02 April 2023

Sunday Stamps | Languages

Languages is a favourite theme (not only on stamps), so I'm glad today's Sunday Stamps is dedicated to A different language.

2019 was the International Year of Indigenous Languages, and France issued this stamp to commemorate it. I have just learned that 2022-2032 is the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

Stamp issued by Russia on 6 June 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pushkin Russian Language Institute.

This stamp belongs to the series The Welsh Bible (1588-1988), issued by Royal Mail in 1988 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Bishop William Morgan’s translation of the Bible into Welsh. 

Spanish stamp from 2014, celebrating the 3rd Centenary of the Real Academia Española ('Royal Spanish Academy'), an official institution with the mission of ensuring the stability of the Spanish language. It is based in Madrid, Spain, and affiliated with national language academies in 22 other countries.

The books on the stamp forming a "III" are their famous dictionary of Spanish language.

I have never got this stamp on a letter, but I have sent it several times and it is in my collection. It was issued in 2007 to celebrate the centenary of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans ('Institute for Catalan Studies'), an academic institution which seeks to undertake research and study into all elements of Catalan culture. The IEC is known principally for its work in standardizing the Catalan language. 

On the first day postmark and cover, however, the name of the institution is written in Spanish. Correos is very reluctant to issue stamps in Spanish languages other than Spanish: only one of the Christmas stamps says Happy Christmas in Basque, Catalan and Galician... some years. 


  1. How cool that you found a Welsh language stamp. And that postmark really shows the pettiness of Correos!

    1. I really like that stamp.
      And yes, Correos is so :/

  2. Enthusiastic 'binocular' cancels on the Russian stamp, I'm guessing that is large stamp.

    1. Yes, it's big! I was happy to get it, and find out what is it about.

  3. How great that you have shared these stamps about languages... not just stamps using another language.

  4. Très beau sujet ,la langue fait partie du patrimoine aussi il est important de sauvegarder les différentes langues nationales ou régionales surtout à l air de la mondialisation donc de l'uniformisation .


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