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
Myanmar Post issued two types of official FDCs, two types of postcards 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 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


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

SINGPEX 2019 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

SINGPEX 2019 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition was held at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center from 31 Jul to 4 Aug 2019.  Competitive exhibits of 1207 frames and 38 literature exhibits from 26 countries participated in the show.

Exhibition Logo

I served my duties as a Commissioner for Myanmar.  Myanmar participants entered two exhibits under the competitive classes.

Commissioners
My own exhibit titled "The Development of Letter Sheets of Burma (Later Myanmar) 1946-2001" participated under the postal stationary class.   It scored 83 marks and won Vermeil medal.  The other exhibit under Literature class is the book written by Dr Kyaw Myint Maung.  The book named "The Articles on Stamp Collecting Hobby" scored 70 marks and won Silver medal. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The unrecorded prefix B on commercial tax label

The commercial tax labels were in use from 1st November 2014.  In Fantail 55, second printing of these labels was reported and the author questioned about prefix “B”.  These labels are printed with security number of 9 digits prefixed by a letter.  The prefixed letters recorded so far are “A” and “C”.   On one of the recent eBay listing, the prefix “B” was found out.  It is on 5000 Kyats values.  The dealer posted a piece of receipt taxed with the total value of 35000 Kyats.  It was used on 21 June 2015, which is just before the next printing arrives.  The printing with prefix “C” was recorded in 2016 as earliest usage.  So, we can assume that prefix “B” was distributed only limited quantity and used for short period only.  It still needs more evidences of “B” prefix on values other than 5000 Kyats.

The B Prefix Label
Receipt with B Prefix Label at Right

Thursday, July 25, 2019

GSM article on Air Letter Sheets of Burma

I published my study report on the Burma's air letter sheets in GSM, 2019 May issue.  It is also the beginner's guide to air letter sheets of Burma (Myanmar) covering from first issue of 1946 to last issue of 2001. 

First page of an article
Toe Kyaw Kyar, "The Development of Burma's Letter Sheets: A Brief History", Gibbons Stamp Monthly, pp. 62-65, May 2019.

The month of Waso

The seventh stamp of the festivals series is for the month of Waso and it was issued on 2 Jul. It is the 1st Waxing of Waso.

The month of Waso (July) is the fourth month of traditional Burmese calendar.  In the ancient time, the Buddhist ordination ceremonies and noviciation ceremonies are held throughout the nation.  It is also the first month of the three-month annual retreat observed by Theravada monks and practitioners. The stamp on the card featured Waso's seasonal flower Ponenyat[Alexandrian laurel] and Buddhist Ordination Festival. 

Stamp design

Technical Details of Stamps
Date of Issue : 2 Jul 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.
More images to come <stay tuned>

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The month of Nayon

The sixth stamp of the festivals series is for the month of Nayon and it was issued on 3 Jun. It is the 1st Waxing of Nayon.


The month of Nayon (June) is the third month of traditional Burmese calendar.  During this month, national Pariyatti Sasana Examinations for Buddhist monks are held countrywide.  The exams were held since the time of the Burmese Kings.  The exam includes written test and viva voice. The stamp on the card featured June's seasonal flower Sabei [Jasminum Arborescens Robx] and religious exam festival.

Stamp design


Technical Details of Stamps
Date of Issue : 3 Jun 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.
More images to come <stay tuned>

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CHINA 2019 World Stamp Exhibition

CHINA 2019 World Stamp Exhibition was held at International Expo Center, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China from 11 to 17 June.  811 Exhibits in around 3433 frames and 145 literature exhibits from 87 countries participated in the show.

Logo of the exhibition
I served my duties as a Commissioner for Myanmar.  This is the first time for Myanmar to participate in World Stamp Exhibition under the patronage of FIP.  Myanmar participants entered two exhibits under the competitive classes. 

National Commissioners
My own exhibit titled "The Development of Letter Sheets of Burma (Later Myanmar) 1946-2001" participated under the postal stationary class.   It scored 86 marks and won Large Vermeil medal.  Since the last national exhibition at which it attained qualifying status beyond national level, this exhibit has been improved all the way to FIP LV medal.

The other exhibit under Literature class is the book written by Dr Kyaw Myint Maung.  The book named "The Articles on Stamp Collecting Hobby" scored 73 marks and won Silver medal.  Both exhibits will be entered into FIAP Singpex 2019 exhibition as well.

Although it is the first time participation for Myanmar, exhibitors grab nice ranking medals.  During the palmares night, Mr Tay Peng Hian, the Honorary President of FIP and Consultant to CHINA 2019, mentioned and acknowledged the first participation of "Myanmar" in FIP World Exhibition and welcomed us.