14 December 2017

Lights of Christmas

Date of Issue : 1 November 2017

Here is a beautiful set of Christmas stamps issued by Australia Post on 1st November 2017. There are two sets one Traditional and other secular themed set.Set of Maxi cards and Special Christmas  Coin and stamp covers have also been issued by Australia Post.
The two traditional designs from the Christmas 2017 stamp issue each feature a painting of the Madonna and Child projected onto the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Every Christmas since 2010, the cathedral has been host to the Lights of Christmas, a digital animated light and sound display that illuminates the church with themes of peace, joy and goodwill. This public event, by AGB Events, has proved very popular, and in 2016 attracted a crowd of around 300,000 people. The stamps were designed by Andrew Hogg Design.

The three secular-themed stamps were designed by Jo Muré of the Australia Post Design Studio. The bright and graphic imagery also presents the themes of joy and goodwill, via carefully wrapped gifts, cheerful chiming bells and a star-spangled Christmas tree.

Maxi Cards

Stamp Design Competition by India Post

10 December 2017

New pictorial cancellations from Germany

On January second 2018  a new pictorial postmark in 26506 NORDEN will be issued..
The postmark is featuring two common seals (Phoca vitulina). 

New meter cancellation from Germany on prehistoric elephant A new meter  is available. in  71711 STEINHEIM AN DER MURR. The meter is featuring prehistoric elephant.

-Wolfgang Beyer(BDPh) and Cornelia Bätge (Steinheim an der Murr)

New pictorial Postmark from Poland

On November 30th  a new pictorial postmark will be available  in Warsaw(Poland).
The postmark is fearuring a snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus).

- Wolfgang Beyer, BDPh(German Philatelic Federation)

09 December 2017

New Special cover and Permanent cancellation

Shree Bahubalaiswamy Mahamasthakabhisheka Mohotsava - 2018

Newly designed permanent pictorial cancellation, special cover and my stamp have been released at world famous Jain Pilgrimage centre Sravanabelgola (District Hasan, Karnataka) on 6th December 2017 in a grand function in the Holy presence of Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarak Swamiji of Shravanbelgola.

PMG Sri Rajendrakumar,  Sri S. Jitendrakumar Working President Mahamasthakabhishek Mahotsav, Sri S N Ashokkumar Chairman Cultural Committee Mahamasthakabhishek Mahotsav, Sri Mahaveer Kundur Karnataka State Convenor of Jainism Philately Group were guest of honour. Venue of the release function was  Shri Chamundaraya Mandap, Jain Math, Shravanbelgola.

Sudhir Jain , Satna (MP)

08 December 2017

New Stamp from India - INS KALVARI

INS Kalvari

Date of Issue : 7 December 2017

India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in denomination of Rs 5 on INS KALVARI, India's first indigenous Submarine  on 7 December 2017. The sheetlet of this issue has 3 stamps .

Image Courtesy : Stamps of India

The Great Silk Road

Date of Issue : 24 November 2017

Here is a beautiful souvenir sheet on Tourism theme. On 24th of November, 2017 the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic issued a souvenir sheet with one Kyrgyz Express Post postage stamp: “The Great Silk Road”.On the sheet borders an ancient Chinese sailing ship, a compass, a loom, a fan, a red dragon are depicted.

The Great Silk Road is one of the most significant achievements in the history of world civilization. For many centuries, ramified networks of caravan roads crossed Europe and Asia from the Mediterranean to China and served in the era of antiquity and the Middle Ages as an important means of trade ties and dialogue between the cultures of the West and the East. The longest stretch of the Silk Road passed through the territory of Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan. Along the Silk Road, rich cities, commercial settlements and caravanserais emerged and flourished. In the territory of Kyrgyzstan, these include: Djul, Suyab, Novokent, Balasagun, Borskoon, Tash-Rabat, Osh and Uzgen. 

The Great Silk Road was paved in the 2nd century BC. and existed until the 15th century AD. 

In September 2013, the People's Republic of China put forward the concept of the "New Silk Road" better known as “The Belt and Road Initiative”. This international strategy, including the projects "Economic Belt of the Silk Road" and "Sea Silk Road of the XXI Century", involves the creation, by 2030, of an extensive infrastructure network along the way from the western borders of China through the countries of Central Asia and Iran to Europe. 

07 December 2017

The arenas of Ancient Rome ...

Date of Issue : 19 December 2017

Here is a beautiful set of stamps to be issued by Israel Post on 19 December featuring Ancient Roman Arenas. These stamps have wonderful tabs with full photos of the arenas.  The stamp sheets are also decorative. It is a nice collecting item for all stamp lovers.

Three new stamps from Israeli Post feature the drama and excitement of the Roman arenas of the Roman Empire.
The Roman era was characterised by the excitement of dramas in the Roman arenas when stage plays, chariot racing and gladiators fighting with lions was offered up for the entertainment of the crowds.
The stamps  show Gladiators fighting beside a lion at Beit Guvrin arena - an important town in Roman-occupied Israel; dramatics with costumed performers at Beit She'an, an ancient city in northern Israel; and chariot racing at Caesarea hippodrome, which still has substantial Roman remains.
The illustrations on the stamps, the sheet margins and the cancellation were inspired by mosaics from the Roman Period and by 18th and 19th century works of art describing that period (books, paintings,posters).

Roman arenas in Israel

The most common arena in Israel was the semi-circular theatre in which all seats faced the front stage. Every major city in the Roman Empire built a theatre and overall more than 30 theatres of varying sizes were constructed in Eretz Israel.

The Amphitheater, in which the audience sat around a central stage, was usually built outside the city. This venue hosted bloody performances, mostly featuring battles between gladiators or men versus animals.

The Hippodrome (hippos = horse) was also built outside the city and mainly served as a venue for chariot races. The seats were placed along the long sides of the arena. One end had a curved wall and the other had a straight wall where the chariot gates were located.

Source : Israel Philatelic Federation

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