Christmas Stamps 2019: Italy

Italy Christmas 2019 02 December 2019 Issue Date: 2 December 2019 Size: 40 x 48 mm Colors: Religious – four-color process plus gold; Santa Claus – five-color process Perforation: 11 carried out with die-cutting Printing: Polygraphic Institute and Mint of the State S.p.A., in gravure printing. Paper: white, neutral coated, self-adhesive, non-fluorescent Print run: 500,000 each design Sheet: Religious – 28 copies; Santa Claus – … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Italy

My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-10

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 … Continue reading My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-10

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)

Today’s Mail – 3rd July 2015

My first philatelic mail of July was all sent from the UK last week, arriving in Phuket in record time.  In all, only eight stamps were in these envelopes but they added three new countries to my A Stamp From Everywhere collection as well as a nice stamp from an old friend.  Two of the new countries were sultanates within the eastern portion of Aden … Continue reading Today’s Mail – 3rd July 2015