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
January 1, 2019: Definitive Stamp — Marianne (International Rate)
January 1, 2019: ATM Labels — Fighter Jets in the Israeli Air Force
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
January 1, 2019: Happy New Year 2019
January 1, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 2, 2019
January 2, 2019: International Year of the Periodic Table
Andorra (French Administration)
January 2, 2019: Coat of Arms Definitive (International Rate)
January 2, 2019: 100th Anniversary of Byelorussian SSR
January 2, 2019: Mourning Prior Philippe
January 2, 2019: National Flag
January 2, 2019: Life of Vikings
January 2, 2019: Definitive Stamp — Wavy Lines & Hearts
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
January 2, 2019: American Bay Cabin
January 2, 2019: White Tern
January 2, 2019: Minerals — Sapphire
January 2, 2019: French Cruiser Colbert
January 2, 2019: Antarctic Horsefish
January 2, 2019: Kerguelen Island — Bras Jules Laboureur
January 2, 2019: Kerguelen Island — Lake Sediment Sampling Program
January 2, 2019: B2M Champlain
January 2, 2019: Insects — Neomaso Antarcticus
January 2, 2019: Yves Valette, 1920-2014
January 2, 2019: Mario Zucchelli, 1944-2003
January 2, 2019: Birds
January 2, 2019: Seashells
January 2, 2019: Restoration of Phylica Arborea Trees on Amsterdam Island
January 2, 2019: Photovoltaic Plant, Tromelin Island
January 2, 2019: Treasures of German Museums — “The Lonely Tree” by Caspar David Friedrich
January 2, 2019: Young Animals — Racoon
January 2, 2019: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
January 2, 2019: Endangered Animals – Harbor Porpoises
January 2, 2019: Beautiful Netherlands — Texel
January 2, 2019: Experience Nature
January 2, 2019: Engineering — Panama Canal
January 2, 2019: 12 Months, 12 Stamps — Huesca
January 2, 2019: Tourism
January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019: National Emergency Service
January 4, 2019
Andorra (French Administration)
January 4, 2019: The Legend of the White Horse of Solana
Andorra (Spanish Administration)
January 4, 2019: Andorran Flag Definitive
January 4, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 4, 2019: Symbols of the State — Flags
January 4, 2019: Birds — Ibis
January 4, 2019: International Circus Festival
January 4, 2019: 10 Years of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque
January 4, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 4, 2019: 71st Anniversary of Independence
January 4, 2019: European Green Capital — Oslo
January 4, 2019: Antarctica
January 4, 2019: Council of the European Union Presidency
January 4, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 5, 2019
People’s Republic of China
January 5, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 5, 2019: Theravada Tripitaka
January 5, 2019: AFC Asia Cup
January 6, 2019
January 6, 2019: Equestrian Festival
January 7, 2019
January 7, 2019: African Inspiration: Fabric
January 8, 2019
January 8, 2019: Year of the Pig
January 8, 2019: 30th Anniversary of the Pitti Immagine Foundation
January 9, 2019
January 9, 2019: 100th Anniversary of the Medjimurje Liberation
January 9, 2019: Collection of Christmas — Omsk
January 9, 2019: International Year of the Periodic Table
January 9, 2019: Precious Stones
January 10, 2019
People’s Republic of China
January 10, 2019: Chinese New Year Greetings Stamp
United States of America
It’s been a rainy week with the summer monsoon finally kicking in with a vengeance. Phuket has seen quite a few canals flooding, muddy landslides and downed power lines but once again we escaped the full brunt of the storm that brought wide-spread destruction to our neighbors to the northwest in Myanmar. Our local postman wisely stayed at home for several days, only venturing out on Wednesday for the first mail delivery we’ve had since the dual Buddhist holidays last week. I was happy to receive a small amount of mail, although a couple of the envelopes were somewhat water-damaged. Luckily, the stamps within remained dry in their glassine envelopes.
A dealer in New South Wales, Australia, sent me these three stamps issued by the Armenian republican government in 1920, part of s set of ten that never saw postal use. The Scott catalogue doesn’t assign numbers for these but does note that some were used fiscally and values the entire set at US $10. Scott further mentions that imperforate samples and reprints are also available.
My first Hawaiian stamp came, appropriately enough, from an eBay seller in the interestingly-named town of Captain Cook in Hawaii itself. This is Scott #43 picturing King David Kalakaua, 2 cent rose issued in 1886. I also received – by way of Portland, Oregon – the lovely postcard of Honolulu pictured below, bearing a U.S. stamp and a 1909 Honolulu cancellation depicting the U.S. flag some fifty years prior to statehood.
I’ve been buying a few Lundy Island items lately and felt that this postcard made a nice companion to the local post stamps. I started collecting Lundy Island stamps upon stumbling across one of the early puffin issues which had the number of puffins pictured to match the stamp’s denomination. In retrospect, I wish I’d followed a similar design plan for my own Muang Phuket Local Post as I could have had the currency valued in “gibbons” accompanied by pictures of the local primate population. I suppose I could have a currency-change series, but I digress…
Finally, from the pleasant-sounding Blue Jay, California, I received a mixed lot of 75 stamps from French Algeria, a sign that my original “A Stamp From Everywhere” collection is becoming a mite complicated. Often, I will start off obtaining a single stamp from a particular country and then that stamp causes me to want to add more. Packets such as this one can make it easy to put together nice collections of certain stamp-issuing countries without spending a whole lot of money.
Algeria (1924-1958; 1962-Date)
LOCATION: North Africa
AREA: 919,595 sq. mi. (2,381,741 sq. km)
Population: 39,500,000 (2015 est.)
FIRST STAMPS: France from 1849
FIRST STAMPS ISSUED: 8 May 1924
100 Centimes = 1 Franc (1924-1964)
100 Centimes = 1 Dinar (1964-date)
Algeria is the largest country in Africa, situated in the northern part of the continent on the Mediterranean coast. The country was named after the capital city of Algiers, deriving from the Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir, “the islands”). Today, the official language is Arabic, although about 40% speaks Berber and French is widely understood, being the language of choice for business and university-level education.Remnants of hominid occupation dating to 200,000 BC have been found in the Ain Hanech region in Saïda Province and Neanderthal tool makers produced hand axes in styles similar to those found in the Levant dating to 43,000 BC. Neolithic civilizations marked by animal domestication and agriculture developed in the Saharan and coastal regions between 11,000 and 2000 BC. The various Northern African peoples eventually coalesced into a distinct indigenous population that came to be called the Berbers.
Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements were established along the coast beginning around 600 BC but Berber power grew following the destruction of the city of Carthage in 146 BC. Two Berber kingdoms were established in Numidia by the second century BC and were annexed by the Roman Empire in 24 AD. The Romans ruled the region of Algeria for several centuries; it was one of the breadbaskets of the empire, exporting cereals and other agricultural products. The Arabs conquered Algeria in the mid-seventh century.
In the early 16th century, Spain constructed fortified outposts called presidios in the coastal regions of Algeria, taking control of several coastal towns. Spain built a fort on one of the rocky islets in the harbor at Algiers in 1510. Turkish privateer brothers Aruj and Hayreddin Barbarossa moved their base of operations to Algiers in 1516 and conquered the city from the Spaniards. With the aid of a force of 2000 janissaries provided by the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the whole area between Constantine and Oran in 1518; the city of Oran remained in Spanish hands until 1791. The Ottomans ruled Algeria for the next five centuries.
Despite usurpation, military coups and occasional mob rule, the day-to-day operation of Ottoman government in Algeria was remarkably orderly. One major threat, however, was in the form of Barbary pirates who preyed on Christian and non-Islamic shipping in the western Mediterranean, capturing between one and 1.25 million Europeans as slaves between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Two pirate ships from Algiers sailed as far as Iceland in July 1627, raiding and capturing slaves as they went. In 1629, pirate ships from Algeria raided the Faroe Islands. Piracy on American vessels resulted in the First (1801-1805) and Second Barbary Wars (1815).
It is not known when postal services were first established in Algeria but letters sent by Europeans in Algiers date from 1690. A postal marking from Spanish-controlled Oran is known from 1749.
In 1830, the French invaded and captured Algiers followed by a conquest which lasted until 1848 and resulted in considerable bloodshed. In 1834, France annexed the occupied areas of Algeria, which had an estimated Muslim population of about two million, as a colony. Colonial administration in the occupied areas – the so-called régime du sabre (government of the sword) – was placed under a governor general, a high-ranking army officer invested with civil and military jurisdiction, who was responsible to the minister of war. Marshal Bugeaud, who became the first governor-general, headed the conquest, making a systemic use of torture and following a “scorched earth” policy. A period of pacification followed until 1871 and then a period of peace from 1872-1890 before the conquest of the Saharan oases. Civil administration by France did not reach the desert provinces until 1902.
Regular postal services were introduced by France in 1830 when the military postal organization Tresor et Postes was established in Algiers. This was opened to civilians in 1835 but still used military handstamps until 1839 after which datestamps with town names became standard. The service expanded into the interior as French control spread. There were 295 post offices in operation by 1880.
Initial postal services were by courier and by coastal steamboat service operated by the French navy which passed to Messageries Maritimes in 1866. Starting in 1862, railways began slowly moving forward with the Constantine-Philippeville line opening in 1870 and Algiers-Oran the following year.
Stamps of France were used for mail in Algeria starting on 16 January 1849 and were initially obliterated by dumb grille which are only identifiable as originating from Algeria when on cover. Starting in 1852, these were replaced in 1852 by the so called “petit chiffres” (small figures), a lozenge of dots surrounding a number. The “grande chiffres” (large figures) with new post office numbers replaced the small figures after 1863. The numerical cancellations were replaced by circular datestamps incorporating the name of the post office from April 1876.
On 8 May 1924, French stamps and postal stationery overprinted with “ALGÉRIE” were issued for the country. Some thirty-two types were issued over the next two years. The first stamps inscribed with the country’s name appeared in 1926, consisting of four typographed designs showing local scenes. This series ultimately consisted of thirty-five types, ranging in denomination from 1 centime to 20 francs. Algeria’s first commemorative stamp marked the centenary of French control and depicted the Bay of Algiers on a 10-franc value.
Following the armistice between France and Germany in 1940, Algeria continued to be governed by France. The Allies first landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942 and the Comité Français de Libération Nationale (French Committee of National Liberation) took over the administration of Algeria on 13 March 1943. Fezzan was captured by the Free French Forces of Chad in 1943 and used the stamps of Algeria between 1943 and 1946.
After the Second World War, dissatisfaction among the Muslim population, which lacked political and economic status in the colonial system, gave rise to demands for greater political autonomy, and eventually independence, from France. A declaration that Algeria was to become an integral province of France led to open war on 1 November 1954. The Algerian War led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Algerians and hundreds of thousands of injuries.
The use of Algerian-imprinted stamps ceased during the war and French stamps were used from 22 July 1958 until 27 June 1962. The war lasted until a cease-fire on 18 March 1962. By referendum Algeria became independent on 3 July 1962. Locally-applied overprints reading “EA” on stocks of French stamps in a wide variety of colors and typefaces were used from 4 July 1962 until 31 October 1962. These were replaced the following day by a set of five designs showing local scenes and inscribed “REPUBLIQUE ALGERIENNE” in both French and Arabic which was the first appearance of Arabic on Algerian stamps.
Today, Algeria is a semi-presidential republic of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes. Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999. The country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 17th largest reserves of oil in the world, and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas. Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometers (919,595 square miles), 90% of which is desert, Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world and the largest in Africa.
My 2009 edition of the Scott catalogue lists a total of 1605 Algerian stamps. These are divided amongst 1388 general issue stamps, 115 semi-postals, 23 air mail releases, three air post semi-postal stamps, 74 postage due varieties, and two stamps for parcel post. Algeria is considered to be a fairly inexpensive country to collect with the majority of issues valued at less than US $1. The most expensive stamp listed is Scott #66, the 10-franc denomination issued in 1927 picturing the tomb of Sidi Yacoub, valued at $52.50 in 2009.
In addition to the Scott-listed stamps, French postal stationery items consisting of envelopes, newspaper wrappers, letter cards, and postal cards were overprinted “ALGÉRIE” and issued in 1924. A total of eleven different newspaper wrappers were produced for use in Algeria between 1924 and 1943, four of these were by overprinting French newspaper wrappers and two by surcharging Algerian newspaper wrappers. These were followed by postal stationery printed for Algeria in 1927. Envelopes, newspaper wrappers and letter cards were discontinued in the early 1940s. Upon independence in 1962, Algeria issued a single postal card plus aerogrammes in 1976. There are also the Algerian Railways (Parcel Post) issues in five pictorial designs – Gare de Philippeville, Renault Railcar, Micheline Railcar in an Oasis, Viaduct, Gare de Bone – which are unlisted in Scott.
I currently have seventeen stamps from Algeria, including Scott #1 – eleven of the general issues, five airmails and one newspaper stamp (Scott #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 173, 175, 176, 179, 182, 284, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, and P1). With so many utilizing the French penchant for great design and the low cost involved, I would like to add more of these attractive stamps to my collection. I still don’t have one which I would call the “perfect choice” to represent Algeria in my A Stamp From Everywhere collection.
As a teacher of English As A Foreign Language (EFL), I would like to start collecting stamps and postmarks portraying different aspects of education be they schools, students, classroom elements, or the teachers themselves. Thus, I’m thrilled by the recent stamps issued by the tiny nation of San Marino. Perhaps they will be the first I will add to an education-themed topical collection (I have yet to find them listed on eBay).
The pair of stamps released on 16 June honor World Teachers’ Day, held annually every 5 October since 1994 in order to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents “a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.” Over one hundred countries currently observe this special day.
The 2015 San Marino set of stamps were designed by graphic artist Guido Scarabottolo. The 80 euro value features stylized students listening to a teacher holding a book in his hand while they are standing on piles of books, meaning that the roots of knowledge come from the same fertile soil. The 95 euro stamp portrays a teacher showing the light of knowledge to her students. This same image appears on the issue’s first day of issue cancellation.
There have been many stamps issued since the late 1950’s honoring education in all of its forms. I’ve identified a few on eBay that I’d like to purchase in the near future. This pair below was issued in 1997 for Thailand’s Children’s Day, held annually on the first Saturday of January. The stamp on the left illustrates a typical schoolyard scene with the students in the ubiquitous uniform of Thai government-run school – white tops with brown shorts for boys and blue skirts for the girls.
Teachers are generally greatly revered in Thailand and there are two days designated in the schools here in which to honor them. Wai Kru Day is on a Thursday in mid- to late June on which is held a ceremony where all of the students of the school will bow to the point that their knees and head are on the floor before presenting an elaborate flower arrangement to the teacher who happens to be sitting across from them. If it is a large school (as most here tend to be), the teacher may end up with fifty or more flower arrangements each which often end up in a large trash bin.
In January (the week following Children’s Day, on a Thursday once again), is Wan Kru which translates as “Teachers’ Day” and is simply an extra day off. The students seem to enjoy this more than the teachers do as it falls right at mid-terms and there are already way too many government, Buddhist and other holidays (days off without pay) during the November to February stretch. At any rate, I have yet to come across any stamps honoring these two special days for teachers. However, the stamp below was issued in mid-June 1998 honoring education in general so it may have been intended to mark Wai Kru as well.
My birth-country of the United States has issued numerous stamps on an education theme since the 1950s. A selection appears below:
As has the United Nations:
I quite like these from Vietnam, Mongolia, China, and Israel:
Beautiful maximum card from Greece:
I’m not usually a big fan of Disney stamps, but perhaps I’ll make an exception for this mini-sheet from St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
And, finally, here are two more marking various World Teachers’ Days – from The Philippines and Algeria:
What other education-related stamps do you recommend? Please leave images in the Comments…