June 1997 New Issues
June is bustin' out all over, and the philatelic world is no exception!
The United States starts the month with a pair of postal cards showing the
Golden Gate bridge. The cards, with the domestic and overseas rates, are
being issued at PACIFIC 97.
A few days later, the United States leads several countries in marking the
50th anniversary of The Marshall Plan, an economic aid program for Western
Europe after World War II to help keep it from falling under Soviet
influence. Other countries issuing Marshall Plan stamps are
Germany and the
Netherlands. Click the country to see a hi-res image of the stamp.
Canada releases a pair of stamps honoring racing car legend Gilles
Villeneuve (the 12th), a joint issue with Italy for explorer
John Cabot (24th), and a block of four for Canada Day (30th)
featuring Scenic Highways.
Usually, there are 12 stamps in Canada Day issues, one for each province and
territory, so this is a departure from the past.
Four of each Villeneuve stamp (45c and 90c) will be included in an 8-stamp
Germany features horses on its 5 stamps benefiting the German Youth Stamp
Foundation (horses), and remembers 19th Century medical researcher Sebastian
Kneipp. Those stamps will be issued on the 9th, along with the Marshall
Plan commemorative. Later in the month, there's a block of four stamps for
an annual modern art exhibition. Click the stamp to view the other 4 Horse Stamps.
France issues four stamps on June 2nd for soccer's World Cup, and a single
stamp on June 16th showing a fresco from the 12th Century. Click here
to view the Soccer Stamps.
Australia is releasing a block of four Wetlands Birds stamps, from the
Kakadu wetlands. Indonesia weighs in with stamps for the Environment and 50
Years of Cooperation. Late in the month (23rd), Finland marks the 60th
birthday of its president as well as the country's own 80th anniversary.
Hong Kong finishes its tenure as a British colony with a definitive souvenir
sheet that shows scenes from the Olympics. At the end of the month, the
island reverts to Chinese rule.
Of course, these aren't all the stamps being issued this month. We'll hear
of more as June busts out, and we'll have news of the stamps on this page
and many of the ones that aren't in our
Lloyd A. de Vries, Forum Manager
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