The Hong Kong Observatory and Hong Kong Post collaborated in the design and release of six Weather Phenomena stamps and two souvenir sheets March 27.
Several groups of students attended the first-day ceremony at the observatory.
Sandy Song, senior scientific officer of the observatory, called the stamps a dream come true for weather fans, who could now observe the weather through the stamps.
For the stamp designs, the observatory provided photographs of local weather phenomena, plus information about the events shown. The Photographic Society of Hong Kong, Sum Law, Ying Sung Lee and Kin Hoi Ngai also contributed to the new stamps.
The $1.70 stamp in the upper left in Figure 1 depicts a double rainbow over an urban area of Hong Kong.
The new-issue announcement from Hong Kong Post said, “When sunlight passes through water droplets and gets reflected twice, two rainbows are developed. The primary rainbow, formed by one reflection, is brighter while the secondary rainbow, produced by two reflections, is fainter.”
The other five stamps shown in Figure 1 feature frost ($2.20), clouds ($2.90), lightning ($3.10), fog ($3.70) and rain ($5).
Figure 2 shows the $20 souvenir sheet picturing a satellite image of Typhoon Vicente as it approached Hong Kong in July 2012. The sheet includes a lenticular, or motion, effect showing the typhoon’s trajectory.
A souvenir sheet with a $5 stamp features the same design without the lenticular effect.
Benny Lau designed the stamps. Joh. Enschede of the Netherlands printed them by offset in panes of 25.
A girl playing in the rain is pictured on the stamp from Cyprus shown in Figure 3. An umbrella and boots help keep her dry.
Issued March 12 in a set highlighting the four seasons, this stamp represents winter. If you look closely, you can see a single snowflake near the center of the design, between the curved part of the umbrella’s handle and the country name written as “Kibris” and “Cyprus.”
According to the republic’s Department of Meteorology, “Cyprus has an intense Mediterranean climate with the typical seasonal rhythm strongly marked in respect of temperature, rainfall and weather generally. Hot dry summers from mid-May to mid-September and rainy, rather changeable, winters from November to mid-March are separated by short autumn and spring seasons of rapid change in weather conditions.”
While snow is rare on most of Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains are covered in snow in the winter.
The winter stamp is denominated €0.22. The €0.43, €0.85 and €1.71 stamps represent spring, summer and autumn, respectively. The designs include butterfly wings, flowers, a dolphin and fall foliage.
Melanie Efstathiadou designed the stamps. Giesecke & Devrient Matouskis of Greece printed them by offset in panes of eight.
Finland’s Itella Posti Oy will issue a booklet of eight nondenominated free-form self-adhesive stamps Sept. 8 called Signs of the Sky.
The stamp shown in Figure 4 is shaped like a storm cloud at the top. The design also includes rain and lightning.
Other stamps in this set picture and are shaped like a rainbow, cumulus clouds, the sun, the Earth and other planets.
The booklet will include stickers so that eyes, mouths, hats and other items can be added to the stamps to create individual designs.
Nina Rintala designed the stamps and stickers.
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman talks about the recovery of a block of three 1845 5¢ New York Postmaster’s Provisional stamps taken in an infamous 1977 stamp heist.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.