New Issues 2020: Spain (Petra)

Correos | Philately | WOPA+ 14 January 2020 Wonders of the Modern World — Petra Issue date: 02/01/2020 Printing Process: Offset Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente Size of stamp: 74,6 x 28,8 mm Sheet effects: 12 Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa C + Consultar tarifas vigentes Print run: 16,000 PP WONDERS OF THE WORLD. Petra There are not many places in the world with the indelible … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Spain (Petra)

New Issues 2020: Spain (King Felipe VI Definitives)

Correos | Philately | WOPA+ 02 January 2020 HRH Felipe VI Definitives Issue date: 02/01/2020 Printing Process: Offset Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente Size of stamp: 24,5 x 35 mm Sheet effects: 50 Postal value of the stamps: Tarifas posibles: A – B + Consultar tarifas vigentes Print run: Ilimitada BASIC SERIES. HRH King Felipe VI Correos issues its Basic Series again this year, with two stamps … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Spain (King Felipe VI Definitives)

New Issues 2020: Spain (Tourism)

Correos | Philately | WOPA+ 02 January 2020 Tourism — Sightseeing Routes on Two or Four Wheels Issue date: 02/01/2020 Printing Process: Offset Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm Sheet effects: 50 Postal value of the stamps: 1,45 € y 1,55 € Print run: Ilimitada Turismo. Rutas turísticas sobre dos y cuatro ruedas Freedom, adventure, nature and the open road are … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Spain (Tourism)

New Issues 2020: Spain (A Coruña)

Correos | Philately | WOPA+ 02 January 2020 12 Months, 12 Stamps — A Coruña Issue date: 02/01/2020 Printing Process: Offset Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm Sheet effects: 50 Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa A + Consultar tarifas vigentes Print run: Ilimitada 12 MONTHS, 12 STAMPS. A Coruña The 12 Months, 12 Stamps philatelic series kicks off 2020 in the province of … Continue reading New Issues 2020: Spain (A Coruña)

Christmas Stamps 2019: Spain

Spain Christmas 2019 05 November 2019 Issue date: 05/11/2019 Printing Process: A: Offset; B: Offset + Cold foil + RA Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente (PP: estucado, engomado, fosforescente) Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm Sheet effects: 50 (PP: 12 sellos) Postal value of the stamps: Belén A y Feliz Navidad B Print run: Ilimitada ambos + 5.000 PP CHRISTMAS. BUILDING THE NATIVITY SCENE. MERRY CHRISTMAS … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Spain

My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-09

I was about ready to call this a “slow philatelic news week” and publish a very short update article when the United States Postal Service chose today to announce three new stamp issues due later this year. Unfortunately, the anticipated issue for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is not among them. The information about each issue comes directly from the USPS press release: Sesame … Continue reading My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-09

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 – 6th July 2015

Only six days into the month, and I’ve received mail on four of those days which leads me to believe that my regular letter carrier may be back on the job following a lengthy holiday.  In fact, I’m sure of it as I found today’s two envelopes on a table next to the entrance of my guesthouse as he is too lazy to walk another … Continue reading Today’s Mail – 6th July 2015