These may be my favorite new design for 2011. I’ll let the design within the stamps speak for itself. See all the new stamps at Beyond The Perf’s 2011 Preview.
Monthly Archives: December 2010
I thought this news was interesting from a purely philatelic perspective. Why Palestine would issue a Christmas stamp is a mystery to me and I don’t have an opinion on the political implications of the stamp, but it occurs to me that I’ve never seen any Palestinian stamp, so that is very interesting indeed.
Of course, these stamps are issued by the Palestinian National Authority which does have a short postal history going back to 1994. The PNA maintains relations with the Universal Postal Union, though it is not a member. Initially, PNA stamps were recognized only by Arab states, with foreign delivery made via commercial agreements with Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. Pre-Israel Palestinian postage did exist, going back to antiquity. In fact, Postal services in the region were first established in the Bronze Age, during the rule of Sargon of Akkad, and successive empires have established and operated a number of different postal systems over the millennia.
Or perhaps, have the gotten thinner? The answer is yes, and this article explains why.
A bit of fun for Christmas Eve…
Nanotechnologists at the University of Glasgow have created a Christmas card so small that it could fit on to the surface of a (presumably UK) postage stamp 8,276 times. Original story here.
I admit that I did not send out as many cards as Diane and Bob Cowan of of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, but I tried to use holiday themed stamps and hand sign every one. However, I agree with Bob entirely when he says, “The Internet is OK, but I like to see things, touch things, smell things.”
How many cards did you send out this year?
Original story link here.
OhMyGov.com suggests that the US Postal Service outfit mail trucks with sensors for local weather, road conditions, and detection of chemical or radiological agents for homeland security.
I think this is a really interesting idea, but I also wonder what administrative functions could be performed from mail trucks. For example, in my old neighborhood, the electric company doesn’t get out and read meters anymore. They drive by in trucks and the data is transmitted via radio signal from the meter to the data collection vehicle. Since mail trucks go to every address (more or less), could they perform utility functions like this to save money for other municipal agencies?
What do you think?