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July 2010 Review

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Palau MS from Cats of the World, 2009 Belgium Hallowe'en card and Duostamp, 2009 A couple of items from 2009 to begin with; the first is the remaining MS (miniature sheet) from Palau (left), which had not come to hand when I wrote the last review. I'm showing it because I think both the MSs are very attractive, although I'm not so impressed with the stamp sheetlets. The second item is a beautiful Hallowe'en card from Belgium (right), presumably from late in 2009, bearing a Duostamp with the same design in miniature. I find these Duostamps very hard to keep track of; they don't all seem to be on La Poste's website, or in the new-issue literature, so it's a matter of chance whether I happen to see them on an auction site.

Kittens from Belgium self-adhesive set of young pets, March 2010 Belgium, Europa 2010, 'Nose in Books' (March) Moving on to the current year, Belgium also produced a set of 10 self-adhesive stamps in March entitled 'Hors du nid', or 'Out of the nest', showing young domestic animals and pets. Two of them show kittens, and we picture one of those here (left); also included in the set are chicks, ducklings, rabbits, puppies, foals and lambs. There was a third cat from Belgium — if a slightly strange-looking one — on this year's Europa issue on the theme of 'children's books'. Released on the same day in March as the baby animals, the MS including two stamps was called 'Le nez dans les livres', or 'Nose in books' (right), and that is probably why the cat has a prominent red nose! The MS was specially designed for the general theme, rather than depicting particular stories.

Faroes, Europa 2010 (April): A Dog, a Cat and a Mouse Greece, Europa 2010 (May): Puss in Boots in children's book illustration The Europa/children's books theme resulted in four other cats that we know about. In April the Faroes issued their contribution of two stamps, one showing the cover of a book called A Dog, a Cat and a Mouse (left). The stamps can also be obtained in a booklet. It was only in 2007 that Greece came up with her first domestic cat on a stamp in the shape of Puss in Boots — and here he is again on the children's book issue from May (right), forming one of a pair comprising the set.

Finland, Europa 2010 (May), children's books Kazakhstan, Europa 2010 (May), children's books Finland also issued two Europa stamps in May, one of which shows a group of people and animals round a table studying a picture book (left). I have no information on what book or story is being illustrated, if any. The same applies to the single stamp from Kazakhstan, a former Russian republic and not one from which we've seen many domestic-cat stamps, although there have been a couple before. This stamp (right) shows an owl and what I think is a fox as well as the cat; it would be interesting to know their significance.

Peaches, from USA set of 10 cats and dogs: Adopt a Shelter Pet, April 2010 Following Great Britain's 'Battersea' set last time, the United States has released a set of 5 cats and 5 dogs on a broadly similar theme under the title 'Adopt a Shelter Pet'. The animals are named and were photographed at a shelter in Connecticut; our image is of 'Peaches', a handsome grey, white and tan female. By the time the stamps had been released at the end of April, all but one of the animals had been rehomed, and I would imagine the remaining one has also been adopted by now.

Cover of North Korea stamp booklet, March 2010 North Korea: label from booklet pane for Birdpex exhibition, Antwerp 2010 North Korea has given us many cats over the years and in March a new set of four portraits appeared. They were available in a booklet and it is the rather attractive cover of the booklet that we show here (left). There is from the same country a sheetlet produced for the 'Birdpex 2010' in Antwerp during April. Birdpex is an exhibition mounted every four years and devoted solely to the topic of birds on stamps; this Korean booklet pane duly pictures four birds (and a bee) — but I'm not clear how the two kittens (right) on one of the labels fit in! Probably to encourage people like me to buy it ...

Guinea 'Stamps on stamps' MS, January 2010 There's usually something supposedly from one of the African countries served by agents Stamperija, and this time it carries the name of the republic of Guinea. I don't recall seeing 'stamps on stamps' before in the field of domestic-cat issues; now there is a sheetlet of 6 and an MS (pictured) with both cats and dogs. On the sheetlet are images of one of the 1993 Belgium cats, two from the 2008 Ukraine set, and a 2006 Finland cat. There is a dog from the equivalent 2006 Finnish set too, and another dog from South Africa. The margin shows part of the 1974 Hungarian stamp with two Siamese kittens, and another dog and cat that I can't place. The MS shows a third cat from the 2008 Ukraine set. An interesting idea.

Collect British Stamps postmark from York Finally, although I don't usually include postmarks, here's one from the English cathedral city of York; it is to be in use for a year from January 2010. In the next review I will include the latest set of 'Hello Kitty' stamps from Japan that have recently been issued, and there will be some cartoon stamps from America that will include Garfield.


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