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Canada: The War of 1812: Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry

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The War of 1812: Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry

The War of 1812: Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry

June 20, 2013
Article published in
For the British and Canadians, and their First Nation allies, the second year of the War of 1812 brought a few defeats and some notable victories. Americans invaded the Niagara Peninsula and marched on Montréal. The battle successes of Brock, Tecumseh and others in 1812 were in jeopardy. Some communities in southern Ontario that saw fighting the previous year were now witnessing an American occupation of Canadian territory. The challenges of 1813 spawned heroes and heroines who, through cunning and personal acts of bravery, changed the course of the war.
In May 1813, American soldiers captured Fort George, taking control of both sides of the Niagara River. In occupied Queenston, American officers billeted themselves in the household of a local woman, Laura Secord. On the evening of June 21, Secord learned of a secret plan of attack that convinced her to travel more than 30 kilometres to warn British, Canadian and First Nation forces.
Her renowned journey took her through fields, ditches and underbrush to avoid the roads where American sentries stood watch. After 17 hours of difficult travel, she finally reached an encampment of First Nation warriors who brought her to British Lieutenant FitzGibbon.
The information Secord disclosed proved vital, contributing to the ambush and defeat of the American forces at the Battle of Beaver Dams. The house she left in the early morning of June 22 is pictured on the Official First Day Cover.
A few months later, on October 21, 22 and 23, Canada faced another American invasion when approximately 4,000 American soldiers crossed the border near Montréal. Forces under Lieutenant-Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, outnumbered, prepared defenses to meet the Americans near Allen’s Corner, Quebec.
Between the river and thicket-covered swamp, de Salaberry’s soldiers constructed defences of fallen trees called abatises. As the battle unfolded, de Salaberry took advantage of momentary confusion in American ranks. He signaled his men to erupt in calls, which gave the Americans the impression that a far larger force was joining the battle and caused them to withdraw.
Stamp designer Susan Scott led the charge on this year’s issue with Secord and de Salaberry. Scott strove to highlight the connections in these heroic stories through the background of the stamps. The landscape, which merges directly at the perforation when the stamps are side by side, shows a summer forest for Secord’s June adventure toward Beaver Dams and an early fall for de Salaberry’s October victory. Scott mirrored fallen trees representing de Salaberry’s abatises on the left of the perforation with a beaver dam on the right, recalling Secord’s destination.
Challenged with maintaining historical accuracy and capturing these courageous acts, Scott turned to costume experts, while injecting some drama into the stamps.
“We wanted to show de Salaberry in his Voltigeurs uniform, young, as he would have been during the battle, and without his medals – he hadn’t earned them just yet.”
For Secord, Scott explains, “Everybody knows Secord and her white cap but it’s very hard to make someone look heroic with that cap.” The result? Secord’s hair peeks out, ruffled, from under the headpiece, recalling her arduous trek.

Stamp Specifications
  • Date of Issue: June 20, 2013
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ domestic rate
  • Design: Susan Scott
  • Dimensions: 39.5 mm x 32 mm
  • Gum Type: P.V.A.
  • Illustration: Suzanne Duranceau, Susan Scott
  • Paper Type: Tullis Russell
  • Perforations: 13+
  • Printer: Canadian Bank Note
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
  • Tagging: 3 sides
  • Quantity: 1,600,000

SOURCE: www.canadapost.ca
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Canada: 250 Years of Postal History

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250 Years of Postal History

250 Years of Postal History 

June 10, 2013
In 1753, Philadelphia Postmaster Benjamin Franklin was promoted to joint deputy postmaster general for the British colonies and opened the first Canadian post office in Halifax to link the Atlantic colonies with Britain. But eventually, Franklin’s involvement with the growing revolt against the British Empire made it necessary for him to leave his post.
Hugh Finlay was confirmed as postmaster general at Québec on June 10, 1763. The ambitious Finlay arranged for a courier from Montréal to New York to reach the monthly packet sailing to Britain. By 1771, weekly service was available year round. His innovations earned a profit for the British Post Office Department, which paid Finlay a fifth of gross receipts.
In 1833, the Quebec-built Royal William was the first steamer to carry mail across the Atlantic. Canada’s first railway line was established in 1836, and became quickly recognized as a way to carry mail faster and farther. In 1840, Samuel Cunard’s new steamer Britannia transported mail between Liverpool and Halifax. Following Confederation on July 1, 1867, postal systems from Halifax to Fort William, on Lake Superior, amalgamated. And on April 1, 1868, An Act for the Regulation of the Postal Service officially created Canada’s uniform postal system.
Stamp designer Andrew Perro notes the challenge of depicting such a long, detailed history. “Realizing 250 years of Canadian postal history on a stamp is like trying to summarize it in one sentence – not easily done. Instead, the design focuses on the system’s early establishment and how it helped to shape Canada’s future.”
Stamp Specifications
  • Date of Issue: June 10, 2013
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Québec, Quebec
  • Denomination: 1 x Permanent™ domestic rate
  • Design: Andrew Perro
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 24 mm (horizontal)
  • Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
  • Paper Type: Tullis Russell
  • Perforations: Simulated perforation
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
  • Tagging: General, 4 sides
  • Quantity: 1,350,000

SOURCE: 250 Years of Postal History - www.canadapost.ca
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Canada: Motorcycles

Canada: Motorcycles - Canada Post


June 5, 2013

The Canadian landscape is built for motorcycles. Think of freedom and exploration. Think of where the road meets expansive prairies, jagged mountains and dense boreal forests. Think of riding into the horizon without a windshield coming between you and each new vista.
In turn, Canadians have built motorcycles for the landscape. A total of 21 different brands have travelled with riders, carried competitors across finish lines, served alongside police officers and supported soldiers overseas.
The first motorcycles, like the Lightweight Motor Cycle built by the Canadian Cycle and Motor Company (CCM), drew inspiration from the freedom afforded by early automobiles. Among the few motorcycles CCM produced, the 1908 model featured on the stamp sported a Swiss-designed engine that could be installed on any conventional bike frame.
Four years later, the Indian, represented here by the 1914 model, met with widespread commercial success. Massachusetts-based Hendee Manufacturing Co. – later known as the Indian Motorcycle Company – built the bikes at a factory on Toronto’s Mercer Street. The Indian became the bike of choice for Canadian racer “Wild  Joe” Baribeau, winning him provincial and national racing championships. Impressed by the abilities of the Indian, Canadian police departments began ordering the bike for their own motorcycle corps.
Matt Warburton of Emdoubleyu Design drew on his personal passion for motorcycles to design these stamps. “I’ve been a motorcyclist all my life,” explains Warburton. “My Dad got me into motorbikes. It was my Dad’s love of motorcycles that got me interested in them as a young boy. He was incredibly excited and proud about these stamps.”
Warburton chose to keep the design simple, focusing on the motorcycle itself. “I wanted to capture the structural beauty of a motorcycle, the design of the bikes, the beauty of the shapes of the engines, body and tanks.”
The result is a stamp that highlights two views of the bike. The most prominent is the top view of the rider, the other is of the bike’s profile. The Official First Day Cover shows off even more of the profile, while the background gets up close to the engines.
However, there’s more to Warburton’s design than just the beauty of the motorcycle. He explains that motorcycles represent a broad range of interests including sports, transportation, recreation and pastime – and he wanted the design to appeal to all of them. “Motorcycles mean different things to different people, but the basic elements of an engine and two wheels are what connect every enthusiast,” he says.
In addition to the photographs of classic bikes, Warburton chose a postmark based on a famous poster from World War II. “I wanted to leave Canadians with a sense of pride in the rich history we have of Canadian-built motorcycles.”
This issue featuring the 1908 Lightweight Motor Cycle and the 1914 Indian is the first in a series dedicated to Canadian motorcycle manufacturing and design.

Stamp Specification

  • Date of Issue: June 5, 2013
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Port Dover, Ontario
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ domestic rate
  • Design: Matthew Warburton (Emdoubleyu Design)
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
  • Illustration: Mark Pilon
  • Paper Type: Tullis Russell
  • Perforations: Simulated perforation
  • Photography: Paul Joseph
  • Printer: Canadian Bank Note
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
  • Tagging: General, 4 sides
  • Quantity: 3,500,000

SOURCE:  www.canadapost.ca
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Orchids of Papua New Guinea

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Orchids of Papua New Guinea

Orchids of Papua New Guinea

An orchid is a member of the Orchidaceae family, the largest group of all living flowers. There are at least 25,000 different species of orchids, with probably thousands more that remain unknown or unclassified.
Horticulturists have also created over 100,000 hybrids for commercialization, as orchids are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Of the nearly eighty species of Dendrobium orchids, Dendrobium nobile is probably the most notable.
This orchid has been highly valued and used in traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times and is still widely grown for this purpose today. Post PNG Ltd is pleased to amuse its collectors again with this remarkable issue featuiring Dendrobium Orchids mostly found in and around the coastal areas of Papua New Guinea.

Dendrobium gouldii Reichb.f Found growing throughout the islands and mainland of New Ireland Province. Grows on large established trees over hanging the sea and rivers. Also grows inland on rock cliff faces
K1.30 - Dendrobium lineale var. Kui Island Blue. Very abundant and common along the coast of Papua New Guinea. Grows on mangroves and mature trees along the coastline and on some islands where it grows on boulders washed daily by salt water spray.
K6.00 - Dendrobium mirbelianum Gaudich. Found in every coastal province. Widely distributed and common orchid throughout Papua New Guinea. Grows along the coast as well as inland on trees in open woodland and rainforest areas.
K8.70 - Dendrobium sp. aff. D. cochiliodes Schltr. This species is found growing in the mountains of the Morobe Province on trees in the cool moist forested areas of Finschafen.
K10.00 - Dendrobium mussauense P.Ormd. A native to the Mussau island group of New Ireland Province. Usually found growing on coastal mangrove swamp areas and trees along rivers
K1.30 - Dendrobium sp. aff. D. gouldii Reichb.f. Found growing on the coastal islands off New Irelands Province. Grows on large trees in open exposed positions along the coast and inland.
K1.30 - Dendrobium sp.aff.D. conanthum Schltr. Found growing in the mountainous areas of the Central Province. Grows in moss and rainforests in a semi shaded cool protected position.

K6.00 - Dendrobium lineale. Found in Wewak, East Sepik Province. Grows on mangroves and mature trees
along the coastline and on some islands where it grows on boulders washed daily by salt water spray.

K8.70 - Den. carronii Lavarack & P.J. Cribb. Found growing from Cape York in Australia through to Western Province and isolated pockets of Melaleuca swamp in the Central Province of Papua New Guinea.

Stamp Size:
 40mm x 30mm
K1.30, K1.30, K6.00 & K8.70
Sheetlet; K17.30
Souvenir Sheet; K10.00
Quantity Printed:
126, 000 Stamps
Sheet Contents:
25 Stamps
Full Colour Process
 102 gsm
 Unwatered mark, PVA Gummed
Printing Technique:
 Multi Colour Offset Lithography
 Peter Apa, Post PNG Philatelic_Production
 Henan Post Printing Factory, Zhengzhuo. China
Issue Date:
 3rd July, 2013
Withdrawal Date:
 3rd July,, 2015

SOURCE:  © 2005Post PNG Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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Russia: Weapon of the Victory. Warships

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 Weapon of the Victory. Warships

Weapon of the Victory. Warships 

The course of military actions during the Great Patriotic War has shown that the Military Maritime Fleet of the USSR coped with whole variety of assigned tasks. It has assisted to the troops of the Soviet army in executing operations in the maritime directions and performed independent combat operations on the break-down of adversary’s water communications as well as the dependence of its routes of communication.     
The postage stamps depict the following ships:

Red Banner mine sweeper “Mina”. (Price: 10 P.)

Mine sweeper “Mina” took part in the landing operations in 1942 in Alushta, in 1943 in South Ozereika and other combat operations. The mine sweeper was awarded the title of Red Banner for successful combat actions, courage and bravery of the military personnel. 
 Guard escort ship “Metel”. Weapon of the Victory. (Price: 12 P.)
The escort ship “Metel” maintained a patrol on the approaches to the main base of fleet, convoyed landing and transport ships, launched an assault into enemy’s bases and ports. On August 26, 1945 the Escort ship “Metel” was awarded the title “Guard”.

Guard armored boat BKA-75. (Price: 15 P.)
In 1942 the armored boat BKA-75 participated in battles for Stalingrad. In spring and in summer of 1943 BKA-75 convoyed caravans of transport and at the end of the year it took part in a famous Kerch-Eltigen landing operation.  

Red Banner gun vessel “Usyskin”. (Price: 20 P.)
Gun vessel “Usyskin” was included into the Volga fleet. It was awarded the title of Red Banner for the participation in the defense of Stalingrad.

Two illustrated covers are prepared to the issue: three-leaved cover consists of four postage stamps and a small sheet, FDC with cancellation; four-leaved cover consists of five small sheets. 

Date: 8th May 2013
Design: A. Drobyshev.
Face value: 10, 12, 15 and 20 rubles.
Size of stamps: 65х32,5 mm.
Form of issue: sheets with illustrated margins of 15 (3х5) stamps.
Circulation: 465 thousand pieces of each stamp (31 thousand sheets).

SOURCE: www.rusmarka.ru
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Australia: Australian Pardalotes

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