Saturday, August 11, 2012

20120625 - FRANCE

Release Date: June 25, 2012
Postal Authority: La Poste
Title: La Pointe Saint-Mathieu,  Finistère
Format: 1 stamp
Sheets of: 48 stamps
Dimensions (mm):  40 x 30
Facial: 0,57 € (Euro - EUR)
Design: Pierre Bara
Gravure: Claude Jumelet
Printing Process: Taille-douce
Printed by: Phil @ poste
Quantity: 1800000

***EDITED    AUGUST 11***

Here we have a better look. And it confirms that 2 lighthouses are displayed on the stamp. The big one is Saint-Mathieu Rear (ALL A1874.1).  And the small is the Saint-Mathieu Auxiliar Light (ALL A1875).  Thanks Daniel from France for the stamp.

Thanks to Jaap and Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Self-Adhesive stamps


The next 3 posts are dedicated to stamps previously released, issued in a self-adhesive version on a different date.
The art of the stamp is the same, but differs from the original in the format that is presented and the release date. 
Are these "New" stamps?.  I post the information and you choose your own answer to that question

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20120502 - GERMANY

2011 Stamp issued in Self-Adhesive format

Release Date: May 05, 2012
Postal Authority: Deutsche Post
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Box with 100 self-adhesive stamps
Dimensions (mm): 60 x 45 x 61
Stamp Dim (mm): 35 x 35
Currency: EURO (EUR)
Facial: 55 (€ 0.55)
Design: Prof. Johannes Graf, Dortmund // Fa. PICOS GmbH, Unkel/Rh.
Printing Method: Offset Multicolor
Printed by: Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin

2011 stamp with Arngast Lighthouse

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

20110800 - CYPRUS

May 2011 stamp, issued in Booklet

Release Date: August 2011
Postal Authority: Cyprus Post
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Booklet of 6 Autoadhesive Stamps + 6 Refugee stamps

€ 0,43
Cape Greco Lighthouse

Thanks Jaap and Klaus for the alert on this issue.

20110701 - GERMANY

2008 and 2009 stamps issued in Self-Adhesive format.

Release Date: July 01, 2011
Postal Authority: Deutsche Post
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Booklet with 10 self-adhesive stamps
Dimensions (mm): 180 x 130  (Folded: 90x130)
Stamps Dim (mm): 35 x 35
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Facial: 45 (€ 0.45)
Design: Prof. Johannes Graf, Dortmund //  Fa. DATISET, Rheinbreitbach
Printing Method: Offset Multicolor
Printed by: Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbac

2008 stamp with Warnemünde Lighthouse

2009 stamp with Norderney Lighthouse

Thanks Daniel for the info about this issue.

Friday, August 3, 2012

20120810 - MALTA

Malta is about to release 88 different stamps at once.  I am not joking.

Release Date: August 10, 2012
Postal Authority: Malta Post
Title: 70th Anniversary Operation Pedestal
Format: Serie of 88 different stamps divided in 11 sheets
Sheets of: 8 different stamps + 2 complements without value
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 44 x 31
Perforation: 13,9 x 14
Paper: with Maltese Cross watermark
Currency: Euro - EUR
Face Value: € 0,26  
Service: with one of these stamps you can send a local letter in the range of 50gr/100gr. (€ 0,26)
Design: Cedric Galea Pirotta
Printing Process: Offset
Printed by: Printex Ltd
Quantity: 80000 sets

Stamps with Lighthouses: 7 of 88

Lighthouses: The stamps shows ships in the vecinity of Valletta Harbour and  the 2 Lights from the breakwaters of that Harbour. 
I used an historic postcard from Klaus Hulse´s site,  and an old stamp to identify the Lighthouses, because today they look different than in 1942 (Date of "Operation Pedestal").

2 stamps

Image of Reference
Malta Stamp from 1922
Catalogued by Milan Asadurov
as a LH Stamp showing St.Elmo

Stamp 32 of 88 -  H.M.S. Jaunty

Stamp 55 of 88 - H.M.S. Salvonia

5 stamps

Image of Reference
Historic Postcard from Klaus Hulse site.
East Breakwater - Ricasoli

Stamp 43 of 88 - M.V. Melbourne Star

Stamp 50 of 88 - M.V. Port Chalmers

Stamp 52 of 88 - M.V. Rochester Castle

Stamp 82 of 88 - ML134

Stamp 84 of 88 - ML168

-My interpretation was based in some cases on the shape and others in the position of the lighthouse. I am open to observations and suggestions. And of course, in these type of stamps, the free interpretation of the artist is always present.

-Milan Asadurov list of lights on stamps:

-Klaus Hulse web site: