It’s been a busy month at work for me but still I have maintained daily articles for A Stamp A Day, all but a very small handful revolving around the theme of National Stamp Collecting Month. Today’s article gives a history of postcards, an introduction to collecting them and a discussion of the Postcrossing project. I’d chosen a Postcrossing-themed stamp from Romania to illustrate the article and planned to sprinkle scans from my meager collection of six stamps related to this topical.
At about the time I should have been wrapping up the article this afternoon, I began putting together a checklist of all of the Postcrossing stamps I could find. Not only that, but I sought out images of each of the stamps themselves (not always an easy task). I came up with a total of 20 different issues between October 2011 and early this year and 42 different stamps. Rather than simply throwing them into a slideshow, I decided to create an illustrated version of my list here on Philatelic Pursuits. Most of the images and catalogue numbers were sourced from the Colnect online catalogue with the Universal Postal Union’s WADP listings and Postcrossing providing a few others plus some information on sheet sizes and stamp designers. The listing is in chronological order.
It’s a great topical, both for stamp collectors and for deltiologists who love Postcrossing. Which reminds me: I haven’t sent or received any postcards at all in 2018 (been too busy with other endeavors, I suppose) so I think I should get cracking and write some cards this weekend.
Postcrossing-Themed Stamps, 2011-2018
Netherlands: October 11, 2011: 6 stamps (Scott #1399a-1399f). miniature sheet of 10
Finland: September 9, 2013 — 4 stamps (Scott #1444a-1444d), booklet pane of 4
Belarus: January 2, 2014 — 1 stamp (Scott #884), sheet of 12; designed by Inga Turlo
Guernsey: May 28, 2014 — 1 stamp (Stanley Gibbons #1517); designed by Bridget Yabsley
Russia: January 27, 2015 — 1 stamp (Michel #2128) in sheet of 9; designed by Olga Shushlebina
Slovenia: May 29, 2015 — 1 stamp (Michel #1153)
Czech Republic: September 2, 2015 — 1 stamp (Scott #3648) in sheet of 40; designed by graphic designer and illustrator Maria Nogueira
Ukraine: October 5, 2015 — 1 stamp (Michel #1510) in sheet of 16; designed by Nataliia Andriichenko; pictures a girl holding a pen while wearing a traditional Ukranian costume
Russia: March 25, 2016 — 1 stamp (Michel #2300) in sheet of 9; designed by I. Sidenko
Netherlands: March 29, 2016 — 10 stamps (Michel #3447-3456) in miniature sheet of 10; designed by Reinier Hamel
Austria: May 21, 2016 — 1 stamp (Scott #2615) in sheet of 50; designed by Robert Sabolovic; features a wall of stylized postcards with “Postcrossing” written in the colors of the Austrian flag
Poland: July 14, 2016 — 1 stamp (Michel #4852) in miniature sheet of 6
Guernsey: July 16, 2016 — 2 stamps (Michel #1572-1573)
Belarus: January 3, 2017 — 1 stamp (Michel #1168); designed by Marina Vitkovskaya
Romania: February 24, 2017 — 1 stamp (Michel #7184) in miniature sheet of 8; designed by Râzvan Popescu
Indonesia: June 5, 2017 — 3 stamps, 1 souvenir sheet
Switzerland: September 7, 2017 — 3 stamps (Michel #2500-2502); designed by Max Spring
Ireland: October 5, 2017 — 1 stamp (Michel #2242); illustration by Cathy Dineen
Hungary: February 2, 2018 — 1 stamp (Michel #5937) in a miniature sheet of 4: based on artwork created by graphic artist Zsolt Vidák
Moldova: June 23, 2018 — 1 stamp (Michel #1053); drawn by Lilian Iaţco