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Montenegro’s 2021 stamps

Written by catpaw

October 26, 2021

Montenegro’s post office does an excellent job in presenting their stamps and covers. Not only is the site easy to wander around, they also supply high quality images, (including cancels). It’s nice being able to super size a stamp and examine it in detail. Many thanks to Montenegro’s post office staff.

I’m pleased with this article, mostly because I was able to source some decent links about topics and designers. There are familiar themes among the stamp below, including the Tokyo Olympics, the EUROMED competition, EURO Endangered national wildlife and stamp day. As well, you’ll find some rich pickings of Montenegrin history and culture. I hope you enjoy exploring the various stories each stamp tells as much as I do. I spend quite a bit of time with each country, learning a bit about their history and picking the most accessible links. 

I have to admit, I also enjoyed poking around Montenegro post’s news releases. They present a strong mix of modern/new info with an appreciation for past mail history. If you have a translate extension on your browser, head over to this bulletin – October 1st – the day the first correspondent was sent – postacg.me. It offers up a bit of early Montenegro postal history.  

first correspondent passed through the postal channels of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy on 1 May. October 1869

Image courtesy Pošta Crne Gore

The idea of creating a correspondence comes from Professor Emmanuel Herrmann, an economics professor from Vienna, who in January 1869 was the first to visit Vienna. Since 2010, it is publishing an article that will result in the first corresponding card appearing. In his article, Professor Herman says the time and effort required for the letter does not always correspond to the importance and scope of the message being transmitted. At the same time, he recommends a simpler and cheaper model for delivering short messages.

The Post Office enthusiastically embraced this idea. In the same year, the first correspondence card (Correspondenz – cards) was sent in October. Pošta Crne Gore

Anyway, I’ve put Montenegro on my “watch” list now. Both the topics and the designs are appealing, as well as the images they supply.  I look forward to lurking around Pošta Crne Gore. 

February releases

Živko Nikolić 1941-2001
Series: Art in Montenegro through the ages 

Živko Nikolić cancel 

Živko Nikolić stamp 

Živko Nikolić FDC  Živko Nikolić sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Živko Nikolić was a film and television director and screenwriter
This 2021 article, Dusan Kovacevic: Zivko Nikolic won the bet with eternity – CDM, has an interesting perspective on Nikolić. Google Translate offers an okay translation, a bit clumsy, but still very readable. It’s a decent introduction to the man for those  unfamiliar with his work.

Designers:  Adela Zejnilović & Romana Pehar
Award winning Graphic artist Zejnilović art often focuses on typography and lettering. This interest includes preserving Montenegro’s history and culture through it’s written documents and posters. Her 2012 Master’s thesis was titled Montenegro in Letter – Personal to Official, which developed 3 typefaces Octoih, Serdari and Njegosh, based on old manuscript writing.
 
Pehar maintains a Tumbler account that showcases some of her artwork Romana Pehar (tumblr.com). You don’t need an account to view it.

Umjetnica svoj postupak gradi u vremenu svakodnevnog nastanka novih fontova, a polazište za njihovo kreiranje nalazi u kulturnoj istoriji – originalnom rukopisu “Gorskog vijenca” koji se čuva u Njegoševom muzeju – Biljardi na Cetinju, dajući tako, svojim autorskim radom, dizajnerski omaž Petru II Petroviću Njegošu.

The artist builds her work in the time of daily creation of new fonts, and finds the starting point for their creation in cultural history – the original manuscript of the “Mountain Wreath” which is kept in njegoševo museum – Biljardi on Cetinje, thus giving, with his author’s work, a design omeuvre to Petar II Petrović Njegoš. “Font Njegoš” on the ministry building (vijesti.me)

Release date: Feb. 28, 2021 


Svetlana Kana Radević, architect  
Series: Art in Montenegro through the ages

Živko Nikolić cancel 

Svetlana Kana Radević stamp 

Svetlana Kana Radević FDCSvetlana Kana Radević sheet of staps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Spomenik Database | Profile for Svetlana Kana Radević 
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 | MoMA

Designers:  Adela Zejnilović & Romana Pehar

Release date: Feb. 28, 2021 


March

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity Day

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity cancel 

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity stamp 

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity FDC   Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity sheet   

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: March 8, 2021


Fauna Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra)

Eurasian Otter cancel  

 Eurasian Otter stamp

Eurasian Otter FDC  Eurasian Otter sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) | IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Designer: Romana Pehar

Release date: March 15, 2021


April

200 Year Anniversary of  Duke Elijah Plamenac’s Birth

Elijah Plamenac cancel 

 Elijah Plamenac stamp

Elijah Plamenac FDC  Elijah Plamenac sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Ilija Plamenac – Wikipedia

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: April 15, 2021


May

Europe – Endangered wildlife in the land of Tivat solila

 Montenegro - Tivat Saline cancel

SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE TIVAT SALINE  

Montenegro - Tivat Saline Montenegro - Tivat Saline FDC

1 stamp, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

The Area of Solila is located in the wetlands section of the coastal belt of tivat bay and captures an unused flood area in the area of Grbalje polje.

In the flora and vegetation of the Montenegrin littoral, the Area of Solila is recognized by the vegetation inhabited by salty wet habitats. Since these complex types of natural vegetation on a muddy-clay surface have already disappeared on most habitats on the eastern Adriatic coast, this preservation of the compactness of the Tivat salt salt area as a safe habitat for halophyte vegetation stands out as a special ecological challenge. In the territory of Tivat salts, 14 representatives of amphibians and reptiles were registered.

So far, 111 bird species have been registered on the Solili, representing more than 20% of the total number of species of European ornithophaune. Salts are the habitat of numerous endangered species and are protected as a special flora-faunist reserve.
Montenegro post office

Designer: Romana Pehar
Pehar is a painter from Kotor. You can see more of his work on his Tumbler site Romana Pehar (tumblr.com)

 Special Nature Reserve Tivat Saline | Parks Dinarides (discoverdinarides.com)

See all the EUROPA 2021 stamps

Release date: May 9, 2021 


Nature protection Trnovačko Lake

Nature protection Trnovačko Lake cancel 

 Nature protection Trnovačko Lake stamp

Nature protection Trnovačko Lake FDC  Nature protection Trnovačko Lake sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

TRNOVAČKO LAKE – heritage-bih-mne 

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: May 25, 2021


June

XXXII Tokyo Olympics 2020

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 cancel  

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 stamp one 

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 mini shet 

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 FDC 

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

See all Tokyo Olympic stamps

Designer: Nikoleta Corović
Interesting article featuring Corović’s work Five Young Artists “put corruption in a museum” – EUIC Podgorica

Release date: June 16


July

Budva Old Town
Budva Old Town cancel 

 Budva Old Town stamp

Budva Old Town FDC  Budva Old Town sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 5, FDC, cancel

THE OLD TOWN OF BUDVA – Living in Montenegro 🙂 (montenegro-for.me) 
Opština Budva | Zvanična prezentacija

Designer: Romana Pehar

Release date: July 12, 2021


EUROMED – Earrings from ancient Budva

 Montenegro - earrings for EUROMED 2021 stamps

 EUROMED 2021 traditional jewerly

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

“earrings with the representation of oxen heads made of gold and granite, dating back to the 4th-3rd century, the Hellenic period” Pošta Crne Gore
See all the EUROMED stamps.

Designer: Romana Pehar

 Release date: July 12, 2021


October

Joy of Europe

joy of Europe cancel 

 joy of Europe stamp

joy of Europe FDC joy of Europe sheet 

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Designer: Radisav Stijović
Stijović was one of the winners of the European Solidarities 2018 Solidarities contest.
You can see a bit of his art in this brief article Young graphic artists on show in Croatia (vijesti.me) and here University of Montenegro (ucg.ac.me)

Release date: October 7, 2021


Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts 50 Yrs

Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts cancel 

  Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts stamp

Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts FDC  Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Crnogorska akademija nauka i umjetnosti (canu.me)

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: October 12, 2021


November 

Historical heritage
Petar I Petrovic Njegos
Clock tower in Podgorica

Release date: November 10, 2021


Maritime
Battle of Lepanto

Release date: November 30, 2021


December

75 years Orphanage
“Mladost” Bijela

Release date: December 1, 2021


Stamp day
Pero Šoć

Release date: December 15, 2021


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