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Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00

Submarine on stamps

Until quite recently stamps depicting submarines were few and far between. The first was the Romanian submarine Delfinul depicted on a 1+1 lei stamp of 1936. The 1.50z, in the set issued by the Polish government in December 1941 featured the submarine Orzel.

The lowest value of the second set, the 5gr of 1943 recalls the valour of the Polish crew which attacked a U-boat.

A Greek 2000dr stamp of 1946 shows the capture of the Italian sub Perla.

To celebrate Heroes Day (March 21, 1943) Nazi Germany issued a set of 12 stamps, the value 3+2pf showed a Type VIIA U-boat.

Other stamps featuring subs include the Sakarya, on a Turkish stamp of 1949 , the Surcouf, on a 500f stamp of St Pierre and Miquelon in 1962, the Russian-built sub Nanggala, on a 30r stamp of 1964, the Piri Reis, on a Turkish 60 kurus of 1965, the sub Ghazi, on a 50 paisa stamp of 1968, France's first nuclear sub, on a 70c of 1969, the Soviet N class sub on a Russian 20k stamp of 1970 and the sub Krasnogvardeets on the 6k stamp of 1973.

The Nautilus was the first sub to reach the North Pole (August 1958). This feat was celebrated by a 4c stamp in 1959.

Several issues from IGPC countries in recent years have consisted of sheetlets and matching souvenir sheets. The latest is a pair of sheetlets of six $2 stamps, six individual stamps and two souvenir sheets from Antigua and Barbuda.

Published in Thematics
Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00

Tutankhamun on stamps

It was on November 4, 1922 that the expedition led by Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.

It wasn’t until 1959 that Tutankhamun featured on an Egyptian stamp on a 20m value. Then, in 1964, the young King appeared on a 500m value and his family on a 10m brown and blue. In 1967 a statue of ‘Tut’ was on a 115m. In 1972 Royal Mail issued a 3p stamp in a general anniversaries set. The London-based exhibition had its own postmark (the first day of issue was April 26, 1972) and there was also a slogan mark proclaiming ‘TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM’.

The 50th anniversary saw Egypt releasing a set of four and a large 200m airmail sheet featuring the head of Tutankhamun. As well as that the ‘rogue state’ of Ajman in 1971 issued a 50th anniversary sheet with 16 different designs.

The Central African Empire issued a set of eight ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ stamps in 1978.

Published in Thematics