Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kawthoolei Separatist Stamps

The Karen independent self-proclaimed states of Kawthoolei issued the set of stamps in 1986.  The set includes six values as shown below, where a Kawthoolei dollar equals to 20 US cents.  The sheet includes 25 stamps per sheet, printed using multi color printing in western Australia by direct colour printers.

Karen children singing

Karen Flag

Saw Bo Mya, Karen Leader

Map of the state of Kawthoolei

Karen Coat of Arms

River (probably Than Lwin) and Mountain Scene
For more details about the stamps can be found in original article by Carlos Swanson re-published in Burma Peacock Vol 12, No 2.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Myanmar Post Code Ambassador

Myanmar-descent Japanese actor Morisaki Win was appointed as postcode ambassador of Myanmar Post on 25 Sep 2018.  During the event, bilingual postcode books, posters, calendars and postcards were presented to Myanmar Post by JICA.  For more information, please refer to the press release by JICA which can be retrieved at this link.  The pamphlet can be downloaded here and the postcode book for three region (Naypyitaw, Yangon, Mandalay) can be downloaded here.

The postcards and posters show same design with the ambassador's portait.


Postcard promoting postcodes.  "What is your Postcode"



Yankin Post Office

Yankin PO is located at No 5, Thitsar Main Road, 1st Qtr, Yankin township.  It is situated in front of Yankin Education College.  Click the link for the exact location of the Yankin post office.  It is grade 2 PO and its postal code is 11081.  I visited this PO on 21 Feb 2018.

Yankin Post Office
Posting box at Yankin PO

Registered letter sent on 21 Feb 2018.

Kamayut Post Office

Kamayut PO is located at the corner of Adipadi Road and University Avenue Road, 9th ward, Kamayut township.  This PO is also known as Yangon University PO aka Rangoon University PO. Click the link for the exact location of the Kamayut post office.  It is grade1 PO and its postal code is 11041.  I visited this PO on 14 Feb 2018.

Kamayut PO

Registered overseal mail (Sent on 14 Feb 2018)


Thursday, September 12, 2019

The month of Tawthalin

The ninth stamp of the festivals series is for the month of Tawthalin and it was issued on 30 Aug. It is the 1st Waxing of Tawthalin.

The Regatta festival with boat races traditionally held in the month of Tawthalin (September) is the proof of Burmese King’s royal water forces for defense or flotillas of war ships and boats of different sizes well recruited, trained and maintained by the State.  The stamp on the card featured Wagaung's seasonal flower Yinmar [Chukrasia tabularis] and Boat Racing Festival.

Stamp design
The spelling for the name of the flower is widely argued.  Some people said ရင်းမာ or some said ယင်းမာ, even though they both has same pronunciation.  According to Burmese Spelling Dictionary, ရင်းမာ is correct.  So, the name on the stamp spelled correctly.

 Technical Details of Stamps
Date of Issue : 30 Aug 2019
Printer : Security Printing Works (Myanmar)
Printing Process : Offset
Stamp Size and Format : 84 mm x 30 mm (Horizontal)
Color : 4
Perforation : 14
Denomination : K200
Sheet Composition :  30 Stamps per Sheet
Quantity : 150,000 pcs each design
Stamp Designers : Wai Zin Paing (MPS)
Maxicard
Grab your copies at my eBay store.

First Day Covers

Official First Day Cover

FDC produced by Myanmar Philatelic Society (900 covers) [MPS-FDC-033]


The month of Wagaung

The seventh stamp of the festivals series is for the month of Wagaung and it was issued on 1 Aug. It is the 1st Waxing of Wagaung.

The month of Wagaung (August) is the fifth month of traditional Burmese calendar.  During this month, monks are invited to receive the bowls filled with rice meal or some offerings prepared by donors.  Alms-giving is by means of casting lots.  Each monk receives whatever bowls his lot falls.  The stamp on the card featured Wagaung's seasonal flower Khatta [Crimum amoenum] and Buddhist Offering Festival.

Stamp design

 Technical Details of Stamps
Date of Issue : 1 Aug 2019
Printer : Security Printing Works (Myanmar)
Printing Process : Offset
Stamp Size and Format : 84 mm x 30 mm (Horizontal)
Color : 4
Perforation : 14
Denomination : K200
Sheet Composition :  30 Stamps per Sheet
Quantity : 150,000 pcs each design
Stamp Designers : Wai Zin Paing (MPS)
Maxicard 


Grab your copies at my eBay store.

First Day Covers

Official FDC

MPS First Day Cover (950 Covers) [MPS-FDC-033]


Friday, August 16, 2019

ASEAN issue of 2019, National Costumes

August 8 is the founding day of ASEAN association.  Myanmar Post participated in Joint stamp issue of ASEAN anniversary 2019.  This year, theme set among the ASEAN postal authorities is "National Costume".  Since the beginning of the year, Myanmar Post is planning for an issue.  The hobbyist U Thiha Lwin sponsored the cost for photo shot of 8 major ethnics groups of Myanmar, which was estimated at 50 Lakh Kyats.

Public Announcements in Newspapers
When we are talking about National Costumes, it is not appropriate to juts issue the costume of Bamar ethnics.  So, it should includes all 8 big groups of ethnics.  But, to me, one set of 8 stamps or one MS with all ethics group is good enough to be issued.  Myanmar Post issued two sheetlets of 8 stamps each for this release, one normal posture and one dancing in ethnics costumes.

Costumes of Myanmar's Ethnics Groups
Dancing in Costumes
The controversial issue to discuss is the name of the designer.  All covers mentioned U Thiha Lwin as a designer of the stamps, but as far as I understand, he is the sponsor or donor of the photos for the usage in stamp production.  Interestingly, the Shan man playing the Shan pot drum is identified as U Thiha Lwin.

During the design stage of postmark, U Wai Zin Paing brainstormed the postmark design which can reflect the theme and Myanma's tradition.  He designed the postmark with Spinning wheel used in making the threads for the preparation of looming the traditional cloths.  Meanwhile, U Thiha Lwin proposed Myanmar Post that it is more convenience to use long postmark with wavy lines (like a roller canceller), suggesting one impression cancel all the stamps.

Suggested Postmark designs

Myanmar Post issued two types of official FDCs, two types of postcards sold at 100 Kyats each and one empty folder which was sold at 2500 Kyats.  Myanmar Philatelic Society also produced two types of FDCs.  All the FDCs includes stamps' technical details at the back of the cover.  All FDCs are designed by MPS and B(M)PSC member U Wai Zin Paing.

The quantity of FDC on sale is notable and FDCs are serialized.  There are two types of FDCs sold for each design, with or without the post office name. Selling price for one empty cover is at 200 Kyats.  So, counting to the varieties of FDC, there are 12 types.


With PO name
Without PO name
Nay Pyi Taw
2 x 500 sets
1000 sets
Yangon
2 x 500 sets
Mandalay
2 x 500 sets

 Technical Details of Stamps
Date of Issue : 8 Aug 2019
Printer : Security Printing Works (Myanmar)
Printing Process : Offset
Stamp Size and Format : 30 mm x 42mm (Vertical)
Color : 4
Perforation : 14
Denomination : K100 (16 designs)
Sheet Composition :  2 x 8 stamps per sheet
Quantity : 100,000 pcs each design
Stamp Designers : Thiha Lwin (TMH)

First Day Covers

Mandalay GPO FDC [500 Covers] 

Mandalay GPO FDC [500 Covers] 


<More information to be updated later>