Well, my last "spotlight" on EUROPA stamps of Cyprus was quite a few months ago, in fact it was October last year, which came as a bit of a shock!
So, it's time to get my finger out and put fingers to keyboard, collect some images and get ready to provide the info...
Find here below the list of Cyprus EUROPA stamps which were issued in 1980 by the Cyprus post office.
Enjoy the Spotlight!
1980 - Europa "Personalities of Notable Cypriots" 28 April 1980
1981 - Europa "Folk dances" 4 May 1981
1982 - Europa "Historical Events" 3 May 1982
1983 - Europa "Ancient Works of Cypriot Ingenuity" 3 May 1983
1984 - Europa "Bridge" 30 April 1984
1985 - Europa "Composers and Musicians" 6 May 1985
1986 - Europa "Conservation of Nature and Environment" 28 April 1986
1987 - Europa "Modern Architecture" 11 May 1987
1988 - Europa "Transportation and Telecommunications" 9 May 1988
1989 - Europa "Traditional Children's Games" 8 May 1989
Looking for EUROPA stamps from other years? That's easy - just click on this EUROPA stamps search link!
Alternatively, you can use the "Search Product" field at the very top of each page of our website (as a suggestion, just type the year (eg: 1964) of interest rather than the title of the issue as the Search field is not so good with specifics). Or, click through the Thematics, Topical and Popular Searches list in the left hand side column.
I found something that really amused me this morning...
Today (6 January) is a public holiday in Cyprus and many other countries for Kings' Day or Epiphany so as I had some free time to myself I decided to continue with the one game I play continually on Facebook - Criminal Case.
I'm currently at Level 81 on Case 26 "The Lake's Bride". And, as I just got my results back from the forensic laboratory I was informed of something very strange. An unusual piece of evidence has come to light...
You have been warned.... "beware of stamp collectors" :-)
I did promise a while back when I published my last "spotlight" on EUROPA stamps of Cyprus issues from the 1960s that I would be back later with details of Cyprus EUROPA stamps from 1970s.
I've done that just this morning and you can take a look at the full article on my other Cyprus stamp collecting blog (Cyprus Stamps Blogspot), which shows the images of all Cyprus' Europa stamps that were released between May 1970 to April 1976.
The first Cyprus EUROPA stamp issue from the 1970s:
1970 - Europa "Flaming Sun" 04 May 1970
The final EUROPA stamp set as released by the Cyprus post office in April 1979 was Europa "Telecommunications" (pictured here below):
As a one country stamp collector my main interest of course is stamps and philatelic items from the country of Cyprus but I realise there are many collectors out there who collect only EUROPA stamps from all countries.
So, with that in mind I thought I would do a spotlight on the Cyprus EUROPA stamps which were released during the 1960s.
I hope you enjoy them!
1962 - Europa "Doves" 19 March 1962
1963 - Europa "Tree" 28 January 1963
1963 - Europa "Cooperation" Emblem (CEPT) 04 November 1963
1964 - Europa "Flower" 14 September 1964
1965 - Europa "Sprig" 27 September 1965
1966 - Europa "Ship" 26 September 1966
1967 - Europa "Cogwheels" 02 May 1967
1968 - Europa "Key" 29 April 1968
1969 - Europa "Emblem" 28 April 1969
To see all of our current availability of the EUROPA stamps of Cyprus including those issued in north Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) Stamps, Booklets and First Day Covers etc please follow this Cyprus EUROPA stamps link.
I will follow up with the 1970s Cyprus EUROPA stamps issues on a future blog post....
So, it may surprise you that Cyprus Stamps website also has another sideline in Cyprus Geology!
Well, why not? We're situated in such a fabulous spot within an hours drive to the Troodos mountains and a magnificent natural phenomena referred to as the Troodos Ophiolite sequence.
Any geologist worth their salt will be aware of the force of nature that crunched the seabed pushing it up towards the top of the Troodos massif. We have a smashing little book that's very easy to pop in a pocket written by Dr. Ron Dutton called "Troodos from Sea to Summit". It contains 79 pages with black and white hand drawn illustrations.
This from the Introduction: "Stand anywhere on the higher slopes of Troodos and the rocks under your feet are extra special. In the first place, although they are now some 1900m above sea level, ninety million years ago they were molten material deep under the floor of an ancient ocean. Moreover their birthplace was way to the south of present day Cyprus, probably in the region of what is now the Red Sea. Such a geographic reshuffle might be hard to believe but Mother Nature can accomplish astonishing feats in 90 million years, and this one, her relocation of Troodos, is implied in the book's title "From Sea to Summit"
Above - front and back covers.
Below - one of the illustrations.
Team it up with our boxed collection of 15 samples from the Cyprus ophiolite sequence and it make a fabulous package for those geologists who cannot readily make the trip to Cyprus to investigate for themselves. Or, if you know someone who is interested in geology - why not treat them as a gift?
From time to time, you will also find some individual rock samples such as pillow lava (upper and lower), dunite, gabbro and serpentinite. Keep an eye on our Cyprus Geology & Troodos Ophiolite items section.
And, we have beach sand too! Collected from Curium beach just below the ancient ruins of Roman Kourion and the ampitheatre near Episkopi - available in 50g bags. But be aware, these little gems are flying out of the window - fast!