Forth 2020 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the forth 2020 update of the MoS Checklist (September 20, 2020 – November 20, 2020).  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.

[Note: There was a system problem with the link for the third 2020 Mos Checklist Update (June 20, 2020 to August 20, 2020) that prevented download. Please be sure to download the third update too. — web admin]

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 ]

 

Third 2020 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

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

Second 2020 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the second 2020 update of the MoS Checklist (March 2020 to May 2020). These new updates, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from “Checklist Updates” section on our MoS Checklist page.

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]