Stamp Bulletin 354
Welcome to the July edition of the Stamp Bulletin and to news about stamp issues and commemorative products being released over July and August. You can also receive details of new stamp issues by subscribing to our free monthly e-newsletter at auspostcollectables.com.au
Nature looms large in stamp issues released over July–August, the first presenting, through the remarkable illustrations of Owen Bell, four of the 200 or so frog species found in Australia. The survival of three of those shown is at serious risk, with these listed as critically endangered or endangered.
The second stamp issue released is titled Norfolk Island’s Crystal Pool, featuring a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. A natural catchment of crystal-clear sea water, Crystal Pool hosts plentiful reef fish, so snorkelling is a favoured activity in calm conditions.
August marks Stamp Collecting Month in Australia, and we are pleased to offer a new educational stamp issue for children. The five stamps feature sea creatures found in and around the Great Barrier Reef. A print technique used in creating a collector minisheet pack introduces a 3D effect, which we expect will attract special interest. The issue is also accompanied by several activity products for children.
The August issue Children’s Bush Classics celebrates the centenary of two favourites of children’s literature, both of which have never been out of print. Released in 1918, The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay, and Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful, by May Gibbs, have been delighting readers over many generations.
Our final issue in this edition shows the wonderful natural history artwork of 19th-century artist John Gerrard Keulemans. Of special appeal to bird lovers, the stamps present four subspecies of birds endemic to Christmas Island: the Christmas Boobook, White-tailed Tropicbird, Brown Goshawk and the Christmas White-eye.
There is also a range of new stamp packs and postal and numismatic covers for collectors.
Public Notice: 354 July/August Stamp Bulletin image error
The Reef Safari Nautilus Medallion Cover (1983303), displayed on page 14, features the wrong medallion image. The medallion sold with this cover is silver and not bronze. This error only appears in the Bulletin mailed out to mail order Bulletin subscribers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.