Sunday, February 22, 2015

General Info: Local Stamps from Anglesey Island


An island located at the north west coast of Wales in the United Kingdom
Four stamps issued on February 1st, 2015.  The  4 lighthouses depicted on the stamps are (from left to right):
-Llanddwyn Island - Tŵr Bach:  A-5210
-Penmon Point - Trwyn Du: A-5140
-Llanddwyn Island - Tŵr Mawr: A-5210.1
-South Stack - Ynys Lawd: A-5204

Friday, February 20, 2015

General Info: Cancel from Italy

This cancel gives honours to the "Erois del Mare" (Heroes of the sea). A group of fishermen (7) from Cefalu, that during a storm in 1951, saved the life of 5 sailors from a boat in distress.

Date: February 28
City: Cefalu
Lighthouse: Stylized

Thanks Jaap for the info on this cancellation

General Info: Cancel from Spain

This is a rare case where a  First Day Cancellation depicts a lighthouse, but the stamp issued for that occasion does not show one. 

Date: January 05 - 2015
City: La Coruña
Lighthouse: Torre de Hércules

This is the stamp
Theme: Expo "The First Picasso"

General Info: Cancels from GERMANY

Every year Germany give us a bunch of lighthouse cancellations. The first images of the  group for 2015 are starting to pop up on line. Here there are the first two.

Date: March 28 - 2015
City: Leer 
Lighthouse: Pilsum

Date: September 05 - 2015
City: Emden
Light ship:  Amrumbank

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

20150303 - FRANCE

 ***  Update:   I had doubts about the name of the lighthouse depicted on one of the stamps.  The confirmation came directly from the designer  thru Jaap,  a friend and reader of this blog from the Netherlands.  Like I said, the designer Mathilde Laurent confirms that the lighthouse is Cape Fréhel and that the old tower was not drawn in the final work.  Thanks again Jaap for providing the info. ***
----- Original Post  ----
Horses in 2013
Cows in 2014

Goats in 2015

Code: FRA-2015-01
Release Date: March 03, 2015  (*)
Postal Authority:  La Poste
Title: Goats of Our Regions  // Chévres de nos Régions
Format: Serie of 12 stamps issued in booklets
Design: Mathilde Laurent
Printing Process: Héliogravure  4 colours
Booklet Dimensions (mm): 256 x 54
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 38 x 24
Printed by: Phil @ poste
Quantity: 3.700.000
Permanent Value
Service: Local Lettre Verte 20g
Lighthouse: Cape Fréhel   A-1698
This breed of goats belong to the region of Bretagne (among others), and it is there where is located in the map on the cover of the booklet.
After a search of lighthouses in that zone,  the only that have a similar shape, is Cape Fréhel (A-1698).  But there is a problem. There are 2 lighthouses in Cape Fréhel, and one of them (the old one) is missing in this stamp.  Maybe is another and I am not looking correctly.  So, until a personal look of the stamp, this info is subject to changes.
(*) This booklet will have a special presentation  in the Agriculture Salon in Paris on February 21. 
This is a special request for the readers from France. The designer Mathilde Laurent will be present in the event. A very nice opportunity to talk to her and ask her about this lighthouse and also to get autograph ítems of this issue.  The booklet of Cows was also designed by she.

Friday, February 13, 2015

20150400 - MOROCCO

*** No Image Yet ***
Code: MOR-2015-01
Release Date: April, 2015  (no day informed)
Postal Authority: Poste Maroc
Title: 150 Anniv of Cap Spartel Lighthouse
Format: 1 stamp

This release was pushed back from March to April by Poste Maroc after changes in the dates of issues at the stamp programme of 2015.

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2014

Code: TOG-2014-06
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

DOUBTFUL - Guinea (Rep) 2014


Code: GUI-2014-02
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Title: Shells and Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

DOUBTFUL - St. Tome & Prince 2014

Code: STP-2014-03
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Title: Lighthouses / Farois
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

These 3 doubtful issues will be added to the anual PDF file in the future.  No certain date of publishing yet.

Thanks Klaus for the alert on these issues

Thursday, February 12, 2015

20150218 - GREAT BRITAIN

Code: GBR-2015-01
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Postal Authority: Royal Mail
Title:  POST and GO   - Working Sails
Format: Serie of 6 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 56 x 25
Design: Osborne Ross
Printing Process: Gravure
Perforation: Die Cut Simulated
Gum: Self Adhesive
Security: Phosphor Bars
Printed by: International Security Printers

Stamp depicting the  BRIAR   (Herring drifter type)

The stamp was designed based in the painting by Alexander Harwood (1907)
The BRIAR is leaving the Aberdeen Harbour and the
ABERDEEN North Pier (A3252) is at the left

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GENERAL INFO - Daymark stamp from Aland

Do you remember this stamp?  It belong to the recent serie about Sailing Ships from Aland.  I was trying to find some information about that white structure in the island.
Today I received a very interesting info directly from the Aland Postal Service.  It is not a lighthouse,  but they describe it as   "...a cairn, i.e. a sea mark built in stone and without lights ...".

There are readers from this blog that are interested in the theme Daymarks too.  For Gary and all of them, here you have a very nice ítem to add to your collections.

Technical info: CLICK HERE

Thanks to  Kristine Lybeck Sund from  ÅLAND POST LTD  for the info.

Friday, February 6, 2015

GENERAL INFO - Postcard from Iceland

Hello Friends:

General Info. This is a new type of entries in this blog.   Sometimes, looking for new stamps, I find ítems from the Postal Offices related with our theme that I do not post because they are not stamps.  Official postcards, cancellations, collectors issues, etc.
Starting now I will inform about them under this title.  You will see these entries organized by type of ítem at the right bar in this blog.
I will not follow these items in a thorough way like I do with the stamps.  Feel free to help with information about them.  I start in 2015.  I will not list items from previous years.  And I will not list Personalized stamps.  I dislike the concept of personal stamp.  Sorry but I resist to inform about them.

Here it is the first item listed under this title and it comes from Iceland:

Iceland Post / Postphil published every year a set of postcards.  This year, one of the twelve released is this one:

It depicts  Reykjanes lighthouse in Reykjanes Peninsula.  The photo is from Skarphéðinn Þráinsson and the official date of issue is January 23. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Maldives 2014

Code: MDV-2014-02
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Title: Terns and Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

This issue will be added to the 2014 PDF file in a next version.  No date of release yet.

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2014 PDF File - Now Available

Hello Friends.

One more year.
It is available now the 2014 PDF File with the issues of that year.
It contains also a bonus issue that wasn´t listed here.
The file is free and you can download it from here:

It´s a free hosting service. If you have any problem to download the file from there, you can send me a mail to    and I will send you a copy. Just put in the subjet "2014 File". No need to write something else.


I hope that this will be useful to you.

We keep in touch.



Friday, January 23, 2015

DOUBTUL - Solomon Islands 2014

Code: SOL-2014-02
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Friday, January 16, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Mozambique 2014

Code: MOZ-2014-01
Release Date: August 20, 2014
Title: Lighthouses / Faróis
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

Friday, January 9, 2015

20150527 - ITALY

*** No image yet ***
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Postal Authority: Poste Italiane
Title: Italian Artistic and Cultural Heritage 
Format: 7 stamps - Definitives
Currency: Euro
Facial: 0.80

Lighthouse: Castello della Colombaia


Thursday, January 8, 2015

20150202 - ALAND


Code: ALA-2015-01
Release Date: February 02, 2015
Postal Authority: Posten Aland
Title: Sailing Ships
Format: 2 stamps
Sheets of: 24 stamps (2 x 12)
Dimensions (mm): 40 x 30
Design: Allan Palmer
Paper: 102 g/m2
Printing Method: Offset - 4 colours
Printed by: Cartor Security Printing
Leo: 140.000
Lemland: 170.000
Currency: Mix - Euro and NVI (Non Value Indicator)
Sail Ship   LEO
Världen (Worldwide)

Lighthouse: The only lighthouse of Aland that has the shape shown
on the stamp.


** Confirmed via Aland Post**
Not a Lighthouse.   It is a daymark

0.85 €  (EUR)

This is the beginning of a serie about Aland Sailing Ships.  It will last 6 years and will cover the period mid-1800 and World War II.  And according with the first delivery, this appears that will be a great source of stamp depicting lighthouses of Aland.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Congo (Republic) 2014

Code: CGR-2014-01
Release Date: 2014
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Friday, January 2, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2014

Code: SOL-2014-01
Release Date: November 20, 2014
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this release

Thursday, January 1, 2015

20140822 - KOREA DPR

*** Stamp from 2014 ***
Code: NKR-2014-01
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Postal Authority: The State Stamp Bureau of DPRK
Title: Tok Islet of Korea
Format: 1 stamp
Currency: North Korean Won - KPW
Face Value: 30 KPW

Dokdo / Tok to Lighthouse  (ALL M 4440)
These islands are under dispute between Japan and both Koreas. 
Tok Islet (North Korea),  Dokdo (South Korea), Takeshima (Japan) or Liancourt Rocks (other countries) are names that refers to the same thing. And that thing is a group of volcanic islands, islets and rocks in the Sea of Japan or Eastern Sea.
The 2 main islands of the group are depicted in the stamp. The West Island (left) is the biggest and the East Island (right) is the second biggest. This is the one that have the lighthouse at top.
The lighthouse crew and other people living in the islands at this moment are from South Korea.
Photo from Dokdo Museum webpage
DPR Korea issued stamps in the past with this lighthouse
First Day Cancellation
Press release about the stamp from KCNA (North Korea State News Agency):

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

20150910 - ICELAND

Code: ICE-2015-01
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Postal Authority: Pósturinn - Iceland Post
Title: Lighthouses V

Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Currency: Permanent Value

I do not know how much of real and how much of photoshop this Elliðaeyjar photo have, but the result is a fantastic stamp.
Domestic Non Priority Mail  up to 50g
Elliðaeyjar Lighthouse

Europa Letters up to 50g
Æðeyjar Lighthouse

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Stamps with Lighthouses–AWARDS 2014


(16 %)
Set of 3 stamps in booklet
Click HERE to visit the post

2nd Place

(13 %)
Set of 4 stamps
Click HERE to visit the post

3rd Place

(11 %)
Set of 5 stamps in Minisheet
Click HERE to visit the post

Great Britain (10 %)
Latvia (9 %)
Jersey (8 %)
Germany (7 %)
Croatia (5 %)
Brazil (5 %)
Iceland (5 %)

8 releases collects the 11 % of the votes remaining  

Hello again:

Another year of stamps, and another poll.  These are the results. The winner is Faroe with the 16% of the available points.  In case that you are interested in how I reach to these results, here is the explanation. 

You sended to me your top 5.   I assigned 5 points to the first,  4 to the second, 3 to the third, 2 to the fourth and 1 point to the fifth.  At the end of the poll, the stamp with more points was the winner.  In this case it was Faroe Island with 76 points (16% of the total points).  I received 32 votes this year.

Among the voters (31, because I do not participate),  I randomly chose a winner.  This year the winner is Victor, from Kaliningrad.  The prize is a set of Lighthouses of Taiwan 2014 that next week will start to travel to Russia.  Thanks to Victor for his vote, and thanks to all the participants.

I am working in the PDF list of 2014.  It will be available the second half of January.

We keep in touch