A lighthouse leads the Estonian stamps 2021 issues | Eesti margid 2021

A lighthouse leads the Estonian stamps 2021 issues | Eesti margid 2021

Eesti Post has released subjects and dates for the Estonian stamps 2021. No advanced images are available, which is shame because a few look interesting. Photos and designer information will be posted as the info is released. Estonian stamp collectors can look forward to 5 100th anniversary issues. For specialty collectors, there is an aviation stamp celebrating 100 years of Estonian aviation to look for in Sept and wildlife/nature specialists can expect several stamps throughout the year.

If you spot a misplaced accent or spelling mistake, please leave a comment below and I’ll correct it.

Subjects for 2021 stamps include:

  • Lighthouses
  • Football/soccer
  • five 100th Anniversaries
  • flowers
  • endangered species
  • Finno-Ugric Peoples
  • Film
  • Aviation
  • Churches

The first stamp is now available via Estonia’s online store.

Estonian stamps 2021 January

Estonian stamps 2021 showing a lighthouse on stamps, and FDC

Lighthouse on stamps

Tuletorn – Letipea tuletorn | Letipe Lighthouse  
Continuation of Lighthouse series that started in 2006
One stamp, info sheet, FDC
Designer: Roman Matkiewicz
Previous stamp designs include 2020’s Discovery of Antarctica 200. Estonian-Russian joint issue and the ongoing Lighthouse series.
Release date: Jan 21, 2021

 

Estonian stamps 2021 February

TBA Sõbrapäev | Valentine’s Day

Release date: Feb 04, 2021

TBA
Hiina uus aasta – härja aasta | Chinese New Year – Year of the Ox

Release date: Feb 12, 2021

TBA Eesti Arstide Liit 100 | 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Medical Association

Release date: Feb 27, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 March

TBA Eesti statistika 100 | 100th Anniversary of Estonian Statistics

Release date: March 01, 2021

TBA Rukkilill | Cornflower

Release date: March 01, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 April

TBA Järvselja 100 |100th Anniversary of Järvselja

Souvenir sheet

Release date: April 13, 2021

TBA Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing 100 | 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Ornithological Society

Souvenir Sheet

Release date: April 29., 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 May

TBA EUROPA – ohustatud elusloodus | EUROPA – Endangered Wildlife

2 stamps in series

Release date:  May 06, 2021

TBA Lillemark | Flower stamp

Release date: May 20, 2021

 Estonian stamps 2021 June

TBA Suveolümpiamängud 2020 Tokyo | Summer Olympic Games – Tokyo 2021

Release date:  June 11, 2021

TBA Soome-ugri rahvaste maailmakongress | World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples

Release date: June 16, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 July

TBA Eesti Jalgpalli Liit 100 | 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Football Federation

Release date: July 01, 2021

TBA Euroopa juunioride MV kergejõustikus Tallinn 2021 | European Athletics U20 Championships Tallinn 2021

Release date: July 12, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 August

TBA Head Eesti asjad | Great Estonian Things

Release date: August 12, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 September

TBA
Eesti fauna – kärp | Estonian Fauna – The Stoat

Release date:  September 10, 2021

TBA Esimene filminäitamine 125 |125th Anniversary of the First Film Screening

Release date: September 16, 2021

TBA
Kirik – Keila Miikaeli kirik | Churches – St Michael’s Church in Keila

Release date: September 17, 2021

TBA Eesti tsiviillennundus 100 | 100th Anniversary of Estonian Civil Aviation

Release date: September 20, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 October

TBA Eesti rahvusloom hunt | Estonia’s National Animal – The Wolf

Release date: October 01. 2021

TBA Jõulud | Christmas

2 stamps in series

Release date: October 15, 2021

TBA
Eesti Pimedate Liit 100 | 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Blind Union

Release date: October 15, 2021

Estonian stamps 2021 November

TBA Eesti-Brasiilia ühisväljaanne | Estonian-Brazilian joint issue

2 stamps in series

Release date: November 01, 2021

TBA
Kunst – EKM kullafond 1 | Art – treasures of the Art Museum of Estonia

Release date: November 17, 2021

See more country stamps for 2021 here:

Stamps by Country 2021 | Bitter Grounds Magazine

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues & designers

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues & designers

Subjects and release dates for Norwegian 2021 stamp issues are available. Norwegian post office, Posten, doesn’t have images for the stamps yet, but, as usual, I’ll add them as they come available. Remember to follow Bitter Grounds (links at the bottom of the article) or bookmark this page.

Posten’s website has an archive of previous stamp magazines, Posten Norge Stamp Magazine, dating back to 2016. 5 magazines are published a year and you can download them for future references. If you want to keep the magazine, rather than just read it online, right click on the words “PDF File” and save. It’s available in English as well as Norwegian.

This year will see designer Magnus Rakeng return with a Peter I Island stamp. Rakeng has created a number of sleek fonts you can check out here Nyheter – Melkeveien. He also designed last year’s Polar Motif stamp depicting Jan Mayen island. Other familiar designers are Enzo Finger, Kristin Slotterøy, Camilla Kvien Jensen and Jørn O. Jøntvedt, all of whom contributed designs in 2020.

Subjects for Norway’s 2021 issues will include:

  • Polar motifs
  • City Anniversaries
  • Endangered National Wildlife
  • Railway Centenary
  • Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers 150th Anniversary,
  • Farm Animals
  • Research, Innovation, Technology
  • Motorbikes
  • Flag Bicentenary
  • Christmas stamps

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues – Feb

Polar Motifs 
Peter I Øy| Peter I IslandArtist/Designer: Magnus Rakeng

Release date: Feb 19, 2021

 

 

Byjubileer | City Anniversaries
Tønsberg , Larvik, LillesandArtist/Designer: Jørn O. Jøntvedt

Release date: Feb 19, 2021

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues – April

Truede dyrearter | Endangered National Wildlife

Artist/Designer: Camilla Kvien Jensen

Release date: April 23, 2021

Dovrebanen 100 | Dovre Railway Line Centenary

Artist/Designer: Trond Bredesen

Release date: April 23, 2021

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues – June

Norges Jeger- og Fiskerforbund 150| Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers 150th Anniversary

Artist/Designer: Kristin Slotterøy

Release date: June 11, 2021

Husdyr | Farm Animals

Artist/Designer: Cecilie Sørgård

Release date:  June 11, 2021

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues – Oct

Forskning, innovasjon, teknologi | Research, Innovation, Technology

Artist/Designer: Enzo Finger

Release date: Oct 2, 2021

Mopeder og motorsykler | Mopeds and Motorcycles

Artist/Designer: Erland Dilling

Release date: Oct. 2, 2021

Norwegian 2021 stamp issues – Nov

Norges flagg 200 år | Flag of Norway Bicentenary

Artist/Designer: Camilla Kvien Jensen

Release date: Nov 5, 2021

Julefrimerker | Christmas stamps

Artist/Designer: Lisa Aisato

Release date: Nov 5, 2021

More 2021 county issues available here: Stamps By Country 2021 | Bitter Grounds Magazine

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps

It’s a wrap! Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps

Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year stamps will wrap up the New Year’s series that started in 2009. This last issue in the cycle goes on sale January 15, 2021 and is available for pre-sale orders now at Canada Post’s online store Latest stamps | New in store | Canada Post. This set beautifully ties the complete collection together.  In one souvenir sheet, the collector can see 12 years’ worth of stamp designs.

Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year stamps

All years are displayed – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. It’s a terrific way to end a long running series.

Scan of Canada's 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps showing 12 years worth of stamps

Canada 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps souvenir sheet

Booklet format and single permanent stamps.

Canada Post's Lunar New Year stamps

Lunar New Year cycle wraps up

Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year stamps designed by Paprika Design

Paprika Design created this retrospective issue. Their work should be familiar to Canadian stamp collectors. They are behind 9 previous designs including the 2018 QEII 65th anniversary stamps, the 2017 Year of the Rooster and 2014 Year of the Horse.

The Lunar New Year stamp series uses artwork from by Albert Ng and Associates (rat, monkey, pig), Helene L’Heureux (ram), HM&E Design (rabbit), Louis Fishauf (dragon), MIX Design Group (snake), Paprika (horse, rooster), Subplot Design Inc. (dog), Taylor/Sprules Corp. (ox), and Wilco Design (tiger).

Are you interested in seeing all Canada’s upcoming stamps for 2021?  Check out the post below for more information.

Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps announced

 

Stunning Macau 2021 stamps – 澳门邮政

Stunning Macau 2021 stamps – 澳门邮政

Macau 2021 stamps display the usual Macau commitment to beauty. And they outdid themselves with their Lunar New Year stamps. Designers Lei Tak Seng and Emissões – Philately (ctt.gov.mo)

Subjects for the Macau 2021 stamps will include:

  • Lunar New Year 2021
  • 120th Anniversary of the Printing Bureau
  • Mainland Scenery VIII
  • Libraries of Macau II
  • Procession of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Macao Typical Old Shops
  • Festivals – Buddha’s Birthday
  • Centenary of the Establishment of the Communist Party of China
  • Insects
  • Wushu – Chinese Martial Arts and Health
  • 150th Anniversary of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association
  • 40th Macao International Marathon
  • 150th Anniversary of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association
  • Museums and their Collections VI – Grand Prix Museum

The Macau Post office does a stellar job of showcasing designers, unlike many countries where finding details is somewhat like punching yourself in the nose for fun. Macau includes interviews with some of the designers on their website. If you are interested in the art of designing stamps, you should check it out. There are only 6 interviews available, and it would be nice to see more. You can listen to them here: Designer Interview – Philately (ctt.gov.mo)

Macau Post also includes all annual issues from 2006 to the present day, complete with designer info and photos. Not all images are available for 2021.  They will be posted here as they are released. I’ll see if I can get high quality scans of each stamp so you can see the details up close.

Heavens, now I want to start collecting Macau!

Macau 2021 stamps – January

2021 Macau Stamps for Lunar New Year.4 stamps showing artwork with different cows/oxen

Yellow Cow = Spring, Dairy Cattle = Summer, Wild Ox = Fall & Yak = Winter

2021 Lunar New Year Ox cancel for Macau

MOO!

Lunar Year of the Ox

Four stamps in series
Souvenir sheet, maxi cards, FDC, booklets, presentation packs plus a joint issue with China

Lei Tak Seng
Designed 2019’s “MACAO NEW EIGHT SCENIC SPOTS”

“The conceptual design of the fourth series is based on the four seasons “Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter”, with the changes of the four seasons being a beautiful painting” Stamp Issue “Lunar Year of the Ox” – Philately (ctt.gov.mo)

Release date: January 5, 2021


Macau 2021 stamps - souvenir sheet Souvenir sheet


mac202102fra04td
2021 cancel for Lunar New Year showing decorated cow

Designed by Anita, Fung Pou Chu

Lunar Year of the Ox (Label Stamp)
Stamps, FDC, Information Brochure

Release date: Jan 20, 2021

mac202115fdcpcts Full sheet

Macau 2021 February

mac202102sel02td 120th Anniversary of the Printing Bureau

Two stamps and souvenir sheet
Issue Date: 22/02/2021

 

Macau 2021 March

mac202103bloc01s Mainland Scenery VIII

01/03/2021

Macau 2021 April

Libraries of Macau II

Release date: April 23, 2021

Macau 2021 May

Procession of Our Lady of Fatima

Release date: May 13, 2021

Festivals – Buddha’s Birthday

Release date: May 19, 2021

Macau 2021 June

Macao Typical Old Shops

Release date: June 11, 2021

Macau 2021 July

Centenary of the Establishment of the Communist Party of China

Release date: July 1, 2021

Macau 2021 September

Wushu – Chinese Martial Arts and Health

Release date: September 13, 2021

Macau 2021 October

Insects

Release date: October 9, 2021


150th Anniversary of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association

Release date: October 18, 2021

Macau 2021 November

Museums and their Collections VI – Grand Prix Museum

Release date: November 03, 2021

 

Macau 2021 December

40th Macao International Marathon

Release date: December 03, 2021

 

 

See more stamps for 2021:

Stamps by country 2021