Guernsey to launch new post & go overprint for Virtual stampex

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces that it will vend Post & Go stamps with the new overprint ‘Virtual Autumn Stampex 2020’, at the forthcoming edition of the expo. The stamps will depict Guernsey’s colourful Bailiwick Fishing Boat designs, which were released in February this year.

To mark the launch of the exhibition, the philatelic bureau’s GG02 Envoy House unit will vend the new Stampex overprint from 1-3 October 2020; these will be available to purchase via the website or direct from the bureau. Pre-orders will be available from 15th September.

Bridget Yabsley, head of Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau, explained: – “We are excited to be involved in the world’s first virtual international stamp show, which the Philatelic Traders’ Society has organised in lieu of this year’s event in London. It looks set to be a great event, bringing together everyone from the world of philately.

“Guernsey Post is one of over 100 participants involved and will take part in the ‘live’ online event on 1 and 2 October, although our virtual booth will remain open for our customers to visit throughout October.”

The stamps: –
GY Letter – Ceralia, GU29
The Ceralia, along with numerous other boats, operates out of Bordeaux Harbour, a small, picturesque harbour found in the north east of Guernsey. She is owned by Mike Scrimshaw, for whom fishing has been a big part of his life, including working full-time as a fisherman.

GY Large Letter – Odilia, GU388.
The Odilia, which is owned by Paul Arnold who has been fishing for over 30 years, moors and operates from Grande Havre, a natural harbour with stunning beaches including Les Amarreurs.

UK Letter – Little Sister GU138.
Little Sister is a small fishing boat, which moors in the inner area of Les Amarreurs Bay. Bass, plaice, bream, mullet and more are readily available in the waters accessed from this large inlet.  She is owned by John Niles, who became involved through his family and says that the best part of fishing in Bailiwick waters is the magnificent views from the boat.

UK Large Letter – Amber Dawn, GU98.
Owned by fisherman Damien Albin, Amber Dawn moors in Perelle Bay in St Saviour on the West coast of Guernsey. This part of Guernsey’s southwest coastline provides excellent fishing waters with its deep-water gullies and reefs.

EURO Letter – Sandra J, GU301.
A fisherman all of his life, Sandra J’s owner, Adrian Brache, has also fished commercially for the past 15 years. His is one of many fishing vessels that operate from St Peter Port harbour and the Fish Quay.

ROW Letter – Carina, GU113.
The Carina also operates out of St Peter Port in Guernsey. She is owned by fisherman Jordan De Carteret, who changed his career so that he could enjoy the sea and beautiful coastlines. Along with his dog Biff, Jordan heads to the waters around the tiny but beautiful island of Sark in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where he fishes for lobster.

Jersey Post & Go overprint for first virtual international stamp show

A special overprint celebrating the world’s first virtual international stamp show will be available on Jersey Post & Go stamps next month.

From 1 – 3 October, Coastal Flowers stamps vended from Jersey Post’s JE03 Post & Go kiosk will feature the overprint: Virtual Autumn Stampex 2020. A limited number of collectors’ strips featuring the overprint will be available to order online or through the bureau.

Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2020 is the first ever virtual international stamp show. It will be live 24 hours a day from 1 – 3 October, bringing together postal administrations, dealers, auction houses, societies, specialists and collectors from all over the world, enabling collectors to enjoy all they have to offer from the comfort of their homes.

“We’re extremely excited to have a booth at this innovative philatelic event and feel it only fitting we should mark the occasion with a special Post & Go overprint,” comments Rachel MacKenzie, Philatelic Marketing Manager at Jersey Post. “We are very much looking forward to reconnecting with philatelic collectors and colleagues and making new connections, albeit in a different format, in October.”

Jersey Post’s JE03 series kiosk is located at Jersey Post Headquarters at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour. Collectors’ strips are available to order at or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717. Registration for Virtual Stampex is open now at

Estonian Post to launch first stamp vending machine in the Ülemiste centre

Estonias first stamp vending machine is set to launch on September 1st in the Ülemiste shopping centre. The vending machine will offer stamps in 4 different designs and price categories.

Kärt Kõiva, project manager of new business solutions at Estonian Post, says the stamp vending machine will be first of its kind in the region. „Throughout the year the machine will offer 4 different stamps which depict different beautiful locations in Estonia. During winter holidays a special Christmas or winter-themed stamp will also be available,“ said Kõiva.

Vending machine will offer stamps in 4 price categories – 0,90€ for standard domestic letter, 1,75€ for domestic maxi letter (up to 250g), 1,90€ for international standard letter or 4,85€ for international maxi letter (up to 250g).

The first stamp depicts Old Town of Tallinn – a well known UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second, in contrast, shows Tallinn’s downtown with modern high-rise buildings. Two other designs carry photos from Estonia’s second biggest island, Hiiumaa. First one titled “Summer eve in Hiiumaa” focuses on Kukka windmill and the latter a sunset near Tahkuna lighthouse. Photos on the stamps were taken by photographs Kaupo Kalda and Krister Rajandu.

Along with the stamp series a First Day Cover with the according design will be available for pre-ordering in Omniva online store from August 18. The FDC is priced 4,45€ and comes with a special “Külasta Eestit” (Visit Estonia in Estonian) stamp. All the pre-ordered products will be shipped from September 1st.

All stamps sold from the Ülemiste stamp vending machine will carry a unique serial number beginning with EE01 and stamps from online store will begin with EE04.

Stamp vending machine offers a fast and convenient solution to acquire stamps without the need to visit post office or other service point. Self-service based vending machine can be operated in different languages and is therefore extremely convenient also for tourists who are travelling from nearby Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport.

The Postal Museum launches public call out for letters, cards, parcels and packaging from Lockdown

Lockdown Post: a letter, handmade face covering and mail art envelope © Rehana Gittens

The Postal Museum are searching for letters, envelopes, greetings cards and packaging from Lockdown – the latest chapter in the 500-year old story of postal services in the UK. The museum, which opened in 2017, explores British social and communications history as seen through the eyes of its iconic postal service.

Now, they are seeking donations of items from across the UK, to add to the museum’s collection, telling the story of Lockdown through items sent and received in the post since March.

Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, said:

“Postal networks have long been a part of our social infrastructure, but the COVID-19 emergency has created new and different meanings to the purpose and value of the post. We want our museum collections to reflect how postal operations have changed to deal with the pandemic, how people are using the post to maintain personal relationships and the importance of the post to the economy.

Our museum might be based in London, but our collections represent the whole of the country, so we want to reach far and wide to capture how the post is connecting people across the UK and the world at this moment in time.”

The museum are looking for the public to submit offers of donations and a selection will be collected across three areas:

Letters and envelopes: The museum are looking for letters, whatever the content, and where possible envelopes particularly those that have been personalised with mail art sent since March 2020.

Greetings cards: Cards reflect how the post has helped us mark special occasions without us being able to meet in person and many new designs have been created that respond to major world events in 2020.

Parcels and packaging: Businesses have used the post to continue trading during the pandemic. One box can tell many stories, from the innovation of a company and the changing buying habits of consumers, to the personal impact receiving items had on someone in lockdown from supplies to gifts.

The project, COVID-19 and the Post, will provide a vital resource to understand the changing uses and the importance of the post in this unprecedented time. It is the first phase of an ongoing project collecting objects and personal accounts to reflect the shifting relationships people have with the post and the impact on postal and delivery workers.

You can submit an item to donate to The Postal Museum on their website: