Mexico Marks 50th Anniversary of Chamizal Resolution

Mexico 2014-09-30

On September 30th, 2014 Mexico Post issued a new stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the  finalization of the Chamizal Resolution, a border dispute between the USA and Mexico which persisted in one form or another for more than a 100 years.  The 11.50 Peso issue symbolizes the return of the Chamizal to Mexico. While the treaty that ended the dispute was formally settled on 14 January 1963, the final ceremony marking the border adjustment took place on September 25, 1964, where U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos were present to unveil the new boundary marker signaling the peaceful end of the Chamizal dispute. The new issues features what appears to be an aerial photo of the disputed Cordova island area along the Rio Grande near El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. In the foreground of the stamp, the boundary monument is shown. In 1966, Congress established the Chamizal National Memorial to commemorate the Chamizal Convention (treaty) of 1963.

Recent Faroe Islands Issues Feature Maps

Faroe Islands 2014-09-24

Faroe Islands 2014-09-24 World War I

On September 24, 2014, Faroe Islands Post announced two new issues, both of which are of cartophilatelic interest. The first, a four stamp souvenir sheet marks the centenary of the start of World War I and involvement of the Faroe Islands, while the second, a single stamp, commemorates the life and achievements of preacher and missionary Daniel Jacob Danielsen, popularly referred to as “Dollin.”  The First World War Centenary mini-sheet consists of a two x two block of four DKK 8.0 stamps with unique images, three of which appear to contain maps. The postal authority web site contains a very detailed writeup of WW I events relating to the Faroe Islands and depicted by the stamps.

Faroe Islands 2014-0924

Faroe Islands 2014-09-24 Casement Report

The single DKK 25.00 stamp depicts portraits of both Dannielsen and Roger Casement along with two river paddle ships, and a map of the African continent showing the Congo Free State as it was known at the time.  Dannielsen worked as a missionary in Congo arriving there in 1901 and working on the paddle ship “Pioneer” the upper vessel shown on the stamp.  From the 1890’s, there had been stories of atrocities against the indigenous people of the Congo Free State.  Missionaries, journalists and a human rights organization reported about large-scale violation of human rights, but they were ignored by the administration in CongoAs these stories became more widespread, the English Parliament decided in 1903 to send the British consul in Boma, Congo,  Roger Casement, up the Congo River to investigate the allegations. Continue reading Recent Faroe Islands Issues Feature Maps

Forthcoming Joint European “Lindau Messenger” Issue Filled with CartoPhilatelic Gems

Switzerland, 2014-09

Switzerland, 2014-09

Austria, 2014-09 (forthcoming)

Austria, 2014-09 (forthcoming)

Update: We received an image from Volker Woesner, our European Representative, of the forth-coming (late September) issue from Austria. The very striking issue appears to be totally comprised of an Ortelius map from 1587, (shown here) The Lindau coach mail route is also depicted on the map, with north being at the bottom, the route shown is from Lindau “south” into Italy.

In September 2014, the postal authorities of Austria, Germany, Lechtinstein, and Switzerland will release a joint issue commemorating the “Lindau Messenger” mail service. From the Swiss Post web site, “the first recorded delivery by the Lindau Messenger took place in the early 16th century, although the messenger had been running since the 14th century. The era of the Lindau Messenger came to an end when a completely new generation of roads were built over the main Alpine passes, allowing stagecoaches to cross them, which made traveling easier and safer and the messenger service superfluous.” While final details in English have not been easy to find, at this time it appears that issues of Austria and Switzerland will have maps incorporated into their designs.  The Swiss issue similar has a route map on the right side of the stamp, with a mail carriage shown in the remaining section of the design. A special book with the stamps appears to be available from Swiss Post. [ we will update this post when more information is available – admin ]

TNCP 46 Dispatched to Members

The 46th issue of The New CartoPhilatelist has been dispatched to members.  All hard copy members received their journals shipped via HP’s MagCloud PoD service.  The46th issue of the Society’s award winning Journal is full of fascinating articles, news, and images.  Be sure to check out the contents of this exciting issue.  Some highlights in this issue are a very interesting and in depth article by Society Asia/Pacific Representative Brian Marshall on the history of the first postage stamps of the British Central Africa Protectorate.  A number of  early sets have a subtle but accurate map of the African continent uniquely designed into the Coat of Arms of the Protectorate. The third installment in the series of the Historic Canadian Forts issues of the 1980’s and 1990’s, by James C. Hamilton.  Mark Honig reports about the informal CartoSummit that took place in Berlin in early June 2014.  David Wolfersberger looks at Art, Cartography and Stamps, through the paintings of Johannes Vermeer.   President Emeritus Miklos Pinther take a look at Books on CartoPhilately, with a description of some very interesting non-english works on the subject. Be sure to check out the information on the checklist update of items from T. Nishiumi’s Japanese language book. On pages 14-15 there some images and announcement of the Gold Medal that The New CartoPhilatelist Journal won at the ATA’s 65th National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS) in June 2014. Congratulations to the authors and Martin, our Editor! Member Ang Kian Kee reports about  a unique souvenir sheet from China depicting the famous Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest and longest constructed canal in the world. Ap Koopman looks at the interesting and timely topic of Black Sea Maritime Boundaries.  Miklos Pinther keeps us informed of some recent auctions of cartophilatelic importance.  The issue is rounded out with updates to the  MoS checklist, new issue images, a brief notes about the new CPS members email discussion list and dues notices.  Unfortunately there was a sad note to report that long time member Ed Stresino passed away in May 2014. Read about Ed’s contributions to our Society over the years. We were fortunate to have had Ed as an active member of the Society.  Our condolences to Ed’s wife and family.

Bahamas Post Marks 10th Anniversary of National GIS Center

On July 21, 2014, the Bahamas Postal Service released a new set of stamps commemorating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Center. The Center was founded on July 26, 2004. The set of four stamps feature denominations of 15c, 50c, 65c and 70c. The stamps feature various paper and digital maps and photographs of technicians surveying in the field.   The mission of the BNGIS is to promote, educate, coordinate and advance both the practical and efficient use of GIS in the Bahamas.  The 15c stamp shows the delineation of the maritime boundaries of the islands, which was finalized in 2008, which are a critical part of territorial sovereignty.  The Bahamas archipelago is comprised of 700 atolls, cays and rocks with a total land area of 15107 which extends over 259,000 sq. km. of shallow banks and ocean area. A thematic map of Hurricane Distribution from 1960 – 2012 is depicted on the 50c stamp.  The 65c stamp shows technicians from the BNGIS, working with the members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force conducting a field verification to check the accuracy of specific the base points used to create the maritime baseline.  What appears to be a digital level or total-station is shown in the foreground of the stamp. The 70c stamp depicts a technician, in the foreground, with a GPS field recorder and an aerial photo, in the background, of a neighborhood with road center lines, on Inagua island where field data collection and verification were carried out.  The colorful set of stamps also features the BNGIS logo on each stamp.  This is the second issue of 2014 which features new data collection technologies and screen images of GIS/computer mapping software.  [ please let us know of any other recent GIS related stamp issues – admin ]

Bahamas, 2014-07-21

Bahamas, 2014-07-21


Australia Post Issues “Maps of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands” Set

Australia Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 2014-06-24

Australia Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 2014-06-24

On June 24, 2014 Austraila Post issued a set of four map stamps depicting the Cocos (Keeling) islands from different periods during the islands’ history.  The first European sighting of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is thought to have been in 1609, by Englishman Captain William Keeling of the East India Company. Soon after, the two atolls that comprise the islands started to appear on maps. The stamps are composed of various maps from a particular century that show the atolls which comprise the Cocos (Keeling) islands. The 70c denomination is a joined pair, featuring maps of the 17th and 18th centuries. From the Australia Post web site,  “a number of different maps and navigational charts have been used in the design of the four stamps, including:  L’Arcano del Mare (Secrets of the Sea) (1646)Hemisphere oriental ou Ancien Monde (c. 1783);  and Karte von dem Morgenlandischen Ocean oder dem Indischen Meere (1758). The single $1.40 denomination  features a oceanagraphic chart from the 19th century.  The single $2.10 denomination features a topographic map from the 20th century, with what appears to depict a large scale view of “Home Island,” one of the two inhabited islands in the group.