Further to my article in October Stamp News about the remote Penny Post Office between Prince George and Jasper in Canada that handles all its mail by rail, I received an email from the Postmaster and her husband on Christmas Day. The population of 5½ in summer increased to 6 when the previous Postmaster gave birth to her second child in September.
July 2006 began with a special ‘Soccer in Australia’ block of nine with tabs to supplement the stamps issued in May. The second issue in July – ‘Extreme Sports’ – had no variations! This is a rare occurrence these days. The last stamp to be issued as a gummed sheet stamp alone was the $1 lyrebird ‘Bush Wildlife’ stamp in 2005.
Australia Post made up for this with the August ‘Driving through the Years’ issue of five 50c stamps. This issue contained 28 variations.
I begin with some new Australia Post policies related to stamp variations.
The Queensland Universal Postal Union 1½d postcard has the ’Rays 33′ on the printed stamp with a MACKAY/ D/ JY 21/94/ QUEENSLAND postmark alongside, as well as a transit BRISBANE/ JY 24/ 94/ QUEENSLAND postmark. In addition there is a transit SUEZ/ A/ 27 ( ) 94, as well as a partial transit of CONSTANTINOPLE (date illegible). The postcard is addressed to Frau Leonie B. Bergner, Citinje (sic), Monte Negro (sic), Europe (Figure 1 below).