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Posted 07/01/2020   09:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ham and Egger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gabon #179 International Quiet Sun Year 64-65.
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Posted 07/11/2020   2:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ham and Egger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two examples to share Cuba 963B Sol mini & Hungry 1668 Int. Quiet year of the sun mini.

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This self-adhesive "greetings" stamp (SG #986) of Singapore is from a booklet of 10 (5 diff. designs x 2) issued on May 12, 1999. Theme of this booklet is "try a little kindness". Local Address/domestic rate at time of issue was 22c.

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On June 14, 1994 Iceland issued this stamp (Facit #842) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country's independence as a republic.

The coat of arms as shown on the stamp is not the official coat of arms of Iceland. The rising sun above the national colors is a symbol of "a new day". The official coat of arms is shown in the second pic. The coat of arms before June 17, 1944 has the Danish crown above the national colors.


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Here is the high value 50 + 25 aur stamp (Facit #203) from Iceland's April 28, 1933 set of four charity stamps. Stamp shows an old man looking towards the setting sun.

Stamps were printed by "Steel engraving recess by Thomas De la Rue & Co., Ltd., London" (Facit).

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A personified sun smiles down upon a family enjoying the outdoors on Singapore's May 19, 1997 computer-vended stamps (Mi #8).


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On July 1, 1962 Angola issued these two "New Settlements" postal tax stamps (Sc #s RA17-8).

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Here is the 26 p value (SG #1523) from the UK's October 16, 1990 set of four "Astronomy" stamps. Central panel of the stamp depicts Sir Issac Newton's moon and tides diagram.

From wikipedia, "Newton in the Principia, provides a correct explanation for the tidal force, which can be used to explain tides on a planet covered by a uniform ocean but which takes no account for the distribution of the continents or ocean bathymetry (submarine topography)."


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Posted 05/23/2021   4:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This 1986 anti-tuberculosis/Christmas seal of Zimbabwe is inscribed "Sunset at Christmas Pass". Christmas Pass is a mountain pass that leads into Mutare, the country's third largest city, from the west.

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Posted 05/30/2021   12:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are two very similar "sun" stamps/mailing labels of private courier Easy Post. Easy Post and other couriers contract with postal systems to move mail in vacation/resort areas where tourists and vacationers send postcards and letters to friends and family at home.

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Inca Mythology
Gate of the Sun - Bolivia

The Gate of the Sun is a megalithic solid one piece stone arch or gateway constructed by the ancient Tiwanaku culture of Bolivia over 1500 years ago. The engravings that decorate the gate are believed to possess astronomical and/or astrological significance and may have served a calendrical purpose.
The lintel is carved with 48 squares surrounding a central figure. Each square represents a character in the form of winged effigy. All look to the central figure, whose identity remains an enigma. It is a figure of a man with the head surrounded by 24 linear rays that may represent rays of solar light. The styled staffs held by the figure apparently symbolize thunder and lightning. Some believe that the central figure represents the Sun god judging by the rays emitted from its head, while others have identified it with the Inca god Viracocha, the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America.

In 1960, Bolivia issued a set of 18 gold embossed stamps depicting carved characters from the Sun gate. Here are four of them:




Here is the complete set:

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Eos (Roman: Aurora) is the Titan goddess of the dawn, who rose from the ocean that surrounds the world, to herald her brother Helios, the Sun. Here is a stamp issued by Italy in 1975 depicting Aurora, detail from "Helios and Aurora" by Guido Reni (1575 - 1642):

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Javanese and Balinese mythology - Batara Kala

Batara Kala is the god of the underworld in traditional Javanese and Balinese mythology. He is also the god of time and destruction, who devours unlucky people.

Batara Kala is the cause of the solar and lunar eclipses. As the god of darkness and the underworld, Batara Kala is the sworn enemy of the god of the Moon, Batara Candra and god of the Sun, Batara Surya. Sometimes he will try to devour the Sun or Moon, causing an eclipse.

To publicize the total solar eclipse occurred in Indonesia, a se-tenant issued on February 23, 2016 depicting Batara Kala swallowing and then vomiting the Sun. The Sun on the stamps glows in the dark:
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Inti, also called Apu-punchau, is the Sun god in the Incan mythology and was believed to be the ancestor of the Incas. Inti was at the head of the state cult, and his worship was imposed throughout the Inca Empire. He was usually represented in human form, his face portrayed as a gold disk from which rays and flames extended.

The following gold-embossed SS was issued by Ecuador in 1977 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the central bank of Ecuador foundation. It depicts a gold-sheet mask of the Sun god Inti from the La Tolita part of the Inca Empire, exhibited in the National Museum, Quito, Ecuador.
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Phaethon ("shining") was Helios' son. Phaethon asked his father to drive the Sun chariot for a day. Placed in charge of the chariot, he was unable to control the horses. The earth was in danger of being burnt up and, to prevent this disaster, Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt. Here is a stamp issued by Bhutan in 1990 depicting sketch of "The Fall of Phaethon" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640):

"The Constellations" by Giovanni de Vecchi (1536 - 1614), depicting many Mythological creatures, issued by Niue on January 24, 1986 to publicize the International Halley Watch year:

The lower left stamp shows the fall of Pheaton:
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