News Archive January - June 2014

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2014:

Issues to Keep an Eye on in 2014

Switzerland will issue a set of two stamps (each CHF 1.00) dedicated to Jim Davis' Garfield on 4 September 2014.

The 2014 US stamp programme have som sets that might be of interest to cat collectors. A set called Most Loved Pets consisting of multiple commemorative Forver-stamps is announced for May. It would not suprise us if there'd be a cat amongst them. In June, another set of multiple commemorative Forever-stamps dedicated to Circus Posters is planned. Big Cats have allways been popular at the circus..... In September a set is planned celebrating either Hanna-Barbera or Sesame Street. In case of Hanna-Barbera, there's a chance for Tom of Tom & Jerry or maybe Top Cat.

14 June 2014:

Heraldic Griffins

Reported by Geir Arveng

5 June 2014:

Bremen Town Musicians on FDP

On 5 June 2014 Germany will issue a set of stamps in the series "The Most Beautiful Panoramas of Germany". The two stamps shows the Market Square of the North-German city of Bremen in a se-tenant composite design.

Just around the corner from the square you will find a bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians - one of them a cat - and although it is not visible on the stamps, it is shown in the Berlin First Day Postmark for this issue. The statue was made by German sculptor Gerhard Marcks in 1953.

Reported by Geir Arveng

1 June 2014:

Chittenden Fishing Derby Postmark

Reported by Marci Jarvis

31 May 2014:

Åland Summer Cat

Reported by Geir Arveng

30-31 May 2014:

French Circus Tiger

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky

30 May 2014:

Monaco FIFA World Cup Stamp

Heraldic Lions in the Spanish flag.

Reported by Geir Arveng

28 May 2014:

Velké Losiny Paper Mill

Reported by Geir Arveng

21 May 2014:

Joint Issue Switzerland and Russia

Reported by Marci Jarvis

18 May 2014:

US Jaguar Postmark

Reported by Marci Jarvis

16 May 2014:

Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky and Geir Arveng

14-15 May 2014:

Several Cat Issues for the Planète Timbres Stamp Show in Paris

Reported by Geir Arveng

9 May 2014:

South Africa's Big Five

Reported by Marci Jarvis

8 May 2014:

Luxembourg's 175th Anniversary of Independence

Reported by Elisabeth Hallsjö

5 May 2014:

US Circus Posters

Reported by Marci Jarvis

5 May 2014:

French Vacation Booklet

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky

30 April 2014:

Provincial Garden Show of Baden-Württemberg

The Provincial Garden Show of Baden-Württemberg takes place in the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd, and the German Post takes part in the show with a commemorative postmark on 30 April 2014.

The postmark schows a simplified version of the Baden-Württemberg coat of arms with its 3 lions passant.

The postmark can be ordered by sending addressed envelopes/ postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:

DEUTSCHE POST AG
Niederlassung Privatkunden/Filialen
Sonderstempelstelle
DE-92627 WEIDEN, Germany
The outer envelope should be marked with "Sonderstempel nr. 07/077", and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.

Postage rates:
Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.60
International: Postcard/letter: EUR 0.75

Reported by Geir Arveng

28 April 2014:

Macau Animal Protection Stamp Issue

Reported by TS Tan

27 April 2014:

50th Anniversary of Eschenbach Stamp Friends

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Stamp Club of Eschenbach in Oberpfalz and the 25th Anniversary of the twinning with Eschenbach in Luzern, Switzerland, a commemorative postmark will be in use on 27 April 2014.

The postmark shows the CoA of Eschenbach in Oberpfalz with a crowned lion rampant.

The postmark can be ordered by?sending addressed envelopes/ postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:

DEUTSCHE POST AG
Niederlassung?Privatkunden/Filialen
Sonderstempelstelle
DE-92627 WEIDEN, Germany

The outer envelope should be marked with "Sonderstempel nr. 07/072", and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.

Postage rates:
Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.60
International: Postcard/letter:?EUR 0.75

Reported by Geir Arveng

15 April 2014:

French Birthday Card / PAP with Tiger

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky

8 April 2014:

50th anniversary of the Regional Council Mateh Yehuda

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky

6 April 2014:

Schöppenstedt Heraldic Lion Postmark

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Stamp Club of Eschenbach in Oberpfalz and the 25th Anniversary of the twinning with Eschenbach in Luzern, Switzerland, a commemorative postmark will be in use on 27 April 2014.

The postmark shows the CoA of Eschenbach in Oberpfalz with a crowned lion rampant.

The postmark can be ordered by sending addressed envelopes/postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:

DEUTSCHE POST AG
Niederlassung?Privatkunden/Filialen
Sonderstempelstelle
DE-92627 WEIDEN, Germany

The outer envelope should be marked with "Sonderstempel nr. 07/072", and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.

Postage rates:
Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.60
International: Postcard/letter:?EUR 0.75

Reported by Geir Arveng

2 April 2014:

Children's Lion Dance on Taiwanese Stamp

Reported by Geir Arveng

26 March 2014:

Bohumil Hrabal Birth Centenary

Reported by Vladislav Vančura

5 March 2014:

Czech Firefighter Lion

Reported by Vladislav Vančura

4 March 2014:

Lion Cub from Budapest Zoo

Reported by Marci Jarvis

3 March 2014:

Solomon Islands Domestic Cats

Reported by Marci Jarvis and Patrick Roberts

3 March 2014:

Finnish Greeting Stamps

Reported by Marci Jarvis

23 February 2014:

35th Anniversary of Germing Stamp Friends/Germering Exchange Day

The Geman Post takes part in the philatelic exchange day arranged by Germeringer Briefmarkenfreunde (Germering Stamp Friends) in Germering, Bavaria. The postmark shows the stamp club's logo, which includes the Germering CoA and its Lion Rampant.

The postmark can be ordered by?sending addressed envelopes/ postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:
DEUTSCHE POST AG

Niederlassung Privatkunden/Filialen
Sonderstempelstelle
DE-92627 WEIDEN, Germany

The outer envelope should be marked with "Sonderstempel nr. 03/013", and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.

Postage rates:
Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.60
International: Postcard/letter: EUR 0.75

Reported by Geir Arveng

21 February 2014:

Barbados: The Lion of Gun Hill

On 21 February 2014 Barbados issued a set of stamps called "The Seven Wonders of Barbados". One of the seven BBD 0.65 stamps shows the Lion Monument at Gun Hill Signal Station outside of St. George's. One would think that a set entitled "The Seven Wonders...." would consist of seven stamps, but no. Besides the seven single stamps issued from ordinary sheets, there's also a sheetlet of seven stamps, the cantral of which is another version of the Lion stamp in a large, square version - so: Seven wonders on eight stamps!

There are two First Day Covers - one with the single stamps, and one with the sheetlet. The Lion monument is also shown in the First Day Postmark.

Reported by Marci Jarvis and The Barbados Stamps Website

20 February 2014:

Classic Locomotives of Wales: Lion First Day Postmark

20 February 2014:

New Footbal Heroes Booklet from Royal Mail

19 February 2014:

150th Anniversary of Moscow Zoo

[Text from Russia Post Press Release]

In 2014 the Moscow Zoological Park, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, will become 150 years old.

At the opening it contained 134 domestic animals, 153 wild animals and birds and 7 reptiles. Today one can see in the Moscow Zoo more than eight thousand animals, some species have been bred by experts for the first time in the world. The zoo participates in many international programmes for the preservation of endangered types of animals, working with global environmental organisations.

In the middle of a huge bustling city the zoo delights its visitors with a new, modern, and beautiful appearance and is always glad to welcome its guests.

The margins of the souvenir sheet depict: a Macaw parrot, a giraffe, a tiger, a manul cat, a peacock, a crocodile, a brown baby bear, a pink flamingo, an Asian elephant, and a gibbon; the postage stamp shows the main entrance to the building of the Moscow Zoo.

An illustrated cover has been prepared for the release with a souvenir sheet and a FDC with cancellation (Moscow) inside.

Design: R. Komsa.
Face value: 40 rub.
Sheet size: 107x80 mm; stamp size in the sheet: 50x37 mm.
Circulation: 85 thousand souvenir sheets.

Reported by Geir Arveng

19 February 2014:

Jersey Post & Go Labels

15 February 2014:

Belgian Lynx

Belgium issues a miniature sheet of 5 stamps denominated 2 (inland letter up to 100g - 1.40 / 1.54 on issue). The stamps show mothers and offspring of mammals, amongst the Eurasian Lynx.

The issue date is 17 February 2014, with advance sale on 15 February 2014 in Wilrijk.

The MS will be available from the bPost online shop.

Article from bPost Philinfo magazine.

Reported by Geir Arveng

6 February 2014:

Hansel and Gretel and the Witch's Cat

Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky

31 January 2014:

Serbia: Year of the Horse - with a Tiger on Board

Reported by Geir Arveng

30 January 2014:

Monaco International Cat Show

Reported by Marci Jarvis

20 January 2014:

Tiger from Grenada

Reported by Marci Jarvis

20 January 2014:

French Zodiac Booklet

On 20 January France's La Poste issued a booklet with twelve stamps showing the signs of the Western zodiac - amongst the the Leo, of course. The stamps are denomineated Lèttre vert 20g (economy letter - EUR 0.61 on issue).

The booklet can be ordered fro La Poste's online boutique.

Reported by Geir Arveng

7 January 2014:

British Children's Television

Britain's Royal Mail kicks off the 2014 stamp year with an issue celebrating British children's television. Cats are popular TV characters, and this set of twelve stamps includes two.

The first one is Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate's popular TV cat Bagpuss, loved by British kids since it premiered in 1974. The other one is Postman Pat's feline companion Jess. Postman Pat premiered in 1981 and was originally created and developed by writer John Cunliffe and animator Ivor Wood.

All stamps in the set are denominated 1st (inland 1st class - GBP 0.60 on issue) and are sold in self-adhesive booklets.

The stamps will be for sale at Royal Mail's online stamp shop from the date of issue, and is presented at the splendid website of Norvic Philatelics. We hope for First Day Postmarks with the cats, but we have not seen any yet.

Reported by Marci Jarvis

6 January 2014:

Monaco International Circus Festival

Reported by Marci Jarvis

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