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A Gross profit in the US
Reported at www.greysheet.com

In mid-June, Robert A Siegel Auction in New York New York has sold key items from the Bill Gross collection, the most complete of United States postage stamp collection ever put together. Over two days some $19.2 million was bid for 317 items at this auction. There were over 370 registered bidders for the sale, 100 unique buyers, and a 100% sell-through rate on all 317 lots in the auction.

The sale’s premier item was an 1868 Benjamin Franklin stamp of a variety for which only 2 known examples exist. It sold for $4.3 million which is the highest price ever paid for a US stamp.

The second most valuable item was an Abraham Lincoln stamp which sold for $2.8 million and was also one of only 2 known.

Of the two stamps, the Lincoln stamp proved to have been the better investment, purchased in 1986 for $190,000 versus the cost of the Franklin stamp for which Mr. Gross traded the plate block of the inverted Jenny in 2005, which cost him $2.97 million.

While the Franklin stamp may have realized a lesser paper profit, it garnered the Gross collection significant publicity since it was the last stamp he needed to give it the stature as the most complete US collection ever, enhancing the provenance of the entire collection.

Bill Gross’s career in asset management garnered him the moniker “bond king” and his role in postage stamps as a collector, investor and a stamp donor of millions of dollars to charity from stamp sales has made him the “Stamp King” as well.

The catalogue for this auction is itself a memorable and valuable resource which can be downloaded at the Siegel website.
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The stamp fairy strikes in Scotland
Reported at https://au.news.yahoo.com

Scotland’s First Minister has been “assured” by his staff there has been no use of publicly funded stamps for the Scottish National Party’s election campaign.

Holyrood officials are currently investigating the potential use of stamps paid for by member’s expenses following a complaint.

Under Holyrood regulations, members are given up to £5,500 annually for stationery and postage costs but are strictly barred from using the cash for party political purposes.

It was reported recently that one SNP staffer had posted in a WhatsApp chat that they had “inherited a lot – and I mean a lot – of second class stamps”.

An individual in Mr Swinney’s office replied: “The stamp fairy is very useful when it comes to campaigns.”
A complaint, apparently from another SNP staffer, suggests stamps had been passed to Westminster candidates to target voters.

Mr Swinney said he had been told by staff there had been no use of the allowance for SNP campaigning.
He went on to describe the message referring to the “stamp fairy” as “humorous remarks made in a WhatsApp channel”.

The ‘stamp fairy’ appears not to have been that useful - SNP are on track to win only 9 of the total 57 seats in Scotland, down from its previous 48 seats in recent UK election.
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Dog days for Royal Mail 1
Reported at https://postandparcel.info

International Distribution Services Limited, the owner of Royal Mail, has been served with an £878 million collective action claim relating to anti-competitive behaviour in the “bulk mail” market.

The claim has been filed on behalf of Bulk Mail Claim Limited. BMCL has been formed for the purposes of bringing the claim on behalf of an estimated 290,000 class members who were overcharged as a result of Royal Mail’s behaviour.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We confirm that we have received an application for a collective proceedings order from an entity called Bulk Mail Claim Ltd which we consider to be without merit and we will defend it robustly.”

Bulk mail is a type of mail typically sent by organisations such as retailers, charities, local authorities, banks, utility companies, advertisers and publishers. It includes bills, council tax statements, bank statements, utility company bills, charity fundraising appeals, advertising mail and some magazine subscriptions.

In 2018, the postal regulator, Ofcom, found that during 2014 Royal Mail engaged in conduct that affected competition in the market for the delivery of bulk mail and had abused its dominant position, in breach of EU and UK law. Ofcom fined Royal Mail £50m.

The proposed claim is for damages resulting from Royal Mail’s breach of competition law. It is brought on behalf of all persons who purchased or paid for relevant bulk mail services at any time after 10 January 2014.

The proposed claim alleges that Royal Mail’s anti-competitive behaviour cut off competition for bulk mail delivery services from 2014 onwards, with the result that senders of bulk mail were overcharged throughout this period. The proposed claim seeks to achieve compensation for this overcharge.

A Bulk Mail Claim spokesperson said “collective claim is the only fair and efficient form of redress in this case, given that there are hundreds of thousands of affected customers and it would be commercially unviable for them to bring individual proceedings.”

A case management hearing to determine next steps in the claim will be held by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
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Dog days for Royal Mail 2
Reported at www.telegraph.co.uk

Royal Mail has celebrated the United Kingdom’s most popular dog breeds in a set of 10 stamps issued in June.
Presented in two horizontal se-tenant (side-by-side) strips of five, the stamps show 10 different breeds of dogs.

The stamps in one of the strips of five are valued at the first first-class rate (currently £1.35), and those stamps in the other strip are valued at the second-class rate (currently 85 pence).

The first-class stamps depict a Siberian husky, Chihuahua, cocker spaniel, Pembroke Welsh corgi and a pug. The second class stamps depict a dalmatian, Jack Russell-type terrier, Labrador retriever, border collie and whippet.

The dogs represented on the 10 stamps exemplify the popularity of different breeds with Britons from a wide variety of demographics.

However, this innocuous seeming new issue has drawn sharp criticism from animal rights campaigners wo have called on Royal Mail to withdraw the stamp featuring a pug, claiming it “glamorises ailing animals”.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) criticised the new dog-themed collection of stamps for including the flat-faced pet, which can often suffer from serious breathing, eye and skin issues because of decades of intensive breeding.

A spokesperson commented, “There is nothing first class about promoting pugs or representations of breathing-impaired dogs.”

Pugs are twice as likely to experience one or more disorders annually as other dogs and can no longer be considered a ‘typical dog’, according to the Royal Veterinary College.

The Kennel Club also discourages potential owners from buying dogs with overly exaggerated features and blamed popular culture for the popularity of these pets.
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Dog days in the US
Reported at www.wdsu.com

A bill that was recently passed during the 2024 Louisiana legislative session will combat pet overpopulation across the state.

The act allows the Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council to design, manufacture, and sell commemorative stamps at the retail level. The proceeds will support spay/neuter programs around the state.

The pet stamp program is modelled on the state's duck stamp program, where duck hunters are required to purchase a stamp each year. The program has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue since its inception in 1988.

“We encourage pet owners and animal lovers to purchase the stamps," said a spokesperson. "The obvious selling point is that the proceeds will benefit spay/neuter programs that are designed to reduce our state's burgeoning pet overpopulation."

The stamps are charity labels and cannot be used as postage stamps.

They will cost a minimum of $15, but the council will also offer first edition, collector's edition, and different sizes to spur additional sales. The council will also oversee an annual contest to determine the pet that will appear on each year's stamp. The entry fees will also be used to subsidize spay/neuter programs. The funds will be awarded each year through grants to Louisiana-based veterinarians and nonprofits.
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Shopping therapy in Malaysia
Reported at https://theedgemalaysia.com

Pos Malaysia, the Malaysian national post and parcel service provider, continues its retail transformation journey with the launch of its latest Pos Shop convenience store.

The new outlet, located within the General Post Office (GPO) in Pahang, marks the 17th Pos Shop to date.

The Pos Shop in GPO Kuantan offers a one-stop shop for the local community, combining post and parcel services with a convenient retail space for daily essentials and a Pos Kafe, where customers can enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee, purchase snacks, beverages and more while waiting for their parcels or before heading to work.

Pos Malaysia aims to open an additional 33 Pos Shop outlets across key states by the end of 2024, bringing the total to 50 outlets nationwide. This strategic move underscores the company’s commitment to providing greater convenience and value to communities across the country.
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Shopping therapy in Australia
Reported at https://www.ipc.be/news-portal

A newly refurbished and contemporary retail space has opened in Burnie, Tasmania, that will offer Australia Post customers a convenient place to access postal services as well as buy products from local small businesses.

The Community Hub [at] Post offers customers the full range of existing services, including free 24/7 parcel lockers for out-of-hours deliveries and greater convenience, banking services through Bank@Post, and all parcel and letter mailing services.

A spokesperson said “the team want to create a welcoming space that meets the diverse needs of the Burnie community, and this refreshed format provides that, while continuing to offer all the essential services customers expect from their local Post Office.

Burnie Post Office is the second Community Hub [at] Post to open and the first in Tasmania.

In the coming months, Australia Post will also open Community Hub locations in Williamstown, Victoria and Noosa Heads, Queensland. The first Community Hub [at] Post was opened in Orange, New South Wales last October.
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Orange blossom therapy in Algeria
Reported at https://www.poste.dz/

The distillation of bitter orange blossom water and flowers is an ancestral tradition that old Algerian families have practiced for centuries.

The regions of Mitidja, as well as some regions in the east of the country have always made their own bitter orange blossom water, which they use especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

This is since these regions are known for their large areas of orange, lemon and mandarin groves, in addition to other types of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and bitter orange.

It is from the bitter orange blossom that they make this nectar that is used everywhere in Algeria, especially for traditional pastries, the famous homemade cakes.

A new issue of Algerian stamps showcases the 4 stages of production, harvesting, pre-drying, distillation and storage.
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Supporting Ukraine
Reported at https://uaf.ua

The Ukraine post office, Ukrposhta, has issued a new stamp dedicated to the national football team's participation in EURO 2024 — "Go, Ukraine!".

In just a few days, the Ukraine national football team will play its first match at EURO 2024, and for a whole month, football fever will grip the entire country.

Ukrposhta, always supportive of significant events in the country's life, has joined the ranks of football fans and, together with the Ukrainian Association of Football, presented the stamp "Go, Ukraine!"

The postage stamp features circular perforation and depicts a football with the Ukrainian Association of Football's logo.

Ukrposhta CEO said "since the beginning of 2001, Ukrposhta has issued over 30 stamps with a football theme. By issuing this stamp, we not only want to support our boys but also invite everyone to cheer for the Ukraine national football team at EURO 2024 together with Ukrposhta."
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Supporting Palestine: Malaysia
Reported at https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com

Malaysia’s Communications Minister has called on Malaysians to support Pos Malaysia’s stamp series commemorating Palestine.

He said this is the third time such a set has been produced by Malaysia in support of Palestine, previously in 1978 and 1982.

“Why now is due to what is ongoing there — for 75 years the Palestinians have been working to establish their country.

The stamp set, named “Palestin Merdeka” or "independent Palestine" in Malay, will be available in all Pos Malaysia branches starting January 18 next year.

“We are also considering, once it has been launched whether we could speak with the non-governmental organisations to organise a campaign to urge for the ceasefire in Gaza now.

“But we will wait, as the situation is now quite dynamic, but no matter what, we will pray for the efforts to stop the war and cruelty that is happening in Palestine,” he added.

The stamp depicts a hand hoisting the Palestinian flag.

The set also comes with a corresponding envelope with a white dove symbolising peace in front of the Palestinian flag.
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In support of women: Spain
Reported at www.sellos8m.com

The Spanish postal operator, Correos, has launched a new addition to its ongoing collection paying tribute to 14 influential women who have led the advances in equality and women’s rights in Spain.

The new stamp features Carmen de Burgos, a ground-breaking Spanish journalist.

The women were chosen according to their role and their contribution to their respective knowledge areas (arts, science, politics, etc.)

All the stamps were designed by Isa Muguruza, a young Spanish illustrator capable of creating a unique universe that empowers, through art, the figure of women.

For the artist, it is a campaign that pays tribute to fourteen characters who have paved the way in feminism and for whom she feels true admiration. All of them are strong, independent, fighters and dreamers.

Correos has organised a touring exhibition which will travel to the main Spanish post offices. The cities were chosen according to the depicted women’s birthplaces, so that locals can pay tribute and acknowledge their work.
Each woman has its own space in the exhibit, showing the original pictures used for the stamps and depicting texts about their lives and work.

Correos claims to have been a pioneer in incorporating women into its workforce and currently, women represent more than 53% of Correos professionals and occupy 55% of intermediate management positions in offices, distribution units and logistics centres.

The history of Correos is marked by milestones of integration and equality. Telégrafos was one of the first services, at the end of the 19th century, to incorporate women into its staff. One of the tribute stamps is devoted to Clara Campoamor, a Correos’ telegraphist, politician and defender of women rights who fought for women’s suffrage in Spain.
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In celebration of Matariki: New Zealand
Reported at https://collectables.nzpost.co.nz

In Māori culture, Matariki is the Pleiades star cluster and a celebration of its first rising in late June or early July. The rising marks the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar.

Since 2022, NZ Post has issued stamps to celebrate Matariki and this year’s issue designed by Shane Henson feature the Te Tūī Kaitiaki – tui is a native NZ bird in the honeyeater family and Kaitiaki is a Maori word suggesting a guardian or protector.

Shane explains: "I am drawn to him (Te Tūī Kaitiaki). As I age, my affection and connection grow. His wairua, brightness and vibrancy for life remind me of what it means to be alive. Live true, live full, live real! Wear your feathers with pride, be bold, be brave, believe. E tōku Tūī Kaitiaki." Each stamp carries reflections of others, observed together, they show the many ancient interconnections of Matariki.

$2.30 Ngā wā onāianei (present) - Share time and space, make memories with loved ones. This is a chance to connect and reconnect as we gather for kai and kōrero, planting seeds of unity and acceptance.

$3.60 Ngā wā o mua (past) - It is time to remember passed loved ones. Acknowledge recent passings and reminisce about those who left us long ago. They are part of us, we are part of them.

$4.30 Ngā wā ā mua (future) - Make positive plans and set goals to embrace. Reach for the stars, gather the light to nourish and sustain oneself for the coming year.

$4.90 Hauora (wellbeing) - This is the time to focus on one’s overall wellbeing - the body, mind and soul. Eat well, exercise regularly, keep warm and secure, ki waho, ki roto (breathe in, breathe out), reflect and refocus.
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In celebration of size: Philippines
Reported at https://www.worldrecordacademy.org

In celebration of the 126th Philippine Independence, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) has launched a postage stamp to commemorate important historical events that marked the start of the journey towards Philippines Independence Day and Nationhood.

The sheetlet strip of three (3) measures 200mm x 35mm, setting the world record for being the World's Longest Postage Stamp, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

"Titled “Philippines: First Republic in Asia”, the sheet let strip of three stamps measures 200 mm x 35 mm and is said to be the first of its kind issued by PHLPost.

“PHLPost immortalized this legacy with a unique stamp underscoring the Philippines as a beacon of liberty, democracy, and republicanism in Asia,” the Post Office said.
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In celebration of excellence: Jamaica
Reported at https://jamaica.loopnews.com

Jamaica Post (the Post and Telecommunications Department and Postal Corporation of Jamaica) has been awarded the coveted Postal Security Gold Certification from the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

The recognition follows a rigorous assessment of Jamaica Post’s security protocols, positioning the nation's postal network among the elite globally for mail safety, and making Jamaica the third country in the region to achieve the milestone.

“Jamaica Post’s attainment of the highest postal security certification aligns with our mission to ensure the utmost safety of all mail items in our care,” said the entity’s Chief Executive Officer.

He affirmed the organisation’s dedication to international security obligations.

“This achievement underscores our commitment to strengthening stakeholder relationships and enhancing confidence in our postal service,” he added.
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New Spanish stamps. Received these on a Postcrossing card on Tuesday.
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Great read as usual MargoZ! If that action against Royal Mail is successful that geezer who recently purchased it may regret it! (Luckily he's "foriegen" :) )
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 06 Jul 2024 19:32 New Spanish stamps. Received these on a Postcrossing card on Tuesday.
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Interesting to see them on cover.
Actually I quite dislike them - there is something quite creepy about them - like women's heads randomly popping out of garden beds :shock:
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OldDuffer1 wrote: 06 Jul 2024 21:12 Great read as usual MargoZ! If that action against Royal Mail is successful that geezer who recently purchased it may regret it! (Luckily he's "foriegen" :) )
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Interesting read, as always Margo. Thanks.

Almost always nice to see stamps being used, and Postcrossing certainly helps that.

Next month Postcrossing will be on yet another stamp, this time out of New Zealand.
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I wonder if the Spanish Women's rights stamp issue has anything to do with the 2023 sexual assault of Jennifer Hermoso (A Football World Cup winner) by Luis Rubiales (President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation)? That is, to create awareness in Spain.

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MargoZ wrote: 06 Jul 2024 21:20 Actually I quite dislike them - there is something quite creepy about them - like women's heads randomly popping out of garden beds :shock:
I agree!

It's a poor design. The designer could have done so much more to raise awareness of women's rights.
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MargoZ wrote: 06 Jul 2024 21:21
OldDuffer1 wrote: 06 Jul 2024 21:12 Great read as usual MargoZ! If that action against Royal Mail is successful that geezer who recently purchased it may regret it! (Luckily he's "foriegen" :) )
Thanks OldDuffer. Maybe it will be a case of a bounced Czech?
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The New Zealand Postcrossing stamp as mentioned by Fairyfoot. Release date is August 7th.
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Kiwi-balloon mail looks good!
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 07 Jul 2024 12:27 The New Zealand Postcrossing stamp as mentioned by Fairyfoot. Release date is August 7th.
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Ha ...so much for kiwis being flightless :o
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I absolutely love just about every one of these countries new stamp releases. I will be writing some of them down for purchase either on Ebay or at GASS or WSH in Boston. Thanks to everyone for posting all the photos of them.

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Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 07 Jul 2024 12:27 The New Zealand Postcrossing stamp as mentioned by Fairyfoot. Release date is August 7th.
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as a Postcrosser, i like this new issue a lot. hope to get it on cover one day 8-)
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