The Cypress Grapevine recently interviewed and published an article in their island wide magazine. Cypress Grapevine had found Cyprus Stamps hobby website and thought it would make an interesting article for their regular readers.
Online PR News – 22-October-2010 – – Grapevine Magazine is the longest established, most widely read and respected, popular local magazine which is now distributed island wide.
Cyprus stamps chart and depict the rich history of the island from the stories behind archaeological remains to the plight of refugees from the 1974 Turkish invasion.
A fascinating website run by Clement and Michele specialises in selling Cyprus stamps sets, singles, First Day Covers and Year Packs as part of a full range of products related to philately or study of stamps.
Started in 2008, www.cyprusstamps.co.uk, the site has sections on news, useful links, books and accessories and a blog alongside their online shop.
“We really started the site to facilitate our hobby and to complete our own Cyprus stamp collection by offloading the duplicate stamps we hold,” explains Michele who maintains the website. “It seems to have gained a regular band of followers and we’ve made some fantastic friends with fellow collectors around the world and in Cyprus too!”
Cyprus stamps depict the historical events of the island from 1800's to present day with recent stamp issues providing images of the Cyprus Railway which ran from 1905 until December 1951 and commemorative stamps for the Cyprus Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI on 4th June 2010. In January 2010 a set of 2 stamps were issued to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus.
Cyprus has a chequered history and timeline of events covering the periods 8th Century BC and various rulerships of the Lusignan's, the Ottomans and the British Empire before becoming an independant state in 1960.
It's stamps tell the history of the entire island and since 1974 after the Turkish Occupation, the TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) - unrecognised by any other states except Turkey issue their own stamps.
Clement says that enthusiasm and interest in history are the key traits of a stamp collector. “I have learnt things about Cyprus history through stamp collecting. For example, I didn’t know that Leonardo da Vinci had visited Cyprus until I saw a 1981 set of three issue marking the 500th anniversary of the visit,” he says. “I’ve also learnt about different icons and which churches they are located in through Christmas stamps.”
With the widespread use of e-mail, has post and stamp issue been generally affected? “Of course, letter-sending has decreased but there is still nothing like receiving letters covered in foreign stamps and postmarks!”
The full interview can be located at: http://www.cyprusstamps.co.uk/interviewsandarticles.html
You can find both Cyprus stamps from the Republic of Cyprus (South) and Turkish Cypriot stamps (Northern occupied Cyprus) on Cyprus Stamps website.