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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)

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year,  known popularly as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié). For a number of years, my adopted home of Thailand issued Zodiac stamps usually on January 1 and then a Chinese New Year set (often depicting various deities) a few weeks later. Last year, there was no Chinese New Year stamp and that has been repeated this year as well. Many nations have released Year of the Dog stamps, most with a distinctive Chinese slant, and a few have released issues more focused on the Spring Festival itself. If you are a dog lover, there are some very attractive topical stamps issued so far in 2018. To read more about the background of Chinese New Year, please have a look at my article on A Stamp A Day.

BHUTAN: Year of the Dog, released January 20, 2018

2018-01-20 [Bhutan] Chinese New Year


CANADA: Chinese New Year, released January 15, 2018

2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year 2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year 2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year 2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year


PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Year of the Dog, released January 5, 2018

2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year 2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year


PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Spring Festival, released January 10, 2018

2018-01-15 [Canada] Chinese New Year


CHRISTMAS ISLAND: Year of the Dog, released January 8, 2018

2018-01-08 [Christmas Island] Chinese New Year 2018-01-08 [Christmas Island] Chinese New Year 2018-01-08 [Christmas Island] Chinese New Year


FRANCE: Happy New Year, released February 2, 2018

2018-01-08 [Christmas Island] Chinese New Year


FRENCH POLYNESIA: Year of the Dog, released February 16, 2018

2018-02-16 Chinese New Year [French Polynesia]


GIBRALTAR: Year of the Dog, released January 30, 2018

2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year


GUERNSEY: Year of the Dog, released February 3, 2018

2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year


HONG KONG S.A.R., CHINA: Year of the Dog, released January 27, 2018

2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year 2018-01-30 [Gibraltar] Chinese New Year


INDONESIA: Chinese New Year, released February 1, 2018

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ISLE OF MAN: Year of the Dog, released February 8, 2018

2018-02-01 Chinese New Year [Indonesia]


JERSEY: Year of the Dog, released January 5, 2018


KAZAKHSTAN: Chinese New Year, released January 1, 2018

2018-01-01 [Kazakhstan] Chinese New Year miniature sheet


KYRGYZSTAN: Chinese New Year, released January 30, 2018


MACAU, CHINA: Year of the Dog, released January 5, 2018


MALAYSIA: Working Dogs, released January 13, 2018


MONGOLIA: Year of the Dog, released January 5, 2018

2018-01-05 [Mongolia] Chinese New Year


THE NETHERLANDS: Year of the Dog, released January 29, 2018


NEW CALEDONIA: Year of the Dog, released February 16, 2016

2018-02-16 Chinese New Year [New Caledonia]


NEW ZEALAND: Year of the Dog, released January 10, 2018


SINGAPORE: Year of the Dog (personalized stamps), released January 5, 2018

2018-01-05 [Singapore] Chinese New Year [peronalized stamps]


SLOVENIA: Year of the Dog, released January 26, 2018

2018-01-26 Chinese New Year [Slovenia]


TAJIKISTAN: Year of the Dog, released January 26, 2018

2018-01-26 Chinese New Year [Slovenia]


THAILAND: Year of the Dog, released January 1, 2018

2018-01-01 Year of the Dog [TH-1141]


UNITED NATIONS: Chinese New Year personalized sheet, released February 2, 2018

2018-01-01 Year of the Dog [TH-1141]


UNITED STATES: Zodiac Year of the Dog, released January 11, 2018

2018-01-11 [United States] Year of the Dog [Honolulu, HI]


WALLIS & FUTUNA ISLANDS: Year of the Dog, released February 16, 2018

2016-02-16 Chinese New Year [Wallis & Futuna]

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My birth-country of the United States has issued numerous stamps on an education theme since the 1950s.  A selection appears below:

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As has the United Nations:

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I quite like these from Vietnam, Mongolia, China, and Israel:

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Beautiful maximum card from Greece:

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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:

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And, finally, here are two more marking various World Teachers’ Days – from The Philippines and Algeria:

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What other education-related stamps do you recommend?  Please leave images in the Comments…

Please note that this article contains stamp images from press releases or eBay. I don’t (yet) own any of these. All other images on this blog are scans of items that I own, unless otherwise noted.