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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Why millennials have fallen in love with stamp collecting?

Philately is gaining popularity with younger hobbyists, who are drawn to its vintage - and Instagram - appeal


It was once a byword for boring, but it seems stamp collecting is finding a new – young – audience, despite the fact that some hobbyists have never actually posted a letter.
Illustration from The Children’s Golden Treasure Book for 1937. Today people share their stamps via Twitter and Instagram. Photograph: Getty
Philately is gaining popularity among millennials, many of whom see the creative pursuit as an escape from their screen-based lives, says 37-year-old Suzanne Rae, from North Yorkshire.

“Philately is tangible: it’s relaxing and unplugged. It’s also very Instagrammable,” says Rae, who is only the second female chairman the Philatelic Traders Society has had in its 91-year history. “Twitter and Instagram enable young collectors to find people like them, and see that it’s not only a geeky old man’s pursuit.”

Rae gave up her job as a management consultant two years ago to make her hobby her business by starting an online stamp shop, Art Stamped. “We were one of the first stamp businesses using social media,” she says..

Nicholas Challinor-Halford, business manager at stamp auctioneer Harmers of London, believes that part of the millennial boom is the result of romantic notions of pre-digital life. “For Generation Y… [stamp] collecting is escapism with a nostalgic slant, giving collectors a physical link with the past.”

Sadie Medhurst, a 31-year-old fan, agrees: “Stamp collecting is presumed to be a solitary endeavour reserved for the older members of society, but this could not be further from the truth. Each stamp tells a story: I often like to think of the many hands they have passed through.”

Instagram stamp art by Suzanne Rae
Rae’s love of stamp collecting was instilled in her as a child, thanks to her grandparents.

“I grew up in Edinburgh where there was – and is – a stamp shop just around the corner,” Rae says. “I started off buying British stamps with my pocket money. As I travelled for work, I built up a Ghanian Gold Coast collection. More recently, though, I just collect what I like – stamps that tell stories or are graphically appealing.”

This feeling is echoed by 29-year-old Constanze Dennis, a senior auctioneer at Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions in London, who says stamp collecting ties together many elements she loves. “I have a scientific background, so the analytical side really appeals,” she says. “My personal philatelic interest is crash mail, envelopes salvaged from plane crashes. Definitely morbid but equally fascinating.”

One of the highlights of the stamp collectors’ calendar is the Stampex show, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London every autumn. “There are lots of younger people there,” says Rae. “It’s not fuddy duddy; it’s engaging. You can … spend a lot of money but it’s a hobby you can enjoy inexpensively too.”

“From the outside looking in, stamp collecting makes no sense,” says 34-year-old collector James Leigh, who also works at stamp dealer John Curtin Ltd. “Why are people spending sometimes vast amounts of money on little bits of paper that look almost identical? [But] I find them utterly fascinating and I don’t care who knows it.”

“Stamp collecting is so much more than a hobby,” says Medhurst. “It’s a lifestyle, a community.” And, perhaps, the perfect salve for these constrained times.

Source: The Guardian

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Asian Civilizations on China Stamps in 2020 - Pakistan-Related Sites are Moenjodaro and Harrapa

China Post has planned to issue a set of 6 special stamps of "Asian Civilization (I)" in June 2020. The exact date is not yet known. Initially the set was scheduled to be issued on May 15, 2020, however it got a bit delayed due to COVID-19 crisis.

The sites depicted on the stamps are: Wuerta Temple (Iraq), Flood Mud Plate, Harappa Seal (Pakistan), Mohenjo Daro Site (Pakistan), Liangzhu jade Cong (China) and Shimao Site (China).

Asia is one of the earliest settlements of human beings and the important birthplace of human civilization. Asia is rich in land, beautiful in mountains and rivers. On one third of the world's land, it has two thirds of the world's population, 47 countries and more than 1000 nationalities. From thousands of years BC, people living in the Tigris, Euphrates, Indus, Ganges, Yellow River, Yangtze River and other basins began to cultivate irrigation, cast utensils and make dishes, and build homes. After years of baptism, generations of Asian ancestors engraved the practice of generative life into a long history and accumulated profound civilization.

The splendid Asian civilization has written a colourful chapter for the development history of world civilization. Human civilization is more splendid because of Asia. The six stamps respectively selected the representative sites and cultural relics of ancient civilization in the Tigris River, Euphrates River, Indus River, Ganges River, Yellow River, Yangtze River and other basins.
Mohenjo-Daro Site, located in Pakistan, was listed in the world heritage list in 1980. Built around 2600 BC, it is an important city of Indus River Civilization, known as "the metropolis of ancient Indus River civilization".
Harappa Seal, a large number of animal image seals have been unearthed in the Indus River Basin. The seal materials are frozen stone, clay, ivory and copper, with the largest number of frozen stone. One of the more famous seals, found in the Indian River valley near Harappa, is similar to a square, like the size of a modern stamp, which is carved with a unicorn image based on the body of a cow.
Ur Temple/ Wuerta temple was listed in the world heritage list in 2016 - located in southern Iraq, a sanctuary for ecological diversity and a landscape of urban relics in Mesopotamia. Ahwal consists of seven sites, including the site of Ur city. The ancient city of Ur, built by Sumerians more than 6000 years ago, is one of the earliest cities in the world. 
Flood Mud Board or Flood Tablet(Iraq), one of the treasures of the British Museum, records the flood story in the epic of Gilgamesh, which is almost the same as the story of Noah's Ark. It was discovered by British archaeologists in 1849 in ancient Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. The mud board is written with cuneiform characters, which is one of the earliest characters in human history. 
Liangzhu Jade Cong, the site of Liangzhu ancient city, is located in Yuhang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It was listed in the world heritage list in 2019. It is a site of the late Neolithic age from 3300 BC to 2300 BC. Liangzhu ancient city site is an example of human early urban civilization, demonstrating the history of Chinese civilization for more than 5000 years.
Shimao Site, located in Shenmu county, Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, was listed in the preparatory list of China's world cultural heritage in 2019. It belongs to the remains from the late Neolithic to the early Bronze Age, about 4000 years ago. Shimao site is a window to explore the origin of Chinese civilization.

Details of Stamps: The main body of the set of stamps is prominent, the layers are clear, and the overall appearance is simple and elegant.

  • The first picture takes the Ur/ Wuerta Temple as the main picture, and the background shows the Ur/ Wuerta temple from different angles.
  • The second picture takes the flood cement board as the main body of the picture, and the background shows the local wedge-shaped characters of the flood mud board.
  • The third picture takes the Harappa Seal on the front as the main body of the picture, and the background shows the Yin pattern on the back of the seal.
  • The fourth picture shows the Great Bath in the center of MohenjoDaro Site. The main body of the picture and the background form a natural transition through the change of color, highlighting the main structure of the site.
  • The fifth picture shows the Jade Cong of Liangzhu. The main body of the picture is the jade Cong, and the background shows the exquisite local patterns and shapes of the jade Cong.
  • The sixth picture shows the overall shape of Shimao Site. The main body of the picture and the background form a natural transition through the change of color, highlighting the main structure of the site.

This set of stamps is designed by Yishan and printed by Beijing Stamp factory.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup Posted Cover - A Rarity

Oman issued a beautiful round-shaped stamp to commemorate 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and I got lucky in receiving a gorgeous cover posted with a pair of stamps.
The cover was posted from CPO Mascat. The denomination of the stamp is 500 Baisa.
Not a very common cover, it was posted to me on 10 Dec 2018. It reached me in just 6 days on 16 Dec 2018.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Stamp Collecting is Reviving Again - The Philatelic Revolution

There is a fascinating paradigm shift happening right now to a hobby that has connected people since the 1840s. Stamp collecting is getting social again.

This evolution in how we connect, how we share and how we learn can be seen on all corners of the internet - the Facebook groups, the thousands of Instagram posts to Twitter threads, the YouTube channels, the incredibly well-written and entertaining blogs, the revolution can be heard on the podcasts and seen in chat rooms and video conferencing so on.
Social media has definitely helped in bringing philatelists closer and giving them more chances to get hold of their desired items on internet and even from within their communities. It has undoubtedly enhanced the philatelic experience manifolds.

Has social media affected your philatelic community in any way?

Source: Exploring Stamps on Youtube

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Iran COVID-19 Postage Stamp - World's First Stamp on CoronaVirus Theme

Iran has unveiled World's First postage stamp on Fight Against COVID-19 outbreak, honouring medical professionals as frontline fighters of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The stamp was issued on 17 March 2020, on an Iranian government website.
Iran COVID-19 Postage Stamp - 2020
The new stamp from Iran is inscribed “National Heroes” in English on the lower left of the main design.

The design of this 18,000-rial commemorative shows four people and includes symbolic images based on electron micrographs of the Coronavirus.

Three of the four people depicted on the stamp appear to be medical professionals wearing face masks. The fourth person, just to the right of the English inscription, appears to be a soldier wearing a gas mask.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the stamp as part of a cabinet meeting. This is probably the first postage stamp in the world related to this coronavirus pandemic.

On March 3, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced plans to mobilize 300,000 troops to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.

According to information on the website of the National Iranian Postal Company, the new stamp salutes “the sacrifices of the country’s medical staff as front-line efforts to fight the coronavirus.

Vietnam COVID-19 Postage Stamp Set issued

Vietnam Post issued the stamp set “Join hands in COVID-19 Prevention and Control” on 31 March 2020
Vietnam COVID-19 Corona Virus Postage Stamp 1
Vietnam COVID-19 Corona Virus Postage Stamp 2
 The stamp set include 2 designs with symbolic images based on electron micrographs.
The first stamp design with a face value of 4,000 dong shows images of medical, military and security professionals as frontline fighters of the coronavirus outbreak. They are the shields to protect the safety of the nation and the people health. Each person carries out a mission and a heart to join hands in the pandemic prevention and control. Their frontline silent sacrifices bring strength, trust and motivation for Vietnamese people to unify and overcome difficulties for a happy, safe and healthy life.
The second stamp design with the face value of 15,000 dong shows the images of Vietnam doctors with their supreme mission and great efforts to study to find out the best treatment methods to cure timely infected patients and the vaccine to fight COVID-19.
Vietnam Stamp COVID-19 Corona Virus FDC
COVID-19, known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019, is spreading with complexity impacts. On 11 February 2020, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) named officially this virus Corona SARS-CoV-2.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic .
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