Saturday, July 26, 2014

20140918 - GREAT BRITAIN

Both images are from the FIRST DAY COVER
Parts of the First Day Cancellation in black can be seen
in the corners of the stamps

Code: GBR-2014-01
Release Date: September 18, 2014
Postal Authority: Royal Mail
Title: Seaside Architecture
Format: Serie of 6 stamps and Minisheet of 4 stamps
Currency: Pound
Design: Why Not Associates
Photos: Lee Mawdsley
Printed by: ISP (Stamps) - Enschede (Minisheet)

Stamp 4 of the serie
97 (0.97 Pound)
Service: International Mail Europe up to 20g or
World outside Europe up to 10g

Lighthouse: Southwold (A-2272)
Stamp 3 of the Minisheet
1.28 Pound
Service: International Letter outside Europe up to 20g

Faux Lighthouse
Ride of the amusement park installed on the pier
named "Helter Skelter"

What appear to be the First Day Cover of the Minisheet shows another lighthouse in the design...

St.Mary´s Lighthouse (Ex A-2748)

Thank you very much Jürgen ( for the information.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

20140808 - ISLE of MAN

Code: IOM-2014-02
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office
Title: The History of Manx Playing Cards
Format: Serie of 6 stamps
Sheets of: 20 stamps
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 32 x 40
Perf: 13
Currency: Pound
Design: EJC Design
Texts: Alison Crellin
Printing Process: Offset Lithography 4 colours
Paper: 110 gms PVA Gummed
Printed by: Lowe Martin

This issue was a surprise.  Stamps of playing cards, and more... lighthouses inside playing cards inside stamps.   The six stamps depict different designs of playing cards.  The central image is the front of the card and the borders in colours, represents how they looked from behind.  A candidate to the bizarre issue of the year.
At this moment, I can identified 2 stamps with the same lighthouse.  But this set deserve a personal look, because I have my doubts about the 75p stamp.  I will update this post,  if necessary.
42p (0.42 pound)
Service: IOM, England and Channel Islands
STD letter up to 100g

Lighthouse: Douglas Head, seen from the sea
110p  (1.10 pound)
Service: Europe Letters range 21-40gs

Lighthouse: Douglas Head, seen from land

Friday, July 11, 2014

20140808 - ISLE of MAN

Code: IOM-2014-01
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office
Title: 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Format: Miniature Sheet with 1 stamp
Dimensions (mm): 110 x 70
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 28 x 42
Perf: 14
Facial / Currency: 3.50 Pound
Design: Isle of Man Advertising / Allison Crellin
Printing Process: Offset Litho 4 colours
Paper: 110 gms
Printed by: BDT
Lighthouse: the miniature sheet depicts the passage of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth through the Panama Canal just in front of one of many lights of this waterway. The design is a collage of images. I can not identified with a 100% of certainty wich one is. Next, I show a posible candidate,  the J-6132 (Leading Light). Or maybe it´s another, but with the same design.
J-6132 (Panama Canal Main West Entrance - Bahia Limon-
Leading Light Front N.4)  (*)
Also, on the cover of the Presentation Pack we have another lighthouse.  In this case is a more familiar.   The view is from the Atlantic entrance to the Canal, and the lighthouse (I draw a circle on it) is the Gatún Northbound Rear.
(*) Photo from Online List of Lights: Thanks Alex.

Friday, July 4, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2014


Code: TOG-2014-02
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Title: Great Painters - Ivan Aivazovsky
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp


Oil Painting: Neapolitan Lighthouse  1842

Sunday, June 29, 2014

20140730 - United States of America

Code: USA-2014-01
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Postal Authority: USPS
Title: 150 Anniversary of Civil War - 2014 issue
Format: 2 se-tenant stamps
Souvenir Sheet of: 12 stamps (6 sets)
Design: Phil Jordan
Mobile Bay Stamp: Painting by Julian Oliver Davidson (1886)
Facial:  Permanent Value "FOREVER" (First Class Mail 1 ounce)

Battle of Mobile Bay stamp
Mobile Point Lighthouse in Fort Morgan
(1822 - 1864)
The available image of the stamp is not clear enough, so until the stamps be released, we can take a look at the original painting.
Sector of the Painting by J.O.Davidson with
a clear view of the lighthouse

Next, two images of the remains of the lighthouse after this battle
from the US National Park Service website

Photo: US National Archives

Photo: US National Archives
I recommend to read about the lighthouses of this area.  It´s a history of construction and destruction (by human and nature).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

20140820 - SOUTH AFRICA

Another image of the Lighthouses of South Africa
This is the full set apparently in the First Day Cover
I really like the style, and I believe that it is a strong candidate to best issue of 2014

THANK YOU Very much to Ravi Ratnapala for this Image
Release Date: August 20, 2014
Postal Authority: South African Post Office
Title: South African Light Houses
Format: Serie of 5 stamps
-Bird Island
-Green Point
-Robben Island
-Cape Agulhas
-Umhlanga Rocks
 and Slangkop in the First Day Cover

Thanks Jaap for the alert.

Friday, June 20, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2014

Code: TOG-2014-01
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Title: 100 Anniv Panama Channel
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thursday, June 19, 2014

20140618 - TURKEY

Code: TUR-2014-02
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Postal Authority: PTT
Title: Official Stamps
Theme: Cultural Assets
Format: 4 stamps
Currency: Turkish Lira - TRY
Lighthouse: Kiz Kulesi
25 Kurus  (0.25 TRY)
1.25 (TRY)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

20140531 - CUBA

Code: CUB-2014-01
Release Date: May 31, 2014
Postal Authority: ECC - Empresa de Correos de Cuba
Title: III International CUBA Cup of Philately and 50 Anniv of the FFC (Cuban Philatelic Federation)
Format: Block with 1 stamp -  Imperforated
Design: Ernesto Gamboa
Lighthouse: Castillo del Morro - La Habana

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

*** More news from CUBA ***
There are no official plan of issues.  All the news are unofficial.  But apparently we will have a new Lighthouses issue in 2014.  
4 stamps with a release date of October 5.

You can check the tentative plan of issue  HERE  (in Spanish)

Thanks to the blog Filatelia desde Cuba for the additional images and info.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Mali 2014

Code: MAI-2014-01
Release: 2014
Title: Whales and Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet with 2 stamps

DOUBTFUL - Guinea Ecuatorial 2014

Code: GUT-2014-01
Release: 2014
Title: Lighthouses of the world
Format: 6 blocks with 1 stamp each

Very, very doubtful.

Thanks Jaap for the alert and the images of this.

Monday, June 2, 2014

20140703 - GERMANY

Code: GER-2014-01
Release Date: July 03, 2014
Postal Authority: Deutsche Post
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 35 x 35
Sheet Dimensions (mm): 210 x 105  (5 x 2)
Currency: Euro - EUR
Design: Prof. Johannes Graf, Dortmund
Photo: Reinhard Scheiblich, Norderstedt
Paper: Coated, white and fluorescent Postwertzeichen paper DP II
Printing Process: Offset Multicolor
Printed by: Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach

45 (0.45 EUR)
Service: Postcard
Lighthouse: Buk
60 (0.60 EUR)
Service: Local Standar Letter 20 grs
Lighthouse: Pellworm

**Thanks Klaus for the alert**

Monday, May 26, 2014

20140522 - TURKEY

Code: TUR-2014-01
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Postal Authority: PTT
Title: Definitives Tourism 2014
Format: 8 stamps
Currency: Turkish Lira - TRY
2.50 (TRY)
Lighthouse: Kiz Kulesi
(Center of the Stamp)
2.50 (TRY)
Fuzzy view of
the Breakwater Heads Lights
of Antalya Old Harbour
Another view of Kiz Kulesi in the First Day Cover

Saturday, May 24, 2014

2013 PDF File - New Version (2.00)

Hello Friends:

A new version of the file with the stamps from the year 2013 is available now.  It was upgraded with the Jamaica 2013 REPRINT and a bunch of Doubtful issues that keep coming and coming...
The file is free and you can download from   HERE
It´s a free hosting service. If you have any problem to download the file from there, you can send me a mail and I will send you a copy. Just put in the subjet "2013 File". No need to write something else.
I hope that this will be useful to you.
We keep in touch.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

20140530 - CROATIA

Code: CRO-2014-01
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Postal Authority: Hrvatska pošta
Title: Lighthouses 2014
Format: Serie of 3 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 48,28 x 29,82
Perforation: 14
Currency: Kuna - HRK
Design: Orsat Franković design, Zagreb
Photos: Andrija Carli
Paper: White 102g, gummed
Printing Process: Offset Multicolor
Printed by: "Zrinski" - Čakovec
Quantity: 100.000 series

2.80 (HRK)
Lighthouse: Palagruža  (ALL E-3586)

5.80 (HRK)
Lighthouse: Struga  (ALL E-3544)
5.80 (HRK)
Lighthouse: Sušac  (ALL E-3538)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This is a very good news.  Lighthouse stamps coming from SPM !
*** No Image Yet ***
Code: SPM-2014-01
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Postal Authority: La poste SPM
Title: Lighthouses
Format: 2 stamps (in se-tenant?)
Printing Method:  Taille-douce !!!
Lighthouse: Pointe aux Canons

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2013

Code: SOL-2013-03
Date: November 29, 2013
Title: Australian Lighthouses
Formar: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.