I’m always excited this time of the year tracking down new Christmas stamps (and am preparing the last two entries for my “A Month of Christmas” series on A Stamp A Day) as well as following announcements of the upcoming stamps for the New Year. Of course, many of the first issues are the myriad of Chinese New Year releases (2019 is the Year of the Pig) some of which are quite attractive but some countries such as Hong Kong seem to go a bit overboard with these. I much prefer the single stamp releases by the United States or Thailand for this particular topic. There are a few blogs around that do a good job of keeping track of various new issues and I’ve been checking some of the various issuing entities’ websites as well. It can be difficult to find decent-resolution images of stamp designs prior to their release.

United States of America

While 2018 saw some quite interesting stamps from the U.S., 2019 is shaping up to be much better. January will see several releases brought upon by rate increases including a couple of nicely-designed Priority Mail stamps that I would be happy to add to my collection were it not for the extremely high face values (US $7.35 and $25.50!). I’m extremely interested in the Wild and Scenic Rivers issue (reminiscent to last year’s O Beautiful! set) and the Post Office Murals stamps (I have seen one of those portrayed in person). Other favorites from the recently revealed designs include those of the USS Missouri, Marvin Gaye and Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. The Alabama stamp actually makes me want to revisit the state as I never found it THAT attractive but the Cactus Flowers, Coral Reefs and Frogs stamps don’t do much for me. The County and State Fairs issue is interesting but the design reminds me a bit too much of the Thanksgiving Parade issue of a few years ago.

Continue reading “2019 Stamp-Issuing Programs: United States”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A week ago, I posted a blog entry about Thailand’s Symbol of Love 2018 stamp release. Of course, the Land of Smiles is not the only nation promoting the theme of LOVE philatelicly. Below are images of other stamps that have been released recently which you may wish to use on any Valentine’s Day cards you’d like to mail (people do that, right?). At the very least, these may inspire you to buy something special for your significant other on what we call in Thailand Wan Rak (“day of love”). I recommend giving flowers or chocolate, NOT stamps or first day covers unless your loved-one also happens to share your beloved hobby.

AUSTRALIA: With Love, released February 6, 2018

Australia - Love, released February 6, 2018Australia - Love, released February 6, 2018

Australia - Love, released February 6, 2018


FRANCE: Valentine’s Day/50th Anniversary of Fashion House, released January 12, 2018

France - Valentine's Day/50th Anniversary of Fashion House, released January 12, 2018

France - Valentine's Day/50th Anniversary of Fashion House, released January 12, 2018 France - Valentine's Day/50th Anniversary of Fashion House, released January 12, 2018


IRELAND: Love & Marriage, released February 8, 2018

Ireland - Love & Marriage, released February 8, 2018


LEBANON: Spread Your Love, released February 7, 2018

Lebanon - Spread Your Love, released February 7, 2018

Lebanon - Spread Your Love, released February 7, 2018 [sheet]

Lebanon - Spread Your Love, released February 7, 2018 [First Day Cover, front]

Lebanon - Spread Your Love, released February 7, 2018 [First Day Cover, back]


MOLDOVA: Organ Transplant Promotion, released January 11, 2018

While this stamp from the land-locked Eastern European nation of Moldova looks similar to the other stamps in this theme, the purpose of this issue is actually to promote Organ Transplants which are probably the ultimate gift of love!

Moldova - Organ Transplant Promotion, released January 11, 2018Molodva - Organ Transplant Promotion, released January 11, 2018 [sheet]

Molodva - Organ Transplant Promotion, released January 11, 2018 [FDC]


SLOVENIA: Love, released January 26, 2018

Slovenia - Love, released January 26, 2018

Slovenia - Love, released January 26, 2018 [sheet]


THAILAND: Symbol of Love, released February 7, 2018 [Thailand Post #TH-1148]

Thailand TH-1143: Symbol of Love Postage StampThailand - Symbol of Love, released February 7, 2018 [sheet]

Thailand - Symbol of Love, released February 7, 2018 [FDC]


UNITED STATES: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [Scott #5255]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [Scott #5255]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [sheet]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [sheet liner]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [fFDC]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [FDC with digital color postmark]

United States: Love Flourishes, released January 18, 2018 [first day of issue cermeony program]