Maps on Stamps Checklist Rev. 9 Ready for Shipping

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has been busy working to finalize a major update of the Maps on Stamps Checklist and he is happy to report the new update is ready to ship.

This update includes the addition of over 700 new or previously overlooked issues, numerous corrections, and the addition of missing data such as catalogue numbers, coverage and grade. The updated Checklist has over 40,000 entries.

Revision 9 contains all Checklist Updates through 2020 MoS Checklist Update 01 as posted on our website.

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

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 ]

Monaco: Recent New Issues

Member Pierre sends news about a couple of new issues from the Monaco Post Philatelic Office. On May 29, 2019 two issues were released.

Centenary of the birth of Fausto Coppi…

Monaco 2019-05-29

The first issue marks the centenary of the birth of legendary Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi. He was the dominant international cyclist of the years leading up to and directly following World War II. Coppi won the Italian Giro d’Italia five times and the Tour de France twice, along with the World Championship in 1953. In 1949, he became the first rider ever to win both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, repeating that feat again in 1952, the same year that Monaco made its entry as a city stage in the Tour de France. The post site continues, “with an outstanding record, Fausto Coppi is widely seen as one of the greatest riders in the history of cycling. He revolutionized the approach to competitive sport with his focus on diet, technology, training methods and sporting medicine.”  The horizontal formatted, 0.86€ denominated issue depicts a map on the multi-color left portion of the stamp, focused on France and Italy. On the map are a series of dots, inside of the boundaries of Italy and France, possibly indicating cities of the both Giro d’Italia and Tour de France that hosted stages of the races in 1952. Two multi-color ribbons, in the colors of the flags of Italy and Monaco are overlaid on the map, emanating from what appears to be Monaco and another Italian city of importance to the issue. On the monochrome right portion of the stamp is a pencil-like sketch of Coppi on his cycle, with a bottle between the handle bars. In the background is a banner reading “Monaco 1952” that changes from color on the left to monochrome on the right.  [This is not the first stamp to depict Coppi, other issues from Italy, San Marino and other countries have, over the years, commemorated Coppi’s victories, although this may be the only issue with a map. Please let us know. -admin]

Women’s Football in France…

Monaco 2019-05-29

Another issue, marks France’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 soccer/football tournament taking place from June to July. The horizontal formatted, 1.05 denominated issue depicts two players running to kick the ball. The “pitch” is depicted as a partial sphere of the Earth focused on western Europe and France, with the nine cities where the matches will take place shown as small gold stars on the map. A star-field is shown in the background. Along the left and right edges of the issue are 24 flags representing each team’s country or region.

Centenary of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM)…

On March 15, 2019 a single stamp marking the centenary of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) was issued. The horizontal formatted, 1.30€ denominated issue depicts a map of  the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, with surrounding north African,  the Middle-Eastern, and European countries visible. The 23 member states of CIESM are shown in yellow with their borders as white lines. A research ship with what is possibly a type of “sonar emitting depiction” radiating from the bow of the vessel and the logo of the CIESM, a red star-fish over an artistic blue “swash,” are visible on the left side of the stamp.  The French title of the organization and centenary dates (1919-2019) are shown along the bottom of the stamp.

 Monaco 2019-03-15

CIESM represents a unique forum for scientific exchanges, peace and dialogue, bringing together marine researchers from across the Mediterranean using the latest technologies to understand, monitor, and protect the sea. Today, with its multi-disciplinary network of 8,000 scientists working at almost 500 institutes, and with political support from its 23 member states, its independent analyses and recommendations are widely relied upon by national and international organizations.

All three issues are available in sheets of 10. There are no maps in the selvedge.

Belgium Marks 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Postcodes

Belgium 2019-03-18

On March 18, 2019 Belgium Post issued a stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of postcodes in Belgium.  The horizontal formatted and very colorful single issue depicts a map of Belgium “stylistically” divided into approximately nine sub-divisions each with a large numeral shown inside each, basically indicating the first digit of the postcode for that sub-division. In Belgium, postcodes consist exclusively of four numbers, ranging from 1000 to 9992. There are 1192 postcodes in use throughout Belgium. The number series are arranged regionally, with the design of the regions on the stamp roughly matching the provinces. The postcodes are written on the stamp in “micro text.” Available in sheets of 10, the non-denominated issue covers, what appears to be, standard domestic mail up to 50g. A large “1” in a circle [] is shown in the lower left of the stamp. A large “50” with the text “ans de codes postaux jaar postcodes” is also shown on the left side of the issue.  Postcodes were established in Belgium in 1969 where each postcode corresponded to a “commuanl section.” In 1990, these codes were revised with new codes being distributed to more than half of the municipalities. The goal of the revision was to match postcodes more closely with the provincial and municipal boundaries. The more zeros there are in the postcode, the higher the number of inhabitants of that represented city. Special numbers are reserved for the EU institutions, NATO headquarters, public and commercial broadcasters, and other public institutions.