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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2020 at 03:20
It is great news to hear that the Waikoa Island Post Office is planning a new issue to promote philately. They just announced this new issue last Friday:

Originally posted by Waikoa Observer newspaper Waikoa Observer newspaper wrote:

Stamp Collecting Month to be honoured

Waikoa Island will issue a special set of two commemorative stamps to celebrate the month of October as Stamp Collecting Month, announced the Postmaster, Mr Whetu Ngatai, today.

"The two stamps, valued at 35 tanos and 1.70 reis, each show a view of a stamp stockbook page with a magnifier and some stamps thereon. Date of issue will be Tuesday 1st September 2020, and the stamps are being issued in small minisheets comprising five of each value, at Rs 10.25," he added.



Millions of philatelists

The president of the Waikoa Stamp Club, Mr Rasjid Grvanch, explained: "Stamp collecting is an important aspect of the modern world, and philatelists worldwide number in the millions.  In fact, were it not for philately, many small islands such as Waikoa, Pitcairn, Tuvalu, and St Kitts, would hardly be known at all in the wider world.  Despite much communication being done by email, philately still has a vital role to play in the modern world, and philatelists remain valued humans in every land."

The sheets of stamps carry messages on the side-selvedges urging folks to join their local stamp clubs, and mentioning that Waikoa Island's first stamps appeared over half a century ago, back in 1965.  Most stamps have widely-accepted valuations, and exhibitions are held around the globe.  Exchanging duplicate stamps by mail with friends from other lands is a great way to build up an interesting collection, and meet fellow collectors.

The new stamps were designed by Miss Millicent Smergley of Takavau, and printed by Chan Hui Shudian Printers in Minaue.  They are printed in full-colour on 100 gram security paper, and perf 12.


Spice of philately

Asked about the recent stamps celebrating Letter-Writing Week (some of which had a spelling error), Mr Grvanch said that errors are the spice of philately.  "Collectors enjoy finding stamps with errors on, and the fact that the Post Office continues to sell both the stamps with and without the error makes life more interesting for us," he concluded.



Waikoa Island 2020 Stamp Collecting Month, minisheet.


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Fortunately, my fisherwoman pal on the island was able to prevail on Miss Smergley to sign some covers.  Mine just arrived in the post, looking good:



Waikoa Island 2020 Stamp Collecting Month set,
on first day cover, and signed by the designer.
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Waikoa Island 2016 Christmas stamp, showing Raphael's "Alba Madonna."





Merry Christmas everyone!



Quote Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his early death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome, much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.


Some folks have inquired why Waikoa Island hasn't done any more recent Xmas stamps.  The answer: due to widespread decline in posting of Xmas Cards as folk seem to prefer to do "emailed cards", the leftover 2016 Xmas stamps continue to be offered in the Post Office every year since then.



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Here is an earlier issue from Occussi-Ambeno, the 2017 stamp celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.





Occussi-Ambeno 2017 Luther & the Reformation, 500th anniversary.





The stamp was printed digitally on thick white paper without watermark, and perf 12.  The design shows a photograph of the great reformer Martin Luther, and at the foot is his signature.  The stamps were issued in small sheetlets of ten, with inscribed margins.

Due to Occussi-Ambeno being a predominantly Moslem land, the stamp was not a success. The population shunned them, and even today, mint ones remain very common, with postally-used ones (despite it being the inland letter rate value) being quite elusive.


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Martin Luther, (1483 –1546) was a German professor of theology, priest, author, composer, Augustinian monk, and a seminal figure in the Reformation. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge, and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical (German: evangelisch) as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.

His translation of the Bible into the German vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible to the laity, an event that had a tremendous impact on both the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in Protestant churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.

In two of his later works, Luther expressed antagonistic, violent views towards Jews and called for the burnings of their synagogues and their deaths. His rhetoric was not directed at Jews alone but also towards Roman Catholics, Anabaptists, and nontrinitarian Christians. Luther died in 1546 with Pope Leo X's excommunication still in effect.





Occussi-Ambeno 2017 Luther & the Reformation, 500th anniversary, full sheet.




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One of my heroes is Chester CarlsonAs I wished to honour the inventor of the xerox, I did a set of stamps way back in 1989 titled "Great Print Inventors", which also featured Ottmar Mergenthaler:



Occussi-Ambeno 1989 Great Print Inventors set.



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Chester Floyd Carlson (1906 – 1968) was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington.

He is best known for inventing electrophotography, the process performed today by millions of photocopiers worldwide. Carlson's process produced a dry copy, as contrasted with the wet copies then produced by the mimeograph process. Carlson's process was renamed xerography, a term that means "dry writing."



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Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854 –1899) was a German-American inventor who has been called a second Gutenberg, as Mergenthaler invented the linotype machine, the first device that could easily and quickly set complete lines of type for use in printing presses. This machine revolutionized the art of printing.

In 1876, Mergenthaler was approached by James O. Clephane and his associate Charles T. Moore, who sought a quicker way of publishing legal briefs. By 1884 he conceived the idea of assembling metallic letter molds, called matrices, and casting molten metal into them, all within a single machine. His first attempt proved the idea feasible, and a new company was formed. Always improving his invention, Mergenthaler further developed his idea of an independent matrix machine.

In July 1886, the first commercially used Linotype was installed in the printing office of the New York Tribune. Here it was immediately used on the daily paper and a large book. The book, the first ever composed with the new Linotype method, was titled The Tribune Book of Open-Air Sports. Produced by his Mergenthaler Linotype Company, the machine remained a mainstay of the publishing industry until the 1980s.




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The Republic of Raoul has issued its first new stamp for some time, and the first commemorative under the rule of its enlightened new leader, President Terry Dell.

This one celebrates the freeing of the slaves.  Slavery was the mainstay of the old regime.

Date of issue is 6th February 2021.



Raoul 2021 Emancipation commemoration.





Raoul 2021 Emancipation commemoration, minisheet.



Contemporary slavery, also known as modern slavery, refers to institutional slavery that continues to occur in present-day society. Estimates of the number of slaves today range from around 38 million to 46 million, depending on the method used to form the estimate & the definition of slavery being used. The estimated number of slaves is debated, as there is no universally agreed definition of modern slavery; those in slavery are often difficult to identify, & adequate statistics are often not available. The International Labour Organization estimates that, by their definitions, over 40 million people are in some form of slavery today. 24.9 million people are in forced labor, of whom 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million persons in forced sexual exploitation, & 4 million persons in forced labor imposed by state authorities. 15.4 million people are in forced marriage.

Thailand's billion-dollar fish export industry remains plagued with human rights maltreatment in spite of government vows to stamp out servitude in its angling industry. Human Rights Watch conducted interviews with 248 fishermen, it documented the forced labor of trafficked workers in the Thai fishing industry. Trafficking victims are often tricked by brokers' false promises of "good" factory jobs, then forced onto fishing boats where they are trapped, bought & sold like livestock, & held against their will for months or years at a time, forced to work grueling 22-hour days in dangerous conditions. Those who resist or try to run away are beaten, tortured, & often killed. This is commonplace because of the disposability of unfree laborers.


The white Mongolian vertical script down the left side of the stamp says "Raoul Island" while the script down the right margin says "Emancipation". There are many Mongolians now living in Raoul, so the government is trying to assist them by showing Mongolian on stamps and having Mongolian converters on the state website.
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One of the heroes of the "Space Race" is Yuri Gagarin. As the 60th anniversary of his flight into Space approaches, Raoul Island has announced a commemorative stamp to honour the occasion.

             Raoul 2021 Yuri Gargarin 60th anniversary of space flight.

Originally posted by Raoul Post Office Raoul Post Office wrote:

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin flew into space in 1961. His mission was one of the defining moments of the 20th century and changed the face of space history forever.
Here are five reasons why this astronaut became a Legend of Space.


1) Gagarin was the first human to travel into space.

On April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space and orbit the Earth. In the heat of the ‘space race’, the Soviet Union’s achievement increased the pressure on the American space agency NASA and led to many other important landmarks in space history, such as the Apollo programme to send men to the Moon. Even though Gagarin wasn’t the first living being to cross Earth’s atmosphere (a dog named Laika went into space in 1957), he was the first one to be able to tell the whole story and explain what it’s like to see Earth from orbit, presenting a full, thrilling description of what he saw, heard and felt.

2) Gagarin laid down the blueprint for astronauts to come.

Many of today’s pre-flight routines and traditions are based on Gagarin’s final moments before launch. Astronauts might include in their ritual, for instance, a haircut, a cold glass of champagne and a screening of the 1969 Soviet film “The White Sun of the Desert”, all of which Gagarin did before he went to space. However, the most famous, and perhaps most curious tradition started by Gagarin is to stop on the way to the launch pad and urinate on the left back wheel of the bus. Allegedly, the Soviet astronaut asked the driver for a stopover so he could “take a leak” before reaching the launch site.

3) Gagarin almost died during the mission.

Nobody was very sure whether Gagarin would survive his flight, and the story goes that he came close to losing his life during the descent phase. Before landing, Gagarin’s capsule was supposed to easily detach from the main spacecraft. However, some of the cables failed to release as they should. This meant the astronaut’s capsule had an extra unit attached to it during its descent. The capsule whirled uncontrollably and the interior temperature rose, meaning Gagarin nearly lost consciousness and barely managed to eject out of the capsule as planned. He eventually parachuted down safely from an altitude of 7 km. Legend has it that he landed on a field and was found by farmer Anna Takhtarova who had watched his shocking descent. In disbelief, she asked: “Have you come from space?”

4) Gagarin was chosen because he was a short son of a potato farmer.

Soviet cosmonaut selection criteria were a little different to those used today. Firstly, his size. The capsule in Vostok 1 was very small, and so Gagarin’s 1m 57cm height made him a strong candidate. Gagarin was so short that he used a cushion on his seat when he flew his fighter jet in order to see better. Secondly, his background. During selection, Gagarin found himself up against Gherman Titov, a son of a school teacher known for quoting poetry. It was decided that the average citizen of the Soviet Union would be more likely to relate to, and celebrate someone like Gagarin, who was the son of a potato farmer.

5) Gagarin was brave enough to ride a spacecraft he couldn’t control.

Gagarin had the courage to be the first one to hop into a spacecraft that he couldn’t actually control. For security reasons, the Vostok 1 was completely controlled from the ground. However, in a worst case scenario, if ground communications were lost, Gagarin could open a sealed envelope containing the codes that would grant him control of the spaceship when typed on an on-board computer.


The special $1.20 stamp shows a photo of Gagarin in his capsule, and is printed in small minisheets of six. Date of issue is Sunday 12th April 2021.

The white Mongolian vertical script down the left side of the stamp says "Raoul Island" while the script down the right margin says "Yuri Gagarin". There are many Mongolians now living in Raoul, so the government is trying to assist them by showing Mongolian on stamps and having Mongolian converters on the state website.

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