Saturday, March 31, 2012

French stamps to be issued in April

Today is the last day of March so it is time for me to share with you the list of stamps that are planned to be issued by French post in Arpil.

On the 16th of April will be issued one engraved stamp dedicated to Epernay, a small city located near Reims in the Champagne area! This stamps is issued at the occasion of a stamp fair that will be held in this city from the 13th to the 15th of April. Normally I should be there so I will have the oportunity to tell you about this stamp fair (I never loose the oportunity to go to the Champagne area ;-))

On the 23rd of April will be issued a colorful miniature sheet in the Nature series and picturing tropical fishes. I'm sure this issue will appeal to the fish stamps collectors. It looks very nice in the calendar at least.

And on the 30th of April will be issued a booklet of twelve auto-adhesive stamps dedicated to paintings from the 20th century. Hard to see on the picture what will really be the resul, so let's wait.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mobile telecommunications on stamps (cont'd)

In a previous post I wrote about starting a new collection on stamps picturing my professional activity: mobile telecommunications. I received some very interesting feedback that I would like to share with you today.

I received, from a friend in China, information about two stamps that I could add to this list even though they don't actually picture a mobile phone (well not completly as you will see). The first one was issued by South Korea on teh 22nd of April 2005 as part of a set of three stamps about "information and communication of the future". The stamp celebrates the "mobile friendship", or said differently, how mobile communications help keeping a strong link between friends. Here is the stamp.

In the top left corner you can see a "network coverage" indication and in the top right corner you can see a battery gauge that you can see both on the screen of a mobile phone!

The second stamp reuses the same idea. This time this is a stamp from Latvia issued on the 19th of January 2007 to celebrate 15 years of mobile communications.

Again the network indication and the battery level can be seen on the stamp.

Then I got a second feedback from Fabio, from Brazil. He first shared with me the link to his One Frame Exhibit about integrated circuit and the way it changed the world. (Please have a look to his exhibit, it is very good. Also you can visit the very good Exponet site). 

So Fabio shared with me all stamps he has that picture mobile phones and as you can see below, there are much much more than the very few ones I showed last time!

Thanks to this feedback, what was an idea is in the air is becoming a real trigger to me to start a new collection. This would be a good way to mix my professional activity and my main hobby. And it could be a good way to show to my colleagues what philately can do. I'll keep you informed!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Avatar on stamps

I have been very busy these last days. So busy that I could not find time to deal with stamps and to write in this blog. I missed it! I take benefit of some free time to share with you a nice cover that I reveived from another blogger nammed Eric (if you haven't visited his blog I invite you to do it. It is very well done!). Thank you Eric for this sending. 
So here is the cover.

I must admit first that my scanner did not really pay tribute to the stamp. The reason behind is that the stamp is printed with a metallic effect that has disturbed my scanner... It is a pitty because the actual stamp look rather nice. It is a pre-personalized stamp that is part of a collector issued by the French post in December 2009 to celebrate the famous movie Avatar. Here is a better pitcure of the full collector.

Even though I am a sci-fi fan, I must tell you that, up to now, I did not see the movie Avatar! I know, shame on me... So many things to do, so litle time. As usual.

The cover bears also two nice postmarks. The one on the left side celebrates the 6th congress of the group of philatelic associations of the Rhône-Alpes area that was held in Lyon (hence the symbolic lion in the middle of the cancel).
The postmark that cancels the stamp celebrates the 50th anniversary of one association that is part of this group and that was in charge of the organization of the congress: Philapostel Rhône-Alpes.

The result gives a very nice cover.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mobile telecommunications on stamps

I had recently an interesting discussion with another stamp collector who is more into, what I would call, traditional philately, as he collects all stamps issued by a specific set of countries. We were discussing about the differences between this sort of stamp collection and the topical approach as mine.  One of the question he raised is : how do you choose your topic? Then I explained that you have to choose a topic which is wide enough to have stamps issued about it but not too wide otherwise your collection could rapidly grow and become expensive. You have to choose a subject you like, something related to your hobbies, for instance, or something you want to learn about. I also mentioned the case of some people who select as the topic of their collection their own professional occupation. I remember this nice nurse who started collecting stamps picturing nurses and who later expended her collection to “Medicine on stamps”. She had a very nice collection.
I do not know if I convinced him to give a try to topical stamp collection, only the future will tell.

But few days later, I was thinking back about this conversation while I was stuck in a traffic jam (which is very often for me, not to say every day). And I was wondering if I could start a collection on stamps related to my professional occupation…
I must tell you that I am an R&D (Research and Development) engineer who works since years in the domain of mobile telecommunications. Then I remembered the cover I had received from Pakistan and the stamp picturing a mobile phone. So the challenge was set up: I would try to see if there are more stamps picturing mobile phones.
Below is the result of my quest. As you will see there is not enough material for a complete topical collection, but it was a funny exercise. If you ever see a stamp that contains the representation of a mobile phone (in one way or another) then tell me about it. And if you have a scan this is even better. I’m thinking of starting a virtual stamp collection about this!

The first stamp I found has been issued by South Korea on the 15th of March 2006 to celebrate the top eight export industries. The stamp illustrates the electronic industry and pictures a mobile phone.

The second stamp was issued by Russia on the 12th of October 2006 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the mobile telecommunications in Russia.

The third one is the stamp from Pakistan issued on the 19th of January 2011 that was on the cover I showed in the previous post.

The fourth one is from Ecuador. It is part of a series about telecommunications issued on the 8th of July 2011 and pictures a more modern mobile phone, very similar to one you may know ;-)

The last one was issued this year, on the 7th of February 2012, by Australia in a series illustrating the evolution of technology.

What about you? Are you a topical collector? How did you choose your topic? What about your professional occupation? Could it make a topic for stamp collection? I would be happy to hear from you.

Monday, March 05, 2012

A cover from Pakistan and the start of a new collection?

I have received this cover from Pakistan and I never found the time to share it with you on this blog. Recently it came back to my memory for reasons that I will explain a bit later. Let me first speak about the stamps on the cover.

The four stamps that are located in the right corners have been issued on the 7th of October 2010 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lawrence College in Ghora Gali. This college is an elite educational institution situated at the foothills of Himalaya. It was founded in 1860 and named after Major General Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence.
The stamps picture various views of the college at different time. On the left side is pictured the emblem of the college that includes the motto “never give in”, supposed to instill to students the spirit of excellence and the tenacity to overcome obstacles.

Together with this set of stamps, this 150th anniversary was also celebrated by the issue of a commemorative coin.

The stamp located on the left side was issued on the 5th of November 2010 and is part of the Child art series. I guess that the design is the result of a competition of art among children.

The last stamp, located in the bottom corner was issued on the 19th of January 2011. It marks the celebration by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority 100 Million Cellular Subscribers! The stamp pictures a mobile phone and because of this, it triggered specially my interest, giving me the idea of a new collection. It is the reason why the cover came back to my memory but I will explain this more in details in a next post (just to keep the suspense ;-)).

Let me show you the back of the cover that carries a label which is probably part of the margin of a sheet of stamps about the Lawrence College. The label picture the emblem of the college that is also pictured on the stamps.

The two other stamps are part of the definitive series and they picture Mohammed Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), a politician considered as the father of the nation.

The cancellation from Islamabad is not to bad on the stamps, giving as a result a nice cover fro my collection.