Thursday, March 19, 2015

Closed for Vacations

Hello friends and readers of this blog:

It is that time of the year for me... Vacations.  No new entries for the next 2 weeks

But before I leave, a last info coming from Uruguay in the next post.

See you in April,

20150318 - URUGUAY

Code: URU-2015-01
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Postal Authority: Correo Uruguayo
Title: Sports - 100 Anniv of the Uruguayan Federation of Voleiball and 100 Anniv of the Uruguayan Federation of Basketball
Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Sheets of: 20 stamps (10 series)
Currency: UYU - Uruguayan Peso
Facial: $ 15 (UYU)
Design: Alejandro Muntz
Printed by: SANFER SRL

Basketball Federation Stamp
Logo from the Philatelic Expo RIO GRANDE 2015 (Argentina) with Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.  I talked about this expo in THIS POST (click).
Uruguay always inserts these logos in stamps issued near the date of the Philatelic Expositions.  For example, last year, also in an ítem that we saw here in this blog.
Do you remember this sheet with Isla de Lobos lighthouse?.   One of the stamps of this serie carries the logo from the Chilean Philatelic Society and the expo EXFIL 125.

Friday, March 13, 2015

20150521 - HONG KONG

Code: HKH-2015-01
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Postal Authority: Hong Kong Post
Title: Government Vessels
Format: Serie of 6 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

This Mini-Pane with 3 series will be available for this occasion. A stylized lighthouse is at the left border of the sheet.

Other items will be released too. First Day Cover, Booklets, Presentation Pack.  More close to the day of issue, images of those items and better images of the stamps will appear and maybe more lighthouses can come up. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Niger 2015

Code: NIG-2015-02
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Title: Chess World Championship
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
Left part of the block.  Magnus Carlsen (2013 World Chess Champion) and Tranøy Lighthouse.  Both from Norway.

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

20150501 - ISLE OF MAN

Code: IOM-2015-01
Release Date: May 01, 2015
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office / Oik Postagh Ellan Vannin
Title: John Halsall´s Maritime History
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps
Stamps Dimensions (mm): 40 x 26.18
Perforation: 14
Design: Isle of Man Advertising
Paintings: John Halsall´s
Text: Matthew Richardson
Printing Process: Offset Litho 4 colours
Paper: 108 gms PVA gummed
Printed by: Cartor

Where is the Lighthouse?

Look closer...

Look closer...

Look closer...
There it is...
Maughold Head  -   A4786

Almost a year ago, I was fortunate to navigate that area of IOM.
 I assure you that the view of the lighthouse, from the ocean,  is spectacular.

Next,  some words extracted from the IoM Post Office Press Release regarding the history of the Master Frank and why is he navigating this area:

"... The Master Frank is the Island’s longest-surviving half-decker still afloat and was built around 1896 by Clucas and Duggan in Ramsey, to cope with the short, sharp seas to the North East of Ramsey where vessels practiced the fishing trade. She was subsequently purchased by the Kinnin family who fished mainly for cod using a long line. She remained with them until 1964 when Willie Kinnin sold her. The Kinnins repurchased her again in 1969, keeping her until 1976. After a thorough rebuild she was then re-launched in 1996 and is now a regular sight at traditional boat events..."

Thank you very much Paul  from  IoM Stamps and Coins  for the help.
Minisheet, First Day Cover and Presentation Pack availables for pre-order at IOM Post Office web shop

Monday, March 9, 2015

General Info: Cancel from Germany

Another postmark from Germany.  And like I said in a previous entry, expects a lot of them.
Date:  March 24, 2015
City: Rostock (district of Warnemünde - 18119)
Lighthouse: Warnemünde
Thanks Jaap for the alert

Friday, March 6, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Niger 2015

Code: NIG-2015-01
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Title: Lighthouses  (USA and CANADA)
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

DOUBTFUL - Guinea-Bissau 2015

Code: GIB-2015-01
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Victor for the alert on this issue

Thursday, March 5, 2015

General Info: Cancel and Postal Stationery from Argentina

The province of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina will host an International Philatelic Expo between March 23 and 28.   Correo Argentino will release 2 ítems in homage to this event.  A cancel and a postal stationery.


Date: March 23 to 28
City: Rio Grande  (city where the expo is organized)
Lighthouse: Les Eclaireurs
Postal Stationery
The design of the postal stationery depicts several images of the city of Rio Grande and fauna of the province.  And we find the lighthouse again in the logo of the expo (top left) like in the Cancel.  But the interesting part of this PS is a map in the center of the design.
The map shows a part of the province,  with 4 points highlighted.  The location of the 2 major cities of the province:
-Rio Grande (the host of the expo)
-Ushuaia (the tourist city)
And the other 2 points are for the famous lighthouses of this part of the planet.
-Les Eclaireurs  (near Ushuaia)
-San Juan de Salvamento located in the Isla de los Estados
And is always good to explain and remember that "Les Eclaireurs" IS NOT the "Lighthouse of the End of the World".    San Juan de Salvamento is.

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.