Monday, 19 October 2015

                   Today's the day!

The Royal Mail releases their Star Wars stamps today. No puns or “Yoda speak” here, just a very excited stamp/Star Wars fan who has been awaiting this stamp issue for a while now. Twelve first class stamps feature the characters from the original trilogy as well as the prequel trilogy and to whet your appetite for the upcoming film “The Force Awakens,” Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren are depicted. British artist Malcom Tween has done a fantastic job illustrating the Character stamps which are vivid and bursting with colour. And for those ultra fans out there, the 1st on the stamps is printed using that familiar Star Wars font.

There is also a sheet of stamps featuring the classic vehicles and spacecraft from the films, which includes the At-At and Han Solo's ship, The Millennium Falcon among others. I'm going into town today just to get my hands on these lovelies.  

PS  I got to the post office very early and made it just in time to get the last of the Star Wars stamps!

Friday, 9 October 2015

                           Happy World Post Day!

Since 1969, October 9th has been celebrated as World Post Day. This day was chosen as it coincides with the establishment of the Universal Postal Union or UPU in 1874.  The UPU is an agency of the United Nations and one of the first created. Its job is to help improve the quality of the postal service of the member countries as well as co-ordinating postal policies.

World Post Day is marked by at least 150 countries around the world, with an essay contest for young people, new stamps, commemorative postmarks and philatelic exhibitions among other events. Read more about the holiday

These are a few examples of the stamps issued commemorating World Post Day this year from Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.  Hong Kong also has special postmarks for the day, have a look: 

How are you going to celebrate World Post Day?  I'm writing up a storm today, enjoying a cup of tea and the beautiful Autumn view out my window as I compose my letters.