Saturday, October 22, 2011

Taiwan Postage Stamps

The postcard shown above is a handmade one sent to me by a Taiwanese Postcrossing member. Those are real postage stamps, still on paper, that are glued to a piece of cardboard and mailed as a postcard. Below are the stamps from the back of the card that were used to mail it--click to enlarge.

I managed to identify most, but not all, of the stamps on the internet. (It probably would have been easier to go to the library and look in a stamp catalog.)

On the front, the stamp in the top left corner is a Norwegian Forest Cat from a 2006 series of pets. Below that is a bird (Dendrocitta formosae) issued in 2008 in a “Birds of Taiwan” definitive stamp series. The flower below that is a Hibiscus sabdariffa issued in 2009 in a definitive flower series. The stamp in the top right corner is a stamp from a lighthouse series of 1991. In the bottom right corner is a pair of stamps showing the Paphiopedilum sp. from a definitive series of orchids of Taiwan issued in 2007.

On the back are two stamps that were part of a souvenir sheet based on Disney’s animated movie“Finding Nemo.” This was issued to stimulate interest in philately among youths. You can see the souvenir sheet here. There is also another bird (Dicrurus aeneus) from the 2008 "Birds of Taiwan" series.

If you look closely at the stamps, you will see that some are labeled "Republic of China", some "Taiwan," and some "Republic of China (Taiwan)." In 2007 stamps began to be labeled "Taiwan" instead of "Republic of China."

I am participating in Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. I am always amazed at how colourful the stamps are from this area.

  2. I like the idea of the handmade card, a double stamp delight.

  3. I agree with Joy - what a wonderful card for stamp enthusiasts. Thanks for participating.

  4. I particularly like the Finding Nemo stamps, but I think most of the stamps from Taiwan are very attractive.


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