Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming very soon. The first episode shall be aired on April 14, 2019. While we wait to see who will rule the Iron Throne let’s remind ourselves of a two great Game of Thrones-related stamp series (and what happened in the season 7).
Game of Thrones – Tourism Ireland 2016
Before we start the story, I’ll tell a few words about these stamps. Northern Ireland served as a headquarters for shooting the series so it’s no wonder that the Tourism Ireland in collaboration with the Royal Mail issued Game of Thrones related stamp series. Each stamp is tied to one episode of the 6th season. It’s important to mention that these stamps were issued in very limited editions and their sale was mostly limited to Northern Ireland.
Game of Thrones – Season 7 Recap
Season 7 was very deadly. That’s not so unexpected if you look at what happened in previous seasons. George R.R. Martin proved to be really good at murdering characters as soon as you start to love or hate them. While this could be frustrating, it definitely adds the tempo to the whole story. Personally, I felt very surprised a few times. And just “normally” surprised a few more times 🙂
Season 7 – Deaths
With that said, the season 7 took many lives. Some had a major role in the whole story, while others had a smaller impact. George decided that season 7 will be the final season for House Frey, Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand, Tyene Sand, Olenna Tyrell, Randyll Tarly, Dickon Tarly, Thoros of Myr, Benjen Stark, Viserion (?), Lord Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger). Let’s now take a look what happened to those who survived the season 7.
Daenerys Targaryen & Jon Snow
So, Daenerys sailed to Westeros at the end of the season 6. It was just a matter of time when she would meet Jon Snow.
Daenerys (Dany, Daenerys Stormborn, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains) is mostly interested in reclaiming the throne that belonged to her father, Aerys II Targaryen, commonly called “the Mad King”.
On the other hand, Jon Snow is more concerned about the threat coming from the North and the Night King’s invasion. At the beginning, Dany and others don’t take that threat too seriously, but things change after the expedition captures a wight beyond the Wall and presents it in front of the others.
It all ends with an alliance between Jon and Daenerys. And the alliance was sealed with a kiss. While we know the nature of a family relation between Jon and Daenerys, they still need to find that out. Of course, the most interesting part here will be how they will react and how that will affect their current relationship. And all that, of course, if they survive.
Starks & Littlefinger
The other major event is the reunification of the Stark kids. Sansa Stark is now the Lady of Winterfell and Brann is Three-Eyed Raven. Arya Stark, after a few seasons, finally found her way to Winterfell. While Littlefinger did his best to turn Arya and Sansa against each other, in the end he was the one who was manipulated and ended up executed.
Game of Thrones – Royal Mail 2018
And this is how the Royal Mail explained the motivation to issue these stamps:
“The Game of Thrones production involves a very significant British contribution. Principal filming of the series is at Titanic Studios in Belfast, at the Linen Hill Film Studio in Banbridge and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, with additional filming in Scotland and European locations including Malta, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, and Spain.
Additionally, the acclaimed cast is predominantly British and Irish, and British expertise is to the fore in many areas of the production, including award-winning costume design and prosthetic special effects.”
The Night King
While houses south of the Wall fought for supremacy and the Iron Throne, the Night King, slowly but steadily gathered his army and is finally ready to move south to conquer the whole of Westeros. Killing Viserion, one of Daenerys’ dragons, and resurrecting him, turned his army even stronger and we saw them crossing the Wall. While in previous seasons he was more of a myth, now he’s here and almost nobody has any doubts if he really exists. Still, one important question needs to be answered and that is who he really is and how he’s related to other characters.
Cersei Lannister & Euron Greyjoy
Cersei is ready the exploit the current situation and is relying on Euron to bring her more troops and help her stay on the Iron Throne. She simply wants to be aside while other armies crush each other and to deal with what is left on the battlefield afterwards. That is not a bad tactic at all. You could use it in many multiplayer strategy games, either board or computer games. But that’s not the topic here. Besides that, we know that Cersei is pregnant.
Samwell Tarly, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister
There are a lot of “smaller” threads that could play an important role in the history of Westeros. Maybe the most important one is the story of Samwell Tarly. He did some great things from the first time we met him and I somehow have a feeling that he’ll play a very important role in the last 6 episodes of season 8.
Putting Tyrion and Jaime after everyone previously mentioned is maybe not fair because they have really complex stories and will have a crucial impact on the whole story. While we can expect that Tyrion will pull one more trick, it will be interesting to see what is Jaime’s destiny.
There are numerous theories on how it will all end and I don’t want to go into that. To be completely honest, I’ve watched a number of videos with different theories and I simply don’t want to know. I want to be surprised and I believe that will happen. No matter what happens, these stamps give us the ability to store the part of this Westeros history in our albums.
Author: E. Drkušić / https://stamp.ninja
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel movie is in cinemas from March 8, 2019. Royal Mail issued 15 stamps related to Marvel Comics on March 14, 2019. It’s (no) coincidence that the year 2019 is Marvel’s 80th birthday. So, let’s take a look at the stamps, facts and the (hi)story behind these Marvel superheroes.
Spider-Man is, according to many lists you can find online, the most popular Marvel superhero of all times. It’s pretty hard to list all comic books, movies and other forms where he starred. He started his career in August 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15 and, of course, Stan Lee had his fingers involved.
His “real name” is Peter Parker and he started as a sidekick to other protagonists. During the time his popularity grew. This was mostly because his problems as a teen superhero were close to the problems of the majority of his readers (at the time). It’s easier to feel a connection to a superhero who is human and has school, family and love-related issues, than with godlike heroes or billionaires. Although there’s no doubt that godlike superheroes and billionaires could also be a great role model 🙂 As it usually goes with everything, from music to comic books characters (in this example), Peter grew together with his audience and got himself a job and a family and new kinds of problems. Still, he always had some time to save the world.
Captain Marvel is not 1, not 2, not 3, but 7 different superheroes from the Marvel Universe. It all started with Mar-Vell in December 1967 (Marvel Super-Heroes #12). The six Captains which followed were: Monica Rambeau (1982, The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16), Genis-Vell (1993, Silver Surfer Annual #6), Noh-Varr (2000, Marvel Boy #1), Phyla-Vell (2004, Captain Marvel (vol. 5) #16), Khn’nr (2007, Civil War: The Return) and Carol Danvers (1968, Marvel Super-Heroes #13).
Carol was intentionally mentioned the last because she’s the main character of the 2019 movie, Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury and Jude Law stars as Yon-Rogg etc.
Terry Gene Bollea. Most of us, including myself, wouldn’t know who is he. Let’s now try using his stage name – Hulk Hogan. It’s the 1980s and pro wrestling, WWF, WrestleMania and Mr. T are all the rage. It is an easy guess that Hogan’s stage name originates from similarity to this famous Marvel superhero.
Hulk first appeared in 1962 in The Incredible Hulk #1. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner had been accidentally exposed to gamma rays which lead to his transformation into Hulk. Stan Lee himself said that the inspiration came from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Doctor Strange had also been created during the Silver Age of Comic Books. He first appeared in the Strange Tales #110 in July 1963. As it often goes with superheroes, his superpower abilities also came as a result of an accident, but this time the accident itself was just a catalyst.
After losing his arms, which is always a very bad thing, especially if you’re a surgeon, he decided to travel and find a “replacement”. He found more than what he expected and became the protector of the Earth against “dark magic”. The stamp motif depicts this in a very good way.
Before he became Captain Britain, we knew him as Brian Braddock. His story also includes an accident, and this time it was related to nuclear power. After an accident and the acquisition of the Amulet of Right, he became Captain Britain as we know him today. His main task was, as you could expect, to protect Britain, and he started doing that from October 1976 when he appeared in Captain Britain Weekly #1.
This comic book was also the first original content produced by Marvel UK (an imprint of Marvel Comics formed in 1972). This is also the first exclusively British superhero in this stamp series.
She loved adventure ever since she was a child. Her story continues as a code breaker of the British Royal Military and a special agent and a French Resistance fighter. Later she joins Captain America on several operations.
As a character, she was introduced for the first time in Tales of Suspense #75, May 1966.
The battle for the second place in Marvel superheroes popularity list is very tight. Still, I would say that Iron Man leads, with Captain America, Thor and Daredevil lagging not far behind. Maybe just one good blockbuster to boost their popularity. Meanwhile… Iron Man.
In the Marvel Universe, Iron Man is actually Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark. And no, he’s not related to the Starks from Game of Thrones in any way 🙂 (But we will have a GoT article also very soon.) OK, so he was a billionaire who got kidnapped and injured and that was his catalyst. In order to save himself, he created an armor, which he would later improve and use in his everyday actions.
His debut happened in March 1963 in Tales of Suspense #39 and 5 years later he got his own title – Iron Man #1.
He is T’Challa, king of Wakanda, a fictional country in Sub-Saharan Africa. His superhero status comes from the combination of science, training and a little help from herbs used in ancient Wakandan rituals.
He appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966 and was the first black superhero in a major comic book. Obviously, his appearance was extremely important and popular media played an important role in the struggle for equality once again.
James Montgomery Falsworth or Union Jack was created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbin with his first appearance in Invaders #7 on July 1976.
In total, 3 men wore the mantle of Union Jack. Besides James (during World War I), other two were his son Brian Falsworth (during World War II) and Joseph Chapman, a working-class man to whom Joseph offered this position.
Thor is another character from the Silver Age of Comic Books. His first appearance was in Journey into Mystery #83 in August 1962.
His character was based on Norse mythology, or to be more precise on Asgardian god of Thunder with the same name. He has a super heavy hammer and the ability to control the weather. Maybe the most important weather manipulation he liked to performed was his famous thunder.
Thanos and the Battle Plan
For those who are not that into Marvel comics, Thanos is a supervillain and as such he’s not the one who could be easily defeated. Luckily, we have a bunch of superheroes at our disposal and they just need to agree on the right tactics.
This is what these last 5 stamps (the 5 with values) are all about. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that everything is getting ready for a battle with Thanos.
When you think of stamp collecting, probably the first analogy would be an older guy, sitting alone somewhere in his room and looking at his 19th-century stamps. While that could be true, today we also have some new and very interesting stamps, like these issues by the Royal Mail, just waiting for you to add them to your collection. And with technology at our disposal as well as many means to swap stamps I can’t think of a reason not to!
Author: E. Drkušić / https://stamp.ninja
2018 has just started and we are still greeting our family, friends, colleagues that PostNord (Denmark) releases today two stamp issues and a miniature sheet.
From 1 January 2018, it will cost DKK 9 to send a standard letter (weighing max. 50 g) to addresses in Denmark and DKK 27 to adresses abroad (up to 100g).
Bjørn Wiinblad Centenary
Taking as his motto “Make people happy”, the famous Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad crafted his distinctive works in a sumptuous, oriental-inspired style, distinguished by a host of colours and heavy decoration. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of this peerless artist and designer, and PostNord has chosen to celebrate the event by issuing a 10-strip featuring five of Bjørn Wiinblad’s finest images.
Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad
Design: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Colours: 4-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13 x 13¼
Method of printing: Offset
Format: 26.5 x 36.6 mm
One of the things letters and roses have in common is that they are both used to convey messages. For centuries, the subtlety of the rose has been deeply symbolic, so there is always an underlying message in which bouquet you give to whom. The red rose is strongly associated with love and desire, while the white rose represents innocence and purity. And death. A purple rose is often linked with enchantment, and finally, a yellow rose is viewed as an expression of falsehood.
PostNord has issued a 10-strip featuring roses in five colours, so you can send your letters on their way with different messages. As from 1 January 2018, the price of sending an international letter weighing up to 100 g will be DKK 27.
Photos: Anders Bach
Design: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Colours: 4-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13½ x 13½
Method of printing: Offset
Format: 26.50 x 26.25 mm
At the age of 84, the world-famous artist Yoko Ono is making her debut as a stamp designer. The minisheet of two stamps created on the initiative of Yoko Ono features strong universal messages such as “Dream”, written in the centre of a yellow moon, and “Smile”, which adorns the heart of a yellow sun. This issue gives Danish letter-writers and tourists alike the opportunity to send greetings decorated with Yoko Ono’s messages of peace and understanding to friends
and family around the globe.
Exhibiting at Charlottenborg
Yoko Ono has devoted her life to battling for a world of peace and understanding, and to making people more aware of their surroundings. From October 2017 through February 2018, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg art gallery
in Copenhagen is hosting a special exhibition entitled YOKO ONO: TRANSMISSION. It is an exhibition that explores the famous artist’s unique methods of transmitting her insightful messages about artistic philosophy
and peace in diverse ways to people all over the world. The minisheet of two stamps has been created specifically for this exhibition.
The minisheet is being issued as an extension of the “YOKO ONO: TRANSMISSION” exhibition being hosted at Kunsthal Charlottenborg art gallery in Copenhagen. The exhibition also features 900 billboards set up at bus stops all over Denmark, as well as radio transmissions and newspaper advertisements. If you visit Kunsthal Charlottenborg before 18 February 2018, you can see all the works, including an exhibition about how the stamps were created, from the first rough sketches to the final versions.
Artist: Yoko Ono
Graphic design: PostNord Stamps/ Ella Clausen
Colours: 3-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13½ x 13¼
Format, stamps: 56 x 42 mm
Format minisheet: 75 x 130
William Shakespeare and his immortal works
“Let me speak and I will enchant your ears”
The challenge for designers while creating the mini sheet was to show that Shakespeare powerful words can’t be read as mere sophisms. Shakespeare weaves the universality of human condition through irony, humor and metaphors. Due to that, the intention was to present remarkable phrases of each play, contextualizing them with colors and symbols that identify them:
in “Romeo and Juliet”, the balcony where the lovers meet, using vectorial illustration;
- in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” the same technique is used to show the moment when the queen of the fairies, Titania, under the influence of a spell, falls in love with Nick, transformed into a donkey, in the forest where the story happens;
- the contemplation of mortality itself can be seen in the skull, in “Hamlet”. The technique used is China ink and aquarelle on paper, and complementary colors, red and green, symbolize the main character’s duality;
- in “Othello”, once again vectorial illustration is used to show the green color of envy involving the tragic Moor hero;
- in “King Lear”, on the other hand, a vectorial illustration shows the old king wearing a broken crown, symbolizing the disastrous division of his kingdom among his daughters;
- finally, “Macbeth” brings us the blood and violence of the ambition for power, combining digital painting and vectorial illustration
Foreword by Theófilo Silva – Writer and researcher of William Shakespeare
“Shakespeare is humanity’s master of ceremonies”. This phrase synthesizes, with precision, the importance of English dramatist William Shakespeare, born on April 23rd, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small town in England countryside. Cognominated the Bard of Stratford, he is acknowledged worldwide as the poet who rummaged with deep wisdom the whole complexity of human nature. Shakespeare left us thirty nine plays, five great poems and the celebrated 154 sonnets; over thirteen hundred characters; a vocabulary with over twenty one thousand words (the biggest amongst all writers) of which over two thousand are his full creation.
His thought is disseminated among us. His dramas, his phrases, his verses, are incorporated to our routine, and we quote him all the time, even without knowing it. Theater, TV, cinema repeat Shakespeare exhaustively, all the time. Actors and actresses play the good and the evil: sarcasm, laughter, cry, weakness, power, strength, pain, joy, happiness, contempt, are always reproducing his characters.
Shakespeare considered man a sublime being, whether weak or strong, good or evil. He loved mankind. His work expands and widens the human mind, making man think more, feel more, see more through his plots and characters, which, instead of being read, read us, no matter how unbelievable it may seem.
Considered the father of modern theater, his monumental theatrical work is broken down in tragedies, comedies, historical plays and novels (final pieces). Thus, in the work considered the maximum work of the human genius, Hamlet – from the famous soliloquy “to be or not to be: that is the question” –, Shakespeare presents us a prince who raises all questions inherent to human condition. In Macbeth, he discusses the unbridled ambition for power, which measures no consequences until reaching its goals, even if leads to annihilation and madness. In Othello, he reveals the whole destructive power of envy and jealousy. In King Lear, he shows us the old age that lost discernment. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, he approached the world of dreams, presenting all the transforming power of imagination. In Romeo and Juliet, we have the greatest love story of all times, the two youths who became mixed up with the real.
In Brazil, his work was translated by dozens of authors and his plays are extremely popular, being represented and enacted in all parts of the county. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, but he is still alive, enchanting humankind with his immortal works. That is why Machado de Assis said: “You don’t discuss Shakespeare, you admire him”
William Shakespeare was one of the most important dramatists and writers in humankind history. He wrote brilliant works, which are today adapted to theater and cinema. In this issue, Correios Brasil pays homage to six works of the Bard: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Art: Adriana Akemi Shibata e Bárbara Duarte
Print system: offset + gold and silver metallic paints + spot UV varnish + embossing
Paper: gummed chalky paper
Mini sheet with 6 stamps
Mini sheet dimension: 200mm x 158mm
Facial value: R$4.20 each stamp
Issue: 300,000 stamps (50,000 of each stamp)
Design area: 25mm x 59mm
Stamp dimensions: 25mm x 59mm
Perforation: 12 x 11.5
Date of issue: October 26th , 2017
Printing: Brazilian Mint
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In a couple of weeks (07.12.17), the last issue of the year will be released by the Deutsche Post. The topics of the four stamps to be issued range from science to contemporary design and a famous german writer. Let’s enjoy this gallery of design that were issued along the year 2017.
More information on the stamps are available on the website of the Bundesministerium der Finanzen
OLD MASTERS – FERDINAND GEORG WALDMÜLLER
The Austrian painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller is considered the very epitome of an artist from the Biedermeier era. Austrian Post is celebrating the prominent painter with a commemorative stamp in the “Old Masters” series.
Waldmüller was born in 1793 in Vienna. At the tender age of just 14 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and earned his living as a portrait artist, drawing teacher and theatrical set designer. Over time he also began to paint landscapes and the genre paintings of everyday scenes for which he later became famous. He frequently travelled to Italy and to the Salzkammergut, where many of his most famous works were created. In 1829 he was appointed as curator of the painting collection and as a teacher by the Academy of Fine Arts, but his relationship with his employer soon turned sour: Waldmüller’s ideas for educational reform and on the academic collection were repeatedly rejected. He was forbidden to give any further private lessons in his rooms at the Academy and his studio there was taken away from him. Following publication of yet another polemic paper, in 1857 he was forced to retire and found himself in ever worsening financial straits. Waldmüller died in 1865 in Hinterbrühl near Mödling.
His objective, naturalistic depictions were not always well received by his contemporaries. Still lifes, portraits, landscapes and, in particular, rural scenes filled with realism and attention to detail constitute the main body of his work, although social issues such as poverty or homelessness often lurk behind the apparently idyllic scenes. Light and its effect play a central role in his paintings and give them a radiant appeal. It was primarily abroad that Waldmüller found recognition as an artist, and he was able to sell some paintings at the Universal Exhibition in Paris and during a visit to Buckingham Palace. It was only long after his death that his works were rediscovered and their artistic importance recognised. “Revival to New Life” was painted in 1852. Here, too, it is light and shadow that gives life to the painting: the gleaming sunlight makes the picture glow. Spring has arrived and everything is awakening to new life. This is reflected not only in the smiling faces of the people, but also in the blossoming nature that surrounds them: in the branches of the tree as they turn green or in the little bunch of flowers in the girl’s hand.
Despite their evident poverty, the people are clearly rejoicing in the old tree’s recovery and this radiant spring day. Waldmüller characterises each individual in the picture with prodigious attention to detail: the clothing, the tree, the building – each one is meticulously depicted. The oil painting belongs to the Princely Collections of Liechtenstein (LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz – Vienna).
Issue Name: OLD MASTERS – FERDINAND GEORG WALDMÜLLER
Release Date: 13.07.2016
Number of Copies: 180.000
Print Style: Kombinationsdruck, Offset-Stich (Etch-Art by OeSD)
Design: Dieter Kraus
Type: Special issue series
Printed by: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH
Text & Photo Credits: Post Austria