Ireland – Great Irish Songs (May 2, 2019) U2 “With Or Without You”

I don’t have very many stamps in my collection depicting my preferred musical genre of rock and roll and none at all honoring my three favorite performers — Marillion, Bruce Springsteen and U2 — all three of which are still regularly playing shows and releasing great music. That will change a bit on May 2 when Ireland releases a set of four stamps commemorating Great Irish Songs. U2 is included in this set recognizing “With Or Without You” from 1987’s The Joshua Tree. This album, perhaps their greatest, was the first to be released after I’d become a die-hard U2 fan.

My younger sister had gotten me interested in the band by way of their 1983 Live at Red Rocks EP and video; I believe she’d bought the War sometime before that. I purchased The Unforgettable Fire soon after it’s release in the autumn of 1984 but became an super-fan upon witnessing the band’s performance at 1985’s Live Aid (I’d been recording the live radio and TV simulcasts on cassette and VHS throughout that day). I was hooked and finally got to see them play a concert at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena nearly two–and-a-half years later in the midst of The Joshua Tree tour.

By then, I was purchasing their 7-inch and 12-inch singles as soon as possible upon their release (all with B-sides not on the album itself, all of which were as good as any song on the album). For a long time, they just kept getting better and more popular it seemed. One of the things I miss about living in the United States is attending great concerts such as those that U2 produce; of course, my sister still tries to attend as many as she can (most recently being that marking the 30th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree.

Ireland – Great Irish Songs (May 2, 2019) Cranberries “Dreams”

I will, of course, be purchasing these stamps. In addition to the U2 stamp, the others recognize “Dreams” by The Cranberries (another big favorite; oddly, their later song “Zombie” is HUGELY popular here in Thailand — one of only two or three Western songs EVERYBODY here knows), “Danny Boy” by John McCormack, and “On Raglan Road” by Luke Kelly.

Fairly early on, I enjoyed collecting stamps from “obscure” and remote islands. Perhaps the first of these was Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean. In late 1978 and early 1979 (and beyond), my other great interest besides stamp collecting was the classic ocean liners that once crossed the Atlantic as well as those big passenger ships that still existed at the time. One of my favorite side-line hobbies was writing to various shipping companies to request brochures (they didn’t seem to be the big collectible they are now and I really wish I had retained those). Chief among these were the booklets sent to me from the Cunard Line with nice foldout cutaways and deck plans of their then-flagship RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.

Thus, I was doubly-interested when I discovered that Tristan da Cunha planned to release several stamps marking the QE2‘s visit to the tiny island on her 1979 world cruise including one picturing the RMS Queen Mary, a favorite due to several visits to Long Beach, California, where she has been moored since 1967, during family vacations. Perhaps what piqued my interest was the fact that a beautiful profile of the QE2 would be featured on what at the time was the world’s widest stamp (or longest, if you prefer).

Tristan da Cunha – Lobster Industry (April 10, 2019)

This was in the days before the Internet made obtaining new issues from such far-off lands as easy as a few clicks of the mouse so I found the address of Tristan da Cunha’s philatelic bureau (on the island itself rather than an agency in the UK or elsewhere) and duly wrote a request for stamps and covers along with a postal money order for what I estimated to be the total amount.  Months later, I received the stamps in a presentation pack (which had been autographed by representatives of each family still living there as well as several first day covers. That transaction began a forty-year love affair with the island and her stamps and I still admire the designs and the conservative issuing policy. The latest release from Tristan da Cunha continues the trend of attractive designs and relevant topics with a set of four due later this week marking the island’s lobster industry, a very important part of the local economy.

Pitcairn Islands – Scott #1-8 (1940-1951)

Another island that I have avidly collected since childhood could be considered the Pacific Ocean equivalent of Tristan da Cunha. I do not recall if I first saw the Charles Laughton and Clark Gable movie or read the books by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall but I became quite interested in the entire story of the Bounty mutiny not long after I turned ten years old. My birthday that year included not only my first stamp album but a copy of Nordhoff and Hall’s Bounty Trilogy (the edition with the N.C. Wyeth illustrations). While I loved reading the events of the mutiny and Bligh’s small boat voyage to Timor, I was particularly enthralled with what happened to Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers once they arrived on Pitcairn Island. A bonus to my budding interest at the time was the fact that the album I received (which had been my mother’s childhood album) contained one or two stamps from Pitcairn, starting another lifelong philatelic (and bibliographic) pursuit. It was only two or three years ago that I finally completed the initial 1940-1951 definitive set of ten stamps by obtaining MNH copies of Scott #5A and #6A which are a bit pricier than the others.

Pitcairn Islands – Paintings of the HMAV Bounty (February 27, 2019)
Pitcairn Islands – Paintings of the HMAV Bounty (February 27, 2019) first day cover

The islands (the name on the stamps including the others in the administrative territory although all but Pitcairn are uninhabited) continue a fairly conservative issuing policy based on local interests. The most recent Pitcairn Islands release appeared on February 27, a beautiful set of four stamps depicting paintings of the HMAV Bounty.

The newly-restored Phuket Philatelic Museum building, AKA the old post office, in Phuket Town, Thailand.

Of course, now that I live in Thailand I avidly collect the Kingdom’s stamps and eagerly await each new issue. Last week saw only the fourth stamp release of 2019 but the schedule will heat up somewhat in May with several issues due.  The annual Thai Heritage Conversation set rarely disappoints and I walked over to the Phuket Philatelic Museum on April 2 to make my purchase. It was the first time I had been inside the old post office building (established in a building previously used as somebody’s home back in the early 1930s) since the roof collapsed during a monsoonal storm in the middle of last year. The redesign looked pleasant enough, although somewhat sparse and I am quite pleased with the new pastel yellow exterior. I was happy to see the Muslim clerk back in her rightful environment (she seemed so out-of-place during the restoration when she sold stamps from a back room in the main post office building next door).

Main post office in Phuket Town, Thailand, directly to the north of the original building.
Thailand – Thai Heritage Conservation Day (April 2, 2019) first day cover with added Phuket postmark

My usual new issue purchase of Thai stamps consists of full sheets of each design (roughly one U.S. dollar each) as well as three first day covers, one of which I get postmarked with the local date stamp if I am there on the release date. However, I wish they wouldn’t let me cancel my own cover as I am hopeless at it having never mastered the very odd dry ink used. On this occasion, I heavily over-inked the device and brought all my weight down upon it making for a rather messy postmark. The clerk was so distraught that she probably would have given me another cover to make a second attempt on had I asked; I simply said mai bpen rai (roughly equivalent to “No problem”) and made my exit.

Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2019 (April 2, 2019). I purchased one of each full sheet (4 x 10 stamps each) and three first day covers for a total cost of 204 Thai baht. This converts to just $6.39 in U.S. currency under the current exchange rate. Thai stamps are very inexpensive to purchase and a lot of fun to collect.

While at the museum, I found the only edition of the Thailand Post new issues bulletin published thus far in 2019. It covers the first three releases of the year, useful in that I was able to gather the names of the stamp designers. I also enjoy reading the English version of the issue information; these are somewhat better than those generated by Google Translate but still produce a bit of humor or puzzlement when reading them. You can right-click to view the images in the slideshow below if you would like to see what I mean.

My other big “pursuit” of the past few days has been to try and get caught up on my New Issues pages. This seems to be a never-ending task as I am constantly finding about stamps that were released months ago.  I was barely finished “celebrating” my completion of the January page when I came across a large batch of first day covers bearing the date of January 1, 2019, supposedly from Madagascar. These are very similar to those “released” by the Republic of Chad on the same date (with probably the exact same CDS device used on those). With these and others from agencies such as the Intergovernmental Philatelic Corporation, I am sorely tempted to NOT include these borderline issues. After all, they will probably never see usage on mail deriving from the entity imprinted thereon and certainly won’t be included in certain major catalogues.

Madagascar – Captain America (January 1, 2019) first day cover

However, somebody must collect this stuff or why spend the money to print them in the first place?  Although I find them quite tedious to add to my listings due to the sameness in their appearance, I have decided to include all such stamps that I can find decent-quality images of. I am aiming for completion on the Stamps of 2019 pages and I hope I can maintain them throughout the year (and beyond?). At some point, I may even add a few local post issues if I can track down a few more of those.  It is hard work but I enjoy (most of) it.

The Punk Philatelist blog

Other than seeing a bunch of new stamp issue announcements (many through my Facebook new feed) and noticing a list of new Scott numbers for recently-issued United States stamps, there really hasn’t been much news in the philatelic world that I have noticed. My favorite stamp bloggers have been fairly quiet and I just got around to reading the latest by The Punk Philatelist among others. Due to changing my Google account, I only just found out that Graham of Exploring Stamps — hands down, the best philatelic channel on YouTube — is already six episodes into Season 3. I will need to do some binge-watching this weekend to get caught up. For those who haven’t discovered the joys of this vlog (and his other forays on social media), have a look at his landing page which has links to each corner of his empire. I wish more of us would do something similar to bring our hobby back to the masses.

Exploring Stamps – on You Tube, Instagram, Twitter, and more…

Have a great philatelic week….

It has been way too long (two weeks and counting) since my last philatelic update. Much of that time was spent during a two-week Summer Camp at a temple school on the opposite site of the island and nearly a week of “recovery” as my body rebelled against my brutal schedule and our current heat wave. Earlier this week, I lost nearly 1-terabyte of data when an external hard drive (my main backup drive) became corrupted; this includes every stamp in my collection (duly scanned and catalogued over the course of about five years) and many other philatelic files. The good news is that I will be able to recover most of that data; the bad news is that it will cost me quite a bit of time and money.

Moving forward….

Macedonia – 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing (March 21, 2019) first day cover

While I was ill, I started to read Dick Parry’s Moonshot in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The first few stamps have been released in commemoration and the United States Postal Service announced their upcoming two-stamp release about a week ago. These will be released at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 19. The images have been publicized far and wide and there has been quite a bit of criticism about the “boring” nature of the  stamps, not to mention the fact that a living person appears on one contrary to U.S. stamp “law”. The designs have grown on me a bit (my first impression was probably, ho-hum). The fun, I think, will be in tracking down those being released elsewhere. I quite like the Apollo 11 stamp from Macedonia, seen above on a first day cover.

Thailand Post #1165 – Thai Heritage Conservation Day (April 2, 2019) set of four sheet stamps
Thailand Post #1165 – Thai Heritage Conservation Day (April 2, 2019) first day cover

The next new stamps to be issued by Thailand Post will be the annual set marking Thai Heritage Conversation Day on April 2. This is always one of my favorite issues each year and the 2019 edition features murals from Buddhist temples in Thailand’s southern provinces. While Songkhla is relatively safe, the far southern areas of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala (not featured here) have been war-torn for years due to border unrest with Malaysia. A majority of the population is Muslim and many in the region would like to see these provinces either returned to Malaysia or become their own independent state. Talks are virtually nonexistent and bombings frequent, often targeting teachers and schools. Needless to say, I have yet to visit this area of Thailand. The images used on the stamps were provided by Associate Professor Dr. Somporn Thuri of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Rajamangala University of Technology in Thanyaburi. Google Translate tells me the murals are as follow:

Thailand Post #1165 – Thai Heritage Conservation Day (April 2, 2019) four sheets of 10 stamps each

3.00 baht (Type 1): Chumamani Chedi, Khok Khian Temple, Narathiwat Province
3.00 baht (Type 2): Tradition of giving alms to merit merit for those who passed away, Pa Si Temple, Pattani Province
3.00 baht (Type 3): The event in the story of Phra Wessadon Chadok, Khu Tao Temple, Songkhla Province
3.00 baht (Type 4): History of Buddhism at the time of descending from Dao Dueng Temple, Wat Pha Phra, Songkhla Province

As usual, there will also be a souvenir sheet although Thailand Post has not yet released any details about it other than the image below (which appears to me as a self-adhesive):

Thailand – Thai Heritage Conservation Day (April 2, 2019) souvenir sheet of one
Vatican City and Poland – 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Restored (March 29, 2019) first day covers

I quite enjoy joint-issue stamps with the same or similar designs released by two different entities concurrently. On March 29, Poland and the Vatican City each released a single stamp marking the 100th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Poland and the Holy See. I consider Vatican stamps to be some of the most beautifully designed in the world and Poland is a nation near and dear to my heart. I will be ordering these as soon as possible.

Free download from the Royal Philatelic Society London

It is always fun to find free resources, particularly when they pertain to our hobby.  The Royal Philatelic Society London is currently offering a 109-page PDF-format extract of Stamp Perforation: The Somerset House Years — 1848 to 1880, originally published in 2006 as the culmination of a number of years of research and collaboration. Parts 1 and 2 of the book dealt with the history and introduction of perforation, whereas Part 3 (the majority of which is included in the free download) covered perforation varieties, with a large section on constant perforation varieties, commonly known as broken perforation pin varieties. Visit this page for the download links for the extract and a few additional resources as well.

Canada – Canadians in Flight (March 27, 2019)

One of the few philatelic-related projects NOT on my (semi-)failed backup drive were my folders containing images for my New Issues pages as well as my spreadsheets detailing those releases. Within the next few days, I plan to get back on-track updating the information, seeking out quality images and updating the pages themselves. I have already brought the U.S. and Thailand pages up-to-date (several release dates and a few images added to the former, images and details added to the latter). The worldwide monthly pages are a bit more intimidating, particularly with numerous new issues having been announced or released recently. A particularly favorite from last week is a five-stamp set picturing Canadians in Flight.

As we head into the Thai New Year holiday (Songkran), there is a distinct slow-down at work although my administrative duties will probably increase this week as our long-time Head Teacher departs and the new Head takes his place. As Deputy Head Teacher, it will be my responsibility to train my new boss as we begin accepting applications and assigning teachers to our contracted schools in advance of the next school year (which will begin in early May). With my putting A Stamp A Day “on vacation” for the foreseeable future, I should be able to handle my workload and still have time to get tackle quite a few philatelic pursuits in the next few weeks.  Now that my exhaustion/illness seems to have subsided, I am ready to move forward…

The final baker’s dozen ASAD articles since my last update covered a wide range of topics and I was very successful in avoiding such heavily-highlighted issuers as the United States, Germany and Canada. My current plan is to return to writing articles for that blog once I have the Philatelic Pursuits New Issues pages up-to-date. If I am lazy, that might be a while….

  1.  March 13, 2019:  “The Phoenix Lights” (San Marino — Scott #1396, 1997) 3,590 words
  2.  March 14, 2019:  “Birth of Einstein, Death of Hawking” (Isle of Man — Michel #2178-2179, 2016) 2,044 words
  3.  March 15, 2019:  “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” (Italy — Scott #217, 1929) 3,806 words
  4.  March 16, 2019:  “The Seal of St. Vincent Colony” (St. Vincent — Scott #197, 1955) 954 words
  5.  March 17, 2019:  “St. Patrick’s Day” (Ireland — Scott #121, 1943) 2,506 words
  6.  March 18, 2019:  “St. Vincent and the Grenadines:  Mickey’s School of Education” (St. Vincent and the Grenadines — Scott #2252 (1996) 1,726 words
  7.  March 19, 2019:  “Post #995:  Sydney Harbour Bridge” (Australia — Scott #2675e, 2007) 4,429 words
  8.  March 20, 2019:  “Post #996:  The Grenadines of St. Vincent” (The Grenadines of St. Vincent — Scott #909, 1992) 946 words
  9.  March 21, 2019:  “Post #997:  Natalicio de Benito Juárez” (México — Scott #1229, 1981) 4,368 words
  10.  March 22, 2019:  “Post #998:  World Water Day” (Uruguay — Scott #2067, 2004) 899 words
  11. March 23, 2019:  “Post #999:  Coastwatchers in the Solomon Islands” (Solomon Islands — Scott #333, 1976) 1,886 words
  12. March 24, 2019:  “Post #1000:  One Thousand (!)” (Free City of Danzig — Scott #127, 1923) 1,807 words
  13. March 25, 2019:  “A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!” (Mali — Scott #879, 1997) 1,074 words

Thank you, dear readers.  I hope I don’t take as long with the next update….

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 :
Printing Process and Color :
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
Size :
Printer :
Printing Process and Color :
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)
Printer :
Printing Process and Color :
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
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June 1, 2019: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Kamphol Vacharaphol [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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June 2019: Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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Date of Issue : June 2019
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June 14, 2019: 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and the Philippines

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Date of Issue : 14 June 2019
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June 16, 2019: 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and Luxembourg

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Date of Issue : 16 June 2019
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June 21, 2019: Thailand – Maldives Joint Issue

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Date of Issue : 21 June 2019
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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
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August 8, 2019: ASEAN 2019

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ASEAN 2019 Commemorative Stamp
Date of Issue : 8 August 2019
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August 12, 2019: 87th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign

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Date of Issue : 12 August 2019
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September 11, 2019: Marine Life

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Date of Issue : 11 September 2019
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September 30, 2019: Lighthouses

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Date of Issue : 30 September 2019
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October 9, 2019: World Post Day

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Date of Issue : 9 October 2019
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 1)

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Date of Issue : 15 November 2019
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 2)

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December 5, 2019: National Day

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Date of Issue : 5 December 2019
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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
Sueng Bung Fai with traditional Isan dressing and local long drum show. Photo taken in Suwannaphum District, Roi Et, Thailand on June 6, 2015.

After nearly two months without any new stamps, Thailand Post is set to release two sets within the next four days for a total of eight stamps and one souvenir sheet.

Thailand TH-1144 Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2018 commemorative stamp set, release date April 2, 2018 Thailand TH-1144 Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2018 souvenir sheet, release date April 2, 2018Thailand TH-1144 Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2018 First Day Cover, release date April 2, 2018

Thailand TH-1144 Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2018 pictorial postmarks, release date April 2, 2018
Thailand TH-1144 Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2018 commemorative stamp set with souvenir sheet, release date April 2, 2018

Due tomorrow, April 2, 2018, is the annual set marking Thai Heritage Conservation Day (วันอนุรักษ์มรดกไทย — Wan Anurak Moradok Thai). Marking the birthday of the popular Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (มหาจักรีสิรินธร), a stamp collector and designer herself, the special day has been observed since 1995. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information about the murals portrayed on this year’s stamp set. Four 3-baht stamps plus a souvenir sheet which will be sold for 15 baht are scheduled to be issued under the Thailand Post catalogue number of TH-1144.

Thailand TH-1144 Thai Traditional Festivals 2018 commemorative stamp set, release date April 4, 2018 Thailand TH-1144 Thai Traditional Festivals 2018 First Day Cover, release date April 4, 2018

Thailand TH-1144 Thai Traditional Festivals 2018 pictorial postmarks, release date April 4, 2018
Thailand TH-1144 Thai Traditional Festivals 2018 commemorative stamp set, release date April 4, 2018

On April 4, the annual set of four Thai Traditional Festivals set will be released under the Thailand Post number TH-1145. This year’s subject is the spectacular Sky Rocket Festival (ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ — Prapheni Bun Bang Fai), a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people throughout much of the Isan region of northeastern Thailand and Laos near the beginning of the wet season. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets.

Rocket Festival, Yasothon ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ จังหวัดยโสธร
Rocket launch at Yasothon, Thailand ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ จังหวัดยโสธร
Sueng Bung Fai with traditional Isan dressing and local long drum show. Photo taken in Suwannaphum District, Roi Et, Thailand on June 6, 2015.
Sueng Bung Fai with traditional Isan dressing and local long drum show. Photo taken in Suwannaphum District, Roi Et, Thailand on June 6, 2015.

Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary in traditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia. The most famous celebrations are those held in Yasothon’s provincial capital staged annually over the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that falls in the middle of May. In 2018, I believe this is May 18-20 but haven’t been able to confirm those dates yet. It appears that the photographs used for Thailand’s new stamps were taken at Yasathon. The festival is one I’ve long wanted to attend and will make an extra effort this year (it can be difficult to take more than two days off from work). At the very least, I will put together an article about the Skyrocket Festival for my A Stamp A Day blog next month.

In the meantime, here’s some video from the 2016 Rocket Festival at Kut Wa in Kalasin Province, Thailand:

The next stamps on the Thailand Post calendar is a 2-stamp set marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic releations between Thailand and Turkey (TH-1146), scheduled for release on May 12. There is also a four-stamp set (TH-1147) scheduled for May 14 to mark Vesak Buja Day (วันวิสาขบูชา — Wan Wisakhabucha). This is a Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, traditionally at the full moon of the sixth Thai lunar month (May). In Thailand, it is also observed as National Tree Day.

April 6 in Thailand is observed as Chakri Memorial Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakkri), which commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782. Officially known as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), this year the date will see the release of the first new banknotes and coins bearing the likeness of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (มหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร). In the West, he is called simply King Rama X. Banknotes in the denominations of 20, 50 and 100 baht will be released on April 6 as well as coins denominated 10, 5, 2, and 1 baht plus 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 satang (all of the satang coinage is basically useless, retailers usually will round up or give customers 25- or 50-satang coins in change but refuse to accept them as payment; the lowest values are so that banks can balance their account books and probably won’t reach circulation).

Thailand King Rama X Definitive Stamps (Series I), scheduled for release July 28, 2018.
Pre-Order announcement for Thailand King Rama X Definitive Stamps (Series I), scheduled for release July 28, 2018.

The first Rama X definitive stamps were originally scheduled to have been released on April 6 as well but are now delayed until July 28. That date is known in English as King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday but in Thai it is วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร — Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Maha Wachiralongkon Bodinthrathepphayawarangkun. Have I mentioned that I have given up trying to learn the language due to mouthfuls such as this? There will be twelve stamps released that date bearing Rama X’s portrait in denominations of 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 50, and 100 baht. The total face value is 220 baht, plus it appears that there will also be a souvenir sheet containing all 12 stamps to be sold for 250 baht. The stamps are now available for pre-order, as evidenced by the pictured advertisement I found on Facebook.

Although King Maha Vajiralongkorn accepted the throne on the night of December 1, 2016, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej was cremated on October 26, 2017, a coronation for the new king has yet to be held.