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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SOURCE Canada Post

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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.

Read the whole story here.

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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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        World’s rarest stamp sets new record price

        British Guiana One Cent MagentaThe British Guiana one-cent magenta was sold at auction by Sotheby's in New York on June 17 for a record $9.5 million (£5.6 million) which included a buyer's premium. The auction lasted a mere two minutes before an anonymous telephone bidder bought the world's most famous stamp in front of a filled gallery.

        The British Guiana one-cent magenta is not only the world's most valuable stamp, it is also the rarest stamp in existence. The stamp that just sold for the record price is the only copy known to exist.

        The famous stamp was sold at the New York auction by the estate of du Pont Chemical heir John E. du Pont. Du Pont purchased the rare stamp in 1980 for the then-record price of $935,000. Du Pont died in prison in 2010 while serving a sentence for the 1996 murder of David Schultz, a champion U.S. wrestler, who was living on du Pont's estate.

        The previous record price for a rare stamp sold in public auction was set in 1996 when the only known copy of the 1855 Swedish Treskilling Yellow stamp was sold for $2.3 million (2,880,000 Swiss francs). That stamp was sold again at a private auction in 2010 for an undisclosed price which was reported to be "at least the $2.3 million price" that it sold for in 1996.

        History of the British Guiana one-cent magenta

        In 1856, an expected shipment of stamps from England did not arrive in British Guiana (now Guyana), so the local postmaster hired a local printer to print an emergency issue of three stamps. The 1 cent magenta was intended for use on local newspapers. The other two stamps, the British Guiana 4 cent magenta and the British Guiana 4 cent blue, were for letter postage.

        The only surviving example of the one-cent magenta was first discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy living in the Guyanese town of Demerara (whose postmark the stamp bears). He sold it some weeks later for six shillings to a local collector, whose collection in turn was sold in 1878 to a Liverpool stamp dealer for £120. Later the same year, dealer sold the stamp to Count Philippe la Renotière von Ferrary for about £150.

        The Count's huge stamp collection was donated to the Postmuseum in Berlin. The entire collection was seized by France as war reparations following the end of World War I. France sold the famous stamp in 1922 to an American collector, New York textile magnate Arthur Hind. Hind bought the rare stamp for over $36,000, reportedly outbidding three kings, including King George V of England.

        In 1940, the one cent magenta was purchased for $40,000 by Fred "Poss" Small, an Australian-born engineer from Florida, who completed a full set of stamps from British Guiana with the purchase of the rare stamp.

        In 1970, Small auctioned his entire stamp collection. The one cent magenta stamp was bought by a group of Pennsylvanian investors, headed by Irwin Weinberg, for $280,000.

        In 1980, the rare stamp was purchased by du Pont for the then-record price of $935,000.

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        US issues Songbirds stamps

        US Songbirds stampsThe United States celebrates the arrival of spring with ten stamps featuring melodic songbirds: the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides), the Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), the Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), the Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) and the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).

        Each colorful bird is shown perching on a fence post or branch embellished with vines, pinecones, leaves, or flowers. The artwork appears against a plain, white background.

        Why do songbirds make such a glorious racket every morning? In a word, love. Males sing to attract females, and to warn rivals to keep out of their territory. Between 4,000 and 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs, although some, like the crow, have harsh voices, and others sing rarely, or not at all. All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes that point forward and one that points backward, they can grip branches, grasses, or telephone wires with ease.

        Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the portraits, based on photographs. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.

        Songbirds were released April 5, 2014 and are sold as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

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