Christmas 2007 Stamps released
A new postage stamps series was released on Friday November
9, 2007, to herald the approaching Christmas season. This
year, the floral design once again accented the stamps,
but of the four stamps, three are orchids and the other
- 'mountain pride' - is a unique flower. In his welcome,
Vivian Crawford, Executive Director of the Institute of
Jamaica , commended the postal service for highlighting
and preserving many facets of Jamaica through the use of
themes presented in postage stamps.
Guest speaker at the ceremony held in the Lecture Hall
at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston , Keith Goldson,
spoke with passion of the dire need for the entire nation
to protect the range of floral species that grow in special
or even distinctive environments. He posited that elements
such as soil type, elevation and climatic conditions directly
affect the potential for any plant taken from its natural
habitat to thrive elsewhere.
Goldson, a Musgrave medalist (among many other honours),
indicated his concern about the casual removal of special
flowering plants like the orchids presented on the stamps.
He stated that these orchids, by their beauty, "are attractive
to people who uproot these (flowers) from areas where they
grow best in order to sell them to just any passing motorist
without a drop of concern for the survival of the species".
His apprehension is predicated on the reality that in
general, buyers are not trained botanists and are therefore
unaware of the negative impact that the mass removal of
the plants will have on the country. In his opinion, the
constant removal of plants contributes to degrading the
longevity of natural flora and of particular concern is
the survival of species endemic to this nation. He added
that " Jamaica belongs to us: we must protect what we have - or
rather- what we have left", and mentioned the necessity
for preserving "unspoilt" areas such as the Cockpit Country.
Glennamoe McNabb , Deputy Postmaster General (Administration),
outlined the stamp preparation procedure overseen by the
Jamaican Stamp Advisory Committee, which she Chairs. The
Christmas 2007 series consists of four stamps with the
following denominations: $20.00, $30.00, $50.00 and $60.00.
Also available are First Day Covers at a cost of $400.00.
The flowers represented on the stamps are: Tolumnia
triquetra ($20), Broughtonia
negrilensis ($30), Broughtonia
sanguinea ($50) and Spathelia
sorbifolia 'Mountain Pride' ($60). These
flowers were photographed by Jamaican photographer and
environmentalist, Denis Valentine.
| Melvah Blake (left), Human Resource Director of
the postal service, presents Vivian Crawford, Executive
Director, Institute of Jamaica , with a First Day Cover
from the 2007 Christmas postage stamp series, during
the ceremony to launch the stamps on Friday November
9, 2007 at the Institute of Jamaica .
The 2007 Christmas series First Day Cover
Glennamoe McNabb, Deputy Postmaster General (Administration),
brings greetings at the Christmas 2007 stamp launch.
She Chairs the Jamaican Stamp Advisory Committee
which governs the preparation of Jamaica 's postage
Keith Goldson, noted horticulturalist, laments
the degradation of Jamaica 's natural flora by the
removal of plants from their natural habitat without
any sustained re-planting programme, and urges the
preservation of "unspoilt" areas such as the Cockpit
Country. He was speaking at the ceremony to launch
the Christmas 2007 stamps on Friday November 9, 2007
at the Institute of Jamaica .