Fleet Air Arm Museum Taranto 80 – Stamp Overprint: 11th to 29th November 2020

The Fleet Air Arm Museum, based at RNAS Yeovilton near Ilchester, Somerset, is delighted to announce the launch of its stamp overprint to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Taranto.

On the night of the 11th/12th November 1940, the Royal Navy readied 21 Fairey Swordfish aircraft for a daring strike against the Italian battle fleet in Taranto Harbour.  Operating from HMS Illustrious in the Eastern Mediterranean (and also with aircraft from HMS Eagle) the attack would be a decisive blow against the Italian Navy, and would be the first attack of its kind to launch an all air attack, using ship borne aircraft, against another shipping target.

Operating at extreme range from the ship, the aircraft faced extensive balloon defences and very heavy anti-aircraft fire, but the crews were still able to press home their attack, sinking or causing significant damage to many of the Italian Navy’s capital ships in the strike. Admiral Andrew Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet 1940said of the attack –  ‘the night of 11 November 1940 should be remembered forever as having shown once and for all, that in the Fleet Air Arm, the Navy has its most devastating weapon.’

To mark the anniversary, the Museum in Partnership with Royal Mail, will launch one overprint from its Post and Go kiosk (A003). The kiosk will overprint ‘Taranto 80’ and a Swordfish graphic onto the stamp design.

Post & Go machines issue traditional British postage stamps that have been adapted to serve a new generation. The stamps are capturing the interest of stamp collectors and enthusiasts worldwide at a phenomenal rate. They are currently available from dozens of fixed locations in the UK, all of which have similar Post and Go kiosk dispensers.

The overprints, due to be available from the 11th of November until the 29th of November 2020, will be accessible from kiosk A003 – housed within the Museum’s Gift Shop, open to both visitors to the main Museum and members of the general public alike.

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 www.guernseystamps.com 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 www.jerseystamps.com or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717. Registration for Virtual Stampex is open now at https://stampex.vfairs.com/

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.