Thursday, December 24, 2009

British Indian Ocean Territory (B.I.O.T) - Military Uniforms 2008

Issue on 03 March 2008
Primary theme: Military Uniforms
Width: 28.0 mm
Height: 42.0 mm
Denomination: 0.27 GBP; 0.54 GBP
Number in set: 6
Layout/Format: Sheet
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing authority: British Indian Ocean Territory Administration
Printer: BDT International Security Printers

0.27 GBP - Royal Marines
0.27 GBP - Royal Engineers
0.54 GBP - Sepoys, East India Company Army
0.54 GBP - Sergeant, Royal Military Police
0.54 GBP - Officer, East India Company Army
0.54 GBP - Artillery Corps

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gibraltar - Royal Gibraltar Regiment 2008

Royal Gibraltar Regiment

The desire of the Gibraltarians to defend their homeland alongside the Garrison dates as far back as 1755 when the Genoese Guard mounted pickets at the land frontier. The Gibraltarians stepped forward again for the two World Wars, first as the Gibraltar Volunteer Corps and later the Gibraltar Defence Force (GDF). The GDF comprised artillery batteries and specialist sub-units. It was retained after the war to serve as a training establishment for National Service, becoming the Gibraltar Regiment in 1958. In 1971 HM The Queen granted Colours to the Regiment and on the same day the Regiment received the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar. In 1991 the Gibraltar Regiment took over duties as the resident battalion and was re-roled as an infantry unit. On Regimental Day in 1999 HM The Queen granted the Royal Title. The Regiment is responsible for the defence and security of Gibraltar, with tasks including Force Protection, offensive operations and assistance to civil powers in areas such as Public Order and Counter-Terrorism. The Regiment trains annually in UK and Morocco, working closely with the Joint Helicopter Force. Commitments in Africa have increased recently, with the Regiment providing training teams in Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria. The Regiment’s soldiers have served in every major British operation since 1991 including the first Gulf War, the Balkans, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone, with soldiers currently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Technical Description:

Illustrations: Jonathan Pointer
Design: Stephen Perera
Printer: BDT Security Printers, Ireland
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp size: 26 x 48mm
Values: 10p x 3; 42p x 2; 44p x 2; 51p x 2; £2 /
Issue date: 11 November 2008

0.10 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Gibraltar Volunteer Corps, World War I
On the outbreak of hostilities in Europe in 1914 Gibraltarians were quick to step forward to serve in defence of Gibraltar, Britain and its allies. The Gibraltar Volunteer Corps paraded for the first time in John Mackintosh Square. It remained active until its disbandment in 1920.

0.10 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Gibraltar Defence Force, World War II

Well before the start of World War II, the Gibraltar Defence Force (GDF) was raised in 1939 by the Governor, General Ironside, in response to a popular desire among Gibraltarians to defend their homeland. The GDF's 3.7 inch Anti-Aircraft batteries (depicted on the stamp during a night attack on the rock) repelled attacks from Italian and Vichy French bombers.

0.10 Gibraltar Poundsterling - National Services, Buena Vista Barracks

National Service continued in Gibraltar until 1972, with young Gibraltarians men serving six months (later reduced to four months) with the Gibraltar Regiment. Thousands of Gibraltarians have fond memories of the Buena Vista parade square and the Buffadero Training Area on the southern end of the rock.

0.42 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Gibraltar Regiment, Infantry Company 1958-1999

Until its reorganisation as an Infantry Battalion in 1991 the Gibraltar Regiment maintained an infantry company as well as an artillery component. On the stamp, riflemen guard a Point of Entry (Hay's Level is situated in the Upper Rock area, near the Moorish Castle) while their company practises clearance of Gibraltar's unique tunnel system.

0.42 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Gibraltar Regiment, Thomson's Battery 1958-1991
Since its information in 1939 until its reorganisation in 1991, the Gibraltar Regiment maintained a battery of field artillery. Here, Thomson's Baterry fires a practise on the 105mm Light Gun, firing from Brewery Crusher to a target out at sea.

0.44 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Gibraltar Regiment, Air Defence Troop 1958-1991

As well as its baterry of field artillery the Gibraltar Regiment maintained an Air Defence Troop until becoming an infantry regiment in 1991. The Regiment's Blowpipe detachments (depicted on the stamp watching over the Strait of Gibraltar) were mobilised on Operation Clover in 1986, defending Gibraltar against possible Libyan air attacks.

0.44 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Guarding the Rock
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment's primary role remains to ensure the security of its homeland. This is rehearsed often in realistic exercises. Here, a soldier from G Company observes approaches to Middle Hill Signal Station, one of the highest points on the Rock, during Exercise Barbary Shield in 2007.

0.51 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Training African Peacekeepers

Since 2000, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment has fostered relations in Africa, notably by its annual exercise with Morroco's Royal Armed Forces. Recently the Regiment has sent training teams throughout West Africa. Here a Royal Gibraltar Regiment Lance Corporal teaches mine clearance drills to Gambian soldiers preparing for peace keeping operations in Darfur.

0.51 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Operations in Iraq

Since involvement in the coalition's intervention in 2003, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment has contributed to the normalisation of Iraq. Here, a Lance Corporal of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment wins "the Battle for Hearts and Minds" by chatting to local children as he patrols Basra in 2006.

0.51 Gibraltar Poundsterling - Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Operations in Afghanistan
As well as operations in Iraq, many Royal Gibraltar Regiment Soldiers have served in Afghanistan, often in key appointments among British forces there. On the stamp, a Royal Gibraltar Regiment Private helps to reassure a villager of Nowzad while operating against Taliban in Helmand province in 2007.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1969 - 1976

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1969


1D (pence)
Uniform of an Officer, Royal Artillery, 1758. Contemporary Cap Badge is depicted. Since 1704 Gunners have served in Gibraltar and have played a most prominent part in its defence, particularly in the sieges of the 18th century.

6D (pence)
Contemporary Uniform and Cap Badge of a Soldier of the Royal Anglian Regiment. The Royal Anglian Regiment bears the Arms of Gibraltar in its Badge. It incorporates three Regiments which defended the Rock durings the Great Siege 1779-1783.

9D (pence)
Uniform of a Soldier Artificer, Royal Engineers, 1786. Contemporary Cap Badge is depicted. The Royal Engineers have served in this Garrison with great distinction both in Peace and War. It could be said that this Corps was born in Gibraltar.

2S (shillings)
Uniform of a Private of Fox’s Marines, 1704. Contemporary crest is depicted. The word ‘GIBRALTAR’ included in the Badge of the Royal Marines commemorates the Capture and Defence of the Rock in 1704-1705.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1970


2D (pence)
Uniform of an Officer of the Royal Scots, 1839. Contemporary cap badge is depicted.

5D (pence)
Uniform of a Private of the South Wales Borderers. Contemporary badge is depicted.

7D (pence)
Uniform of a Private of the Queen’s Royal Regiment, 1742. Contemporary cap badge is depicted.

2S (shillings)
Contemporary uniforms and cap badge of the Pipes of the Royal Irish Rangers, 1969.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1971


A soldier of the Black Watch (42nd Foot) the senior Highland Regiment in 1845. The 42nd has served seven times in Gibraltar since 1795. It left the Rock in 1808 to help drive Napoleon out of Spain. They helped to construct the famous tunnels and defences of the Rock during the 2nd World War.

A Drum major of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1971. Composed of four famous foot regiments, the 5th and 20th which defended Gibraltar in 1727 and the 6th and 7th which, like the former, fought on the side of Spain in the Peninsular War 1808-1814.
The antelope mascot was inherited from the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.

A soldier of the Kings Own Royal Regiment (4th Foot) in 1704. Raised to defend Tangier the 4th later took part in the capture and subsequent defence of Gibraltar in 1704-1705. With the 34th (Border) Regiment, which defended the Rock during the 1727 siege, it now forms the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment. Both helped to drive the French from Spain in the Peninsular War 1808-1814.

A soldier of the Dorsetshire Regiment (39th Foot) in 1801 The 39th defended Gibraltar in the sieges of 1727 and 1779-1783 taking part in the Great Sortie. With the 54th Foot it joined the Devonshire Regiment to form the present Devonshire and Dorsetshire Regiment. The 39th served with the Spaniards against Napoleon in the Peninsular War. Their successors served on the Rock during the 2nd World War.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1972


A soldier of Fox’s Regiment in 1704. Raised in 1702 and known later as the 32nd Foot or The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, the Regiment was at the capture and subsequent defence of Gibraltar in 1704-1705 and served with distinction in the Peninsular War helping to drive the French out of Spain. Its many battle honours include Lucknow, Quatre Bras and Waterloo. It is now part of the Light Infantry.

An officer of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in 1830. Raised in North America in 1755 it became the 60th Foot and was formed into the first rifle regiment in the British Army in 1797 It claims the longest list of battle honours in the Army including ten earned while helping the Spaniards in the Peninsular War. It now forms part of the Royal Green Jackets.

An officer of the North Hampshire Regiment in 1825. Raised in 1702 and known as Ponsonby’s Regiment it became the 37th Foot in 1782 and absorbed the 67th Regiment in 19881 to become the Hampshire Regiment (later Royal Hampshire Regiment). The 67th had been raised in 1756 as part of the 20th Foot. Among its many battle honours is Barrosa fought a few miles from Gibraltar. The badge is that of the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

A sailor of the Royal Navy in 1972. The Royal Navy played a great part in the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 and ever since has sailed from the Rock to gain fresh laurels in war and peace. A Naval Brigade helped to defend the Rock in the Great Siege 1779-1983 taking part in the famous sortie of 1781, and it was to Gibraltar that HMS Victory came to repair after Trafalgar in 1805 with the body of Admiral Nelson abroad.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1973


A fifer of The King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1770. Raised in Edinburgh in four hours in 1689 to defend the City against James II, and established as The Edinburgh Regiment in 1689. The Regiment became the 25th Foot in 1751 and King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1887. Among its battle honours are Namur 1695 and Minden 1759. It defended the Rock in the siege of 1727 and the Great Siege 1782-1783.

An officer of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1800. Raised by Lord Herbert in 1689, the 23rd Foot has always been connected with Wales. It was Queen Anne who styled the Regiment “Our Royal Regiment of Welch Fuziliers” in 1712. Amongst the twenty nine Battle Honours emblazoned on the Regimental Colour & Namur 1695, Minden, Waterloo, as well as Albuhera, Badajoz, Salamanca and Victoria in the Peninsular War.

A soldier of the 5th Foot circa 1736. The 5th Foot (later the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) was raised in Dutch service in 1674 from veterans of British units disbanded by Charles II. Arriving from Holland with William III the Regiment joined the English Service in 1688. Among its battle honours are the Boyne 1690, Wilhelmstahl 1762 and twelve in the Peninsular War for actions in Spain against the French. It defended the Rock in the Siege of 1727.

A Private of the First of Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards in marching order, 1898. Formed in 1656 by King Charles II while in exile in Bruges, the title of Grenadier Guards was granted for great gallantry at Waterloo in 1815. The Regiment’s Battle Honours include Tangier 1680, Gibraltar 1704-1705, and Corunna, Barrosa, and Nive when fighting with Spain against the French int the Peninsular War The Grenadier Guards now have two battalions.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1974


An Officer of the 30th Foot in 1742. The Regiment was formed by Lord Castleton in 1689. It was disbanded in 1689 and reformed by Saunderson in 1702. It earned its first battle honour at Gibraltar in 1704-1705 and served in the Peninsular War helping the Spaniards against the French and was at Waterloo in 1815. In 1881 it absorbed the 59th Foot which has defended the Rock in the Great Siege 1782-1783 and also served in the Peninsula.
In 1958 it amalgamated with the South Lancashire Regiment (the Prince of Wales Volunteers) to form the Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers) and in 1970 this regiment amalgamated with the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) to form the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. The 30th Foot has served n Gibraltar on nine occasions.

A Sergeant of the 13th Foot in 1833. Raised in 1685 as Huntingdon’s Regiment of Foot and in 1702 redesignated as Barrymore’s Regiment, the 13th Foot defended Gibraltar in the 12th Siege in 1727 and served as cavalry at Almanza in 1707. In 1842 it heroically defended Jellalabad and became the 13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert’s Light Infantry). It amalgamated with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in 1959, and in 1968 it became part of Light Infantry with the Light Division. It has served in Gibraltar on ten occasions.

A Company man of the 35th Foot in 1790. Formed in Belfast in 1701 by Lord Donegal the 35th Foot earned its first battle honour defending Gibraltar in 1704-1705 and its “Roussillon” plume in Quebec in 1759. Its King’s Colour was the first British flag raised over Malta in 1801. It became the Sussex Regiment in 1804 and the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1832. In 1881 the 107th (Bengal Infantry) Regiment became the 2nd Batalion of the Royal Sussex. In 1966 it became the 3rd Bn. The Queen’s Regiment. It has served in Gibraltar on 4 occasions.

An Officer of the Royal Air Force in 1974. The RAF was formed on April 1, 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service and during the remaining months of the 1914-1918 War achieved supremacy on the Western Front against fierce enemy opposition. During the 1939-1945 War, the events which took place in British skies between July and October 1940, the Battle of Britain, are now recognized as one of the great turning points of history.
The RAF operated from Gibraltar throughout World War II, providing an invaluable contribution to the Allied Victory in North Africa and the Meditteranean.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1975


An Officer of the 31st Foot in 1846. Raised as Villiers’ Marines in 1702, it was engaged under Colonel Luttrell at the capture and defence of Gibraltar 1704-1705. It became the 31st Foot in 1754 and The East Surrey Regiment in 1881. Dettingen 1743, Sobraon 1846 and Somme 1916 are also prominent amongst its battle honours which include Talavera, Vittoria and Albuhera for fighting in Spain against the French during the Peninsular War. This Regiment now forms part of The Queen’s Regiment.

A private of the 73rd Lord McLeod’s Highlanders 1777. The Highland Light Infantry was raised as 73rd Regiment McLeod’s Highlanders in 1777. The 2nd Battalion sailed for Gibraltar in 1780 and served with distinction until the end of the Great Siege 1783, taking part in the famous Sortie. It became the 71st Regiment in 1786 and the Highland Light Infantry in 1809. In 1881 it amalgamated with the 74th Highlanders. Oustanding among other battle honours are Assaye and Waterloo. In 1959 the Highland Light Infantry joined in partnership with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

An officer of the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards 1704. The Coldstream Guards, raised in 1650 as Colonel Monck’s Regiment of Foot, was the only infantry regiment not disbanded at Charles II’s restoration in 1660. They served at Tangier 1680-1683 and distinguished themselves at Gibraltar during the siege of 1704-1705 particularly in the defence of the Round Tower. Inkerman and Ypres 1914 also stand out among their many battle honours which include Talavera, Barrosa, Fuentesd’Onor and Salamanca, in the Peninsular war when they assisted the Spaniards to drive out Napoleon’s Army.

A sergeant of the Gibraltar Regiment 1974. The Gibraltar Regiment, formed in 1939 as the Gibraltar Defence Force, inherits traditionals going back to 1713. Since then, at various periods, Gibraltarians have manned the Rock’s outposts, served during its sieges, manned its transport services, served abroad as a transport unit at the battle of Suakin 1883, and raised the Gibraltar Volunteers Corps in 1915-1919. On cessation of hostilities in 1945 a small cadre was retained for training conscripts. Renamed the Gibraltar Regiment in 1958 it has been manned by volunteers since conscription ceased in 1971.

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1976


Suffolk Regiment
A private of the 12th east Suffolk Regiment 1795.
The Duke of Norfolk’s Regiment, raised in 1685, became the 12th Foot in 1751, the 12th East Suffolk Regiment in 1782 and Suffolk Regiment in 1881. Among its many battle honours are Dettingen 1743, Minden 1759 and Seringapatam 1799.
The 12th wears the Arms of Gibraltar as its crest in recognition of its part in defending the Rock throughout the Great Siege 1779-1983. After amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment. It now forms part of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

Northamptonshire Regiment
A private of the 58th Foot 1779.
Raised in 1755 as the 60th Foot, it became the 58th in 1757, the 58th Rutlandshire Regiment in 1782 and the 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment in 1881. After early battle honours gained in the Americas, the 58th came to Gibraltar and served throughout the Great Siege 1779-1783 for which it was awarded the Arms of Gibraltar as a crest.
It gave heroic service in Egypt 1801. At Salamanca, Burgos, Vittoria and the Pyrenees 1812-1813 it assisted in defeating the French invaders of Spain. It now forms part of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

Lancashire Fusiliers
A private of the 20th East Devonshire Regiment 1793.
Payton’s Regiment raised in 1688, became the 20th East Devonshire Regiment in 1782 and The Lancashire Fusiliers in 1881. Arriving in Gibraltar in 1713 it remained to take part in the glorious defence during the siege of 1727. Among its Battle Honours are Dettingen 1743 and Minden 1759, while at Vimiera, Corunna, Vittoria and the Pyrenees 1808-1813 it earned distinction helping to drive the French out of Spain.
At the landing at Cape Helles Gallipoli in 1915 the 20th gained “Six Victoria Crosses before breakfast”.
The Regiment now forms part of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Royal Ordnance
A quartermaster Sergeant of the Army Ordnance Corps 1896.
The Royal Army Ordnance Corps traces its origin to medieval times. The first overseas Ordnance Depot was established in Gibraltar in 1704 following the surrender of the Rock by the Spaniards. Since then it maintained services and supplies, despite great difficulties and throughout the various sieges until 1963 when the Royal Navy took on the task. The Corps, which became a military body in 1865, is still represented in Gibraltar by a Warrant Officer on technical duties. It gained its “Royal” title for outstanding services in the 1914-1918 War.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thailand - Traditional Thai Puppet (3D Stamps) 2009


Concepts of magic. Postage stamp on the Thai. Through a set of special stamps with printing techniques created three-dimensional animation (3D Motion Stamp) first. When used with small puppet theater Jo - Louis. That is one of the wonders of Thai contemporary drama that has won worldwide. This set of stamps on the enable images seem to have a virtual puppet.

Technical Details:
Issue name: Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2009 Commemorative Stamps - Thai Puppet Shows
Issue date: 04 August 2009
Purpose: To commemorate Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2009, held between 4-9 August 2009 at Siam Paragon Department Store, Bangkok
Design: Illustrating Thai traditional puppet performances
Perforations: 16.50mm x 16.50mm
Size: 54 x 37 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)

Denomination: 25 Baht (2 designs)
Bringing Hun Lakorn Lek to Life (World Premier First 3D Motion Stamp of Thailand)
Quantity of stamps: 600,000 pieces per design
Composition: 4 stamps per sheet
Printing Process: Motion Print Multi-colour
Designer: Mayuree Narknisorn
Issue by: Thailand Post Company Limited)

Souvenir Sheet Price: 50.00 Baht
Quantity of Souvenir Sheet: 100,000 Sheets
Outer Aspect, New Zealand


Hun Lakorn Lek, a type of traditional Thai puppetry, was developed by Kru Krae Sapthawanich on the model of the Ramayana Thai puppets originated in the court of Krom Phra Ratchawang been transmitted to the present day through the dedicated work of Kru Sakorn Youngkhiewsod, also known as "Joe Louis", and members of his family. The first public performance of Hun Lakorn Lek was given at Joe Louis Theater in 1985. H.R.H. Princess Galayani Vadhana later renamed this theater to the "Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek" Theater.

The major driving force behiknd the amazingly life-like performance of Hun Lakorn Lek puppetry is the puppet artists themselves who, through their expert Khon performance skills, bring these puppets to live. Three puppet artists are required to manipulate each ppuppet. To give a faultless performance all there artists must be able to fuse their throughs and mind together and perform as one person.

The story of traditional thai puppet (Jo-Louis)

Thai in 1984, Sakorn set up a booth at the annual Suan Amporn Fair in Bangkok to demonstrate the ancient art of making khon masks. He took with him to the booth the puppet of the old hermit from the Ramakian he had made. The puppet attracted attention, and when the Tourism Authority of Thailand discovered that this impoverished old man was the last living person who knows the art of theatrical puppetry, it offered him money to make more puppets and revive performances. The following year, Sakorn and his children gave a performance at the fair. He named the troupe Hun Lakorn Lek( Joe Louis), Sakorn Natasilp Troupe: Maestro Krae's Grandchildrens Lakorn Lek. The revival was welcomed but there was not enough demand for performances for it to be sustainable or viable as a livelihood.

In 1996, the Commission for National Culture nominated Sakorn for the title of National Artist (Performing Arts Category: Small Theatrical Puppetry). This nomination was made in the name of His Majesty the King, in whose name the honorific title of National Artist was bestowed. The accompanying medal was awarded by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirinthorn, daugther of His Majesty. This recognition enabled Sakorn and his children to raise enough money to open a small puppet theatre near their home in Nontaburi province. The theater was consecrated on 28th December 1999, and the first performance was given on 3rd January 2000. The theater was called the Joe Louis Theater. The revival was still not successful: the theater was rudimentary and too remote from the metropolis, and few went to see it. In May 2002, the theater was moved to its present and more central location at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar in Bangkok.

On 10th July 2002, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirinthorn, His Majesty's daughter, officially opened the theatre and unveiled the plaque. On 5th December 2004, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, sister of His Majesty the King, re-named the theater Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek(Joe Louis) in Thai and The Traditional Thai Puppet Theater in English. The Traditional Thai Puppet Theater Foundation is under Her Royal Highness's patronage.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tristan da Cunha - Military Uniforms 2008

Military Uniforms
Released on 3rd March 2008 and available as:
2008 6 stamps (£1 x 2; 20p x 2; 15p x 2) for £2.70 (as shown)

2008 ~ Mounted Dragoons Officer - top left ~ for 90p
2008 ~ Corporal Royal Artillery - top right ~ for 90p
2008 ~ RA Lieutenant - bottom left ~ for £1.20

2008 ~ RA Private - bottom centre~ for £1.20
2008 ~ Cape Regiment - top centre ~ for £6

2008 ~ R S A Engineering Corps ~ bottom right ~ for £6

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Solomon Islands - Health Care 1991

0.05 Cents - Coconut water is sweet
0.75 Cents - Feed your child 4-5 times a day
0.80 Cents - Mother's milk is best
0.90 Cents - Local food is best (for your health)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Papua New Guinea - Wood Carving Objects 1964

Tokelau - Fishing 1982

0.05 Cents - Octopus Lure
0.18 Cents - Multiple Hook Fishing
0.23 Cents - Ruvettus Fishing
0.34 Cents - Netting Flying Fish
0.63 Cents - Noose Fishing
0.75 Cents - Bonito Fishing

Tokelau - Christmas 1988

0.05 Cents - Na Makoi
0.20 Cents - He Tala
0.40 Cents - Fakagagalo Ki Aikupito
0.60 Cents - Meaalofa Kilihimahi
0.70 Cents - Pepe Ko Iesu
1.00 NZD - Holo Tamilo

Tokelau - Canoe Games 1978

Friday, November 13, 2009

Papua New Guinea - Folklore Costumes 1977

1.00 Kina - Wasara
2.00 Kina - Mekeo

Papua New Guinea - Folklore Costumes 1978

Malaysia - Traditional Transportation 2004

Traditional Transportation

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 18 August 2004
Stamp Value : 30 Sen; 50 Sen & RM1.00
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps
Perforation: 14
Paper: Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.
Designer : Reign Associates

In the days before automobiles, there were various modes of transportation that people in Malaysia used, in accordance to the prevalent needs and cultures.
People from different races and cultures brought and introduced different kinds of transportation, but all with the same objective of getting to one place to another.

30 Cent - Trishaw (Beca)
This trishaw originated from Parit Jawa, Muar, Johore. It is painted in green, red, black and yellow, the favourite colours of the era. The hood, made of canvas, can easily be opened or closed when necessary. The seat is made from coconut husk and is complete with a backrest. The trishaw can carry two adult passengers and one or two children.

50 Cent - Rickshaw (Lanca)
The two-wheeled rickshaw was normally used by the rich Babas and Nyonyas in Malacca. It needed a strong man to pull the rickshaw around town, usually with only one passenger, for a leisure ride and to go shopping.

1.00 Ringgit - Padi Horse (Kuda Padi)
The padi horse is synonymous with the Bajau community in Kota Belud, Sabah. It also serves as a family status. A famous and influential family would usually own many horses. The padi horse is used as a mode of transport to the padi fields or towns, as well as for the village head to patrol the village. It is also ridden during important social functions or celebrations like weddings and the annual Tamu Besar event.

2.00 Ringgit - Bullock Cart (Kereta Lembu)
The bullock cart was used as a means of transportation since the 1400's and is believed to have been introduced by the Indian community in Malacca. Other than for carrying passengers, it was also used to carry goods. A pair of healthy bulls were usually hitched to pull the cart.

Western Samoa - Beauty of Samoa 2004

Samoan Beauties
Date of issue: 15 December 2004

Theme: Mankind (Women)
Width: 42.0 mm
Height: 25.0 mm
Denomination: 0.25WST ; 0.70WST ; 0,90WST ; 4.00WST
Number in set: 4
Perforation: 13.20 by 13.20
Stamp issuing authority: Samoatel
Printer: Wyatt and Wilson

0.25WST Woman
0.70WST Women on beach
0.90WST Woman
4.00WST Woman wearing ceremonial clothing

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Great Britain - Royal Navy Uniforms 2009

Royal Navy Uniforms

Date of issue: 17 September 2009
Primary Theme: Military Uniforms
Width: 27.0 mm
Height: 37.0 mm
Denomination: 1st Class; 0.90 GBP;
Number in set: 6
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing: Royal Mail of Great Britain
Printer: Walsall Security Printers

1st Class – Royal Navy Uniforms - Flight Deck Officer 2009
High visibility clothing is essential on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

1st Class - Royal Navy Uniforms - Captain 1941
Keeping warm and dry on convoy duty during World War II often meant supplementing uniform issue with extra clothing.

1st Class - Royal Navy Uniforms - Second Officer WRNS 1918
Women fulfilled a vital role during both world wars, here a Women’s Royal Navy Service Officer demonstrates how to use a gas mask.

0.90 GBP - Royal Navy Uniforms - Able Seaman 1880
The familiar uniform for seamen became standardized in the 19th Century.

0.90 GBP - Royal Navy Uniforms - Royal Marine 1805
The Royal Marines served both on ship and in land engagements, like their Army counterparts they were issued with the typical Red Coat of the period.

0.90 GBP - Royal Navy Uniforms - Admiral 1795
Officers were the first naval personnel to wear uniform, rank was shown with gold lace.

This special issue traces the change from the ostentation of a 1795 Admirals uniform through to the sheer functionality of present day flight deck garb.

Great Britain - RAF (Royal Air Force) Uniforms 2008

RAF (Royal Air Force) Uniforms

Date of issue: 18 September 2008
Primary Theme: Military Uniforms
Width: 27.0 mm
Height: 37.0 mm
Denomination: 1st Class; 0.81 GBP;
Number in set: 6
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing: Royal Mail of Great Britain
Printer: Walsall Security Printers

1st Class - RAF Uniforms - Drum Major RAF Central Band 2007
Pomp and ceremony, and the dress that goes with them, still have great value in projecting the public image of the RAF.

1st Class - RAF Uniforms - Helicopter Rescue Winchman 1984
High visibility and protection against exposure to ice cold water are incorporated in the Immersion Suit used by Rescue Helicopter Winchmen.

1st Class - RAF Uniforms - Hawker Hunter Pilot 1951
The coming of the Jet Age meant that flying clothing laid greater emphasis on physical and physiological protection than providing warmth.

0.81 GBP - RAF Uniforms - Lancaster Air Gunner 1944
The electrically-heated Taylor Buoyancy Suit was special provided for Air Gunners isolated in their gun turrets in the rear of the fuselage of bomber aircraft.

0.81 GBP - RAF Uniforms - Plotter WAAF 1940
Smart, comfortable and serviceable, Airwomen's No.1 Dress remained unchanged in design until 1955.

0.81 GBP - RAF Uniforms - Pilot 1918
Developed from motoring garments, WWI flying clothing had to provide warmth and protection from the intense cold at altitude.

Royal Mail have carefully selected six uniforms which bring to life the many aspects of the RAF; from pilots to plotters and from winchman to Drum Major.
The figures are illustrated by Graham Turner who created last year's British Army Uniforms and has once again brought incredible levels of detail to this anniversary issue.

Great Britain - British Army Uniforms 2007

British Army Uniforms

Date of issue: 20 September 2007
Primary Theme: Military Uniforms
Width: 27.0 mm
Height: 37.0 mm
Denomination: 1st Class; 0.78 GBP
Number in set: 6
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing: Royal Mail of Great Britain
Printer: Joh Enshede Security Print

Consisting of two lovely se-tenant strips of three First Class stamps and three 78p stamps,
Each one bears an illustration of a uniformed soldier in action,
by artist Graham Turner:

1st Class - British Army Uniforms - NCO Royal Military Police 1999
A military police NCO from Kosovo.

1st Class - British Army Uniforms - Tank Commander 5th Royal Tank Regiment 1944
A tank commander from the Second World War.

1st Class - British Army Uniforms - Observer Royal Field Artillery 1917
An artillery observer from World War One.

0.78 GBP - British Army Uniforms - Rifleman 95th Rifles 1813
A rifleman from the Peninsula War.

0.78 GBP - British Army Uniforms - Grenadier Royal Regiment of Foot of Ireland 1704
A grenadier from the battle of Blenheim.

0.78 GBP - British Army Uniforms - The Trooper Earl of Oxford's Horse 1661
A trooper from the Earl of Oxford's Horse from around the time of the restoration of King Charles II.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Miniature Sheet Fashion ( five 1st class stamps )
Issued: 06 May 2009
Laura Laine
1st class
Number in set:
Layout/ Format:
Self adhesive miniature sheet of 5 of 5 designs
14 by 14
Stamp Size:
30.0mm x 45.0mm ; 30.0mm x 35.0mm
Stamp issuing authority:
Itella Corporation Finland
Joh Enschede Security Printer

High heels and swaying hemlines! Minna Parikka is one of the top names among Finnish shoe designers. Her highly feminine footwear is now sold in ten countries, with the flagship store in Helsinki. Minna Parikka’s red high heels can now also be seen on one of the stamps of the Fashion miniature sheet. They are accompanied by beautiful shoes by Julia Lundsten which are depicted on the next stamp.

Lundsten’s stylish signature wooden heels have won the admiration even of the king of shoe designers, Manolo Blahnik, who has called them “divine” and “perfect”. The wooden-heeled pump shown on the stamp is made of fish skin. Lundsten’s creations are sold in Tokyo, London, New York and other great cities.
The miniature sheet features elegant accessories in the form of the Lumi handbag designed by Sanna Kantola. Sanna Kantola and Bruno Beaugrand founded the Lumi brand in New York nine years ago, and today Lumi bags are sold in 25 countries.

Fashion designer Jasmin Santanen lives and works in Paris. This spring she unveiled at the Paris fashion festival a luxurious open party outfit, which has now been immortalised on a stamp.
This year’s spring collection also includes an outfit designer by Tuomas Laitinen and his sister, artist Anna Laitinen, the rear view of which is shown on the Fashion miniature sheet. This angle was chosen because of the outfit’s amusing “penguin cut”. A collection by the Laitinens won shared first place in the prestigious French Hyères fashion design competition in France in 2006. Today the LAITINEN accessory brand is sold in France, Japan, Hong Kong and elsewhere. The woman in purple on the left-hand edge of the miniature sheet is a filler picture. Laura Laine produced the illustrations for the miniature sheet.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Denmark - 350th Anniversary of the Royal Life Guards 2008

350th Anniversary of the Royal Life Guards

Date of issue:
27 March 2008
Prices & Motifs:
DKK 5.50 Guardsmen in red full-dress uniform
DKK 10.00 Guardsmen in combat uniform
Motif on minisheet:
Guardsman with watch bag
Photos: Sandra Greig
Post Danmark, Stamps
Martin Morck
Method of printing:
Intaglio/ offset
Post Danmark, Stamps

King Frederik III founded the Royal Life Guards, known as "Our Regiment of Guards on Foot", in 1658. Denmark was at war with Sweden in those troubled times, so Frederik had good reason to set up the Guards. The regiment was formed to guarantee the safety of the King, his family and his castle, and to train and recruit soldiers for the Danish army - duties that the Royal Life Guards fulfil to this day.

Since they were formed, the Guards have served with honour in every Danish war, always living up to their reputation as an elite unit. Many guardsmen have served abroad on UN, NATO and coalition missions - most recently in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Both at home and abroad, the Guards are probably best known for their trademark bearskin hats, worn while on guard duty at Amalienborg Castle. The Guards perform all of their duties with pride and honour, under the motto "Pro Rege et Grege" ("For King and people").

The Royal Life Guards' Band plays a key role in both the unit's and the armed forces' ceremonial duties. When Her Majesty is in residence at Amalienborg, the band provides musical accompaniment to the changing of the guard on the streets of Copenhagen, to the delight of locals and tourist alike.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Japan - Kabuki Theatre 1991

A wonderful combination of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modern life, Japan has it all. It is one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit as many wonders and revelation await you. You can try your hand at Origami, the popular art of paper folding, or take a walk down the serene paths of a temple or you may step into a theatre and take in a performance - the Kabuki Theatre is a must see in Japan as it is the most famous of the traditional Japanese theatres and depicts one of the various aspects of performing arts.

Kabuki originated in the Edo period and was more popular with the lower social class as compared to the higher social classes. The word 'Kabuki' is composed of three Japanese characters: 'ka' meaning 'songs', 'bu' meaning 'dance' and 'ki' meaning 'skill'. Its more likely a Japanese version of Shakespeare’s plays being performed in an Opera. But Kabuki is more entertaining, energetic and awesome in the use of color, makeup, movements and often other spectacular effects.

The passion for Kabuki Theatre began with first performance by the shrine dancer Okuni at Kyoto in 1603. This performance was a unique blend of folk dance and religious dance and soon became popular with the lower classes. In the early phase of the 17th century, women were banned from performing because women performers were lured to the business of prostitution and were getting undue attention from male admirers. This led to the development of art of female impersonation wherein males also played female parts. The beginning of the 18th century marked the development of Kabuki into a more matured form and was starting to become popular even with the higher classes of society.

Kabuki plays are composed of certain varying elements that help it become so colorful and glamorous. These elements include: Story, Musical Elements, Dramatic Content, Dance, Costume, Make-up, Theatre Design, and Actor/Audience Relationship. Kabuki plays are about society in a particular period, historical events, moral conflicts, love relationships etc. and are performed using a combination of dramatic dialogue and dance, and accompanied by drums, flutes, stringed instruments

called shamisen, and chanting. The Kabuki music also employs special spectacular audio-effects. The most exceptional among them is the sounding of wooden clappers signaling the opening and the closing of a Kabuki play. The actors/performers wear costumes that reflect the contemporary styles of the day. The costumes play a major role to emphasize the character’s role being portrayed by the performer, as they themselves are full of complexity and hidden meaning. Along with the costumes, make-up is also considered as an integral part of Kabuki performance. The theatrical designs have changed over a period of time, ranging from raised platforms on a riverbed to the modern day theatres having rotating stages and a whole range of gadgets. The last but not the least is the Actor-Audience Relationship as there are instances in a Kabuki play when an actor would come out of his role and address the audience directly.

Kabuki performers are very famous in Japan and this theatrical art is usually passed from one family generation to the next, but the National Theater in Tokyo also has a school for training young and upcoming performers. The costumes and conventions of the traditional Kabuki are still being incorporated in the modern Kabuki plays. However, the new generation performers are finding out new ways to update plays in-order to attract more and more audiences.

You can only appreciate the theatrical creativity of this art form by visiting a Kabuki performance and a good tip would be to go with a Japanese national who is familiar with the Kabuki Theatre.

Japan - Kabuki Theatre 1992

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese form of theater with its origins in the Edo period. In contrast to the older Japanese art forms such as Noh, Kabuki was the popular culture of the common townspeople and not of the higher social classes.

Kabuki plays are about historical events, moral conflicts, love relationships and the like. The actors use an old fashioned language which is difficult to understand even for some Japanese people. Actors speak in monotonous voices accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments.

Kabuki takes place on a rotating stage (kabuki no butai). The stage is further equipped with several gadgets like trapdoors through which the actors can appear and disappear. Another specialty of the kabuki stage is a footbridge (hanamichi) that leads through the audience.

In the early years, both men and women acted in Kabuki plays. Later during the Edo period, the Tokugawa shogunate forbade women from acting, a restriction that survives to the present day. Several male kabuki actors are therefore specialists in playing female roles (onnagata).

The best place for tourists to see a kabuki play is in the Kabukiza Theater in the Ginza district of Tokyo. Here, it is possible to rent English headphones and see just one act of a play instead of sitting through a whole performance, which often lasts more than three hours.

Note that during kabuki plays, it is common for fans in the audience to shout the name of their favorite actor just in the right moment during short pauses.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sweden - Svenskt Mode 2007

Technical Details:
Country / Post : Sweden
Date of Issue: 29 September 2007
Primary theme: Mankind (Clothes & costumes)
Subject: Swedish Fashion (Svenskt Mode)
Width: 27.0 mm
Height: 48.0 mm
Denomination: 5.50 SEK
Number in set: 8
Layout/Format: booklet of 8 of 8 designs
Perforations: 12.5 by 12.5
Stamp issuing authority: Posten Sverige AB
Printer: Sweden Post Stamps
Gravyrer: Lars Sjooblom and Martin Morck
Haftesomslag: Illustration Stina Wirsen, grafisk from Norbert Tamas

5.50 SEK - By Lars Wallin
5.50 SEK - By Ann-Sofie Back
5.50 SEK - By Katja of Sweden
5.50 SEK - By Behnaz Aram
5.50 SEK - By Gunilla Ponten
5.50 SEK - By Carin Rodebjer
5.50 SEK - By Rohdi Heintz
5.50 SEK - By Nakkna

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gibraltar - Fashion Designs by John Galliano 1997

John Galliano is a Gibraltarian fashion designer who has been heading the worldwide know fashion label Dior for years. John Galliano himself produced the sketches and artworks depicted on the stamps.

Issue on 24 October 1997 by Gibraltar Post - Fashion Designs by John Galliano
30p Fashion Design
35p Fashion Design
50p Fashion Design
62p Fashion Design
£1.20 Fashion Design (SS)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Montserrat - Military Uniforms 1978

Military Uniforms 1978
1.50 East Caribbean Dollar - Officer, 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot, 1784
0.30 Cent ECD - Private, 21st (Royal North British Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, 1796
0.40 Cent ECD - Corporal, 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot, 1881
0.55 Cent ECD - Sergeant, 14th (Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, 1837

Montserrat - Military Uniforms 1979

Military Uniforms 1979
0.30 Cent ECD - Private, 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, 1783
0.40 Cent ECD - Private, 1st West India Regiment, 1819
0.55 Cent ECD - Officer, 5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot, 1819
2.50 East Caribbean Dollar - Officer, 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, 1830