50th Display Season Red Arrows RAF Display Stamps of Isle Of Man

Red Arrows on Isle Of Man

The Red Arrows RAF Display Team performed another spectacular display in the jets over Ramsey and Douglas Bay on Tuesday in celebration of its 50th Display season during TT race week. Formations included the trademark diamond and swan among others. The nine jets also carried 500 pairs of panes of the Red Arrows prestige booklet, which were postmarked Ramsey and Douglas respectively.

Prior to the Douglas Bay display Red Arrows Squadron Leader Mike Ling, ‘Red 10′ and the team’s Technical Director who is an avid stamp collector visited the Post Office’s TT shop at the Grandstand and are pictured above with the booklets.

This stunning collector’s item features two complete self-adhesive sets of special six-stamp issue marking the 50th Display Season of the RAF Red Arrows, plus special-designed labels featuring icons of the team and photos of the team in action over the Isle of Man. The self-adhesive stamp pane from the booklet is also available separately. The issue date for this item is 21st May 2014.

Z4 Passenger Car, Zbrojovka Brno and Passenger Paddle Steamer František Josef I.- Czech New Stamps

Vehicles on New Czech Stamps


Ceska Posta issued a set of two stamps featuring historical vehicles – Z4 Passenger Car, Zbrojovka Brno and Passenger Paddle Steamer František Josef I.

Z4 Passenger Car. The Z4 automobile, from the manufacturer Zbrojovka Brno, was made in 1936. It had a two-stroke water-cooled four-cylinder engine with a volume of 980 cc with an output of 25 hp, a maximum speed of 100 km/h and an average petrol consumption of 8 liters per 100 km. The 810 kg convertible had a three-speed transmission and front-wheel drive. It had a ladder-type frame and all wheels were independently suspended by leaf springs and hydraulic lever shock absorbers. Drum brakes were fitted on all wheels. The two-door closed body of the automobile was made of sheet steel attached by screws to a wooden frame. The floor of the Z4 was made of wooden planks as well. The spare wheel was located on a huge mount behind the automobile and the trunk had access from inside, after the rear seat backrest was removed.

The Z4 automobile was first introduced in April 1933 at the Prague Motor Show. The automobile, with its front-wheel drive, soon became a popular model. It also had successes in racing – in 1934 it was the winner of the 1000 mile race between the Czechoslovak cities of Prague, Brno and Bratislava, with an average speed of 92 km/h. The automobile also had social achievements. In Prague, there was a Z-club for owners of the Z’s; one of its members was the famous comedian and actor, Vlasta Burian.

(the yellow car in the picture is the automobile from Vlasta Burian’s collection that has survived to the present day).

František Josef I. The largest and most prominent of the six paddle steamboats built in Prague was the passenger (saloon) steamboat, the Franz Joseph I. A new acquisition, the third large-scale ship of the Prague Steamboat Company (PPS), was inspired by a notable increase in the interest of passengers on the Prague–Zbraslav–Štěchovice line after 1880 (particularly in the extremely successful year of 1884). In mid-1886, there was a competition which was entered by several shipbuilding companies: The First Bohemian-Moravian machine factory, the KETTE D.E.G. shipyard from Dresden and the Prague Joint Stock Engineering Company, the former “Rustonka”. The Prague company eventually won the competition and delivered a modern steamboat with a full capacity of 800 people for 55,000 guldens. The large capacity required of the paddle steamboat led the shipyard to come up with a new design. The steamboat, with regard to the turning basin of the Vltava river in Prague at that time, could not be too long, but at the same time it had to have a low draft (0.72 meters). It was therefore necessary to increase the displacement of the ship using a fairly full bow. However, that required more powerful machinery. Therefore, the steamboat got, for the first time in the history of the Vltava–Elbe passenger transportation, a horizontal steam engine with an output of 120 horsepower.

In addition to the richly furnished lounges with wallpaper and blinds, it also had a small upper deck accessible to passengers in the space between the paddle wheels. That was much earlier than with the ships of the Dresden steam navigation company, whose steamboat with the upper deck called the “Oberdeckdampfer” (Upper-deck steamboat) sailed up the river in 1896, a full nine years later. Interestingly, despite the use of the upper deck, the steamboat did not have a steering system on the bridge; its directional control, the same as with other Prague paddle steamboat, was a manual helm from the stern.

The newly built steamboat was initially deployed on the route from Prague to Zbraslav, which was then the most crowded line of PPS. Hundreds of people from Prague used the steamboats for trips to Chuchle (then far from Prague), Modřany and to the summer resort Zbraslav. For example, in 1889, the paddle steamboat performed 136 trips to Zbraslav, 86 to Štechovice and 65 to Davle. The steamboat was also used for sightseeing tours with prominent guests, such as the one on 10 June 1920, in which the first Czechoslovak president, T.G. Masaryk participated.

The steamboat sunk under tragic circumstances, but was raised up and repaired. After 1918, it also changed its name twice to Zbraslav (in 1918) and Praha (in 1929).

2014 Definitives – United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA)

Definitive 2014 UNPA


On 6 June 2014, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued six definitive stamps in the denominations of US$ 0.33, US$ 2.00, CHF 2.20, CHF 2.60, € 0.70 and € 1.70.

Each stamp explores abstractions of architectural and iconic details of the United Nations – the Secretariat building and General Assembly in New York, the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the United Nations Office in Vienna.

First day covers for the “2014 Definitives” stamps are available in the following versions:

  • Single – a total of six envelopes, each with one of the values issued, appropriately cancelled
  • Block – a total of six envelopes, each with a block of four with M.I. of the values issued, appropriately cancelled
  • Combo – a total of three envelopes, each with the two values of each denomination, appropriately cancelled
  •  Triple – one jumbo size cover with all six stamps issued, appropriately cancelled New York, Geneva and Vien

FIFA World Cup 2014 -Countdown -Philatelic Coverage

FIFA World Cup 2014 -Countdown -Philatelic Coverage

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Football will be played in Brazil from 12 Jun to 13 Jul 2014. It will be Second time that Brazil is hosting the World Cup -earlier it hosted in 1950. The National Teams of 32 Countries including hosts will vie for the World Cup Trophy at 12 different City Venues in Brazil.

Stamps on 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.

Stamps on Football –France – FIFA World Cup 2010

France issued  a  Souvenir sheet of four  stamp on  FIFA World Cup 2010 being played in South Africa . The Stamp was issued on 13 Jun 2010 and shows football player , player & ball , Pretoria’s Parliament Building , View of Capetown & Flags of Countries playing the World Cup.

Easter 2014 Stamp From Croatia

Easter 2014 Stamp

Hrvatska posta issued a stamp dedicated to Easter.

Easter, the greatest Christian holiday, sums up the whole idea and hope of faith. The hope that the life does not terminate on Earth or in earth, in this one dimension in which we are captured, or in the realm of matter. Continuance has been promised to us, the consequence of all our causes, of our goodness and our evil. Transformation has been promised to us and all which surrounds us has been given to us as a book of comparisons. The nature which hibernates, which invisibly matures, which wakes up returned into light and warmth. The death of the Son of God which opens the closed transition. And, as Easter is the greatest holiday of Christianity, so is the transformation through mass the central moment of Christian ceremony and continual keeping of promise – that collision between dimensions, that transformation of matter into the essence of the other world. Symbolic elements of the ceremony are bread and wine – transformed into God’s body and blood. The bread is then a basic matter of comparison, the food of human subsistence acquired through work, investment of life energy. Bread is a summary of human’s earth. Bread has always been sacred (long ago the older people thought the younger ones to pick up and appreciate each its crumb which would occasionally fall on the ground).

In difference to yeastless bread from the Old Testament – which has survived in the New Testament’s host – the bread of renunciation and offering, the domestic, festal, Easter bread is the bread of pure joy. It is yellow as a newborn chicken, from generously used eggs, soft and fragrant, coated with light lacquer of the egg-white. Once, the Mediterranean area and today the whole world, used to mark the days of Easter by Easter cake, with cracks and swellings that instantly reveal workability and softness. This Easter baking has about forty different names – and it certainly remains for the science to discover more of them. Along with Easter cake or cheese cake the best known Easter baking is the braided bread. It can remain straight, unbent, but can also be bent into wreath shape– as on this year’s Croatian Easter stamp. In various variants eggs can be put on the wreath – Easter eggs – one in the middle or more of them all around. It is interesting to mention that the braided bread is sometimes a by-product of the Easter bread: the remainder of pastry is braided into a small wreath and decorated with an egg – for kids. This custom is mentioned in the town of Split and presents in its own way a contribution to knowing the civilization of childhood.

Braid is a motif which lasts long in human history – it could even be said that it is here from its very beginning. Its origin is for sure in handling the filament, the thread – be it in the first shaping of clothes, in cuts on ceramics or in taming hair. Rarely has any motif in history like the braid motif migrated from one medium to the other, from antique mosaic into the late antique or early medieval interlace in stone, from stone to paper or textile, from all of that into pastry… When we eat the braided bread we do not even think how much of the history we have swallowed. At least for once it is very tasty and joyful. And it can also be decorated with olive branches or leaves, as on this stamp – in order to promise the same what those branches promised on the occasion of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. And what did they promise? Yes, pain and death. But not as something final. For, everything is followed by resurrection – Easter comes, and this home joy and its requisites are the company to its always recurring promise.

Japanese Postal Corporation – 50th anniversary of Japan’s full membership in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Japan Stamps

The Japanese Postal Corporation released a special stamp issue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Japan’s full membership in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) since 1964. Japan will chair the OECD Council Meeting at Ministerial Level (MCM) in this memorable year, for the second time since 1978.

With currently 34 member countries including Japan, through discussions in committees and sub-committees on different themes in various fields such as economy, finance, trade and development, and by improving statistical data, the OECD has been providing policy recommendations, which are desirable for the international community as a whole in addition to proposing standards to be followed jointly. This is why the OECD is referred to as the “world’s think-tank”.

The first stamp of the issue depicts the logo of the OECD and the building of Chateau de la Muette in Paris, which is the western headquarters of the OECD. The second stamp reflects three main principles of the OECD – economic growth and expansion of diversified trade, freedom and developing of countries’ assistance.

Royal Visit 2014 stamp issue was released by New Zealand Post.

New Zealand Stamps

To celebrate the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George to New Zealand, the Royal Visit 2014 stamp issue was released by New Zealand Post.

The first royal tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a married couple is an exciting event for the Commonwealth. New Zealand Post is eager to welcome the young couple and commemorate this occasion with a special stamp issue for their April tour.

This visit marks the first royal tour by Prince William on behalf of the Queen, with the visit being Catherine’s first visit to New Zealand. New Zealanders are excited for the arrival of the young royals, with over half of New Zealand having tuned in to their wedding in 2011. The two stamps depict portraits taken after Prince George’s birth. The 70c stamp shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge in the garden of the Middleton family home in August 2013 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. The $2.90 stamp shows the official portrait of Prince George’s christening, this picture was taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London. Prince George is wearing an exact replica of the baby gown worn by every baby born to the British monarchy before him since 1841. These two stamps are available with a first day cover.

60 years of CERN Foundation By Austrian Post

Austrian Post

Austrian Post issued a stamp to commemorate 60 years of CERN foundation. CERN, located close to Geneva at the Swiss-French border, is the world’s largest research centre for particle physics: 21 member states, approximately 2,500 employees and more than 11,000 visiting scientists from 85 countries work there. With the help of the particle accelerator available on the premises, scientists at CERN study the constitution of matter and fundamental interaction between elementary particles.

Art Series Stamps 2014 By Serbian Post

Serbian Stamps

Post of Serbia issued a set of three stamps within the “Art” series. The stamps commemorate 150 years since the birth of Branislav Nusic, 200 years since the birth of Mikhail Lermontov and 450 years from the birth of William Shakespeare.

Branislav Nusic (Belgrade, 20th October 1864 – Belgrade, 19th January 1938) was a comedy writer, playwright, novelist, essayist and founder of modern rhetoric in Serbia and outstanding amateur photographer. He also worked as a journalist and a diplomat. Renowned for his remarkable humour, he wrote about people and their characters. Apart from his name, he published under the alias Ben Akiba, and his most popular works were as follows: dramas: It Had to Be This Way, High Seas, Rental Fee; comedies: Favoritism, The World, A Trip Around the World, The Cabinet Minister’s Wife, The Parliamentarian, Mister Dollar, Bereaved Family, The Deceased, A Suspect Individual, Doctor, Authority (unfinished); novels: County’s Child, Hajducs, 915th, Autobiography; short stories: Political Rival, Eulogy, Class, Tales of a Corporal; tragedies: Knez Ivo of Semberia, Hadzi-Loya, Foundling.

Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (Moscow, October 3 1814 – Pyatigorsk, July 15 1841) was a Russian Romantic writer and poet, known as “the poet of the Caucasus”. He wrote a lot of poetry under the influence of Pushkin and Byron. He also took interest in Russian history and medieval epics, which was reflected in The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov, his long poem Borodino and a series of popular ballads. His doomed love for Varvara Lopukhina was recorded in his unfinished novel Princess Ligovskaya. In 1839 he wrote his only novel, A Hero of Our Time, which practically predicted a duel in which Lermontov lost his life.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language. His extant works, including some collaborations consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets and few poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed around the world more often than those of any other playwright. His most famous comedies are Midsummer Night’s Dream and The merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, tragedies are Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King, Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Tempest; historical dramas: King Richard II, King John, King Henry IV, King Henry V, King Henry VIII; songs: Sonnets, Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate pilgrim.

Memorable Figures 2nd Series By Korea Post

Korea Stamps

Their beautiful poems written in their mother tongue comforted a people suffering from the sorrow of loss and helped them to stand tall once again. The second in the Memorable Figures Series by Korea Post introduces the national poets, Han Yongun, Lee Yuksa and Yun Dongju who released their pent up anger and the frustration of the people under Japanese colonial rule through their poetry.

Han Yongun was an independence activist who led the March 1st Independence Movement. A thinker, who sharply criticized militarism and a poet who wrote of his ardent love for his country. Born in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do in 1879, he embraced Buddhism at the age of 26. Following his faith he became committed to conducting an independence movement thereafter. His writing had the power to touch people and his speeches had such an overwhelming resonance with the audience. In 1926 his collection of poems “The Silence of My Love” which will go down in literary history, was published. He once stated that he would not have even one foundation stone of his house laid toward the south, where the Japanese General Government building was located. He died in 1944 without witnessing the independence of his homeland.

Lee Yuksa was a writer who cried for independence through his poems, essays and critical essays. He was also an independence fighter who was engaged in armed struggle after a period of military training in a military academy established by Uiyeoldan, an independence movement. Born in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do in 1904, he grew up in a resistant region and followed family tradition as the fourteenth in descent from the scholar Lee Hwang. In 1939 he published a poem “Green Grapes” and wrote numerous poems thereafter. He was arrested, detained and imprisoned a total of 17 times during his life time. In the end, he closed his short life of 40 years in a prison attached to the Japanese Consulate General in Beijing.

Yun Dongju was an admirable young man who sang about the independence of his country with lyrical poetic words. His great-grandfather moved to North Jiandao, China with his family. Born in Myeongdong village in Jiandao, he showed a great talent for writing from early childhood, publishing a magazine with his classmates in his elementary school years. When he attended the Sungsil middle school in Pyeongyang, he was forced to worship at the Japanese Shrine. He therefore left the school, which brought him to the notice of the Japanese police. He entered Yonhi College and wrote numerous poems including his poem “Prologue”. He later went to study in Japan and was arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of participating in the independence movement in 1943. In February 1945 a telegram was sent to his hometown, Dongju died in prison. He was 27 years old.