This is the first part of what I hope will be a comprehensive listing of new stamp issues as they are released throughout the year. This project began as a simple spreadsheet on which I tabulated every release I could track down. It soon became a “mission” to make the listing as complete as I could make it without access to the catalogues (which are published long after the stamps are issued). I then intended to create an end-of-the-month illustrated blog article but that proved to be too massive of a project, especially with my work schedule and other activities. I have since decided to post the information as a page that I constantly update throughout the year (and, as such, will always be accessible from the top menu on the page). I will announce progress on the page through my “Weekly Phila-Bytes” columns.

The listings are chronological by date, and then alphabetical by stamp-issuing entity. The images come from a wide range of difference sources, some are high-quality scans, others are low-resolution promotional mock-ups. Those latter images will be replaced by better ones as soon as I can. If you own any of these stamps, I would appreciate any upgrade in scans of your actual stamps via email. Occasionally, there are links that lead to additional information, including technical details, of the various stamp issues.

I hope you find this compilation useful.

 

January 1, 2019

France

January 1, 2019: Definitive Stamp — Marianne (International Rate)

France - Marianne Definitive, International Rate (January 1, 2019)
France – Marianne Definitive, International Rate (January 1, 2019)
France - Marianne Definitive International Rate (January 1, 2019) sheet of 50
France – Marianne Definitive International Rate (January 1, 2019) sheet of 50
France - Marianne Definitive International Rate (January 1, 2019) bookklet
France – Marianne Definitive International Rate (January 1, 2019) booklet
France - Marianne Definitive, International Rate (January 1, 2019) first day cover
France – Marianne Definitive, International Rate (January 1, 2019) first day cover

Israel

January 1, 2019: ATM Labels — Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force

Israel - Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019)
Israel – Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019)
Israel - Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019)
Israel – Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019)
Israel - Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Israel – Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force (January 1, 2019) first day cover

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

January 1, 2019: Happy New Year 2019

North Korea - Happy New Year (January 1, 2019) perforated and imperforated
North Korea – Happy New Year (January 1, 2019) perforated and imperforated
North Korea - Happy New Year (January 1, 2019) first day covers
North Korea – Happy New Year (January 1, 2019) first day covers

Thailand

January 1, 2019: Year of the Pig

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) sheet of 10
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) sheet of 10

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover-front

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover

January 2, 2019

Algeria

January 2, 2019:  International Year of the Periodic Table

Algeria - International Year of the Periodic Table (January 2, 2019)
Algeria – International Year of the Periodic Table (January 2, 2019)

Andorra (French Administration)

January 2, 2019:  Coat of Arms Definitive (International Rate)

French Andorra - Definitive: Coat of Arms, international rate (January 2, 2019)
French Andorra – Definitive: Coat of Arms, international rate (January 2, 2019)

Belarus

January 2, 2019: 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR

Belarus - 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR (January 2, 2019)
Belarus – 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR (January 2, 2019)
Belarus - 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR (January 2, 2019) first day cover
Belarus – 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR (January 2, 2019) first day cover

Belgium

January 2, 2019: Mourning Prior Philippe

Belgium - Mourning Prior Philippe (January 2, 2019) - design 1, sheet of 10
Belgium – Mourning Prior Philippe (January 2, 2019) – design 1, sheet of 10
Belgium - Mourning Prior Philippe (January 2, 2019) - design 2, sheet of 10
Belgium – Mourning Prior Philippe (January 2, 2019) – design 2, sheet of 10

Denmark

January 2, 2019: National Flag

Denmark - National Flag (January 2, 2019)
Denmark – National Flag (January 2, 2019)
Denmark - National Flag (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10
Denmark – National Flag (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10

January 2, 2019: Life of Vikings

Denmark - Life of Vikings (January 2, 2019)
Denmark – Life of Vikings (January 2, 2019)
Denmark - Life of Vikings (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10
Denmark – Life of Vikings (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10

January 2, 2019: Definitive Stamp — Wavy Lines & Hearts

Denmark - Wavy Lines & Hearts definitive (January 2, 2019)
Denmark – Wavy Lines & Hearts definitive (January 2, 2019)
Denmark - Wavy Lines & Hearts definitive (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10
Denmark – Wavy Lines & Hearts definitive (January 2, 2019) booklet pane of 10

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

January 2, 2019:  American Bay Cabin

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - American Bay Cabin (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – American Bay Cabin (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  White Tern

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - White Tern (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – White Tern (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Minerals — Sapphire

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Minerals: Sapphire (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Minerals: Sapphire (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  French Cruiser Colbert

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - French Cruiser 'Colbert' (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – French Cruiser ‘Colbert’ (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Antarctic Horsefish

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Antarctic Horsefish (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Antarctic Horsefish (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Kerguelen Island — Bras Jules Laboureur

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Kerguelen Island: Bras Jules Laboureur (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Island: Bras Jules Laboureur (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019: Kerguelen Island — Lake Sediment Sampling Program

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Kerguelen Island: Lake Sediment Sampling Program (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Island: Lake Sediment Sampling Program (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  B2M Champlain

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - B2M 'Champlain' (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – B2M ‘Champlain’ (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Insects — Neomaso Antarcticus

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Insects: Neomaso Antarcticus (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Insects: Neomaso Antarcticus (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Yves Valette, 1920-2014

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Yves Valette, 1920-2014 (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Yves Valette, 1920-2014 (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Mario Zucchelli, 1944-2003

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Mario Zucchelli, 1944-2003 (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Mario Zucchelli, 1944-2003 (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Birds

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Birds souvenir sheet (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Birds (January 2, 2019) souvenir sheet

January 2, 2019:  Seashells

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Seashells (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Seashells (January 2, 2019) souvenir sheet

January 2, 2019:  Restoration of Phylica Arborea Trees on Amsterdam Island

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Restoration of Phylica Arborea Trees on Amsterdam Island souvenir sheet (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Restoration of Phylica Arborea Trees on Amsterdam Island (January 2, 2019) souvenir sheet

January 2, 2019:  Photovoltaic Plant, Tromelin Island

French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Photovoltaic Plant, Tromelin Island souvenir sheet (January 2, 2019)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Photovoltaic Plant, Tromelin Island (January 2, 2019) souvenir sheet

Germany

January 2, 2019: Treasures of German Museums — “The Lonely Tree” by Caspar David Friedrich

Germany - Treasures of German Museums (January 2, 2019)
Germany – Treasures of German Museums (January 2, 2019)
Germany - Treasures of German Museums (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany – Treasures of German Museums (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10

January 2, 2019: Young Animals — Racoon

Germany - Young Animals: Racoon (January 2, 2019)
Germany – Young Animals: Racoon (January 2, 2019)
Germany - Young Animals: Raccoon (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany – Young Animals: Raccoon (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10

January 2, 2019: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Germany - 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage (January 2, 2019)
Germany – 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (January 2, 2019)
Germany - 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany – 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany - 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage (January 2, 2019) first day cover
Germany – 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (January 2, 2019) first day cover

January 2, 2019: Endangered Animals – Harbor Porpoises

Germany - Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019)
Germany – Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019)
Germany - Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany – Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) sheet of 10
Germany - Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) self-adhesive
Germany – Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) self-adhesive
Germany - Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) self-adhesive booklet
Germany – Endangered Species: Harbor Porpoises (January 2, 2019) self-adhesive booklet

Netherlands

January 2, 2019:  Beautiful Netherlands — Texel

Netherlands - Beautiful Netherlands: Texel (January 2, 2019) miniature sheet of 5
Netherlands – Beautiful Netherlands: Texel (January 2, 2019) miniature sheet of 5

Netherlands - Beautiful Netherlands: Texel (January 2, 2019) prestige booklet

Netherlands - Beautiful Netherlands: Texel (January 2, 2019) prestige booklet
Netherlands – Beautiful Netherlands: Texel (January 2, 2019) prestige booklet

January 2, 2019: Experience Nature

Netherlands - Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) miniature sheet of 10
Netherlands – Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) miniature sheet of 10
Netherlands - Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) first day cover 1
Netherlands – Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) first day cover 1
Netherlands - Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) first day cover 2
Netherlands – Experience Nature (January 2, 2019) first day cover 2

Spain

January 2, 2019:  Engineering — Panama Canal

Spain - Engineering: Panama Canal (January 2, 2019)
Spain – Engineering: Panama Canal (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  12 Months, 12 Stamps — Huesca

Spain - 12 Months, 12 Stamps: Huesca (January 2, 2019)
Spain – 12 Months, 12 Stamps: Huesca (January 2, 2019)

January 2, 2019:  Tourism

Spain - Tourism 2019 (January 2, 2019)
Spain – Tourism 2019 (January 2, 2019)

January 3, 2019

Moldova

January 3, 2019:  National Emergency Service

Moldova - National Emergency Service (January 3, 2019)
Moldova – National Emergency Service (January 3, 2019)
Moldova - National Emergency Service (January 3, 2019) sheet of 10
Moldova – National Emergency Service (January 3, 2019) sheet of 10
Moldova - National Emergency Service (January 2, 2019) first day cover
Moldova – National Emergency Service (January 3, 2019) first day cover

January 4, 2019

Andorra (French Administration)

January 4, 2019:  The Legend of the White Horse of Solana

French Andorra - The Legend of the White Horse of Solana (January 4, 2019)
French Andorra – The Legend of the White Horse of Solana (January 4, 2019)

Andorra (Spanish Administration)

January 4, 2019:  Andorran Flag Definitive

Spanish Andorra - Definitive: Andorran Flag (January 4, 2019)
Spanish Andorra – Definitive: Andorran Flag (January 4, 2019)
Spanish Andorra - Definitive: Andorran Flag (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Spanish Andorra – Definitive: Andorran Flag (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Jersey

January 4, 2019:  Year of the Pig

Jersey - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Jersey – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Jersey - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Jersey – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) miniature sheet of 10
Jersey - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet
Jersey – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet
Jersey - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Jersey – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Jersey - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet first day cover
Jersey – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet first day cover

Lithuania

January 4, 2019:  Symbols of the State — Flags

Lithuania - Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) set of 3
Lithuania – Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) set of 3
Lithuania - Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) three sheets of 25
Lithuania – Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) three sheets of 25
Lithuania – Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) strips of 5
Lithuania - Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Lithuania – Symbols of the State: Flags (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Maldives

January 4, 2019:  Birds — Ibis

Maldives - Birds: Ibis (January 4, 2019) miniature sheet of 4
Maldives – Birds: Ibis (January 4, 2019) miniature sheet of 4

Monaco

January 4, 2019:  International Circus Festival

Monaco - International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019)
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019)
Monaco - International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Monaco - International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) first day cover

January 4, 2019: 10 Years of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

Monaco - International Festival of the Circus (January 4, 2019)
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019)
Monaco - International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019)
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Monaco - International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Monaco – International Circus Festival (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Mongolia

January 4, 2019:  Year of the Pig

Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Mongolia – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Mongolia – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10

Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) official first day cover

Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) official first day cover
Mongolia – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) official first day cover

Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) unofficial first day cover

Mongolia - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) unofficial first day cover
Mongolia – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) unofficial first day cover

Myanmar

January 4, 2019:  71st Anniversary of Independence

Myanmar - 71st Anniversary of Independence (January 4, 2019)
Myanmar – 71st Anniversary of Independence (January 4, 2019)

Myanmar - 71st Anniversary of Independence (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Myanmar - 71st Anniversary of Independence (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Myanmar – 71st Anniversary of Independence (January 4, 2019) first day covers

Norway

January 4, 2019:  European Green Capital — Oslo

Norway - European Green Capital: Oslo (January 4, 2019)
Norway – European Green Capital: Oslo (January 4, 2019)

Norway - European Green Capital: Oslo (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Norway - European Green Capital: Oslo (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Norway – European Green Capital: Oslo (January 4, 2019) first day covers

January 4, 2019:  Antarctica

Norway - Antarctica (January 4, 2019) design 1
Norway – Antarctica (January 4, 2019) design 1
Norway - Antarctica (January 4, 2019) design 2
Norway – Antarctica (January 4, 2019) design 2

Norway - Antarctica (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Norway - Antarctica (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Norway – Antarctica (January 4, 2019) first day covers

Romania

January 4, 2019:  Council of the European Union Presidency

Romania - Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019)
Romania – Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019)
Romania - Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Romania – Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019) sheet of 10
Romania - Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019) first day cover
Romania – Council of the European Union Presidency (January 4, 2019) first day cover

Singapore

January 4, 2019:  Year of the Pig

Singapore - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019)
Singapore - Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet
Singapore – Year of the Pig (January 4, 2019) souvenir sheet

January 5, 2019

People’s Republic of China

January 5, 2019:  Year of the Pig

China - Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) sheet of 16

China - Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) sheet of 16
China – Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) sheets of 16

China - Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) miniature sheet of 6

China - Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) miniature sheet of 6
China – Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) miniature sheets of 6
China - Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) first day cover
China – Year of the Pig (January 5, 2019) first day cover

Sri Lanka

January 5, 2019:  Theravada Tripitaka

Sri Lanka - Theravada Tripitaka (January 5, 2019) first day cover
Sri Lanka – Theravada Tripitaka (January 5, 2019) first day cover

January 5, 2019:  AFC Asia Cup

United Arab Emirates - AFC Asia Cup 2019 (January 5, 2019) sheet of 9
United Arab Emirates – AFC Asia Cup 2019 (January 5, 2019) sheet of 9

January 6, 2019

Myanmar

January 6, 2019:  Equestrian Festival

Myanmar - Equestrian Festival (January 6, 2019) first day cover
Myanmar – Equestrian Festival (January 6, 2019) first day cover

January 7, 2019

France

January 7, 2019:  African Inspiration: Fabric

France - African Inspiration: Fabric (January 6, 2019) booklet of 12
France – African Inspiration: Fabric (January 6, 2019) booklet of 12

January 8, 2019

Christmas Island

January 8, 2019:  Year of the Pig

Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019)
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019)
Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) sheet of 10
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) sheet of 10
Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) first day cover 1
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) first day cover 1
Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) souvenir sheet
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) souvenir sheet
Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) souvenir sheet first day cover
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) souvenir sheet first day cover
Christmas Island - Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) miniature sheet of 12 first day cover
Christmas Island – Year of the Pig (January 8, 2019) miniature sheet of 12 first day cover

Italy

January 8, 2019:  30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation

Italy - 30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation (January 8, 2019)
Italy – 30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation (January 8, 2019)
Italy - 30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation (January 8, 2019) first day cover
Italy – 30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation (January 8, 2019) first day cover

January 9, 2019

Croatia

January 9, 2019:  100th Anniversary of the Medjimurje Liberation

Croatia - 100th Anniversary of the Medjimurje Liberation (January 9, 2019) stamped postal card
Croatia – 100th Anniversary of the Medjimurje Liberation (January 9, 2019) postal card

Russian Federation

January 9, 2019:  Collection of Christmas — Omsk

Russia - Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019)
Russia – Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019)
Russia - Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019) sheet of 15
Russia – Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019) sheet of 15
Russia - Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019) first day cover
Russia – Collection of Christmas: Omsk (January 9, 2019) first day cover

Spain

January 9, 2019:  International Year of the Periodic Table

Spain - International Year of the Periodic Table (January 9, 2019)
Spain – International Year of the Periodic Table (January 9, 2019)

Turkey

January 9, 2019:  Precious Stones

Turkey – Precious Stones (January 9, 2019)
Turkey - Precious Stones (January 9, 2019) first day cover
Turkey – Precious Stones (January 9, 2019) first day cover

January 10, 2019

People’s Republic of China

January 10, 2019:  Chinese New Year Greetings Stamp

China, PRC - Chinese New Year Greetings Stamp (January 10, 2019)
China, PRC – Chinese New Year Greetings Stamp (January 10, 2019)
China, PRC - Chinese New Year Greeting Stamp (January 10, 2019) sheet of 20
China, PRC – Chinese New Year Greeting Stamp (January 10, 2019) sheet of 20
Chins, PRC - Chinese New Year Greeting Stamp (January 10, 2019) miniature sheet of 8
Chins, PRC – Chinese New Year Greeting Stamp (January 10, 2019) miniature sheet of 8

Sweden

January 10, 2019:  Tulips

Sweden- Tulips (January 10, 2019)
Sweden- Tulips (January 10, 2019)
Sweden - Tulips (January 10, 2019) booklet pane of 10
Sweden – Tulips (January 10, 2019) booklet pane of 10
Sweden - Tulips (January 10, 2019) coil stamps
Sweden – Tulips (January 10, 2019) coil stamps
Sweden - Tulips (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden – Tulips (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden - Tulips (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB
Sweden – Tulips (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB “Collector’s Sheet”

January 10, 2019: King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia

Sweden - King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019)
Sweden – King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019)
Sweden - King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden – King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden - King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB
Sweden – King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB “Collector’s Sheet”

January 10, 2019:  The Power of Handicrafts

Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) booklet pane of 5
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) booklet pane of 5
Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) coil stamp
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) coil stamp
Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) souvenir sheet of 4
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) souvenir sheet of 4
Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) stamp from souvenir sheet
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) stamp from souvenir sheet
Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) first day cover
Sweden - The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB
Sweden – The Power of Handicrafts (January 10, 2019) PostNord Sverige AB “Collector’s Sheet”

United States of America

January 10, 2019:  Hearts Blossom

United States - Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019)
United States – Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019)
United States - Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) sheet of 20
United States – Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) sheet of 20
United States - Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day of issue ceremony program
United States – Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day of issue ceremony program
United States - Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day cover, pictorial cancellation, unofficial cachet
United States – Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day cover, pictorial cancellation, unofficial cachet
United States - Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day cover, digital color postmark, unofficial cachet
United States – Hearts Blossom (January 10, 2019) first day cover, digital color postmark, unofficial cachet

Uruguay

January 10, 2019:  Definitive Issue — José G. Artígas, 1764-1850

Uruguay - Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)
Uruguay – Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)
Uruguay - Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)
Uruguay – Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)
Uruguay - Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)
Uruguay – Definitive: José G. Artígas (January 10, 2019)

It was a busy week for me so I couldn’t devote as much time to philatelic pursuits I would have liked. I did maintain my daily posts to A Stamp A Day (and topped 100,000 words for this month with Saturday’s blog) ans have been working on my new issues spreadsheet mentioned in last week’s “Phila-Bytes”. I had planned to compile the latter into a series (first monthly, then bi-weekly) of articles listing and illustrating all of the new releases I could find from around the world. I got a late start on it, not anticipating how much time it would actually involve. My revised plan is to publish it as a page which will be a work-in-progress added to and updated throughout the year. I hope to have the January portion finished within the next week or so (I have information and images of more than 150 separate stamp issues for this month alone).

United States - Transcontinental Railroad (2019)
United States – Transcontinental Railroad (2019)

The biggest stamp-related news this week was yesterday’s United States Postal Service announcement of a few additional upcoming stamp issues. There is still no word on the Apollo 11 anniversary but the Transcontinental Railroad is indeed being commemorated with three stamps, two illustrating the locomotives Jupiter and No. 119 with the third showing the Golden Spike driven when the trains met at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869. A set of four stamps will mark “Military Working Dogs”, a very worthy subject. Abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly has ten of his paintings appearing in a pane of twenty stamps while tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker, also known as “Little Mo” — gets a stamp of her own. Finally, the “Star Ribbon” stamp will be issued in coil rolls of 10,000 and panes of 20. According to the USPS press release:

The artwork features a digital illustration of a star made of red, white and blue ribbon. The white space in the middle of the ribbon creates a second smaller star. The tri-colored ribbon, folded into a patriotic symbol, is intended to evoke the connectedness of the American people.”

Release dates have yet to be announced for any of these stamps.

Canada - Albert Jackson (January 25, 2019)
Canada – Albert Jackson (January 25, 2019)

I didn’t see any advanced notice for the latest set released by the Netherlands other than a press release on the date of issue, January 24. This is a miniature sheet containing two stamps with slightly different designs commemorating “220 Years of Postal Service.” On the same day, Canada Post announced a stamp to honor Albert Jackson, thought to have been Canada’s first black letter carrier. This was issued on January 25 in booklets of ten.

I am not an error collector but it’s always interesting when a new one is reported in the new, particularly on modern issues that are still available from post offices. Last week, Linn’s Stamp Newsan article ran detailing the discovery of multiple imperforate panes of the John Lennon stamps released by the United States last October (Scott #5312-5315). These are missing the die-cuts used to separate self-adhesives stamps from each other. Thus far, more than twenty sheets with this error have been found in Iowa, Florida, and New York. It is likely there are more to be found.

Philosateleian Post - First Moon Landing (January 28, 2019)
Philosateleian Post – First Moon Landing (January 28, 2019)

The Local Post Collectors Society commemorates “World Local Post Day” on the last Monday of January with the organization’s members “releasing” their own stamps marking a common topic. I created stamps for two of these — the World War I centennial in 2014 and the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black in 2015. Both of these were under the moniker of Muang Phuket Local Post (which became Republica Phuketia this past year). Members of the society chose the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for the 2019 World Local Post Day theme with stamps being “issued” on January 28. Philosateleian Post‘s design carried an image of Neil Armstrong’s boot in the lunar surface. You can receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s First Moon Landing stamp or first day cover by sending either USD $2.00 or a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:

Kevin Blackston
Philosateleian Post
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Isle of Man - Manx Buses (January 29, 2019) first day cover
Isle of Man – Manx Buses (January 29, 2019) first day cover

My two favorite new issues of this week are a set of six released by the Isle of Man on January 29 depicting Manx buses and a souvenir sheet containing a single stamp marking the 100th anniversary of the Polish banknote. A promotional image even points out all the various security features of the release by Poland.

Poland - 100th Anniversary of the Polish Banknote (January 25, 2019) security features
Poland – 100th Anniversary of the Polish Banknote (January 25, 2019)

This Friday (February 1) is a particularly heavy day with new stamps scheduled to be released by entities as diverse as Åland, Belarus, Japan, Spain, and the New York office of the United Nations. Next Tuesday (February 5) will also see a number of new issues from Estonia, Jersey, Malawi, and New Zealand. That day is also the start of Chinese New Year so I may be more involved in that than blogging. Time will tell….

I didn’t receive any stamps in the mail this week so all that remains is to list my articles published on A Stamp A Day since the last edition of “Weekly Phila-Bytes”:

  1. January 22, 2019:  “The Pontifical Swiss Guard” (Vatican City Scott #1316, 2005) 4,417 words
  2. January 23, 2019:  “Bathyscaphe USS Trieste’s Record-Breaking Dive” (Switzerland Scott #946, 1994) 2,300 words
  3. January 24, 2019:  “Sutter’s Mill & the California Gold Rush” (United States Scott #954, 1948) 5,933 words
  4. January 25, 2019:  “Thailand’s War Against Britain & the United States” (Phuketia MPLP #Ph48, 2018) 6,181 words
  5. January 26, 2019:  “General Douglas MacArthur” (United States Scott #1424, 1971) 7,572 words
  6. January 27, 2019:  “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” (Germany Scott #1691, 1991) 4,470 words
  7. January 28, 2019:  “King Henry VII of England” (North Korea Scott #2662, 1984) 2,305 words
  8. January 29, 2019:  “Stamford Raffles & the Founding of Modern Singapore” (Singapore Scott #40, 1955) 4,302 words
United States - Star Ribbon (2019)
United States – Star Ribbon (2019)

I still have not decided on a topic for today’s ASAD entry as January 30 is filled with anniversaries of such things as the beheading of King Charles I of England in 1649, the execution of Oliver Cromwell in 1661, the legendary Akō incident during which forty-seven rōnin (leaderless samurai) avenged the death of their master in 1703, the first assassination attempt against a United States President (Andrew Jackson) in 1835, and the successful assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. I do not feel like writing about death this evening. It is also the birth anniversary of German flutist, flute maker and Baroque music composer Johann Joachim Quantz which interests me because of his middle name but I don’t have any stamps picturing him (at least one has been issued by Germany). Thus, it will be a “random stamp day” which means I will search through folders of stamps scanned from my collection until one catches my eye. In these instances, I try to choose something easy (such as an animal or a scenic place) that won’t involve too much research or assembly time. This will be only the second “random stamp day” this month (this year, for that matter); I usually average about 10-12 per month.

Before getting started on that (article #947), it’s time for a trip to the local outdoor market for dinner.

I hope everybody enjoys their weekend.

United States - Ellsworth Kelly (2019)
United States – Ellsworth Kelly (2019)

It’s nearly February, but I am finally able to put together a tentative schedule of Thailand Post’s planned 2019 stamps. Most of the images are sourced from promotional images as found on Facebook (the first two issues are scans from my collection) and the information comes almost entirely from a screenshot found on Facebook. All of this is subject to change as additional issues are announced, images are revealed, printings are delayed, etc.

January 1, 2019: Zodiac (Year of the Pig)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)

1162. Zodiac Postage Stamp (Year of the Pig)
Date of Issue : 1 January 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 1,000,000 pieces
Size : 30 x 40.5 mm. (Vertical)
Printer : Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited,Thailand
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
Designer : Mr.Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) sheet of 10
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) full sheet

1162. ตราไปรษณียากรชุดนักษัตรประจำปี (กุน)
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 1 มกราคม 2562
ความมุ่งหมาย : เพื่อเผยแพร่ปีนักษัตรของไทยให้แพร่หลาย
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท
จำนวนพิมพ์ : 1,000,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 40.5 มม. (แนวตั้ง)
ภาพ : ภาพนักษัตรปีกุน ภาพวาดฝีพระหัตถ์สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา ฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี
ผู้ประกอบแบบ : นายอุดร นิยมธรรม (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ : ไทยบริติชซีเคียวริตี้ พริ้นติ้ง จำกัด (มหาชน) ประเทศไทย
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 11.00 บาท

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover-front

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - Zodiac (Year of the Pig) - Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 1, 2019)
Thailand – Zodiac (Year of the Pig) – Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 1, 2019)

January 12, 2019: National Children’s Day

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 (January 12, 2019) - my scan
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 (January 12, 2019)

1163. National Children’s Day 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 12 January 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 700,000 pieces per design
Size : 31 x 31 mm.
Printer : Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited,Thailand
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer : Mr.Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)

1163. ตราไปรษณียากรที่ระลึกวันเด็กแห่งชาติ 2562
วันแรกจำหน่าย :12 มกราคม 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท(4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 700,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 31 x 31 มม.
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ : ไทยบริติชซีเคียวริตี้ พริ้นติ้ง จำกัด (มหาชน) ประเทศไทย
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท
ผู้ออกแบบ : นายอุดร นิยมธรรม (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover - my scan
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - National Children's Day - Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – National Children’s Day – Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 12, 2019)

February 7, 2019:  Symbol of Love

Thailand - Symbol of Love Postage Stamp (February 7, 2019)
Thailand – Symbol of Love Postage Stamp (February 7, 2019)

Symbol of Love Postage Stamp
Date of Issue : 7 February 2019
Denomination : 5.00 Baht
Quantity : 800,000 pieces
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical)
Printer :
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 14.00 Baht
Designer : Miss Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
ตราไปรษณียากรชุดสื่อแห่งความรัก
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 7 กุมภาพันธ์ 2562
ชนิดราคา : 5.00 บาท
จำนวนพิมพ์ : 800,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม.(แนวตั้ง)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ :
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่-หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 14.00 บาท
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.เอื้อมพร ศุภฤกษ์ชัย (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)


April 2, 2019:  Thai Heritage Conservation Day

Thailand - Thai Heritage Conservation Heritage Day (April 2, 2019)
Thailand – Thai Heritage Conservation Heritage Day (April 2, 2019)

Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 2 April 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 800,000 pieces per design
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical), 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Printer :
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer :

ตราไปรษณียากรที่ระลึกวันอนุรักษ์มรดกไทย 2562
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 2 เมษายน 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท (4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 500,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม.(แนวตั้ง) และ 48 x 30 มม.(แนวนอน)
ภาพ : จิตรกรรมฝาผนังในภาคใต้ อนุเคราะห์ภาพจาก รศ.ดร.สมพร ธุรี
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.เอื้อมพร ศุภฤกษ์ชัย (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ :
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท
แผ่นชีทที่ระลึก : 15 บาท


April 4, 2019:  Thai Traditional Festival

Stamp Image UnavailableThai Traditional Festival 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 4 April 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 400,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
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May 10, 2019:  Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day)

Thailand - Vesak Day (May 10, 2019)
Thailand – Vesak Buja Day (May 10, 2019)

Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day)
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical)
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer :

วันสำคัญทางพุทธศาสนา (วันวิสาขบูชา)
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 10 พฤษภาคม 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท (4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 500,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม. (แนวตั้ง)
ภาพ : พระธาตุประจำปีเกิด
ปีขาล – พระธาตุช่อแฮ จ.แพร่
ปีเถาะ – พระธาตุแช่แห้ง จ.น่าน
ปีมะโรง – พระธาตุเจดีย์วัดพระสิงห์ จ.เชียงใหม่
ปีมะเส็ง – พระธาตุเจดีย์เจ็ดยอด จ.เชียงใหม่
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.มยุรี นาคนิศร (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท

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Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day) – Miniature Sheet of 4
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
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May 10, 2019:  80 Years of Foundation for the Blind in Thailand

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80 Years of Foundation for the Blind in Thailand
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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June 1, 2019: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Kamphol Vacharaphol [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Kamphol Vacharaphol [UNDER CONSIDERATION]
Date of Issue : 1 June 2019
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June 2019: Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship [UNDER CONSIDERATION]
Date of Issue : June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
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June 14, 2019: 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and the Philippines

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70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and the Philippines
Date of Issue : 14 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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June 16, 2019: 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and Luxembourg

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80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and Luxembourg
Date of Issue : 16 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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June 21, 2019: Thailand – Maldives Joint Issue

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Thailand – Maldives Joint Issue
Date of Issue : 21 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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July 28, 2019: King Rama X’s 67th Birthday Anniversary

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King Rama X’s 67th Birthday Anniversary
Date of Issue : 28 July 2019
Denomination : 10.00 Baht
Quantity : 1,000,000 pieces
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August 8, 2019: ASEAN 2019

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ASEAN 2019 Commemorative Stamp
Date of Issue : 8 August 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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August 12, 2019: 87th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign

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87th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign Commemorative Stamp
Date of Issue : 12 August 2019
Denomination : 9.00 Baht
Quantity : 900,000 pieces
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September 11, 2019: Marine Life

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Marine Life
Date of Issue : 11 September 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
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September 30, 2019: Lighthouses

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Lighthouses
Date of Issue : 30 September 2019
Denomination : 4.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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October 9, 2019: World Post Day

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World Post Day
Date of Issue : 9 October 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 1)

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New Year 2020 (Series 1)
Date of Issue : 15 November 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 300,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 2)

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New Year 2020 (Series 1)
Date of Issue : 15 November 2019
Denomination : 15.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 300,000 pieces per design
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December 5, 2019: National Day

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National Day
Date of Issue : 5 December 2019
Denomination : 5.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 14.00 Baht
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I will continue to update this post throughout the year as additional information and images are announced, as well as scanning the actual items as soon as I purchase them. I do try to keep up with the new issues of Thailand as they are relatively inexpensive and most become available at my local post office almost immediately upon release. However, there are occasionally limited-edition miniature sheets (usually of four stamps) that are available only in certain locations on the date of issue that I don’t tend to collect as they can be difficult to find and expensive when encountered on eBay, etc. Also, I do not collect the various personalized sheets that appear throughout the year (although I may be tempted if it is a theme related to my home province of Phuket).

Screenshot of a Thailand Post stamp schedule, posted on Facebook in mid-January 2019
Screenshot of a Thailand Post stamp schedule, posted on Facebook in mid-January 2019

Apart from my daily articles for A Stamp A Day, my main philatelic activity this week involved putting together a spreadsheet summarizing all of the stamp issues I’ve been able to find that are scheduled for release in 2019. I’ve been perusing a wide variety of sources and even uncovered a few on eBay that I hadn’t come across elsewhere (including stamps by both Myanmar and Russia). I now have images for most of January’s new issues and a few others scattered later in the year. The problem is that most of the images are rather low-quality. My spreadsheet currently has 89 separate issues with a total of 211 face-different stamps from 48 stamp-issuing entities. I am trying to figure out how to embed this spreadsheet onto a (free) WordPress blog so that a constantly-updated version will be available here on Philatelic Pursuits.

Greenland - Greenland in World War II, 1940-1945 (January 21, 2019)
Greenland – Greenland in World War II, 1940-1945 (January 21, 2019)

My favorite stamp issue of the week is a pair issued yesterday (January 21) by Greenland marking that territory’s involvement in World War II. This is the fourth set in the series. Artist Naja Rosing-Asvid from Nuuk, Greenland, designed all the stamp images while Norwegian engraver and illustrator Martin Mörck undertook the engraving. The series, comprised of 10 stamps, is printed in combined offset and laser etching. The 25-Danish krone stamp for this year portrays “Communications” while the 41-krone denomination illustrates “Weather Stations”.

Liechtenstein - 300 Years of Liechtenstein embroidered souvenir sheet (January 23, 2019)
Liechtenstein – 300 Years of Liechtenstein embroidered souvenir sheet (January 23, 2019)

I am also quite interested in tomorrow’s release of a self-adhesive “embroidered” souvenir sheet marking the 300th anniversary of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Lying between Switzerland and Austria, it took its current name as a principality of the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. This is the first time that Liechtenstein has issued an embroidered stamp. Denominated at 6.30 Swiss francs, it is in the shape of a prince’s hat and was created by the embroidery firm Hämmerle & Vogel in Lustenau, Austria. A limited edition version of the stamp, embroidered with real gold thread, will also be available.

Thailand 2019 Stamp-Issuing Program (tentative schedule, from Facebook mid-January 2019)
Thailand 2019 Stamp-Issuing Program (tentative schedule, from Facebook mid-January 2019)

A few days after I was able to snap a photo of a Thailand Post stamp release schedule at my local post office (including a couple of issues marked as “under consideration”), a Thai friend of mine posted a similar schedule on Facebook as well as images of a few forthcoming releases. Thus, I am finally attempting to put together a “Stamp-Issuing Program” article for Thailand. I hope to have that finished within the next few days. The usual annual series and birthday anniversaries are in place and this year’s Diplomatic Relations stamps honor the Philippines (70th anniversary) and Luxembourg (80th anniversary); it still bothers me that Thailand Post didn’t mark last year’s 200th anniversary of Thai-U.S. friendship but the Phuketian stamps I created have proved rather popular with my trading partners. There will also be a joint-issue with the Maldives in June and what seems to be two 4-stamp topical issues scheduled for September — one on the subject of “Marine Life” and the other portrays “Lighthouses.”

United States - Uncle Sam Hat reissues (January 27, 2019)
United States – Uncle Sam Hat coil stamp (January 27, 2019)

On January 17 (the same date that the second United States stamp of the year was released), the U.S. Postal Service announced that it would offer four low-denomination Fruit series coil stamps in rolls of 3,000 on January 27 as well as in the previously released rolls of 10,000 stamps. The stamps affected are the 2-cent Meyer Lemons (originally issued on January 19, 2018, and listed as Scott #5256); 3-cent Strawberries (May 5, 2017, Scott #5201); 5-cent Pinot Noir Grapes (February 19, 2016, Scott #5038); and the 10-cent Red Pears (January 17, 2016, Scott #5039). It is as yet unknown if the stamps in the new size coil rolls will differ in any significant way from the original issues in the larger rolls (such as, for example, bearing microprinted “2019” dates). The same date will also see the reissue of the Uncle Sam Hat stamp previously released in panes on 20 on February 18, 2017 (Scott #5174), this time in coils of 100 stamps including a “2019” year inscription. January 27 will be a very expensive day for those few collectors left who still obtain all new U.S. issues.

The Year of the Boar commemorative forever stamp was unveiled January 17, 2019, at the Chinese Community Center in Houston, Texas. Screen capture from U.S. Postal Service video via Linn's Stamp News.
The Year of the Boar commemorative forever stamp was unveiled January 17, 2019, at the Chinese Community Center in Houston, Texas. Screen capture from U.S. Postal Service video via Linn’s Stamp News.

Meanwhile, the 12th stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s Celebrating Lunar New Year series was released on January 17 in ceremonies at the Chinese Community Center in Houston, Texas. USPS vice president of finance and planning Luke Grossmann was on hand to introduce the Year of the Boar stamp, the final stamp in a series that began in 2008. As with the previous 11 stamps in the series, the central artwork features a painting by New York-based artist Kam Mak. The 2019 illustration shows purple peach blossoms on a branch against a pale green background. Peach trees in China typically bloom in February. The upcoming Year of the Pig (or, Boar) will begin February 5, 2019, and end on January 24, 2020.

A Stamp A Day articles published last week:

  1. January 15, 2019:   “Franz Grillparzer” (Austria — Scott #489, 1949) 2,435 words
  2. January 16, 2019:  “Wan Khru (วันครู), or Teacher’s Day in Thailand” (Thailand — Scott #2849v, 2015) 1,509 words
  3. January 17, 2019:  “Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin” (Great Britain — Scott #785, 1976) 794 words
  4. January 18, 2019:  “Daniel Webster & the Dartmouth College Case” (United States — Scott #1380, 1969) 2,202 words
  5. January 19, 2019:  “Edgar Allan Poe & His Stamps” (United States — Scott #986, 1949) 6,525 words
  6. January 20, 2019:  “The British Colony of Hong Kong” (Hong Kong — Scott #173, 1941) 2,743 words
  7. January 21, 2019:  “Monte Carlo Auto Rally” (Monaco — Scott #333, 1955) 2,539 words
Pontifical Swiss Guard swearing-in ceremony at the Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City.
Pontifical Swiss Guard swearing-in ceremony at the Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City.

Today’s article, which will be post #939 to that blog, will be about the The Pontifical Swiss Guard (Cohors Pedestris Helvetiorum a Sacra Custodia Pontificis in Latin and Guardia Svizzera Pontificia in Italian). This is the small force maintained by the Holy See that is responsible for the safety of the Pope, including the security of the Apostolic Palace. The Swiss Guard serves as the de facto military of Vatican City. Established in 1506 under Pope Julius II with the first 100 soldiers arriving on January 21 of that year, the Pontifical Swiss Guard is among the oldest military units in continuous operation. I am still trying to decide which stamp to feature for the article (I have several to choose from issued by the Vatican as well as Switzerland) and will put it together later this afternoon or evening.

United States page 20 from my "Virtual Stamp Album" using scans from my own collection placed upon modified Steiner pages. Here, I added Scott #288 and #290 and upgraded Scott #287 from the 1898 Trans-Mississippian Exposition issue.
United States page 20 from my “Virtual Stamp Album” using scans from my own collection placed upon modified Steiner pages. Here, I added Scott #288 and #290 and upgraded Scott #287 from the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition issue.

I didn’t spent much time on my “virtual stamp album” pages this week, only adding a couple of stamps to the United States Trans-Mississippian issue of 1898, which I’d received in the mail last week. The 4-cent and 8-cent values are next on my list to acquire as well as upgrades and adding to the Pan-American issue of 1901.

Last November, I was planning to attend the Thailand 2018 World Stamp Exhibition in Bangkok. Ultimately, I was unable to attend and decided that I would do my best to make the next big stamp show in the region. That show happens to be in Singapore, a much more expensive place than anywhere in Thailand but a city that I thoroughly enjoyed during my one and only visit back in October 2006. The philatelic museum is truly world-class and judging by the video below, they really know how to put on a philatelically-themed show.

SINGPEX 2019, the 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is set to occur from July 31 until August 4 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, right downtown in Marina Centre. It’s a part of the Suntec City development, designed by Tsao & McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese geomancy (feng shui). The five buildings and the convention center are arranged so that they look like a left hand when viewed aerially. The Fountain of Wealth appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. As the fountain is made of bronze, it is believed that the balance of metal and water paves the way for success. Further, the specially selected Chinese name, 新达, means “new achievement”.

I haven’t attended an international (or any, for that matter) stamp show since spending nearly two weeks at PACIFIC 97 held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center in late May and early June 1997. One of my favorite activities during that huge exhibition was visiting all the different worldwide postal administrations which had booths there and obtaining a stamp to affix in the show’s passport to receive each nation’s special show postmark. While I purchased an abundance of stamps, covers, philatelic literature, etc. at PACIFIC 97, the passport was my prized souvenir for many years. I wish I had brought it to Thailand when I moved here (I left so much behind which is all gone now).

I am starting my “show fund” now and am committing myself to traveling to Singapore in the summer. I may have to cancel one or two lessons with Krungsri Bank (courses begin annually each July) but I might get lucky as His Majesty the King’s birthday is on July 28 and this tends to generate class cancellations anyway. I will print a copy of my “Attendance Declaration” and hang it in my office at work as a constant reminder of my mid-year goal.

A fairly active week for me in my hobby of philately capped off by purchasing the year’s second Thailand stamp issue and some successful bids on eBay (where I’ve been looking at some classic U.S. stamps trying to fill gaps in my 1893 Columbians and 1869 pictorials sets as well as much more recent first day covers).  I received a few purchases made in December and am continuing to seek out news of upcoming releases for 2019. Canada recently revealed its first designs of the year, the first of which were issued on January 14, and Great Britain releases its Stamp Classics sheet today. I’ve also begun creating what I am calling my “Virtual Album”, placing scanned images upon digital pages. All of this amidst daily additions to the A Stamp A Day blog (and my day-job of teaching) has made for a very busy week indeed.

It wasn’t until last night that I had a chance to read a few philatelic news sites, learning that the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is yet another victim (as are all of the other Smithsonian Institution facilities) of the current U.S. government shutdown that began on December 22. The postal museum closed on January 2 and suspended all on-site programming and events. The Smithsonian Institution is about two-thirds federally funded, with the rest of the funding coming from other areas; including donations, endowments and revenues from product development and sales, concessions and other sources. The Smithsonian Institution reports that its federal appropriation for the 2018 fiscal year was $1 billion.

Continue reading “Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-02”

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1162 (2019) first day cover - released January 1, 2019
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1162 (2019) first day cover – released January 1, 2019

Back in August and September 2016, I wrote three articles under the heading “Phila-Bytes” in an effort to post on Philatelic Pursuits more often. It didn’t work. I’d set out to do a bi-weekly series and perhaps there was too much going on during those two weeks to keep track of. At any rate, the series fizzled.

I am beginning to think in terms of weekly posting schedules for each of my blogs (yes, even the 925-post strong A Stamp A Day). I published the first of a weekly recap series this past Sunday on Asian Meanderings — my first entry there since last July — which includes an account of my week in terms of work, places visited, books read, etc. with a mix of photos and video. With that out of the way, I believe future installments will be much easier to put together. I plan to start once-per-week entries on A Stamp A Day (with a name change, of course) once I hit my 1000th article there in late March. I haven’t received a single postcard in quite some time so it may be a bit more difficult to post each week on Postcards to Phuket but I’ll take a look at my unblogged cards and figure something out soon.

My stamp purchases have gotten a slow start in 2019. In the past week, I’ve spent just over 450 baht (USD $14.20) on stamps and covers, mostly in eBay auctions. It can take up to two months for those online acquisitions to arrive in Thailand (not included in the total above is another 250 baht in shipping costs).

Old and new Phuket post offices in the heart of Phuket Town, Thailand.
Old and new Phuket post offices in the heart of Phuket Town, Thailand.
Continue reading “Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-01”