First 2021 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the first 2021 update of the MoS Checklist (December 20, 2020 – February 20, 2021).  These new updates, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from the “Checklist Updates” section on the MoS Checklist page.

Index CartoPhilatelica — A Comprehensive Index to the Society’s Journals is Now Available

Index CartoPhilatelica is an exciting new resource from the CartoPhilatelic Society.  Compiled by fellow cartophilatelist and CPS Officer Brian Marshall, of New Zealand, this multi-year project set out to develop a comprehensive subject and personal reference index to the Carto-Philatelist and The New CartoPhilatelist journals.  Index CartoPhilatelica contains indexed content from all the issues of the Carto-Philatelist (1955-03 through 1995-12) and issues of The New CartoPhilatelist (2003-03 through 2020-07 [No. 70]). An announcement for Index CartoPhilatelica appeared in the January (No. 72) edition of The New CartoPhilatelist. A digital (PDF) version of the index is now ready for download on the Index CartoPhilatelica web page. [ “Index CartoPhilatelica is an open resource that will soon become an indispensable tool for research projects by both members of the CartoPhilatelic Society as well as philatelists outside of the group.” – Mark Honig, President, the CartoPhilatelic Society. ]

New Resource: Gilad’s Searchable Collection of Maps on Stamps

Sample Output from
Gilad’s Maps on Stamps Website

CPS member Gilad Aharoni has complied a very comprehensive website of modern political maps on stamps.  The site enables browsing via lists of countries or issuing entities. A keyword search function is also included. The search results are presented in a very clean layout style depicting an album page. Catalog numbers exist for many of the images.  Additionally, links to eBay and Delcampe are present for more exhaustive searches.  Gilad comments, “… this database represents my personal interests – modern political maps – so there are very few globes, antique maps, world and continent outlines etc. … still, there are over 10,000 items [comprised of]  postage stamps, cinderellas, FDCs, cancels with maps, and more.  The image on the left shows an example of output from one of the pages. “ [ we expect this site will become a very useful research tool for Cartophilatelists! thank you Gilad for your tireless efforts over the years developing this site! – web admin ]


2020 Europa Theme Features Ancient Postal Routes

Europa stamps are special stamps issued by European postal administrations/enterprises and bear the official EUROPA logo, a registered trademark under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is the central theme.  The theme for the 2020 Europa issues is “Ancient Postal Routes” and from the issues released thus far, will prove to be very exciting for cartophilatelists.  From 9 May till 9 September 2020, PostEurop is sponsoring a contest where visitors can vote for the most beautiful 2020 EUROPA stamps entries for the 2020 theme.  While the PostEurop site is the official issue listing, Jurgen Haepers’ long running and well known “europa, cept, norden & sepac stamps information blog” is the go-to destination for large issue images and up-to-date information. Here you will also find a continuously revised post, Europa 2020  “Ancient postal routes” showcasing the this year’s new issues. This year’s issues are shaping up to have some wonderful and diverse cartophilatelic designs.  A few samples are shown below. We will continue to monitor the forth-coming new issues.

Russia, 2020-01-15 Poland, 2020-04-29 Switzerland, 2020-05-07
Turkey, 2020-05-09 Belarus, 2020-05-05
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020-05-08
Germany, 2020-05-07
 France, 2020-05-11  Andorra (French Post) 2020-05-12


Generalized Outline Map featured in Australia Post’s Disaster Relief Issue

Australia – Disaster Relief – 2020-02-018

Stuart Hamilton, CPS Representative-at-Large, informed us that on February 18, 2020, Australia Post released a set of stamps each cut in the shape of Australia to raise funds for the disaster relief for the devastating bushfires of the previous 2019-2020 season.  The 1.10 AUD denominated die-cut stamps depict an outline of the Australian continent and Tasmania and feature imagery of natural disasters.  Australia Post will donate $2 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund from every stamp pack sold, to go towards the on-the-ground support for communities impacted by the bushfires and other disasters when they happen.  There will be 100,000 Disaster Relief stamp packs produced, each containing five unique stamps. [thanks for the information Stuart, we are all thinking about our friends in Australia during this difficult time! – web admin]

Austria Post Marks Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Austria – 2020-01-31

Brexit” – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) was slated to occur on March 29, 2019. From what we know, Austria Post planned to mark that date with a stamp depicting the EU, post Brexit, as shown in the stamp on the left. However March 29, 2019 came and went and the UK was still part of the EU.  Rather than destroy the current stamps and commission a reprint, Austria Post waited. So when the UK’s withdrawal was ratified in late January 2020, Austria Post overprinted the stock with the “31-1-2020” withdrawal date and issued the stamps on January 31, 2020. News of the issue quickly spread on the Internet and many media outlets reported the stamps. Linn’s reports the stock of 140,000 sold out quickly from the Austria Post online store and demand for the issue resulted in listings of US$10 or higher on online auction sites, such as Ebay.  The  €1.80 denominated issue features a dark blue map of current EU members with the UK being shown in light blue after the withdrawal. A very light yellow color fills the background areas, as well as the lines make up the borders of the member countries and countries who are not EU members, such as Norway, Switzerland, and others are simply depicted as empty space areas in the background color. The word “»Brexit«” and the two dates are shown immediately below the denomination, in the upper left corner, with the 2019 date overprinted by a single horizontal bar. “AUSTRIA” rotated 90 degrees with a left to right reading flow. Above the text is the EU 12 golden star circular logo.  It was noticed in the very lower left corner of the stamp a small blue patch is visible, and present on every stamp. Theories on the CPS members discussion list point to this patch possibly being the Portuguese autonomous island of Madeira. The map depicted on the stamp is quite detailed, with a number of other small islands clearly visible in both the Adriatic and Aegean seas. [ correction to update the sovereignty of Madeira — thanks Pierre! ]