Thursday, January 20

Russia 2022


Date of Issue: 20th January 2022

one stamp (55.- RUB)

This stamp is issued in a sheet of 12 stamps

In Russia, mythology is closely and inextricably linked to pagan culture; it is filled with tales of gods, rituals, and customs. Over the course of history, people had been inventing various mystical creatures to explain the unknown world around them. As time went on, many of the characters took root and became part of the culture of the peoples; they safeguarded, helped to gather a rich crop, to bring prosperity, recover from diseases and donated happiness.

Many of them are described in the narratives of Russian writers. For example, in poem Ruslan and Lyudmila by Aleksander Pushkin we read a passage about a sacred place Lukomorye and fairy tale personages living there: a learned cat, a mermaid, Kashchey, Baba-Yaga, and a warlock.

The postage stamp provides images of fairy tale personages from poem Ruslan and Lyudmila by Aleksander Pushkin.

Tuesday, January 18

Liechtenstein 2022


Date of Issue: 7th March 2022

two stamps (2x 1.80 CHF)

both stamps are issued in a souvenir-sheet of 4 stamps (2 of each)

"The White Woman" is a figure that appears in numerous legends and myths in these parts. As a rule, she appears as a harmless being whom observers see by chance or notice by their having an uneasy feeling. On the stamp, the white woman floats through a field full of mulleins and slowly dissolves into thin air, just as she is said to have done, according to legend, when children encountered her. The mullein stands for fearlessness and protection from evil spirits.

The Liechtenstein alpine region is the setting for many eerie legends. A figure to be found in one such legend is "The Tälibudel". The spirit in dog-like form with fiery red eyes is said to have chased an alpine shepherd out of his hut. The illustration by Liechtenstein artist Eliane Schädler shows the scene of this tale with the fearsome creature in the background.

Wednesday, January 12

Austria 2022


Date of Issue: 7th May 2022

one stamp (1.- €)

Legend of the Waterman of Eisenerz : According to legend, the discovery of the iron deposits at Erzberg is due to the knowledge of a water man. He lived in a grotto northwest of Eisenerz and was captured by the inhabitants near Lake Leopoldstein with the help of a pitch-soaked cloak. To buy his freedom again, he offered "gold for ten years, silver for a hundred years or iron for ever". The clever people of Iron ore are said to have chosen the latter, whereupon the water sprite showed them the ore mountain. After they had convinced themselves of the ore deposits, they released the water sprite and he disappeared into a karst spring, which has since been called Wassermannsloch. source : Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 5

A new logo for PostEurop


 A few weeks ago PostEurop launched their new logo !

I kinda like it. Easy, as I wasn't very found of the old one any way...

Just as a reminder, PostEurop took over from the CEPT the responsibility for issuing EUROPA stamps. 

You can read more about it in the part IV of my Europa stamps' history.

This new logo doesn't have a huge impact for us Europa stamps collectors, as it is not used on Europa stamps issues.

Though, the former logo was used once only (if I'm not wrong). On the second stamp of the 2000 Europa issue of Monaco 

And Belgium used it in the edge of the mini-sheet of their 2003 issue. They did it to celebrate the 10 years of PostEurop.

Saturday, January 1

Best Europa stamps – the collector’s choice 2021 - Grand Final


Best EUROPA Stamps - The Collector's Choice 2021

In cooperation with the "Blog timbré de ma philatélie" the 4th edition of the Best Europa stamps "The Collector's choice" competition was held during 5 weeks, 4 qualification rounds and 1 Grand Final in order to vote for your favourite 2021 Europa stamps issue!

And we have a winner ! :


Austria wins this 4th “Best Europa stamps – the collector’s choice” contest with 34.8% of the votes ! It was a close race and Poland finishes 2nd with 32.6% and the Faroe Islands are 3rd with 29.7% ! :
  • 1. Austria
  • 2. Poland
  • 3. Faroe Islands
  • 4. Slovenia
  • 5. Estonia
  • 6. Czech Republic
  • 7. Madeira
  • 8. Croatia
  • 9. Azerbaijan
  • 10. France
  • 11. Norway
  • 12. Jersey
  • 13. Turkey
  • 14. Åland
  • 15. Russia
  • 16. Belgium

The winner of the 1st edition was Moldova ; Ukraine won the 2nd edition and Denmark won last year.

Announce on the Austrian post philatelic bulletin of March 2022 and on the Austrian post LinkedIn account

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