South Korean stamps for 2021 thematic heaven

South Korean stamps for 2021 thematic heaven

South Korean stamps for 2021 are strong with thematic finds. Korea Post taps into the country’s rich natural beauty and cultural history to produce a few real gems for collectors. Along with the usual stamps, maxi cards and FDCs, they also offer information bulletins for every set. The bulletins are a bit different than the usual pdf info sheets and remind me more of the Japanese Framed Local Stamps. 

South Korea stamps for 2021 Youngmodo folding screen

The info sheets offer both Korean and English details about each set. A nice touch for any collection. 

Interesting thematics  

There haven’t been a lot of aviation stamps among the countries I’ve listed so far so it was nice to see a strong set come out in March. Korean Aircraft is the third in the series. If you are an aviation collector, check out previous years for the full series. 2019 was the 70th anniversary of the South Korean Air Force as well as the first in the Korean Aircraft series. All images are modern aircraft and helicopters, if you are more a pioneer aviation collector, you’re out of luck. 

Another interesting area Korea Post excels is science. There are 3 sets including the first two for 2021. April’s Astronomical Sciences of Korea is a combination of ancient and new plus traditional art design and is the best of the lot. 

If you are a collector of Lunar New Year stamps, Korea issued theirs in 2020. You can find them posted with the Year of the Ox listings

Like Thailand, South Korea has a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity set. I could spend days just navigating their mind bending Constellation – an interactive visual representation of the world’s living heritage and how people weave in and out. 

This interactive visual demonstrates the diversity and interconnectedness of the living heritage elements inscribed under the 2003 Convention. Navigate by concepts such as ‘Dance’, ‘Family’, or ‘Rituals’ to see almost 500 elements from communities in over 100 countries. Learn about this heritage and imagine where yours fits in!
Dive into intangible cultural heritage! – intangible heritage – Culture Sector – UNESCO  

Cancels 

Korean Post’s beautifully rendered architectural themed stamps also offer good collectable cancels. A trip through Korea Post’s past issues will keep anyone happy for days. The March 11 cancel is a stylized beauty. Korean Old Architecture cancel

Keeping with the cancels, check out the Folding Screen one. This postmark is a good indicator of the quality of Korean cancels. They tend towards simplicity and elegance.

South Korean stamps for 2021 Youngmodo folding screen

There is no doubt what the topic is with this cancel. It fills in details about the stamps without needing to do any research. Talk about tying everything together wth a single feature! 

Note on translations

If you go to Korea Post’s website, don’t opt for the English version. Use the Korean site and use a Google Translate plugin. The English page lacks a lot of detailed information you get on the Korean language version. The only downside of Google Translate is the periodic wonky translations.  I ran into a few problems with translations and I’m still working on making some of the titles a little more coherent. Please be patient as I use a bit of common sense and adjust the titles. 

If you are looking for a useful resource for South Korean philately, try South Korea Archives — Korea Stamp Society. They cover both North and South Korean stamps. The information is excellent and will help with a translation errors you get with the Korean Post site. Korean Post’s press releases and blog also offer good information. I forgot to bookmark the pages. When I find them again, I’ll post them. 

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South Korean stamps for 2021 – January

GEO-KOMPSAT Cheollian Satellites

Our satellite Clairvoyan cancel South Korean stamps for 2021
Our satellite Clairvoyan stamp 2 South Korean stamps for 2021Our satellite Clairvoyan stamp 1 South Korean stamps for 2021Our satellite Clairvoyan stamp 3 South Korean stamps for 2021

Our satellite Clairvoyan souvenir sheet Clairvoyan FDC 2Clairvoyan FDC  Clairvoyan MaxiCards

3 stamps, souvenir sheet, 3 maxi cards, 2 FDC sets, cancel, information sheet, horizontal se-tenant strips of three

  • Cheollian-2A Satellite and Weather Prediction, 2018
  • Cheollian-2B Satellite and Storm Prediction
  • Launch of Cheollian-1 Satellite, 2010
     

Designer: Park Byung-kyung

Release date: Jan. 26, 2021


South Korean stamps for 2021 – February

Kaist’s 50th Anniversary

Kaist's 50th Anniversary cancel

KAIST stamp South Korean stamps for 2021 50th Anniversary of KAIST CMYK fin Cartor South Korean stamps for 2021

Kaist's 50th Anniversary FDC 2 South Korean stamps for 2021 Kaist's 50th Anniversary FDC South Korean stamps for 2021Kaist's 50th Anniversary postcard South Korean stamps for 2021\

1 stamp, sheet of 16, 2 FDCs, cancel,  maxi card

Designer: Kim Mee-hwa 

Release date: Feb. 16, 2021

South Korean stamps for 2021


Repatriated Treasured cultural heritage

Repatriated Cultural Heritage cancel

Repatriated Cultural Heritage stamp two South Korean stamps for 2021Repatriated Cultural Heritage stamp three South Korean stamps for 2021Repatriated Cultural Heritage stamp one South Korean stamps for 2021Repatriated Cultural Heritage stamp four

Repatriated Cultural Heritage sheet  South Korean stamps for 2021  Repatriated Cultural Heritage FDC set two  Repatriated Cultural Heritage FDC set one

Repatriated Cultural Heritage post cards South Korean stamps for 2021

4 stamps, souvenir sheet, cancel, 2 sets FDCs, 4 postcards, se-tenant strip, blocks

  • Stone Pagoda of Gyeongcheonsa Temple
  • Jade Seal of Empress Myeongseong
  • Gyeongju Face Pattern Sumaksae
  • Mother and Baby Monkey Celadon Water Dropper

Korean post issued a series of promotional ads for this series that are delightful. They are dedicated the people who worked hard to repatriated Korean cultural treasures.  You can see them here [Stamps of February] Found Again Valuable Cultural Heritage: Naver Blog

cultural heritage 1 cultural heritage 4

cultural heritage 3 cultural heritage 2

Designer: Shin Jae-yong

Release date: Feb. 26, 2021


South Korean stamps for 2021 – March 

Korean Old Architecture  
Seowon (Neo-Confucian Academies)

Korean Old Architecture cancel

Korean Old Architecture stamp one South Korean stamps for 2021Korean Old Architecture stamp two South Korean stamps for 2021Korean Old Architecture stamp three South Korean stamps for 2021

Korean Old Architecture stamp fourKorean Old Architecture stamp fiveKorean Old Architecture stamp seven

Korean Old Architecture stamp eightKorean Old Architecture stamp eight

Korean Old Architecture sheetKorean Old Architecture (Seowon) sheet of four stamps South Korean stamps for 2021

8 stamps, souvenir sheets of four, sheet of 16, info bulletins, cancel

Designers: Andong Byungsan Book House Mandaeru, Jangsang Pilam Bookwon 2012, Achieved Todong Book Institute Return Order, Nonsan Donam 31 Ngdodang

Release date: March 11, 2021

Korean Old Architecture info sheet


 
Korean aircraft
3rd series
 
Korean aircraft stamp cancel
 
Korean aircraft stamp oneKorean aircraft threeKorean aircraft stamp two
Korean aircraft sheet
Korean Aircraft
 
3 stamps, 3 FDCs, cancel sheet, horizontal se-tenant strips of three
 
Designer: Shin Jae-yong
 
Release date: March 25, 2021
 

April

Hwajo Youngmodo – Bottled Wind 

Youngmodo folding screen

Youngmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screen

Youngmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screenYoungmodo folding screen

Youngmodo folding screen 

Folding screen presentation pack 

 Maxicards bottled wind South Korean stamps for 2021

Bottled wind FDCs South Korean stamps for 2021

10 stamps, sheet of 10, 5 FDCs, cancel, info sheet, special mini screen presentation pack (translated from 화조영모 미니병풍), 10 maxi cards

Jang Seung-up (1843-1897) was a painter during the Joseon period. The stamps are taken from the artist’s folding screen.

Release date: April 6, 2021

Youngmodo folding screen


Astronomical Sciences of Korea
Astronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty

Astronomical Sciences of Korea cancel

Astronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty stamp four South Korean stamps for 2021Astronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty stamp twoAstronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty stamp threeAstronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty stamp one South Korean stamps for 2021

Astronomical period of the Joseon Dynasty sheet 

 Astronomical Sciences of Korea maxicards South Korean stamps for 2021

Astronomical Sciences of Korea FDCs South Korean stamps for 2021

4 stamps, souvenir sheet, cancel, 4 maxi cards, 4 FDCs

Designer: Kim Mee-hwa

Release date: April 21, 2021


The 30th Yeongwoeleu Show 

Special cancel for The 30th Yeongwoeleu Show cancel

1 commemorative cancel

Designer: Shin Jae-yong

Release date: April 30, 2021


May

Fans – Face to Face

Line-up

Fans of Korea  South Korean stamps for 2021Fans of Korea  South Korean stamps for 2021Fans of Korea South Korean stamps for 2021Fans of Korea  South Korean stamps for 2021Fans of Korea  South Korean stamps for 2021Fans of Korea   South Korean stamps for 2021

Fans of Korea souvenir sheet South Korean stamps for 2021  Fan FDCs South Korean stamps for 2021

 Fan postcard kit South Korean stamps for 2021

Fan postcardsFan maxicards 

6 stamps, souvenir sheet, postcard kit with 6 postcards, envelopes, stamps & sheet, 6 FDCs, cancel, 6 maxi cards,

Designer: Jung Lee-young

Release date: May 5, 2021


Incheon Lantern Festival Commemorative Stamp Exhibition
Incheon-Lantern-Festival-Commemorative-Stamp-Exhibition

Commemorative cancel

Designer: Park Byung-kyung

Release date: May 7, 2021


Protected Marine Creatures
4th series

Protected Marine Creatures

South Korean stamps for 2021 Protected Marine Species 4th Final 0318South Korean stamps for 2021 Protected Marine Species 4th Final 0318
South Korean stamps for 2021 Protected Marine Species 4th Final 0318South Korean stamps for 2021 Protected Marine Species 4th Final 0318South Korean stamps for 2021 Protected Marine Species 4th Final 0318 Marine animal FDCs South Korean stamps for 2021

Marine animal postcards South Korean stamps for 2021

4 stamps, souvenir sheet, FDC, postcards

Designer: Park Byung-kyung

Release date: May 31, 2021


South Korean stamps for 2021 June

Taiwan Relics 

Taiwan Relics 1Taiwan Relics 4

Taiwan Relics 3Taiwan Relics 2

Taiwan Relics sheet 4Taiwan Relics sheet 3

Taiwan Relics sheet 2Taiwan Relics sheet 1

4 stamps, maxi cards, Pre-cancelled FDCs, FDCs, Info folder, album pages

Designer: KN Creative Design Co., Ltd.

Release date: June 17, 2021


Mysterious animals in the palace

mystical animals of the palace

Mysterious animals in the palace Mysterious animals in the palace

Mysterious animals in the palace Mysterious animals in the palace

Mysterious animals in the palace South Korean stamps for 2021

4 stamps, sheet of 16

Mysterious animals from the Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Post often turns the stamp themes into monthly wallpaper offerings. June’s wallpaper was a play on Mysterious Animals of the Palace. You can go to their website and download a new wallpaper each month. Here’s June’s:

creature wallpaper from Korean post

Release date: June 22, 2021


Alpine Plants

Alpine Plants stamp two South Korean stamps for 2021Alpine Plants stamp four South Korean stamps for 2021
Alpine Plants stamp threeAlpine Plants stamp

4 stamps, 4 sheets, FDC, Souvenir Folder with or without mounts, album pages, FDC canceled

“beauty of Taiwan’s alpine plants and to call public attention to the importance of ecological conservation”
Chunghwa Post

Designer: Xu Wei

Release date: June 30, 2021

Alpine Plants sheet twoAlpine Plants fourAlpine Plants sheet oneAlpine Plants three


July

Beautiful lake 

Beautiful lakes cancel - Korean stamps 22021

Yongdam Lake Transverse Lake

Soyang lake DaeCheng Lake

4 stamps, sheet of 16

Designer: Kim Me-hwa

Release date: July 1, 2021


Coastal Road View

Coastal roads cancel

Glory Baeksu Coast Gangneung Heonhwa-do South Korean stamps for 2021

Namsae Water-Mei Coast South Korean stamps for 2021 Jeju New Changfeng Tea Coast
Coastal National sheet of 4 South Korean stamps for 2021

 

4 stamps, sheet of 16

  • Glory Baeksu Coast
  • Gangneung Heonhwa-do
  • Namsae Water-Mei Coast
  • Jeju New Changfeng Tea Coast

Designer: Jung Lee-young

Release date: July 15, 2021


South Korean stamps for 2021 August

Town Councils

Towns cancel

Gochang-eup Province Suncheon Nakan Town South Korean stamps for 2021 Suncheon Nakan Town 

Walled Town Sceneries 2021 CARTOR South Korean stamps for 2021

3 stamps, sheet of 15

  • Gochang-eup Province 고창읍성
  • Seosan Hamishe-eup Province 서산 해미읍성
  • Gochang-eup Province 순천 낙안읍성

Designer: Kim Me-hwa 김미화

Release date: August 4, 2021


200th Anniversary of Father Kim Daegan’s Birth

200th anniversary of father st. kim dae-gun's birth

200th Anniversary of Father Kim Daegan's Birth200th Anniversary of Father Kim Daegan's Birth

1 stamp

Release date: August 20, 2021


September

General Postage

eneral postage increase cancel General postage increase cancel rose of sharonGeneral postage increase cancel teapot

General Postage increase General postage increase stamp showing rose of sharon General postage increase tea pot and cup

General postage stamp one sheet Sheet of Rose of sharon General postage increase sheet of teapots

3 stamps, 3 cancels, 3 sheets 

  • “tai chi pattern” and “hunmin jungmyong”
  • rose of sharon
  • Celadon porcelain gourd-shaped teapot and cup

3 stamps, 3 cancels

These stamps reflect the Sept. 1 increase in price

Release date: September 1, 2021


Snow Primrose

snow primrose postcard 

1 postcard

Designer: 유지형 | Yoo Ji-hyung

Release date: September 1, 2021


Korean Ships

Ship cancel showing crude oil tanker

Crude oil carrier Container ship 

Bulk line ship Ice breaker 

Ships of Korea 45 25 frame stamp 0722

4 stamps, souvenir sheet

  • crude oil carrier
  • container ship
  • bulk line
  • Icebreaker  carrier

Designer: 박은경 Park Eun-Kyung

Release date: September 15, 2021


UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Jultagi -Tightrope Walking)

Korea 2021 stamps Tight Rope walking Korea 2021 stamps Tight Rope walking 

Korea 2021 stamps Tight Rope walking

2 stamps, souvenir sheet

Jultagi, tightrope walking – intangible heritage – Culture Sector – UNESCO

Designer: 정은영 Eunyoung Jung

Release date: September 30, 2021


South Korean stamps for 2021 October

Stamps for the Week – Picture Books

stamp week cancel for October

mount paektu story knocks children of donggang Souvenir sheet for Stamp Week

4 stamps, sheet of 16, cancel

Picture books: 

  • 백두산 이야기 Mount Paektu story
  • 넉점반 Knock Knocks or possibly knock point half
  • 만희네 집 Manhee’s House
  • 동강의 아이들 Children of Donggang

Designer: 정은영 Eunyoung Jung

Release date: October 25, 2021


2021 Korea stamp exhibition – Love Nature 

2021 Korea stamp exhibition - Love Nature 2021 Korea stamp exhibition - Love Nature

2021 korea stamp exhibition postcard two 2021 korea stamp exhibition post card back two

2 postcards

issued for stampex.kr 

Designer: 김미화 | Mihwa Kim

Release date: October 25, 2021


Korean Dogs

Korean Dogs postmark 

Native Korean Dogs Final 0823 Native Korean Dogs Final 0823 Native Korean Dogs Final 0823 Native Korean Dogs Final 0823

3 stamps, sheet of 15, cancel

Designer: 박은경 Park Eun-Kyung

Release date: October 29, 2021


Definitives

butterfly cancelconfectionery cancel

Korean definitive butterfly single Definitive korean dessert single long-tailed fly catcher 

Korean definitive butterfly single Korean definitive desserts long-tailed fly catcher

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 100

  • big scarlet butterfly
  • Yugwa – traditional Korean dessert
  • long-tailed fly catcher

Designers:
신재용 Jaeyong Shin
정은영 Jung Eun-young
김미화 Kim Mi-hwa

Release date: October 30, 2021


November

Korea Postage Exhibition

Korea Postage Exhibition

Designer: 유지형  Yoo Ji-hyung

Release date: November 3, 2021


Medicinal plants

Medicinal Flowers Korea 2021 cancels

Medicinal-Flowers-Korea-2021-Angelica Medicinal-Flowers-Korea-2021-honeysuckle Medicinal-Flowers-Korea-2021-motherwortMedicinal-Flowers-Korea-2021-Korean-Epimedium

Medicinal plants sheet Korea 2021

3 stamps, 1 sheet of 12

Designer: 유지형 | Yoo Ji-hyung

Release date: November 10, 2021


Tomb of King Wonseong, Gyeongju

Tomb of King Wonseong, Gyeongju 

1 special cancel

Designer: 신재용 Jaeyong Shin 

Release date: November 12, 2021


Guamegi

Guamegi cancel 

1 special cancel

Designer: 박은경 Park Eun-kyung

Release date: November 12, 2021


The Beauty of Hanbok

Beauty of Hanbok cancel 

Beauty of Hanbok infant Beauty of Hanbok baby Beauty of Hanbok young girl Beauty of Hanbok young boy The Beauty of Hanbok Korea 2021

4 stamps, sheet of 16, cancel

An Introduction to Hanbok, Korean national dress (theculturetrip.com)
Wikipedia has an extensive writeup on Hanbok Hanbok – Wikipedia

Hanbok Handbook opens to a pdf

 Designer:  신재용 |  Jaeyong Shin 

Release date: November 18, 2021


Busan Gamcheon Culture Village

Busan Gamcheon Culture Village cancel

special cancel

Designer: 정은영 Eunyoung Jung 

Release date: November 26, 2021


Jukbangryeom in the Namhae Jijik Strait

Jukbangryeom in the Namhae Jijik Strait cancel 

special cancel

Designer: 김미화 Mihwa Kim 

Release date: November 26, 2021


December

New Year’s Stamp – Year of the Black Tiger

New Year's Stamp - Year of the Black Tiger

New Year's Stamp - Year of the Black Tiger tiger face New Year's Stamp - Year of the Black Tiger yawning tiger

New Year's Stamp - Year of the Black Tiger souvenir sheet

New Year's Stamp - Year of the Black Tiger sheet

2 stamps, souvenir sheet of 4, sheet of 16, cancel

 From the myth of Dangun to Hodori, the mascot of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the tiger has historically been a symbol of Korea and the Korean people. Since ancient times, there have been many tigers in Korea, so it has been called ‘the country of tigers’. In folk tales and myths, tigers appear as beings living in close relationships with humans. In <Samguksagi>, a tiger is portrayed as the protector and helper of the hero who nursed Gyeon Hwon, the founder of Later Baekje. You can also find the appearance of a tiger in the field of art. A lagoon (a stone tiger) was placed in the royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and <Yonghodo> was hung in front of the gates of government offices in the late Joseon Dynasty. <Yonghodo> is a large painting with a large tiger in it, and it is presumed to be a Sehwa (a painting that means blessing the new year). As such, the tiger has been portrayed as a guardian animal since ancient times and has been considered sacred by our people.
연하우표 – 우표 상세보기 – 한국우표 – 한국우표포털서비스 K-stamp (epost.go.kr)

Designer: 김미화 | Mihwa Kim

Release date: December 1, 2021


21st Chuncheon video stamp exhibition

21st chuncheon video stamp exhibition 

special cancel

Graphic shows Chuncheon Samaksan Lake Cable Car 

Designer: 김미화 Mihwa Kim 

Release date: December 12, 2021


Hawthorn 

Hawthorn plant cancel Korea 2021  

 Hawthorn plant  Korea 2021

Hawthorn sheet of stamps Korea 2021

1 stamp, sheet of 100, cancel

Designer: 유지형 | Yoo Ji-hyung

Release date: December 17, 2021


한글 Hangul – Korean Alphabet

Hangul cancel Korea 2021 

Hangul stamp Korea 2021 

Hangul sheet of Korea 2021

1 stamp, sheet of 60, cancel 

Designer: 정은영 | Eunyoung Jung

Release date: December 17, 2021


Jeju Tangerine

Jaeyong Shin Citrus cancel

Special cancel

Designer: 신재용 | Jaeyong Shin

Release date: December 31, 2021


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Namibian 2021 stamps – big rewards

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Namibian 2021 stamps – big rewards

Namibian 2021 stamps – big rewards

The Namibian 2021 stamp program has 3 series to collect.  The annual program is modest, with 3 to 6 sets issued each year. Although not a large number, the stamps are a boon to wildlife thematic collectors. This year won’t disappoint with its snipes, weasels, and flowers. 

Namibia’s post office, Nampost, is well designed, making it easy to find past issues and information. The only critique I have is the lack of designer information. Each stamp comes with a First Day Cover, cancel and 3 to 4 stamps. Namibia makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity. Looking through past stamps reveals a treasure trove of Namibia’s flora and fauna. Some of the artwork is exceptional. The 2013 Antelopes are not to be missed.  The postmark alone is worth pursuing. 

Antelope 2013 Namibia

Antelope 2013 Namibia

2013 was a great year for Namibian stamps. The Beetles are wondrously shiny and gemlike. Once again, the postmark is a true collectable. 

Beetles of Namibia 2013 Beetles of Namibia 2013 Beetles of Namibia 2013

Beetles of Namibia 2013 Beetles of Namibia 2013

If you prefer history and art, then Namibia can scratch that itch as well. Previous years tap into Namibia’s history and its arts and crafts. The traditional wooden vessels set has some interesting selvedge. Blocks would look nice on display. 

Traditional Wooden Vessels 2014 Traditional Wooden Vessels 2014

Traditional Wooden Vessels 2014 Traditional Wooden Vessels 2014 

Dangers of tunnel vision in collecting 

There is more to explore at Philately Shop – Philately | NamPost – We Deliver More. Don’t pass up the chance to enjoy the beauty their stamps & cancels offer. I’m glad I broke out of my North American/European centric collecting habits. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed over the years by not looking at countries like Namibia. When I started collecting, in the mid 70s, the Internet wasn’t even a dream. We collected what we could find and that meant mostly, in my case, Canadian and UK stamps. That led to a narrow focus and I robbed myself of the chance to learn about different countries, their stamps. 

Namibian 2021 stamps for March

Birds of Namibia – Snipes

 

Postmark for Snipes of Namibia

Birds of Namibia - Snipes stamp one Namibian 2021 stampsBirds of Namibia - Snipes stamp 2Birds of Namibia - Snipes stamp 3 Namibian 2021 stamps 

Birds of Namibia - Snipes FDC

  • Greater painted- snipe
  • Great snipe
  • African snipe

 

 

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

POSTMARK PLACE: Tsumkwe

Release date: Mar. 16, 2021

 


Namibian 2021 stamps July

Barleria Flowers of Namibia 

Flowers of Namibia cancel 

BARLERIA FLOWERS OF NAMIBIA stamp 4 Namibian 2021 stampsBARLERIA FLOWERS OF NAMIBIA stamp 1

BARLERIA FLOWERS OF NAMIBIA stamp 2 Namibian 2021 stampsNamibian 2021 stamps Flowers inland registered mail 

BARLERIA FLOWERS OF NAMIBIA FDC Namibian 2021 stamps

 

Even though these plants do not have common names in Namibia, members of the genus Barleria are common in this country, particularly in the northwest
Philately Newsletter 2021-07

4 stamps, FDC, cancel

POSTMARK PLACE: Okahandja

Release date: July 14, 2021


 

Namibian 2021 stamps October

Mustelids of Namibia

Mustelids of Namibia cancel with otter head Namibian 2021 stamps

Mustelids of Namibia stamp one skunk Namibian 2021 stampsNamibian 2021 stamps Mustelids of Namibia otterMustelids of Namibia weasel Namibian 2021 stamps 

Mustelids of Namibia FDC Namibian 2021 stamps 

  • striped polecat
  • spotted-neck otter
  • African stripped weasel

 

Mustelids are small mammals distinguished by their long bodies and short legs, and scent
glands under the tail that they can use to defend themselves.
Philately Newsletter 2021-10

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

POSTMARK PLACE: Katima Mulilo

Release date: Oct. 12, 2021

 


 

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Botswana’s 2021 stamp program

 Not sure about scorpions? Then head here and pick another country: 

Stamps by country 2021

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 Serbian stamps – a visual feast

2021 Serbian stamps – a visual feast

The 2021 Serbian stamps offer some real treats for the eye. I spent a lot of time cruising through the Serbian Post Office site. Not, for a change, because I was hopelessly looking for information, but because it was well organised, and the stamp designs were so fun to explore. I dug deeper and deeper into the archives, enjoying everything.

What really struck me is the way Serbian designers incorporated colours from their stamps into the First Day Covers. Instead of the usual white envelope, the covers became a canvas.  I’ve become especially fond of graphic artist and designer Boban Savić’s work. His Lunar New Year series is a good example of using the cover as canvas:

Serbia year of the pig Serbia year of snake Serbia year of rooster

Serbia year of rat Serbia year of horse Serbia year of goat 

There is an amazing continuity to each FDC design. The colours, all the elements, the cancel, they all flow together. Occasionally, he also slips in a bit of cheekiness, like my favourite the rat for 2020’s Lunar New Year and 2019’s pig.    

If you enjoy FDCs then Serbia needs to be on the top of your list. They also offer great thematic treats such as military, architecture, science, art and wildlife. The covers are exquisite. 

Cancels & maxi cards

If you are a cancel collector, then Serbia is a rich hunting ground. Serbia Post makes it easy to track cancels. They keep an archive of material dating to 2013. The cancels are well designed and appealing. Last Easter’s cancel is a good example of the quality:

Serbian easter cancel 2020

Easter 2020

A couple maxi cards will be issued this year. The first will be in April, Tourism in Serbia, and later in the year the Stamp Day issue will come with one maxi card to celebrate the event. Last year’s Nikola Tesla’s series was outstanding. It ticked a couple of collecting boxes: cancels, science, history, maxi cards. 

Nikola Tesla Museum maxi 1 Nikola Tesla Museum maxi 2 Nikola Tesla Museum maxi 3 Nikola Tesla Museum maxi 4

Designer Nadežda Skočajić used rich, earthy colours that made the subject pop. Now you see why I spent so much time wandering the virtual halls of the Serbian post office. Not quite sure what it is about Serbian artists that has me enthralled. It’s more than the topic.  If I figure out what it is, I’ll share it with you. In the meantime, just enjoy the work.  

The Joy of Europe cover Serbia Christmas 2016

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2021 Serbian stamps – February 

Lunar horoscope – year of the ox

Serbian stamp 2021 Lunar horoscope – year of the ox cancel

2021 Serbian stamps Year if Ox 2021 Serbian stampsLunar horoscope – year of the ox FDC 2021 Serbian stampsLunar horoscope – year of the ox sheet 2Lunar horoscope – year of the ox sheet 2021 Serbian stamps

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, sheets of 25

Designer: Boban Savić, MA 
Savić has designed numerous stamps for Serbian Post, including 2020’s Ljubomir Klerić and the Belgrade Hand and the spectacular Beethoven’s Birth. He has also designed all Lunar New Year stamps & covers since 2013. 

Release date: Feb. 23, 2021


March

Easter

Easter 2021 cancel

2021 Serbian stamps

Serbian stamps 2021 easter sheet Serbian stamps 2021 easter sheet 2

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 sheets of 25

Designer: Marija Vlahović, MA
with Miljana Matić, PhD in Art History, Curator of the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Release date: Mar. 5, 2021


150 Years since the foundation of the Prizren seminary

Serbian stamps 2021 Prizen cancel

Serbian stamps 2021 prizen stampSerbian stamps 2021 prizren FDC

Serbian stamps 2021 prizren sheet

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10

Featuring portrait of Sima Andrejević Igumanov (Uroš Knežević, National Museum in Belgrade), in the background the building of the Prizren seminary

Designer: Anamari Banjac
with Dr. Aleksandra Novakov, expert associate of the Lexicography Department and Secretary of the Kosovo-Metohija Board of Matica Srpska, with the blessing of Bishop of Raška and Prizren Eparchy Mr. Teodosije, Rector of the Seminary

Release date: Mar. 10, 2021


Doyens of Serbian Acting

part of a series

Doyens of acting cancel

Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 2Serbian stamps 2021 acting stampSerbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 8Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 7Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 6Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 5Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 4Serbian stamps 2021 acting stamp 3

Serbian stamps 2021 acting souvenir sheet

  • Ljiljana Krstić (31 October 1919, Kragujevac – 12 April 2001, Belgrade)
  • Tatjana Lukjanova (6 November 1923 – 18 August 2003, Belgrade)
  • Radmila Andrić (17 July 1934 – 20 November 2018, Belgrade)
  • Milena Dravić (5 October 1940 – 14 October 2018, Belgrade)
  • Miodrag Radovanović Mrgud (20 August 1929, Čačak-14 January 2019, Belgrade)
  • Mihailo Miša Janketić (24 May 1938, Novi Sad – 15.5.2019, Belgrade)
  • Marko Nikolić (20 October 1946, Kraljevo – 2 January 2019, Belgrade)
  • Predrag Ejdus (24 July 1947 – 28 September 2018, Belgrade)

8 stamps, 4 FDC, cancel, sheet of 8

Designer: Marina Kalezić

Release date: Mar. 26, 2021

 


April

50 years of Student Cultural Center in Belgrade

50 Years of the Student Cultural Centre Belgrade cancel

50 Years of the Student Cultural Centre Belgrade 50 Years of the Student Cultural Centre Belgrade sheet 50 Years of the Student Cultural Centre Belgrade fdc

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer:  Jakša Vlahović

Release date: Apr. 2, 2021


Grapes
Regular issue

Regular issue stamp featuring grapes & vine

1 stamp

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: April 9, 2021


Let’s bring back the hug – by vaccination to herd immunity
Regular issue

Bring Back the hug stamp

1 stamp

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: April 12, 2021


60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight

60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight special cancel

Yuri GagarinValentina TereshkovaGerman Titov

60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight Souvenir sheet

60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight FDC one60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight FDC two60 Years since the First Manned Space Flight FDC three

  • Yuri Gagarin
  • German Titov
  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • FDC  graphic includes ground trace of ”Vosto–1″
  • FDC  graphic model includes Vostok capsule with its upper stage
  • FDC  graphic model  includes “Vosto–6” capsule

3 stamps, souvenir sheet, booklet, 3 FDCs, cancel

Issued in collaboration with the State Space Corporation ”Roscosmos”

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: April 12, 2021


Serbian Sacral Architecture

Serbian Sacral Architecture cancel

Serbian Sacral Architecture stamp 1Serbian Sacral Architecture stamp threeSerbian Sacral Architecture stamp one

Serbian Sacral Architecture souvenir sheet Serbian Sacral Architecture souvenir sheet two Serbian Sacral Architecture souvenir sheet three

Serbian Sacral Architecture FDC Serbian Sacral Architecture FDC 3 Serbian Sacral Architecture FDC 2

  • Ruins of the Đurđevi stupovi Monastery
  • Studenica, monastery complex
  • Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God in the Gračanica Monastery

3 stamps, sheets of 8, 3 FDC, cancel

Designer: Miroslav Nikolić
In collaboration with Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia – Belgrade

Release date: Apr. 15, 2021


Planet Earth Day

Earth day cancel

Earth Day souvenir sheet 2021 Serbian stamps Earthday FDC 2021 Serbian stamps

1 stamp, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
POSTMARK PLACE: Belgrad

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: Apr. 22, 2021


Civil Engineering
175 Years of the Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Belgrade
75 Years Since the Reconstruction of the Road-Railway Bridge Over the Danube

Civil engineering  post mark

+175 Years of the Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Belgrade75 Years Since the Reconstruction of the Road-Railway Bridge Over the Danube

175 Years of the Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Belgrade2021 Serbian stamps 75 Years Since the Reconstruction of the Road-Railway Bridge Over the Danube

75 Years Since the Reconstruction of the Road-Railway Bridge Over the Danube

 

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 10, 2 FDCs, cancel 

Designer: Anamari Banjac

Release date: Apr. 28, 2021


2021 Serbian stamps – May

Europa – Endangered National Wildlife

Europa cancel

Shore Lark – Eremophila alpestris 2021 Serbian stamps Saker Falcon – Falco cherrug

Shore Lark – Eremophila alpestris Saker Falcon – Falco cherrug v 2021 Serbian stamps 

Europa FDC 2021 Serbian stamps

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 8, FDC, cancel

  • Saker Falcon – Falco cherrug
  • Shore Lark – Eremophila alpestris

Designer: Marija Vlahović

Release date: May 5, 2021


 

Stamp Day – 150 years since sending the first Serbian postcard

150 years since sending the first Serbian postcard FDC cancel

2021 Serbian stamps 150 years since sending the first Serbian postcard single stamp showing an AWESOME dragon

 150 years since sending the first Serbian postcard FDC 2021 Serbian stamps 150 years since sending the first Serbian postcard sheet of stamps 2021 Serbian stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 25, FDC, cancel

I think this is the single most awesome dragon stamp  & FDC ever! It’s AMAZING.  

First Serbian postcard, popularly called ”Zmaj” (Dragon), was sent by Jovan Manojlović on 19th of May 1871 from Vienna, from the editorial board of the newspaper ”Zmaj” to Sombor, to the address of a lawyer Dimitrije Manojlović. It was written in Serbian language, in Cyrillic. The postcard was printed on a cardboard of 155 mm x 105 mm format, in the coloured copper engraving technique, done by the Vienna typographer and carver Rudolf Schürer von Waldheim at the beginning of 1871. The postcard was ordered by the editorial board of the satirical newspaper ”Zmaj”, which was one of the first and the best edited humorous newspapers in Serbian language. It was the reason why its founder and editor-in-chief, poet Jovan Jovanović was nicknamed Zmaj. This satirical newspaper was founded by Jovan Jovanović in 1864, and the name ”Zmaj” is a play on words, since May 3 was the date of the May Assembly in 1848 (in Cyrillic 3. мај – Змај).

Only one known postcard is known to survive. 

1871
Original artist: Petar Manojlović
Typographer & Engraver: Rudolf Schürer von Waldheim 

Stamp designer: Jakša Vlahović

Release date: May 19, 2021


 

125 Years since the Birth of Sava Šumanović (Vinkovci, 22 January 1896 – Sremska Mitrovica, 30 August 1942) 

100 Years since the Birth of Zoran Petrović  (Sakule, 7 April 1921 – 23 June 1996) 
Notable Serbian Persons

Notable Serbian Persons

Notable Serbian Persons   Notable Serbian Persons 2021 Serbian stamps

Notable Serbian Persons Notable Serbian Persons

Notable Serbian Persons 2021 Serbian stamps Notable Serbian Persons

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 10, 2 FDC, cancel 

Designer: JakŠa Vlahović

Release date: May 26, 2021


Africa Day

africa day cancel

Africa Day  Africa Day sheet of stamps

Africa Day FDC 2021 Serbian stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 8

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić
Consultation with Museum of African Art, Belgrade; Society Adligat for Culture, Arts and International cooperation.

Release date: May 25, 2021


Children’s Safety Online
Regular issue

Children’s online safety Technical informations  2021 Serbian stamps Children’s online safety Technical informations 2021 Serbian stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 100 

Designer: Boban Savić

Release date: May 27, 2021


June

European Nature Protection – Blederija and Osredak

European Nature Protection - Blederija and Osredak cancel 

European Nature Protection - Blederija and Osredak stamps

European Nature Protection - Blederija and Osredak sheet one European Nature Protection - Blederija and Osredak sheet tw

European Nature Protection - Blederija and Osredak FDC 2021 Serbian stamps

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 8, FDC, cancel

Designer: Miroslav Nikolić

Release date: June 6, 2021


Digitization

Digitization cancel 

 Digitization stamps 2021 Serbian stamps

 Digitization strips  2021 Serbian stamps

Digitization FDC 2021 Serbian stamps

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 strips of 10

Designer: Boban Savić

Release date: June 14, 2021


650 years of the city of Kruševac

FDC cancel 650 years of the city of Krusevac

650 years of the city of Kruševac 

650 years of the city of Kruševac FDC 

650 years of the city of Kruševac sheet

1 stamp, souvenir sheet of 4, FDC, cancel

Designer: Miroslav Nikolić

Release date: June 28, 2021


2021 Serbian stamps July

XXXII Summer Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020

Olympic sports basketball cancel 

Olympics Stamps

Olympics FDC 

Olympics sheets

2 stamps, sheets of 8, FDC, cancel

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: July 1, 2021


 
80 Years since the Serbian Uprising
80 Years since the Serbian Uprising
80 Years since the Serbian Uprising sheet
 
 
1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10
 
Designer: Jakša Vlahović with help of SUBNOR of Serbia and Military Museum in Belgrade
 
Release date: July 7, 2021
 

 
Francophonie
 
FDC Francophonie
 
1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Francophonie is an international organisation representing countries and regions where French is a national, official, working or the language of international communication. Francophonie comprises 53 full member countries and 13 observers, one of which is Serbia. Франкофонија – еФилателија (posta.rs) (English version available)
 
Designer: Anamari Banjac
 
Release date: July 14, 2021
 
 

 August

St. Sava temple
Regular issue

St. Sava temple St. Sava temple sheet

1 stamp, sheets of 100
St. Sava temple (Hram Svetog Save), located at the St. Sava Plateau (or Vračar’s Plateau) in Belgrade

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

 Release date: August 12, 2021


September

Cities of Serbia

Cities in Serbia cancel

 Cities of Serbia

 FDC Cities of Serbia

 Cities of Serbia sheet

2 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, 2 sheets of 9

Designer: Anamari Banjac

Release date: September 8, 2021


75 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Mexico

75 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Mexico cancel 

 75 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Mexico sheet

75 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Mexico FDC

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Marija Vlahović

Release date: September 12, 2021


100th Anniversary of the Albanian Commemorative Medal

100th Anniversary of the Albanian Commemorative Medal

100th Anniversary of the Albanian Commemorative Medal singlestamp 

FDC 100th Anniversary of the Albanian Commemorative Medal 

100th Anniversary of the Albanian Commemorative Medal

1 stamp, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jakša Vlahović

Release date: September 15, 2021


Centenary of Serbian Water Polo 

Water Polo Serbia 2021

Centenary of Serbian Water Polo stamp

FDC Centenary of Serbian Water Polo

Centenary of Serbian Water Polo sheet of stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 9

Designer: Anamari Banjac

Release date: September 23, 2021


Serbian-Turkish War – The 145th Anniversary of Russian Volunteers Arrival

Serbian-Turkish War - The 145th Anniversary of Russian Volunteers Arrival

145th anniversary of russian volunteers arrival stamp  

Serbian-Turkish War - The 145th Anniversary of Russian Volunteers Arrival sheet 

Serbian-Turkish War - The 145th Anniversary of Russian Volunteers Arrival FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: September 24, 2021


Joy of Europe

  Serbia 2021 Joy of Europe cancel 

Serbia 2021 Joy of Europe single stamp  

 Serbia 2021 Joy of Europe sheet of stamps

Serbia 2021 Joy of Europe FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jakša Vlahović
This beautiful set used the artwork from the following children:
Single stamp: drawing by Dunja Sudžum (11 years, Serbia)
Vignettes on sheet of stamps: Alina Pagaeva (12 years, Russia), Simon Haburcak, (7 years, Slovakia), Aurora Tsang, (6 years, Hong Kong), Sofia Zakharkina, (7 years, Russia), Gleb Kolchev (6 years, Russia), Dzerassa Ikaeva, (11 years, Russia), Alisa Chernova, (13 years, Russia)
FDC: drawing by Tanisha Vihol (15 years, India).

Release date: September 30, 2021


October

The 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement – Belgrade 1961

Serbian-Turkish War - The 145th Anniversary of Russian Volunteers Arrival

 The 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement – Belgrade 1961 stamps

 The 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement – Belgrade 1961 heet

The 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement – Belgrade 1961 fdc

2 stamps, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: October 11, 2021


140th Anniversary of the Serbian–American Diplomatic Relations

140th Anniversary of the Serbian–American Diplomatic Relations cancel

 140th Anniversary of the Serbian–American Diplomatic Relations stamps

140th Anniversary of the Serbian–American Diplomatic Relations stamps 

2 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jakša Vlahović

Release date: October 14, 202


World Boxing Championships – Serbia 2021

World Boxing 2021 Serbia cancel 

World Boxing 2021 Serbia stamp

World Boxing 2021 Serbia sheet of stamps

World Boxing 2021 Serbia FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jakša Vlahović

Release date: October 18, 2021


100th Anniversary of Sports Aviation in Serbia

100th Anniversary of Sports Aviation in Serbia cancel

FDC 100th Anniversary of Sports Aviation in Serbia single stamp 

 FDC 100th Anniversary of Sports Aviation in Serbia FDC 

Centenary of Serbian Water Polo sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

The Serbian Aeroclub formed by WW1 pilots on October 22, 1921 in Belgrade. Founding members were:

Matija Hođera, Orestije Krstić, Dragoljub Ristić, Sava Mikić, Dragiša Vujić, Rodolphe Archibald Reiss PhD, Dragoljub Mitrović–Janković, Dragoš Adamović, Jovan Šrepalović, Atilije Raspor, Dragomir Nikolić, Sava Simić, Mihajlo Bošković, Petar Đurković, Đorđe Mirković i Bogdan Bogdanović.  
Web sajt ==> PREDRAG ALIC <== Aeroklub “Nasa krila” (50webs.com) 

Designer: Miroslav Nikolić

Release date: October 22, 2021


Tourism in Serbia – Gamzigrad ‒ Felix Romuliana

Tourism in Serbia 2021 Cancel.  

Tourism in Serbia 2021 

 Tourism in Serbia 2021FDC

Tourism in Serbia 2021 sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Nadežda Skočajić

Release date: October 29, 2021


November

Slava – Celebration of Family Saint Patron’s Day

St George and the dragon Serbia 2021 cancel 

St George and the dragon Serbia 2021 

 St George and the dragon Serbia 2021 FDC

St George and the dragon Serbia 2021 sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Saint George’s Day (Djurdjevdan) – St. George slaying a dragon 

Designer: Marija Vlahović

Release date: November 2, 2021


The Life and Work of Duke Živojin Mišić

 

Release date: November 10, 2021


Serbia–Germany 100 Years since the Birth of Great Artists

 

Release date: November 23, 2021


Museums of Serbia

 

Release date: November 24, 2021


Christmas 2021

Serbia Christmas 2021 cancel

Serbia Christmas 2021 single stamp Serbia Christmas 2021 angel 

Christmas Serbia FDC 

Serbia Christmas 2021 angel. sheetjpg Serbia Christmas 2021 angel. sheetjpg

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 sheets of 25

… the Orthodox celebrate it on January 7th, and the Catholic on December 25th, but its message remains the same – the message of peace and love.

We celebrate Christmas for three days. It is primarily family holiday, and there are numerous traditions and customs regarding Christmas. On the day before Christmas and Christmas Eve, the yule log is being brought into house, cresset lit and hay with hidden candies, prunes, walnuts, sugar and coins, spread all over the house. The hay is a symbol of the manger in which Christ was born. The yule log represents longevity and substance of Christianity, as well as of the warmth of the love Christ brought to us when he was born and arrived to the Earth. On the very day of the Christmas, early in the morning the church bells of all Orthodox temples are ringing, announcing the nativity of Christ. People go to church to attend Christmas liturgy and they all greet each other by “Christ has been born” and “Indeed he has”. Пригодна издања – 2021 – еФилателија (posta.rs)

Designer: Marija Vlahović

Release date: November 26, 2021


100 years of the Communist Party of China

 

Release date: November 29, 2021


100 years since the establishment of The Postal Savings Bank, a.d. Beograd

 

100 years since the establishment of The Postal Savings Bank, a.d. Beograd single stamp 

100 years since the establishment of The Postal Savings Bank, a.d. Beograd FDC

100 years since the establishment of The Postal Savings Bank, a.d. Beograd

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Release date: November 30, 2021


 


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2021 stamps from India – a lesson in patience

2021 stamps from India – a lesson in patience

2021 stamps from India are coming out and India Post is going to make us work to see every one of them. I have a soft spot for Indian stamps and India in general. The country is on my top ‘need to visit’ wish list. In the meantime, my little collection brings me a great deal of joy. India Post does a wonderful job presenting both modern and ancient history, but it’s unfortunate the website is so disorganised. It took hours to find enough material to post.

The issue calendar is out of date and I had to visit link after link to find semi-decent images and information. If you’re patient, you will be rewarded with richly detailed brochures for each issue. India Post issues these pdfs that include the history behind the stamp, designer information and images. But the site is late issuing new brochures. I ended up scouring Indian newspapers for special commemorative events just to figure out what may be coming.

Cancels & Special Covers

India produces many special cancels but tracking them down is a lesson in futility. I still haven’t found all of them. Nor have I managed to coral all the FDC and special covers. I used the word chaotic in a previous post to describe some post office websites, well that applies beautifully to India Post. It’s a shame because India has such a deep, rich history to explore and Indian stamps are so much fun to collect, I wish they made it easier. I suspect finding everything will take the better part of the year.

Patience is the keyword. 

Another thing lacking is information on designers. When the brochures are released, I’ll be able to update the table below. 

2021 Indian stamps – January

World Braille Day

Braile Cancel 2 Brail Cancel 1

special cover for world braille day 2021 stamps from India

Cancel, limited edition cover

Release date: Jan. 4, 2021


125th Birth Anniversary Year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Postcancel Chandra Cancel chandra 2

125th Birth Anniversary Year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose 2021 stamps from India

 FDC 2021 stamps from India

Post card front Post card back 

Chandra maxi card

1 stamp, FDC, 2 cancels, brochure, postcard, maxi card

Designer: Sh. Kamelshwar Singh
Previous designs include 2018 Security Forces, 2017 Nanniah Court Poet, 2014 Jagjiit Singh, 
Cancel designer: Smt. Alka Sharma

Release date: Jan. 23, 2021


Table Tennis Tournament Outbreak of COVID-19 Health Special Cover

table tennis cover cancel

table tennis cover front 2021 stamps from IndiaTable tennis cover back 

special cover, cancel

Release date: Jan. 23, 2021


Himachal Pradesh – 50 Years of Full Statehood

Cancel statehood

 

50 Years of full Statehood of Himachal Pradesh stamp 2021 stamps from India

50 Years of full Statehood of Himachal Pradesh FDC 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, blocks

Designer: Vinita Sinha
Cancel Designer: Alka Sharma

Release date: Jan 25, 2021


Feb 2021 stamps from India

50th Anniversary Aeronautics Research and Development Board

50 Years of Aeronautics Research and Development Board 2021 stamps from India 

1 stamp, se-tenant labels, FDC, sheetlet

Release date: Feb 3, 2021


100th Anniversary of the Chauri Chaura Incident

100th Anniversary of the Chauri Chaura Incident

1 stamp, se-tenant labels

Release date: Feb. 4, 2021


High Court of Gujarat Diamond Jubilee

2021 stamps from India

2021 stamps from India Diamond Jubilee 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Smt. Alka Sharma

Release date: Feb. 6, 2021


Honey and Bee Wax Collection in Sunderban

Honey and Bee Wax Collection in Sunderban 2021 stamps from India

cancel, special cover 

Release date: Feb. 26, 2021


March

Women’s Day

Womens day cancel

Women’s Day 2021 2021 stamps from India

Special Cover, cancel
Released in Bohpal

Release date: Mar. 3, 2021 
 

100th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s First Visit to Odisha

100 years Gandhi's visit 2021 stamps from India 

100th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's First Visit to Odisha

1 stamp, blocks, sheets of 28, FDC, cancel

Designer: Shri. Sankha Samanta

Release date: Mar. 23, 2021

 


Rajyogini Dadi Janki

Dadi Janki’s First Anniversary of Death

Rajyogini Dadi Janki  

Rajyogini Dadi Janki stamp

Rajyogini Dadi Janki FDC

1 stamp, sheetlet, FDC, cancel

Sheetlet designer: Alka Sharma
Stamp/FDC/Cancel/Brochure designer: Nenu Gupta

Release date: April. 4, 2021
Note: the release date was change. Thanks to  for his eagle eye and letting me know about the change.  Also a big thanks for recommending (3) Ananthapuri Philatelic Association | Facebook.  


India Bangladesh Friendship

Golden Jubilee Year

Friendship cancel

Friendship stamp

Friendship cancel FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 27, FDC, cancel

POSTMARK PLACE: New Delhi

Designer: Smt. Nenu Gupta

Release date: Mar. 27, 2021

 


70 Years of Diplomatic relations between India and Germany

70 Years of Diplomatic relations between India and Germany cancel

70 Years of Diplomatic relations between India and Germany 70 Years of Diplomatic relations between India and Germany

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Germany issued a stamp as well on the same day 

Designer: Ms. Gulistaan

Release date: June 10, 2021


Golden Jubilee Year – Gayatri Teerth, Shantikunj

Golden Jubilee Year - Gayatri Teerth, Shantikunj cancel 

Golden Jubilee Year - Gayatri Teerth, Shantikunj stamp 

Golden Jubilee Year - Gayatri Teerth, Shantikunj FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Nenu Gupta

Release date: June 20, 2021


August

Mananiya Chaman Lal, Social Worker

 

Mananiya Chaman Lal, Social Worker

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designers:
Sankha Samanta – stamp
Nenu Gupta – FDC, brochure

Release date: August 8, 2021


Rao Jaimal Rathore

Rao Jaimal Rathore  

Rao Jaimal Rathore FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Stamp in his memory released in Kashmir, Jaimal Rathore was killed by Akbar, also admired by Emperor – The Dispatch

Designer: 
Sankha Samanta – stamp, FDC, brochure
Nenu Gupta – cancel

Release date: September 17, 2021


October

Solapur Martyrs

Martyrs of Solapur 

Martyrs of Solapur

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

  • Mallappa Dhanshetti
  • Shrikisan Sarada
  • Jagannath Shinde
  • Abdul Rasul Kurban Hussain 

Designer: Alka Sharma

Release date: October 2, 2021


Deccan College Centenial

Deccan College Bicentenary 

Deccan College Bicentenary FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Sankha Shemanta using material supplied by Deccan College

Release date: October 6, 2021


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Taiwan’s 2021 stamps & a topnotch site

Taiwan’s 2021 stamps & a topnotch site

Taiwan’s 2021 stamps cover art, architecture, nature, and fabulous cityscapes. Plenty of great stamps to admire. One thing I noticed at Chunghwa Post is the depth of information it offers collectors. Not only do they supply great images and details about modern stamps, but they also have an online museum! Stamp Treasures covers the entire history of Taiwan’s postal service. You can find information going back to the first issues from 1878 and right through to 2021. 

What blew me away with the website is the level of thought that must have gone into organising the material. I’ve become used to wading through sites that are at times chaotic and outdated. To find a site that gave serious thought to what stamp collectors want was pure heaven. Taiwan’s post office is searchable by year, type of issue (stamp, FDC, folders etc.) or by theme. Chunghwa uses a delightful series of icons to help collectors quickly find what they are looking for:

Taiwan icons from stamp website

It doesn’t matter what language you speak; Taiwan makes it simple.

If you are a collector, take a look at the album pages sold through Taiwan’s post office. They sell loose album pages for each issue. Canada Post, please take note. 

Thematic alert: Art on stamps 

If you collect art on stamps there are two series to look for this year. The Modern Taiwanese Paintings returns after skipping 2020 and picks up with 4 more stamps. There is a full series of First Day Covers, album pages, presentation packs etc. available to collect.

The real jewel for art collectors is the second set “Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets”. It’s part of a series that is issuing images from a long scroll by artist Xu Yang of the Qing dynasty. 2020 saw 6 stamps from the scroll published and this year 6 more. Here’s 2020’s stamps:

2020 stamps

“Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets” by Xu Yang, Qing Dynasty Series 1 issues

The scroll is in the National Palace Museum. If you have time, check out the page devoted to the scroll. I’m hunting up a bit more information on the scroll, so check back later to see if I’ve managed to post more here. 

Cancels

I’m a bit disappointed that I couldn’t find details on upcoming postmarks. I’ll keep looking, but that I’m not hopeful. It’ll take a deep dive into the website and a few other sources to find details.

Lunar New Year stamps  

If you are looking for Year of the Ox stamps, there is only one for 2021 – it’s a vending machine label. The rest of the issues came out Dec. 2020 and you can find them here 2021 Year of the Ox stamps worldwide | Bitter Grounds Magazine

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Taiwan’s 2021 stamps issues January

South Penghu Marine National Park

South Penghu Marine National Park stamp two Taiwan's 2021 stampsSouth Penghu Marine National Park stamp three

South Penghu Marine National Park stamp one Taiwan 2021 stamp issuesSouth Penghu Marine National Park stamp four 

South Penghu Marine National Park sheet twoSouth Penghu Marine National Park sheet one

South Penghu Marine National Park sheet fourSouth Penghu Marine National Park sheet three

4 stamps, sheets, FDCs, presentation folder, Maxi cards, album pages

Designer: Jheng Yi-lang

Release date: Jan. 20, 2021


 

Taiwan’s 2021 stamps Feb

Taiwan Scenery — Kaohsiung City

Taiwan Scenery series started in 2016

Kaohsiung City stamp oneKaohsiung City stamp four Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Kaohsiung City stamp threeKaohsiung City stamp two 

Kaohsiung City sheet oneKaohsiung City sheet two

Kaohsiung City sheet threeKaohsiung City sheet four

  • National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) 
  • Dome of Light in Kaohsiung MRT
  • Heart of Love River
  • Port of Kaohsiung

4 stamps, 4 sheets, FDCs, folders, Loose-leaf album page, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with full set of stamps

Note: Personal greeting stamps without marginal inscriptions have been also released along with the stamps, which feature a full set of “Taiwan Scenery Postage Stamps — Kaohsiung City.”

Designer: Delta Design Corporation

Release date:  Feb. 4, 2021


 

March

Centennial Anniversary of James L. Maxwell’s Death

James Maxwell single stamp Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

James Maxwell Sheets

 

Dr. James L. Maxwell was born in Scotland in 1836 and graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School. On June 16, 1865 he began his work as a medical missionary at Khòan-sai Street, Tainan. The Khòan-sai Street Clinic was the first Western-style clinic in Taiwan. Dr. Maxwell combined medical work with his preaching. He trained staff and assisted innumerable patients, earning him the title Father of Taiwan’s Medical Missionaries.
中華郵政全球資訊網-郵票寶藏 – Pages (post.gov.tw)

1 stamp, sheet, folder, FDC, FDC with one stamp, album page

Artist: Shen Cheen
Designer: Highlight Creative Co., Ltd.

Release date: Mar. 5, 2021


 

Auspicious Ox Postage Vending Machine Label

Auspicious Ox label Taiwan's 2021 stamps

1 vending machine label, FDC, folio
Folio with two styles (from which, 6,000 copies with denominations printed in red while 2,000 copies black) is released along with the postage label

Designer: Tseng Kai-chih

Release date: Mar. 10, 2021 / FDC released: March 8, 2021

Rest of the Lunar New Year issues were released in 2020. You can see them here:

  2021 Year of the Ox stamps worldwide | Bitter Grounds Magazine 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Taiwan’s 2021 stamps April

Aquatic Life – Goldfish
Series 3

Pearl Scale goldfish Taiwan's 2021 stampsCelestial Eye goldfish Taiwan's 2021 stamps

Water Bubble Eye goldfish Taiwan's 2021 stampsOranda goldfish Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (III) Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (III)

Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (III)Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (III)

  • Pearl scale  
  • Celestial Eye
  • Water Bubble Eye
  • Oranda 

4 stamps, First Day Cover, Folder (with or without mount), Loose-leaf album page, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps

Designer: Jheng Yi-lang
Jheng Yi-lang also designed Jan’s South Penghu Marine National Park issues

Release date: April 9, 2021


 

Modern Taiwanese Paintings
Series 2 

Ni Chiang-huai’s Mt. Datun painting Taiwan's 2021 stampsYeh Huo-cheng’s A Scene from Fengyuan Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Huang Shui-wen’s Early Summer in South Taiwan Taiwan's 2021 stampsHuang Ching-shan’s Ship of Southern Country Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Modern Taiwanese Paintings Postage StampsModern Taiwanese Paintings Postage Stamps Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Modern Taiwanese Paintings Postage StampsModern Taiwanese Paintings Postage Stamps

  • Mt. Datun – artist Ni Chiang-huai’s 
  • A Scene from Fengyuan – artist Yeh Huo-cheng
  • Early Summer in South Taiwan- artist Huang Shui-wen 
  • Ship of Southern Country – artist Huang Ching-shan

4 stamps, First Day Cover, Folder (with or without mount), Loose-leaf album page, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps

Designer: Delta Design Corporation

Release date: April 21, 2021

 


Taiwan’s 2021 stamps for May 

Bike Paths of Taiwan

Bike Paths of Taiwan stamp one Taiwan's 2021 stampsBike Paths of Taiwan stamp two Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Bike Paths of Taiwan stamp three Taiwan's 2021 stampsBike Paths of Taiwan stamp four Taiwan's 2021 stamps 

Bike Paths of Taiwan sheet three Bike Paths of Taiwan sheet two

Bike Paths of Taiwan sheet fourBike Paths of Taiwan sheet one

  • Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake Bikeway
  • Hualien’s Yufu Bikeway
  • Taitung’s Guanshan Town Circle Bicycle Path
  • Taichung’s Tanya Shen Green Bikeway

4 stamps, First Day Cover, Folder (with or without mount), Loose-leaf album page, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps

Designer: Highlight Creative Co., Ltd.

Release date: May 5, 2021

 


 

Ancient Chinese Paintings:

“Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets”

by Xu Yang, Qing Dynasty Series 2 

Taiwan's 2021 stamps Ancient Chinese Paintings: "Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets" stamps 

Taiwan's 2021 stamps Ancient Chinese Paintings: "Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets" sheet

6 stamps, First Day Cover large size, Folder (with or without mount), Loose-leaf album page, Maxi cards, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps, Pre-cancelled maxi cards, Stamp collection (Paperback), Stamp collection (Hardback) 

Designer: Tseng Kai-chih 

Release date: May 19, 2021

 


 

June 

Taiwan Relics

Series 2

Taiwan Relics stamp three Taiwan's 2021 stampsTaiwan Relics stamp one Taiwan's 2021 stamps

Taiwan Relics stamp two Taiwan's 2021 stamps Taiwan Relics stamp four Taiwan's 2021 stamps

Taiwan Relics sheet twoTaiwan Relics sheet three

Taiwan Relics sheet fourTaiwan Relics sheet one

  • Nanxuan 鯓 Dynasty Tianfu (face value 6 yuan): located in the North Gate District of Tainan City,
  • Hsinchu State Hall (face value 8 yuan): located in the north district of Hsinchu City
  • The University of Science (face value 10 yuan): located in the freshwater district of Xinbei City
  • Ma Gongjin 礮 (face value 12 yuan): in Magong City, Penghu County

4 stamps, First Day Cover large size, Folder (with or without mount), Loose-leaf album page, Maxi cards, Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps, FDC Pre-cancelled maxi cards,

Designer: Natural Light Design Co., Ltd 

Release date: June 17, 2021


 

Alpine Plant Stamps
Series 1 
  Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps    
Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps Alpine Plant Stamps
 
4 stamps, sheets of 20, FDC
  • Taiwan quinoa 8 yuan 
  • Yushan mountain radish 8 yuan 
  • Waseda fennel 15 yuan
  • Yushan Buddha grass 20 yuan
Designer: Xu Wei
 
Release date: June 30, 2021
 

 

Taiwan’s 2021 stamps for July

Anniversary of the death of former President Deng Hui

President Deng Hui 2 President Deng Hui   

President Deng Hui 3President Deng Hui 4

  President Deng Hui sheet President Deng Hui sheet 4 

President Deng Hui sheet 3 President Deng Hui sheet 2

4 tamps, sheets of 20

Designer: Natural Light Design Co., Ltd

Release date: July 30, 2021


Taiwan’s 2021 stamps for August 

Tribute to the epidemic prevention personnel

Thank you Health Care 

Tribute to the epidemic prevention personnel 

Covid health workers  Thankyou covid workers card

6 stamps on souvenir sheet, full first day sheet, special full colour illustrated booklet, ticket card

Release date: August 9, 2021


Taiwan’s Core Industries

Taiwans core industries

6 stamps

  • health care
  • environmental protection
  • science and technology
  • construction

Designer: Daguan Visual Consultants Co., ltd

Release date: August 27, 2021


September Releases

Taoyuan City
 
taoyuan city 2 landscape
taoyuan city 2 stamps 
 
4 stamps
 
Designer: Daguan Visual Consultants Co., ltd

Release date: September 10, 2021


Ancient Paintings of the Palace Museum in Early Spring  

Ancient paintings of the museum palace

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet
lithography, brush

Designer: Zeng Kaizhi |曾凱智 
Release date: September 29, 2021

 


Horizontal Domestic Registered Envelopes

horizontal domestic registered envelopes  

Sept 2021 Taiwan envelope 2

2 pre-stamped registered envelope

Release date: September 29, 2021


October releases

110th anniversary of the founding of the republic of china

Founding of Taiwan

Founding of Taiwan card protector

Founding of Taiwan FDC

4 stamps, FDC, cancel, ticket protective card (套票護票卡 didn’t translate well)
lithography, brush

Release date: October 8, 2021


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