2021 stamps for Bosnia and Herzegovina offer up a bit of history, crafts and a kickass snail. No really, the snail borders on beautiful. It’s hard to think of a gastropod that way, but to each their own quirk.
I was able to dig up a couple of interesting links for some of the issues. The best is the video attached to the Art of Bosnian Carpets. It’s a lovely short film, with no narration, showing women making carpets. I found it quite enjoyable. If you have any relevant links, especially about the designers, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll take a look at it.
Enjoy this small but interesting selection of stamps from BH Pošta.
Center for children with multiple disabilities “Steps of hope” Tuzla
1 stamp, FDC, cancel
Designer: Brankica Sumenić
Release date: October 8, 2021
Jubilee -100 years of work of the National Theatre Sarajevo
1 stamp, FDC, cancel
National Theatre building designed by Karl Pařík & built in 1899. It opened in 1921 as the National Theatre. NPS – nps.ba
The National Theatre is one of the oldest cultural institution in the city. Founded in November 1921, the theatre was officially opened by Branislav Nušić, the-then head of the Art Department of the Ministry of Education, who was also the director of this theatre between 1925 and 1928. The National Theatre becomes the central drama, music and performing institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the establishment of Opera on 9 November 1946 and the Ballet in 1950. National Theatre – Visit Sarajevo
Designer: Tamer Lučarević
Release date: October 22 , 2021
November 2021 stamps for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Greats of Sevdalinka
5 stamps, FDC, cancel
Safet Isović (1936-2007)
Nada Mamula (1927 – 2001)
Zehra Deović (1938 – 2015)
Beba Selimović (19367 – 2020)
Himzo Polovina (1927 – 1986)
Sevdalinka is one of the most representative musical and poetic forms of the creative power of our people. Originated by the interweaving of oriental – Ottoman and autochthonous – Slavic culture, Sevdalinka developed and became the pearl of traditional music of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Home – Sevdalinka
Home – Sevdalinka is a treasure trove of information on the music and the musicians above. It also contains videos and music tracks. It does have an English language link as well as Bosnian and German. It’s a fun site to explore.
INTERESTING NOTE: There is a push to have UNESCO recognise Sevdalinka under the “intangible cultural heritage” program. The petition has been active since 2017. Recognition under the UNESCO banner would protect the music as an invaluable link to BH cultural heritage.
UNESCO is convinced that no development can be sustainable without a strong culture component. Indeed only a human-centred approach to development based on mutual respect and open dialogue among cultures can lead to lasting, inclusive and equitable results. Yet until recently, culture has been missing from the development equation.
To ensure that culture takes it rightful place in development strategies and processes, UNESCO has adopted a three-pronged approach: it spearheads worldwide advocacy for culture and development, while engaging with the international community to set clear policies and legal frameworks and working on the ground to support governments and local stakeholders to safeguard heritage, strengthen creative industries and encourage cultural pluralism. Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity (unesco.org)
I encourage readers to visit the UNESCO site and learn more about the program and then read about Sevdalinka. This is why I love stamps – the more I see stamps, the more I learn about the world around me. And after spending time reading about the music and listening to it, I signed the petition.
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Time to take a look at the 2021 Lighthouse stamps. Lighthouses are a popular theme. How popular? Well, there are entire websites devoted all things lighthouses, including stamps. So, it’s only fitting I look at this year’s offerings from 5 countries:
There are a few stamps with lighthouses in the background or where one is located but I opted to leave them off the list. This article is strictly stamps that have lighthouses as their central feature.
The first comes via Estonia. Roman Matkiewicz’s long running series on Estonian Lighthouses began in 2004. Each set has a stamp, FDC, cancel, maxi card and info card. 2021’s lighthouse is the Letipea Tuletorn, located on the Letipea Point, Viru-Nigula Parish, Lääne-Viru County. Or, if you prefer the coordinates, 59.552458°N 26.606920°E.
The original lighthouse was built in 1815, and rebuilt in 1936. The ’36 structure was blown up during WW1 and rebuilt, again, around 1951. Although not open to the public, you can see a few photos taken by intrepid hikers on Instagram using #letipeatuletorn.
The next stamp is a July 1, German release. The Tinsdale Lighthouse set has 3 perfect cancels. So if you collect lighthouses, you have to get these. Also included in designer Team Rogger’s set is a single stamp and maxi card.
You can find it at 53°33.57.6′ north latitude and 9°44.24.4′ east longitude, or google Am Leuchtturm, 22559 Hamburg. It began operating January 1,1900 as a kerosene wick lamp lighthouse, switching to gas & incandescent light in 1927. By 1966, the much loved lighthouse was hooked into the local power grid and no longer needed to be fully manned. In 1979 German authorities automated it, and it’s now runs by remote control. You can visit the lighthouse, just look up the address above and off you go.
Latvian featured the Irbes Bāka Lighthouse on their September 17 stamp, FDC and cancel from designer A. Ozola-Jaunarāja.
Irbe lighthouse isn’t accessible to tourists, which is why it has a helicopter on the FDC. You want to go? Better get permission and a helicopter. Located in the Baltic sea, 20 kilometers north of Ovisi, this Soviet built lighthouse took 5 years to construct. It became operational in 1985. It’s accessible by helicopter or boat, but most accounts say it’s a dangerous shoal to traverse. I tried to find coordinates for the Irbes, but had no luck. If you happen to have them, pop them in the comments.
Moving along to the Pacific, is New Caledonia’s Aug. 18 Tabou Lighthouse. Jean-Jacques Mahuteau designed a single stamp, FDC, cancel and sheet for this issue. The sheet of stamps has a lot to take in.
Much easier to find at 22°28′53.0″S166°26′57.2″E than the Irbe, but still not accessible to ambling tourists. It sits atop the Tabou Reef, about 2 km off the coast of New Caledonia. And about 2 km from it’s more famous sister lighthouse the Amédée. You can only get there by boat, but not advisable without permission.
Interesting stamp. It shows the lighthouse during 2 stages. The large image, shows the foundations for this lighthouse as they being laid in 1890. The smaller image, is the Tabou in 2021, 131 years later. Still in operation, the last lighthouse keeper left in 1950 when the Tabou was fully automated.
The sheet features interesting details in the margins. If you aren’t familiar with Mahuteau, you should check out his other New Caledonia stamps from 2021. He’s good at including lots of details to examine. The Tabou is his best of the year.
Starting at the mid right side and going counter clockwise:
Alexandre Guepy, lighthouse keeper from 1911 to 1934.
2021 image of Tabou.
An 1888 map of the south west side of New Caledonia, showing locations of the two lighthouses off the point.
Lieutenant de vaisscau Léon Chambeyron, middle left, conducted extensive hydrographic work around New Caledonia between 1859 to 1880.
Illustration of the 1885 construction of the lighthouse.
Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses featured the late Howard Koslow’s artwork. This is the 7th, and final set, in the USPS’s series that began in 1990. The set includes 5 stamps, 2 cancels, FDCs, and a sheet. In order the lighthouses are Montauk Point, NY, Navesink, New Jersey, Erie Harbour, Pennsylvania, Harbor of Refuge, Delaware, and Thomas Point Shoak, Maryland.
Montauk Point, NY is a grand old dame of US lighthouses, with service starting in 1797. Montauk is the 4th oldest lighthouse in the US and the oldest in NY state and is now an historic national monument. It can be visited by tourists (but be nice to the building and treat it with respect). It’s undergone a number of restoration jobs and upgrades through the centuries. You can find it here 41°04′16″N 71°51′26″W.
Navesink, New Jersey is the next on the list, and dates to 1862, with earlier structures established in 1828. Both the north and south towers have been retired. The north in 1898; the south 1952. Use 40°23′46.4″N 73°59′8.8″W to locate the towers. Navesink is also an historic monument that can be visited by tourists.
Erie Harbour, Pennsylvania, is distinctive with it’s square shape and black and white stripes. Going live in 1857, the Erie lighthouse went solar powered in 1995. The original lighthouse was built in 1830 but destroyed in a ship collision in 1855. 42°09′24.12″N80°04′14.16″W will find it for you.
Harbor of Refuge, Delaware lighthouse can be found at 38°47′59″N 75°6′27″W. The first structure was established in 1902, and replaced with the current one in 1926. It uses what’s called the “sparkplug” or “caisson” style. The Harbor lighthouse has been repeatedly damaged this century by severe weather – hurricanes, severe winters – forcing substantial repairs that were completed in 2017. You can visit it, via boat tours.
And the last lighthouse on our list is the most delightful. Yes, I purposely laid this article out so I could save this one for the end. Thomas Point Shoal, Maryland is located in the Chesapeake Bay at 38.899°N 76.436°W. The original lighthouse dates to 1825 and replaced with the current structure in 1875. It is also accessible via boat tours, which began in 2007. The Thomas Point wasn’t automated until 1986. The design is called a “cottage screwpile” lighthouse and of all the various lighthouse designs, this is my favourite. It’s charming, and not too many stairs. Yup, I’d love to visit this one.
If you are so inclined, the US Lighthouse Preservation Society could always use a bit of help maintaining the many lighthouses that dot America’s shores. Donate | US Lighthouse Society (uslhs.org) At times, it must feel as though they are fighting a losing battle against the elements, so check the link to help them out if you can.
If you have a link to other lighthouse preservation societies around the world, leave them in the comments.
Lebanon’s 2021 stamps offer a small but interesting selection. The highlight of the year is the stamp and FDC featuring Saloua Raouda Choucair’s art. Choucair, who died in 2017, is one of Lebanon’s renowned artists & sculptors. She worked in so many mediums, it’s difficult to know where to start.
Google Doodle honouring Saloua Raouda Choucair – June 24th, 2018
A rare female voice in the Beirut art scene from the 1940s onwards, Choucair’s work combines elements of western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics. It is characterised by an experimental approach to materials alongside an elegant use of modular forms, lines and curves drawn from the traditions of Islamic design. Saloua Raouda Choucair – Exhibition at Tate Modern | Tate
Also, if you enjoy art and design, don’t miss Lebanon’s entry in the EUROMED: Traditional Jewelry stamp & FDC set. Their August release features jeweler M. Selim Mouzannar’s work.
As well, I’ve tried to include a few interesting links and tidbits about the stamps. If you have any interesting articles to share, drop a comment and I’ll check them out. Part of the thrill of philately is learning about the country and topics, so, share info if you can.
March Lebanon’s 2021 stamps
Le Jardin des Patriarches – Qannoubine | Garden of the Patriarchs Qannoubine Valley
Enjoy this short video on Choucair – From Beirut to Tate Modern. The video is in English, and the interview clips with Choucair are subtitled. Her daughter (featured in the thumbnail) offers a touching insight into life with her mother.
Saloua Raouda Choucair is considered one of the earliest abstractionists in Lebanon. Her practice spanned from the 1940s until the 1990s and included painting and sculpture as well as homeware and jewelry design, illustration, and architectural models, comprising a very diverse body of work that often defies categorization.
She was interested in developing a practice that took inspiration from Arab-Islamic history.
Also available is a folder that holds a single stamp, block of 4, postcard and a cover that isn’t available separately. If you are a FDC collector, you’ll have to get the folder. It’s a bit of floral overload and hard it ignore.
Wowaza! That’s a lot of flowers!
The Italian post office also offers collectable philately cards and an info bulletin. The bulletin offers a bit of detail on the company and stamp, along with an article signed by both Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci and Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci.
The cancel hits all the right notes for detailed, expressive design. Although busy, the sketch is still crisp and clear. It’s one of the better ones of the year.
Gucci stamp cancel showcasing the floral design
For postcard collectors there is a pre-stamped and canceled one. The ample use of white spaces on the layout makes it a little less eye straining than the folder. Too bad they opted not to issue a general purchase FDC, but, as stated above, you can always get the folder.
Gucci stamp on a postcard for their 100th
So, what do you think of the design? Too much floral? Just enough? I like most of the set, but the folder is a bit too much. What do you think? Comments are always welcome!
Of you’re interested in Italian stamps, check out all of 2021’s releases, including the rest of the Gucci set (see Sept).
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