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postage stamps

For the very first time an orchid on postage stamps was shown on the Antilles island Guadeloupe in the years 1905 and 1907.
It was the economically important Vanilla planiflora.
For the very first time an European orchid, the lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus),
was shown on a postage stamp from Switzerland on December 1, 1943.
Postage stamps of the canal island Alderney and Gibraltar show the Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis).
The airmail letter from the USA shows two orchids on the postage stamps (Calypso bulbosa (Pacific calypso)
and Cleistes divarticata (Spreading pogonia) ). The Calypso bulbosa can be found also in Northern Europe.
The White Helleborine (Cephalanthera damasonium) is pictured on the Belgian postage stamp from September 24, 1994.
Some postage stamps of the nice orchid set of Nicaragua from 1962.
Letter from the Soviet Union with lady's slipper orchids (Cypripedium calceolus) on the five postage stamps from May 7, 1991.
The UN-issue from Vienna "Endangered Species" from March 14, 1996 also illustrates the lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus).
The first-day-sheet with the postage stamps "for public welfare" from Berlin/Germany
from October 18, 1984 with four native orchids: Lesser Twayblade (Listera cordata),
Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera), Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris), Bug Orchid (Orchis coriophora).
Three tropical orchids on the postage stamps of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
from November 19, 1968: Paphiopedilum albertianum, Cattleya aclandiae, Dendrobium Alpha.
The charity stamps of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from October 18, 1984 show four native species:
Man Orchid (Aceras anthropohorum), Burnt Orchid (Orchis ustulata), Violet Limodore (Limodorum abortivum),
Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina).
The very much endangered Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina) is shown on a Swedish postage stamp from October 9, 1982.
The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is shown on the souvenir sheet from the Isle of Man from September 1, 1995.

New Destination Singapore Postage Labels

Singapore Post has issued on date 22. February 2010 a new Postage Label Design. The 'Destination Singapore' is the 12th postage label in series capturing the different facets of Singapore.

It will feature the Singapore Botanic Gardens' best-loved icons, including Swan Lake, the visitor centre and the orchid Vanda "Miss Joaquim", the national flower of Singapore.

Complete set of postage labels (comprising all the 16 denominations)


Gerhard Leiste