This week we went a few years back to give you the story about the world's largest stamp mosaic ever made. We also went back to February to find an interesting stamp issue from Spain, and we end up back in April with a stamp issue from Slovakia.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, which can be found here, we have a new partner at Stampworld Nordfrim A/S one of the largest providers of philatelic accessories worldwide. To kick off the partnership, Nordfrim has put together a range of great offers, which can all be found below. But hurry they offer free worldwide shipping on any order placed before May 1st!
Finally, we have a quick update on how things are going at Stampworld, and where we are moving towards.
World's Largest Stamp Mosaic
On November 8th 2014 in Malaga, Spain, history was made. In an event hosted by Correos Spain, the world record for the world's largest stamp mosaic was broken. More than 230.000 individual, original postage stamps were used for the mosaic, which ended up being more than 220 square meters, upon completion.
The mosaic was made with Spanish stamps of different designs from 2011, which were already taken out of sale, and would otherwise have been destroyed by the authorities.
The objective of the project was to introduce the public to the world of stamps, and it must have had some effect more than 3100 individuals helped with the creation of the mosaic, which required more than 22 hours of work from the volunteers, who were primarily children.
The mosaic depicts a capital Ñ, which is a letter that is exclusively used in the Spanish language. This symbolizes Spain and its former colonial states.
Current and Upcoming Stamp Issues
Correos Spain: 75th anniversary of the fire of Santander
The city of Santander was hit by a great fire in 1941. The fire burned for several days, and ended up burning down more than 10% of the entire city. The fire started in the old city center, so a range of classical buildings were lost to the flames. A result of the fire was, that the architectural landscape in Santander changed significantly. The city switched from a medieval inspired style with small stone buildings, to an industrially inspired style with large housing blocks in the city center. The design of the stamp is clearly referencing the great fire. As you move from the left towards the right, the aftermath of the fire is shown, as well as the city as it looks today. The left edge of the stamp is charred and misshaped, as to symbolize the great fire.
The stamp was issued on February 15th 2016, with a denomination of 1,15. It can be found directly in our catalogue by clicking here.
Slovenska Posta: UCI World Road Cycling Champion 2015 Peter Sagan
On april 21st 2016, Slovenska Posta issued a new stamp issue, which celebrates Peter Sagan for his recent accomplishments. Peter Sagan is a 26-year-old professional cyclist from Slovakia. He currently rides for Team Tinkoff, where he has celebrated a range of great successes. One of the greatest successes in the past year has been for him to win the UCI World Championship, which makes him the best professional cyclist in the world. Peter Sagan has a special charisma to him, and the design of the stamp captures this very well. The stamp shows Sagan at the top of his career at the moment when he receives the gold medal in the UCI World Championship.
The stamp has a denomination of 1, and can be found in our catalogue here. It can also be purchased directly at Slovenska Posta.
Great offers from Nordfrim A/S
As mentioned, we have entered a partnership with Nordfrim A/S, and to celebrate that, Nordfrim has made a range of great offers available to all members of Stampworld. On top of all these offers, Nordfrim is also offering free shipping on any order placed before May 1st. This deadline is soon, so in order to take advantage of the offer, you have to act fast. You can find a large range of offers from Nordfrim right here.
GRANDE classic ring binder incl. slipcase - EUR 15 save EUR 11!
Bound leatherette cover, 4 D-ring mechanism. Holds up to 60 sheets. This ring binder can hold all standard A4 clear plastic wallets, as well as official GRANDE and ENCAP sheets.
100 Stock Cards - A5 format Leuchtturm - EUR 18 - Save EUR 3,50
14,8 x 21 cm with five strips. Transparent cover page. A Leuchtturm product.
Tweezers Deluxe - 15 cm, straight, narrow Leuchtturm - EUR 4,5 - Save EUR 4!
These tongs are one of the fine quality products manufactured by Solinger. With etui Tongs deluxe.
Stockbook - 32 black pages Leuchtturm EUR 12 save EUR 3,95
Format 23 x 31 cm. 32 pages, from Leuchtturm. These quality stockbooks have black pages and transparent strips. Shipped in assorted colors.
Nordfrim offers a wide range of other products, so make sure to check out their store.
Where are we now, and where are we going?
At Stampworld we are always working hard to improve the experience for all our members. A lot of the work we do, happens behind the scenes, but we assure you that it will have major benefits to you, as soon as we are done.
We are currently working on finalizing our Stampworld Forum, as we keep hearing from our members that this is a key feature that is missing at Stampworld. We want to give you the best possible experience with the forum from the first day, so we want to make sure that it is great, before opening it up to the world.
We are also working on making Stampworld more relevant to every individual member of the site. In order for this to work, we need to know more about our members, and in particular, what philatelic interests each member has. To ease the registration of philatelic interests, we have added a pop-up, which is shown to any member, who has not yet filled in their interests. Only when a lot of members have registered their interests, can Stampworld reach its full potential. If you would like to register your interests, you can do it here.
We want you to know just how much goes on at Stampworld, so in the near future we are making changes to the front page. Here you will be able to see the most recent stamps added for sale in the catalogue, you can see the total number of Stampworld members, new members during the past 24 hours, and the number of stamps added for sale during the previous 24 hours. We now have more than 132,000 members, and every day, more than 200 new members are joining Stampworld. At the moment we have roughly 850,000 individual stamps for sale, with more than 1000 new stamps added for sale every single day.
We will also be making upgrades to the "Buy Stamps" section of Stampworld, in order to improve the experience for the buyers and making the purchase process much smoother. If you would like to sell your own stamps at Stampworld, you can easily do so. All you have to do is upgrade your account to a sellers account, and you are good to go! Sellers subscriptions start at $39,95.
If you are not sure whether selling on Stampworld is for you, you can try it out at a small scale. You can do this by upgrading to a VIP subscription. The VIP account allows you to put a limited number of stamps for sale, but that is not the only benefit. The VIP account also allows you to use Stampworld without having to see advertisements, along with a range of other benefits.
By upgrading your account, you are also supporting the future development of Stampworld. You can see more about upgrading your account here.
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