Another month gone and this one went by very quickly indeed! I was on holiday for much of April due to the Thai New Year (Songkran) occurring mid-month and my language school students canceled most of their lessons in order to enjoy the nationwide bout of laziness. Even my local postman took a couple of weeks of vacation during which we had no home mail delivery as Thailand Post has severe manpower shortages; upon his return, I received a HUGE stack of mail with plenty of new stamps to add to my collection.
Issue Number: TH-1063
Issue Name: Red Cross 2015 Commemorative Stamp
Issue Date: 2015-03-30
Denomination: 3 baht
Designer: Mrs. Parichart Thatsanatheb (Thailand Post Co., Ltd.)
Printing Process: Lithography, multi-color
Quantity of Stamps: 800,000 pieces per design
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet
Size: 30 x 48mm (Vertical – measured from perforation to perforation)
Details: Celebration of the 60th Birthday Anniversary of the Patron, Director of Thai Red Cross
This year , Thai Red Cross commemorative stamp represents the royal portrait of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in Red Cross uniform. She has been appointed by H.M. The King to be the patron, Director of Thai Red Cross since 1977 when she was 22 years old. She has closely supervised and developed activities of Thai Red Cross to ensure prompt support for people who suffer from accidents. She has contributed herself to activities with determination, visiting victims of environmental disasters. She sacrifices a lot to contribute to Thai Red Cross Society until now. The stamp depicts the Princess’s royal portrait wearing Thai Red Cross Society uniform.
©2015 Thailand Post
As I write this on January 1st, the first of Thailand’s stamp issues for 2015 is scheduled for release. It is a public holiday and the local post office is closed so I will attempt to purchase my copies of the stamp and first day cover tomorrow. This first issue, 1058 in Thailand Post’s numbering scheme, is the annual Chinese zodiac issue for the Year of the Goat in a completely new design as the previous twelve releases in this series. One of the things I love about collecting Thai new issues is the low face value – most stamps are either three or five baht so an entire sheet of ten or twenty can be purchased for less than US $2.00. A full set of single stamps and first day covers for the entire year will run less than $50, judging on what has been announced so far.
Back in the late 1990’s, one of my main collecting specialties was in the stamps and postal history of the Åland Islands, a small group situated between Sweden and Finland. That collection is long gone, but I still pay attention to the territory’s new releases. Åland released a single Christmas stamp on 9 October 2014 entitled “Emma’s Christmas Dream,” designed by Emelie Hage. The press release provides extra details: