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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)

A fairly active week for me in my hobby of philately capped off by purchasing the year’s second Thailand stamp issue and some successful bids on eBay (where I’ve been looking at some classic U.S. stamps trying to fill gaps in my 1893 Columbians and 1869 pictorials sets as well as much more recent first day covers).  I received a few purchases made in December and am continuing to seek out news of upcoming releases for 2019. Canada recently revealed its first designs of the year, the first of which were issued on January 14, and Great Britain releases its Stamp Classics sheet today. I’ve also begun creating what I am calling my “Virtual Album”, placing scanned images upon digital pages. All of this amidst daily additions to the A Stamp A Day blog (and my day-job of teaching) has made for a very busy week indeed.

It wasn’t until last night that I had a chance to read a few philatelic news sites, learning that the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is yet another victim (as are all of the other Smithsonian Institution facilities) of the current U.S. government shutdown that began on December 22. The postal museum closed on January 2 and suspended all on-site programming and events. The Smithsonian Institution is about two-thirds federally funded, with the rest of the funding coming from other areas; including donations, endowments and revenues from product development and sales, concessions and other sources. The Smithsonian Institution reports that its federal appropriation for the 2018 fiscal year was $1 billion.

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Ajman (1964-1972)

LOCATION: Oman Peninsula, Arabia, on Persian Gulf
AREA:  100 sq. mi. (260 sq. km)
Population:  4,400 (est. 1970)
GOVERNMENT:  Sheikdom under British protection
CAPITAL:  Ajman

FIRST STAMPS ISSUED:  20 June 1964
LAST STAMPS ISSUED:  1972 [those issued after 18 December 1965 are unlisted in Scott]

CURRENCY:
100 Naiye Paise = 1 Rupee (1964-1966); 100 Fils = 1 Dinar (1966-1972)

Ajman is the smallest of seven emirates, centrally located on the western coast of the present-day United Arab Emirates in eastern Arabia.  It is the smallest of the emirates by area and had an estimated population of 4,400 in 1970.  Today, the population is more than 360,000.  Ajman City is the capital and the port is situated down a short creek.  The emirate is bordered by Sharjah and is only 10km away from Dubai in the south and Umm al Quwain in the north.

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British influence in the region increased in the early nineteenth century.  Following the capture of Ras al Khaimah by a British force, the sultan of Sharjah sighed the General Maritime Treaty with Great Britain on 8 January 1820, surrendering the towers, guns and vessels of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain and their dependencies.  Ajman initially refused the primacy of the sultan of Sharjah but capitulated in 1823.  A British maritime survey in 1822 had noted that Ajman had one of the best backwaters on the coast and was a small town with a single fortified building, the ruler’s house.

Postcard from Ajman

Ajman town and its date groves were attacked by the Bani Yas tribe in 1831.  Forces from Ajman subsequently attacked Sohar and Muscat which prompted a British naval force being sent to curb the raids in 1832.  Ending conflicts between Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ajman, a Maritime Treaty was signed in 1835.  Forces from Al Heera invaded Ajman in 1840 which prompted further reprisals and another Maritime Treaty between the Trucial sheiks and the British in 1843.  A “Perpetual Treaty of Peace” was entered into by the coastal sheiks on 4 May 1853; a further treaty bound the Trucial States to Britain in 1892.

Ajman as seen from the air

In 1948, the British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia were set up to provide postal services to countries in the region with mail processed in Dubai using stamps issued for the Trucial States.  The first post office in Ajman was opened on 29 November 1963 by the Agencies.  The first stamps inscribed with the individual emirate name of Ajman were issued on 20 June 1964.  The sheikdom released 64 stamps – 46 general issue, nine airmail, four airmail official, and five official stamps – in 1964 and 1965.

On 5 July 1966, Ajman opened a post office in its small dependency of Manama.  The first Manama issue appeared soon afterwards and the two postal agencies released thousands of stamps designed solely with the worldwide collector in mind.  As these had little to no postal validity, the Scott catalogue does not list any Ajman stamps released after December 1965, nor any of the Manama issues.  To identify these unlisted stamps, the Oh My Gosh website is useful.  I believe that the Michel and Stanley Gibbons catalogues list some of these disputed issues, but I don’t have the pertinent volumes available to check.

Ajman - Scott #C3 - 1965-11-15

Ajman agreed to join the independent United Arab Emirates on 2 December 1971 and the UAE took over postal operations on 1 August 1972.   Ajman stamps were allowed to be used for postage until the following April. Numerous Ajman-inscribed stamps continued to be released throughout 1972 and beyond but these weren’t recognized as valid by the government.  In addition to the sixty-four listed in Scott, it has been estimated that an additional six to seven thousand different Ajman stamps came onto the philatelic market between 1964 and 1972.  It’s been reported that the Ajman postmaster, without consulting the government, sold “exclusive” stamp-printing contracts to at least two separate agencies during this time.

Ajman - Scott #C9 - 1965-12-18

The majority of the Scott-listed stamps are valued at less than US $1 with the most expensive being Scott #18, priced at US $4.30 in my 2009 edition of the catalogue.  Most of the postally-disputed unlisted stamps are considered to be practically worthless but can offer nice additions to certain topical collections.  It is probably impossible to aim for completeness, however…

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I currently have twenty-nine stamps from Ajman in my general worldwide collection, one of which will be earmarked for my A Stamp From Everywhere album.  I own all nine of the Scott-listed airmail stamps, C1-C9.  The first six values were released on 15 November 1965 and the remaining three high-value stamps appeared on 18 December 1965, about two weeks after my birth.  I also have twenty tiny unlisted airmail stamps picturing various countries’ military uniforms and carrying the date 1972, along with the inscription “Ajman State and its Dependencies.”