Interesting stamps from Algeria 2021

Interesting stamps from Algeria 2021

Although I enjoyed looking at Algeria 2021 stamps, I was frustrated by the lack of coherence on Algerian Post’s website. The stamps are wonderfully focused on representing various aspects of Algeria and Algerian history and I enjoyed exploring the country through it’s stamps. But finding quality photos for this post was problematic at best. I felt like I was spinning circles at times. However, that doesn’t take away from enjoying their unique style.  

A few thoughts on covers & stamps from Algeria 2021

I could find a handful of covers, but came up empty for most issues. Algerian Post isn’t that good at showing off their shiny new editions. They do publish a richly detailed newsletter for each stamp, but they fall completely flat in promoting anything beyond single stamps. It has proven to be a bit of a trial finding decent quality FDCs. I have reached out to Algerian Post to see if they offer anything useable by way of scans. Who knows what will come of the request. 

Highlight of the year is definitely their entry to the EUROMED 2021 competition. This year’s theme is Handicraft Jewelry of the Mediterranean.  After digging around a bit, I found some outstanding videos about how their ambergris necklaces are made. It’s posted below for you. Although not in English, like many things on the internet, not everything needs to be translated. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Of course I have to babble a bit about the Traditional Dishes stamps. Anytime I run across food themed topics I get almost as excited as I do with pioneer aviation. If there are two things that make my heart sing it’s exploring food from around the world and pioneer aviation/airmail. Better make that three things – stamps that cover both topics as well. 

Cancels – the old complaint

Algeria does issue some interesting cancels to rummage about for. However, no images I found were particularly crisp so I haven’t included them. If I have any success with Algeria’s post office, I’ll update this page. Fingers crossed. I would really like to include more images because turns out, I enjoyed Algeria’s designs.

Designers

This was my first serious stroll through Algeria’s stamps. As per usual, I tried to search for details about designers & artists. I’ve come up empty handed and disappointed. One of the great joys of stamp collecting is discovering who designed them, the (largely) unsung heroes of this hobby. I’ve run into a classic case of language and culture differences creating problems when I search for info. I’ll keep plugging away. 

February’s stamps from Algeria 2021

Covid 19

 Algeria 2021 fight covid stamps from Algeria 2021

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: SÉHINI Ryma

Release date: Feb. 1, 2021 with FDC on Feb. 27 & 28.


March

Let’s Consume Algerian  

Algerian 2021 lets consume algerian 

Lets consume FDC  stamps from Algeria 2021

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Kamar Eddine Krim

Release date: March 15, 2021


Fight Forest Fires

 Algeria 2021 Fight Forest fires stamps from Algeria 2021

Fight Forest fire FDC stamps from Algeria 2021

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Tahar Boukeroui

Release date: March 23, 2021


April stamps from Algeria 2021

Popular Games – Kharbga & Sig

Algeria 2021 popular games stamps from Algeria 2021Algeria 2021 popular games stamps from Algeria 2021

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: Zakaria Morsli and Sofiane Dey

Release date: April 20, 2021 with FDC issued April 18 & 19


May

Fruits – strawberries & blackberries

Algeria 2021 Fruit strawberries Algeria 2021 Fruit blackberries

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: Mohamed Guettouche (strawberry), Smain Karaoui (blackberry)

Release date: May 18, 2021 with FDC issued May 16 & 17


Traditional Dishes – Rechta and Harira

Algeria 2021 traditional dishes 1 stamps from Algeria 2021 Algeria 2021 traditional dishes  soup stamps from Algeria 2021

Algeria 2021 traditional dishes FDC 

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

I love these stamps. Any excuse to explore new food.
Two videos showing how both dishes are made. Although in French, they are easy to follow.

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: Zineb Bahri

Release date: May 20, 2021 with FDC May 18 & 19


June stamps from Algeria 2021

Circular Economy – recovery, recycling and waste exploitation

Algeria 2021 circular economy stamps from Algeria 2021

stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Djazia Cherrih

Release date: June 8, 2021 with FDC on June 6 & 7


July

Independence Day – July 5, 1962

Algeria 2021 Independence day

stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: M.D.N

Release date: July 7, 2021 with FDC on July 5 & 6


EUROMED 2021: Traditional Jewelry of the Mediterranean

Ageria 2021 traditional jewelry showing a broach stamps from Algeria 2021  Algeria 2021 traditional jewelry showing an ambergris neckless  stamps from Algeria 2021

Algeria Euromed FDC 2021 stamps from Algeria 2021

2 stamps, FDC, cancel 

Stamp one shows a chemassa (broach) and the second a skhab (ambergris necklace)

Skhab

The “Skhab” necklace – Eastern Algerian tradition

Although this video isn’t in English, it isn’t difficult to follow. The demonstrations of creating ambergris necklaces is fascinating. 

The “Skhab” or ambergris necklace, is a precious traditional necklace of brown or black color made for Algerian women and worn by them on occasions. It gives off good scents of musk and amber that can embalm for decades, no matter how many times it is used, the temperature of the environment or where it is kept.

The “Skhab” is used in many parts of our country, including Constantine, Tebessa, M’sila, Batna, Khenchela, Boussaâda and Guelma. It is composed of:

  • Wheat flour or date grains after burning,
  • The souchet, round seeds with a good smell, sold at herbalists and perfumers,
  • The dried fruit of a plant not too well known in our country and that smells very good,
  • Natural musk, a natural fragrance with a strong and refreshing smell,
  • The clove, or what is locally called “oud” and which smells very good,
  • Natural amber.
    Algerian Post Office

Chemassa 

Its name is derived from its shape that corresponds to the shape of the sun. It is a circle with pointed borders that represent the light that springs from the sun. It is also known as “Ibzim” (the loop) in many parts of the country. The “Chemassa” is a brooch that is placed in the collar. It is made of precious metal which is either gold or silver. It is one of the best known traditional Algerian jewels, just like the “Skhab”..  Algerian Post Office

 Designer: Tayeb Laidi

Release date: July 12, 2021

You can see all the EUROMED 2021 stamps here EUROMED 2021 – Jewelry of Mediterranean 
You can vote on your favourite stamp as well with our poll.


Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Algeria 2021 Tokyo Olympics one stamps from Algeria 2021 Algeria 2021 Tokyo Olympics two

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: Sofiane Dey

Release date: July 18, 2021 with FDC on July 16 & 18


 

If you enjoyed Algeria’s offerings, why not check out something completely different?  Try out some Awesome Canadian stamps. Very different sense of design and style. It’s fun to compare countries. 

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Animals & wheels on Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Animals & wheels on Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Isle of Man 2021 stamps and cancels should keep collectors content. Colourful and full of life perfectly describes the year. The year started off with something a little different, an unusual triangle stamp for the Lunar New Year. You might want to check out Isle of Man Newsletter 177 for a quick look at the history of triangle stamps.  

The Ox stamps, was quickly followed up by a striking Show Birds set. Regular IOM designers, EJC Design, aren’t afraid of using strong, contrasting colours to enhance their subject. The 6 birds are standouts. EJC has created stamps for IOM for quite a few years, so if you like their style, don’t forget to check out their previous stamps. You can find years of back issues for the Stamps & Coins News on the IOM website’s Issuu page. The magazines are free and downloadable.   

Shifting from feathers to motors, the Transport Museum’s “On the Road” stamps are a fun look at vintage vehicles. 

“All of these fabulous Museums present an Aladdin’s cave of historic transport memorabilia to enthusiasts on Island and all over the world. They are a credit to our Island and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their support and participation in this great stamp issue.” Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins Press Release July 21, 2021

I so want to drive a little red Peel P50 1962.

Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road

I’d love to tour around Toronto in one of these 3 wheelers. Just the right size! At least I’d be able to reach the peddles. Kllbr8 Limited came through with a great set. You don’t have to be a car and motorbike fan to love it. Which vehicle would you prefer to take for a cruise? Drop a comment below.

OK, on with the rest of the season. 


Isle of Man 2021 stamps for Jan

Lunar New Year – Year of the Metal Ox

Chinese Year of the Ox postmark Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Isle of Man triangle stamp Year of ox with roosterIsle of Man triangle stamp Year of ox sleeping ox
Isle of Man triangle stamp Year of ox with ratIsle of Man triangle stamp Year of ox 

FDC

 Isle of man Year of Ox souvenir sheet Isle of Man 2021 stamps

presentation pack

Isle of man Year of Ox presentation pack Isle of Man 2021 stamps  

sheets of 20

Year of Ox Malta sheets of 20

4 stamps, souvenir sheet, presentation pack, FDC, cancel, sheets of 20

Designer: Jay Cover, Manx artist

“After reading up, I decided to try and cover various aspects of the tradition,” he explains. In the 62p stamp, he depicts the Rooster “which in the zodiac is compatible with the Ox,” he says, and fitted the shape nicely alongside the Ox. The £1.58 stamp shows the Ox head in profile next to the rat. “This references the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac,” Cover explains.  Illustrator Jay Cover creates triangular stamps for the Isle of Man Post Office (itsnicethat.com)

Release date:  Jan 7, 2021


February

Show Birds

Show Birds postmark

 Fife Canary Popular and Unusual Species of Birds Gouldian Finch 

Popular and Unusual Species of Birds Budgerigar Isle of Man 2021 stampsPopular and Unusual Species of Birds Redpoll Hybrid Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Popular and Unusual Species of Birds Paradise Tanager Isle of Man 2021 stamps Popular and Unusual Species of Birds Diamond Sparrow 

FDC

  Show birds FDC Isle of Man 2021 stamps

presentation pack

 Show Birds preentation pack Isle of Man 2021 stamps

sheets of 20

Popular and Unusual Species of Birds 

6 stamps, FDC, cancel, 6 sheets of 20, presentation pack

  • Fife Canary
  • Gouldian Finch
  • Budgerigar
  • Redpoll Hybrid
  • Paradise Tanager
  • Diamond Sparrow

Photographer: Luke Stephenson
Design: EJC Design

Release date: Feb. 9, 2021


Decimalisation 50 Year Anniversary 
special postmark

Decimalisation Anniversary postmark

Release date: Feb. 15, 2021


HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday – Devoted to Your Service

HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday cancel 

 HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday 6 stamps Isle of Man 2021 stamps

presentation pack

 HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday presentation pack Isle of Man 2021 stamps

FDC

 HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday FDC Isle of Man 2021 stamps

limited edition imperforate sheets and mini sheets 

HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday limited edition mini sheets HM the Queen’s 95th Birthday mini sheets

6 stamps, FDC, cancel, 6 sheets of 10, presentation pack, limited edition imperforate sheets

Joint sheet issue with Ascension Islands, Bahamas, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands and Tristan Da Cunha.

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Release date: Feb. 26, 2021


Isle of Man 2021 stamps for March

Prince Phillip –  A Centenary of Achievement and Commitment

 Isle of Man 2021 stamps Prince Phillip -  A Centenary of Achievement and Commitment

Prince Phillip -  A Centenary of Achievement and Commitment

6 stamps on a sheet with info sheets

Release date: Mar. 31, 2021


April

The Calf of Man: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust, now Part of Manx National Heritage

The Calf of Man postmark Isle of Man 2021 stamps

70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust  70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust Isle of Man 2021 stamps

70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust Isle of Man 2021 stamps 70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust 

70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust 70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust 

70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust  70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust Isle of Man 2021 stamps

70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust 70th Anniversary of the Manx National Trust   

postcards

 The Calf of Man postcards Isle of Man 2021 stamps

presentation pack & self adhesive booklet

Calf of man presentation pack Isle of Man 2021 stampsCalf of man booket of self adhesive stamps 

FDC

Calf of man FDC Isle of Man 2021 stamps

 10 stamps, FDC, cancel, booklet, presentation pack, 10 postcards, 

1 stamp (Sheerwater Recover Project) is the Isle of Man’s Europa entry for 2021. See below for details on stamp, FDC & sheet.

Who we are | Manx National Heritage

Designer:  EJC Design

Release date: April 12, 2021


Sheerwater Recover Project

The Calf of Man Europa postmark Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Isle of Man he Manx Shearwater Recovery Project

  FDC for he Manx Shearwater Recovery Project EUropa  Isle of Man 2021 stamps

 Sheet of he Manx Shearwater Recovery Project stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10

This stamp is part of a larger set issued by Isle of Man titled The Calf of Man: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the Manx National Trust Now Part of Manx National Heritage. The set includes 10 stamps featuring various parts of the Manx National Trust. The sheerwater is the only stamp in the set featuring the Europa logo.  Calf Manx Shearwater Recovery Project – The story so far (manxnationalheritage.im)

 Designer: EJC Design

Release date: April 12, 2021


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John Ruskin

Life and Legacy of John Ruskin cancel Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Life and Legacy of John RuskinLife and Legacy of John Ruskin

Life and Legacy of John Ruskin Isle of Man 2021 stampsLife and Legacy of John Ruskin Isle of Man 2021 stamps 

Life and Legacy of John Ruskin  Life and Legacy of John Ruskin Isle of Man 2021 stamps

FDC & presentation pack

 Life and Legacy of John Ruskin FDC Isle of Man 2021 stampsLife and Legacy of John Ruskin presentation pack 

sheets of 16

Life and Legacy of John Ruskin 4 sheets of 16 Isle of Man 2021 stamps

6 stamps, FDC, cancel, 6 sheets of 16, presentation pack

John Ruskin Overview and Analysis | TheArtStory

Designer: Emma Cooke, EJC Design with assistance from Ashmolean Museum and the Guild of St. George

Release date: Apr. 27, 2021


Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage Congratulations to their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Isle of Man 2021 stamps Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage Congratulations to their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge sheetlet

1 sheetlet (limited edition)

Designers: Emma Cooke, EJC Design

Release date: April 29, 2021


June

Royal British Legion 100

Royal British Legion 100 cancel Isle of Man 2021 stamps

 Royal British Legion 100 mini sheet of 8 stamps Isle of Man 2021 stamps

FDC

  Royal British Legion 100 FDC  Isle of Man 2021 stamps

limited edition signed presentation pack & presentation pack

  Isle of Man 2021 stamps Royal British Legion 100 signed presentation pack limited editionRoyal British Legion 100presentation packs

uncut Imperforate Printers Pane

 Royal British Legion 100 imperforate printers sheets Isle of Man 2021 stamps

sheet under UV light showing hidden poppy

Royal British Legion 100 sheet of stamps under UV light

8 stamps, FDC, cancel, presentation pack, Limited edition signed presentation pack – Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC. 100 issued with certificate of authenticity, imperforate printers pane, FDC signed by local veteran James Fenton (limited to 100) 

Designer: Glazier Design
Previous designs include IOM’s 2020 EUROPA Mayflower 400, “Carry Us Through” Covid tribute, and 2019 “One Small Step” series.

Release date: June 26, 2021


Isle of Man 2021 stamps for July 

UEFA EURO 2020 Football Championship

UEFA EURO 2020 Football Championship

 All 8 stamps Isle of Man 2021 stamps

City sets

London UEFA collection Isle of Man 2021 stamps Glasgow set Rome set including sheet, FDC & stamps Munich collection   

Presentation pack 

Presentation pack Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Sheets of 8 stamps for each host city

 All available sheetlets Isle of Man 2021 stamps

FDCs

4 FDCs celebrating Engand's win  Isle of Man Euro Championship games - 8 stamps Isle of Man 2021 stamps

 Limited edition full set

UEFA IOM full collection UEFA IOM full collection UEFA IOM full collection 

EURO Final game matchup limited edition – 2021 sets will be issued. Includes FDC & Program 

  FDC & Stamp for EURO Final matchup Isle of Man 2021 stamps

Isle of Man Euro final FDC Isle of Man 2021 stamps

8 stamps, 8 sheets of 8, souvenir sheet, FDCs, cancel, presentation pack, limited edition full set, limited edition FDCs celebrating England’s 4 wins

This set gets a bit complicated. There didn’t seem to be set for all host cities. I could find collections for London, Munich, Copenhagen, Rome and Glasgow.  Sheets of 8 are available for all stadiums. Some items are available only via the full collection. 

Designer: Isle of Man Advertising
Previous work with IOM include the 2020 Yearbook and the “Master Watchmakers of the Isle of Man” stamps

Release date: July 7, 2021


125th Anniversary of the Summer Olympic Games with “Great British Olympians“

eat British Olympians cancel Isle of Man 2021 stamps

 “Great British Olympians“ 12 stamps Isle of Man 2021 stamps

FDC

“Great British Olympians“ FDC

Prestige and presentation packs

“Great British Olympians“ prestige booklets Isle of Man 2021 stamps “Great British Olympians“ presentation pack

Uncut sheet & mini sheets

“Great British Olympians“ press sheet Isle of Man 2021 stamps “Great British Olympians“ 4 mini sheets 

booklet pane

eat British Olympians booklet pane

  • Mark Cavendish MBE
  • Tim Kneale
  • Marie Morgan (previously Purvis)
  • Maurice Herriott
  • Peter Kennaugh MBE
  • Sidney Swann
  • Adam Peaty MBE
  • Sir Andy Murray MBE
  • Dame Kelly Holmes DBE
  • Sir Mo Farah CBE
  • Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL
  • Rebecca Adlington OBE

Designer: EJC Design

Release date: July 15, 2021


Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road

Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the RoadTransport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the RoadTransport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road Isle of Man 2021 stampsTransport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road Isle of Man 2021 stampsTransport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road   Isle of Man 2021 stamps Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road presentation pack

 Isle of Man 2021 stamps Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road FDC

Isle of Man 2021 stamps Transport Museums of the Isle of Man – On the Road sheets

  • 1962 Peel P50 & Shuttleworth Snap TT Racer – The Manx Transport Heritage Museum
  • 1972 Morris Mini 1000 & 1972 Bedford TK, Guy Otter (Perkins P6 engine and Mulliner Bodywork) 1957 – The Jurby Transport Museum
  •  Norton Wideline Cafe Racer &  Suzuki RG500 1981, Mondial Bialbero 250 1957 (ex-Mike Hailwood) – The Murray’s Motorcycle Museum
  • Scott 2 Speed 1927 (twin water cooled 2 stroke), Ariel 650cc Huntsmaster Twin, Gerrard Child-adult Sidecar, & Matchless G2 Clubman Deluxe  245cc 1939. –  The A.R.E. Classic Motorcycle Collection
  • Vauxhall Motorcycle 1922, New Orleans 1900  & Douglas Motorcycle and Sidecar 1923. – The Isle of Man Motor Museum
  • USA : GM PD-4501 Scenicruiser (Greyhound), Cadillac Fleetwood Miyagata Reikyusha (Japanese Hearse) & Humber Super Snipe Royal Tourer (used by HM Queen in Australia 1954).

     

Designer: Mark Redhead, Kllbr8 Limite, Glesni Corney, Dave MacDonald

Release date: July 28, 2021


September

250th Anniversary of the birth Captain John Quilliam RN – Manx Hero, Favourite of Fortune

Captain John Quilliam RN Captain John Quilliam RNCaptain John Quilliam RNCaptain John Quilliam RNCaptain John Quilliam RNCaptain John Quilliam RN 

FDC

Captain John Quilliam RN FDC 

presentation pack

Captain John Quilliam RN presentation stamp   

sheets of 15

Captain John Quilliam RN sheets of stamps 

book collection

Book and collection set

6 stamps, 6 sheets of 15, FDC, cancel, presentation pack, book set

Quilliam was previously featured on an Isle of Man stamp in 1979 JOHN QUILLIAM – shipstamps.co.uk

 “I have been lucky enough to earn my living as a designer-artist for the last fifty years. Fifteen happy years were spent as the in-house designer for the Isle of Man Post Office, researching and painting many aspects of the Island on stamps, before going freelance. I was delighted to be asked once again to design a stamp issue, this time about the life of Captain John Quilliam on his 250th anniversary.”  Colleen Corlett Isle of Man Post Office Celebrates 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Captain John Quilliam RN – IoM Post

Designer: Colleen Corlett

Release date: September 25, 2021


Hey, did you enjoy Isle of Man? Why not try beautiful stamps from Vietnam’s 2021 stamp issues.

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Peru’s 2021 stamps – OH WOW!

Peru’s 2021 stamps – OH WOW!

Putting together Peru’s 2021 stamps was interesting and fun. Although I have a number of airmails from the country, this was my first serious look. Servicios Postales del Perú (SERPOST) issues high quality materials for each stamp by way of images & information pdfs. I have a thing for info bulletins, especially if attention has been paid to the layout. Peru is top of the class when it comes to this.

If you download SERPOST pdfs, you can open them in Word and translate each. Keep them and use them for future references. I keep all pdfs I find and at the end of the year will combine them into a working catalogue. They are free to download and great source refence materials. You can download them from Philately – SERPOST.  Here’s a sample of what the info bulletins look like:

Coat of arms of Peru PDF cover Peru's 2021 stampsCoat of arms of Peru PDF sheet two Peru's 2021 stamps

I love the layout so much, I’m thinking about posting the cover page for each stamp below. As much effort was put into each bulletin as the actual stamps and  I think they are perfect companion pieces. 

Two artists/designers

Every set comes in single stamps or mini sheets, a FDC & cancel. SERPOST designers are Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli and Jorge Anci. I tried to find details about each, but so far, nothing substantial. That isn’t unusual, but I’ll keep looking.

History, history and OMG the history

Unlike details about SERPOST’s artists, finding info about the stamp topics was a snap. And … that is why this article took longer than anticipated. Each pdf info bulletin was a great start and encouraged me to go spelunking for more information. I kept falling over fascinating articles about bits and pieces of Peru’s history and people. It was hard to reign myself in. Peru is a prime example of excellent stamp designs exploring the stories about the people and country they live in. The designs are so vivid and colourful they make you want to know more.  

100 Years of the Brüning National Archaeological Museum fdc

I’ve included helpful links throughout the article for you. If you have more to share, post them below.   

Cancel heaven

 If you’re a cancel hound, Peru is good pickings. I’ve included large versions of each cancels. If you want to see the fine details on each, just click them. Here’s an example:

Peru's 2021 stamps 200 Years of Masonic Participation in the Independence of Peru cancel

The compass engraving is delicate and detailed. It’s hard to believe such clarity can be translated to a small postmark. Each cancel is worth examining close up to take in all the work. 

Peru’s 2021 stamps for July

200 Years of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru 1821-2021

 Peru's 2021 stamps cancel

 Peru's 2021 stamps 200 Years of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru 1821-2021 FDC

Peru's 2021 stamps 200 Years of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru 1821-2021 FDC

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date: July 2, 2021


200 Years of the Peruvian Navy

200 years of the Peruvian Navy cancel

200 Years of the Peruvian Navy Peru's 2021 stamps

200 years of the Peruvian Navy cancel Peru's 2021 stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci 

Release date: July 2, 2021


100 Years of the Birth of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

 100 Years of the Birth of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Cancel

 100 Years of the Birth of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar stamp Peru's 2021 stamps

 100 Years of the Birth of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN chief for much of the 1980s, dead at 100 | CBC News

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli 

Release date: July 2, 2021


100 Years of the Brüning National Archaeological Museum

 Bruning National Archaeological museum cancel

 Peru's 2021 stamps 100 Years of the Brüning National Archaeological Museum stamp

100 Years of the Brüning National Archaeological Museum fdc

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Hans Heinrich Bruning Brookstedt profile. Information about Hans Heinrich Bruning Brookstedt. Mundoandino culture and attractions. 

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli 

Release date: July 9, 2021


50 Years of COFIDE

 COFIDE cancel Peru's 2021 stamps

 COFIDE stamp Peru's 2021 stamps

Peru's 2021 stamps TODOS LOS SOBRES DE PRIMER DIA_IMPRENTA Jorge 2 de 2 Monumentos 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

50th Anniversary, the Development Bank of Peru (COFIDE)

Designer: Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo S.A. – COFIDE

Release date: July 12, 2021


200 Years of Masonic Participation in the Independence of Peru

 Peru's 2021 stamps 200 Years of Masonic Participation in the Independence of Peru cancel

200 Years of Masonic Participation in the Independence of Peru 

 Peru's 2021 stamps 200 Years of Masonic Participation in the Independence of Peru

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Grand Lodge of Peru

Release date: July 15, 2021


200 Years of the National Library of Peru

200 Years of the National Library of Peru cancel 

 200 Years of the National Library of Peru Peru's 2021 stamps

200 Years of the National Library of Peru FDC Peru's 2021 stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

National Library of Peru | BNP 

Designer: Biblioteca Nacional del Perú

Release date: July 16, 2021


Bicentennial characters 

 Bicentennial cancel 1 Peru's 2021 stamps

  Bicentennial characters 1 Peru's 2021 stampsBicentennial characters 2 Peru's 2021 stamps

Bicentennial character FDC 1 Peru's 2021 stampsBicentennial characters 2 fdc 

8 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel

Peru celebrated 200 years of independence on July 28, 2021.

Peru’s post office, SERPOST, issued 2 pdf bulletins for this series. It includes a short write up of each person. Although, they are in Spanish, they are easily translated using Google Translate. 

 Designer:  Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date:  July 21, 2021


Flag of Peru

 Flag of Peru cancel Peru's 2021 stamps

 Flag of Peru mini sheet Peru's 2021 stamps

Flag of Peru FDC Peru's 2021 stamps

5 stamps on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date: July 23, 2021


Coat of arms of Peru

Coat of arms of Peru cancel 

 Coat of arms of Peru Peru's 2021 stamps

Coat of arms of Peru FDC

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date: July 23, 2021


Landing of José de San Martín and the Liberating Expedition in Paracas

Landing of José de San Martín and the Liberating Expedition in Paracas cancel 

Landing of José de San Martín and the Liberating Expedition in Paracas 

Landing of José de San Martín and the Liberating Expedition in Paracas FDC 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

José Francisco de San Martín, Latin American Liberator (thoughtco.com) and President Vizcarra marks 200th anniversary of Liberating Expedition’s arrival in Peru | News | ANDINA – Peru News Agency

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: July 30, 2021 


America UPAEP 2020 – Casa Rosell Ríos
Architecture series

America UPAEP 2020 - Casa Rosell Ríos cancel 

 America UPAEP 2020 - Casa Rosell Ríos   Peru's 2021 stamps

America UPAEP 2020 - Casa Rosell Ríos FDC Peru's 2021 stamps

2 stamps on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: August 2, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Monument to the Longshoreman

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Monument to the Longshoreman cancel 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Monument to the Longshoreman

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Monument to the Longshoreman FDC

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: August 5, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – La Torre del Reloj

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - La Torre del Relo cancelj 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - La Torre del Reloj

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - La Torre del Relo  FDC

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Aug. 9, 2021


Battle of Pasco

Battle of Pasco cancel 

Battle of Pasco 

Battle of Pasco FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: August 13, 2021


America UPAEP 2021 – Rúpac, El Machu Picchu Limeño
Tourism series

America UPAEP 2021 - Rúpac, El Machu Picchu Limeño (Tourism) cancel 

America UPAEP 2021 - Rúpac, El Machu Picchu Limeño (Tourism) 

America UPAEP 2021 - Rúpac, El Machu Picchu Limeño (Tourism) FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: August 19, 2021


America UPAEP 2021 – Vinicunca, Mountain of the Seven Colors (Tourism)

America UPAEP 2021 - Vinicunca, Mountain of the Seven Colors cancel 

America UPAEP 2021 - Vinicunca, Mountain of the Seven Colors 

America UPAEP 2021 - Vinicunca, Mountain of the Seven Colors FDC 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

About Rainbow Mountain – Rainbow Mountain Peru

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date: August 26, 2021


200 Years of Creation of the Army of Republican Peru

200 Years of Creation of the Army of Republican Peru cancel 

200 Years of Creation of the Army of Republican Peru 

200 Years of Creation of the Army of Republican Peru fdc

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: August 26, 2021


100 Years of the Birth of Chabuca Granda

100 Years of the Birth of Chabuca Granda cancel 

100 Years of the Birth of Chabuca Granda 

100 Years of the Birth of Chabuca Granda FDC

Enjoy Chabuca Granda performing Fina Estampa.

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 2, 2021


Year of the Rat Lunar New Year 2020

Year of the Rat cancel 

 Year of the Rat

 Year of the Rat Lunar New Year 2020 FDC

front page of info bulletin

YEar of the rat bulletin

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Not sure why this is so late, but Peru seems to issue their Lunar New Year stamp well after the celebration. I’ve included the front cover from the pdf info bulletin because it’s so beautiful. You can download it free direct from SERPOST. Philately – SERPOST

Designer: Marco Antonio Quispe Yalli

Release date: Sept. 6, 2021


Tribute to the Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19

Tribute to the Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19 cancel 

Tribute to the Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19   

Tribute to the Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19 FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 9, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Arco Morisco

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Arco Morisco cancel 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Arco Morisco

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Arco Morisco FDC 

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci 

Release date: Sept. 13, 2021


Monument for the Centenary of the Republic of Peru – Museum of Italian Art

Monument for the Centenary of the Republic of Peru - Museum of Italian Art cancel 

 Monument for the Centenary of the Republic of Peru - Museum of Italian Art

Monument for the Centenary of the Republic of Peru - Museum of Italian Art cancel FDC  

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci  

Release date: Sept. 15, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Ornamental Fountain

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Ornamental Fountain cancel 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Ornamental Fountain

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Ornamental Fountain FDC  

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci  

Release date: Sept. 17, 2021


First Cry of Independence in Huaura 1820

First Cry of Independence in Huaura 1820 cancel 

First Cry of Independence in Huaura 1820 

First Cry of Independence in Huaura 1820 fdc Peru's 2021 stamps

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 20, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Fountain of the Three Figures

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Fountain of the Three Figures cancel

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Fountain of the Three Figures

 Peru's 2021 stamps Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Fountain of the Three Figures FDC

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 23, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre cancel 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre fdc 

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021


Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Statue of Liberty

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Statue of Liberty cancel 

 Peru's 2021 stamps Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Statue of Liberty

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Statue of Liberty fdc 

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Sept. 30, 2021


Peru’s 2021 stamps October

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru – Old National Stadium

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Old National Stadium cancel 

 Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Old National Stadium

Monument for the Centennial of the Republic of Peru - Old National Stadium fdc 

1 stamp on a mini sheet, FDC, cancel

Designer: Jorge Anci

Release date: Oct. 4, 2021


Did you like Peru’s stamps? Well, seriously, what’s not to love! Why not travel across the continent and visit  Colombia stamps 2021 – history, art & nature!

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Check out Malta’s 2021 stamps

Check out Malta’s 2021 stamps

Malta’s 2021 stamps offer collectors stamps, mini sheets, FDCs and presentation packs along with some decent postmarks. As well as the various covers and postmarks, etc., Malta also participates in the yearly EUROMED, EUROPA & SEPAC competitions. This year they serve up some excellent maps & wildlife stamps.

The bulk of Malta’s stamps are designed by MaltaPost p.l.c., and no specific names identified.  Which is a shame, I’d love to know more about the designers behind stamps. However, a few independent artist from Malta are identified. Two notables are Andrew Micallef and Madeleine Gera who shared artistic duties with the January Healthcare Heroes portraits. This is an amazing set.

Malta 2021 stamps Heath care worker stamp oneMalta 2021 stamps health care worker stamp twoMalta 2021 stamps Health care workers stamp three


Of the trio, I think the middle stamp by Madeleine Gera is the most powerful. Most countries have issued Covid/Healthcare worker stamps, but Malta’s are striking because they reveal the staggering exhaustion in their faces. Madeleine Gera studied at the Scuola di Arte Grafica, Il Bissonte and has gone on to explore concepts of beauty in Maltese artwork via her MA thesis  ‘The Concept of Beauty in 19th Century Maltese Painting’. I’ve gone back to her website numerous times to examine her artwork.  To date, this looks like her first stamp for Malta. It would be interesting to see her explore her thesis via stamps. 

The second notable is Malta’s 2021 Europa series by Sean Dingli This is his first stamp designs for MaltaPost and we’ll likely see more in the future. He specialises in microphotography, or as he puts it on his Instagram bio “The How? The What?? and The WOW!”      

Mediterranean Chameleon

After seeing his other microphotography works, I’m hoping Malta taps him to do a series based on what he does best, ‘’A hidden beauty can be found in the unseen, hidden micro world. To experience such wonder, you just need a different perspective’’.  

Cancels

While not as ornate as some postmarks, Malta’s are first class. They tend more towards the minimalist feel, rather than richly detailed, but they are powerful.  The EUROPA chameleon cancel is an example of the work  

Europa 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta cancel

I love this cancel for many reasons.  It’s simple, clean and beautifully rendered. And, it’s kind of charming in a chameleon sort of way.  Let me know what you think and which is your favourite. 

Enjoy the 2021 year from Malta. 

Malta’s 2021 stamps for January

Malta Healthcare Heroes COVID-19

Heathcare heroes FDC cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

Malta 2021 stamps Heath care worker stamp one Malta 2021 stamps  health care worker stamp two Malta's 2021 stamps Malta 2021 stamps  Health care workers stamp three

sheets of 10

Heath Care Workers sheets 

FDC & presentation pack

Heathcare heroes FDC Heathcare heroes presentation pack Malta 2021

3 stamps, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, souvenir sheet

Artists/Designers: 
Male healthcare worker – Andrew Micallef
Female healthcare workers- Madeleine Gera

Release date: Jan. 29, 2021


March 

ACT Now Recycle 2021

Act Now recycling cancel

Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021   Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021

FDCs & presentation pack

Act Now recycling FDC 3  Act Now recycling FDC 2

Act Now recycling FDC 1 Act Now recycling presentation pack

3 stamps, 3 FDCs, cancel, presentation pack

This stamp issue supports this campaign by encapsulating three separate symbols, one on each stamp; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, also called the 3 Rs. Maltapost Philately – Act Now – The United Nations Campaign for Individual Action (maltaphilately.com)

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
Images: Courtesy of United NationsPerforation

Release date: March 18, 2021


Malta’s 2021 stamps  May

MS 200th Anniversary Death of Napoleon Bonaparte 2021
 
Death of Napoleon 2021 FDC Malta Malta's 2021 stamps Death of Napoleon 2021 presentation pack Malta's 2021 stamps
 
1 mini sheet, FDC, cancel, presentation pack
 
Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
 
Release date: May 5, 2021
 

 

Malta – Mediterranean Chameleon | Painted Frog

Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - Mediterranean Chameleon | Painted Frog cancel

Mediterranean Chameleon Malta's 2021 stamps EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta - Painted Frog Malta's 2021 stamps

blocks

Malta's 2021 stamps Blk of EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

sheets of 11 & booklet

Malta's 2021 stamps Europa stamp sheetMalta's 2021 stamps EUROPA 2021 frongsStamp Booklet Europa 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

FDC, presentation pack

FDC w set EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta FDC w set EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

2 stamps, 2 souvenir sheets, FDCs, cancel, blocks, presentation pack

Photographer: Sean Dingli

Release date: May 12, 2021


 
SEPAC – old maps

Malta cancel

Malta stamp three old map SEPAC maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stampsmalta old map two

Malta old map stamp SEPAC historical maps on stampsMalta stamps  SEPAC maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stamps

sheets of 10

Malta sheet SEPAC historical maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stamps

FDC & presentation pack

Malta FDC for old maps SEPAC historical maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stampspresentation pack for malta map stamps

4 stamps, FDC, cancel, presentation pack

  • .20 Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi an Italian printer and cartographer, published in Rome in 1686 titled  ISOLA DI MALTA GOZZO COMINO E COMINOTTO
  • .50 Dutch cartographer Johannes Jansonnius, published around 1650 titled INSVLAE MELITAE Vulgo MALTE Nova et accurata Description
  • .63 French cartographer Bernard Antoine Jaillot and published in 1734 titled CARTE PARTICULIERE DES ISLES / DE MALTE du Goze et du Cuming
  • 1.25 German cartographer Georg Matthaus Seutter the Elder published in c.1725 titled MELITE vulgo MALTA cum vicinis GOZA, quae olim GAULOS, et COMINO insulis

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.

Release date: May 28, 2021.


June

HRH Prince Philip 2021

 HRH Prince Philip 2021 cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp two Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp three Malta's 2021 stamps  HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp one Malta's 2021 stamps

sheets of 10

HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets two Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets one Malta's 2021 stamps

FDC & presentation pack

HRH Prince Philip 2021 FDC Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 presentation pack

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, FDC, cancel presentation pack

100th Anniversary – Birth of HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.

Release date: June 10, 2021


July

EUROMED – Handicraft Jewellery in the Mediterreanean

Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch cancel showing woman wearing ornate necklace

Malta - 19th c earrings stamp EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c   pendant EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c  brooch EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps

Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch FDC Malta's 2021 stamps

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

  • a set of earrings ‘Tais’
  • a Maltese Cross pendant
  • seed pearl brooch 

All three 19th century pieces are made from gold, and embellished with seed pearls. These three pieces of Jewelry were displayed in the 2013 exhibition ‘Vanity, Profanity and Worship: Jewelry from the Maltese Islands’ organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti and held at the Casino Maltese, Valletta. Maltapost Philately – EUROMED – Handicraft Jewelry in the Mediterranean (maltaphilately.com)

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
Images: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti

Release date: July 12, 2021


Olympic Games 2020

Olympic Games 2020 cancel 

Olympic Games 2020 stamp Malta's 2021 stamps Olympic Games 2020 stamp two Malta's 2021 stamps  Olympic Games 2020 stamp three Malta's 2021 stamps

sheets of 10

Olympic Games 2020 sheets Olympic Games 2020 sheet two Olympic Games 2020 sheet one 

FC & presentation pack

Olympic Games 2020 FDC Malta's 2021 stamps Olympic Games 2020 presentation pack Malta's 2021 stamps

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, presentation pack

Designer: Aidan Cassar

Release date: July 23, 2021 


August

Special cancel 800th anniversary of St. Dominic’s death

800th anniversary of St. Dominic's death special cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

Special handstamp available through the Castille Square Post Office

Release date: Aug. 6, 2021


30 years of One Radio Broadcasting

30 years of One Radio Broadcasting

Special handstamp available through the MaltaPost Head Office in Marsa

Release date: Aug. 11, 2021


Maltese Fiesta 2021 

altese Festa 2021 St Nicholas Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St Paul Rabat Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of Stella Maris Sliema Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of The Nativity of Mary Naxxar   Maltese Festa 2021 Birgu Statue of St Dominic - Birgu Maltese Festa 2021 Paola Statue of Christ The King Paola Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Valletta Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St Bartholomew Gharghur Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St George Qormi Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of The Visitation of Our Lady Gharb

souvenir sheet

Mint Set Maltese Festa 2021 sheet  

maxi cards

Max Card Festa 2021 

FDCs

FDC with set Maltese Festa 2021 FDC 1 with set Maltese Festa 2021

10 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel, 10 maxi cards

Photographer: Mark Micallef Perconte

Release date: Aug. 25, 2021


Finished with Malta? How about a few themes? Check out the EUROPA and SEPAC listing EUROPA & SEPAC stamps 

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Fantastic EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes

Fantastic EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes

The EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes competition produced a spectacular thematic year. The only thing that could have made it more exciting would be changing it to “Early Airmail Routes”.  Although Europa stamps date to 1952, the competition didn’t start until 2002. Each year a theme is picked and participating countries design stamps that capture the topic.  Not all Europa members participate in the competition, and a few stamps were issued too late to be included in the voting. 

As well, not all stamps are considered in the voting process. I’ve opted to post all the stamps, not just the ones under consideration. Sometimes a set expresses a bigger story than a single stamp can fully explain. 

Europa competition themes

Subjects are announced well in advance, giving postal authorities plenty of time to plan their entries. Topics offer countries the chance to showcase their nation & stamp designers.  It’s an interesting competition, which has gone from strength to strength. Well, with the exception of the first year – Circuses. Far too many clowns to enjoy the year. Thanks Stephen King for ruining clowns forever.  

  • 2024 – National Archaeological Discoveries
  • 2023 – Underwater Fauna & Flora
  • 2022 – Stories & Myths
  • 2021 – Endangered National Wildlife
  • 2020 – Ancient Postal Routes
  • 2019 – National Birds
  • 2018 – Bridges
  • 2017- Castles
  • 2016 – Think Green 
  • 2015 – Old Toys
  • 2014 – Musical Instruments
  • 2013 – Postal Vehicles 
  • 2012 – Visit …
  • 2011 – Forest 
  • 2010 – Children’s books
  • 2009 – Astronomy
  • 2008 – The Letter
  • 2007 – 100 Years of Scouting
  • 2006 – Integration as seen by young people
  • 2005 – Gastronomy
  • 2004 – Holidays
  • 2003 – Poster Arts
  • 2002 – The Circus

EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes

2020’s theme was Old Postal Routes. Some post offices called it ancient, some old. The topic was titled Ancient Postal Routes, but I’ve opted to use old for most of the article because shifting between ancient and old became irritating so I picked one format and stuck with it throughout the article. 

Regardless, this theme turned into a fascinating trip through the evolution of mail services across Europe. Along the way, I learned quite a bit about early mail delivery. I often think of the post office in modern terms – use a stamp and off it goes. Many of the stamps in this series pay tribute to routes that predate the use of postage stamps and allude to the dangers messengers faced during their journeys. 

55 countries can compete in 2 categories: juried & popular. The popular category is picked by the public. No specific criteria is required in this category. Online voting takes place over a number of months with the stamp with the most votes winning. 

Juried voting considered two questions:

  1. What was it like when “mobility was quite reduced, and travelling a dangerous activity”? 
  2. How did the Postal systems start?

This year’s EUROPA Stamps theme will answer these questions by depicting some of the most famous routes and traveling methods which paved the way to improve connectivity throughout the globe. From famous ships to wonderful carriages, we will see a historical variety of beautiful elements which constitute the rich postal heritage. Travelling the Ancient Routes via EUROPA Stamps, POST EUROP press release

Covid effect

The “reduced mobility” question weirdly foreshadowed the current pandemic. When the topic was picked, no one envisioned how it would resonate in in a locked down world. Last year’s topic tied into the Covid pandemic in an unexpected way. 2020’s theme emphasized the life of postal couriers and the dangers that accompanied their jobs. The pandemic reminded many of how vital communication is and how difficult front line service can be. 2020’s juried winner was picked in part, because it reminded the judges of the vital “human aspect”  of mail service.

“This year virtual jury-meeting brought a very high-quality result and five really fascinating stamp designs as short-listed winners of the international competition 2020. As the theme – old postal routes, was not an easy task, we were really surprised by the artists solutions. Especially the winning design from Poland with its special proportions in vertical format expressed the theme in a perfect manner – colours and technique of the artwork are really modern and perfect for a small stamp. The same can be said about the other four short-listed winners from Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine and the Faroe Islands. The whole set of the jury’s favourites shows big parallels: The Focus on riding or walking postal couriers or mailmen, the focus on the ”human aspect“ behind the postal delivery system and their adventurous and sometimes dangerous journey in former times convinced us and also the other jury members. Chapeau!” said expert jurors Stefan Klein and Olaf Neumann, our recurring judges from Kommunikations Design in Germany. News (posteurop.org) 

I agree with their assessment. The artistry across all designs is eye riveting.  2020 postal routes created some of the best stamp designs since the inception of the competition (including 2021’s stamps).  

Poland’s winning entry

POLAND EUROPA 2020 winning stamp

This long stamp was certainly eye catching. Maciej Jędrysik’s design followed 16th century routes along the Vistula River, with major stops along at Kraków, Sandomierz, Warsaw, Toruń, Elbląg, Gdańsk.  If you look closely at this stamp, you’ll see different methods of delivery tied into the design – foot, horse & ship delivery.

Second prize was an unusual 4 way tie between Faroe Islands, Switzerland, Ukraine and Germany.    

Faroe Islands 

Faroe Islands Europa 2020

This is an intriguing stamp that explores the dangers of mail delivery in icey, remote areas.  The map on the top left, shows the mail route from Klaksvík – Viðareiði. The yellow line traces the tragic route Jacob Eliassen (1836 – 1887) took when he plunged to his death during a delivery in 1887. 

The second half of the stamp, Postmen of the Mountains, follows the red route on the map. Two postmen found themselves trapped by a storm at Breytarstígar and were forced to build a makeshift shelter to protect themselves. Unlike Eliassen, both these men survived their journey. 

Second row map shows the route Vestmanna – Vágar, rowed by Ólavur Olsen (1855 – 1947).  Initially the route was undertaken by men in rowboats, a treacherous trip that was banned in 1920.  

You can read more about the stamps & the history they depict here Stamps.fo

 Artist Philatelic Pursuits has a page on the history of Faroe Island mail delivery that is quite fascinating 2021 Stamps: Faroe Islands (Postal History) – Philatelic Pursuits.  

Switzerland 

Switzerland 2020 EUROPA  Switzerland 2020 EUROPA stamp 2

This pair of Swiss stamps was created with the cooperation of Germany. The stamps follow the 14th c route established by the legendary House Thurn and Taxis. The route begins in Rheinhausen, Germany and travels to Milan and Mantua, with stops in Zurich and Basel.  

Germany

Germany EUROPA 2020

Deutsche Post issued this medieval Thurn & Taxis route, which was a nice companion piece to the Swiss stamps. The stamp depicts a mail rider on one leg of the Frankfurt to Vienna route. Established in 1490, it is considered the first permanent postal route in the Holy Roman Empire. 

 Ukraine – postman Fedir Feketa

Silver medal winner Ancient Postal Routes

This was an immensely popular stamp in Ukraine. The story of Fedir Feketa (1789 – 1838), a beloved Ukrainian, speaks to the heart of the theme. It captures the human aspect  better than any stamp in the competition. Feketa delivered mail on foot, for 30 years. He walked the 25 km route from Tury Remet to Uzhgorod, a couple times each week, travelling through mountainous routes and rivers to safely deliver mail throughout the Carpathian mountains.   

EUROPA 2020 Popular Vote Gold Stamp – Turkey

TURKEY Europa 2020

Overall winner of the popular vote was Turkey with 38,000 votes. It turns out, Turkey is the country to beat, with previous wins 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011. Historic routes depicted in this stamp include boats, horse messenger & foot. It’s a delightful stamp that echoes medieval art work. 

Second place Armenia

Armenia Europa 2020 single stamp

This stamp shows the city of Gyumri, considered the cultural and political centre of Armenia in the 19th century. 

Third place Azerbaijan

Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 Azerbaijan stamp 2 Azerbaijan Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020

Azerbaijan’s created a playful set. Depending on how the stamps are arranged, they could be couriers going or returning.

Azerbaijan Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 Azerbaijan stamp 2

These stamps depict mounted couriers from the first postal routes established in the 15th c by Shah Ismail I (1487-1524). 

My favourites

EUROPA 2020 MOLDOVA 4 stamp sheet

Of course it had to be the sole entry with a biplane. Biplanes and maps will always be a winning combination. Moldova’s set is spectacular. The stamp celebrates the first airmail deliver in Moldova (1926), and designer Vitaliu Pogolşa strong illustrations grabbed my attention. 

My second pick – well, there were so many, but I loved the Albanian stamp. Unfortunately it arrived too late for the competition, but that doesn’t lessen it’s over all appeal to me. 

Albania souvenir sheetKarneti-pulla-Europa-2020-1024x567

Third – pigeon post from Bosnia-Herzegovina (JP BH). Pigeon post is often neglected when we talk about postal delivery, but it played an interesting part in the evolution of mail delivery. 

EUROPA 2020 Bosnia-Herzegovina (Croatia) FBiH  two stamps

Best overall cancel

This isn’t a category in the competition, but should be. Cancels are much underrated as far as artwork goes and aren’t given nearly the attention they deserve. 

Hungary’s post horn cancel is exquisite. It was a hard pick, but this was by far the outstanding cancel of 2020. The level of detail in this cancel is wonderful. 

Hungarian Europa 2020 cancel showing an  carved possthorn

I found getting clean scans of all cancels impossible, and did the best I could. If you have a better image and would like to share it, drop me a line in the comments. 

Quick note

I wasn’t able to cull details about all stamps. When possible, I’ve included interesting features and/or links for more information. Feel free to add details you think people might enjoy. Just drop a mention in the comments.  If you spot any errors, please let me know. I appreciate it when readers reach out and offer corrections. 

Some post office’s don’t do a good job promoting the designers and artists, so any help you can offer regarding the missing designers would be appreciated. 

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Europa 2020 Old Postal Routes – A 

Åland –  Postal Boat Race across the Sea of Åland

 Postal Boat Race across the Sea of Åland 

sheet of 30

Aland sheets EUropa 2020

This stamp shows the Postal Boat Race across the sea of Åland. The race, which began in 1974, follows the 400 year old postal route between Aland and Sweden.  

The first mail run across Åland to Finland departed from Sweden in 1638. The crossing between Grisslehamn and Eckerö was to be known as one of the most dangerous postal routes in the world, particularly during times of treacherous ice and snow conditions; more than 200 farmer-postmen lost their lives. Aland Post Office

Designer: David Lundberg

 Release date: May 20, 2021


Albania  

 Albania single stamp Europa-2020

mini sheet

Albania souvenir sheet Europa-2020-1024x764  

FDCs

Albania FDC with souvenir sheet bllok-Europa-2020-1024x566 Albania FDC single stamp seri-Europa-2020-1024x566

souvenir sheet

Albania souvenir sheetKarneti-pulla-Europa-2020-1024x567

Booklet

Albania 2020 Booklet cover

Designer: Artion Baboçi

Issued too late for the competition

Release date: Feb. 22, 2021


 

Andorra (France) – map of postal route through Andorra

ANDORRA Europa 2020 cancel 

ANDORRA EUROPA 2020 single stamp showing map of Andorra

Designer: Enric Cardús
Sheet designer: Stéphanie Ghinea

Release date: May 12, 2020


 

Andorra (Spain) – Andorra la Vella and La Seu d’Urgell

Andorra Sp - Europa 2020 showing a map of Andora

Andorra (Spain) Europa 2020

This stamp shows the pedestrian messengers travelling between Andorra la Vella and La Seu d’Urgell

 Release date: April 23, 2020


 

Armenia – city of Gyumri

Armenia Europa 2020 single stamp 

sheet of 10

Armenia EUROPA 2020 sheet of stamps

Stamp shows city of Gyumri, the 19th century cultural and political centre of Armenia 

Designer: David Dovlatyan

Release date: May 9, 2020


 

Austria – Historical Postal Routes Thurn and Taxis

Austria Europa 2020 postmark

 Austria Europa 2020 - Historical Postal Routes Thurs and Taxis

FDC

 Austria - Historical Postal Routes Thurs and Taxis FDC

The Thurn and Taxis family, then called Tassis, began providing mail courier services for the Italian city-states in the 13th Century. By the 16th Century, they had a monopoly on postal services, operating a network of postal routes in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and the Low Countries. At the peak of their operations, they employed some 20,000 messengers to deliver mail and newspapers.  Thurn and Taxis – A Brief History (stamp-collecting-world.com)

Designer: David Gruber

Release date: May 8, 2020

See Austrian issues for 2021 


 

Azerbaijan – gasid (post rider) 

Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 Azerbaijan stamp 2 Azerbaijan Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 

sheets

Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 Azerbaijan sheet of stamps Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 

mini sheet

Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 Azerbaijan souvenir sheet

booklet

    Ancient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 booklet with coverAncient Postal Routes EUROPA 2020 booklet cover 

These stamps show a gasid (post rider) and Medieval postal routes. Shah Ismail Khatai in 1501 established the gasid messengers.
 Topics:

  • 1,5 manat. Depiction of a gasid (post rider) on horseback. 
  • 0,5 manat. In the foreground is shown a gasid (post rider) on horseback. The background depicts a map showing Baku, Shamakhi and Tabriz.
  • 0,6 manat. In the foreground is shown a gasid (post rider) on horseback. The background depicts a map showing Derbent, Shamakhy, Nakhchivan, Ganja and Irevan.

Designer: Vugar Eyyubov
Eyyubov is Azermarka’s chief designer and responsible for many of Azerbaijan’s outstanding stamps

Release date: May 9, 2020

See Azerbaijan’s 2021 stamps 


 

Azores – postal hand stamps & postcards

Azores cancel EUropa 2020

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 AZORES 

mini sheet with 2 stamps

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 AZORES Sheet

FDC

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 AZORES FDC

maxi card

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 AZORES MAXI

 
Designer: Design&etc  / Hélder Soares‎
 
Release date: May 25, 2020
 

 

EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes – B

 

 
Belarus – two routes 
 
 
mini sheet
mini sheet
Belarus EUROPA 2020 sheet of two stamps
 
sheets of 6 
 
FDC
     
 
maxi cards
 
Belarus EUROPA 2020 maxi card Belarus EUROPA 2020 maxi card  
 
First stamp shows a foot messenger with a special travel document on the Krakow – Warsaw – Goradnya – Vilna route approved by the Grand Duke of Lithuania Stefan Batory in 1583
Second stamp shows a horse messenger on the Vilna – Maladzeczna – Mensk – Barysau – Drutsk – Orsha – Smalensk. It was established by  the Grand Duke of Lithuania Zhigimont the Old in 1528
 
Designer: Tatyana Kuznetsova

Release date: May 5, 2020

See more stamps from Belarus here:  issues for 2021

 


 
 
Belgium – Thurn und Taxis family
 
mini sheet 
EUROPA BELGIUM 2020 sheet
 
Another tribute to the legendary Thurn und Taxis family. 
First stamp shows lion, from the late 19th c, second showing a W, from 1815-1830.

Designer: Kris Maes
Sheet designed by Eugène Péchaubès

Release date: June 15, 2020

 
 
 

 
 
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Croatia) FBiH – Roman Messenger Service
 
 
mini sheet 
 
 
sheet of 8  
 
 
FDC 
 
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Croatia) FBiH - Roman Messenger Service FDC
 

The Roman Messenger Service, initially called vehiculatio later cursus publicus, was founded by Emperor Augustus between 27 and 20 BC. For Emperor Septimius Severo (193-211) cursus publicus is divided into two parts: fast (cursus velox) and slow (cursus claburalis). A wagon and a silver penny from the Roman Consul L. Saufeius (152 BC) were chosen as motifs on the stamps.  Croatian Post Mostar

Designer: Marin Musa 

 
Release date: May 9, 2021
 

 
 
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Serbian) RS – horse messenger and rail
 
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Sheet of 8
 
Bosnia Serbia EUropa sheet of 8 Bosnia Serbia EUropa sheet two
FDC
    
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Serbian) RS 
 
According to preserved records dating back to the Ottoman Empire, the first post offices on the territory of present-day Republika Srpska opened in 1864. Year. Visegrad, Zvornik, Bijeljina, Brcko, Gradiska and Brod were the first to receive postal stations. Europe -ancient-postal -routes – Web portal Post Office Srpske (postesrpske.com)
Designer: Tanja Kuruzovic
 
Release date: April 15, 2020

 


 
 
Bosnia-Herzegovina (JP BH) – Sarajevo to Istanbul pigeon post
 
 
booklet 
 
 
mini sheet
 
 
 
Designer: Tamer Lučarević
 
Release date: April 5, 202

 
Bulgaria
 
 
mini sheet
 
Bulgaria 2020 sheet of 8 stamps  
 
graphic cover 
 
Bulgaria 2020 FDC    
 
sheetlet 
 
 
souvenir sheet
 
Bulgaria sheet Europa 2020
 
 
Designer: Stanimir Zhelev
 
Release date:  June 28, 2020
 

EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes – C to E


Croatia – the master road

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Croatia EUROPA stamp 2  Croatia EUROPA 2020

pair

 Croatia Europa 2020 pair of stamps 

sheet of 12

 Croatia sheet MASTERROAD 

FDC

Croatia FDC MASTER ROAD

… built from 1825 to 1832 and is considered the first modern road that connected continental Croatia and Dalmatia. It was built by the famous builder of Croatian roads of the time, border officer Josip Kajetan Knežić. Precisely because of the high quality of design and construction, it was called the “Master Road”.  At the end of 1833, traffic was established once a week by postage carriages (dilizansa) between Vienna and Zadar Croatian Post – Europe – old postal routes

Designer: Alenka Lalić

Release date: May 8, 2020


 

Cyprus – from the Ottoman Empire to modern rail

  

sheets of 8

  

FDC

Release date: May 4, 2020

See the 2021 issues for Cyprus here.


 

Czech Republic – mail coach

Czech Republic single stamp

In the Czech lands, the development of postage began only with the advent of the Habsburgs. Regular mail, organized news transport in today’s territory of the Czech Republic is associated with the election of Ferdinand I as Czech king and was created even before Habsburg took the Czech throne, already in 1526. Ferdinand I used the services and experience of the aristocratic Taxis family, who since the end of the 13th century have almost monopolized postal transport in northern Italy and much of Europe. The oldest postal route between Prague and Vienna led through Tábor and further into the area of Košice, where it was divided into two branches. The southern one was heading for Linz, the eastern branch led through Jindrichuv Hradec and Slavonice further towards Vienna. Czech Post (postaonline.cz) 

Designer: Jan Maget

Release date: April 4, 2020


 


 

Denmark – 1624 route Copenhagen and Altona

Denmark Europa 2020  

FDC

Denmark Europa FDC 

1624 route between Copenhagen and Altona near Hamburg. Established by Christian IV 

Designer:  Ella Clausen 

Release date: May 11, 2020

See Denmark’s 2021 issues


 

Estonia – Tartu–Võru road & Tille tavern

Estonia Europa 2020 postmark

Estonia Europa 2020   Estonia Europa 2020

sheets of 10

Estonia Europa 2020 Sheet of 1   Estonia Europa 2020 sheet of 10

FDC

Estonia Europa 2020 FDC

Designer: Triin Heimann
Heimann is a prolific designer for Estonia’s post office. He has designed most of the Lunar New Year stamps, including the 2021 one.

Release date:  May 14, 2020

See issues for 2021


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Faroe Island  – two routes Klaksvík – Viðareiði & Vestmanna – Vágar

    Faroe Islands Europa 2020

FDCs

Faroe Islands FDC with two stamps Faroe Islands FDC with block of mountain stamps Faroe Islands FDC with block of boat stamps

sheets of 10

Faroe Islands sheet of 10 showing mail boat Faroe Islands sheet of 10 mailmen on the mountain

Also comes in blocks and booklets

For an extensive writeup on these stamps, check out Faroe Island post’s article Stamps.fo 

Designer: Anker eli Petersen

Release date: April 27, 2020

See issues for 2021 


 

Finland – Father Christmas around the world

Finland Europa 2020 stamps - Santa and his sleigh

Designer: Klaus Welp

Release date: May 6, 2020

See all of Finland’s 2021 releases here

 


 

France – briska horse drawn carriage

 FRANCE EUROPA cancel 2020

FRANCE EUROPA 2020

From horse-drawn wheelbarrows, to trunks without shock absorbers and with two wheels, to the 1830s briska model equipped with a convertible, postal vehicles always knew how to find the light on the relay station at night, because “to run the post ”suffered no interruption… La Poste

Illustration: Stéphane Humbert-Basset  
Engraving: Line Filhon  

Release date: May 11, 2020


 

EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes – G

Georgia 

Georgia 2020 Europa  

Release date: Oct. 30, 2020


Germany – Thurn und Taxis routes

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Germany EUROPA 2020

Medieval postal routes – Thurn und Taxis 

1490, the Roman-German king and later Emperor Maximilian I commissioned the brothers Janetto and Francesco de Tasso to establish a postal connection. With the help of their family, they created the Dutch postal exchange, on which letters could be sent from Innsbruck to the Netherlands and as far as Italy.

This postal exchange is considered to be the first permanently operated, centrally organized postal route in the Holy Roman Empire and the year 1490 as the founding year of the modern European postal system. Along the route, post stations were built where riders and horses changed and the messengers handed over the broadcasts to each other like a relay (relay system). Deutsche Poste Issue 8, 2020

Designer: Michael Kunter

Release date: May 7, 2020 

See issues for 2021


 

Gibraltar – Lady Mary Wood 1842|SS Iberia 1836 

Gibraltar - Lady Mary Wood 1842|SS Iberia 1836 Gibraltar - Lady Mary Wood 1842|SS Iberia 1836

mini sheet

Gibraltar - Lady Mary Wood 1842|SS Iberia 1836 sheet

FDC 

 

The P&O was a profitable business entity at the time when it was awarded the mail contract between England and Alexandria, and between Suez and Calcutta. Securing the contract to Singapore and Hong Kong further cemented its position in the region.4 At the time, steamers took 140 hours to travel from Ceylon to Penang, 45 hours from Penang to Singapore, where there was a 48-hour stopover, before completing its journey to Hong Kong in another 170 hours.5

The Lady Mary Wood began its maiden voyage from London on 24 June 1845 and arrived in Singapore on 4 August 1845, after an eight-day passage from Point de Galle, Sri Lanka. It brought mail from London in a record time of 41 days. On its return journey, the mail steamer carried a total of 4,757 letters from Singapore, the bulk of which were bound for Great Britain and Europe. By 1848, the standard practice was to raise a red flag on Government Hill (today’s Fort Canning Hill) in the day to signal the arrival of mail from Europe and a yellow flag for mail from China, while a gun was fired at night. Lady Mary Wood | Infopedia (nlb.gov.sg) 

The SS Iberia was another P&O mail ship. It ran under the Iberian Peninsula mail contract. 

Designer: Stephen Perera
Illustration / Photography: Beatrice Garcia

Release date:  May 8, 2020


 

Greece – steam ships

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 Greece Europa 2020 stamp entry two ships

FDC
Greece Europa 2020 FDC

  • Prince Maximilian 19th cent 
  • Arciduca Lodovico  19th cent

Designer: Myrsini Vardopoulou

Release date: May 8, 2020

See all Greek issues for 2021


 

Greenland  – airmail with Charles Lindbergh | Lindbergh Post

   Greenland Europa 2020

booklet

Greenland Europa 2020 booklet

FDCs

Greenland Europa 2020 FDC 

special cover

Greenland Europa 2020 special cover

1933 Lindbergh mail route over Greenland The Lindberghs’ 1933 Survey Flight | Pioneers of Flight (si.edu)

Designer: Robert Dam

Release date: Sept. 14, 2020

See issues for 2021 


 

Guernsey – mail & packet ships

 50p: Earl of Chesterfield  68p: Ariadne  70p: Antelope  85p: Alberta  95p: Isle of Guernsey  £1.02: Sarnia

mini sheet

Guernsey Souvenir sheet Europa 2020  

presentation pack

Guernsey presentation pack 

sheets

Guernsey sheets of 10 

postcards

Guernsey postcards 

FDC

Guernsey FDC

  • 50p: Earl of Chesterfield – 78 ton oak cutter. Captured in 1811 by privateer L’Epervier
  • 68p: Ariadne – 3 mast paddle steamer. Captained by J. Bazin on the Southampton to Guernsey & Jersey route around 1823
  • 70p: Antelope – 672 gross ton ship that sailed for Great Western Rail along the Weymouth-Channel Islands. Maiden voyage 1889
  • 85p: Alberta – South & Western Railway single funnel ship that sailed in1900. Sailed the Southhampton to Channel Islands until 1930, including during the Great War
  • 95p: Isle of Guernsey – First sailed inn 1930 and sailed extensively around the Channel islands until WW2. During the war she was converted to a hospital ship and served in the Dunkirk evacuation. One of the first ships to be fitted with son
  • £1.02: Sarnia – 308 ft ship sailed 1960. The 3989 ton vessel traveled the Channel Island route

 Designer: Andrew Robinson

Release date: April  1, 2020

See 2021 releases here.


EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes  – H to K

 

Hungary

Hungary 2020 Europa posthorn cancel 

  Hungary Europa 2020 sheet of 4 stamps

FDC

Hungary Europa 2020 FC

In the territory of Hungary at the time of Louis the Great in the 14th century, guilds established postal routes, which, besides their own correspondence, carried the letters of private individuals, while travelling merchants and craftsmen took the messages and orders of customers to distant places. One of the most well-known postal routes was that of the butchers. Armed drivers escorting cattle from the Hungarian Great Plain to markets abroad carried the correspondence of the cities and their burghers based on individual instructions. Magyar Posta Ltd. – EUROPA2020: Ancient postal routes

Images on the stamps show brass signage used by butcher’s guilds and an ornate horn.

The mini sheet shows the work of László Balla, The Butchers’ Post Progressing Through Hungary and Diligence Crossing the Hortobágy Plain

Designer: Attila André Elekes

Release date: May 4, 2020


See all Hungarian issues for 2021



Iceland – postal routes

Iceland Europa 2020 stamp two 

sheets of 10

Iceland Europa 2020 sheet twoIceland Europa 2020 sheet one 

FDC

This was the last Europa stamp issued by Iceland

The map shows the main postal routes

Designer: Borg Hjörleifur Árnason

 Release date: May 7, 2020 


 

Ireland – medieval mail 

 

sheets of 9

 

FDC

EUropa Ireland 2020 fdc

Taking inspiration from religious art, using a quadriptych (four quadrant layout), the stamps tell the story of the journey of a letter during the Middle Ages An Post – Media centre | An Post July 16, 2020

First stamp: medieval monk preparing a letter and then carrying it overseas by boat
Second stamp: shows the message being carried onward by horseback and the delivery of the message to the recipient, a medieval prioress

FDC follows the travels of artist Orlagh Murphy, an 11th century cleric who traveled between the Vatican and Dublin

Designer: Red&Grey based on artist Orlagh Murphy’s work
 
Release date: July 16, 2020

 

Isle of Man  – landing at Plymouth Rock

IsleoMan EUropa 2020 cancel 

IsleoMan EUropa 2020 stamp 

FDC & sheet

IsleofMan Europa 2020 FDC IsleofMan Europa 2020 sheet

This is an extensive set of stamps & covers for the 400th anniversary of Mayflower. Not all stamps in this set were part of the Europa set. 

Designer: Caleb Johnson, IOM Stamps & Coins 

Release date: April 22, 2020


 

Italy – postal roads 

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postcards

Italy Europa 2020  postcard one Italy Europa 2020 Postcard two 

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Italy Europa 2020 folder

card

Italy Europa 2020 card one Italy Europa 2020  card two 

info bulletin

Italy Europa 2020  info bulletin

Stamp one Campania and Lazio as show in the 1930 Charter of postal communications and the Kingdom of Italy

Stamp two 1695 Italian peninsula  showing the its extensive postal system roads 

Release date: June 29, 2020


 

Jersey  – mail ships

 

presentation pack one

Jersey Europa 2020 presentation packe one Jersey Europa 2020 presentation pack one inside  

presentation pack two

Jersey Europa 2020 presentation pack two Presentation pack two inside 

mini sheet 

Jersey Europa 2020 mini sheet 

FDC

Jersey Europa 2020 FDC  

sheets of 10 

Jersey Europa 2020 sheets

Designer: Martin Mörck
Mörck is one of the premier stamp designers & engravers in the world. The Norwegian artist has has designed over 600 stamps for countries such as for Norway, Faroe Islands, Jersey, Latvia and Canada.  

Release date: April 7, 2020

See issues for 2021


 

Kosovo  – delivery carts on cobble roads |postman on foot

 

 

FDC

Designers: D. Luta & L. Ademi
FDC & cancel designer: Hyrije Ademi

Release date:  June 10, 2020


Europa 2020   – L  

 

Latvia – horse messenger | bike delivery 

 

mini sheet

  

sheets of 10

  

FDC

Designer: Ludis Danilāns 

Release date: May 8, 2020


 

Liechtenstein – stage coach | mounted messenger | boat post

Liechtenstein cancl

Liechtenstein   Stagecoach | Mounted Messenger Liechtenstein   Stagecoach | Mounted Messenger  

postcards

Liechtenstein   Stagecoach | Mounted Messenger maxi card Liechtenstein   Stagecoach | Mounted Messenger maxi card 

FDC

 LiechtensteinStagecoach | Mounted Messenger FDC

mini sheet

Liechtenstein souvenir sheet Europa 2020

This was a transport service that operated between the trading centres at the time in Lindau at Lake Constance and the Italian city of Milan up to 1826 and carried goods, money and letters. It is assumed that the Lindau Messenger was already travelling along the arduous route, which reached its peak on the Splügen Pass at 2113 metres above sea level, on a fairly regular basis towards the end of the 15th century. Stamp issue information – Philatelie Liechtenstein

Designer: René Wolfinger

Release date: March 2, 2020


 

Lithuania – taurages |1841 letter

Taurage Post Office 1841 sent from Svencionys to Moscow  

sheets of 10

Lithuania Europa 2020 sheets  

FDC

Lithuania Europa 2020 FDC

Designer: A. Gudynas

Release date: April 24, 2020

See 2021 stamps for Lithuania

 


 

Luxembourg – postal routes

Luxembourg Europa 2020 cancel

FDC

Luxembourg FDC_Europa_2020

Designer: Tom Diederich

 Release date: May 5, 2020

See issues for 2021


 

Europa 2020 – M  

Macedonia    

Macedonia 2020 Europa stamp one 

mini sheet

Macedonia Europa 2020 sheet 

sheet of 9 

Macedonia 2020 Europa sheet of stamps

 Release date:  May 8, 2020


 

Madeira  

Madeira Europa single stamp 

mini sheet

 Madeira Europa 2020 mini sheet 

maxi card

Madeira EUropa 2020 maxi

Designer: Design&etc  / Hélder Soares‎

Release date:  May 25, 2020


 

Malta – mail boats | Francisco de Tassis

Malta EUropa 2020 cancel

Malta EUropa 2020 stamp showing map of Mediterranean & mail boats Francisco de Tassis  

sheets of 10

 Sheet of Europa map stmpsMalta Europa 2020 Francisco de Tassis sheet of stamps

FDC

  Malta Europa 2020 FDC

booklet

Malta Europa 2020 booklet cover

Francisco de Tassis who was a 15th century pioneer of the postal service in Europe and tasked by Emperor Maximillian I to reform the courier system in Burgundy and the Netherlands. In time, this new postal system grew as deTassis founded new postal stations in major European cities, thereby guaranteeing a complete service over the years. De Tassis commercialised this service by establishing fast and stable connections which evolved into the globalised postal network service we have today. Maltapost Philately – EUROPA 2020 – ‘ANCIENT POSTAL ROUTES’ (maltaphilately.com)

Designer:  Miguel Farrugia

Release date: May 9, 2020


 

Moldovia  – first airmail | 1812 mail route

Moldova Europa 2020 cancel

Moldova Europa 2020 biplane Moldova Europa 2020 wheel and message 

sheets of 10

Moldova Europa 2020 biplaneMoldova Europa 2020 sheet two  

mini sheet

Moldova Europa 2020 wheel and message souvenir sheet

booklet

Moldova EUropa 2020 booklet

First airmail route 1926. Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne – CFRNA flew the route ran from Bucharest – Galaţi – Chişinău and Bălţi.

First postal route in 1812

Designer: Vitaliu Pogolşa

Release date:  Aug. 17, 2020


 

Monaco – 18th C messenger 

Monaco Europa 2020 cancel

Monaco 2020 Europa stamp  

sheet of 10

Monaco 2020 Europa sheet 

FDC

Monaco Europa 2020 FDC

Designer: Pierre Albuisson Pierre Albuisson – Artiste Dessinateur – Maître Graveur (pierre-albuisson.com)
Albuisson is one of France’s top engravers/designers

Release date: May 6, 2020


 

Montenegro  

Montenegro Europa 2020 stamp 

mini sheet

 Montenegor Europa 2020 mini sheet 

sheet of 8

Montengro Europa 2020 sheet

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: May 9, 2020


 

Europa 2020 – N  

 

Netherlands – Thurn and Taxis postal routes

Netherlands 2020 Europa 

Netherlands 2020 Europa booklet

 Release date: May 11, 2020


 

North Cyprus – steamship mail 

North Cyprus Europa 2020cancel

North Cyprus stamp one North Cyprus stamp 2 

sheets of 8

North Cyprus sheet 1 North Cyprus sheet 2

FDC

North Cyprus FC 

Steamship lines were created during the Ottoman period. Austrian Lloyd established routes from Trieste, Istanbul, Rhodes, Lamarca and Beirut. Second lines were operated by P&O with steamships running between Istanbul & Beirut. Third line run by Captain Bell’s Asia Minor Company (depicted in the FDC) ran steamers between Beirut and the Levant. 

Designer: G.K. Sonmezer

Release date:  Sept. 10, 2020


 

Norway – Vindhella Road 

Norway EUropa 2020 cancel 

mini sheet

Kongevegen road - Norway Europa 2020 

FDC

Norway Europa 2020 FDC 

gold FDC

Norway Europa 2020 gold cover 

Also comes in booklet & presentation pack format

Vindhella Road is an ancient mountainous route that connects Oslo to Bergen. Postmen walked this dangerous route with mail bags slung on their back.

Release date: Jørn O. Jøntvedt

Release date: April 17, 2020

See issues for 2021

 


Europa 2020 – P to R

 

Poland – 16th century mail delivery along the Vistula River

Poland Europa 2020 cancel 

POLAND EUROPA 2020 winning stamp  

sheet of 6

Poland Europa 2020 sheet of 6 stamps  

FDC

Poland Europa 2020 FDC

First Prize winner – Juried
16th century routes along the Vistula River, with major stops along the route Kraków, Sandomierz, Warsaw, Toruń, Elbląg, Gdańsk.

Designer: Maciej Jedrysik

Release date: April 29, 2020

See issues 2021


 

Portugal   

Portugal Europa 2020 cancel

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 single stamp  

FDC

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 FDC 2  

FDC with stamps Azores, Madeira & Portugal

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 FDC 

mini sheet

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 sheet  

maxi card

 PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 Maxi

booklet cover

PORTUGAL EUROPA 2020 info brochure

Designer: Design&etc  / Hélder Soares‎

Release date: May 25, 2020


 

Romania – 1840 seals of Telegraph office Moldovia & Posts Office Directorate in Wallachia 

Romania Europa 2020 stamp showing coach and horseEuropa 2020 Romania stmp 2  

mini sheet

Europa 2020 Romania mini sheet  

limited edition souvenir sheet (only 301 issued) 

Romania Europa 2020 limited edition sheet

sheets of 5

Europa 2020 Romania sheet Europa 2020 Romania sheet

FDC

Europa 2020 Romania FDC 

Europa 2020 ANCIENT POSTAL ROUTES – Romfilatelia – O lume intr-un timbru 

Designer: Ion Chirescu

Release date: March 9, 2020


 

Russia – Kholmogory postroad (Arkhangelsk — Vologda — Yaroslavl — Moscow) and

Russia Europa 2020 cancel 

 Russia Europa 2020 stamp 

sheet of 8

Russia Europa 2020 sheet  

FDC

Russia Europa 2020 FDC

Designer: O. Shushlebina

Release date: Jan. 15, 2020


Europa 2020 – S

 

San Marino – 1607 postman at start of journey & completion

  

  

sheet of 12

    

First stamp postman on foot heading to Monte Titano 
Second stamp arriving at Porta del Paese  

Designer: Marina Marcolin

Release date: March 24, 2020


 

Serbia – sahiyas | ferries & boats

Serbia EUropa 2020 cancel

Serbia Europa 2020 pair 

FDC

Serbia Europa 2020 FDC   

sheets of 8

Serbia Europa 2020 sheets

Pedestrian messengers – sahiyas, especially on shorter distances and in difficult terrains where pedestrians were quicker than horses. Sahiyas were hardy, lean people, armed, dressed appropriately, and wore jingle bells under the left knee as a sign of recognition. The jingling announced their arrival in a populated place, and the bells helped them keep the rhythm while striding Пригодна издања – 2020 – еФилателија (posta.rs)

Designer: Boban Savić

Release date: May 5, 2020

See issues for 2021


Slovenia –  ancient Roman carriage | postillion 

Slovenia cancel for Europa 2020 mail delivery 

Slovenia Europa 2020 stamp oneSlovenia Europa 2020 stamp two 

FDC

Slovenia Europa 2020 FDC

Stamp one – ancient Roman carriage with coachman and two horses based on a relief on the Church of Our Lady in Maria Saal 
Stamp two – postillion, a post ride with a post horn based on a famous famous print of a postillion that appeared on a handbill announcing end of the Thirty Year’s War (1618-1648)  

Designer: Zlatko Drčar

Release date: July 13, 2020

See stamps for 2021


 

Slovak Republic –  Magna Via

Slovak Europa 2020 cancel 

Slovak Europa 2020 stamp  

sheet of 8

  Slovak Europa 2020 sheet

mini sheet

Slovak Europa 2020 souvenir sheet 

booklet

 Slovak Europa 2020 booklet insideSlovak Europa 2020 booklet cover

FDC

Slovak Europa 2020 FDC 

Designer: L’ubomir Pal’o

Release date: April 20, 2020


 

Spain – bicycle mailman on a rural route

Spain Europa 2020 cancel showing an old bus

Spain Europa 2020 Old Postal Routes

 Release date: April 23, 2020

See Spanish issues for 2021 


 

Sweden  – Mail rider | map of Sweden |messenger’s bag & horn

Switzerland 2020 EUROPA cancel 

mini sheet of 3

 Switzerland 2020 EUROPA mini sheet of three stamps

FDC

 Switzerland 2020 EUROPA FDC 

souvenir sheet

Switzerland 2020 EUROPA

Release date: April 30, 2020


 

Switzerland – House of Thurn and Taxis

Switzerland 2020 EUROPA Switzerland 2020 EUROPA stamp 2 

Designed in cooperation with Germany. Shows the 1627 route from Rheinhausen, Germany to Milan and Mantua.

Designer: Jürg Glauser 

Release date: May 7, 2020


 

EUROPA 2020 – Old Postal Routes – T to V

 

Turkey – horse, foot & mail delivery

TURKEY Europa 2020  

FDC

Winner of the 2020 popular vote

Release date: May 9, 2020

See issues for 2021


 

Ukraine – postman Fedir Feketa

Ukraine 2020 Europa single stamp 

mini sheet

  Ukraine 2020 Europa sheet

sheet of 6

Ukraine 2020 Europa sheet of 6

 

Fedir Feketa lived in the village of Tury Remety in Transcarpathia. 

Fyodor Feketa (1789 – 1838) worked as a postman at the local foundry and daily for 30 years on foot delivered correspondence at any time of the year in any weather. Several times a week he traveled 25 km from Tury Remet to Uzhgorod, received mail there and returned to his native village. His path ran along mountain paths, where you had to move through mountain rivers. Feket was revered by fellow villagers and called “ambassador” for his excellent work. Ukrposhta’s new brand with Transcarpathian postman nominated for best in Europe 

Designer: Iryna Medvedovska

Release date: May 2, 2020

See issues for 2021


 

Vatican – views of Vatican city

Vatican Europa 2020 stamps

Colonia Axernias (Terracina), with a stretch of the Appia Route.

Colonia Iulia (Turin), with the intersection of its main roads, the Cardo Massimo (North-South direction) with the Decumanus Maximus (East-West direction) 

Release date: June 23, 2020

See more Vatican stamps for 2021 here.


 

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