Canada Post announced they will issue a new stamp on August 28th, dedicated to the Canadian writer Robertson Davies.
The stamp illustrates a portret by Yousuf Karsh, framing an all-knowing academic figure, with his trademark beard worthy of a mythic god.
Robertson Davies was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, being one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors, and one of the most distinguished “men of letters”. Davies was also the founding master of Massey College, a graduate residential college associated to the University of Toronto.
Estonian Post announced a new stamp issue on July 24th dedicated to St Catherine’s of Võru church.
St Catherine’s of Võru was built in the years 1788–1792, being a contemporary with the city, and was finished on July 24, 1793. The church has two tower clocks – the smaller one weighing 460 and the bigger one 850 kg. In 2013 it is also the centenary of its organ built by the Kriisa brothers. Services are held inside the church on every Sunday and on at all the major festivities. St Catherine’s of Võru has also been included in the Travellers’ Churches program.
Stamp Technical Details:
Designer: Riho Luuse
Quantity issued: 50 000
Sheets: 5 X 5
Perforation: 13¾ : 14
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa
United States Postal Services announced the issuance on Saturday, July 13, of the New England Coastal Lighthouse Forever stamps.
The sixth issuance in the lighthouse series features five New England Coastal Lighthouses: Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, ME); Portsmouth Harbor (New Castle, NH); Boston Harbor (Boston, MA); Point Judith (Narragansett, RI) and New London Harbor (New London, CT).
Portland Head was established in 1791, being Maine’s oldest lighthouse.
Although citizens of Portsmouth Harbor had demanded a lighthouse as early as 1721, only 50 years later the Portsmouth Harbor’s first beacon was lit.
Boston Harbor Light it’s North America’s first true light station. It was built in 1716 because of the city’s business community urging.
Point Judith Lighthouse guards a dangerous area of the Atlantic, this area seeing many shipwrecks, even after the addition of the lighthouse.
New London Harbor
New London Harbor is Connecticut’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, originally established in 1761.
The Johnny Cash (Forever) stamp is being issued this year by United States Post as part of the exciting new Music Icons stamp series.
Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is primarily remembered as a country music icon, but his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock and roll, blues, folk, and gospel.
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”. He usually began his concerts with the phrase “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”, followed by his standard “Folsom Prison Blues”.
Resembling the appearance of a 45 rpm record sleeve, the square stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963).
Canadian Post announced they will issue on July 5th the second stamp in the Children’s Literature series, honoring the author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay and her young character Stella.
Marie-Louise Gay, one of Canada’s best-loved creators of children’s books, has received numerous awards for her works in both French and English, including the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, multiple Governor General’s Awards, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.
Her famous Stella and Sam books have been published in more than twelve languages. Stella, her brother Sam and their pet dog Fred explore the world, and bring readers along on their many adventures.
Stamp Technical Details:
Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ domestic rate
Design: Q30 design Inc.
Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm (square)
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Type: Tullis Russell
Perforations: Simulated perforation
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Estonian Post issued this month a new stamp in the Estonian fauna series, dedicated to the weasel.
Weasels (Mustela Nivalis) are small, active predators, having long and slender and short legs.
Weasels sizes vary from 173 to 217 mm, females being smaller than the males, and usually have red or brown upper coats and white bellies. Their bodies which enable them to follow their prey into burrows. Weasels have a reputation for their cleverness and quickness.
They feed on small mammals and they live all across the world except for Antarctica, Australia, and the islands from that area. Some people train dogs to sniff out weasels for protecting chickens and other small animals.
Stamp Technical Details:
Designer: Sándor Stern
Quantity issued: 70 000
Sheets: 4 x 5
Perforation: 12¾ : 13
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa
Canada Post have a new issue on June 20th, dedicated to The War of 1812. The stamps conclude the series honoring heroes from the War of 1812, depicting the portraits of Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry.
The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire and their Indian allies which resulted in no territorial change between the Empire and the US, but a resolution of many issues which remained from the American War of Independence.
Stamp designer Susan Scott led the charge on this year’s issue, trying to highlight the connections in the heroic stories through the background of the stamps. Challenged with maintaining historical accuracy, she turned to costume experts, while injecting some drama into the stamps.
New Zealand Post announced a new commemorative stamps issue dedicated to honey bees.
The honey bee plays a very important role in New Zealand’s main industry, and is responsible for much more than just honey production. New Zealand’s economy is more dependent on pollination from the honey bee than any other nation on Earth. About one third of the food is pollinated by bees, and many of the crops would not be viable without the bee pollination.
The set to be issued contains the following five gummed stamps:
70c: Collecting the nectar
$1.40 – Returning to the hive
$1.90 – In the hive
$2.40 – Harvesting the honey
$2.90 – Ready to eat
The stamps are now available for pre-order and will be available starting from July 3rd.
Jersey Post has produced unique a series of stamps and collectibles to celebrate the release of Man of Steel, having Henry Cavill in the lead role.
The set is unique in many ways and is the first to be issued in Jersey in the same time with the release of the new movie.
The set of six stamps feature a number of innovative production techniques, developed by Cartor Security Printing in France. Each technique suggests one of the Man of Steel’s super powers and are created together for the first time in one issue:
45p Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. Scanning the stamp with a smartphone triggers the Smartsy App and takes the user to the bonus material
55p Man of Steel in a mid air flying pose is set on a transparent stamp, to show his x-ray vision
60p Printed on flat simili silver foiling, it reflects the Man of Steel’s huge strength
68p Printed with thermochromatic ink; when warmth is applied to the the stamp, the Earth is revealed beneath the flying Man of Steel
80p Crushed granite taken from just one pebble at Beauport Bay, has been applied to the face of each thermographic stamp to give its rough, tactile finish and once again suggest the Man of Steel’s strength
88p Printed with ‘glow-in-the-dark’ ink, this stamp shows a hidden message from the Man of Steel’s father, that is visible only in darkness
New Zealand Post will celebrate Matariki (the Māori New Year) with a special stamp and coin issue and some major public events in Auckland and Wellington.
Matariki represents the name in Māori for the brightest star in the Pleiades. This festivity celebrates the return of this group of stars to the sky, occuring on June 10th this years. The manner in which the stars return to the sky signals how good the season’s crops will be. Matariki is celebrated around New Zealand and across the world with festivals of the Māori culture.
There are six stamps in the set – two valued at 70c plus $1.40, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90 designs. They are available for sale from June 5th.
The third in an annual series, the 1oz silver coin features an unfurling silver fern frond surrounded by artwork representing the domain of Tāne Mahuta, the God of the Forest. A 1oz silver proof coin, which is available for pre-order, will be released in New Zealand Post stores from mid June – 2000 available worldwide.