Wildlife Conservation –Pronghorn Antelope – Stamps of USA 1956.
The Pronghorn is a species of artiodactyl mammal indigenous to Western and Central North America. Though not an antelope it is colloquially known as American Antelope or prongbuck. Its closest relatives are Giraffe and Okapi. It is the fastest land mammal in Western Hemisphere reaching up to 35mph
Conservation – By the 1920’s the Population reduced to 13,000. The efforts of Boone and Crockett Club, it’s Chairman George Bird Grinnell, CA Sheldon paid dividends. Land was purchased and Charles Alexander Sheldon antelope refuge in Northern Nevada was created by Grinnell and T Gilbert Pearson. President Hoover added another 549,000-acre tract in 1936 for Pronghorn recovery.
Today the Population is about 500,000 to 1,000,000. Maximum population in Wyoming and parts of Northern Colorado. Now listed in the least concern category of IUCN.
The United States Postal Service issued a 3 cents stamp on Whooping Crane on 22 Jun 1956 under the Wildlife Conservation series.
Wildlife Conservation – Whooping Crane – Stamps of USA 1957.
Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane are the only two species of Cranes found in North America. Whooping Crane is named so for its whooping sound. It is the tallest North American bird and an endangered species.
By 1941 only about 21Whooping cranes were left in wild and two in captivity due to unregulated hunting and habitat changes.
Conservation – The Whooping Crane was declared endangered in 1967. The efforts of Robert Porter Allen, Patuxent Wildlife research centre Maryland, George W Archibald, International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin the population of Whooping cranes now stands at 800+
Canadian Wildlife Service counted 266 birds at Wood Buffalo National Park Alberta Canada, US Fish and Wildlife service counted 505 Whooping Cranes arriving at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. 177 Cranes in flocks and around161 in Captivity puts the figure at 800+.
The UnitedStates Postal Service issued a 3 cents stamp on Whooping Crane on 22 Nov 1957 under the Wildlife Conservation series.
FDJ or Free German Youth is the official Youth Movement in erstwhile GDR. World Festival of Youth and students was held under the FDJ in GDR in 1984. A set of se-tenant stamps with a vignette of FDJ was issued by GDR on 09 May 1989 (30 years ago).
A First Day Cover with stamps sent from GDR to Poland is listed. The 20+5 Pf stamp features Buildings in Pyongyang and 20 Pf stamp features buildings in inner city Berlin.
Protecting Consumer Rights – China Pre-Stamped Envelope 1994.
China Consumers’ Association (CCA) was set up on 26 Dec 1984. The 10th Anniversary of Movement of Protecting Consumer Rights and Interests was celebrated in 1994. China Post issued a Prestamped envelope on 26 Dec 1994 to mark the 10th Anniversary of CCA.
The stamp design represents the emblem of CCA and cachet implies linking up. The cover shows consumers. A Cover with First Day Cancellation sent from China is listed
International Workers day or Workers Day or Labour Day or May Day is celebrated across the globe in many countries on 01 May every Year. It is a National Holiday in many parts of the World. It commemorates the Haymarket affair in Chicago on 04 May 1886.
Stampdigest extends Greetings to its readers on May Day.
A Cover issued by Israel on the 50th Anniversary of International Labour Organisation issued on 16 April 1969is listed.
Thailand issued a Miniature sheet with one 5 baht stamp on 23 Apr 2013. The theme was Bangkok World Book Capital 2013, It was an unusual stamp as it has a small book attached to the stamp. The Book is Kaew Jom Kan youth literature composed by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn based on her childhood experiences. Kaew is a girl who is the leading character in the book. The book even has Thai desserts recipe in the chapter Mae Khrua Hua Pa.