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2017 - 2014 Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) Issues

Starting in 1957 with one client nation, Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (IGPC) is now the agent and general postal consultant for more than 70 international postal administrations, representing every major race, religion, and culture of the world. With a full service art department IGPC has proved to be a pioneer in producing innovative philatelic products and popular topical subjects. We are pleased to present here a few examples of what you can find at the IGPC.

To see IGPC's list of stamps click on www.igpc.com. On the IGPC website go to "Shop New Issues" located towards the middle of the page in the gray bar on your left. If you plan to make a purchase on the IGPC website, please click "LOG IN" then click on the blue "Sign up now!" lower left on page to create your account. Stamps and descriptions will then be available for purchase from the "Shop New Issues".

 

Coral Reef stamps, Grenada 2017

 

Today’s Stamps Recreate the Wonders of Nature
— 2017 Wonders of Nature | Click to see Horses and Coral Reefs stamp sheets

Gone are the days when postage stamps depicted the heads of state and coats of arms that were such common sights on the 19th Century stamps. Likewise, the monochrome
issues of the early 20th Century were gradually replaced by multicolor postage stamps. And today, collectors can collect stunning issues in new, souvenir sheet forms whose pictorial margins skillfully supplement the stamp designs.

Illustrated here are a few examples of beautiful works of the beauty of nature, including . . .

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IGPC Gustav Klimt stamps 2017

 

Postage Stamps Depict Art In Its Many Forms
— 2017 Art on Postage Stamps | Click to see Edgar Degas, and Playboy stamp sheets

Postage stamps are appropriately known as “Miniature Works of Art,” and when they depict the great masterpieces, they are among the most popular issues among stamp collectors.

Illustrated here are a few examples of beautiful works of art that can be collected on stamps from around the world. . . .

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JFK John F. Kennedy Stamp, Grenadines of St. Vincent

 

The World Remembers JFK, Diana
— 2017 JFK, Diana | Click to see John and Jackie Kennedy and Diana stamp sheets

Two of the most popular and enduring figures of the 20th Century came alive again this summer when the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. orchestrated commemorative issues for some of its client nations celebrating the life and times of John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana.

Both of these dynamic personalities suffered tragic deaths at a much too young age, which explains in part why they still have so many followers, and why we enjoy a steady stream of issues to keep their memories alive.

Pictured here are Diana issues from Grenada and JFK issues from . . .

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Hong Kong, China Anniversary Celebrated
— 2017, 20th Anniversary  | Click to see Hong Kong returns to China, Grenada, and Hong Kong returns to China, Guyana stamp sheets

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a mini-omnibus for some of its client nations on the subject of The 20th Anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. The transfer took effect on July 1, 1997, with the establishment of Hong Kong as the first . . .

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Legendary Monkey King Featured on Stamps
— 2017 Monkey King  | Antigua and Barbuda

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a mini-omnibus for some
of its client nations on the subject of The Monkey King, more formally known as Sun
Wukong. Recently popularized in a 2014 Hong Kong action film, the plot of the film is based on an episode of the . . .

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IGPC - Lunar New Year Stamp, Year of the Rooster 2017

 

IGPC Adds to Annual Lunar New Year Series
— 2017 Year of the Rooster  | Click to see stamp sheets from Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, and Liberia

As it has in the past, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has once again organized a multi-nation salute to the Lunar New Year that began on January 28, 2017. Linked below are a few examples of participating nations, some of whom are among the many participating nations with significant . . .

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Click to see Lunar New Year stamps from the: South Pacific, US Postal Service, and Canada Post.

 

IGPC - Liberia Trump Stamp

 

Liberia Adds Donald Trump to Presidents Series
— Trump | Presidents Series, Click to see full sheet.

Last July the African nation of Liberia returned to United States Presidential politics with a set of three full sheets and three souvenir sheets depicting Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (See our previous article in this IGPC section, "Liberia Enters the U.S. 2016 Presidential Race".)

With his victory in the November 8 U.S. election, now President Trump has been added to Liberia’s ongoing United States Presidents series, as the . . .

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - Race to the White House - 2016 Stamps from Libera

 

Liberia Enters the U.S. 2016 Presidential Race
— Clinton/Trump | Race to the White House

On July 19, Liberia returned to U.S. Presidential politics with a set of three full sheets and three souvenir sheets depicting the Presidential candidates of the two major U.S. political parties. Shown here are the souvenir sheets.

One souvenir sheet depicts both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while the other two show the candidates with their spouses: Melania Trump and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The full sheets use . . .

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Mushroom and Seashell stamps featured from IGPC 2016

 

IGPC Orchestrates Shakespeare Omnibus
— Shakespeare  | Click to see stamps: Nevis (shown), The Gambia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuada.

This past June and July the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. produced in conjunction with its client postal administrations a tribute to William Shakespeare on the occassion of the 400th anniversary of his death. We show here a sampling of the many issues and plays written by Shakespeare as well as . . . .

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Muhammad Ali stamp - IGPC - Inter-governmental Philatelic Corporation

"The Greatest" Remembered on Stamps
— Muhamnmad Ali  | Click to see: 2016 Ghana Stamp, 2015 Gambia Stamps (shown), 2010 Tuvalu Stamps, 1994 Tanzania Stamp

The death of Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016 brought to an end the life of a man whose standing as one of the greatest boxers of all time was overshadowed by the impact he had outside the ring. Surrounded by controversy, reviled by some because of his beliefs, he also was revered by others and was the recipient of many tributes during his lifetime. Well known for his freestyle rhyming and his "float like a butterfly" boxing style, in his later years he was silenced by severe Parkinson’s syndrome, attributed to brain damage during his boxing career. . . .

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Mushroom and Seashell stamps featured from IGPC 2016

Caribbean Mushrooms & Seashells Featured
— Mushrooms and Seashells  | Mushrooms - Antigua & Barbuda, Seashells - St. Vincent & The Grenadines (shown) Click to see: Mushrooms souvenir sheet, Seashells souvenir sheet

The wonders of nature have always been a popular subject. In the early years of pictorial issues, single color engraved stamps, often from British Commonwealth nations with a portrait of the ruling monarch, attracted the interest of collectors of all ages.

The advent of modern lithography and other printing techniques brought out the full color spectrum that is found in real life and on postage stamps. Two recent issues bring this theme to the fore on stamps picturing Mushrooms and Seashells. . . .

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Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday stamp

The World Celebrates QE II 90th Birthday
— Queen Elizabeth II  | Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday - Grenada Grenadines, (shown) [Click to see: Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Celebration souvenir sheet, Queen Elizabeth II in Royal Blue souvenir sheet]

Throughout 2016 the nations of the world are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday, including in philatelic tributes.

As the representative of scores of postal administrations, including many who have ties to the British Commonwealth, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. was in an unsurpassed position to bring together a worldwide Omnibus issue in which the citizens of participating nations could honor ‘their Queen.’ Shown here are . . .

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IGPC Commemorates World Stamp Show-NY
— IGPC World Stamp Show 2016  | New York City's Famous Skyline - Grenada Grenadines, Carriqcou & Petite Martinique (shown) [Click to see: NYC Iconic Sites, NYC Famous Skyline, NYC Iconic Sites & Scenes]

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. will be on hand at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 U.S. International, representing its many client nations from around the world.

IGPC has participated in many Internationals and other major shows held around the world, and has issued stamps and souvenir sheets in conjunction with those shows, as well as for historic anniversaries.

Based in the Diamond District in mid-town Manhattan, and now . . .

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IGPC 2016 - Jimi Hendrix stamp

IGPC Honors Jimi Hendrix
— Jimi Hendrix  | Jimi Hendrix - Grenada (shown left)
[Click to see: Paintings of Jimi Hendrix souvenir sheet]

In March 2016, in an Omnibus issue that was as colorful as the artist himself, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. created a tribute to the world-renowned musician Jimi Hendrix. This latest issue adds to the many famous Entertainers and Entertainment Topicals that have been issued by IGPC.

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. His innovative style created a new musical form. . . . .

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First Stamps - First Stamps of Belgium, King Leopold I, Epaulettes
First Stamp of Belgium, 1849
King Leopold I

IGPC Launches First Stamps Series
— First Stamps | First Stamp of Belgium (shown left)

Starting last July the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation embarked on a program that should prove popular with Classic stamp collectors. The theme of the series is First Stamps, or more specifically, the Number One issues of United Nations member states.

Shown here is a sampling of the sheetlets, with the name of the issuing country in the border above each first stamp. . . .

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Lunar New Year - Year of the Monkey Stamp -  Turks and Caicos

IGPC Orchestrates Lunar New Year Program
— Lunar New Year  | Ghana, Turks and Caicos Islands (shown left), Guyana, Grenada

The annual Lunar New Year celebrations are accompanied by an outpouring of new issues from around the world, primarily, but not exclusively from nations with large Asian populations. In our Stamp News Now coverage you will find the issues of the United States, islands of the South Pacific, and these issues in a mini-Omnibus orchestrated by IGPC.

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Famous Paintings Set Released December 31
— Famous Paintings  | St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Johannes Vermeer - shown), St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio), Canouan (Claude Monet), Canouan (August Macke)
Click to see Famous Paintings Souvenir Sheets Murillo, Caravaggio, Monet, Macke

Just as the year 2015 came to an end, word came in from the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation that a group of nations they represent issued a Famous Paintings mini-Omnibus set.

Shown here (see attached PDF below), top left is "Water Lillies" by Claude Monet, issued by the Canouan Grenadines of Saint Vincent. In the 1890s, as part of a landscaping project, Monet developed some lily ponds that included plants from distant lands. In a variety of forms and colors, they became the subjects of his bestknown paintings. At the lower right, and in color on our front cover, is “Farbige Formen III” by August . . .

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Star Wars Stamps - IGPC

The Force Awakens Star Wars Interest at IGPC
— Star Wars  | Australia (shown)
Click to see Star Wars Souvenir Sheet, Star Wars First Day Cover

When the new Star Wars blockbuster hit theaters across the nation and around the world, it should come as no surprise that interest in Star Wars topical stamps also has been awakened. With inquiries coming into our office, we turned to the website of topical new issues specialist Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., for a quick refresher, and to see what was available.

Perhaps the most famous of past Star Wars stamps is the. . .

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Elvis Stamp -  St. Kitts

Elvis Presley Stars on Worldwide Stamps
— Elvis Presley  | St. Kitts (shown)
Click to see Elvis Stamp - St. Kitts, Elvis Stamp - St. Vincent

The announcement of a new United States stamp for Elvis Presley reminds us that there have been many previous stamps for "The King." This includes the 1993 U.S. stamp that is still the best selling commemorative in U.S. history.

Among other nations, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has a data base of Elvis stamps that are still. . .

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Sican Mask Stamp - Federated States of Micronesia 2015 stamp issue

Artifacts & Relics Featured on New Issues
— June 1, 2015  | Artifacts & Relics - Masks  |  Micronesia (shown)
Click to see Masks - Souvenir Sheet.

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a an mini-omnibus on the subject of Artifacts & Relics. Of special interest were the informative descriptions that accompanied the stamp designs on the souvenir sheets.

The example here, from a Grenadines of St. Vincent—Bequia souvenir sheet on our front cover, pictures a Sumerian Cuniform tablet—an early form of human communication.

Next we have a Grenadines of St. Vincent—Mayreau sheetlet presenting jewelry from as far back as. . .

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Big Ben and The Palace of Westminister London - London Stamp Expo

UK Scenes on London Exhibition Issues
— April 13, 2015  |  London Stamp Expo   |  Tuvalu (shown)
Click to see Palace of Westminister, Sites and Scenes of London, England.

The recent London Stamp Exhibition 2015, held May 13-16 at the Business Design Center, was the focal point for a set of souvenir sheets depicting scenes identified with the United Kindom as well as London.

Orchestrated by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., the issues included the following themes:

• Big Ben and The Palace of Westminster—the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of Parliament of the UK—. . .

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Leonard Nimoy Stamp - St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Star Trek Stars Featured on Stamps
— Leonard Nimoy  |  St. Vincents and The Grenadines (shown)

The recent passing of Leonard Nimoy has brought with it numerous inquiries about the availability of stamps featuring Star Trek in general and Mr. Spock in particular. Non-collectors, and some collectors who overlook the U.S. Postal Service’s reluctance to honor living or recently deceased Americans are surprised when they discover that the only Star Trek stamp issued by the USPS was the 1999 stamp above left, part of the 1960s Celebrate the Century sheet.

Fortunately for many collectors of Entertainment, Space, and other relevant themes, as well as Trekkies seeking all sorts of souvenirs, other. . .

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Wild Cats of Africa Stamps - Liberia 2014

Birds, Cats, Space Views from Liberia
— Wild Cats of Africa 2014   |  Liberia (shown)

The west African republic of Liberia closed 2014 and opened 2015 with a wide array of new issues.

Among those, we display two souvenir sheets depicting African Birds of Prey. Shown in the upper left sheet are the Jackal Buzzard, Spotted Eagle Owl and Cape Vulture. The Martial Eagle sheetlet is featured at the far left.

Lions are pictured on the Wild Cats of Africa sheetlet above, while the caracal—a medium sized wild cat about three.. . .

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Nelson Mandela Stamp, The Gambia

President Nelson Mandela
— December 15, 2013   |  The Gambia

On December 5, 2013, the world lost one of its iconic leaders, as Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid revolutionary who went on to serve as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 stood for peace and understanding despite the indignities he suffered during 27 years in prison.

Among the many memorials to a man who is often referred to as “the father of the nation”, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation has created a philatelic tribute, including sheetlets that have already been released by The Gambia and Uganda. . .

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Grenada - Blossoms and Plants Stamps issues 2014

Grenada Continues Topicals Issues
[Click to see sheet of Blossoms & Plants, Chess and its Origins, Michelangelo]
— January 20, 2014  |  Grenada

Always a source for topical collectors, the West Indies island of Grenada, and its affiliated islands, got 2014 off to a colorful start with this sheetlet of Blossoms and Plants.

On the same date Grenada Grenadines (Grenada Carriacou & Petite Martinique) came out with a History of Chess souvenir sheet depicting four ancient chess pieces; and single-stamp sheetlet featuring a detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling that was one of Michelangelo’s greatest works. . . .

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Israel Promotes Heritage Landmarks Project
— February 11, 2014  |  Israel

On February 11 the Israel Postal Administration released a National Heritage Landmarks Sheetlet of 10. The set depicts sites that attest to the cultural and historical heritage of the Jewish people in their homeland going back to Biblical times, referred to as Eretz Israel.

In 2010 the Israeli government initiated “the Empowerment of National Heritage Infrastructure Project, whose goal is the “preservation, restoration, development, study, publicity, advertising and marketing of . . .

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World War I 100th Anniverary Stamps - Montserrat

IGPC Orchestrates WW I Omnibus
— February 26, 2014  |  Montserrat

Earlier this year the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. joined in the worldwide commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I with a philatelic program covering a wide range of subjects related to “the war to end all wars.” We present here a sampling of the issues.

Montserrat, the British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean selected Women In WW I as its theme. The stamps were issued February 26 and depict workers in armaments and other factories, a nurse in a British hospital, and women in uniform.

Also from the Caribbean region, on March 24 . . .

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IGPC Creates Art Masterpieces Omnibus
— March 10, 2014  |  Liberia

Earlier this year the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., working in conjunction with a number of nations it represents, orchestrated a worldwide Art Masterpieces omnibus issue. Using a variety of themes, each incorporated in a colorful souvenir
sheet, the Art Masterpieces cover a wide range of artists and subjects. In the souvenir sheet above, for example, we see the work of four artists, with the dominant work being Three Sunflowers in a Vase by Vincent Van Gogh in the pictorial margin of the souvenir sheet, which was issued by Liberia on March 10. . . .

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IGPC Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. - Downton Abbey Stamps 2014 Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley

IGPC Takes Us to Downton Abbey
[Click for 4 Downton Abbey Sheets: Tuvalu, Canouan, Guyana, Mayreau]

— March 15, 2014  | Tuvalu (shown)

The award-winning PBS television series, Downton Abbey, has a new distinction to add its many honors. The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner now is the subject of an Omnibus stamp issue orchestrated on behalf of its client states by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp.

The series depicts the lives of an aristocratic English family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives. The events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic, the outbreak of the First World War, the formation of the . . .

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Pope John Paul Stamp - souvenir sheet commemorating the canonization of Pope John Paul II as a saint on April 27, 2014

Papal Succession Recorded on New Issues
— May 9, 2014  | Grenada

In a recent series of issues from its philatelic client states the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. provides us with a perspective on Papal succession.

On May 29, Grenada issued a souvenir sheet commemorating the canonization of Pope John Paul II as a saint on April 27, 2014. Known as “the Polish Pope” John Paul II was pope from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005, making him the second longest-serving pope in modern history (after Pope Pius IX who served from 1846 to 1878). Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first. . . .

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IGPC - Rossica - Animals of the Tundra Stamp

Worldwide Salute to Rossica & Rossica Philately
— August 14, 2014  | Grenadines of St. Vincent

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a salute to Rossica and Rossica philately.

Academia Rossica, with offices in London and Moscow, is a cultural organization set up in the year 2000 "to promote and strengthen cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and the West, pioneering intercultural projects and bringing the best of contemporary Russian culture to the West." It is a . . .

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Berlin Wall Stamp 2014 - Berlin Walll 25th Anniversary

 

End of Berlin Wall Barrier Commemorated
— August 14, 2014  | Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary, Tuvalu
Click to see: Berlin Wall Souvenir Sheet

On November 9, 1989, the East German government announced that East Germans were free to visit West Germany and West Berlin. While the actual demolition of the Berlin Wall, which had been erected in 1961, did not begin until 1990, this announcement marked the effective end of a barrier that . . .

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IGPC Sierra Leone Cat Stamp

IGPC Leads Worldwide Animals Omnibus
— TBD   | Sierra Leone [Click to see Farm Animals]

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a wide-ranging series of issues featuring animals. Presented here is a sampling, and we refer you to www.igpc.com for the many additional animals stamps released by the many nations represented by IGPC.

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U.S. Chamberlain Stamps Join Worldwide Basketball Issue
— TBD   | Grenada Grenadines
[Kevin Garnett - Boston Celtics shown - click to see sheetlet]

The December 5, U.S. Postal Service Wilt Chamberlain stamps are drawing attention to many previous worldwide issues that can be part of a Basketball on Stamps salute. Shown here is a small sampling of the National Basketball Association stars U.S. Chamberlain Stamps Join Worldwide Basketball Issue and teams that may be found on worldwide Basketball stamps.

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