenzell Ausser-Rhoden), grape leaves (Graubunden), and soldiers from the Battle of Marignano of 1515 (Switzerland).

The 1925 issue shows the arms of cantons St. Gallen (Scott B33, a 5c stamp) and Graubunden (B35, a 20c stamp) and the half-canton of Appenzell Ausser-Rhoden (B34, a 10c stamp) together with the Swiss arms (B36, a 30c stamp). The border of the latter stamp shows soldiers from the Battle of Marignano of 1515. It was this battle that led to the Swiss becoming a neutral power in the European wars of the era, when the Swiss realized that they were fighting fellow Swiss serving as mercenaries for their enemy. Canton St. Gallen joined the Confederation in 1803. The canton is famous for its embroidery, both handmade and machine made, hence the embroidery in the border of the stamp. Canton Graubunden also joined the Confederation in 1803. The border of the stamp shows grape leaves. Like Half-Canton Appenzell Inner-Rhoden, Appenzell Ausser-Rhoden was created in 1531 out of Canton Appenzell. The border of the stamp shows hand embroidery.






The 1926 issue: the arms of Canton Thurgau (5c stamp), Half-Canton Basel Landschaft (10c stamp), Canton Aargau (20c stamp), and Switzerland (30c). The borders depict branches of pear trees (Thurgau), ribbons (Basel Landschaft), carrots (Aargau), and the sculpture The Lion of Lucerne, with a sword blade protruding from his side (Switzerland).


The final stamps of the Cantonal Arms series were issued in 1926, showing the arms of cantons Thurgau (Scott B37, a 5c stamp) and Aargau (B39, a 20c stamp) and that of Half-Canton Basel Landschaft (B38, a 10c stamp), together with the Swiss arms on the high denomination (B40, a 30c stamp). The 30c stamp shows the sculpture THE LION OF LUCERNE, a sword blade protruding from his side, commemorating the Swiss Guards who were slain in the Tuileries Palace in 1792 during the French Revolution.

Canton Thurgau joined the Confederation in 1803. The border of the stamp shows branches of pear trees, referring to the large number of orchards in the area.

Canton Aargau also joined the Confederation in 1803. The border of this stamp shows carrots, referring to the agricultural products of the region.

The final stamp in the series is that of the half-canton of Basel Landschaft. As explained with the Basel Stadt stamp, the half-canton was formed in 1833 when the canton of Basel was split between the city and countryside (Landschaft). The border of the stamp shows ribbons, ribbon making being an important industry of the region.

See what you can learn by closely examining your stamps!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hungary - Hussars 1978



Issued on: January 1978
Perforations: 11 1/2 x 12 mm

Hussars:
Hungarian Filler 0.40 - Lancer 17th Century
Hungarian Filler 0.60 - Kuruts 1710
Hungarian Forint 1.00 - Baranya 1762
Hungarian Forint 2.00 - Palatine Officer 1809
Hungarian Forint 4.00 - Sandor 1848
Hungarian Forint 6.00 - Trumpeter, 5th Honved Regiment 1900

Malaysia - Legacy Of The Loom 2012



Date of Issued: 12 January 2012
Primary theme: Fine Arts (Textiles)
Subject: Legacy of the Loom
Width: 35.00 mm
Height: 45.00 mm
Denomination: 0.60 Malaysia Ringgit
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing authority: POS Malaysia
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Cindai
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Songket
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Pua Kumbu
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Ci Xiu
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Rangkit
Malaysia Ringgit 3.00 - Legacy Of The Chinese Loom
Malaysia Ringgit 5.00 - Legacy Of The Chinese Loom (Gold Dragon)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

USA - Bicentennial State Flag 1976


Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored

Issued as part of the ongoing Bicentennial celebration, the 13¢ State Flags pane was a first in U.S. history. This was the first time a pane with 50 face-different stamps was issued. Each state is represented by its official flag, with the stamps arranged on the sheet in the same order each state was admitted into the Union.

The format proved to be popular with collectors, and has been repeated many times since.

The Bicentennial Series
The U.S. Bicentennial was a series of celebrations during the mid-1970s that commemorated the historic events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. The official events began on April 1, 1975, when the American Freedom Train departed Delaware to begin a 21-month, 25,338-mile tour of the 48 contiguous states. For more than a year, a wave of patriotism swept the nation as elaborate firework displays lit up skies across the U.S., an international fleet of tall-mast sailing ships gathered in New York City and Boston, and Queen Elizabeth made a state visit. The celebration culminated on July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

The U.S.P.S. issued 113 commemorative stamps over a six-year period in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, beginning with the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Emblem stamp (U.S. #1432). As a group, the Bicentennial Series chronicles one of our nation’s most important chapters, and remembers the events and patriots who made the U.S. a world model for liberty.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Austria - Dirndl Costumes 2016





Dirndl

Following on from last year’s Lederhosen stamp, this year we are introducing yet another special innovation in the form of the corresponding outfit for women: the world’s first embroidered silhouette stamp in the traditional form of a dirndl.

In some areas of Austria and southern Germany “dirndl” is used to designate a young girl, and it is almost certainly from this that the name for the dirndl dress was derived. Today’s dirndls often have little to do with the traditional regional costumes: short skirts, low-cut necklines, fancy lacing and bold colour combinations are not to be found in so-called historical traditional costumes. These are, rather, characterised by traditional colours and patterns specific to the region, and – at least in the case of working dress – simple cuts, as the dirndl was and still is worn as the daily working garb in many rural areas. For special occasions and public holidays there is a more elaborately designed and decorated traditional costume with embroidered ribbons and scarves, silk aprons, often full-length skirts and matching headgear, such as the golden bonnets from Upper Austria.

For a long time the dirndl was considered old-fashioned and “fusty”, but in recent years it has become increasingly common to see women and men wearing traditional costume in urban areas too. This is probably largely connected to the rising popular- ity of “Wiesen” festivals, which, taking as the basis Munich’s Oktoberfest, have become increasingly widespread throughout the world. For these it is most often the modern version of the dirndl that is worn – as sexy and eye-catching as possible.

The dirndl stamp is particularly impressive in the method of production. The Vorarl- berg company Hämmerle & Vogel, based in Lustenau and specialising in high-quality embroidery, is responsible for both the design and the manufacture. Each stamp is made from around 40 metres of thread in three colours. The embroidered silhouette, the different colours and the various stitches make the dirndl appear three-dimen- sional whilst at the same time creating a light and airy effect. You can even see the way the material drapes and folds. The dainty blouse is executed in off-white, as is the apron, using a different stitch. The red dirndl dress and the inscription “Austria”, also stitched in red, create a little red-white-red work of art. The bow on the apron and the denomination in green are particularly eye-catching.

Hämmerle & Vogel is a family run firm from Vorarlberg with a long history, that has been producing embroidery for international customers including fashion houses such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur for over
100 years. A total of 5.6 million metres of thread were used to make the dirndl stamp. Hämmerle & Vogel has already made several embroidered stamps for Austrian Post, including an Edelweiss a gentian motif and a petit-point embroidery. 
Technical Details

Issue Date: 22 September 2016
Designer: Hämmerle & Vogel
Size: 32 x 50 mm
Values: EURO 6.30

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mountainous Karabkh - Traditional Costumes 2013


70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Children In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Adult In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Senior In A Traditional Costume

Mountainous Karabkh - Traditional Costumes 2014



70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In An Old Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Rich Artsakh Woman In A Sheepskin Coat
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman From Shushi In A Sheepskin Coat

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Greenland - Women National Costumes 2016



Technical Details:

Issue Date: 18 January 2016
Designer: Lisbeth Karline
Printer: Lowe-Martin Group
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 28,5 x 40,00 mm

10,50 Danish Krone - North Greenland
12,00 Danish Krone - West Greenland
13,50 Danish Krone - East Greenland
48,50 Danish Krone - South Greenland

The four beautiful stamps provide insight into women’s national costumes in Greenland. There are regional differences in the outfits, depending on whether they are produced in North, South, West or East Greenland.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Armenia - Traditional Costumes 2014




Date of Issue: 30 December 2014
Width: 24.0 mm
Height: 40.0 mm
Perforations: 13.5 mm x 13.5 mm
Stamp issuing authority: 'Haypost' CJSC
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

120 Armenian Dram - Yerevan
230 Armenian Dram - Gyumri

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ethiopia - Southern Nations Nationalities and People Decorations 2014




Country: Ethiopia
Date of Issue: 27 May 2014
Width: 40.0 mm
Height: 30.0 mm
Perforations: 13mm x 13mm
Stamp issuing authority: Ethiopian Postal Service

0.15 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Karo
0.35 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Erbore
2.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Hamer
4.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Daasanach

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jordan - Traditional Costumes 2015



Jordan Stamps
Issued on 2015

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Wadi Rum
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Tafilah
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Jerash
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Mafraq
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ajloun
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Badawi
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Salt
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Karak
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ma'an
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Um Qais
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Madaba

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Amman

Tanzania - Traditional Costumes 2007



Date of Issue: 9 October 2007
Width: 28.0 mm
Height: 42.0 mm
Perforations: 14 mm x 14 mm
Stamp Issuing Authority: Tanzania Posts Corporation
Printer: Joh Enschedé Security Printers

400 Tanzanian Shilling - Iringa Hehe Tribesman in Traditional Outfit
600 Tanzanian Shilling - Haya Girls in Bark Cloth Outfit
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Msewe Dancers in Pemba
800 Tanzanian Shilling - Wabena Tribes in Traditional Ceremony

700 Tanzanian Shilling - Maasai Girls
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Maasai Dancing
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Singida Nyaturu Girl
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Sambaa Tribesman in Traditional Outfit
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Wabena Woman Grinding Maize Traditionally
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Waraq Man & Wife in Leather Outfit

400 Tanzanian Shilling - Wanyaturu Girls in Their Outfit

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Uganda - Local Anniversaries & Events: UPU Costumes of Uganda 2007



Country:  Uganda
Date of Issue: 7 December 2007
Subject: Pre-UPU Congress 2008 - Costumes of Uganda
Width: 29.5 mm
Height: 39.5 mm
Denomination: 1600 UGX
Perforations: 13.5 mm  x 13.5 mm
Printer: Oriental Press Bahrain


1600 Ugandan Shilling - Omwenda Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Ebibaraho Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Kikoyi Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Kanzu Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Gomesi Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Costumes

Uganda - Cultural Dances and Dresses of East Africa 2003



Country: Uganda
Date of Issue: 16 October 2003
Primary theme: Music & Dance
Width: 28.5 mm
Height: 42.5 mm
Layout/Format sheet
Perforations: 14.2mm x 14mm
Printer: Joh Enschede Stamps

400 Ugandan Shilling - Entogoro Dances
800 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Dances
1400 Ugandan Shilling - A Dance from Teso

Souvenir Sheet:
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Kiga Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Acholi Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Ganda Dress