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Malta - Traditional Costumes 2018


Technical Details:
Issue Date: 09 February 2018
Designer: Photography courtesy of Heritage Malta Designed by MaltaPost
Process: Offset
Size: Sheet size - 185mmx118mm - stamps 31mm x 44mm
Values: 26c, 59c and €1.16

About Traditional Costumes 2018

Daily life in modern Maltese history was mainly dependent on two distinct economic spheres. The Grand Harbour area was centred on maritime activity, which along the centuries was driven by trade, industry, strategic importance and wartime replenishment, thereby generating years of considerable prosperity. Up to the mid-twentieth century the rest of the archipelago remained heavily reliant on agriculture. This dichotomy is also reflected in dress, since like all other forms of art, costumes reflect the society that produces and adopt them.

Traditional Maltese clothes were primarily made from cotton. In fact at the time most of the available land was used to cultivate cotton and around 9,000 workers in Malta and Gozo were qualified as spinners and weavers, while an additional 200 workers were beaters and dyers. Sheep's wool was also produced for the manufacture of clothing though far less than cotton. Sheep's wool was widely used for domestic furnishing particularly blankets and sheets.

The Philatelic Issue features 3 stamps each depicting a typical traditional Maltese folk costume. The 26c stamp depicts the traditional Maltese costume that was commonly worn by the farming community at the time. This consisted of a white shirt, baggy trousers held up by a sash, a waistcoat and a cap.

The 59c stamp shows a similar costume, though with the addition of a 'horga', which was a cloth pouch that was slung over the shoulder.

The 1.16 stamp portrays another element of the traditional Maltese costume, this time including a "kabozza" which was a hooded winter overcoat made from a blend of wool and cotton and not unlike the duffel coat.

Moldova - Ethnic Groups From Moldova, Gagauz People 2017


Date of Issue: 21 June 2017
Sheet: 8 stamps (2x4)
Size: 34 mm x 34 mm
Quantity Printed: 100.000
Printing: Nova Imprim, Chisinau
Price: (MDL) 1,75
Designer: Oleg Cojocari

The Gagauzes are a Turkic people living mostly in southern Moldova (Gagauzia, Taraclia District, Basarabeasca District), southwestern Ukraine (Budjak), northeastern Bulgaria, Greece, Brazil, the United States and Canada. The Gagauz are Eastern Orthodox Christians. There is a related ethnic group also called Gagavuz (or Gajal) living in the European part of northwestern Turkey.

Women's Clothing:
Toward the end of the 19th century, in good weather, a Gagauz woman's costume consisted of a canvas shirt, a sleeveless dress, a smock, and a large black kerchief. In winter, they donned a dress with sleeves, a cloth jacket, and a sleeveless fur coat. Required features of female dress were earrings, bracelets, beads, and, among wealthy Gagauz, a necklace of gold coins. "So many of their decorations are hung about," wrote a pre-Revolutionary researcher, "that they cover the entire breast down to the waist."

Men's Clothing:
Traditional male clothing included a shirt, cloth pants, a wide red sash or belt, and a hat. The winter cap was made of Karakul sheep wool. The shepherd's costume was the usual shirt combined with sheepskin pants with the fleece turned in, a sleeveless fur coat, and a short sheepskin jacket, the latter sometimes decorated with red-on-green stitching.

Isle of Man - 300 Years Of The Royal Artillery 2016


Text: Frank Baldwin and Colonel Charles WilsonDesign: Glazier DesignProcess: Offset LithographyColours: 4Paper : 110 gms PVA gummedPerforations:14 per 2cmsStamp Size: 36 x 36mmNo. of Stamps: 6Format: 20 stamps per sheetDate of Issue: 9th May 2016Celebrating the illustrious history of the Royal Artillery.To celebrate the illustrious history of the Royal Artillery, Isle of Man Stamps and Coins commissioned Glazier Design of London to work with the Royal Artillery Association and their historian Frank Baldwin to capture the spirit of the regiment through six key military events. The Isle of Man is honoured to host the RA 300 Baton as part of the commemorations.Issue Information:Isle of Man Post Office in association with the Royal Artillery is pleased to present a set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of The Royal Regiment of Artillery and its remarkable achievements. The stamps are due for release on 9th May 2016.Stamp Information:The £2.44p stamp and the supporting material, features Major Kate Philp, a hero of modern warfare, who lost her leg in a mortar attack in Afghanistan. After her recovery Major Philp went on to train soldiers for later tours and accompanied Prince Harry on his walk to the South Pole with the charity Walking With The Wounded. A true modern day hero.This stunning collection, and the first stamp issue created for the Post Office by Glazier Design in London, depicts some of the uniforms worn by the gunners in the regiment's 300 year history along with a reflective background image complimenting the artillery of the time.The 45p stamp depicts the earliest soldier of the Royal Artillery in 1716 dressed in the coat of blue and red facings, and carrying a sword and a linstock with a cannon being pulled by a horse shown in the background.The 50p stamp shows an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery which was founded in 1793. He wears a uniform based on the Light Dragoons of the day along with a leather helmet, and the background scene shows foot artillery of the period.The 95p stamp depicts a gunner of the 4th Mountain Artillery Battery in 1890. The unit was raised from Punjab Sikhs and the soldier is shown wearing practical khaki and Indian slippers and is against a background of officers with mules carrying screw guns.The £1.27p stamp is based on a photograph of Major J R Drinkwater, Royal Field Artillery, a Manxman who served in the First World War. He is shown wearing a khaki service dress uniform with his rank displayed on the cuff. The background shows an 18 pounder gun, the standard field gun of the war.The £1.69 stamp depicts Manxman Lieutenant Cowley of the 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery with a 40mm Bofors gun at Tobruk, a North African harbour in the background.Finally, the £2.44 stamp depicts Major Kate Philp of the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan in 2008 wearing desert camouflage, with a Warrior fighting vehicle in the background.Major Philp served two tours in Iraq but while on operations in Afghanistan the armoured vehicle she was commanding was damaged by an improvised explosive device and her left leg had to be amputated. Major Philp's image is used in the stamp collection as a reminder of the cost of war and consequences for veterans.Commenting on the stamps, General Secretary of the RA Charitable Fund Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll MBE said: "The Royal Regiment of Artillery is a famous regiment who have fought all over the world as their motto 'Ubique' indicates. We are extremely proud of our connection with the Isle of Man and in this, our 300th anniversary since our formal formation, we are extremely grateful to the Isle of Man Post Office for helping us commemorate such an important anniversary with their set of six excellent stamps depicting the gunners through the ages. They are a first rate tribute to the men and women of the Royal Regiment of Artillery who have served throughout the ages defending their Country."[...]

China - Cantonese Opera Yueju 2017


Date Issue: 15 October 2017Stamp Size: 30mm × 40mm Perforation: 13.5 degrees Anti-Counterfeiting Methods: Security Paper (Security Ink Special, Shaped Perforation, Fluorescent)Designer: Zhang Wang Decorative Painting Edge: Zhang Wang Trimming Designer: Yuan Yi Shan Editor: Wen Wen Ya Printing: Beijing Stamp FactoryDetails are as follows: 1.20 Chinese Yuan - Fragrant Hill1.20 Chinese Yuan - Big Seal of the Six Countries1.50 Chinese Yuan - Jade Emperor Hall Seal[...]

Lithuania - Vytis, The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania 2017


Technical details
Issue Date:13 July 2017
Designer: I. Balakauskaitė
Printer: “Vaba Maa”, Estonia
Process: Self-Adhesive
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: €0.03, €0.10, €0.39, €0.42, €0.94, €1.00

About Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania

The Lithuanian knight known as Vytis is one of the oldest state coats of arms in Europe. The image of the knight Vytis was used in state flags, coins and stamps. According to chroniclers of the 16th century, Vytis portrayed in the coat of arms of the state symbolizes a mature ruler capable of defending his homeland with his sword. The postage stamps commemorate images of Vytis used from the ancient times (the end of the 14th century - beginning of the 18th century) till the period of independent Republic of Lithuania (3rd - 4th decade of the 20th century).

Lithuania - Vytis, The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania in Flags 2016


Technical Details:
Issue Date: 02 January 2016
Designer: E. Jakutavičiūtė
Process: Offset, Art paper
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: €0.01, €0.03, €0.10, €0.29, €0.39, €0.62

About Vytis - The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags

In the first postage stamps of 2016, Lithuania Post has commemorated Vytis depicted in historical state flags. The new set of 6 stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags will appear in circulation this Saturday, January 2.

The set of the stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags was created by the artist Eglė Jakutavičiūtė. The stamps have been released with the nominal values of EUR 0.01, EUR 0.03, EUR 0.10, EUR 0.29, EUR 0.39 and EUR 0.62. Each stamp has been issued in the edition of 1 million thousand copies.

Vytis is pictured in diverse flags on different nominal postage stamps: the flag of the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Grunwald (1410), the flag of Žygimantas Augustas (1553), the flag of the January Uprising (1863-1864), the flag of Antanas Smetona's military institution (1928), the flag of the Reform Movement of Lithuania (1989) and in the flag of the president of Lithuania (1993).

Along with the new set of 6 stamps, the first day cover has been released. This Saturday, correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

A red banner with a white equestrian on a bay horse mentioned in the Jan Dlugosz' story, describing the Battle of Grunwald (1410) when the Grand Duke of Lithuania brought forty Lithuanian regiments, all carrying red banners. In the later historical sources a red cloth charged on both sides with the armored knight was described as the banner of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The flag remained as such until the end of 18th century.

Today, the historical Lithuanian State flag depicting Vytis, can officially be used alongside the Lithuanian State (National) flag.

Lithuania - Coins with Vytis, The Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuanian State 2015


Technical Details:
Issue Date: 02 January 2015
Designer: I. Balakauskaitė
Process: Offset
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: 0,01€, 0,03€, 0,10€, 0,29€, 0,39€, 0,62€

About Coins of Vytis - The Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuania State

The set of the 6 stamps from the series Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of the Lithuanian State, feature Vytis found on various coins starting from denarii issued in the Great Duchy of Lithuania by Jogaila in the years 1388-1390, and ending with the 5 litas coin of the Republic of Lithuania issued in 1925.

Hong Kong - Qipao, Traditional Ladies Costumes 2017


"Qipao" Special StampsDate of Issue: 17 October 2017Qipao, a traditional Chinese dress for women that first came into vogue in the 1920s, accentuates the gracefulness of the feminine physique with its oriental charm. To review the evolution of the qipao which has spanned almost a century, Hongkong Post issues a set of stamps on the theme of “Qipao”. This set of six stamps, together with the stamp sheetlets, exhibits the special characteristics of the qipao dresses from different decades. Illustrations on the stamps are the works of students studying for the Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture at the Hong Kong Design Institute. The stamp sheetlets are embedded with the first-ever qipao-shaped stamps. Furthermore, the $20 stamp sheetlet is printed with paper made of taffeta fabric to enhance the theme.$1.70 Hong Kong Dollars ─ Qipao in the 1920s inherited the wide and straight cut of long gowns of the Qing dynasty. The hemline fell between the calf and the ankle while the sleeves reached either the wrist or the elbow.$2.20 Hong Kong Dollars ─ Qipao in the 1930s became the most popular daily attire among women. The qipao at that time mostly adopted a slim and slender cut, with higher slits on both sides to allow easier movements.$2.90 Hong Kong Dollars ─ Qipao in the 1940s had its hemline raised to the calf and the collar lowered. The dresses were made of plainer fabrics with few embellishments. Summer qipao dresses were largely sleeveless.$3.10 Hong Kong Dollars – Qipao in the 1950s was characterised by a slender cut, an indented hem and a higher collar. The qipao became the most elegant and decent dress for women for going out and the mainstream work attire for office ladies.$3.70 Hong Kong Dollars – Qipao in the 1960s bore a similar style to that of the 1950s: shortened length, a slim waistline, a body-hugging fit and a narrow hemline to create an hourglass figure.$5 Hong Kong Dollars – Qipao in the 1970s gradually fell from grace as western outfits won hearts. Nevertheless, the qipao continued to be worn as a ceremonial dress and thus became the attire for special occasions.$10 Hong Kong Dollars, Stamp Sheetlet – Contemporary Qipao has retained the classical design while undergoing refinement and recasting by introducing contemporary fashion elements into the fabrics, cut and styles, hence reinforcing its prestigious status as a perennial classic.$20 Hong Kong Dollars, Stamp Sheetlet – Contemporary Qipao printed with paper made of Taffeta Fabric to enhance the theme.Acknowledgement: Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Museum of History.[...]

Japan - The World of Japanese Traditional Culture: Kimono 2017


Issue: The World of Japanese Traditional Culture : Kimono
First Day: 04 August 2017
Face Value: Japanese Yen 82 x 10 pieces (Self Adhesive)
Designer: Nakamaru Hitomi (Stamp Designer)
Printing: Offset in 6 colors
Size: A, C, E, G, I : 25.5 x 27.0mm
Size: B, D, F, H, J : 22.0 x 28.0mm
Sheet: 10 stamps

Stamp Designs:
G169A - Kimono 1 ; G169B - Heian Period
G169C - Kimono 2 ; G169D - Muromachi Period
G169E - Kimono 3 ; G169F - Azuchi-Momoyama Period
G169G- Kimono 4 ; G169H - Edo Period
G169I  - Kimono 5 ; G169J - Present

These greeting stamps depict "Kimono" which has become popular throughout the world and is Japanese traditional culture. Design used for Kimono and images of Kimono from Heian period to the present are illustrated for each period.

Japan - Fashion 2017


Issue: Japanese Fashion
First Day: 09 August 2017
Face Value: Japanese Yen 82 x 10 (Self-adhesive)
Designs: Fashion Illustration
Creator of Original Drawing: Okamoto Azusa (Fashion Illustrator)
Designer: Tamaki Akira (Stamp Designer)
Printing: Offset in 6 colors
Size: A, B, F, G: 21.50 mm x 43.50 mm
Size: C, E, H, J: 21.50 mm x 27.00 mm
Sheet: 10 Stamps

The motif of these greeting stamps is a fashion illustration. The images of fashionable women dressed in a stylish manner are illustrated with a vibrant color and delicate brushwork.

Hong Kong - Chinese & Western Wedding Customs 2017


Country / Post: Hong Kong (PRC)Date of Issue: 23 July 2013Subject: Chinese and Western Wedding CustomsWidth: 28.0 mm (Stamps) ; 100.0 mm (SS)Height: 45.0 mm (Stamps) ; 40.0 mm (SS)Perforations: 13.5 by 13.25Stamp issuing authority: Hongkong PostPrinter: Joh Enschedé BV, the NetherlandsA set of special stamps on "Chinese and Western Wedding Customs" will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 23 July 2013 (Tuesday). Two Heartwarming Stamps with Fragrance (2013 Version) "Chinese and Western Wedding Customs" Mini-panes will also be issued on the same day."As I have held thy hand, so I shall grow old with thee." Marriage is a lifelong promise between a man and a woman. It is also an important event in a couple’s life. Throughout time and across cultures, nuptial ties are formed at marriage ceremonies. Apart from bringing sweet and memorable moments for the bride and groom, a wedding is a joyful occasion shared with family and friends. Influenced by culture, traditions and the way of life, marital customs vary in different societies. In Hong Kong where the East meets the West, weddings are characterised by a blend of traditional Chinese etiquette and Western customs. This set of stamps introduces the wedding culture of Hong Kong from various perspectives, highlighting the harmonious mix of Chinese and Western elements.1.40 Hong Kong Dollars – The newlyweds, in traditional Chinese wedding dress, perform their bows as part of the ceremony. The dragon and phoenix embroidery on the bridal dress symbolises nobility, auspiciousness and a blessed union. Forming a backdrop are a "double-happiness" paper-cutting and two big red lanterns, adding to the joyous atmosphere.1.80 Hong Kong Dollars – Their hearts filled with love for each other, the groom, in his tuxedo, and the bride, in her wedding gown, exchange their vows. The wedding rings on their fingers are tokens of enduring love and faithfulness.2.40 Hong Kong Dollars – "Gift Presentation" in traditional Chinese wedding etiquette is very much like a betrothal ceremony. On the day of "Gift Presentation", the groom’s family will pay a visit to the bride’s family, bringing gift money, bridal cakes, coconuts, tea leaves, etc. to make a formal marital pledge.2.50 Hong Kong Dollars – Cutting a cake at a wedding is a Western tradition. The new couple share the cake with their family and friends who partake in the joyful celebrations and share the happiness of the bride and groom.3.00 Hong Kong Dollars – The red background with dragon and phoenix motifs suggests auspiciousness and joyfulness in Chinese weddings. The couple, in gold silhouette, have drunk their nuptial wine: now they will never part.5.00 Hong Kong Dollars – Western weddings are usually held in a church or a garden. Decorations are mainly in white. An archway adorned with roses and wedding bells lend solemnity and a touch of sweetness to the occasion.In this stamp issue, red and gold, popular colours for Chinese celebrations, are used in three of the stamps to emphasise the cheerful bustle of Chinese weddings. White and pink, being the symbol of purity, are the main colours of the other three stamps in which the feeling of romance associated with Western weddings permeates.An auspicious colour in Chinese tradition, bright red is employed for the stamp sheetlet to highlight the Chinese red lanterns and dragon-phoenix bangles on the left, and the crystal chandelier and wedding rings on the right. A couple in Chinese wedding costume and another in Western wedding attire are juxtaposed to show the harmonious integration and coexistence of Chinese and Western wedding customs in Hong Kong. The contrast is delightful.[...]

Hong Kong - Cantonese Opera Costumes 2014


Date of Issue: 21 August 2014Subject: Cantonese Opera CostumesWidth: 28.00 mm (stamps); 100.00mm (SS)Height: 45.00 mm (stamps); 40.00mm (SS)Perforations: 13.50 by 13.25Stamp Issuing Authority: Hongkong PostPrinter: Cartor Security Printing, FranceCantonese opera, as a traditional form of performing art, has a large following in Hong Kong. The “Cantonese Opera Costumes” stamps featured seven distinctive costume types in beautiful embroidery.Cantonese Opera is the indigenous performing art form of Guangdong region. Dating back to some four centuries ago, the genre has a unique style built upon narration and Cantonese folk music and singing. Cantonese opera costumes are mostly embroidered and classified by the roles, gender and scenes. This exquisite stamp issue presents seven costumes including the Great Han Costume, Gown with Sloping Collar, Dress for Young Ladies, Military Uniform for Soldiers, Python Ceremonial Robe, Gown with a Vertical Collar and Grand Armor in meticulous details.The stamp sheetlet features a grand armour. Dressed in the grand armour, actors impersonating the marshals of the Six Kingdoms in the Joint Investiture project a heroic, gallant and formidable demeanour.1.70 Hong Kong Dollars - Great Han Costume2.20 Hong Kong Dollars - Gown with a Slopping Collar2.90 Hong Kong Dollars - Dress for Young Ladies3.10 Hong Kong Dollars - Military Uniform for Soldiers3.70 Hong Kong Dollars - Python Ceremonial Robe5.00 Hong Kong Dollars - Gown with a Vertical CollarA set of special stamps on the theme “Cantonese Opera Costumes” will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 21 August 2014 (Thursday).Cantonese opera is a highly-valued traditional performing art in Hong Kong. With a live chamber orchestra and special theatrical costumes, Cantonese opera is an art form involving many skills such as singing, acting, narration and martial arts. Cantonese opera costumes come in a wide variety and correspond to the identity and social status of different roles. Hongkong Post issues a set of special stamps on “Cantonese Opera Costumes” featuring seven distinctive costumes on 21 August 2014.The $1.70 stamp portrays a great Han costume. Embroidered with phoenix and floral designs, the costume is mostly worn by artists impersonating queens, princesses or imperial concubines. A female great Han costume features a top with draping sleeves and a large decorative shoulder cape, a long double layer pleated dress, a tight waist, a front flap and a back flap.The $2.20 stamp shows a gown with a sloping collar. The gown is a common Cantonese opera costume worn mostly by artists playing young aristocrats and noblemen. Decorated with floral patterns, it is characterised by a sloping collar, wide sleeves covered by flowing sleeves and a straight body with two side slits.The $2.90 stamp depicts a dress for young ladies. The dress is the daily wear for the role of unmarried maidens. It is featured by a top with wide sleeves covered with flowing sleeves, a tight waist, and a long dress embroidered with flower motifs. A decorative shoulder cape and a front or back flap can be added to the costume to reflect the character’s identity or status.The $3.10 stamp delineates a military uniform for soldiers. The uniform, emblazoned with floral and cloud motifs, features a top with a round collar, loose sleeves with cuffs, an outer vest and a pair of harem trousers. Artists portraying military officers usually wear this costume.The $3.70 stamp displays a python ceremonial robe (mang). The robe, a form of regalia worn by actors playing emperors, generals and ministers, is decorated with a circular dragon, a single dragon and cloud motifs. A men’s mang is a long robe with a round collar, wide sleeves covered with flowing sle[...]

Mongolia - Modern Mongolian's National Costumes 2012


Date of Issue: 24 August 2012
Subject: Modern Mongolia's National Costumes
Width: 30.0 mm
Height: 60.0 mm
Perforations: 12 by 12
Stamp issuing authority: Postage Stamp Authority of Mongol Post
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House of State Postal Bureau

100 Mongolian Tughrik
200 Mongolian Tughrik
300 Mongolian Tughrik
400 Mongolian Tughrik
500 Mongolian Tughrik
600 Mongolian Tughrik

Mini Sheet:
700 Mongolian Tughrik
800 Mongolian Tughrik

Philippines - Coat of Arms 1951


5.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
5.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

6.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
6.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

18.00 Philippine Centavo - Manila Coat of Arms (Issued: 3 February 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Cebu Coat of Arms (Issued: 27 April 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Zamboanga Coat of Arms (Issued: 19 June 1951)
18.00 Philippine Centavo - Iloilo Coat of Arms (Issued: 26 August 1951)

Switzerland - Coat of Arms 1918-1926


SWITZERLAND STAMP SCENEExamine the borders on Switzerland’s Arms issuesMany details are hidden in the borders of Switzerland’s Pro Juventute stamps from 1918 to 1926 featuring the cantonal arms. The tiny figures offer clues to Switzerland’s history and culture.RICHARD T. HALL - LINNS STAMP NEWSThe 1918 series: the 10-centime semipostal stamp features the arms of canton Uri, with the border showing an apple with an arrow through it; the 15c, the arms  of canton Geneva, with the strings of pearls in the border representing the canton as the center of jewelry trade.Have you ever looked closely at the Pro Juventute issues of 1918 to 1926 showing Swiss cantonal arms? Of course, you say. They show the coat of arms of each of the then 25 cantons.But have you noticed the tiny figures to the right and left of the arms? Let’s take a look at these, because they have ties to the canton whose arms are featured.Let’s start with the first of the series, the 1918 10-centime semipostal stamp showing the arms of canton Uri (Scott B10), one of the first three cantons of 1291. The cantonal capital of Uri is Altdorf, of William Tell fame. So what better to border the arms with than an apple with an arrow through it.The next stamp in the series, the 1918 15c, shows the arms of canton Geneva (Scott B11), one of the cantons to join the Confederation in 1815 after the Napoleonic Wars. Geneva, the capital of the canton, is known, among other things, as a center of the jewelry trade. Strings of pearls refer to that.The 1919 issues: shows the arms of canton Vaud (10c), and the two half-cantons of Nidwalden (7½c) and Oberwalden (15c). The borders feature bunches of grapes (Vaud), a bunch of “Morgensternen” or “Morning Stars” (Nidwalden), and halberd blades (Oberwalden)The 1919 issues show the arms of canton Vaud (Scott B13, a 10c stamp) and the two half-cantons of Nidwalden (B12, a 7½c stamp) and Oberwalden (B14, a 15c semipostal). Canton Vaud was another of the group that joined the Confederation in 1815, while Unterwalden (the name of the full canton) is also one of the three original cantons in the Confederation.The borders of the two half cantons refer to the struggles they faced in gaining their independence. The border of the Nidwalden stamp shows a bunch of “Morgensternen” or “Morning Stars”.A Morning Star was a root gnarl into which iron spikes had been driven, attached to a chain, and then whirled over the head of the soldier. These were lethal weapons during close-in fighting. The Oberwalden border is composed of halberd blades, another very effective weapon at close quarters.The border of the Vaud stamp shows bunches of grapes, referring to the vineyards on the slopes above the Lake of Geneva responsible for most of the wines of Switzerland.The 1920 issues: the arms of cantons Schwyz (7½c stamp), Zurich (10c stamp), and Ticino (15c stamp). The borders picture a raised hand with the thumb and two fingers extended (Schwyz), gears (Zurich), and bricks (Ticino).The 1920 issues show the arms of cantons Schwyz (Scott B15, a 7½c stamp), Zurich (B16, a 10c stamp), and Ticino (B17, a 15c stamp). Canton Schwyz is the third of the three original cantons and is the home of the field at Rutli, where the Confederates swore their allegiance to their cause by raising their hand with the thumb and two fingers extended, shown in the border of the stamp. This gesture is still used to signify a Swiss citizen’s allegiance to the Confederation.Canton Zurich joined the Confederation in 1351 and is the commercial and financial center of Switzerland. What better way to show this than gears.Canton Ticino is another late entry to the Confederation, havi[...]

Hungary - Hussars 1978


Issued on: January 1978
Perforations: 11 1/2 x 12 mm

Hungarian Filler 0.40 - Lancer 17th Century
Hungarian Filler 0.60 - Kuruts 1710
Hungarian Forint 1.00 - Baranya 1762
Hungarian Forint 2.00 - Palatine Officer 1809
Hungarian Forint 4.00 - Sandor 1848
Hungarian Forint 6.00 - Trumpeter, 5th Honved Regiment 1900

Malaysia - Legacy Of The Loom 2012


Date of Issued: 12 January 2012
Primary theme: Fine Arts (Textiles)
Subject: Legacy of the Loom
Width: 35.00 mm
Height: 45.00 mm
Denomination: 0.60 Malaysia Ringgit
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp issuing authority: POS Malaysia
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Cindai
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Songket
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Pua Kumbu
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Ci Xiu
Malaysia Ringgit 0.60 - Rangkit
Malaysia Ringgit 3.00 - Legacy Of The Chinese Loom
Malaysia Ringgit 5.00 - Legacy Of The Chinese Loom (Gold Dragon)

USA - Bicentennial State Flag 1976


Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored

Issued as part of the ongoing Bicentennial celebration, the 13¢ State Flags pane was a first in U.S. history. This was the first time a pane with 50 face-different stamps was issued. Each state is represented by its official flag, with the stamps arranged on the sheet in the same order each state was admitted into the Union.

The format proved to be popular with collectors, and has been repeated many times since.

The Bicentennial Series
The U.S. Bicentennial was a series of celebrations during the mid-1970s that commemorated the historic events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. The official events began on April 1, 1975, when the American Freedom Train departed Delaware to begin a 21-month, 25,338-mile tour of the 48 contiguous states. For more than a year, a wave of patriotism swept the nation as elaborate firework displays lit up skies across the U.S., an international fleet of tall-mast sailing ships gathered in New York City and Boston, and Queen Elizabeth made a state visit. The celebration culminated on July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

The U.S.P.S. issued 113 commemorative stamps over a six-year period in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, beginning with the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Emblem stamp (U.S. #1432). As a group, the Bicentennial Series chronicles one of our nation’s most important chapters, and remembers the events and patriots who made the U.S. a world model for liberty.

Austria - Dirndl Costumes 2016


DirndlFollowing on from last year’s Lederhosen stamp, this year we are introducing yet another special innovation in the form of the corresponding outfit for women: the world’s first embroidered silhouette stamp in the traditional form of a dirndl.In some areas of Austria and southern Germany “dirndl” is used to designate a young girl, and it is almost certainly from this that the name for the dirndl dress was derived. Today’s dirndls often have little to do with the traditional regional costumes: short skirts, low-cut necklines, fancy lacing and bold colour combinations are not to be found in so-called historical traditional costumes. These are, rather, characterised by traditional colours and patterns specific to the region, and – at least in the case of working dress – simple cuts, as the dirndl was and still is worn as the daily working garb in many rural areas. For special occasions and public holidays there is a more elaborately designed and decorated traditional costume with embroidered ribbons and scarves, silk aprons, often full-length skirts and matching headgear, such as the golden bonnets from Upper Austria.For a long time the dirndl was considered old-fashioned and “fusty”, but in recent years it has become increasingly common to see women and men wearing traditional costume in urban areas too. This is probably largely connected to the rising popular- ity of “Wiesen” festivals, which, taking as the basis Munich’s Oktoberfest, have become increasingly widespread throughout the world. For these it is most often the modern version of the dirndl that is worn – as sexy and eye-catching as possible.The dirndl stamp is particularly impressive in the method of production. The Vorarl- berg company Hämmerle & Vogel, based in Lustenau and specialising in high-quality embroidery, is responsible for both the design and the manufacture. Each stamp is made from around 40 metres of thread in three colours. The embroidered silhouette, the different colours and the various stitches make the dirndl appear three-dimen- sional whilst at the same time creating a light and airy effect. You can even see the way the material drapes and folds. The dainty blouse is executed in off-white, as is the apron, using a different stitch. The red dirndl dress and the inscription “Austria”, also stitched in red, create a little red-white-red work of art. The bow on the apron and the denomination in green are particularly eye-catching.Hämmerle & Vogel is a family run firm from Vorarlberg with a long history, that has been producing embroidery for international customers including fashion houses such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur for over100 years. A total of 5.6 million metres of thread were used to make the dirndl stamp. Hämmerle & Vogel has already made several embroidered stamps for Austrian Post, including an Edelweiss a gentian motif and a petit-point embroidery. Technical DetailsIssue Date: 22 September 2016Designer: Hämmerle & VogelSize: 32 x 50 mmValues: EURO 6.30[...]

Mountainous Karabkh - Traditional Costumes 2013


70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Children In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Adult In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Senior In A Traditional Costume

Mountainous Karabkh - Traditional Costumes 2014


70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In An Old Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Rich Artsakh Woman In A Sheepskin Coat
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman From Shushi In A Sheepskin Coat

Greenland - Women National Costumes 2016


Technical Details:

Issue Date: 18 January 2016
Designer: Lisbeth Karline
Printer: Lowe-Martin Group
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 28,5 x 40,00 mm

10,50 Danish Krone - North Greenland
12,00 Danish Krone - West Greenland
13,50 Danish Krone - East Greenland
48,50 Danish Krone - South Greenland

The four beautiful stamps provide insight into women’s national costumes in Greenland. There are regional differences in the outfits, depending on whether they are produced in North, South, West or East Greenland.

Armenia - Traditional Costumes 2014


Date of Issue: 30 December 2014
Width: 24.0 mm
Height: 40.0 mm
Perforations: 13.5 mm x 13.5 mm
Stamp issuing authority: 'Haypost' CJSC
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

120 Armenian Dram - Yerevan
230 Armenian Dram - Gyumri

Ethiopia - Southern Nations Nationalities and People Decorations 2014


Country: Ethiopia
Date of Issue: 27 May 2014
Width: 40.0 mm
Height: 30.0 mm
Perforations: 13mm x 13mm
Stamp issuing authority: Ethiopian Postal Service

0.15 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Karo
0.35 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Erbore
2.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Hamer
4.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Daasanach

Jordan - Traditional Costumes 2015


Jordan Stamps
Issued on 2015

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Wadi Rum
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Tafilah
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Jerash
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Mafraq
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ajloun
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Badawi
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Salt
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Karak
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ma'an
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Um Qais
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Madaba

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Amman