Friday, 14 July 2017

USPS's First Thermochromic Ink stamp was released on June 20th, 2017 to 
commemorate the August 21st Total Eclipse of the Sun.  The stamp has a black circle at the middle, when it is exposed to light/heat the image of the moon will appear.  Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect.  Since the stamps on cover are travelling long way, they are exposed to sunlight and obviously they lose its special feature.  In order to preserve the Mint stamps USPS is providing some special envelopes at an extra cost.


Thanks a lot Arakan, USA for sending these stamps on cover.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Odd World - Austria

My Austria collection of Odd/Unique stamps

Odd Materials


Polyurithene stamp






Embroidery stamps







3D / Motion stamps

                                              


Puzzle stamps/Interactive game stamps
Easter Bunny
Halloween
Christmas

Odd shape

                  
    Foil stamps



Material on stamp

Meteorite dust on stamp: Austria

In 2006 Austria Post has Issued a stamp with Meteorite dust.  The dust came from a 19Kg stony meteorite found in Morocco in 2004.  The meteorite was crushed into a very fine dust and 0.03gms of that dust was hand affixed to the stamp using special adhesive.  I am very thankful to Mr.Sudhan for this unique material on stamp.  Nice addition to my Odd and Unusual stamp collection.


Friday, 30 June 2017

World's first Porcelain stamp : Austria


Austria Post has issued World's First Porcelain stamp on 20th March 2014. The Viennese rose stamps were designed by the Vienna Porcelain Manufacturer Augarten (Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten), Europe's second porcelain manufacturer and they are claiming that it is unbreakable.  

I am very thankful to Sudhan for this Odd and unique stamp.  Nice addition to my Odd and Unusual stamps collection. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

World's first self adhesive glass stamp : Austria

Another special stamp by the Vienna Porcelain Manufacturer Augarten, World's first self adhesive Glass stamp.  Earlier Augarten designed and manufactured the world's first porcelain stamp.  The glass stamp was issued by Austria post on 10th June 2016.  This stamp portrays Virgin Mary weeping over the dead body of her crucified son, Jesus by using reverse painting technique.

Thanks a lot Jo for constantly enhancing my Austria Odd and Unusual stamps collection.

Below is the stamp inside the special pack.

Reverse side of the pack
                                     




World’s first embroidered silhouette stamp : Austria


The world's first embroidered silhouette stamp was issued by Austria Post on 22nd September 2016.

The above stamp depicts the dirndl gown.  It is a traditional outfit of women and girls for some part of Austria and Germany.  It also features traditional colours and patters specific to the region.    Each stamp is made from approximately 130 feet of thread in 3 colours: Red, Green and White.

The stamp is unique because it captures the shape of the dress itself.

Hammerle & Vogel, a family-fun company that specializes in high quality embroidery, has designed and manufactured the Dirndl stamp.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

8th June, World Ocean Day (WOD)

World Ocean Day(WOD) is celebrated on 8th June every year.  Ocean gives us everything .The oxygen we breath is mainly from oceans.We are not only getting food, pets,medicine,corals from oceans but also we are using ocean lanes for trading too.  But because of the global warming, over exploitation, over consumption of sea foods, oil spilling  we are loosing many marine creatures.   To remind humans that Oceans are the lungs of our body and create awareness and how to protect it from vulnerability, WOD is celebrated all around the world.

On 8th June, 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de JaneiroCanada proposed World Ocean Day.  But it was only on 5th December 2008, UN passed a resolution to observe 8th June as World Ocean Day.  Since then it gained its popularity and has been celebrated all over the world. 


The theme for this year's (2017) WOD is "Our Oceans, Our Future".

The stamps shown was issued by India in the year 2009 as part of a joint issue(India Philippines joint issue). 


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

10th May 2017: Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti




Buddha Purnima/Jayanthi is a festival that marks Lord Gautama Buddha's birthday. Buddha was a influential spiritual leader during and after his lifetime. Those who follow Buddha's preaching are called Buddhists and their religion is called Buddhism.  Buddhism is spread all over the world and mainly in Asia.  



Buddha Purnima ( Purnima means Full moon ) is celebrated during the full moon day in the month of May every year. Different Buddhist communities may celebrate this occasion on different dates because Buddhist lunar calendar can be interpreted in different ways. In the year 1950 a conference was held in Colombo where they came up with the plan of celebrating this occasion.




The above stamp was issued by India Post in the year 2007 on the occasion of 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha



Monday, 8 May 2017

Kite stamps - Thailand

On 9th October, 2004 Thailand Post has issued 4 kite stamps for the letter writing week.  I got 3 from my Penpal, Jum on cover.  In addition to that some nice Fauna stamps too.  Thanks a lot Jum for enriching my Flights of Fancy collection and Fauna collection.  Always nice to have penpals like you who not only share their culture, art, education and common things but also enriching my stamp collection hobby.

Looking forward to more exchanges.



Monday, 17 April 2017

Taiwan MSs


Today I received beautiful MSs from my dear friend Yvette from Taiwan. Thanks Yvette for the wonderful surprises. It made my day😀!!

The first MS was issued in the year 2003 and shows a beautiful bird- Blue abdomen. Blue coloured bird is male and the other brown one is female.


The second MS, issued in the year 2016 shows the painting of Shanyin city on Fan. The stamp is Fan shaped.



The below MS was issued during the World Stamp Championship Exhibition PHILATAIPEI 2016. It signifies the theme- Joining Hands to Protect the Environment.


Once again thanks a ton Yvette!!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Jigsaw stamps Austria

My Austrian friend Opperer sent me a beautiful cover with Greeting stamp-Birthday Party MS (Jigsaw Puzzle). A nice addition to my Austrian odd and unusual stamp collection.  Thanks a ton Jo for constantly enhancing my Austrian collection 😁😁😁.  I am a huge fan of Austrian stamps!!

Below is the scan of the cover.


Cuba - Hot air Balloons

Recently my friend Gianni of Italy has sent me some nice Cuba and Brazil materials for my thematic collection, Evolution of Flight for our swap.  Thanks a lot Gianni, they are going to add value to my theme.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Buddha and Birds MS from Taiwan

Today I have received a wonderful materials from Kuo of Taiwan for our swap. I am a huge fan of Taiwan stamps and MS. Thanks Kuo I like them, looking forward to more swaps.

                                                     River Birds issued in the year 1991



                                     Ancient Chinese Art Treasures released in the year 2010.




Thanks once again Kuo!!


Friday, 17 March 2017

The International Organizations MS - Brunei

In 1986 Brunei Darussalam Post has issued a miniature sheet to commemorate its entry into various International Organisations like United Nation's World Meteorological organisation, International Telecommunication Union(ITU), Universal Postal Union(UPU) and International Civil Aviation organisation. Theodrang of Brunei sent me this Miniature sheet for our swap inside a beautiful cover covered with lot of stamps. She also included some goodies.  Thank you so much Theodrang for sending this beautiful miniature sheet and lots of stickers.
P.S. I like your calligraphy on the cover too.



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

As the Sabah Train comes huffing by....

My generous friend Mr.Joel yet again has sent me a beautiful miniature sheet to enrich my odd shaped stamps collection. The Malaysian MS depicts the "Sabah Train".  The MS was issued on 28th of December 2015 by Malaysia Post. 

Sabah state railway earlier known as North Borneo railway operates in the state of Sabah, one of the two Malaysian states in the island of Borneo.  It connects over 15 stations and is 134 km long line. In the right side of the MS we can see the stations connecting Papar and Tanjung Aru

This was the third time Pos Malaysia issued Trains on stamps. Along with this MS of the Vulcan steam locomotive, under the heading Pengangkutan awam Malaysia or Malaysian Public transport, Pos Malaysia has issued 3 more stamps - Hitachi Diseal Hydraulic Locomotive, Rail Bus and Diesel Multiple Unit. 

This beautiful MS made my day :).  Terima Kasih Joel!!!   Terima Kasih Banyak Banyak :).

Few of the many other gifts Mr.Joel had sent me can be seen in the below links:




Friday, 24 February 2017

Evolution of Flight materials from US

Today I have received some awesome materials from my well wisher Danny Meng of USA, who introduced the Permanent Pictorial cancellation to me and encouraged me a lot.  Thanks a lot Danny.

The Shuttle and the shuttle carrier stamps will make my Special flights section of my theme Evolution of flights very interesting.


and the 787 first flight cover,  I am sure I can use it effectively in my exhibit as the flight has some interesting features like bending tail, fuel efficiency to tell.

I did not have any stamps from Sierra Leone earlier.  New country to my Evolution of Flight collection.


Last but not the least, thanks for the First day card.
Thanks again Danny.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Brunei Darussalam MSs

Thanks a lot Theodara for the great cover and MSs for our second swap.  I would like to visit your country soon.  Looking forward to more swaps.



Nice swap with HK friend

Had another great swap with my friend Carmen Wong.  He sent me the below swap materials inside a great cover.  Thanks a lot Wong, nice addition to my themes.








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