Air New Zealand seeks to identify young girls on stamps

new zealand air nz 250 stamp 2015
new zealand air nz 140 stamp 2015New Zealand Post has issued a series of five commemorative stamps celebrating Air New Zealand’s 75th birthday. The New Zealand flag carrier is searching for three young girls whose images are depicted on two of the stamps. If you were a young girl in New Zealand in the 1940s, 1950s or 1970s and had your picture taken on or near an aircraft, Air New Zealand would like to hear from you.

One stamp features a photo believed to be taken in 1977 of two young girls on board an aircraft being looked after by a member of the cabin crew.

Another has a toddler holding hands with New Zealand National Airways Corporation’s (NAC) first ground hostess Margaret Gould.

Air NZ head of global brand development Jodi Williams suspects the three youngsters are likely to be relatives of former staff. Unfortunately, Williams says company records have no record of who there three girls are.

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Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, whose dominance literally changed the rules of basketball, has become the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first player to be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp with not one, but two, oversized Forever Stamps.

“When it came to determining the first NBA player to be honored on a stamp, Wilt Chamberlain was a slam dunk,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Tom Marshall. At 7ft. 1 in., ‘the Big Dipper’s’ physical stature, athleticism and talent helped him to dominate the NBA and to put an indelible mark on the NBA record books. We decided to portray his dominance on the court with two towering Forever stamps depicting Wilt in the uniforms of two of the NBA teams for which he played. Each are twice the size of the original Forever Stamp — the Liberty Bell. And what better place to dedicate Wilt’s stamps than his hometown — the City of Brotherly Love.”

The stamps, just over 2 inches tall each, are a third to twice the size of a typical commemorative stamp height. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA superstar. One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform; the other is based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. The word “Wilt” is featured in either the top right or left corner of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps.

As a center, Chamberlain dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. He led his teams to two NBA championships and in 1962, scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.

The Big Dipper’s Legacy

Born Aug. 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Chamberlain excelled in track and field, but basketball eventually became his sport of choice. By the time he was 10, Chamberlain was six feet tall. He was nearly unstoppable at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School, scoring more than 2,200 total points, a Pennsylvania record. People began calling him “Wilt the Stilt,” and “The Big Dipper,” possibly because his height sometimes forced him to dip under doorways. He preferred the latter nickname.

He attended the University of Kansas where he averaged 29.9 points and 18.3 rebounds per game before turning pro in 1958. Chamberlain spent a season with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Philadelphia Warriors.

During his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors, he averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds per game to win both the league’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards. Chamberlain led the NBA in scoring his first seven seasons, and on March 2, 1962, during a game against the New York Knicks in Hershey, PA, scored an NBA record 100 points — a monumental feat that has not been matched since.

The Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962, and in 1965 Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1966–67, Chamberlain led the 76ers to an NBA record 68 regular-season wins and an NBA title.

In 1968, Philadelphia traded Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers. His winning ways continued in L.A. In 1971–72, he led the Lakers to a stellar 69–13 regular-season record — the best regular-season mark in NBA history — and an NBA title. L.A. won the championship that year, defeating the Knicks in five games in the NBA finals. Chamberlain, who was nursing a broken bone in his hand, captured the series MVP Award. Like the ’66–’67 76ers, the ’71–’72 Lakers are still considered one of the best NBA teams of all time.

When the 13-time NBA All-Star retired in 1973, he held a record number of NBA records, including most total points (31,419), average points per game (30.1), total rebounds (23,924) and rebounds per game (22.9). He won the NBA MVP Award four times (1960, 1966–68), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary season, Chamberlain was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History.

The Wilt Chamberlain Limited Edition Forever stamps, are available in sheets of 18 stamps.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Retail Manager
Philadelphia Metropolitan District
3190 South 70th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19153-3244

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2015.

Ordering First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are 10 philatelic products available. In addition to the stamps and the First Day Cover, there is framed art, die cut sheets, digital postmarks and other products. For more information, visit

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canada-wait-for-me-daddy-2014A spontaneous burst of affection and excitement, frozen in time by a newspaper photographer's lightning-fast reflexes, the "Wait for Me Daddy" photograph became famous to a generation. Now, 74 years later and in time for Remembrance Day, Canada Post has again captured the moment the shutter was snapped, with a commemorative stamp featuring the photograph, accented with poppies.

The story behind the photograph is as remarkable as its enduring power as a poignant symbol of home- front sacrifice in the Second World War. On October 1, 1940, Private Jack Bernard and other volunteers in The British Columbia Regiment Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles were marching smartly down Eighth Street in New Westminster to board a ship and sail off to war. Suddenly, Bernard's five-year-old son broke free of his mother's grasp and sprinted into the military formation to take his smiling father's hand. In that instant, an alert Vancouver Daily Province photographer, Claude Dettloff, snapped the shutter. Soon, his unforgettable image of little Warren "Whitey" Bernard was being printed by leading publications throughout North America. It was later used in Canada's war bond drives with the plea, "help bring my Daddy home."

"It is an honour to recognize this historic photograph, which touched so many Canadians during a global and prolonged conflict that touched and changed countless families," says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. "It's a reminder that wars are hard not only on people who serve in uniform or overseas, but also on their loved ones, safe at home on our country's soil."

Today, Warren "Whitey" Bernard, in his 80th year, lives in Tofino, B.C. He is retired after serving in local politics as an alderman, councillor and mayor of Tofino, following many years with a successful business career. His father did survive the war.

About the Stamp

The Wait for Me Daddy Permanent stamp measures 29 mm x 36 mm. The stamps are printed by Canadian Bank Note company on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in six colours. The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in New Westminster, British Columbia. The stamps are available in booklets of 10 stamps. A souvenir sheet is also available, framed and unframed.

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Ray Charles - Music Icon series - USPS  stamp

Ray Charles knew no boundaries. Blind since childhood and orphaned by age 15, the singer-pianist created a blend of blues, gospel, country, jazz, and soul that was entirely his own. This unmistakable sound earned him 17 Grammys, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and invitations to perform for seven different presidents.

When the United States Postal Service named Charles as one of three musicians to inaugurate the Music Icons series in 2013, art director Ethel Kessler knew she wanted to design a stamp as distinct and captivating as the entertainer himself.

For a behind-the-scenes peek at how art director Ethel Kessler arrived at the final design of the Ray Charles Forever stamp, read Picture-Perfect Ray.

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Egypt’s Suez Canal stamps show Panama Canal


When the Egyptian government proudly announced plans to build a new Suez Canal last month, officials were so puffed up with pride that they took the time-honored step of commissioning a series of stamps to mark the project.

But in an embarrassing mix-up, instead of featuring photographs taken only in Egypt, the stamps have been printed with pictures of the other world famous canal that runs through Panama. The dual-lane construction of the Panama Canal is the unmistakable centerpiece of the three-stamp series.

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German stamp celebrates World Cup victory

Germany 2014 World Cup stampWithin hours after Germany's win over Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the German Finance Ministry announced that it was issuing a 60 cent stamp to commemorate the victory.

The Germans were so convinced of their eventual victory that they printed a run of five million of the special stamps before their soccer team even entered the pitch in Rio de Janiero.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble stated: “Germany has won the 2014 football World Cup – a remarkable success which we are celebrating by issuing a special stamp. Having previously won the title in 1954, 1974 and 1990, the German Football Association is now close on the heels of five-times champions Brazil.

This year, I started hoping very early on that our team would win the Cup – and I suspect many other Germans did as well. It is fantastic that the German team was able to make this dream come true! I hope that the stamp will remind people on a day-to-day basis of the great joy that the team brought us.”

The special stamp was designed by the graphic designer Lutz Menze from Wuppertal. The 60-cent stamp for standard letters will be available across Germany from Deutsche Post’s outlets beginning July 17. Deutsche Post was actively involved in ensuring that the stamp could be issued so quickly.The players, coaches and support staff of Germany’s victorious national football team will receive first-day editions of the special stamp.

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    malaysia-2014-klia2-airport-planesKUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the official opening of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on June 24, 2014, Pos Malaysia will issue commemorative stamps and other philatelic products, including a minature sheet and official first day covers.

    According to Yasmin Ramli, head of Pos Malaysia'ss stamps and philately unit, the 80 sen stamps will be available in four designs featuring the Main Terminal Building, Gateway@klia2, Skybridge and Departure Hall. Pos Malaysia also announced that 50,000 first day covers will be available and sold at 50 sen each, starting June 24.

    In addition, a souvenir folder is priced at RM6 each and available at selected outlets.

    Technical Details

    Value: 80sen x 4 designs
    Stamp size: 30mm x 50mm
    Paper: Phosphor Coated, Security Stamp Paper
    Printing Process: Litography
    Perforation: 14

    Stamp Sheet
    Sheet Content: 20 stamps

    Miniature Sheet
    Value: RM5.00
    Miniature Sheet size: 100mm x 60mm
    Stamp size in Miniature Sheet: 30mm x 50mm

    First Day Cover
    Value : 50sen

    First Day Cover with Stamp
    Value: RM3.70

    First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet
    Value : RM5.50

    Value: RM6.00 (only at selected Post Outlets)


    Stamp Designer: Malaysia Airports

    Printer: Southern Colour Print, New ZealandDate of Issue: 24-June-2014

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      OTTAWA (Ont.) – With less than a month until the much-anticipated return of Ottawa to the Canadian Football League* (CFL®), Canada Post is issuing two Ottawa REDBLACKS™ Permanent™ domestic rate stamps. The stamps add to the CFL commemorative issues initiated in 2012, which pay tribute to the legendary stories and players that make up the history of the CFL and celebrate the league’s exciting future.

      Canadian-born quarterback and legendary Ottawa Rough Rider Russ Jackson is featured on one stamp against the background of Ottawa’s new stadium; this is a nod to both the history and future of football in the nation’s capital. Mr. Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa team and quarterbacked the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup victories. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The second stamp features the REDBLACKS logo – a saw blade-notched “R” in front of a circular saw that represents Ottawa’s early lumber heritage.

      “With over 100 years of history, the CFL has a storied past and reflects the culture, enthusiasm and spirit of Canadians,” says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. “These stamps build a bridge between Ottawa’s football history and future.”

      “We are proud to play a part in Ottawa’s return to the CFL and complete the special issues by representing all nine cities and teams,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. “The determination and dedication of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and their fans bodes well for them to create their own legacy.”

      “The return of CFL football to our nation’s capital is an historic moment for our league,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Capturing its significance through commemorative stamps is an honour and another indication that the dream of returning CFL football to Ottawa is a reality. Like millions of Canadians from coast to coast, we can’t wait to see the REDBLACKS take the field in front of their home crowd for the very first time on July 18.”

      ‘It’s a tremendous honour for the REDBLACKS and Ottawa CFL fans to be recognized with these stamps,’ said Roger Greenberg, Chairman of the REDBLACKS parent company, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. ‘To see a picture of Russ Jackson in his prime with our new stadium in the background is a testament to our team’s storied past and promising future. It’s a wonderful tribute.’

      In addition to the stamps being on sale at post offices across Canada, the stamps and an Official First Day Cover may be ordered online from Canada Post.

      About the stamps
      The two Permanent stamps were designed by Bensimon Byrne, the official advertising agency for the CFL. The stamp featuring Russ Jackson and the new TD Place stadium, printed by Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, is available in booklets of 10 and the stamp featuring the new team logo, printed by Lowe-Martin Group, is available in coils of 50. Both stamps are printed on Tullis Russell paper and have simulated perforations. The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario.

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