Third 2019 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the third 2019 update of the MoS Checklist (June 2019 through August 2019). These new updates, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from “Checklist Updates” section on our MoS Checklist page.

Update of Cumulative Table of Contents (CTC) Listings

The Cumulative Table of Contents (CTC) listings, compiled by our European Representative Volker Woesner, which first were made available on the CPS web site in early 2017, have been updated.  The listing for TNCP is now current through 2019/07.  In addition to the PDF format, Excel files for both TNCP and original the CartoPhilatelist listings are now freely available for download.

CPS Member Wins Awards at NTSS2019

CPS member Roger Van Laere NTSS 2019 Award
Roger Van Laere (center) accepting his award

Congratulations are in order to CartoPhilatelic Society member Roger Van Laere who won two awards at the recent NTSS2019 / StampShow, held in Omaha, Nebraska, in August 2019. Roger’s exhibits the “History of the Borders of Peru and Bolivia” and “Atlantic Puffin: Icon of the Isle of Lundy” both in the NTSS multiframe category, won Gold and Large Vermeil awards respectively.  The photo also shows APS President Robert Zeigler (L) and APS Executive Director Scott English (R).  Nice work Roger!   — CPS Officers

Second 2019 MoS Checklist Update Ready for Download

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the second 2019 update of the MoS Checklist (March 2019 to May. 2019). These new updates, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from “Checklist Updates” section on our MoS Checklist page.

150 Years of Modern Surveying in Japan

Japan 2019-06-03

On June 3, 2019, in honor of the annual Surveying Day, Japan Post issued a sheet of 10 stamps marking 150 years of modern surveying in Japan. The horizontal formatted stamps all have JPY 82 (USD 0.75)  denominations. The images on the stamps depict important surveying instruments, infrastructure, and surveying processes in Japan. Images depicting surveying tasks and historical surveying events during the 150 years are shown in the selvedge.   The sheet marks 150 years since the Meiji Government, in 1869, established a modern surveying institute within the Ministry of Civil Service. The institute was tasked to compile a uniform land survey of Japan that would promote national governance. New offices in the government were setup to augment the family register with map data, collect information on place names, and compile a gazetteer. Teams were sent into the field to carry out comprehensive triangulation and leveling using Western surveying techniques. Work on compiling and maintaining a nation-wide 1:50,000 scale series of topographic maps was also initiated. After World War II and the end of the allied occupation, Japan entered a period of social and economic growth. The need for surveying increased to meet the demand in the areas of road maintenance and construction, housing and urban development, and the enhancement of disaster prevention infrastructure. The Ministry of Construction and the Geographic Survey Institute oversaw these projects and continued development in both technical and legal aspects of surveying. This period also saw the start of the private sector surveying companies in Japan. During the last 20 years significant advances from the field of information and communication technology have been incorporated into the surveying domain and those advances continue today and will for the foreseeable future.

Issue from Norway Post Promotes 2019 World Orienteering Championships

Norway 2019-06-14

Member Tom sends information that on June 14, 2019 Norway Post issued a single stamp marking the upcoming 2019 World Orienteering Championships, taking place from August 12 – 17, 2019 in Østfold, Norway.  Orienteering was invented by the Swedish military at the end of the 1800s. The first civil orienteering race was arranged in Norway in 1897 in Nordmarka, north of Oslo. The vertical formatted issue, designed in a map and compass motif is divided into two sections. The lower section, depicts an orange colored diagonal patch modeled on the international orienteering flag.  The upper section of the stamp shows what appears to be topographic contour lines, shown in blue. Offset from the middle, the magnetic needle of the compass is visible, centered on the boundary between the upper and lower sections. Positioned through the orange patch following a circular path, much like the dial of a compass, is the  Norwegian text “VM I Orientering 2019” meaning “World Championship in Orienteering 2019.” The non-denominated stamp is valid for domestic postage (INNLAND) up to 20 grams and sells for NOK 16.00 (USD 1.84). The stamp is available in booklets of 10. It appears there is no map in the selvedge of the booklet pane.  [ always intricate and colorful, orienteering maps have been featured on a number of issues over the years.  please contact us if you know about any web pages featuring more orienteering issues. – admin ]