Tuesday, 26 January 2010


I received today a special stamp and a FDC from Norway to my thematic collection: blind and blindness. The Kr 8.00 red stamp issued on October 8th, 2009 celebrates the centenary of the Norwegian Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted. Norway´s first school for the blind, Kristiania Blindeinstitut, was established in 1861. The plans for the school were drawn up by the Society of the Blind (founded in 1858). In 1909, three local organisations merged to form the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. One of its primary goals was to give the blind and partially sighted a chance to support themselves. The Association also set up a Braille printing works and Braille libraries were opened in Kristiania (Oslo), Bergen and Trondheim. The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted currently has 6,500 members. Its most important activities include projects for children and young people, rehabilitation courses and a work centre for the visually impaired. The Association also runs a guide dog training school.

Friday, 1 January 2010


This is the Brazilian first issue in 2010: the Corrida de Reis Road Race. The stamp will be issued on January 10th and highlights the importance of road races in Brazil, especially the traditional Corrida de Reis Road Race, which has been held in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso state, ever since 1985. The name of the race pays tribute to the Three Wise Men, the “Reis Magos” (a religious event celebrated on January 6th). The ten-kilometer course starts in the neighbouring town of Várzea Grande where the runners cross the Sérgio Mota Bridge (over Cuiabá river) and ends in Cuiabá.

The stamp shows a stylized image of the start of the race which takes place near to the Sérgio Mota Bridge, in the municipality of Várzea Grande, which is part of Greater Cuiabá. The upper right hand corner features a medal of the type awarded to the athletes.