Christmas Stamps 2019: Germany

Germany Christmas 2019 — Stained Glass Window (The Nativity) 10 October 2019 Brand details: Wet-glue stamps at 0.80 EUR each with a 0.40 EUR surcharge in a 10-sheet, suitable for franking standard letters up to 20 g. Draft: Marvin Hüttermann, Düsseldorf Motive: Monograph de la Cathédrale de Chartres (1867) Value: 0.80 + 0.40 EUR surcharge PWz format: Width: 44.20 mm; Height: 26.20 mm Format decimal … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Germany

New Issues 2020: Germany (German Physical Society)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 German Physical Society — 175th Anniversary (Pre-Stamped Envelope) Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Sales Price (in Euros):  1 Design: Sebastian Heinicker, DPS … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (German Physical Society)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Bonn / Siebengebirge)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Germany’s Most Beautiful Panoramas — Bonn / Siebengebirge Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  60 Motif:  Panoramic view over … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Bonn / Siebengebirge)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Poppy Field by van Gogh)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Treasures of German Museums — Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  155 Motif: Painting … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Poppy Field by van Gogh)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Freedom of the Press)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Freedom of the Press Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  95 Motif:  Freedom of the Press Design postage stamp … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Freedom of the Press)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Ernst Barlach)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Ernst Barlach — 150th Birth Anniversary Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  270 Motif: Photo Sculpture “Head of the … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Ernst Barlach)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Ludwig van Beethoven — 250th Birth Anniversary Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  80 Motif:  A stylized portrait of … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Ludwig van Beethoven)

New Issues 2020: Germany (Daylily)

Deutsche Post | Deutsche Post (English) | Philatelie Shop The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020. 02 January 2020 Flowers — Daylily Issue Date:  02.01.2020 Value (in Euro cents):  30 Motif:  Daylily, photo © Stefan Klein and Olaf Neumann, … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Germany (Daylily)

Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-07

While the week before was largely celebratory with a three-day local festival plus Valentine’s Day, this past week has been all about work as we prepare for the rapidly approaching end of the school year. While I am a classroom teacher (high school level in the Intensive English Programme this term), I am first and foremost an administrator. This means that in addition to preparing … Continue reading Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-07

Stamps of 2019, Part 1 (January 1-10, 2019)

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 … Continue reading Stamps of 2019, Part 1 (January 1-10, 2019)

Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-01

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1162 (2019) first day cover - released January 1, 2019
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1162 (2019) first day cover – released January 1, 2019

Back in August and September 2016, I wrote three articles under the heading “Phila-Bytes” in an effort to post on Philatelic Pursuits more often. It didn’t work. I’d set out to do a bi-weekly series and perhaps there was too much going on during those two weeks to keep track of. At any rate, the series fizzled.

I am beginning to think in terms of weekly posting schedules for each of my blogs (yes, even the 925-post strong A Stamp A Day). I published the first of a weekly recap series this past Sunday on Asian Meanderings — my first entry there since last July — which includes an account of my week in terms of work, places visited, books read, etc. with a mix of photos and video. With that out of the way, I believe future installments will be much easier to put together. I plan to start once-per-week entries on A Stamp A Day (with a name change, of course) once I hit my 1000th article there in late March. I haven’t received a single postcard in quite some time so it may be a bit more difficult to post each week on Postcards to Phuket but I’ll take a look at my unblogged cards and figure something out soon.

My stamp purchases have gotten a slow start in 2019. In the past week, I’ve spent just over 450 baht (USD $14.20) on stamps and covers, mostly in eBay auctions. It can take up to two months for those online acquisitions to arrive in Thailand (not included in the total above is another 250 baht in shipping costs).

Old and new Phuket post offices in the heart of Phuket Town, Thailand.
Old and new Phuket post offices in the heart of Phuket Town, Thailand.
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Today’s Mail — 24th October 2015

As expected, local mail delivery was halted during the almost-two-week’s long Phuket Vegetarian Festival as the street processions with their accompanying unregulated fireworks (thrown by the spectators) would have put the motorbike-driving postmen at great risk.  Yesterday’s national holiday marking the birthday of Thailand’s revered fifth king, Chulalongkorn, provided yet another no-mail day but I finally received a few items this morning. I was pleased … Continue reading Today’s Mail — 24th October 2015