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Tainan County 71799,



Greetings from all over the world are flying to the small village of Christmas Island to get a special postmark.

“Every year, thousands of people take the time to send me their greeting cards to get the special postmark before they get delivered,” says postmistress MacKinnon who can stamp almost 2,000 greeting cards a day during the peak holiday season. “I’m always excited to find out from which country I’ll receive the first letter. With cards coming from as far as Japan or Australia, you realize that people are willing to make extra efforts to make their greeting cards unique for their loved ones, making my work even more meaningful.”
For more than 17 years at this time of year, the Christmas Island post office has been getting almost as busy as Santa’s workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000% between October and December. The thousands of letters from around the world come from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island.

For those interested in having holiday cards postmarked, please address and place the correct postage (or international reply coupon) on the actual greeting card, insert card into a larger envelope and send to:

 Featuring festive shapes and on the domestic, iconic gingerbread people, the images on the stamps are so realistic, you can almost smell the ginger and nutmeg—and taste the creamy sweet icing.

Food—especially wonderfully decorated savory delights or sweet treats—are a traditional part of celebration around the world. And whether you’re a fan of the festive season or a total bah-humbugger—it’s almost impossible to resist the temptation of fragrant and warm-from-the-oven Christmas cookies. That’s why we think our 2012 Christmas stamps will be irresistible. (But they’re self-adhesive—so quell the urge to lick them!)

It was her hope to inspire some happy childhood memories with stamps that are a tasty reminder of the pleasures practicing the tradition of baking and lovingly decorating holiday cookies and leaving a late night snack for Santa on Christmas Eve.

According to Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, “The simplicity of the well-known cookie images looks fresh and so appealing on the white background. Again, we try to explore symbols for the Christmas stamps that are familiar and have wide appeal—and I think we’ve definitely succeeded with these cookies.”

Royal originsOriginating with the Egyptians and Greeks, gingerbread’s ties to the holidays can be traced back to pre-Christian celebrations of the winter solstice, when small spicy cakes, marked with symbols of the sun were part of the yule feast. Gingerbread arrived in Europe courtesy of the crusaders, who brought then rare ginger back from the Middle East. As the spice became more common and affordable, an early European recipe that called for ground almonds, stale breadcrumbs, rosewater, sugar and ginger became popular. In the 16th century, English bakers replaced the breadcrumbs with flour, and added eggs and sweeteners, resulting in a lighter, tastier treat.
The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who impressed dignitaries by presenting them with cookies in their own likeness. Today, in towns and cities across the country, the best local bakers compete to create award-winning gingerbread homes—more aptly in many cases, cookie mansions—that use gum drops, jelly beans and other candies, coloured icings, nuts and other edible goodies as decorations.

Gingerbread Cookies 250 ml (1 cup) molasses
250 ml (1 cup) golden yellow sugar
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground ginger
5 ml (1 tsp) ground cloves
5 ml (1 tsp) ground nutmeg
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
250 ml (1 cup) butter (softened)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1,000 ml (4 cups) all-purpose flour
1. In a saucepan, dissolve the molasses, sugar and spices over low heat. Let simmer 20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the baking soda. (Be careful: The mix will rise and could overflow.)
Let stand 10 minutes.
3. In a mixing bowl, at low speed, add the molasses-spice mix a little at a time to the butter.
4. Add the eggs one by one and continue mixing.
5. Add the flour all at once with the mixer at low speed.
6. Beat batter until smooth, then separate into two balls and refrigerate for approx. 2 hours.
7. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 0.25 cm thick and cut into shapes using floured cookie cutters.
8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
9. Let cool on the cookie sheet.
Once cookies have cooled, they can be decorated with icing and your favourite candies.


100th Birth anniversary of Vu Trong Phung.

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Vu Trong Phung (20/10/1912 – 13/10/1939) who was born in My Hao District, Hung Yen provincewas a popular Vietnamese writer and journalist at the beginning of the 20th century. In the short-time ,he has left an incredible works repository: more than 30 short stories, 9 novels, 9 collective reportage, 7 plays, …, and hundreds of articles on politics, society, culture. Some excerpts from his works “Dumb Luck” and “The Storm” have been included in school textbooks of Vietnam.

Designers: Mr. Nguyen Du,
Printing Process:Offset,
Colour: Multicolored,
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)

The communist militant Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (1910 – 1941)

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Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (1910-1941) was born in Vinh City, Nghe An province. She soon joined the revolution. In 1930, she joined the Indochinese Communist Party and became one of the leaders of the party during 1930-1940. In 1937, she was elected to Communist Party Committee of the South andSecretary of Saigon-Cholon regional party. She was one of the leaders of the revolutionary movement 1936-1939 in Saigon and the Uprising of the South.

Designers: Mr. Du ; Mr. Trang & Mr. Tuan
Printing process: Offset
Paper: Gummed
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)


Postman’s Uniform

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Pos Malaysia has issued a series of stamps on the postman's uniforms in conjunction with World Post Day.
The stamps which come in three designs of postman's uniforms over the years will be on sale at all Pos Malaysia branches on Monday.
Pos Malaysia Stamp and Philatelic Division head Yasmin Ramli said the collection would feature the postman's uniform according to the changing era in the 1950's, 1970's and 1990's in conjunction with World Post Day on Oct 9.
She said the 1950's design would be in 60sen denomination while the 1970's and 1990's designs would respectively be sold at 80sen and RM1 each.

Second Series of Malaysian Currency

First Day Cover with Stamp

This is a very special set of stamp in terms of design. Firstly, it is printed with hot stamp foiling on most stamps. In addition, the 60 sen stamps featuring the coins are hexagonal in shape, complete with embossing to bring out the intricate details on the coin.

Paper :SPM Watermark, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process :Litography
Printer :Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer :Reign Associates Sdn Bhd


Sanxingdui Bronze

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Located in the city of Guanghan in northern Chengdu Plain, Sichuan Province, Sanxingdui is the ruins of a prehistoric culture dating back 4,800-2,600 years.
 It is considered the origin of the Yangtze River Civilization and an outstanding manifestation of the zenith of Chinese bronze civilization.
Myriad artifacts have been excavated from Sanxingdui, most of which are bronze.
 In sharp contrast to the bronze ware discovered in the Central Plains, Sanxingdui bronze features distinctive local characteristics and a strong flavor of wizard culture, clearly exemplified by an astonishing group of standing human statues and masks.
These cultural relics are evidence of the political and religious power of the Shu, reflecting the spiritual values and social characteristics of the ancient kingdom ruled by religious authority.
This discovery is unparalleled in the world’s history of archaeology.
 The life-size standing figure unearthed from Sanxingdui's No.2 sacrificial pit, measuring 262 centimeters with its pedestal, is larger than any other contemporaneous bronze figure found so far in the world.
Dressed in a dragon robe, the enigmatic character stands on a high base in an awe-inspiring manner. Some archaeologists have asserted the figure's identity as a combination of god, wizard, and king, or the most authoritative leader, symbolizing the highest religious and political authority.  

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Designer: Qian Zhe, Zhang Qiang
Printing Process: Offset
Printer: Liaoning Post & Telecommunication Printing Works

Sent from Canada First Day Entire Cover

Thanks Maryam Muhammad Irwan

Sent from Malaysia Entire Cover

Thanks Sanmugam Arumugam


750 Years Melaka

The stamp issue entitled "750 Years of Melaka" was released on 7 Oct 2012 (Sunday). However, post offices nationwide only sold the philatelic products of this stamp issue on 8 Oct 2012 (Monday). The stamp issue was released in conjunction of a stamp exhibition organised by Philatelic Society of Malaysia on 7-13 Oct 2012 in Melaka, and the stamps started being sold on 7 Oct 2012 at the stamp exhibition venue. This stamp issue comes with a set of two stamps and a miniature sheet. In additional to these, an overprint miniature sheet was also released. However, this overprint miniature sheet was only sold at the exhibition stamp, not post offices nationwide.

Stamp Sheet

750 Years Melaka


XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The first four series of the brand «XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tourism on the Black Sea coast of Russia "will be released into circulation in fall 2011. The uniqueness of the brands "Sochi 2014" is that they will be the most multilingual support for the history of the Olympic movement. Results will be released 6 different sheets, each with information on the coupons, and the fields will be given a sheet in different languages: English, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

The stamps will depict Sochi attractions in and around Krasnaya Polyana, the Marina, an observation tower on Mount Akhun Large and unique monument megalithic culture Volkonsky dolmen in Sochi National Park. Form release stamps - sheet with illustrated margins of four stamps and four coupons, which contains information about all the objects depicted. Design stamps designed by artists FSUE "Brand".

There will be 15 disciplines. A series dedicated to the Olympic kinds spotra will include stamps with the image of mountain skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, figure skating, short track, biathlon, bobsled, skeleton , tobogganing, ice hockey and curling.
In Russia sales marks the first "Olympic" series will start in autumn 2011. Their value will be 15, 20, 25 and 30 rubles respectively.
 In future sale of stamps in this series and abroad. Release four more brands series «XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Tourism on the Black Sea coast of Russia "is scheduled for 2012."The history of Olympic stamps issue goes back 115 years, since I Olympic Games in Athens.
Philatelic program "Sochi 2014" I hope to continue the tradition established by another Olympics - 80 in Moscow.
Then it was released more than 70 kinds of brands, total revenues from the sale of the circulation which in current prices amounted to 21 million dollars.
We plan to repeat the success, augmenting the collection of unique samples, the present postal artifacts "Sochi 2014", - the president of the Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014" Dmitry Chernyshenko.Recall, the Federal Communications Agency and the Organizing Committee have concluded an agreement under which provided massive Stamp program for the period 2011-2014.Total for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 will be released four postal unit, 45 raznosyuzhetnyh stamps and postcards, as well as a set of after stamps in art cover.
This is a record in the history of the Winter Games. So, in preparation for the Games in Vancouver, Canada Post issued 15 raznosyuzhetnyh brands, total sales of which amounted to more than 900 million copies.As subjects for postal products "Sochi 2014" will be used winter sports, Olympic sports facilities, as well as types of Krasnodar region.

The stamp depicts a rock sail near Gelendzhik.

Sail rock, called due to its shape, is located on the Black Sea, 17 kilometers southeast of Gelendzhik. It is a unique natural formation of a fragment of sandstone reservoir, once part of the former shore array and store due to its durability.
Sochi. station
The railway station is located in the Central District of Sochi, is an architectural landmark of federal importance. The building is a complex architectural composition with a clock tower and three yards as atriums with sculptures and fountains. Dial clock tower decorated signs.

Sochi. arboretum
Arboretum c unique collection of subtropical flora and fauna located in Khostinsky Sochi. The central part of the park is organized on the principle of Italian terraced gardens full of monuments. Lower is English landscape park, developed by geography.

Sochi.  Orekhovsky Falls
Orekhovsky waterfall is 14 kilometers from the sea, at the confluence of Bezumenka and Sochi near the village of Lower Orekhovka. One of the most popular, beautiful, tall (27.5 meters) and powerful waterfalls Black Sea coast has a karstic origin. Is a natural monument of the Krasnodar Territory.

Design: A. Ivanov.
Denomination: 15 p., 20 p., 25 p., 30 p.
Size of stamp: 42x30 mm.

4 small sheet of 6 stamps with coupons for 6 different languages.

Postcard from Russia

 Thanks Umka Alyona


The 75 anniversary of the first non-stop flight

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На почтовой марке изображен самолёт АНТ-25 на фоне карты с маршрутом первого трансполярного беспосадочного перелёта экипажа В.П. Чкалова.

The stamp depicts the ANT-25 over a map of the route of the first non-stop flight crew transpolar VP Chkalov.

Commemorative Stamp


Сувенирный набор в художественной обложке.
(Gift set in an art cover.)
Обложка трехстворчатая, размер в сложенном виде: 180х180 мм.
Внутри обложки - лист из 8 марок в клеммташе и  2конверта первого дня с гашением
Cover three-sided, folded size: 180x180 mm.
Inside cover - sheet of 8 stamps in klemmtashe and 2konverta first day with blowout

Fifth definitive issue - Fox, Elk, Bear.



Fauna of Russia. Whales

Two postage stamps of the series "Fauna of Russia" dedicated to the cetaceans which inhabit the Russian territorial waters will be issued on February 8.

Postage stamps depict orca and humpback whales.

Fifth definitive issue - Fox