Saturday, March 18, 2017

United States Stamp Subjects for 2017

Update (28 Mar 2017): The Postal Service recently added two previously unannounced stamps for issuance in the second quarter. A new Global Forever non-denominated stamp will be dedicated in San Francisco, CA on 28th April. This stamp shows an image of echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. The second stamp appears to be part of the Fruit-theme definitive series of stamps. It will be issued on 05th May in Acton, MA. This 3 cents stamp shows several strawberries, a white flower, leaves and bulbs from the strawberry plant. This stamp will be issued in coils of 10,000 only.

28 Apr - Green Succulent Global Forever
05 May - Strawberries (3 cents)

Images for recent stamp dedication ceremonies can be found on the Better Philately twitter feed (click here to follow).

Update (18 Mar 2017): Several stamps have been issued by USPS in February and March. Details for these stamp issues can be found in another blog post. Dates for stamp releases in Q2/Q3 were recently provided by USPS to philately media and those are listed below.

New Stamp Issue Dates:
11 Apr - Robert Panara (Two Ounces)
20 Apr - Delicosio (6 designs)
23 May - Henry David Thoreau
12 Jul - Andrew Wyeth (12 designs)
03 Aug - Protect Pollinators (5 designs)
01 Sep - Fr. Ted Hesburgh
04 Oct - 'The Snowy Day' (4 designs)
05 Oct - Christmas Carols (4 designs)

Update (22 Jan 2017): Two high denomination stamps should have been put for sale today, but were not to be found on USPS.com. Both, the Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express stamps were available for pre-order in panes of 4 each, last two weeks. These stamps should likely be available at the post offices and online tomorrow onward. No dedication ceremonies are planned for these two issues. First-class mail rates are going up 2 cents from 47 to 49 cents from today. Booklets panes of 20 will now cost $9.80 and increase of 40 cents from the previous $9.40 rate. The only other changes appear to be in the priority mail rates, which will be covered with the two new stamps. We've updated the details for January and February 2017 stamp issues in another blog post.
Click here to check it out. As soon as more information on the issue dates or new subjects becomes available, we will share it here.

While discussing new issues, it's worth noting that the CSAC stamp subject list that was leaked on Washington Post in 2014 still continues to provide enough hints about potential stamp issues. Many of the stamp subjects disclosed for issuance in 2017 were mentioned in some form on that list. Below are the subjects that were on the leaked list and the ones that remain as potential topics. Stamps issued over the past 3 years (2014-16) are not shown.
Update (06 Jan 2017): The Post Office announced five new stamp subjects for issuance in 2017 on 28th December 2016. These are listed below. Issue dates for many of the Q1 2017 stamps were known as of 05th Jan 2017, covering about half of the stamp subjects announced by USPS so far. Two other make-up denominations under the Fruit definitive series were also announced. No dedication ceremonies are planned for the high denomination stamps on 22nd January. Dedication ceremonies for most other stamps are planned in places associated with the stamp subject or at stamp shows. The stamp on Oscar de la Renta will be issued during the New York Fashion Week, WPA Posters at Hyde Park and JFK stamp in Boston.

Additional stamp subjects:
Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express, $23.75)
Grapes (5c)
Lili'Uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail, $6.65)
Oscar de la Renta (Pane of 11 designs)
Patriotic (USA) Nonprofit
Pears (10c)
Azulillo Stamped Card

New Stamp Issue Dates:
22 Jan - Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express, $23.75)
22 Jan - Lili'Uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail, $6.65)
10 Feb - Patriotic (USA) Nonprofit
16 Feb - Oscar de la Renta (Pane of 11 designs)
18 Feb - Uncle Sam's Hat (Additional Ounce)
20 Feb - John F. Kennedy
24 Feb - Grapes (5c)
01 Mar - Nebraska 1867 Statehood
03 Mar - Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
07 Mar - WPA Posters (10 designs)
23 Mar - Pears (10c)
31 Mar - Mississippi 1817 Statehood
FDOI Ceremony Announcement for Year of Rooster Stamp on 05th Jan 2017
Update (23 Dec 2016): Issue dates for two more stamps was provided in the latest Postal Bulletin by USPS. The U. S. Flag Forever stamp will be dedicated on 27th January at Norcross, GA during the Southeastern Stamp Expo. This stamp will be issued in  booklets of 10, 18 and 20 as well as a Coil of 100 stamps. Both, BCA and Ashton Potter will print the booklets of 10 and 20 and the Coil stamps, but details for the ATM booklet pane were not yet available. The next day, on 28th Jan, the Postcard-rate stamp on Seashells will be issued in San Diego, CA likely during a stamp show as well. These stamps in 4 designs will be made available in panes of 20 and in coils of 100 stamps.

27 Jan - U. S. Flag
28 Jan - Seashells (4 designs)

Update (17 Dec 2016): A couple of other stamp issue dates have become available. The stamp on Dorothy Height will be issued on 01st February in Washington, DC. Release dates for Andrew Wyeth and Father Ted Hesburgh stamps are now known as well. The pane of 12 stamps on Andrew Wyeth will be dedicated at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, PA on 12th July, as reported on ARTFIXdaily. United States Postal Service also revised the design because one of the stamps (bottom right) was repeated twice in the original art work shared on 22nd November. See the original and the revised designs below. Issue date for Fr. Hesburgh was announced on Notre Dame's Facebook page and via a press release.


01 Feb - Dorothy Height (40th stamp in Black Heritage series)
12 Jul - Andrew Wyeth
Sep ('Fall 2017') - Father Ted Hesburgh
Update (10 Dec 2016:): Issue dates for the first two stamps have been announced in the latest Postal Bulletin. See the dates below. The Lunar New Year stamp will be issued at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA and the Love Skywriting stamp will be issued at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA.

05 Jan - Celebrating New Year - Year of the Rooster (Lunar New Year series)
07 Jan - Love Skywriting
Update (22 Nov 2016): Additional stamp subjects were announced by USPS today. With this update the Postal Service has revealed 26 stamp subjects with a total of 78 stamp designs.

Andrew Wyeth (Souvenir Sheet of 12 designs)
Celebration Boutonniere
Celebration Corsage
Christmas Carols (4 designs)
Dorothy Height (Black Heritage Series)
Have a Ball! (8 designs)
Henry David Thoreau
Mississippi 1817 (Statehood Series)
Nebraska 1867 (Statehood Series)
Protect Pollinators (5 designs)
Robert Panara (Distinguished American Series)
'The Snowy Day' (4 designs)

Original Post (02 Oct 2016): The following stamp subjects and associated images have been announced by the Postal Service. This information was made available in the public domain via a press release on 20 Sep 2016. This blog post will be used to provide updates and other information for our readers for all stamp subjects for 2017. Another blog post will list the stamp issues once all the relevant information for printing and designs are available. Do continue to follow both the posts regularly once the new year begins. Until then, enjoy the upcoming holiday season and keep collecting.

Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
California Dogface Butterfly (7th in a series)
Celebrating New Year - Year of the Rooster (Lunar New Year series)
Delicosio (6 designs) - Latin American and Caribbean cuisine
Father Ted Hesburgh (Birth Centenary)
Flowers from the Garden (4 designs)
John F. Kennedy (Birth Centenary)
Love Skywriting (Love series)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Seashells (4 designs)
Sharks (5 designs)
Uncle Sam's Hat
U. S. Flag
WPA Posters (10 designs)

It appears that the Flowers of the Garden, Delicosio and WPA Posters could be issued at 'booklet' panes of 20, Uncle Sam's Hat, Seashells and U. S. Flag could come in rolls and others appear to be issued as panes of 20, except for the Lunar New Year stamp.

India Post Stamp Subjects for 2017

Update (28 Mar 2017): Another huge set of stamps with 20 designs was dedicated on 25th March at the Heritage Transport Museum near Gurugram. These stamps show Means of Transport Through the Ages, depicting various modes of transport used in India over the past several centuries. Brahm Prakash designed the stamps and associated products. This issue has a striking similarity to the Indian Metal Crafts stamps issued in 2016; also designed by Brahm Prakash. His design appears to focus on the object and has minimal other design elements and doesn't attempt to develop a story through the series. I had posted a list of the stamp designs in the last update (see below) and that appears to be accurate. Some additional details and an image are provided below. This series deserves a follow up set of stamps in a couple years and should include the following: Bicycle, Moped and Motorcycle, Auto-rickshaw and Taxi, Cars (Jeep, Vans and Maruti), Trucks, Trains and Boats. Dates for no other stamp issues have been revealed by India Post.

I had also reported on Better Philately twitter feed a few weeks ago that a new MyStamp was issued on Montfort School, Yercaud. It has been confirmed that indeed this was a new MyStamp to celebrate the school's centenary year, which was presented at a ceremony in mid-February. A MyStamp was also issued on the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel in 2016 as well. No images for this stamp are available yet and the stamp sheet is not for sale on ePostOffice either. 

It was found that another customized MyStamp was printed on Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in Febryary 2017. A grand temple ceremony was held on 09th February and the MyStamp sheet celebrates this event. Check out an image of this stamp sheet on Better Philately twitter page. This stamp sheet is not yet available for purchase on ePostOffice.

Stamps Issued in 2017
09 Feb - MyStamp - Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam
11 Feb - MyStamp - Montfort School, Yercaud
25 Mar - Means of Transport Through the Ages (20 designs)
This issue has three main products: a prestige booklet with 5 miniature sheets (Rs 600); 5 sheetlets with 20 stamps in each sheetlet (Rs 275 each); and a miniature sheet with 20 stamps (Rs 275)
 Sheet 1 - Palanquins – Boutcha Palanquin, Chowpaul Palanquin, Long Palanquin, Meeana Palanquin
 Sheet 2 - Bullock Cart & Horse Carriage – Bullock Cart, Horse Carriage, Rath Bullock Cart, Tonga
 Sheet 3 - Rickshaw – Cycle Rickshaw, Hand Rickshaw, Motorcycle Rickshaw, School Rickshaw
 Sheet 4 - Vintage Car – Austin 1928, Chevrolet 1932, Ford 1938, Rolls Royce 1909
 Sheet 5 - Public Transport – Bus, Double Decker Bus, Tram, Metro

Upcoming Stamp Issues
Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
Cub Scouts (Centenary)
Eminent Writers (5 designs w/ Miniature Sheet, Rs 50)
      Krishan Chander, Prof. Balwant Gargi, K. V. Puttappa, Bhisham Sahni, Pandit Shrilal Shukla
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)
Shrimad Rajchandraji
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Update (18 Mar 2017): Just one new commemorative stamp has been issued by India Post over the last few weeks. The Prime Minister of India dedicated a stamp on Yogoda Satsanga Society of India on 07th March in New Delhi. The stamp design by Alka Sharma uses most of the elements from the centenary year logo itself, but nonetheless is appealing. 

Several stamps are planned for issuance this year, but India Post has not provided any new dates for new stamp releases. See images for some forthcoming stamps below. The set of stamps for Means of Transport through the Ages appears to be well designed, but several modes of transport are missing. For example, no bicycles, motorcycles, Indian cars, trains and airplanes are included. I imagine there will be another set of stamps necessary to complete this series. 

Two new stamp subjects, Cub Scouts and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have also been included in the stamp program. One of these stamps will likely be issued in March 2017 itself, but no specific date is confirmed.

Upcoming Stamp Issues in 2017
Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
Cub Scouts (Centenary)
Eminent Writers (5 designs w/ Miniature Sheet, Rs 50)
      Krishan Chander, Prof. Balwant Gargi, K. V. Puttappa, Bhisham Sahni, Pandit Shrilal Shukla
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)
Means of Transport Through the Ages (20 designs w/ 5 Miniature Sheets and 6 Sheetlets):
      Bullock Cart & Horse Carriage – Bullock Cart, Horse Carriage, Rath Bullock Cart, Tonga
      Palanquins – Boutcha Palanquin, Chowpaul Palanquin, Long Palanquin, Meeana Palanquin
      Public Transport – Bus, Double Decker Bus, Tram, Metro
      Rickshaw – Cycle Rickshaw, Hand Rickshaw, Motorcycle Rickshaw, School Rickshaw
      Vintage Car – Austin 1928, Chevrolet 1932, Ford 1938, Rolls Royce 1909
Shrimad Rajchandraji
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Update (04 Mar 2017): Since the last update, three stamps have been issued by India Post. Two of these were MyStamp sheetlets, one fragrant stamp issued on Rose and another one on Holi festival. Both these are personalized sheetlets, where a picture can be provided to the post office for printing on the blank portion of the stamps. Two points of note: Firstly, description on both the stamps has English first followed by the vernacular description in Hindi.  This had not happened in many years and there are rare examples of this. Secondly, MyStamp is not explicitly described on individual stamps. This feature has been inconsistently used by the stamp designers for MyStamps issued in the past.

The other stamp issue was on Ladybird Beetle in 4 designs. Suresh Kumar Achari designed this set of four stamps, each showing a beetle in different color. Stamps were issued in two formats, a miniature sheet containing four stamps and 4 sheetlets with 16 stamps each. The format of these sheetlets was different in each sheetlet and not a single se-tenant block of four can be obtained! These sheetlets do allow to have multiple formats of se-tenant of 3 stamps.

A postage stamp on Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (established by Yogananda Paramhansa in 1917) will be dedicated on 07th March by the Prime Minister of India in New Delhi. Several other pending stamp do not have known dates of issuance.
Ladybird Beetle Sheetlet Formats (India Post; Feb 2017)
Stamps Issued in 2017
14 Feb - MyStamp - Rose (Fragrant Stamp)
23 Feb - Ladybird Beetles of India (4 designs)
03 Mar - MyStamp - Holi
07 Mar - Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
Cub Scouts (Centenary)
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)
Means of Transport Through Ages (20 designs)

Update (13 Feb 2017): It is likely that the issuance of the fragrant souvenir sheet on Coffee is likely postponed. Other stamps that have so far been issued as planned. The first issue in February was a miniature sheet of 16 designs showcasing some Head Gears of India. These stamps designed by Gulistaan were not issued in any other format. This pane of stamps was dedicated by senior postal officials at the 31st Surajkund Crafts Mela in Faridabad. Along with the Hear Gears stamps, a new MyStamp sheetlet was also issued to celebrate the Surajkund Festival itself. Another MyStamp sheetlet was issued on the same day on the foundation day of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in Delhi. This organization implements Indian government's energy efficiency programs - it has played a key role in the recent mass distribution of LED lights across India. The very next day, on 11th February, a stamp was issued on the bicentenary of The Poona Horse regiment of the Indian Army. The stamps were dedicated in a ceremony at the regimental headquarters in Meerut. 

A stamp that was postponed from mid-January on Ramjas College Centenary was finally issued by the President of India in New Delhi on 13th February. Ramjas College was one of the 5 founding colleges of Delhi University, the others being St. Stephens College, Hindu College and Zakir Hussain College. A fragrant MyStamp sheetlet on Rose will be issued on Valentine's Day. This along with many other stamp issues will likely be available for purchase on ePostOffice, but lately, no updates have been made on ePostOffice, and no clear reason has been provided by the post office.

Upcoming Stamp Issues (2017)
10 Feb - Headgears of India (16 designs)
10 Feb - MyStamp - Surajkund Mela (2 designs)
10 Feb - MyStamp - Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
11 Feb - The Poona Horse (1817-2017)
13 Feb - Ramjas College, Delhi
14 Feb - MyStamp - Rose (Fragrant Stamp)
23 Feb - Ladybird Beetles of India (4 designs)
Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)
Means of Transport Through Ages (20 designs)

Update (06 Feb 2017): January ended with 35 stamp issues (including 2 sets of 12 designs for Splendor of India). The last issue in January was on the new venture from India Post, a Payments Bank. Two branches of this bank were launched by the Finance Minister and MoS Communications of India on 30th January, along with the stamp release and the release of the bank's logo. The stamp was well designed - with the new logo and the postman as the central theme - by Sankha Samanta. Stamp designs are refreshing this year and a welcome change from the lack of innovation last few years.

Tentative dedication dates for a few stamp subjects are known and listed below. The Headgears of India stamp issue was originally listed for issuance in 2013. This will likely be a set of 16 designs issued in one miniature sheet of 16 designs, but let's wait to confirm. India Post's website has also listed the Poona Horse and Ramjas College stamps for issuance next week. Right after these stamps, two stamps with fragrance will be issued on Valentine's Day. Three other stamp issues are coming up for release soon, but the dates are yet to be confirmed.

Will there be a stamp issued on J. Jayalalithaa this year? Will the India-Russia joint stamp issued mid-March on in June, when the Prime Minister of India visits Russia for an economic conference? I've updated details for the January 2017 stamps in another post. Click here to find more.

Upcoming Stamps Issues in 2017
10 Feb - Headgears of India (16 designs)
11 Feb - The Poona Horse (1817-2017)
13 Feb - Ramjas College, Delhi
14 Feb - Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
14 Feb - MyStamp - Rose (Fragrant Stamp)
23 Feb - Ladybird Beetles of India (4 designs)
Means of Transport Through Ages (20 designs)
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)

Update (24 Jan 2017): India Post has been putting out quite a few announcements for stamps releases in 2017. My thought is that India Post will likely issue over 100 stamps in no time and many of these could be higher denomination stamps. I suggest that collectors reduce the requirements in the philatelic deposit account at the philatelic bureaus to lessen the expenditure and purchase desired issues on ePostOffice or over the counter. This approach is typical in the United States, where very few collectors have standing orders in post offices. It is best to buy only what is needed to keep the collections complete. I believe that India Post is planning a large number of stamp issues and high denomination stamps to fulfill sales targets and make stamp sales a lucrative business.

Last few weeks haven't seen too many new stamp issues, but one of the issues was correctly predicted by BetterPhilately. This year is M G Ramachandran's birth centenary and India Post issued a stamp in Chennai on 17th January on his 100th birthday. The stamp was poorly designed, with remnant of some chair on the right shoulder of the personality. I am still waiting to see who designed the stamp, but overall another case of bad design  and complete lack of innovation.

Stamps on Headgears of India, Means of Transport through Ages, Coffee (Fragrant stamp), Ramjas College, India Post Payments Bank, Ladybird Beetles and Rose (Fragrant MyStamp) are likely to be released in the next few months. Issue dates for very few stamps are known, but some speculated dates are below. Images of the Coffee stamp sovenir sheet (we've tweeted the image) and FDC were available online. This will be a 100 Rupee stamp with the fragrance of Coffee. Although a good concept, the stamp design and the denomination are both a dampener. The stamp on Ramjas College, Delhi was lined up for dedication on 17th January, but was postponed at the last minute with no clear reason provided. Centenary celebration of the college even included a date and time of the stamp issuance by MoS Communications, but the event never happened. This stamp will likely be issued sometime during this year. Quite a few of the new stamp issues are being announced, many of which were not included in the 'approved' stamp list provided earlier in January. India Post should provide a complete list of stamps issues for 2017 as opposed to sharing it piecemeal.

Stamps Issued in 2017

01 Jan - Splendor of India: Happy New Year (12 designs in 1 miniature sheet, 12 designs in 12 calendar miniature sheets)
05 Jan - 350th Prakash Parv - Guru Gobind Singh (Takth Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib)
07 Jan - India-Portugal: Joint Issue (Dandiya Dance & Pauliteiros Dance)
17 Jan - Dr. M. G. Ramachandran
20 Jan - MyStamp - Christian Medical College, Vellore
25 Jan - Nature: India (6 designs)
30 Jan - India Post Payments Bank
14 Feb - Coffee (Fragrant Stamp w/ Souvenir Sheet, Rs 100)
14 Feb - MyStamp - Rose (Fragrant Stamp)
Means of Transport Through Ages (20 designs)
Headgears of India (16 designs)
Ladybird Beetles of India (4 designs)

Update (07 Jan 2017): Stamp issuance in 2017 began with a bang, on 01st January itself. A well-designed stamp issue on Splendor of India: Happy New Year was issued with 12 designs. The stamps were issued in a miniature sheet format (similar to the Wild Flowers issue in 2013), with all 12 stamps on the same pane. All stamps are of Rs 25 denomination. Along with this one miniature sheet, India Post produced a unique product in the form of a calendar with valid postage stamps. There are 12 stamp sheets, one for each month with one stamp each. These are essentially miniature sheets with holes punched for binding the calendar together. The calendar stamps are also priced higher than the face value, at Rs 1000, each sheet of Rs 25 costs Rs 83.3. Stamps in these calendar sheets carry the same design, but are of different size and likely the quality of paper is different as well. Due to these differences, each catalog number will likely have two varieties for this issue (24 stamps in all for a complete collection). Two other observations - Sankha Samanta is back designing stamps for India Post. After almost a complete hiatus in 2016 (other than the Legendary Singers stamps), the artist has begun the year on a strong note. We hope that India Post and it's leaders continue to assign more stamp designing projects to the esteemed team of artist comprised of Mr. Samanta, Kamleshwar Singh, Bharati Mirchandani, Brahm Prakash and Suresh Kumar. Stamp cancellations and first day covers designed by Alka Sharma and Nenu Gupta could provide a good balance to the designing team. The second observation is about the spelling error on one of the stamps out of the twelve. The design depicting the art of Pietra Dura spells the word Pietra incorrectly as Peitra. We recommend that the proof reading team at India Post do a better job of catching such glaring errors before approving for printing. We have written earlier about the need for research unit in the department to gather and disseminate accurate information (click here for that post).

The second issue of 2017 was also a nicely designed miniature sheet on 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The stamp was issued in Patna by the Prime Minister of India during the Prakash Parv celebrations on 05th January. Kamleshwar Singh designed the stamp and his style of design (like the unique font) were easily recognizable. Bringing back Mr. Singh to design stamps is a welcome step by India Post. His stamp designs have been our favorite over the last 15 years. We hope this trend to focus on art and stamp design will continue for all future issues.

Another set of two stamps were issued on 07th January by the Prime Ministers of India and Portugal to celebrate over 500 years of ties between the two nations. Click here to read about this issue.

It's been a great start to the new year. We hope India Post will spread stamp releases evenly all through the year, reduce the number of high denomination stamps and MyStamp issues to control the cost of collecting Indian stamps.

Finally, there are still quite a few stamp subjects that were not included in the approved list of stamps for 2017. We request these subjects be considered for release while postponing some thematic subjects. In this regard, the list at the bottom of the post is being combined with our wish list posted on 23rd December 2016 and a final list is posted below. These stamp subjects have not been listed for release by India Post, but we recommend for inclusion in the stamp program.

Recommended Stamp Subjects
Amritlal Nagar
B. D. Jatti
Balasaheb Thackarey
Balasheb Deoras
Chinmayananda Saraswati (1916-1993)
Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy
Eknath Ranade
Gopal Swarup Pathak
I. K. Gujral
J. Jayalalithaa
K. R. Narayanan
Khushabhau Thakre (1922-2003)
Mohammad Hidayatullah
N. Sanjeeva Reddy
Nanaji Deshmukh
P. V. Narasimha Rao
Shivmangal Singh Suman
Siyaram Sharan Gupt
Swami Abhedananda
V. P. Singh

100 Years of Champaran and Kheda Movements
Auroville (Golden Jubilee)
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
Bishop Cotton School, Bengaluru
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
Dayalbagh
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Human Organ Donation Awareness Programme
Lions International Centenary
Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Yercaud
Presidency University, Kolkata
Submarine Arm of Indian Navy (Golden Jubilee)

Stamps Issued in 2017
01 Jan - Splendor of India: Happy New Year (12 designs in 1 miniature sheet, 12 designs in 12 calendar miniature sheets)
05 Jan - 350th Prakash Parv - Guru Gobind Singh (Takth Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib)
07 Jan - India-Portugal: Joint Issue (Dandiya Dance & Pauliteiros Dance)

Update (05 Jan 2017): A few more stamp subjects for release in 2017 were announced today. Some of these were previously approved, but were not included in the list posted yesterday. This takes the total approved stamp issues to 73. We hope these stamps will be issued over a period of two years and not just 2017. See the updated list below (new additions are highlighted)

Update (04 Jan 2017): Completely unexpected, but India Post's social media pages put out a huge list of stamp subjects that have been approved for release in 2017. Combining subjects that have already been approved, the list now stands at an astonishing total of 65 stamp subjects. Our first reaction was that this is more of a laundry list, and will be used to guide the stamp program for thematic subjects even in 2018. Given that such a long list of subjects has been provided, we will re-work the list at the bottom of this blog post to allow tracking stamp releases with this new information. But first, a few high level points to note:

- There are six joint issues listed, with Armenia, Belarus, Canada (two themes), Papua New Guinea, Portugal and Russia. Belarus and Canada were new additions, and haven't shown far been shown in these countries' stamp program.

- Out of the 65 new subjects, only 15 are personalities. This number is likely going to increase because proposals for many important personalities have either not been submitted or have not yet been approved.

- Many of the previously announced themes (Jataka Tales were approved as far back as 2001) have been included in this approved list. Our blog post for previously approved issues has been tracking these subjects and this effort by India Post is much appreciated.

- The total number of issues this year could be as high as 2016, resulting in a significant increase in cost of collecting one stamp each or the minimum purchase quantity.

1942 Freedom Movement
Aquaculture
Banaras Hindu University
Birds: Vulnerable, Endangered & Critically Endangered
Boats of India
Bridal Costumes of India
Caves of Meghalaya
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (ICAR)

Children’s Day
Deekshabhoomi of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
Four Dhamas (Are these Char Dhams?)
Fragrant Stamps (Coffee, Chocolate, Strawberry)

Goan Tiatr
Historical Gates of Indian Forts
Holiday Destinations
Independence Day
India’s Participation in World War I
India-Armenia: Joint Issue
India-Belarus: Joint Issue
India-Canada: Joint Issue (two themes)
India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue
India-Russia: Joint Issue
Indian Cuisine
Indian Fashion Industry
Indian Perfume
Jataka Tales

Mahabharata
Mangalyan
Mehandi (Lawsona inermis)
Minerals of India (Innovative)
Musical Instruments (Chimta, Dotara, Ektara, Khartal, Tumbi)
Palace of Wheels
Pilatus Induction
Puppets

Ramayana
Shaktipeeth Temples (Kalighat, Kamkhya, Meenakshi, Vaishno Devi)
Solar System
Step Wells of India (Rani ki Vav, Agrasen Baoli, Chand Baoli, Adalaj ni Vav, etc.)
Terracotta Temples of India (Click here for a good list of such temples)
Traditional Embroideries of India (Innovative)
Traditional Hand Fans
Tribes of India

UNESCO Heritage Sites
University of Mysore
Wildlife – Flora & Fauna


Acharya Bodhihdharma & Efflorescence of Zen Culture
Acharya Konda Laxman Bapuji
Bhupesh Gupta
D. Devaraj Urs
Dr. Mehr Chand Mahajan
Dr. Shivajirao G. Patwardhan
Eminent Writers: Krishan Chander, Balwant Gargi, Kummari Molla, K. V. Puttappa, Bhisham Sahni, Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Srilal Sukla, Tarigonda Vengamamba
Gaurishankar Govardhan Joshi
Jhala Manna
Kavi Muddana
Lala Thunthee Mull
M. Balamuralikrishna
Nannayya Bhatta & Draksharamam Temple
O. P. Jindal
Raja Todarmal
Sant Pipaji Maharaj
Srimad Rajchandra
Srimad Ramanujacharya

Update (27 Dec 2016): India Post will issue 13 miniature sheets comprised of 12 designs (1 sheet with all 12 designs and 12 other sheets with one stamp each) on the theme, Splendor of India - Happy New Year on 01st January itself. Each stamp will be of Rs 25 denomination. Stamp designs have not been revealed and is not easy to figure out what to expect. Based on the images India Post has been circulating on its social media pages, it appears to include different forms or art work. Let's wait and watch. Dates for no other issues have been announced yet, but some could be as listed below.

01 Jan - Splendor of India (12 designs)
05 Jan - Guru Gobind Singh
07 Jan - India-Portugal: Joint Issue (Dandiya Raas & Pauliteiros de Miranda)
26 Jan - Nature: India (Crowd-sourced Design)
03 Apr - India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock & Bird of Paradise)

Update (23 Dec 2016): While waiting on India Post to provide details for the Stamp Program for 2017, we recommend the following subjects must be considered for releasing stamps this coming year. The first part of the list shows eminent personalities and the second half lists some important events or institutions that deserve recognition. This is only a 'wish list' and we will continue to monitor the original listing posted at the end of this post for real-time updates as they are obtained from India Post. In other news, it appears that a set of 12 miniature sheets and 1 sheetlet will be released in the form of a calendar for 2017 on the theme, Splendor of India. Details for this issue are not available, but given that it contains a calendar one can safely assume it to be released in January itself.

Amritlal Nagar
B. D. Jatti
Balasaheb Thackarey
Balasheb Deoras
Chinmayananda Saraswati (1916-1993)
Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy
Eknath Ranade
Gopal Swarup Pathak
I. K. Gujral
J. Jayalalithaa
K. R. Narayanan
Khushabhau Thakre (1922-2003)
Mohammad Hidayatullah
N. Sanjeeva Reddy
Nanaji Deshmukh
P. V. Narasimha Rao
Shivmangal Singh Suman
Siyaram Sharan Gupt
Swami Abhedananda
V. P. Singh

Auroville (Golden Jubilee)
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
Dayalbagh
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Hitopdesa & Jataka Tales
Human Organ Donation Awareness Programme
India in World War I
Joint Issues with Armenia, Portugal, Papua New Guinea & Russia
Lions International Centenary
Mahabharata
Mangalyan
Presidency University, Kolkata
Ramayana
Shakti Temples – Kalighat, Meenakshi, Vaishno Devi, Kamakhya
Submarine Arm of Indian Navy (Golden Jubilee)

Update (17 Dec 2016): It appears that the fragrant stamp on Coffee could be issued in January 2017 instead of December 2016. An announcement for sale of a miniature sheet on ePostOffice was posted on India Post's social media pages, but there is no confirmation from India Post for the issue date. Two other stamp issues, both carried forward from 2016 are likely to be released in 2017. As was predicted correctly by BetterPhilately, the joint issue with Portugal will be issued on 07th January during the visit of the Prime Minister of Portugal. The other joint issue that was repeatedly postponed, with Papua New Guinea will now be issued on 03rd April 2017. The stamp was originally planned for release in April 2016, now stands to be dedicated exactly one year later. Better late than never. We also believe that now that Parliament session is complete, India Post will put out a press release for the outcome of the Philatelic Advisory Committee that has deliberated for the stamp subjects for 2017. There are over 230 pending proposals before the Committee and we hope information for the proposed stamps will be shared with stamp collectors soon. 

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune will celebrate its centenary year in 2017. India Post should consider issuing a stamp on this occasion. We've learned that the organization may not be able to afford purchasing 100,000 stamps on their own budget and are hoping that the federal government will take cognizance and issue the stamp as a gesture of appreciation of their services to oriental research.

Forthcoming Stamp issues
03 Apr - India-Papua New Guinea: Joint Issue (Peacock and Bird of Paradise)
07 Jan - India-Portugal: Joint Issue (Dandiya Raas & Pauliteiros de Miranda)

Update (06 Dec 2016)
Potential Stamp issues:
Fragrance Stamp on Coffee (could be released in 2016)
J. Jayalalithaa
Nature: India (Republic Day 2017)

Update (25 Nov 2016): Portugal's Prime Minister is scheduled to visit India as the Chief Guest for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held from 07-09 Jan 2017 in Bengaluru. It is possible that the India-Portugal Joint stamp issue could be released during this visit, especially if there is a bilateral component as well. It appears that two of the stamps, Emperor Vikramaditya and G G Joshi could be released in 2016 itself. India Post's list of forthcoming releases shows these issues listed as approved for release in December 2016.

Forthcoming/Potential Stamp issues
Gaurishankar Govardhan Joshi 'Dhumketu' (Approved for release) - could be released in 2016 itself
Samrat Vikramaditya (Approved for release) - could be released in 2016 itself
Submarine Arm of Indian Navy (Golden Jubilee)

Update (20 Nov 2016)
Fragrance Stamps (Coffee, Chocolate, Spices, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables)

Update (17 Nov 2016): 
Gaurishankar Govardhan Joshi 'Dhumketu' (Approved for release)
India-Armenia: Joint Issue (Approved for release)
Ramanujacharya (Approved for release)
Samrat Vikramaditya (Approved for release)
Srimad Rajchandra (Approved for release)

Original Post (18 Oct 2016): Although India Post is unlikely to provide timely information for it's stamp program for 2017, the following subjects could be under consideration for release next year. This blog post will be used to provide updates and other information for our readers for all stamp subjects for 2017. Another blog post will list the stamp issues once all the relevant information for printing and designs are available. Do continue to follow both the posts regularly once the new year begins. Feel free to drop a message if there is additional information to be shared with the readers. Happy Holidays.

100 Years of Champaran and Kheda Movements
70 Years of Independence
Amritlal Nagar
Balasheb Deoras
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
Bishop Cotton School, Bengaluru
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
Delhi High Court - Golden Jubilee
India-Armenia: Joint Issue
India-Portugal: Joint Issue (Dandiya Raas & Pauliteiros de Miranda)
India-Russia: Joint Issue
Lions International Centenary
Mahabharata
Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Yercaud
Nanaji Deshmukh
Ramayana
Srimad Rajchandra
Swami Abhedananda

Stamps Issued from the Approved List
350th Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh
India-Portugal: Joint Issue
Samrat Vikarmaditya
Headgears of India
Beetles of India
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
The Poona Horse
Means of Transport through Ages
Republic Day (Nature India)

Stamps Issued from BetterPhilately Wish List
M. G. Ramachandran (Birth Centenary)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

India Post Stamps 2000-2016

Update (06 Feb 2017): Here's an update to the count of total commemorative/MyStamps, which now includes totals from 2016 as well. There was a huge increase in the cost of stamps and sheetlets issued last year along with the introduction of customized MyStamps sheetlets. Do check lists of se-tenant stamps and MyStamps for further details.
Update (15 May 2016): Given that so many MyStamp sheetlets have been released in 2016, it was considered prudent to separate MyStamp sheetlets. Pricing for MyStamps are not fixed so, the lowest known price will be included going forward.
Original Post (29 Jan 2016): Here's a count of commemorative and special postage stamps issues by India Post from 2000 to 2015. For the reader's reference the list also shows face value of the stamps. If there are errors in the list below, just leave a comment.

Note:
1. Definitive stamps are not included.
2. MyStamps have all been issued in Sheetlet format and are included in the Sheetlet count. Each MyStamp is valued at Rs 25 because that appears to be the most common retail price for these personalized/customized stamps.
3. Each se-tenant stamp issue is counted only once (even if multiple se-tenants can be formed from a given issue). For e.g. Social & Political leaders stamp from 2000 was available in strip and block se-tenant formats, but is only counted as one.
4. Souvenir sheets and Siamese Twin issues are included in Miniature sheets as well.

India Post 2017 Stamp Program

Click on the images below to enlarge and right click to save. Small print quantities are highlighted in yellow.

Update (04 Mar 2017): Information on stamps issued in February is included in the table below. Several MyStamp issues were also issued over the last few weeks and have been updated as well.
Update (03 Feb 2017): Here are the details for stamps issued by India Post during January 2017. Information for all issues became available relatively quickly and thus I can share now. Quite a few stamp issues are likely to be released throughout the year, so keep checking back.

United States 2017 Stamp Program

Click on the images to and right click to save. Print quantities of 20 million or less are highlighted in yellow.

Update (04 Mar 2017): Details for stamp issues in March 2017 are also available now. Two postal stationary items have been issued this year and design and print quantity for these two are also being shared below.

Update (18 Jan 2017): Here are details for stamps to be issued in Jan-Feb 2017. New information will be posted as it becomes available, likely in late February. Do check the other blog post for more regular updates and news on this year's stamp issues.

Note: Print quantities of stamp issues highlighted (yellow) are less than 20 Million.
Update (02 Oct 2016): So far, we've seen the release date for Ted Hesburgh stamp. It's supposedly going to be released on 01 Sep 2017. Let's wait and watch. Dates for no other stamps are yet known. We will be posting stamp subjects and relevant discussion in another blog post, but will share the stamp program at least once in a quarter starting Jan-Feb 2017.

Original post: USPS has announced quite a few stamp issues for 2017. More details coming soon!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Stamp Polls for 2016 Postage Stamps - India & United States

Three new stamp polls have been added along with the one that has been on-going for the last two weeks. Click on the links below to go to the poll and choose your picks.

India Post

Favorite Commemorative Stamp Design/Subject of 2016 - last day 2nd Feb 2017

Favorite MyStamp (Personalized) Design/Subject of 2016 - last day 21st Feb 2017

Favorite MyStamp (Customized) Design/Subject of 2016 - last day 21st Feb 2017

Worst Stamp Design/Least Important Subject of 2016 - last day 22nd Feb 2017


United States Postal Service

Favorite Stamp Design/Subject of 2016 - last day 28th February 2017