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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Threatened Habitats( ISSUE 15/07/2010)

Rainforests, wetlands such as rivers and other wildlife habitats are crucial for the survival of thousands of creatures, plants and insects. Therefore, habitat conservation for wildlife is one of the most important issues facing the invironment today- both in the ocean and on land.
As human population increase, land use increases and wildlife have smaller spaces to call home. More than half of Earth's terrestrial surface has been altered due to human activity, resulting in drastic deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss,and extinction of some wildlife. Preserving habitats is essential to preserving biodiversity. Altering a natural habitat even slightly can result in a domino effect that harms the entire ecosystem. This is because habitats don't exist in isolation; most of them have inputs and outputs connected to other habitats and part of the structure of the ecosystems.
It is the responsibility of everyone to keep the habitats such as our forests, oceans and rivers are healthy and productive.

60 Sen = Forest
70 Sen = Marine
80 Sen = River

Traditional Past Time Games With Upin&Ipin And Friends ( ISSUE 13/12/2010)

In Malaysia, traditional games can be found in abundance. They include congkak, batu seremban or five stone, konda-kondi and galah panjang among many others. These traditional games are not only enjoyable, they also instill the spirit of teamwork and cooperation and enhance creativity, hence strengthening, the bonds of relationships. But sadly, in today's time of rising technology, traditional games are almost forgotten. Now, Upin & Ipin along with their friends are featured in postage stamps themed with these traditional games in hopes of introducing them to the current generation as well as bringing back nostalgic memories for adults all over.

2 Set First Day Cover

Galah Panjang    &     Konda-Kondi                   Batu Seremban    &    Congkak                                                                                                 

'Main Bayang-Bayang'                          Mock War   &   Tin Can Telephones 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Better City - Better Life: Shanghai World Expo 2010

Better City - Better Life: Shanghai World Expo 2010

This year many countries issued postage stamps dedicated to Shanghai World Expo 2010. Below we offer a selection of the most popular stamps on this theme. Please send us the images of stamps missing in this list. We will be happy to update it. 

Algeria Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Armenia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Australia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Austria Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Azerbaijan Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Bulgaria Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
China Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
China (Limited edition)
China (Limited edition) Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Croatia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Cuba Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Cyprus Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Czech Republic
Czech Republic Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
 Egypt Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Estonia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Finland Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
France Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Hungary Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Iceland Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Israel Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Japan Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Korea North
Korea North Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Latvia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

Liechtenstein Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Lithuania Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Luxembourg Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Macau Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Monaco Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Montserrat Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
New Caledonia
New Caledonia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
New Zealand
New Zealand Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
San Marino
San Marino Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Spain Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp
Tunisia Shanghai World Expo 2010 stamp

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Top 10 International Stamp Facts

The Treskilling Yellow of Sweden is the world's most expensive stamp. It was sold for £1,429,000 in 1996. 

The world's rarest stamp is the 1856 British Guiana One Cent. Only one of them exists! 

The Great Stamps of China... At 21cm x 6.5cm these monster stamps would have taken some licking when they were issued early last century. 

The Columbian state of Bolivar issued the smallest-ever stamp in 1863, measuring just 9.5mm x 8mm. 

A banana-shaped stamp was issued by the Pacific island of Tonga. 

Musical post... In 1973 Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas, produced seven stamps in the shape of records - not only that, they could actually be played on a record player! 

In 1998 the Dutch Postal Service produced a zero cent stamp. Despite having no value, people were told it could be used to send for letters within Holland. 

Deadly serious collecting... In 1892 a rich collector was murdered by his friend because he wanted his extremely rare 1851 two cent Hawaiian 'missionary' stamp. The police found the missing stamp in the friend's collection and knew they had their man - the stamp was the only one in the world. 

In 1903, the island of St Kitts produced a stamp showing the explorer Christopher Columbus looking through a telescope. One problem... they weren't around in his time! 

There are currently over 200 countries producing stamps. In the last 150 years, nearly 500,000 different stamp issues have been produced by more than 600 countries.

Top 5 Most Expensive Stamps in the World

5. Hawaiian Missionaries ( $ 0.5 million )
The Hawaiian Missionaries, 1851 was the first Hawaiian stamps. It because the “Hawaiian Missionaries” roughly printed with paper thin and low quality, just only a few stamps that had been salvaged and is a very rare stamps. The lowest nominal 2,5 cents in 1851 is the rarest of the entire series, and only the remaining 16 units.
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Hawaiian Missionaries

4. Benjamin Franklin Z-Grill ( $ 1,5 million )
The U.S. Franklin Z-Grill, 1867. It is the rarest of all postage stamps of the United States, only found two pieces remaining. In 1988 a stamp “Z-Grill” one cent in 1868 sold about $ 1.5 million.
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Benjamin Franklin Z Grill

3. The Penny Black ($ 2 million )
The Penny Black was the first official adhesive postage stamp in the world, and is published by Government of Englant on May 1, 1840 and came into use on 6 May. The Penny Black stamps actually not rare but include the most expensive stamps.
most expensive stamps in the world the penny black Top 5 Most Expensive Stamps in the World
The Penny Black

2. The Three-Skilling Yellow ($ 2,7 million)
Three-Skilling Yellow is one of the rarest stamps and the only one left. The Three-Skilling Yellow, is a misprint stamps published by the Swedish government in its first printing in 1855. In 1990 sales reached $ 1 million, then in 1996 sold for $ 2.7 million.
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Three Skilling Yellow

1. British Guyana One Cent Black on Magenta ( $ 3 million)
The British Guiana One Cent Black on Magenta in 1856 are among the rarest and most expensive stamps. The stamps printed on low quality paper with black ink magenta, due to emergency conditions. It is the one of the most expensive stamps.
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British Guyana


Top 10 Extraordinary Stamps 2011 Top 10 extraordinary stamps 2011

According to the already established tradition is resuming the philatelic outcome of the year. As usual, first of all the site has prepared a new rating of extraordinary stamps according to the results of 2010.
As notice the experts of, post offices have been increasingly producing original stamps, not only having an unusual design or smell but even special effects. The ingenuity of stamp designers sometimes really amazes. New technologies neither have passed over the philately. More frequently the philately acts jointly with the multimedia, which has been also reflected in this rating. In general, there were so many extraordinary stamps in the year 2010, that decided to extend its rating a little bit. Its' almost every row contains several stamps from different countries.
However the website didn't involve all the stamps but only the most interesting by the opinion of Also we should make the reservation that this rating doesn't include all the stamps that can be classified as extraordinary. Some of them have got in other subject ratings of the site. But this is later. And now let us bring to your attention the Top 10 extraordinary stamps of 2010.
Moving Stamp with the World's Smallest and Shortest Film by Netherlands
Moving Stamp with the World's Smallest and Shortest Film by Netherlands
Moving Stamp with the World's Smallest and Shortest Film by Netherlands - movie
In 2010, the world's "smallest and shortest film" - lasting one second - appeared on a lenticular stamp created for the Dutch postal service.
This extraordinary stamp features Dutch actress Carice van Houten pictured in front of a typical Dutch windmill on a polder landscape, the scene of which is a nod to a Dutch children's stamp from 1951. Depending on the angle from which the stamp is viewed, an animation appears where Van Houten bites down on a man's middle finger.
Special Volcano Stamps from Iceland + Sahara Postage Stamps by Morocco
Special Volcano Stamps from Iceland
In 2010, Iceland Post issued three stamps to commemorate the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
All the stamps are silkscreen printed with very fine-grained trachyandesite ash which fell at Eyjafjallajokull in April. The trachyandesite magma has ca. 60% silica content and comes from a depth of 7 km with a temperature of more than 1100°C when it reaches the glacial ice. 

Sahara Postage Stamps by Morocco
This block of two Morocco postage stamps contains sand collected in real sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. The stamps were issued in November 2010, to celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Green March - an important day in the history of the country.
Calligraphy Stamps + World's First Ceramic Stamps from China
Calligraphy Stamps from China
In May 2010, China released a set of stamps featuring calligraphy masterpieces from four of China's most famous masters, such as Lan Tingxu (303-361AD). For the first time, the stamps are printed on Xuan Zhi, Xuan paper, a traditional Chinese material that has been used for calligraphy for over 1,000 years.
World's First Ceramic Stamps from China
In 2010, China also issued the world's first set of ceramic stamps. Each stamp is about 0.3 millimeter in thickness.
All the stamps are hand-made. The patterns are based on 11 World Expo-themed stamps released by China since 2007.
Stamps with Diamonds + World's First Postage Stamps Made from Thai silk
Stamps with Diamonds
In 2010, Thailand Post kicked off "Bangkok 2010", one of the biggest stamp exhibitions in Asia-Pacific, featuring the world's first and only stamps decorated with 12 genuine diamonds weighing a total of 1.2 carats. The heart-shaped stamps had been specially made to commemorate the 60th Royal Wedding Anniversary.
World's First Postage Stamps Made from Thai silk
Another highlight of "Bangkok 2010" was the world's first postage stamps made from Thai silk.
About 20,000 stamps had been produced, consuming nearly 5,500 meters of silk.
The peacock emblem was granted by Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit to serve as a guarantee of the quality of Thai silk being used as stamp material.

Book Stamp from Netherlands + Crime Novel Stamps by Sweden + Special Journal Devoted to Traditional French Flavors
Book Stamp from Netherlands
A very unusual postage stamp was issued by TNT Post in March 2010. This book stamp (3 by 4 cm) contains a short story by J. Zwagerman entitled "Wat is erger" ("What is worse").
In this story, Zwagerman leads us on an exciting and humorous journey through the thoughts of the main character, Jelmer Verhooff, the manager of a museum who has just seriously damaged one of the most precious paintings in the museum's collection. In this way Zwagerman literally makes the stamp a literary jewel.
Crime Novel Stamps by Sweden
This booklet of five stamps celebrates some of Sweden's most successful authors, both in Sweden and internationally, in the modern detective and crime genre.
There are microtexts imbedded in the stamps about the authors and their works. Try to find them!
Special Journal Devoted to Traditional French Flavors
In 2010, the French Post issued the second series of the journal "France as I love it". This time the journal is dedicated to the cuisine of French regions and its gastronomy.
The "Flavors" journal consists of two volumes each containing 12 self-adhesive stamps divided in three parts: "Soil", "Vegetarianism" and "Holidays". The readers have an opportunity not only to own the beautiful stamps about a rich French cuisine but also to read the recipes included in the journals.

Animation Stamps from Israel and Hungary
Animation Stamps from Israel
In 2010, the Israel Philatelic Service issued a stamp sheet celebrating 50 years of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation).
The sheet is comprised of 15 stamps which vary slightly from one to the next and feature (from left to right and top to bottom) an animated cycle of motion: a farmer picks a sabra fruit, peels it and hands it to a girl who then eats it, and so forth.
In order to illustrate the movement of animation the Israel Philatelic Service has produced a stamp booklet in the form of a "flip book". The pages are flipped and the images give the impression of movement. The booklet consists of 15 pages each with a self-adhesive Israeli Animation stamp.
Animation Stamps from Hungary
In 2010, Magyar Posta issued a sheet of postage stamps and a book of special stamps to mark the Shanghai World Expo.
The stamps feature the Gomboc - the first known homogeneous, convex object to have just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium and the "main character" in the Hungarian pavilion.
The designs of the stamps illustrate the most characteristic phases of the movement of the Gomboc. And by flicking the pages of the special book, the designs showing the movement phases of the Gomboc are brought to life and its movement appears like a film.

Aromatic Scratch-and-Sniff Postage Stamps Debut in Germany + Scented Stamps from French Polynesia
Quite a lot of aromatic stamps have been issued in 2010. However would like to single out “aromastamps” from French Polynesia and Germany.
Aromatic Scratch-and-Sniff Postage Stamps Debut in Germany
At the beginning of the year 2010, Germany in an annual tradition, issued new postage stamps designed to support charities. In a new twist, however, these stamps were scratch and sniff, with customers able to choose between apple, strawberry, huckleberry and lemon scents.
The scent - which is only released upon scratching the stamp's surface - is made possible with scented oils wrapped in microscopic capsules.
Scented Stamps from French Polynesia
In August 2010, French Polynesia issued a stamp with the scent of the mango - the most popular fruit grown on its territory.
This is the 7th scented postage stamp issued by the post office.

Canada's Biggest Stamp
Canada's Biggest Stamp
This Canada's postage stamp is really big in every sense of the word. At $10, it carries the highest face value of any Canadian postage stamp. At 128 by 49 millimetres it is the largest stamp ever issued by Canada Post. The stamp features a blue whale. Reaching more than 30 meters in length and weighing up to 180 metric tonnes, it is the largest animal known to have existed, outclassing even the dinosaurs.
The stamp was produced using a combination of printing techniques. They include intaglio and silkscreen for the whale and offset lithography for the colours in the background.
Due to its high value, several security features are used in the new $10 stamp. The whale's scientific name (Balaenoptera musculus) is written in intaglio micro printing. As well, a large cluster of krill (the whale's food of choice) and a diver are printed in tagging that can only be seen using ultraviolet light.

Brazilian Bat Postage Stamps
Brazilian Bat Postage Stamps
These amazing bat-shaped postage stamps show four species of bats that occur in Brazil. They are depicted with the features associated with them in their natural environments.

Embroidered Stamps from Austria and Brazil
Embroidered Stamps from Austria
Petit point is part of the Viennese cultural heritage, and bears the cachet of both imperial society and the upper middle classes. It is also an internationally famous and appreciated sign of a quality souvenir from Vienna. The use of petit point on a stamp, however, is something new, resulting in a work of art for the philatelists' collections courtesy of the Vorarlberg embroidery company Hammerle & Vogel. Following the successful "Edelweiss" premier and its successor, the "Gentian", the series of stamp-sized embroidered works of art continues with the "Rose".
Embroidered Stamps from and Brazil
This stamp, printed on synthetic fabric, was issued in September 2010, to celebrate the Centenary of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista.
The Brazil Post used plain fabric, embroidered with application of fluorescent luminescent invisible ink, luminescent under UV light. 

Our Special Nomination Award this time goes to Royal Mail and their first 'intelligent' stamp
Royal Mail - First 'intelligent' stamp
In 2010, the Royal Mail issued what it called the world's first "intelligent stamps", designed to interact with smartphones using image-recognition technology.
The special-issue stamps, devoted to historic British railways, are designed to launch specially developed online content when a user snaps them using an image-recognition application available on iPhone or Android handsets.
"Intelligent stamps mark the next step in the evolution of our stamps, bringing them firmly into the 21st century," a Royal Mail spokesman said.