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
Designer :


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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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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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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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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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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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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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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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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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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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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

SAM_6859Two days in a row of mail – thank goodness for sunny days.  We really needed a break from the monsoonal rains so flood waters can dissipate a bit and we can all dry out somewhat.  It won’t be long before we’re slammed by another storm.

Today was more of a book and FDC day aside from my morning visit to the Phuket Philatelic Museum.  All six of the Muang Phuket Local Post covers I prepared for ASEAN Day arrived, albeit a little worse for the wear.  As the philatelic staff had closed shop here in order to attend THAIPEX up in Bangkok last week, I had to drop the covers into a pillar box at the shopping mall where my school is located.  Most of the covers were somewhat battered as a result but managed to travel the two kilometers in just one week!

Scan_20150814 (40)I’ve been fascinated by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II for quite some time and have a nice collection of the stamps and a few covers as well.  My interest to learn more led me to seek out Ralph Mollet’s Jersey Under the Swastika after having found a copy of a Jersey War Museum pamphlet of extracts.  The copy I found which arrived today was published in 1945 and formerly a part of the Royal Philatelic Society’s library holdings.  It may be too lengthy and fragile to scan, which is my preferred method of preserving (and then reading) these older softbound works, but I will give it a go.

Scan_20150814 (39)My interest in the Channel Islands goes back to the late 1970s and early 1980s when I began corresponding with a noted maritime author who lived on Jersey for most of the year (he wintered in Alicante, Spain).  In addition to collecting the issues of Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey, I’ve also accumulated a few of the local posts from Herm and Jethou.  Thus, when I came across an old catalogue of these types of carrier labels at a price of less than a U.S. dollar I couldn’t resist.  There looks to be a lot of useful information in this one…

Scan_20150814 (41)The last book to arrive today is one that I intend to begin reading this weekend.  Well, I actually started to read Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World’s Most Valuable Stamps as a Kindle sample from Amazon.com a couple of months ago.  I decided that I would rather have a physical copy than an eBook to read so I tracked down a used copy.  Although I have many stamp-related books in .pdf or .epub format (including most of my stamp catalogues),  I would much rather have a tree-book instead.  This one came all the way from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I intend to write a full review here once I finish it…

Angra Mix

Finally…some stamps!  I received six from the first of the King Carlos definitives released by the Portuguese administrative district of Angra.  This covered three islands in the Azores and only issued its own stamps from 1892 until 1905.  This is another “new” country for me – stamp issuer number 266, in fact.  The stamps I received were Scott #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9 – all mint hinged, except #5 which is used. 

Angra - 2 - 1892

I now have but one outstanding stamp order – a Hawaiian provisional issue coming from a dealer in Israel.  Perhaps that will arrive tomorrow.  I’m winding down my stamp-buying somewhat in an effort to get caught up on scanning and cataloguing.  When stamps arrive in a trickle, it is fairly easy to get them done on the same day (my goal) but I’m still working on a massive lot that arrived at the end of July. 

The amount of time I have to work on stamp-related activities (including this blog) is also reduced right now as the rainy season tends to breed weekend English camps that my agency calls upon me to run.  Not only that, but I am starting work at a huge high school this coming Monday – covering classes until the end of the term (early October) because of the hasty departure of the previous teacher.  I doubt this particular school has WiFi so my blog-posting may be fairly irregular for the next couple of months.  But, stay tuned…

Happy Collecting!

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Today is listed on my calendar as Thailand Post Co. Ltd. Establishment Day, marking the date in 2003 that Thailand’s postal services were privatized.  The stamp at left was released to mark the 10th anniversary two years ago and is Thailand’s biggest stamp released to date, measuring 62 x 62 mm.  I’m not really sure what rate the 10-baht face value was intended for (first class domestic letters are 3 baht; international postcards are 15 baht); it was released in a sheet of four.

I’d already planned a trip to the Phuket Philatelic Museum to buy a few new issues released since my last visit on 29 July (the release date of the Thai Alphabet set), this being my last day off until early October.  But first I needed to visit Phuket Immigration Office; foreigner residents are required to check-in every 90 days.

While walking back home from the immigration office, I witnessed the totally unexpected local celebration of Thailand Post Day:  Led by a highway patrol car with lights and siren to clear the traffic, I first saw perhaps a half-dozen red-and-white Thailand Post and EMS trucks.  This was followed with around 50 motorbikes ridden by local mail carriers wearing their red-and-white jackets and helmets.  It was quite a site – particularly as they were circling a locally-iconic clock tower at the time.  It’s a shame that I didn’t have my camera with me – one of the rare occurrences that I’d left it at home!  Next year, I will be waiting…

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As for the post office visit, the ladies manning the philatelic museum shop counter were sporting the red 12th anniversary polo shirts which I commented on.  To my shock, they offered me one but they didn’t have one in my size (a Thai XXL which, back in America would be a loose-fitting XL).  Thai people are nothing but hospitable.  They had all the stamps I needed but were sold out of the first day covers for the THAIPEX issues (beautiful purple-based stamps portraying musical instruments played by HRH Princess Chakri Maha Siridhorn who is celebrating her 60th birthday this year) as well as the FDC for National Communications Day (which happens to be on the anniversary of the very first stamps released by Siam in 1883).  They did have the covers for the Royal Thai Army stamp and ASEAN Day stamp, both released on 8 August.

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The ASEAN Day stamp is quite striking and will make a nice accompaniment to my Muang Phuket Local Post ASEAN flags stamps on outgoing postcards (the 15-baht rate is the international postcard rate).  Since it also saw a souvenir sheet release, it took some effort to explain to one counter-lady that I wanted that plus a full sheet of ten.  I discovered that they call the souvenir sheet a “sheet” and a full sheet should be ordered by saying, “per sheet”.  This was the first time I ever had a real lost-in-translation moment at Phuket Philatelic Museum as they are usually pretty good at interpreting my stamp needs. 

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While I’m thinking about it, I’ll go online this afternoon and try to find the missing first day covers; the post office also sold out of the princess’s 60th birthday stamp issued in March and I haven’t yet tracked one down.

The next Thai stamps won’t be released until 18 September, a pair commemorating a half-century of diplomatic relations with Singapore and picturing tasty desserts (sticky rice with mango for Thailand, ice cream sandwiches for Singapore), followed on the 22nd with a single stamp marking the 103rd annual World Congress of the World Dental Federation to be held in Bangkok.

Happy Birthday, Thailand Post!

Postmark2014iAround the time I began collecting stamps again in earnest, I stumbled across several local post stamps.  Somewhat inspired by these, I set off on a tangent to my main philatelic pursuits and launched my own local post.  I had two purposes in mind when I created Muang Phuket Local Post:  1)  to learn how to use photo-editing software to design stamp-like labels and postcards and 2) to commemorate subjects that I felt were interesting but weren’t being honored by official postal administrations.  Mostly, it was just for fun. 

phuket_mapMuang refers to an administrative district for a community in Thailand, applied to the capital district (amphoe muang) of a province but is also generally the municipal equivalent of a town.  Originally, the term was used for a town having a defensive wall and a ruler with at least the noble rank of khun.  Other district subdivisions include tambon (township or subdistrict) and muban (village or hamlet).  I happen to live in Tambon Talat Yai (“big market subdistrict”) in Amphoe Muang Phuket which most local people just call Muang Phuket or “Phuket Town”.  Thus, the name for the local post.

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The first issues in late 2013 were designed using a couple of different Android apps while the postmarks were done in Adobe Photoshop (a program in which I’m still struggling with the basics).  Various other markings were pieced together using Microsoft Paint and sheet layouts were often done using MS Office Word.  The 2014 releases were created using a Windows 8 app called Fotr while the January 2015 Penny Black issue and the yet-to-be-released ASEAN flag stamps were made using Paint.  An issue I’m planning to mark my 50th birthday in December may be the most complex yet as with portions made using Paint, Photoscape, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.  I hope it comes together as I intend…

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I “released” the first two Muang Phuket Local Post stamps in October 2013 – a definitive featuring an iconic building that serves as one of the symbols for Phuket Town plus a commemorative for World Post Day.  Four additional issues appeared before the end of the year marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, 180 years of Thai-American friendship, and a 6-stamp Christmas in Thailand set.  MPLP has participated in the last two World Local Post Days (the last Monday in January) with a single commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014 and the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black this year.  A pair of stamps at the end of 2014 marked the tenth anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami.

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Future releases include an eleven-stamp set portraying flags of the ASEAN member nations (plus the ASEAN flag itself) to be issued in early August, at least five marking my 50th birthday in December (which happens to fall on the same day as His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej), and a single designed for use at the English camps held by my teaching agency at various village schools on Phuket and neighboring islands.

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To date, all MPLP issues have been imperforate, the 2013 issues printed on plain paper and affixed to covers using a glue stick.  The 2014 and 2015 stamps have been printed on self-adhesive paper.  All have been extremely limited releases, usually numbering less than fifty of each design printed with less than ten first day covers prepared for each issue.  These are dual-canceled by the Phuket Town post office and sent through the mail. 

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Denominations are in either 25 or 50 satang, a very small unit of the Thai baht (100 satang = 1 baht = US $0.029).  The tiny brass coins are occasionally given as change (rounded down) but never accepted for payment, at least here in Phuket Town. 

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First day of issue postmarks have also been made for each issue, the majority printed directly on the envelopes after stamps had been affixed.  For the 2014 tsunami anniversary issue, I had a generic undated rubber handstamp made with a stylized wave which I’ve been using on all Muang Phuket Local Post correspondence (primarily Postcrossing postcards).  I’ve also designed a few transport markings including “Carried by Elephant” and “Tuk Tuk Express” but thus far these have been printed by computer rather than actual handstamps.

The sole manner of conveyance is by my own footpower, transporting covers and postcards from my home to the closest mailbox or post office (usually the main one in Phuket Town, adjacent to the Phuket Philatelic Museum).  Rather than doing hand-back service at the counter, I prefer to have these go through the Thai mailstream (i.e., FDC’s are always mailed to myself or another collector).  I have sent envelopes bearing MPLP stamps (affixed to the lower left) internationally and all have arrived…so far.  The local postings do illustrate the inefficiency of Thailand Post as they take at least a week and usually closer to two weeks to travel the two kilometers between the main post office and my home.

I’m currently at work creating a catalogue listing the stamps, covers, and postmarks of Muang Phuket Local Post.  And I just realized that I should make stamp album pages as well…

Once again, I find it interesting the tangents that this hobby can lead you to pursue.

Happy Collecting.