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  • Malta – Christmas 2022 – Santa’s WorkshopMalta – Christmas 2022 – Santa’s WorkshopNovember 30, 2022For Christmas 2022, MaltaPost has issued two stamps together with a miniature sheet which also bears two stamps within it. Set as “Santa’s Workshop”, the miniature sheet was designed by Fabio Agius, a long-time staff member of the company. The busy workshop is set inside a wintry landscape as Santa busies himself reading a letter in front of a roaring fire. Elves are painting toys and packing sacks ready for their Christmas Eve delivery, while garlands, wreaths, candy sticks and bells animate the cosy scene. The two stamps depict Santa in his chair with one of the elves opening a shiny red letterbox. [...]
  • Malta – Comic Art In Malta 2022Malta – Comic Art In Malta 2022November 1, 2022In a departure from the more traditional choice of theme, this stamp issue by MaltaPost is taken squarely from the contemporary world of comics. The artworks have been selected from Impressions of an Island – a publication by Heritage Malta in collaboration with Wicked Comics. They illustrate three images, all of which refer in some way, to our local culture. Impressions of an Island marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Malta Comic Convention and showcases diverse comic-art renditions of Malta as seen through the eyes of several international and local artists. Their creations range from post-apocalyptic views to traditional images and from comedy to horror. This issue features three stamps with iconic scenery and superheroes inspired by the local culture and landscape. The first stamp in the series is designed by MaltaPost staff member Fabio Agius who is a well-known comic artist and writer, a co-founder of the Malta Comic Con and co-author of The Golden Lizard – Malta’s first graphic novel. His stamp is inspired by the prehistoric Hagar Qim temple and combines his love of drawing and rich colour in the inky sky, the figures of the towering dragon and lone soldier readying himself for battle. The next stamp is designed by UK-based comic artist Lee Townsend. Townsend has worked for some of the biggest names in comics and his prolific output has seen him design for Marvel, Disney and Dreamworks. Townsend’s stamp is largely inspired by the gardjola at Fort St. Angelo and there, launching himself off the bastions with Sliema in the background, is a muscular, red, and white Maltese superhero! Italian born Mario Torrisi is a well-established artist within the international comic-art world and is at present pursuing his dream of working with some of the world’s top comic publishers. Responsible for the stamp depicting the fishing couple with their kelb tal-fenek, he draws inspiration from the sea, the rock, old local costumes, and the care-free youngsters all set against a scorching sun. All three stamps bear the distinctive Malta Comic Con logo designed by Joseph Bugeja. [...]
  • Malta – In Memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022Malta – In Memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022September 20, 2022Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on April 21 1926, the elder daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. As the child of a younger son of King George V, she had little prospect of acceding to the throne. However , once her uncle Edward VIII abdicated on December 11, 1936, her father became King George VI and , she , in turn , the heir presumptive. In a radio address to the Commonwealth in 1947, on her 21st birthday, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” On 20 November 1947, she married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, in a relatively simple ceremony as the country was still recovering from the ravages of World War II. Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and to Princess Anne two years later. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born in 1960 and 1964 respectively. As Prince Philip’s naval wife, off and on between 1949 and 1951, Princess Elizabeth lived in Malta, mainly at Villa Guardamangia, Pietà. In the summer of 1951, the health of King George VI entered into serious decline. In January 1952 the Princess and Prince set out on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, but en route, at Sagana, Kenya, news reached them of the King’s death on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth age 25, now Queen, at once flew back to England. Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. At the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth held a number of other titles, which have now automatically passed to her son and heir, King Charles III. She was head of the Commonwealth, commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces, and supreme governor of the Church of England. She was also patron of more than 600 charities and organisations. In 2015, she also became the longest-serving British monarch in history, passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. As head of state and head of nation, Queen Elizabeth II was widely regarded as a symbol of stability, working tirelessly to ensure the monarchy remained relevant during a period of immense social, technological, and economic change. The Queen’s reign saw 15 different UK prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss. Away from her official duties, she was a devoted wife and mother, and dedicated grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was a monarch without equal. Date Of Issue: 19 Sep 2022Designer: MaltaPost p.l.cPerforation: pvaProcess: offsetSheet: Miniature Sheet bearing 1 stampDenominations: 5.00Watermark: Maltese CrossesSize: Sheet Size 120mm x 80mm [...]
  • Malta – SEPAC Stamp Issue – Local BeveragesMalta – SEPAC Stamp Issue – Local BeveragesSeptember 13, 2022SEPAC Stamp Issue – Local Beverages As a member of SEPAC (Small European Postal Administration Cooperation) and in keeping with its annual tradition of a joint stamp issue, MaltaPost will issue a set of four stamps titled Local Beverages on the 13 of September. The designs of this Malta set are decidedly retro with four bottles taking centre stage against a flatly rendered, yet colourful, local backdrop. The stamp set was designed by Daniel Spiteri. The stamps will be issued in a sheet of 10 stamps, with each stamp measuring 31mm x 44mm, with a comb perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 and bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The sheets measure 185mm x 118mm and were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process. The issue consists of 500,000 of the €0.37 stamp, 100,000 of the €0.57 stamp, 300,000 of the €1.40 stamp and 60,000 of the €2.00 stamp. These stamps will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo from Tuesday 13th September 2022.  [...]
  • Malta – 25th Anniversary Death of St. Theresa of CalcuttaMalta – 25th Anniversary Death of St. Theresa of CalcuttaSeptember 6, 2022MaltaPost plc marks the life of Mother Teresa by commemorating the 25th anniversary of her passing, with a specially designed stamp and a miniature sheet. Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, in 1910, Mother Teresa as she came to be known, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun who spent most of her life in India. At 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland, to learn English. She was intent on becoming a missionary and English was the language of instruction of the Sisters of Loreto in India. She arrived in India in 1929 and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, where she learned Bengali and taught at St. Teresa’s School, close to her convent. She took her first religious vows on 24 May 1931 and chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. Teresa took her solemn vows in 1937 while she was a teacher at the school in Entally, taking the style of ‘Mother’ in line with the Loreto custom. She served there for nearly twenty years and was appointed headmistress. Although Mother Teresa enjoyed teaching, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty in Calcutta. In 1946, while travelling from Calcutta to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she felt that she heard the call of her inner conscience, to serve the poor of India. She asked for and received permission to leave the school and began missionary work with the poor – replacing her traditional habit with the now recognisable simple, white, cotton sari with two blue borders. Four years later, joined by a group of young women, she founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta – a religious community that would care for ” . . . all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden and are shunned by everyone”. Her community caught the attention of local officials who helped her open her first hospice by converting an abandoned Hindu temple. By 2012, her community had grown to over 4,500 nuns active in 123 countries. Today the congregation manages homes and outreach clinics for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. It runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, children, and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. In 1979 she was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa died in September 1997 due to heart failure and in 2016 was canonized by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. She remains one of the most widely admired personalities of the 20th century. This stamp and miniature sheet were designed by Shanice Farrugia. Date Of Issue: 05 Sep 2022Designer: Shanice FarrugiaPerforation: 14.2 x 14.1Process: OffsetSheet: Miniature sheet bearing one stampDenominations: €3.00Watermark: Maltese crossesSize: 120mm x 80mm [...]
  • Malta – Maltese Festa 2022Malta – Maltese Festa 2022August 15, 2022Annually religious feasts are celebrated across the Islands, mainly during the summer season. Traditionally each village, richly decorated for the occasion, celebrates a feast in honour of its own patron saint. The celebrations reach their peak when the statue of the patron saint is carried shoulder-high around the village streets. This issue of stamps is the sixth in the series. Bormla – Statue Of The Immaculate Conception This statue is believed to have been carved in carob-tree wood by the nun Marija Dedomenico, around the year 1680. Our Lady’s silver dress was made in Milan by Ghezzi e Figli designed by Abraham Gatt in 1905 , who in 1920 also designed the silver pedestal. Burmarrad – Statue Of The Immaculate Heart of Mary The church of Burmarrad was still under construction when the parishioners expressed a wish to commission the sculpture of a statue of Our Lady. A statue, carved in wood, was ordered from a firm in Spain and paid for by the Deguara family. Gudja – Statue Of Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary In 1922 the statue was crafted in papier-mâché by Anglu Dalli (aka Tas-Suffari) from Gudja. The platform and pedestal are the work of Manwel Buhagiar while the bench was made by Dwardu Teeling as sculpted by Toni Buhagiar. Ghajnsielem – Statue Of Our Lady Of Loreto In 1865 the cholera disease spread out in Gozo. The people of Ghajnsielem vowed that if the village were spared from this disease, they would commission a statue of Our Lady of Loreto. Given that in Gozo, it was only Ghajnsielem that was free of this disease, within a short time funds were collected for the statue to be ordered from the French firm Galard et Fils of Marseille which arrived in Gozo within a year. Ta’ Kercem – Statue Of Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour In 1897 the statue was crafted in papier-mâché by Gallard et Fils of France during the tenure of parish priest Fr Anton Debono and was paid for by Salvu Grech. Kirkop – Statue Of St. Leonard Abbot In 1949, the statue of St. Leonard Abbot was carved in wood and ordered in Ortisei, near Bolzano, Italy. The pedestal was designed by Guzeppi Galea from Victoria. Lija – Statue Of The Transfiguration Of Our Lord The statue is the work of the sculptor from Senglea, Charles Darmanin. It is crafted in papier maché and was completed in 1864. The pedestal was made on a design by the sculptor from Cospicua, Abraham Gatt. Marsa – Statue Of The Holy Trinity Designed by Guzeppi Galea of Victoria, Gozo, this statue was made in Ortisei, Bolzano, Italy, by F. Stufflesser. The sculpture on the statue began in January 1979 and completed in September 1979. Zurrieq – Statue Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel The statue was carved in wood by the sculptor from Cospicua, Salvu Psaila in 1842. In 1854 two silver halos were installed in the statue while in 1872 the statue was restored by Master Micallef. Tarxien – Statue Of The Annunciation Of Our Lady This statue was carved in wood by the sculptor Xandru Farrugia (aka Mastru Xand) from Zejtun. This statue was completed in 1829, though in 1885 some modifications were made by Paul Bugeja of Valletta under the direction of Giuseppe Cali. In 2003 it was re-gilded by John Orlando under the supervision of the sculptor Renzo Gauci. Technical Details Issue Title: Maltese Festa – Series VIDate of Issue:  12 August 2022Value: €0.37Presentation: Set of 10 stampsSheet Size:182mm x 115mmStamp Size:31mm x 44mmPerforation: 13.9 x 14.0 (comb)Design: MaltaPost p.l.c.Photography: Mark Micallef PerconterPrinter: Printex Ltd.Process: OffsetWatermark: Maltese Crosses available on ebay [...]
  • Malta – EUROMED 2022Malta – EUROMED 2022July 11, 2022MaltaPost has again this year joined members of the Euromed Postal Joint Stamp Project in the issue of a set of stamps bearing a common theme. This is an annual commitment along the lines of the EUROPA stamp issue. The theme for 2022 is Maritime Archaeology & Historic Cities of the Mediterranean and in this regard MaltaPost has produced two stamps both related to Gozo. The stamp on marine archaeology reproduces an image of a shipwreck off the coast of Xlendi Bay, by the University of Malta / Dave Gration Project that took upon the discovery and excavation of the site in 2007 and subsequently explored in 2014. This ancient shipwreck was found to include a 15m long Phoenician trading vessel dating to the 7th century, together with a handsome cache of ceramic amphorae lying partially exposed on the seabed. Given the date of the wreck, the site was considered to be extremely well preserved. In 2014, marine archaeologists used an exploratory submarine with instruments and sensors that provided 3D photogrammetric images. The second stamp shows a marked departure from the usual depictions of Gozo’s Citadel. This portrays the bell tower of the handsome baroque cathedral and surrounding buildings, lit up against a dusky sky, and in the foreground the dry-stone walling so characteristic of the Mediterranean. Typical of a fortified city, the Citadel stands out as Gozo’s primary landmark. It is rich in buildings of architectural, military, and historic value including the Law Courts, churches, the Bishop’s Palace, a handful of museums, grain silos and the Old Prisons. Now a major tourist attraction, a walk around the well-preserved outer walls of the citadel leads to commanding views of the surrounding countryside and urban areas. Date Of Issue: 11 Jul 2022Designer: Maritime Archaeology – University of Malta / Dave GrationPerforation: 14.0 x 13.9(comb)Process: OffsetSheet: Set of 2 stampsDenominations: 20c and €5.00Watermark: Maltese CrossedSize: Sheet Size 118mm x 185mm Stamp – Size 44mm x 31mm [...]
  • Malta – Malta Meteorological Office Centenary 1922 – 2022Malta – Malta Meteorological Office Centenary 1922 – 2022July 3, 2022The issue of this set of three stamps is intended to raise awareness about the work carried by the Malta Meteorological Office, which this year celebrates 100 years from its inception. The Meteorological Office is Malta’s primary source for weather-related information. Over the past century, our Meteorological Office, which is in fact the only official meteorological office on the Islands, has been providing critical information which has been crucial for the wellbeing of our community and the safe day-to-day operations of various industries. July 1922 saw the opening of the first Meteorological Office in Malta, under the management of the UK Air Ministry. It was initially based in Guardamangia and fell under management of the Royal Air Force (RAF). With the onset of the Second World War the meteorological team moved underground for reasons of safety and security during air raids. It was only in 1942 that an observation station was opened at the Luqa airfield, expanding to a weather forecasting office a year later. In April 1979, the service was passed on to the Civil Aviation Department, 19 years later falling under the remit of Malta International Airport. The team of forecasters, observers, and administrators at the Meteorological Office in Luqa is also responsible for issuing weather forecasts and safety notices to the public, as well as adapting weather data for different entities whose operation depends on accurate meteorological information. By the introduction of modern technologies, the Meteorological Office provides a more detailed and accurate picture of the weather in Malta, allowing constant updates and careful tracking of different weather systems. Most recently, an Automated Weather Observation System was installed together with more sensitive field sensors and an upgraded radar imaging system to provide meteorologists with detailed and accurate weather analysis in real time. While technologies and equipment may improve over the years, meteorologists will continue to play a critical role in interpreting data and converting this same data into insight and occasionally life-saving advice. Date Of Issue: 01 Jul 2022Designer: Malta International AirportPerforation: 13.75 x 13.75 (comb)Process: offsetSheet: Set of 3 stampsDenominations: €0.07, €0.37 and €1.25Watermark: Maltese CrossesSize: Sheet Size 205mm x 100mm – Stamp Size 35mm x 35mm Available on ebay [...]