Philatelic Pursuits: April 2015

Thailand011-rsAnother 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.

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TH-1062: Chinese New Year 2015

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Issue Number:  TH-1062
Issue Name:  Chinese New Year 2015 Postage Stamps
Issue Date:  2015-02-09
Denomination:  5 baht (2 designs)
Designer: Mr. Udorn Niyornthum (Thailand Post Company Ltd.)
Printer:  Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process:  Lithography, multi-color
Quantity of Stamps:  700,000 pieces per design
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet (different design)
Perforation:  unk.
Size:  30 x 40.5mm (Vertical – measured from perforation to perforation)
Details:  “Golden Orange, Red Envelope”: The Fortune of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Stamp symbolizes the orange and ‘Angpao’ red envelope. “Orange” is the most popular fortune fruit for Chinese people as symbol of Chinese New Year. Giving orange represents best wishes to share fortune. Orange represents gold that Chinese often give to each other.

“Angpao” is another symbol of Chinese New Year as red envelope with banknotes. Seniors or people who have jobs will give Angpao to children or relatives who are still young to work. Red envelope also represents fortune and it implies that lives will be full of luck, no longer encounter bad things.

                                                                 ©2015 Thailand Post


TH-1061: Symbol Of Love

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Issue Number:  TH-1061
Issue Name:  Symbol Of Love Postage Stamp
Issue Date:  2015-02-09
Denomination:  5 baht
Designer: Miss Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Ltd.)
Printer:  Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process:  Lithography, multi-color
Quantity of Stamps:  700,000 pieces
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet
Perforation:  unk.
Size:  31 x 31mm (measured from perforation to perforation)
Details:  “Love” The Meaningful Feeling of Relationship

February is full of happiness, showing love and care to persons who we would like to share best wishes. There are a lot of symbols of the day of love or Valentine’s Day. Various gifts or souvenirs that we share to others convey different meanings.

The symbol of love 2015 depicts a rose named “Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn” with perfumed ink to commemorate 60th Anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

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TH-1060: 72nd Anniversary of Kasetsart University

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Issue Number:  TH-1060
Issue Name:  72nd Anniversary of Kasetsart University Commemorative Stamp
Issue Date:  2015-02-02
Denomination:  3 baht
Designer: Mr. Pisit Prasitthanadoon (Thailand Post Company Ltd.)
Printer:  Chan Wanich Security Printing Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process:  Lithography, multi-colored
Quantity of Stamps:  500,000 pieces
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet
Perforation:  unk.
Size:  48 x 30 mm (horizontal – measured from perforation to perforation)
Details:  Kasetsart, The Prosperity of Country

Established in 1918 as training school for primary-level teachers in farming, Kasetsart is the first university that offers agricultural curriculum in Thailand. The institute was expanded and became Kasetsart College and later Kasetsart University. This public university has shared the knowledge “Science of Country” which is the foundation of nation development, covering agriculture, science and technology, social science, and humanity. Kasetsart University supports education, research, academic service, management and provide research center, fieldwork station for students, and Kasetsart Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Special commemorative stamp is issued to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Kasetsart University illustrates the main hall of Bangkhen campus, the place of public recognition.

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TH-1059: National Children’s Day

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Issue Number:  TH-1059
Issue Name:  National Children’s Day 2015 Commemorative Stamps
Issue Date:  2015-01-10
Denomination:  3 baht (5 designs)
Designer: Mr. Thaneth Ponchalwong (Thailand Post Company Ltd.)
Printer:  Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited
Printing Process:  Lithography, multi-colored
Quantity of Stamps:  700,000 per design
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet (different designs – 2 sets)
Perforation:  14.75 x 14
Size:  48 x 30 mm (horizontal – measured from perforation to perforation)
Details:  Local Vehicles of 10 ASEAN Nations

National Children’s Day postage stamp is the consecutive series under ASEAN themes same as the last 2 years.  The theme for 2013 is national costumes while the theme of 2014 is greeting words.  In 2015, the theme is about local vehicles of 10 ASEAN nations illustrated as boys and girls in comic design, presented together with their vehicles.  Different vehicles reflect various cultural identities in ASEAN.  Thailand, on behalf of one of member countries, would like to present the inception of ASEAN Community in year 2015 with this stamps which is comprised of 5 designs as follows:

>Design 1:  Brunei Darussalam:  Water Taxi — Wooden boat with engine.
Cambodia: Cyclo — Tricycle with rear driver seat and front passenger seat

>Design 2: Indonesia: Becak –Modified tricycle taxi for 1-2 passengers
Laos: Mini tricycle — Modified tricycle with engine

>Design 3: Malaysia: Trisikal –Tricycle for 1-2 paassengers with front or side driver seat
Myanmar: Saika –Tricycle taxi for 2 passengers on back-to-back position

>Design 4: Philippines: Jeepney –Passengers can sit with knees up, normally used for transportation purpose
Singapore: San Lu Che –Trishaws for city travelling

>Design 5: Thailand: Tuk-Tuk –Tricycle with engine to replace tricycle prohibited in city areas
Vietnam: Xe Ba –Tricycle with back driver seat and front passenger seat for sightseeing

                                                                 ©2015 Thailand Post

Thailand’s Stamps for 2015

TH2015-1058STAs 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.

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