2010년 12월 13일 월요일

VATICAN, The Fourth Centenary of the Death of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

To mark the fourth centenary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office presents a series of postage stamps featuring what is considered one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces, The Deposition, a work commissioned by Girolamo Vittrice for his family chapel.

Previously on display in the Chiesa Nuova in Rome and now in the Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums, this large painting (300 cm x 203 cm) portrays what happened right before the Lord's burial. Depicted in the forefront is Nicodemus, the sympathetic leader of the Jews who is shown lifting the body of Jesus after it had been taken down from the cross. Behind him are the historical witnesses of the Passion: Mary of Cleophas looking upwards to heaven, Mary Magdalene weeping, the Blessed Mother expressing profound grief, and the disciple John trying to draw close to the Lord one last time.

2009년 5월 21일 목요일

LIECHTENSTEIN, The Printer's Art

USA, Abraham Lincoln

Issue Type: Commemorative
Issue City: Springfield, IL 62703
Issue Date: February 9, 2009

On February 9, 2009, in Springfield, Illinois, the Postal Service™ issued a 42–cent, Abraham Lincoln commemorative stamp in four designs, all designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Postal Service recognizes the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), who rose from humble, frontier origins to become a prominent lawyer, politician, and ultimately President of the United States.

The stamp art was created by Mark Summers of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, who is noted for his scratchboard technique, a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision. Each stamp features a different aspect of Lincoln’s life.

ESTONIA, Protection of polar areas and glaciers

Denomination: 30.00
Date: 15.01.2009
Print: ofsett
Designer: Lembit Lõhmus
Perforation: 13 : 12¾
Sheets: 120 x 78
Quantity issued: 75 000
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa

The average global temperature has risen by more than 0.5°C during the past one and a half centuries. The global warming has caused climate change, with the climate becoming hotter in some places while in other places have become cooler and are getting more precipitation. The frequency of extreme phenomena of climate – hurricanes, draughts, heavy rains and floods etc. has grown. The global warming has become a worldwide environmental problem, but there have been been vast differences of opinion of the role of human activity as one of the main the cause of the process among scientists. Climate is an extremely complex, non-linear chaotic system with thousands of variables and influencers. The past and the future of the world climate has mainly been determined by astronomical factors and they will continue to do so also in the future. The Eesti Post souvenir sheet features an Antarctic glacier. The issue is dedicated to the protection of polar areas and glaciers and will mark the International Polar Year 2007-2009.

2009년 5월 17일 일요일

RUSSIA, The monuments of science and technique. Bicycles.

Designer: V.Beltyukov.
Stamps per sheets: 9 (3x3 stamps).
Paper - coated; manufacturing process - offset; perforation - comb 12 x 11½.

2009년 3월 5일 목요일

New Year’s Greeting

1. NT$3.50 Stamp: With traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink-wash painting, this stamp features a placid, steady, earnest and assiduous ox, suggesting that the ox will deliver a year of favorable weather and good fortune.
2. NT$13.00 Stamp: This stamp features the Chinese characters
“ji-chou” depicting the dutiful and no-nonsense nature of an ox which serves as a symbol of striving for betterment and good fortune year after year.
3. NT$12.00 Miniature Sheet: The sheet features a design suggestive of a yin and yang symbol composed of ripples of water, an ox and a leaf floating on water. The design, in conjunction with an expression meaning “a turn for the good” that begins with the two characters “niu-jhuan” (a homonym of “ox” plus the character for “turns”), implies that in the year of the ox the world will be renewed. On the left margin, the magpie with the tip of a plum tree symbolizes auspiciousness by suggesting the expression “joy rises to the tips of one’s eyebrow” (“eyebrow” is a homonym with “plum” in Chinese). On the right margin there are three Chinese expressions about the New Year that convey the idea of joy. One of these is written as a work of calligraphy, whereas the other two have the look of printed impressions rendered from carved Chinese chops. The classic pink color scheme imparts a serene atmosphere to the sheet.

2009년 2월 24일 화요일

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Serial number: 2008-22
Values in set: 2
Denomination: 2.40 yuan
Date of issue: September 6, 2008
Size of stamp: 30 * 40 mm
Perforation: 13.5 * 13
Sheet composition: 16
Size of sheet: 150 * 210 mm
Designer of stamp: Liu Bo
Editor in Charge: Chen Yisi
Printing process: photogravure
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House

(2-1)J      Beijing 2008 Paralympic Emblem      1.20yuan
(2-2)J      Beijing 2008 Paralympic Mascot      1.20yuan

On September 6, 2008, China National Philatelic Corporation issued a first-day cover "Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games" carrying a two-piece set of commemorative stamps, "Beijing 2008 Paralympic Emblem" and "Beijing 2008 Paralympic Mascot", with a total face value of 2.40 yuan.

2008년 12월 24일 수요일

Gerd Kanter, Olympic gold medallist

Denomination: 5.50
Date: 25.09.2008
Print: ofset
Designer: Lembit Lõhmus
Perforation: 13½ : 13½
Sheets: 2 x 5
Quantity issued: 300 000
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa

After the issue of the first Estonian postage stamp dedicated to an Olympic winner (Erki Nool in decathlon in Sydney, 2000) we had to wait eight long years before the next stamp devoted to an Estonian winner of Olympic summer games could be brought out. In the intervening years the skiers Andrus Veerpalu and Kristina ©migun brought honour and fame to Estonia and earned the issue of one stamp in 2002 and three in 2006. From the discus final taking place in front of the full house of the Beijing Olympic stadium on August 19, 2008 Estonian sports fans expected a medal from the previous year's world champion, Gerd Kanter and Gerd didn't disappoint them, sending his discus one meter farther in the fourth round than his main rivals Piotr Malachowski from Poland and Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania. Before the Games the Lithuanian was regarded as one of Kanter's most serious rivals. By his feat he took his place in the line of such legendary discus-throwers as Al Oerter, Jürgen Schult, Lars Riedel and Virgilijus Alekna.

2008년 12월 22일 월요일

Estonian Mills. Põlma Windmill

Denomination: 5.50
Date: 28.08.2008
Print: ofset
Designer: Indrek Ilves
Perforation: 14 : 13¾
Sheets: 2 x 5
Quantity issued: 176 000
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa

The stamp dedicated to the Põlma Windmill is the second from the Estonian historical mills series (the first, featuring the Hellenurme watermill, was issued in 2007). The Põlma Windmill in Rapla County was built in 1905 and because it initially belonged to the Järvakandi manor it is also known as the Järvakandi Windmill. It is a six-story Dutch windmill with an annex housing the miller's living quarters and a smithy. The last information about the milling of pearl barley there goes back to 1968. Later the mill fell into disrepair and stood empty for years. In 1991 the mill was restored and turned into a restaurant. At present the Põlma Windmill is a listed architectural monument. Although it stands empty it is possible to visit it by earlier appointment.

2008년 12월 20일 토요일