New Map Issue From Slovenia

On September 25, 2009, Slovenia Post issued a single stamp commemorating the work of Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek and marking the transfer of the Lavantine diocese from Sankt Andrä Austria to Maribor Slovenia in 1859. Bishop Slomšek died in Maribor in 1862. On 19 September 1999, John Paul II announced Slomšek’s beatification in Maribor, instead of Rome, which is the usual custom. The €0.92 denomination stamp depicts an image in the left foreground of Bishop Slomšek with a background map showing what appears to possibly be the historical border between Austria and Slovenia, along with the cities of St. Andraz and Maribor. In the right foreground, an image of a Bishop’s Mitre, some books and letters are shown.

Slovenia 2009-09-25

Slovenia 2009-09-25

The text below is an automated translation from the Slovenia Post web site. [ no responsibility is assumed for the content or accuracy of the following text in italics, shown below. ]

In 2009 we celebrate Slomšek year that it wishes to present Slomšek cultural and historical, pastoral and religious-ethnic dimension of his life and work, especially to move the diocesan headquarters in Maribor (4 September 1859), the establishment of catholic high school in Maribor (14 October 1859) , and the establishment of Mohor Guild St. Cyril and Methodius to the unity of Christians, Slomškova Sunday school with the famous manual blessed and Nežica in Sunday school and its extensive religious, ethnic and spiritual functioning, which is achieved as a shepherd and a teacher with his preaching and issuing of various books, manuals, songbooks and molitvenikov .

In Slomškov time fall under graško Maribor diocese. The border between the then lavantinsko (now Maribor) and graško diocese has taken place for high Vuhred Pohorje to Slovenian Bistrica, Ptuj, Sundays and the Upper Great Radgona. Bishop A. M. Slomšek with his wisdom and perseverance to reach to the diocesan boundaries to postpone the north of the Drava river, on the border line, which in 1918 became the State border between Austria and Yugoslavia. General Maister has defended and endorsed what is the diocesan bishop limit perpetuate A. M. Slomšek, which was established catholic high school in his opening speech, said to become even Maribor what was in his time View and Salzburg, a strong focus of spiritual and material blagra Slovenian nation.

From the above we can see how it had a literary historian Kidrič France when he wrote that the blessed bishop A. M. Slomšek occupies in the history of our spiritual leader.

Recent Map Issues From Mexico 2

As reported on November 12th, 2009 Mexico (Correos de Mexico) Post had released on September 16, 2009 two additional issues entitled “Umbral del Bicentenario de la Independencia de México” were issued. The first issue does not appear to have any map stamps, however the second issue appears to have a large souvenir sheet, depicting a map with what could be routes of some kind. Another single stamp in the set also features a map. [ we have received a better scan of the souvenir sheet from this issue, which is now shown below. thanks Mark! ]

Mexico 2009-09-16

Mexico 2009-09-16

Recent Map Issues From Mexico 1

There have been a number of issues of interest to fellow cartophilatelists from Mexico (Correos de Mexico) over the past couple of months.

Mexico 2009-06-05

Mexico 2009-06-05

On June 5, 2009 Mexico Post released a global warming / climate change themed stamp. The $10.50 Pesos ($0.79 USD) single issue features a type of satellite image showing the Earth with clouds and an outline of North and Central America. The left side of the stamp shows a beach and ocean view, while the right side features what may be a pre-columbian figure, with outstretched hand, seaming to hold the Earth.

On September 16, 2009 two additional issues entitled “Umbral del Bicentenario de la Independencia de México” were issued. The first issue does not appear to have any map stamps, however the second issue appears to have a large souvineer sheet, depicting a map with what could be rountes of some kind. Another single stamp in the set also features a map. Unfortunately the images were not large enough to show here, so I will update the entry when larger images are available. [ i think this issue is in preparation for the bicentenial happening next year, with September 15th and 16th each being important dates for the independence movement during Mexico’s history. ]

Mexico 2009-09-30

Mexico 2009-09-30

On September 30th, 2009 a single $6.50 Pesos ($0.49 USD) stamp was issued for the UNI americas Post & Logistics Conference which took place in Mexico City. UNI is the Global Union for skills and services. The stamp possibly depicts postal workers in various historical uniforms. A partial view of the western hemisphere is shown in what appears to be hypsometric shading with one of the workers pointing to Mexico on the map.

La Poste Issues Two Map Stamps In One Day!

La Poste (France Post) issued two map stamps on November 9, 2009.

France 2009-11-01 EuroMed Postal Conference

France 2009-11-01 EuroMed Postal Conference

The first issue marks the 2nd Euromed Postal Conference, that is scheduled to take place in Alexandria Egypt. However, it seems that the Egypt Post has issued a press release which appears to say the conference is going to be rescheduled. The 0.56 € stamp depicts the Mediterranean Sea, the surrounding countries along with an olive tree. A blue dot and reflection of light mark the location of Alexandria. A rough translation from the La Poste site reads, “Postal operators in the Mediterranean have decided to strengthen their cooperation both in the context of improving the delivery of letters and parcels, the modernization of their production tools or training officers. At that time La Poste has decided to issue a stamp depicting the Mediterranean showing the geographic region, an olive tree, symbol of peace and the Mediterranean, and a light from the city of Alexandria, which recalls the legendary lighthouse.” [the map of the Mediterranean Sea is interesting in that it seems to just stop on the western side of Mallorca, thus Morrocco, Gibraltar and Spain are not correctly depicted. Does anyone know if this was intentional or a design issue? 2009/11/26: please see comment below with additional information from fellow cartophilatelist Julien ]

France 2009-11-09 Francisco de Miranda

France 2009-11-09 Francisco de Miranda

The second stamp is a joint issue between France and Venezuela. This 0.85 € stamp commemerates Sebastian Francisco de Miranda. Francisco Miranda was born in Caracas Venezuela March 28, 1750 and died July 14, 1816 in Cadiz Spain. Miranda was a general in the Spanish army, and fought against England during the American Revolutionary War in North America, fighting in the Battle of Pensacola in 1781. Miranda also fought in the French Revolution, from 1791 thru is capture and incarceration in 1793. After various exploits, Miranda escaped and went into hiding, only to leave France for England in January 1798. Wikipeida mentions that “His name remains engraved on the Arc de Triomphe,” which may account for the image of the Arc on the stamp. Miranda “had a plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America but his own military initiatives on behalf of an independent Spanish America failed in 1812. He was handed over to his enemies and four years later, in 1816, died in a Spanish prison. Miranda, however, is still regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar.The stamp depicts an outline map of Venezuela with a line drawing of the Arc de Triomphe superimposed on the map. To the left and right are two portraits, both I assume are a young and older Miranda. [However I am not sure about the portrait on the left. I also checked Venezuela Post, but could not find any information about the stamp release. 2009/11/26: please see comment below with additional information from fellow cartophilatelist Julien]

Gibraltar Darwin Issue Features Map

The Royal Gibraltar Post will issue on November 2, 2009, a set of 4 stamps and one mini-sheet to commemorate the 200th anniversary of birth of Charles Darwin. The mini-sheet

Gibraltar 2009-11-02 (tentative)

Gibraltar 2009-11-02 (tentative)

contains what appears to be a section of a world map showing the pacific area of Darwin’s voyage around the Galapaoges islands. The mini-sheet is composed of a single £2.42 stamp featuring a photograph of Darwin in later life. The mini-sheet contains a collage like assemblage of photos, drawings, letters and the world map in the background. From the promotional image, it seems no other maps appear on the 4 single stamps. This information is tentative, pending issue. For more information, please contact gibraltar-stamps.com

Liechtenstein marks 75 years of LPHV

Liechtenstein 2009-09-07

Liechtenstein 2009-09-07

Liechtenstein Post released a new issue on September 7th, 2009 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Philatelic Association (LPHV). The stamp features a unique design incorporating the Liechtenstein coat of arms which appeared in the famous 1934 Vaduz mini-sheet. The Vaduz (sc 115) mini-sheet was issued for the 1st philatelic exhibition of the LPHV. The 130CHF stamp depicts an outline map of the principality that is used as a cut-out mask over a background image from the original 1934 Vaduz issue. The stamp is sold in sheets of 20. Only 160 km² (about 61.7 square miles) in area, Liechtenstein has a rich and well-known philatelic history. The simple, yet unique design of this issue will make it an important addition for cartophilatelists.