This innovative stamp features the iconic door to Bag End in the Shire, home of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggins, protagonist of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ motion picture trilogy. The door on the stamp is unique – in that it has been created using actual wood from the Hobbiton™ party tree, which featured prominently in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday party. The party tree wood has been ground down to a fine powder and affixed to the door image on the stamp.

The stamps contain an extra exciting feature, which is glow-in-the-dark ink.

Technical Details:

Stamp issue date: 20 August 2014

Artwork: JWS Longland

Stamp size: 28.28 x 43.29mm

Stamp sheet size: 122 x 143 mm

Paper: Self-adhesive 247 gsm

Gum: / (Self-adhesive)

Print quantity: 100 000 sheets

Colour: CMYK

Printing process: Offset Lithography

Printed by: Cartor Security Printing, France

Stamp Details:

For about 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th century, sailing around the southern tip of Africa, was a deadly business, as evidenced by some 2 000 shipwrecks along our 3 000-km coastline. In the 1800s, the first South African lighthouses were built to warn ships of the treacherous conditions. Today, there are 45 lighthouses along South Africa’s beautiful coastline. Some of these will be featured on a set of five self-adhesive stamps and one commemorative envelope to be issued on

20 August, featuring artwork by JWS Longland, a student from North-West University.

Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids. In South Africa, some of these beacons of light from days gone by, are now national monuments and popular tourists attractions. The lighthouses featured on the stamps were chosen either for their historical value, their particular location or their special features.

Green Point – Cape Town

The Green Point lighthouse in the Mother City is famous for its ‘Moaning Minnie’ foghorn, and has been prominent landmark in Table Bay since 1824. It was the first solid lighthouse structure on the South African coast and is the oldest structure of its kind in South Africa. The lighthouse, with its distinctive diagonal red and white candy stripes, was first lit on 12 April 1824.

Most likely designed and built by Hermann Schutte, the original building consisted of a tower surrounded by two lanterns. The present light was erected in 1865, improved in 1906 and electrified in 1929. Standing 19,5 m above high water, its light has a range of over 20 km. It was declared a National Monument on 12 January 1973.

Cape Agulhas – L’Agulhas/Bredasdorp

The Cape Agulhas lighthouse presides over the southernmost tip of Africa, a coastline that was once a frequent graveyard for ships along the route. It boasts the only lighthouse museum in South Africa and is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.

Building started in 1847 on land donated by Michiel van Breda, the founder of Bredasdorp, and the lighthouse started operating on 1 March 1849. It is built from limestone in the style of the ancient lighthouse at Pharos in Egypt, which was famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The lighthouse, which was declared a national monument in 1973, is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors who climb the narrow ladder to the top are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.

Robben Island – Cape Town

Commissioned in 1865, this historically important lighthouse is a well-known landmark on an island that has become world-renowned for its most famous “”resident””, Nelson Mandela. Being situated in the middle of the notorious Table Bay at the Cape of Storms, the lighthouse is still very active, with a focal plane of 47 m and an 18-m round white brick tower with a red lantern and gallery.

The white light flashes around Table Bay, and a red light is pointed to the south south-east to warn ships leaving Cape Town away from the island. Today the entire island is part of the Robben Island Museum and a World Heritage Site.

Bird Island – Alexandria/Port Elizabeth

Bird Island lighthouse stands on the

largest of a group of islands and rocky formations north-east of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It houses the largest population of Cape gannets in the world, and a substantial number of penguins.

A wooden structure was first built on this site in December 1852, but was replaced by a masonry tower in 1873. The tower was further heightened by 6 m in 1893, and now stands at 26 m tall. The focal plane is 30 m above sea level. Now fully automated, a helicopter visits it every few weeks to take technical staff across for maintenance.

Umhlanga Rocks – Umhlanga/Durban

The lighthouse on the beach at Umhlanga Rocks, which is a popular tourists destination, was completed in 1954, and has been the subject of numerous paintings and memorabilia. It stands guard to some of the most treacherous waters of Southern Africa and not only warns ships of the hidden dangers, but the flashing light also welcomes ships sailing into the safety of the Durban harbour.

The circular concrete tower, painted white with a red band at the top, stands 21 m above the beach and has a focal plane height of 25 m. The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage, to monitor its position.

Slangkoppunt lighthouse at Kommetjie/Fish Hoek is featured on the stamp sheet and commemorative envelope.

This majestically tall lighthouse within the boundaries of the marine protected area of the Table Mountain National Park, is the tallest cast iron tower in South Africa. One of South Africa’s oldest lighthouses, it has been a beacon of light to ships on the rocky shore since 1914, becoming fully automated in 1979.

Painted white like a guardian angel, the tower’s light shimmers 33 nautical miles out to sea from its 33 m circular construction. It emits four flashes every 30 seconds with a candlepower brightness of 5 000 000 CD on a focal plane of 41 m above high tide.

Tourists can take guided tours up the steep internal spiral staircase for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.

The stamps contain an extra exciting feature, which is glow-in-the-dark ink.

Acknowledgements:

Transnet National Ports Authority

Gerald and Marc Hoberman. For more information on lighthouses of South Africa, read “”Lighthouses of South Africa”” by Gerald Hoberman.

References:

www.lighthouses.co.za/lighthouses/

www.cometcorp.org/marine-attractions/lighthouse/south-african-lighthous

www.capepointroute.co.za/

www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-lighthouses-of-south-africa

www.southafrica.net/trade/en/top10/entry/top-10-historic-lighthouses-of-south-africa

 

A piece of music has been imprinted on the “record” part of the souvenir sheet using a special coating. When you take the circular, ready-for-postage stamp off the souvenir sheet and place it on your record player, it plays a brass band version of the Swiss national anthem at 33 rpm with a single puck.

This stamp is printed onto gummed stamp paper with the flock technique giving the stamp a soft, smooth textured feel to the surface.

More than a hundred years ago breeders of Estonian country breed cattle realized that good production results could only be expected if it was possible to make a choice among the animals. For this it was necessary to record the origination, appearance and production data of the animals. As a result breeders started to document production data, instituting the Herdbook.

The first animals were included from the Vahi Farm cattle of the Tartu Estonian Farmers’ Association on August 21, 1914. The terms of inclusion in the Herdbook have varied in different periods of time. In the first years the main aim was to find animals suitable for the type of the breed and establishment of their descent. Starting from 1920 the purpose of breeding was to develop the country breed cattle into a one-coloured light red, hornless breed with average weight, strong build, hardy, with high production, particularly high fat percent of the milk and a good cost-effectiveness.

Today the Herdbook means the country breed cattle of controlled descent. The Herdbook includes all the country breed heads of cattle of suitable descent. There are stricter requirements for the bulls: the bulls and their mothers are studied genetically, assessed, measured and photographed and for the mother of the bull there are requirements in terms of appearance and of production. Starting from 1985 data of the country breed animals are also in an electronic database at the Animal Recording Center. In 1914-2010 10 059 heifers, 1769 bulls, a total of 11,808 head of cattle have been entered into the Herdbook.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 19.07.2014
Designer: Triin Heimann
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 40.0 x 25.0 mm

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Stamps with gold-foil 

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Cultural heritage and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. For this year’s World Heritage stamp series, the United Nations Postal Administration has chosen to feature the Taj Mahal in India.

The Taj Mahal, located in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh, India is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” and is considered one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.

In 1631 Shah Jahan, Emperor during the Mughal empire’s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. Construction of the complex began in 1632.The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

For its construction an international team of several thousands of masons, stone-cutters, marble workers, mosaicists, painters, calligraphers, dome builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from the Central Asia and Iran. They worked under the orders of the Ustad-Ahmad Lahori, who was the main architect of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex. This large, white marble structure stands on a square platform and consists of a symmetrical building with an arch-shaped doorway topped by a large dome and finial. The main chamber houses the false tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan – the actual graves are at a lower level.

The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the most spectacular feature. Its height of around 35 metres is about the same as the base of the building. The top of the dome is decorated with a lotus design, which also serves to accentuate its height. The shape of the dome is emphasized by four smaller domes placed at its corners, which replicate the onion shape of the main dome. The dome is topped by a gilded finial, which mixes traditional Persian and Hindustani decorative elements. At the corners of the base are four minarets, which are each more than 40 metres tall.

The exterior and interior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture of any period. Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur’an are used as decorative elements.

The Taj Mahal was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This remarkable structure’s enduring aesthetic quality represents a timeless testimony to the love of Jahan for his beloved wife.

Stamp specifications
Format: 50 mm x 35 mm

Perforation: 13

Stamps per sheet: 20

Quantity: 110,000 stamps (5,500 sheets)

The Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)

Printing: Lowe-Martin Group (Canada)

Process: Offset Lithography with gold-foil

Photo Credit: age fotostock, Getty Images

A small sheet of the whole Alderney Bayeux final tapestry containing one stamp.

Miniature Sheet size: 48mm deep x 198mm wide
Stamp size: 40.6mm deep x 29.8mm wide

This sheet has been printed on to 100% combed cotton with a thread count of 167 x 167.

With special thanks to Jan Messent whose book The Bayeux Tapestry embroiderers’ story provided inspiration for the project.

A unique community project on the Channel Island of Alderney is the focus of Guernsey Post’s latest stamps, which depict the final panel of the Bayeux Tapestry – arguably one of the world’s most famous embroideries of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings.

The project is the brainchild of Alderney resident Kate Russell, an American, whose fascination with the Bayeux Tapestry began in the 1970s when she first saw the original in Bayeux, France. Kate said: – “Not many people realise that the Bayeux Tapestry is incomplete, the final segment having been lost. Most experts now believe that a piece portraying a scene of the coronation of William I would have been included in the original work.

“When I saw Jan Messent’s Finale to the Bayeux Tapestry, I knew that I had found the vehicle to celebrate this heritage and remind residents and visitors to Alderney of its Norman origins.”

From the outset this was seen as a community project, with the design and inscriptions provided by Alderney residents Pauline Black and Robin Whicker. The aim was to remain true to the style and materials of the Bayeux Tapestry, with historical events from 14 October to 25 December 1066 portrayed in the central section but with images reflecting the perspective of the embroiderers in the borders.

Alderney’s tiny community and its visitors have fully supported the project from its inception, enabling the tapestry to be completed within one year between February 2012 and January 2013 by 416 stitchers aged between 4 and 100, including their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Channel Islands connection

Two embroiderers are shown in the lower border to honour the original creators of the Bayeux Tapestry, along with an image showing animals that represent the Channel Islands being protectively embraced by the English lion. An anachronism in the upper border will ensure that no confusion is possible with the lost concluding section. This shows Wace, a Channel Islander and the author of the Roman de Rou, writing his history of the Norman people in the 1170s, while it is now believed that the Bayeux Tapestry was completed within 20 years of the Battle of Hastings.

Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, Dawn Gallienne, commented: – “We are thrilled that we have been able to create a replica of Alderney’s Final Panel as a special miniature sheet stamp. This has been achieved by printing the stamp sheet onto cotton, which we believe has never been done by any other postal administration in Europe.”

Kate added: – “Having our Bayeux Tapestry Finale reproduced on Guernsey Post’s stamps is an honour for everyone who contributed to this project. We are delighted that the news of our efforts and of our beautiful island will be sent around the world in this way.”

When the Tapestry leaves its permanent home of Alderney Library for Bayeux on 24 June a photographic replica on canvas will take its place. It will take pride of place at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum in France from 1 July until mid-September 2014. This is a unique achievement, as it is understood to be the first time an independently created finale has been accepted for exhibition in the very same museum.

SPECIFICATION

Date of issue: 28 May 2014
Designer: Bridget Yabsley
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Values: 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p, £3
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp sizes: 30.6mm deep x 38mm wide
M/Sheet size: 48mm deep x 198mm wide
M/Sheet stamp: 40.6mm deep x 29.8mm wide
Paper: 100gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
M/Sheet Paper: 100% Combed Cotton, thread 167 x 167
Perforation: 13.25 x 13 – Sheet 14.24 x 14
Sheet: 10
Cylinder: A

A special stamp issue incorporating real poppy seeds will be issued by Jersey Post on 6 May 2014 to help raise funds for the Poppy Appeal throughout the year. The stamp issue consists of six stamps and a Miniature Sheet which feature specially commissioned paintings of poppies to commemorate the historic and significant occasion of the Centenary of the First World War on 4 August 2014.

Poppy seeds have been encapsulated in two of the designs, sealed behind a thin, transparent, bio-degradable plastic cover. The stamps can be used for posting letters as usual but they can also be planted, gradually decomposing as the seeds start to grow, producing the striking red flowers which are so strongly associated with remembrance.

Jersey Post’s Business Development Director, Gary Carroll, explains: “Special seed stamp packs containing the two seed stamps will be on sale throughout May. As poppies only grow during the spring and summer months, we are encouraging everyone to grow their poppy stamps during May and June so the flowers are in bloom in time for the 4 August Centenary.”

Jersey Post is encouraging everyone to ‘buy a pack to plant, buy a pack to post’, so that friends and family can also join in and plant seed stamps. Full instructions on how to plant the seed stamps are included in the packet.

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Perfectly formed, timelessly beautiful and made by hand – so, the world-famous Viennese Augarten porcelain for almost 300 years. Exquisite COFFEE and tea service, stylish vases and lamps as well as artful figures delight collectors and aesthetes alike – over generations. The precious porcelain with the distinctive blue shield as signing is also used in the service of the Republic of Austria: whether as a service in the Hofburg and the Federal Chancellery or as a special gift on high state official occasions. For the series “Classic brand” now an extraordinary stamp made of porcelain was created, decorated with the “Viennese Rose”. From the naturalistic bouquets of Baroque to neo-classical floral ornaments, to the playful rose motifs of the Biedermeier: The rose represents in 1718, one of the main motives of the Viennese porcelain painters since the founding of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory represents the famous “Viennese Rose” goes on drafts of the imperial manufactory 1740 back. 1924 Edwin adapted Breideneichen, longtime workshops Head of the Department of Painting, the subject of the Vienna Purple Rose and adapted them to the taste of his time – the Art Nouveau style. There was a stylized rose bloom, exactly applied brush strokes and subtle shades with a brush conferred a simple and delicate elegance, she became the most sought after designs of the manufactory. Today, the range of classic “Viennese decor” includes a wide variety of porcelain objects and enjoys great popularity at home and abroad. For the production of a stamp made of porcelain both its own process as well as a special tool needed to be developed, because only then the production of the relatively large number of brands could be overcome in the given time. Since the usual molds of plaster only about thirty times can be used, the stamps were not made by casting with casting material, but with a more solid form (“rotational mass” or “press material”) is pressed. Subsequently, the sheets were baked in the porcelain so-called first firing at 960 degrees Celsius for 24 hours, then glazed and again cured at even higher temperature. In the Augarten porcelain manufactory, the workpieces are always painted by hand. That would not have been possible in a particular case because of the high support and the lack of time. Therefore, the most expensive and highest quality printing method was used: the screen printing. To ensure color fastness and contrast this special stamp made of porcelain, the colors were eventually “burned” at 820 degrees Celsius.

Release Date 3/20/2014

circulation 150,000

Print Screen printing on porcelain design Neue Wiener Augarten Porcelain Manufactory GmbH & Co KG pressure Neue Wiener Augarten Porcelain Manufactory GmbH & Co KG

 

The “Fédération des Sociétés philatéliques du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg” was founded in the City of Luxembourg on 22 February 1934. The articles of incorporation were signed by the four presidents of the “Philatelia Diff erdange”, “Cercle d’Echanges Phila Dudelange”, “Cercle philatélique d’Esch sur Alzette” and “Union des Timbrophiles de Luxembourg” associations.

The following reasons were listed for the FSPL coming into being: a national association would help to increase the value of our postage stamps, amalgamating the associations would fulfi l the motto “L’Union fait la force” and the existence of a national association would allow us to have a say at international level. Today, in 2014, the FSPL boasts 1,700 full members in 35 associations.

The FSPL was accepted as a member of the FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) in 1934. After the Second World War, there followed the major international exhibitions “100 Years of Luxembourg Stamps” in 1952, “Millennial Celebration of the City of Luxembourg” in 1963 and the fi rst world youth stamp exhibition “JUVENTUS 1969” in 1969. The major national propaganda exhibition, where parts of the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England were displayed in Luxembourg for the first time, was held in 2012 under the themes “Treasures of Philately” and “160 Joer Lëtzebuerger Timber”.

Natural Silk Stamp

This stamp is made of 100% natural silk. The top layer of the paper contains 30g of silk per square metre. The yarns used to make this stamp are the fi nest sized in existence. The results achieved off er a truly extraordinary, original, and silky eff ect that can be appreciated by everybody. However, it is mainly aimed at stamp collectors and admirers the world over. This technique is mainly used for stamps commemorating very special events, such as the body of work of an artist, for example.

Rencontre – Anne Mélan

Anne Mélan, Luxembourg artist born in 1984, is a former student of the Universities of Toulouse and Strasbourg. POST Philately has commissioned her to create a stamp commemorating the 80th anniversary of the FSPL.

What was the reason behind creating this stamp? The main purpose of creating this stamp is to instil in young people an interest in stamp collecting. That’s why it had to be done in an original way that would attract their attention.

Does this project bear your conceptual signature? I believe in this project, I particularly admire its unique perspective. Everyone was waiting to see a design, but I found that a photomontage, made up of many vivid details, would be more appropriate, more in keeping with the times.

All of these details are an important part of the image.There are actually a lot of diff erent short stories making up the image. The majority of the elements were used to illustrate stamp collecting. On the table, little men stick stamps in an album… The subject of the stamp is virtually projected on the wall in order to visualise the FSPL’s anniversary. Lastly, for the Luxembourg side of the project, I have included well-known Luxembourg architectural landmarks.

Price of the block:: 1,45 €
Drawing: Anne Mélan (L)
Printing: Off set on silk by Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe (F)
Dimensions of the block: 120 x 80 mm
Dimensions of the stamps: 45 x 33 mm

 

Technical Details

Issue Date: 06.03.2014
Designer: Daniel Dreier, Berne
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France
Process: Offset & Hot Foil Stamping
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 40.5×43.5 mm

Macao Post, established in 1884, reaches its 130 years this year, it witnesses the continued evolution of economy, society and technology development in Macao. To mark this anniversary and important historic milestone, Macao Post will issue the stamp theme “130th Anniversary of Macao Post” on 1st March, 2014. This issue includes a set of four stamps illustrates the four main service areas of Macao Post, including “Postal Service”, “Postal Savings Service”, “Communications Museum” and “Electronic Postal Service”. The souvenir sheet shows the building of Macao Post Headquarters, which was built in 1929 with the characteristics of Portuguese architecture, as well as the cylindrical pillar box in the period of Portuguese-Macao government and the current pillar box to contrast the passage of time. It also launches the first souvenir sheet produced with 100% genuine silk made in Italy. It shows the sketch image of Macao Post Headquarters, which is drawn by the Macao painter Mr. Lok Hei, presented together with the prestigious postal historical photographs in collage form. Each silk souvenir sheet is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, it is certainly a prestigious and valuable collectible product.

The above issue will be available for sale at the Macao Post Headquarters, from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m., the Maritime Ferry Terminal Post Office and the Airport Post Office, from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m., and the Communications Museum, from 9:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. The mail service for the relative philatelic products cancelled with the commemorative postmark will be available on the issue date at the above locations. To provide convenience to the customers for sending new philatelic products on the issue date, mailing service will be provided at counters no. 7 to 10 at the Macao Post Headquarters. Also, the service hours will be extended to 6:00p.m. The philatelic products are as follows:

Philatelic Products Face Value Quantity
Set of 4 Stamps 12.00 patacas 200,000
Sheetlet 48.00 patacas
Souvenir Sheet 12.00 patacas 200,000
Silk Souvenir Sheet (100% genuine silk) 50.00 patacas 50,000
First Day Cover with Stamps 10,000
First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet 6,000
Information Brochure 9,000
Information Brochure with Stamps
Information Brochure with Souvenir Sheet

Besides the above philatelic products, the presentation pack with the theme “130th Anniversary of Macao Post” will also be released. This pack contains four stamps, one souvenir sheet, one silk souvenir sheet, one first day cover with stamps and one first day cover with souvenir sheet, it is priced at MOP180.00 each.

The composition of this issue is designed by Macao Post, and the text of the information brochure is written by the Director of Macao Post, Ms. Lau Wai Meng.

This is the fourth issue in 2014. The previous issued stamps are “Lunar Year of the Horse” on 03/01/2014, “140thAnniversary of Conde de São Januário General Hospital” on 06/01/2014 and the label stamp “Lunar Year of the Horse” on 14/02/2014.

Stamps per sheet: 16
Paper: Paper with Security Fibres
Size: 40 x 30 mm
Perforation: 14 x 13¼
Printing: Offset Lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print, The Netherlands
UPU/WADP Code: MO012.14 – MO015.14

Paper: Paper with Security Fibres
Size: 90 x 138 mm (Stamp size: 40 x 40.5 mm)
Perforation: 14 x 13¼
Printing: Offset Lithography and Hot Foil Stamping with Silver
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print, The Netherlands
UPU/WADP Code: MO016.14

Paper: Silk Paper with Security Fibres
Size: 60 x 130 mm (Stamp size: 30 x 60 mm)
Perforation: 13¼ x 13¼
Printing: Offset Lithography
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France