Saturday, September 16, 2017

Late August and early September 2017 on SébPhilatélie and in France

Tuesday 22 August: How to inkjet-print cancellations in Malaysia.
Interesting postcard received from Malaysia, sorted 29 June 2017 at the national mail center (Pusat Mel Nasional).

Stamp on fauna of the country and a cancel that be read (thank you Hasbullah and Postcrossing).
The cancel is shaped in the traditional round datestamp and can be read despite behing made of small black inkjet points. A model for British Royal Mail, the United States Postal Service and a few others.

Friday 25 August: Is electronic money the future of India?
After the harsh, surprising and - for many Indians - desperating demonetisation of the two highest banknote denomination last November by Prime Minister Modi. It was followed by weeks of daily problems for consumers, entrepreneurs, rural workers,... facing the lack of currency.
The Reserve Bank of India continues to print notes and issued new ones. Here the new 200 rupee one of late August 2017.
But among solutions found by them and encouraged by the federal government were electronic means of payment, through phones, direct from one bank account to another. To help this transition the governement proposed to use the Aadhaar, equivalent of the national social security number in many countries such as France, unique to a person from his birth onwards.

However the Supreme Court advices against this last point for fear that the right for privacy couldn't be respected: administrations being able to investigate people thank to the Aadhaar.

To be continued...

Saturday 2 September: To pay more to get the actual stamps of France?
After better looking and complete reissue of stamps at Paris-Philex exhibition in May 2016, I think the French philatelic service will again do it on the week-end of the 23rsd of September.
While the educative animated series has a lot of appeal, La Poste chose cinema pre-filming prep... (via
For the 30th anniversary of the TV educative series Il était une fois... la vie (Once upon a time... was life) by Albert Barillé and, in 2018, the 40th of Il était une fois... l'homme, one stamp will be issued... not very connected to the series themselves but for three of their characters.

Entitled Hello Maestro! the stamp is in fact a commercial for the website established a few years ago from these series.

Do you wish to get stamps with the characters in action, explaining how the body works ( vie) or the history of mankind (... l'homme)?

You'd have to buy the 9.80 euro collector (prepersonalised) booklet, meaning 2.50 euro above the postage value of the stamps.

Sunday 10 September: Initiation on recognising fraudulent stamp in Gibbons Stamp Monthly.
The September 2017 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly proposed three articles on false stamps: from pioneer Edward Loines Pemberton's writings told by Michael Peach to a tsunami of current Machin  definitives by Edward Klempka, through the Empire during King George V's reign with Dickon Pollard from Murray Payne dealership.

Wednesday 13 September: speaking of French reissue policy...
Finally and officially the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Paris. The French post being a sponsor, a commemorative stamp was already issued last May 2017.

To mark the final honor around a fifth of that stamp printing was overprinted in blue with an Eiffel Tower, the cathedral of Lima (where the IOC Congress too place), the name of Lima and the date.

Hurry and dip deep: these stamps will be sold by complete sheet, only in actual places and for two weeks...

Again a speculation debate to come?

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