2021 Faroe Islands stamps list

2021 Faroe Islands stamps list

2021 Faroe Islands stamps start the year by celebrating 150 years of Postal History on the Islands and Denmark. The year will also see a couple stamps for bird collectors. Fourteen subjects have been announced as well as photos for most of the issues. Some of the upcoming topics include:

  • 150 years of postal history
  • Transplanted – immigration stories
  • PUFFINS!
  • Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921 –
  • C. Z. Slania 100 Years
  • Christmas

Seeing all the Postal anniversaries around the world this year gives me an idea for a new niche to collect – Post Office Anniversaries. Or History of Mail Delivery on stamps.

If you collect Danish stamps, this year will be fun to get. The stamps are beautiful and tap into a rich vein of Island history and landmarks. Don’t forget to check back periodically for updates on stamp information. If I gather more info on the designers, I’ll drop extra information in.

2021 Faroe Islands stamps January

2021 Faroe Islands - 150 years of postal history

150 Years of Postal Service

150 years of Postal History

Special post mark for Torshavn Post office

Special post mark for Torshavn Post office

Two anniversaries in one – the 150th anniversary of the Danish Postal Services Act (1871) and the 45th anniversary of Faroe Island takeover of the Danish postal administration within Faroe Islands.

This year the Faroe Islands will celebrate two postal related anniversaries. The first is the 150th anniversary of the Danish Postal Service’s Postal Act of 7 January 1871, when the Faroe Islands became a part of the Danish postal area for the first time.

The second is the 45th anniversary of the Faroe Islands’ takeover of the Faroese branch of the Danish postal administration. On 1 April 1976, Postverk Føroya, later Posta, was established and became responsible for mail deliveries in the Faroe Islands, as well as the issuing of Faroese postage stamps.

See Stamps.fo for a great writeup on the history behind the stamp.

We have chosen to celebrate the two anniversaries with an anecdotal look back in time at fragments of Faroese postal history. These little tales are told on a souvenir sheet containing three stamps.

Three stamps on a mini sheet (aka mini sheet), first day cancel, FDC + sheetlet

Designer: Kári við Rættará
Kári við Rættará previously designed the 2020 stamp British Field Post Offices in the Faroe Islands.

Release date: Jan 7, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands February

Scan of Faroe Island souvenir sheet of 6 stamps

Transplanted – immigration stories

Transplanted – immigration stories

Six stamps, a souvenir sheet + two posters

Joel Cole, a Faroese American, celebrates the immigrant experience, both as a universal element of
the human story and through the particulars of his own life

Designer: Joel Cole

Release date: February 19, 2021

Two stamps showing Faroe Islands

Faroe Island villages Kirkja & Hattarvík

Villages: Kirkja & Hattarvík

Two stamps in the series.

Released in a self-adhesive booklet containing 6 stamps + 2 postcards

Release date: February 19, 2021

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

Two stamps in the series.

Artwork by local artist Tróndur Patursson

Release date: February 19, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands March

Faroe Island stamp showing Árting was chairwoman of the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s Association for 40 years.

Árting was chairwoman
of the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s

Andrea Árting – equal pay for equal work

Chairperson for the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s Association for 40 years

Designer: Eli Petersen 

Release date: March 8, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands April

TBA Sepac 2021: The Faroes on Historical Maps II

1 stamp + mini sheet

Designer: Kim Simonsen

Release date: April 26, 2021

2021 Faroe Island stamps showing puffins

Atlantic Puffins

Europa 2021: Endangered National Wildlife, the Atlantic Puffin

Two stamps, a self-adhesive booklet with six stamps + two postcards

Photos: Thomas Vikre and Jógvan Hansen

Release date: April 26, 2021

3 Faroe Island stamps showing cows

Cattle on Faroe Islands

Cattle

Three stamps

“Until the 1970s, many Faroese families had a cow in the basement”

Artist: Ole Wich

Release date: April 26, 2021

 

2021 Faroe Islands August

C. Z. Slania 100 Years anniversary

C. Z. Slania court engraver

C. Z. Slania 100 Years

One stamp + one mini-sheet

100th anniversary of birth Polish born Swedish court engraver Czeslaw Slania. Responsible for 100 Faroe Island stamp designs

Artist/engraver: Martin Mörck

Release date: Aug 12, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands Sept.

TBA Salt – Sound Art & Live Theater

2 stamps + mini sheet

The old salt silo from 1938 has been renovated and rebuilt for the cultural center SALT
– Sound Art & Live Theater.

Photos: Fotostudio.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Two stamps

Commemorating 1921 Faroe Islands visit by King Christian X.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021 

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Two stamps, a self-adhesive booklet with six stamps + two postcards

Final stamps in the series church paraments.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021 

2021 Faroe Islands October

TBA

2021 Faroe Islands November

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

Belarus 2021 stamps – Belpochta 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps – Belpochta 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps have been announced. Although no images were released, the subjects and issue dates are known. The list below is currently in English only because the news release, I have is in English. The Belarus website is excellent and is a treasure trove of information for stamp collectors. Information is easy to find and a pleasure to use. Wish more post offices followed their lead. Belarus post also has a link to convert pages to a “visual” version which converts pages to plain, easy to read text with no images. This would be great for people using page readers.

Subjects for Belarus 2021 Stamps include:

  • Детская филателия | Children & philately |Зверята | Wild baby animals
  • Народные писатели Беларуси. Кондрат Крапива, Иван Шамякин, Иван Мележ | Belarusian folk writers. Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh
  • Восточный календарь. Год Быка | Year of the Ox, Lunar New Year
  • Птица года. Козодой обыкновенный | Bird of the year. European nightjar
  • 30-летие образования РСС | 30th anniversary of the RCC
  • Красная книга Республики Беларусь. Грызуны | Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. Rodents
  • Выпуск по программе «EUROPA». Исчезающие виды национальной дикой природы | EUROPA. Endangered national wildlife
  • Чемпионат мира по хоккею с шайбой 2021 года | 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
  • Машиностроение Беларуси | Machine building of Belarus
  •  Достижения белорусской медицины | Achievements of Belarusian medicine
  • Соколы Беларуси | Falcons of Belarus
  • Гербы городов Беларуси. Герб Копыля | Municipal arms of Belarus towns. Kopyl
  • Архитектура Беларуси. Православные храмы | Architecture of Belarus. Orthodox churches
  • С Новым годом и Рождеством Христовым! | Happy New Year! Merry Christmas!
  • 150 лет железнодорожной магистрали Смоленск-Минск-Брест |150 years of Smolensk-Minsk-Brest railway
  • details and photos (when they come available) below

I’m also hoping to find a little info on designers. If you have leads, drop me a line. All images courtesy Belarus Post.

I’ve highlighted the English titles to make it easier to navigate for the majority of my readers.

Belarus 2021 stamps for Jan 2021

Belarus stamps for 2021 Baby animals

Belarus 2021 stamps

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Wild baby animals

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Squirels

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Fawns

Детская филателия | Children & philately }Зверята | Wild baby animals

 

Four stamps + souvenir sheet

Issue date: January 12, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for Feb 2021

Belarusian folk writers. Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh Souvenir sheet

Belarusian folk writers – Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh
Souvenir sheet

Народные писатели Беларуси. Кондрат Крапива, Иван Шамякин, Иван Мележ | Belarusian folk writers.
Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan MelezhThree stamps + Souvenir sheetIssue date: Feb 8, 2021

Belarus Lunar New Year Stamp for 2021 showing an ox

Year of the Ox

Восточный календарь. Год Быка | Year of the Ox, Lunar New Year

One stamp

Issue date: Feb 8, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for March 2021

Belarus stamp for 2021 release European nightjar

European nightjar

Птица года. Козодой обыкновенный | Bird of the year. European nightjar

Issue date: March 2, 2021

30-летие образования РСС | 30th anniversary of the RCC

Issue date: March 2, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for April 2021

30th anniversary of the RCC

30th anniversary of the RCC

Красная книга Республики Беларусь. Грызуны | Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. Rodents

4 stamps in series

Issue date: April

Belarus 2021 stamps for May 2021

Выпуск по программе «EUROPA». Исчезающие виды национальной дикой природы | EUROPA. Endangered national wildlife

2 stamps in series

Чемпионат мира по хоккею с шайбой 2021 года | 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Машиностроение Беларуси | Machine building of Belarus

2 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for June 2021

 Достижения белорусской медицины | Achievements of Belarusian medicine

Belarus 2021 stamps for July 2021

Соколы Беларуси | Falcons of Belarus

6 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for August 2021

Гербы городов Беларуси. Герб Копыля | Municipal arms of Belarus towns. Kopyl

Belarus 2021 stamps for Sept. 2021

Архитектура Беларуси. Православные храмы | Architecture of Belarus. Orthodox churches

souvenir sheet

Служебные собаки. Собаки на службе белорусской таможни | Service dogs. Dogs at the service of Belarus customs.

2 stamps

Belarus 2021 stamps for Oct. 2021

С Новым годом и Рождеством Христовым! | Happy New Year! Merry Christmas!

2 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for Nov. 2021

150 лет железнодорожной магистрали Смоленск-Минск-Брест |150 years of Smolensk-Minsk-Brest railway

2 stamps in series

Canada’s last airmail stamp – Canada Geese in Flight

Canada’s last airmail stamp – Canada Geese in Flight

I have a classic airmail for you. Canada’s last airmail stamp issued 73 years ago on Sept 16, 1946.

Canada's last airmail stamp showing a Canada goose flying over a lack

Sept 16, 1946 Scotts C9, Sanabria (for those lucky enough to have one) 18, SG 407

It was part of the post WW2 issues highlighting various peacetime scenes from around Canada. The set (all released Sept 16) included:

  • 8c Farm Scene of Eastern Canada
  • 10c Great Bear Lake in NWT
  • 14c Quebec Hydro-Electric Station
  • 20c Tractor Drawn Thresher
  • 50c Loggin in BC
  • $1 PEI Train Ferry
  • 7c Canada Geese near Sudbury, On (airmail)

Herman Herbert Schwartz (1885-1962)

The set was designed by artist Herman Herbert Schwartz (1885-1962), the same man who designed one of Canada’s great classic stamps, the 1929 Bluenose. He was one of the first Canadian artists hired by Canada to design stamps. Prior to 1920, American artists were generally used. Schwartz was also responsible for the design of all Canada’s airmail stamps. I tried to find information on him but came up embarrassingly short on details. One sparse entry popped up in Archives Canada:

Herman Herbert Schwartz (1885-1962)
Herman Schwartz, who was of Dutch origin, showed little interest in the family spice business founded by his grandfather in Halifax in 1841, W.H. Schwartz & Sons. He was more interested in art and, in August 1909, he was hired as an apprentice by the American Bank Note Company of Ottawa.

He is credited with the design of many Canadian stamps issued between 1927 and 1954. The most famous work of this Nova Scotian artist continues to be the Bluenose issued in 1929. As well, he designed all the cachets used for the first postal flights made between 1929 and 1941. He also designed foreign postage stamps and Canadian bank notes.1

I found one photo of Schwartz in the Canadian archives.

Photo of artist and designer Herman Herbert Schwartz examining proofs

Herman Herbert Schwartz using magnifying glass to inspect stamp material 1942

National Postal Museum (Canada) philatelic collections

http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.redirect?app=fonandcol&id=2267035&lang=eng2

And that’s about all I was able to source. For someone who played such an important part in Canadian postal history, it’s shocking to find so little about him.

Canada airmail C9 goose in flight

The Canada goose airmail was the last airmail stamp issued by Canada. Cancel collectors will be richly rewarded in their search with hundreds of different ones used over the years. I have about 40 so far but am always on the look out for new city or slogan cancels. I find the used stamps far more interesting than the mint.

2 Canada goose airmail stamps with cancels

Two used C9 stamps from my collection

Covers with interesting cachets are also another fun area to collect. I was a bit surprised to realise I have many C1s and 2s but only 1 decent C9 in my collection. No idea how I slipped up so badly. This is a nice cover, but i dislike the boring wavy line cancel across the stamp. Give me a good slogan cancel anytime.

A cover from 1950 with a Canada goose airmail and a cachet stamp "First official airmail JETLINER Toronto to NY"

First Official Airmail – Jetliner Toronto to New York 1950

The stamp remained in use for many years, so the chance for finding interesting cancels and markings is huge.

Collectors have 2 plate (1& 2) to acquire, as well as OHMS and G varieties. The first airmail official stamp (Scott #CO1), overprinted “O.H.M.S.” (On His Majesty’s Service), was issued in 1949.  And last, but not least – booklet panes.

Canada's last airmail stamps - A booklet pane of the Canada goose airmail

Full booklet pane of C9 Canada goose airmail stamps

I get a kick out of sellers who label them “rare” and “rarely seen”.  I have about 50 I picked up for a song at an auction years ago. Not particularly rare but delightful to own. Alas, not one has an error despite looking over and over for any. Error collectors should be happy with C9. A couple of major re-entries in plate 2 UR blocks can be looked for.  If you have a few interesting airmails you want to swap for a pane, drop me a line in the comments below.

I’m going to keep looking for more info on Herman Schwartz. If I dig up anything, it’ll make a great addition to this page. Happy collecting everyone – one small stamp and tons of collectible material.

NOTES:

1 – Postal Archives @ Collections Canada https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/postal-archives/08060203_e.html and https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/postal-archives/08060203_e.html

2. Image courtesy Archives Canada, National Postal Museum (Canada) philatelic collections
http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.redirect?app=fonandcol&id=2267035&lang=eng

Territory of New Guinea airmail 1932

Territory of New Guinea airmail 1932

One of my favourite sets of stamps comes are the New Guinea airmails.  The former German colonies were taken by Australian forces in WW1 and remained an Australian protectorate until the Japanese invasion in WW2 and renamed the Territory of New Guinea in ’25.

The Raggiana Bird of Paradise stamps were issued in 1925 and overprinted for airmail use August 1931 and reissued 1932-34. Now, this can be a pricy set to acquire, which is why I have only a handful of them. The stamps can trip you up if you aren’t paying attention. The first series was printed with date scrolls on either side of the stamp price. The second series didn’t have them and are often referred to as “undated airmails”. It’s easy to spot, but just as easy to miss. In the upper values, this translates into a big price difference – almost double the value. Good quality used ones are more valuable, and if you find one on a cover, well, that’s hitting airmail bingo.   There are 14 stamps in the dated set and 16 in the undated.

The low denomination stamps can be had for a real bargain – you can pick up the first 7 stamps in the series for about $5 to $10. If you want space fillers, you can grab them for less. Occasionally the 4 – 9 pence issues can be had for around $20, but I’ve seen them go for up to $50. Once you hit the shilling issues, then you have to dish out serious money. I recently saw the 1932 mint 10/ stamp go for $145. If you are patient, you can sometimes get the entire set for under $300. As usual, it really depends on the day and who else is bidding against you.

The ones below are part of the Undated set. 3 mint, one used. Unfortunately the 1p (light green) has a heavy hinge mark on the back that caused the stamp to bow a bit, really detracts from the value. Bit of a shame. The 3p (gray blue) used is very nice, no noticeable flaws, lightly hinged and a light cancel. I found them in a big old book of stamps I purchased at a show a few years back. I paid the princely sum of $75 for the entire collection and have found many, many little gems inside. These were a pleasant surprise to find. Not worth a lot, but fun to have in an airmail collection.

Territory of New Guinea airmail 1/2 p stamp

Territory of New Guinea airmail 1/2p stamp

Scan of Territory of New Guinea airmail 1p stamp

Territory of New Guinea airmail 1p stamp

scan of a 3 pence New Guinea airmail

Territory of New Guinea airmail 3p stamp