What's New:  March 2006

Here is the material that was added or modified for this update:

  1. List of Stamps Arranged by Country

  2. Appendix II: Labels, Seals, Advertising Stamps, Etc.

    CHINESE NEW YEAR LABELS - 2001   turtle stamp icon

    Sheet of one large and eight small labels issued in 2001 for the year of the snake. One of the small labels depicts a carving of a turtle with a snake wrapped around its shell. Purpose of sheet is unknown.

    DANISH CHARITY SEAL   turtle stamp icon

    Non-denominated label issued by Børns Vilkår, a Danish organization dedicated to helping orphan children. Label depicts a turtle on a shelf or table with a second turtle painted on a plate in the background. It comes from a sheet of 16 labels, inscribed "Bornemaerket 2005-06" in the upper selvedge. The sheet as a whole is denominated 20 kr.

    SPANISH DOORMEN LABELS   turtle stamp icon

    Two private revenue stamps issued by some sort of association or brotherhood of doormen of civil ministries. They were issued during the Fascist dictatorship of Franco, probably during the 1940's or 1950's. Both stamps are denominated 10cts, and have almost identical writing and similar designs. One is printed in blue on white and the other in green on white.

    On both stamps there is a crest with an eagle's head at the top. Under the head there is script that translates as "Spain is united, free, great". This was Franco's motto. Under the crest are two free standing symbols. The one on the left is a yoke and represents King Ferdinand. The one on the right is composed of arrows and symbolizes Queen Isabella's Catholicism. These two symbols, appearing together, together were heavily utilized by Franco during his fascist regime. The four banners within the crest represent from top left and going clockwise: Castija, Leon, Basque, and Catalonia. The pillars on either side represent the columns of Hercules that support the nation.

    On the blue stamp, the turtle has a coin in its mouth and is approaching a bank, presumably to put it in the slot. This might be urging the members of the doormen's association to save money. On the green stamp, there is no coin in the turtle's mouth and no bank is depicted.

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