Hello Collectors

Welcome to the November–December edition of the Stamp Bulletin, which presents the stamp issues and collectables that conclude this year’s releases. Many of these may well serve as inspiration for Christmas gift-giving.

This year’s secular Christmas stamp designs present some gingerbread delicacies baked in familiar Christmas shapes. While the reasons for the association between gingerbread and Christmas are not entirely clear, baking and decorating gingerbread is something that many families enjoy at Christmas time.

The traditional Christmas stamp designs present religious-themed plaques from the 17th and 19th centuries, which were made from glazed terracotta clay, using techniques that originated in Renaissance Italy.

The bright and colourful illustrations for Christmas Island Christmas depict Santa and some wildlife enjoying the warm tropical waters.

Once again, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, those wishing to send Christmas gifts and cards are encouraged to do so in plenty of time, especially in the case of sending parcels overseas. While the release date of the 2021 Christmas stamp issues is 1 November 2021, international Christmas stamps are now on sale to assist with this process. You’ll also find wonderful Christmas-themed postcards and greeting cards in this edition, which are prepaid for posting worldwide.

This edition also presents the Tokyo 2020 Australian Gold Medallists Collection, which contains the full set of Australian gold medallist stamp sheets from Tokyo 2020, as well as a single Ticket to Tokyo stamp. Our annual collection publications contain all of the gummed commemorative stamp designs released throughout the year for our Australian and Australian Territories stamp programs, as well as thematic text and striking imagery.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. This has been another challenging year for individuals and communities, and your support and interest in our range of stamps and collectables is greatly appreciated. I look forward to catching up again in 2022.

Michael Zsolt

Manager, Philatelic, Australia Post

This content was produced at the time of the Stamp Bulletin publication date and will not be updated.