By Colin Sallee
Our latest Linn’s Buzz gives you a quick look at what's happening in the world of stamp collecting:
Postal services in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam will not be attending the PhilaTaipei World Stamp Championship Exhibition in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.
Taipei Times is reporting is reporting that, though China and Hong Kong were slated to attend, they have canceled as a result of the chilly relations between China and Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, ever since the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) became the ruling party in Taiwan earlier this year.
As for Vietnam?
“Vietnam Post lodged a protest against Chunghwa Post after the latter on May 5 published a set of stamps advocating peace in the South China Sea in a bid to defend the nation’s sovereignty over Itu Aba Island,” Taipei Times reports.
PhilaTaipei is scheduled to take place Oct. 21-25, and is expected to draw the presence of postal services from more than 80 countries.
The Florentine Madonna and Child Christmas forever stamp, along with the Kwanza forever issue, will both hit post offices in early October.
Austria Post is up to their innovative tricks again, as a new issue has been printed on glass.
This adds to the unique list of materials that the Austria Post has already printed stamps on, which includes cork, wood, and Swarovski crystals.