17 February 2019

Leonardo da Vinci drawings from Royal Collection


Royal Post CELEBRATES  LIFE AND 
WORKS of 
Leonardo da Vinci



This beautiful set of 12 Special First Class Stamps issued by Royal Mail on 13 February 2019 is each one a miniature work of art.The stamps are presented in two se-tenant strips of six and feature the following original Leonardo da Vinci drawings from Royal Collection Trust:
  • The skull sectioned.
  • A sprig of guelder rose.
  • Studies of cats.
  • A star-of-Bethlehem and other plants.
  • The anatomy of the shoulder and foot.
  • The head of Leda.
  • The head of a bearded man.
  • The skeleton.
  • The head of St Philip.
  • A woman in a landscape.
  • A design for an equestrian monument.
  • The fall of light on a face.
Leonardo is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time, and 500 years since his death his drawings, in which he explored fields as diverse as botany, anatomy, portraiture, design and the nature of the world around him, continue to fascinate. 

The drawings featured on the stamps were chosen to coincide with the 12 exhibitions, ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing’, taking place in 2019 across the UK – one drawing from each of the 12 exhibitions is featured on a stamp. 

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history’s greatest polymaths – a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and map-maker who also pursued the scientific study of subjects as diverse as human anatomy, the theory of light, the movement of water and the growth of plants. 

The common thread to all Leonardo’s work was drawing. He drew incessantly, for new ideas, to refine compositions, to record his observations and to test his theories. Many of his drawings are accompanied by extensive notes in ‘mirror-writing’: Leonardo was left-handed, and throughout his life he habitually wrote in perfect mirror image, from right to left. 

Fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo survive, and nothing in sculpture or architecture. But because Leonardo hoarded thousands of his drawings and dozens of notebooks, many of which have been passed down through succeeding centuries, we have a detailed knowledge of the workings of his extraordinary mind. 

The Royal Collection holds the greatest collection of Leonardo’s drawings in existence, housed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle. Because they have been protected from light, fire and flood, they are in almost pristine condition and allow us to see exactly what Leonardo intended – and to observe his hand and mind at work, after a span of five centuries. These drawings are among the greatest artistic treasures of the United Kingdom.







This First Day Cover celebrates the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci, and features a remarkable selection of drawings from the collection of Her Majesty The Queen,acquired by King Charles II in around 1670.

The Tallents House postmark features one of Leonardo’s drawings of a human eye, while the alternative postmark features one of his intricate drawings of a human hand. 

The location is Windsor in recognition of the extensive collection of the artist’s drawings housed in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.











Leonardo da Vinci Prestige Stamp Book

Beautiful paintings and drawings adorn every page of this Prestige Stamp Book which explores the many facets of Leonardo da Vinci - making it the ideal gift or collectible.
The book is complemented by three stamp panes containing all 12 Special Stamps.
  • Set against a background featuring examples of his drawings and paintings, including ‘The Last Supper’.
  • A fourth pane contains Definitive stamps in colours that beautifully complement the drawings and paintings in the book. The pane also includes a self-portrait in the centre.
Source : Royal Mail

16 February 2019

Skylark - 2019 Bird of the year in Germany


Skylark  (Alauda arvensis)





The beautiful bird Skylark is the 2019 year of Bird in Germany . A special pictorial cancellation will be issued on 28th April 2019  in 98634 Kaltenwestheim . Other following  philatelic items will be available too with this pictorial cancellation : 

- sheetlet with personalized stamps
- stationery (postcard)
- Special Card(no stationery)









All philatelic items are featuring the Skylark (Alauda arvensis) , bird of the year 2019 in Germany





The philatelic items  honors the philatelic Exhibition which will be held on this day in Kaltenwestheim. Kaltenestheim is located in the rural region Rhön in Germany.

Courtesy: Matthias Reichel , Philatelic collector Club of  Meiningen and Wolfgang Beyer , BDPh /German Philatelic Federation) and AIJP.




The Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a passerine bird in the lark family Alaudidae. It is a wide-spread species found across Europe and Asia with introduced populations in New Zealand, Australia and on the Hawaian Islands. It is a bird of open farmland and heath, known for the song of the male, which is delivered in hovering flight from heights of 50 to 100 metres (160 to 330 ft). The sexes are alike. It is streaked greyish-brown above and on the breast and has a buff-white belly.
The female Eurasian skylark builds an open nest in a shallow depression on open ground well away from trees, bushes and hedges. She lays three to five eggs which she incubates for around 11 days. The chicks are fed by both parents but leave the nest after eight to ten days, well before they can fly. They scatter and hide in the vegetation but continue to be fed by the parents until they can fly at 18 to 20 days of age. Nests are subject to high predation rates by larger birds and small mammals. The parents can have several broods in a single season.



15 February 2019

Uniforms of the courier service of Russia




Date of  Issue : 12 February 2019



On 12 February 2019,  Russia Post  issued a set of stamps, dedicated to the uniforms of the courier service of Russia.




The history of the State Courier Service of Russia dates back to December 17, 1796, when Emperor Paul I signed the Decree on the creation of a Separate Courier Corps. The personnel of the Courier Corps (courier) ensured the delivery of orders, reports, securities, parcels, as well as support of high-ranking officials.





Postage stamps depict:

- Officer and courier of the Courier Corps (1797);
- duty officer and senior courier of the Courier Corps (1862);
- Head of the feldpunkt and feldgeger by special commission (1923);
- Officer of Field Communications and Deputy Director of the SFS of Russia (2011).




14 February 2019

Love n Friendship is in the air ....Happy Valentine's Day !


With Love !



Moments to Treasure

14th February, globally celebrated as Valentine's day to express Love n Friendship. Some special  stamps issued this year by  Postal Administrations. 


Australia Post issued a beautiful set of stamps symbolizing Moments to Treasure.


Date of Issue : 5 February 2018



Special Valentine's Day stamps from Finland


Date of Issue : 23 January 2019




The designs of this year's special Valentine's Day stamps from Finland   feature Valentine’s Day, the baby box and pastimes on freezing cold Finnish winter days.
This sympathetic booklet of stamps has a strong craftwork feel. Pikkujämsä, who is starting his career as a stamp artist, painted the original paintings on paper, wrote the texts by hand and did the perforation freehand.
“When I was creating the stamps, I thought about a dear friend of mine in the north. Doing things together with friends was the starting point for these stamps. I try to make simple paintings that touch people and warm their hearts,” said Pikkujämsä.
The baby box is an innovation that is familiar to all Finnish families. The Baby Box miniature sheet, designed by Dog Design, presents the clothes and care supplies in the box and the box itself, in which a baby can also sleep.
“We illustrated the baby box products on the miniature sheet as a pattern-like surface that is bordered into ensembles by stamps. And a baby is naturally also included,” said AD Petri Salmela from Dog Design.
The Freezing Winter Day stamps feature typical Finnish winter day activities, such as ice fishing and taking a dip in a hole in the ice.
“In the picture of the first stamp, a father and daughter are spending a sunny day ice fishing. The second stamp features an ice swimmer taking a dip in a hole in the ice. You can see how freezing the water is on the face of the swimmer,” said the designer of the stamps AD Paula Salviander.
The ice fishing photo in the stamp portrays her own family and was taken by Jaana Vetikko, who is also the spokesperson for the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing. The photo of the swimmer taking a dip in a hole in the ice comes from the Can Stock Photo.
Source : Daily Finland


From Slovenia

Date of Issue : 25 January 2019

Greeting card - gregorjevo

Valentine's (and Gregor's) birds

In the late eighties of the 20th century, we began to introduce the global form and content of Valentine's in Slovenia. Of course, no one was asked at that time whether we have in our cultural heritage any original content that could enrich this celebration and give it a different, especially regional image. In any case, it is different from the global one, which is still valid as a saying that Valentine's Day is a store! In the Slovene cultural heritage, Valentine's Day was considered an early spring holiday. It was also the first day of bird-hunting in the year, since all birds do not marry one day. On this day early spring (February 14th), children walked from house to house, greeted a good harvest and wondered if there was anything left of a bird's wedding. Housewives, of course, bite the birds of prey for a while and stuck them behind branches of trees and shrubs. So the greetings were directed to the gardens, See if there is anything left. Of course, the children picked up all the birds from the branches and took them to their homes where they were dried; so they had some bread on a cup of warm milk each day. So we can talk about the kind of charity that our ancestors developed. To all residents, especially poorer families, they helped to modestly survive the last weeks of the winter and the first weeks of the early spring. Similar habits were also on Gregorjevo (March 12). 
At the same time, we can wonder why we did not know how to transfer some of the contents of both holidays to a modern, global consumer celebration, even though Valentine's Day is devoted only to a loving ... So we can talk about the kind of charity that our ancestors developed. To all residents, especially poorer families, they helped to modestly survive the last weeks of the winter and the first weeks of the early spring. Similar habits were also on Gregorjevo (March 12). At the same time, we can wonder why we did not know how to transfer some of the contents of both holidays to a modern, global consumer celebration, even though Valentine's Day is devoted only to a loving ... So we can talk about the kind of charity that our ancestors developed. To all residents, especially poorer families, they helped to modestly survive the last weeks of the winter and the first weeks of the early spring. Similar habits were also on Gregorjevo (March 12). At the same time, we can wonder why we did not know how to transfer some of the contents of both holidays to a modern, global consumer celebration, even though Valentine's Day is devoted only to a loving ...
Source : Posta Slovenije


13 February 2019

My Recent Covers


Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj, 2019








Thanks to Mr Rahul Ganguli for these wonderful cover on Kumbh Mela 2019.


Cover from Gorakhpur

Shaheed Smarak, Chauri Chaura Gorakhpur


Thanks to Mr Ashwani Kumar Dubey for this nice cover.

11 February 2019

Centenary of Union of Postal Workers , Iceland






Date of Issue: 2 February , 2019


Centenary of Union of Postal Workers

New stamp from Iceland featuring  Postman's Uniform and accessories in countries with extreme weather conditions.



The Icelandic Postal Workers Union was founded in Reykjavik on March 26, 1919. The history of Icelandic postmen can be traced back to 1776 when King Christian VII issued a directive establishing domestic postal services in Iceland. The first Icelandic mailman was Ari Guðmundsson, who travelled extensively with mail through the forbidding mountain regions of the Westfjords. 



When the union was formed, the Icelandic labour movement was in its early stages. Iceland had recently gained sovereignty and there was a general sense of social recovery and revival. In 1932, its members were 73 in number, but today they number 900. The union´s main task is to safeguard the interests of Icelandic postal workers and to ensure improvements in their working conditions. 

The Icelandic Postal Workers Union has grown a lot in stature with its growing membership numbers. It is now one of the strong pillars of the Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB) and an important force in the labour movement. In 2001, only one quarter of the members were still employed by the official Post and Telephone, which on January 1, 1997, made way for Post and Telephone Ltd. and a year later Iceland Post. Despite these changes, the union continues to promote social justice and foster human values.

-  Iceland Post ; Kasinath R.- Tanjore


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