12 November 2014

Santa at work


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Date of Issue : 27 November 2014

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Here is a beautiful set of stamps to be issued by Jersey Post for this year’s Christmas featuring Santa Claus at work ! This is a wonderful set of stamps and sure to be liked by one and all. These stamps are so beautiful that children would really  like them very much. 

Santa Clause is the brightest symbol of Christmas. Father Christmas is known by many different names around the world including Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas and Père Noël. A figure whose origin lies in legend, history and folklore, in many Western cultures he is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children the night before Christmas.

Whilst his appearance and features vary according to different countries, cultures and periods in history, over the years the somewhat contradictory characterisations have merged together to create the universal image of Father Christmas.


300 years Fahrenheit scale


Date  of Issue : 9 November 2014

German Post issued on the 3rd of November a special postage stamp marking 300 years of creating the Fahrenheit scale.  Fahrenheit is a temperature scale used mostly in the USA. It was introduced almost 300 years ago by a German scientist called Daniel Gabrial Fahrenheit. The stamp is very nice with a very appealing design, highlighting the theme.


When Europeans sweat at 32 degrees,  Americans scrape ice from the car windows. Since then the clarifying question is appropriate: Fahrenheit or Celsius? Two scientists namesake, two units of measurement for temperature. Originally from Gdansk physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) in 1714 has significantly improved the thermometer and combined it with a scale divided into degrees. On his scale, he adopted a calibrated high and a low point. For the first time could not only absolute temperatures and temperature differences are indicated. A few decades later, in 1742, introduced the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701-1744) but before the common use today in our degree Celsius temperature scale.

As a glassblower put forth Weingeist- Fahrenheit and mercury thermometer, which showed mismatched measurements. Thus, the basis for the serial production of thermometers was placed. To the zero point of his scale he determined the lowest temperature of the cold winter of 1708/09 in Gdansk. The Danziger winter record was minus 17.8 degrees Celsius and was characterized by a mixture of ice, water and ammonium chloride at any time produced. At the other end of the Fahrenheit scale, the boiling point of water was 212 ° Fahrenheit.

The end of Fahrenheit standards in Europe came in the 19th century. Following the lead of meter and kilogram of the measurement systems were unified and divided into tens or hundreds units. So the Fahrenheit scale over the Celsius scale falling behind. For this you took yourself in buying that with the Celcius measurement - below 32 ° Fahrenheit - were regularly reported freezing temperatures. But who jumps at 100 ° Fahrenheit in the pool, this must not fear: There are 38 ° Celcius.

Courtesy – German Post

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