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New Issues 2020: March Just one new issue in March. Five stamps to commemorate Pioneering Irish Women issued on 5th March. The stamps featured Carmel Snow, Maureen O'Hara, Lilian Bland, Maeve Kyle and Sarah Purser. I picked up the stamps at the General Post Office and I note that a small stage was being set up for a presentation later in the day.

Stamp Errors, Part 4 - The Wrong Dietmar In anticipation of the football World Cup due to be held in Germany in 1974, a series of stamps featuring famous players from that period was issued in Paraguay on October 8, 1973. However one stamp, the value of 0.30 Guarani, contained a mistake.

A delve through the archives, and time for discoveries 🇬🇧 Coronavirus Slogan Message Lost In The Post. - Coronavirus - Getting the message across or not as the case may be*: - 🇬🇧 I received 3 items of mail this morning all with the slogan postmark appli… - Hello, I hope everyone is well.

1634. 🇬🇧 Coronavirus Slogan Message Lost In The Post. 🇬🇧 Coronavirus Slogan Message Lost In The Post. ?????". This slogan postmark which comes from the Birmingham area is different from that featured in a post on Stamp Boards by Norvic but unfortunately, on all three covers, it is barely legible.

OTD: Gordie Howe born in Saskatchewan On today's date in 1928, Gordie Howe was born at a farmhouse in Floral, Sask., where he grew up with eight siblings. Howe would later play for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers, both of the National Hockey League, as well as the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association.

Iran issues COVID-19 stamp Facing allegations of downplaying the severity of the country's coronavirus outbreak, Iran unveiled what's believed to be the world's first COVID-19 stamp earlier this month.

Stay home - Stay safe ! Fight against Covid - 19 Vietnam, Iran and China issued a commemorative stamp to honor the medical professionals fighting the corona virus outbreak. Iran Post unveiled a commemorative postage stamp on 17th March 2020 to honor corona virus medical workers.

1632. 🇬🇧 Coronavirus Letter In The Mail. Thirty million copies of the letter delivered by the postal system, presumably Royal Mail, will be sent out in the coming days. Historians may be interested in the letter but postal historians will be particularly interested in the envelope in which it is delivered particularly the cancellation applied to the letter.

Iceland unveils second-last sets As it prepares to stop issuing stamps next year, Iceland Post announced its only two issue dates for 2020.

Greene Foundation closed, expertizing delayed The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation has suspended all meetings and closed its Toronto headquarters to all visitors effective March 22.

1630. 🇹🇹 Trinidad And Tobago’s Postal Service Commemorates Its 20th Anniversary. 🇹🇹 Trinidad And Tobago's Postal Service Commemorates Its 20th Anniversary. 🇹🇹 News about new stamp issues from TTPost, the postal service of Trinidad And Tobago, is always patchy even though stamps continue to appear in some numbers.

A little light relief to help the posties News about British stamps - welcome to Norvic Philatelics' blog News as we get it relies on what I find and what other people find, so please send your news! Visit Norvic Philatelics for background on stamp issues and postmarks from 2003-2018, and our web-shop for stamps, postal history, FDCs and postcards.

1629. 🇮🇴 New BIOT Issue Features Crustaceans. ðŸ‡ðŸ‡´ The postal service of British Indian Ocean Territory issued a set of 5 stamps on 23 March 2020 on the subject of Crustaceans of the Territory.

OTD: Canadian doctor patents kerosene On today's date in 1855, Halifax inventor Abraham Gesner was awarded U.S. patents for his kerosene distillation process, "essentially duplicating what the Mesopotamians had discovered 1,200 years earlier," according to author Alastair Sweeny. Kerosene would soon replace whale oil as the fuel that lit the world.

Hobbies all-important during our current crisis I'm preaching to the choir here, but in times of crisis, there's no end to the benefits of having a hobby. We all know this, but it bears repeating: philately is good for the soul. It's especially true today, when we're faced with never-ending updates on a gloomy situation that only seems to get worse by the hour.

1628. Philatelic Lockdown 2. 🇰🇪 The postal service of Kenya issued a set of 3 stamps on 15 February 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. A timely set given how important hospitals are going to be to people in many countries over the coming few weeks.

1627. Philatelic Lockdown. On 10 December 2019 Wei Guixian, a worker in a wildlife market, began to feel unwell and was admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital in China with pneumonia which was resistant to anti-viral drugs on 16 December. On 27 December health officials in Wuhan were informed that the illness was caused by a new Coronavirus.

Recently Added to Stock Shown below is a small selection from the thousands of new stamps added to PostBeeld's stock recently. A 1956 stamp showing the provinces of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan that came together to form modern Libya in 1951. We have added many more stamps from Libya.

Care home residents seek penpals A long-term care home in Ontario has launched an inter-generational initiative to prevent social isolation using penpals. It's an effort to keep seniors and children connected during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Jarlette Health Services, which manages 14 long-term care homes across Ontario.

Spain postpones all new issues: should Royal Mail follow suit? If you need to use the postal services, such as post boxes or Post office coun… - Gibraltar Part III One stamp missing from most Gibraltar collections is the 1889 Spanish currency issue with value omitted Error.

OTD: Prince Edward Island adopts provincial flag On today's date in 1964, Prince Edward Island adopted its provincial flag. Designed by Conrad Swan - the first Canadian to serve in the College of Arms - and based on the province's coat of arms, the flag was produced in anticipation of Canada's centennial celebrations in 1967.

An envelop that tells the story of a ship stranded in Canada This interesting piece of postal history tells an unusual story. I bought the envelop in a job lot of Canadian material. But i was surprised by the number of times that this particular envelop was…

1626. 🇨🇾 Cyprus Releases Olympics-Related Issues. 🇨🇾 Cyprus Releases Olympics-Related Issues. 🇨🇾 The postal service of Cyprus issued 2 sets released to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games to take place in the summer of 2020. The first issue commemorates the Birth centenary of the great marathon running Stelios Kyriakides.

OTD: Isle of Spruce painter dies in Toronto On today's date in 1969, Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer died in Montréal at the age of 84. One of the founders of the Group of Seven, Lismer had a significant impact on the arts, including art education, in Canada.

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