The website "Horses on stamps" is a free online catalog of postage stamps and other philatelic materials on the horses topic.
As far as I know, so far no one thematic catalog dedicated to horses has been published and which covers a considerable period of time. There are individual author's editions and lists but unfortunately many of them are characterized by excessive brevity and lack of quality images. And for sure there were no such publications in Russian.
I’m confident that website visitors will appreciate the opportunity to find necessary information on the topic of horses in one place quickly and easily.
The basis of the catalog, certainly, are postage stamps, they are placed and described first of all.
In addition, to show visually the diversity of philatelic materials, the catalog includes sections of postal envelopes and cards, special postmarks, FDC, etc. These sections don’t pretend to be complete and appear to be a pleasant addition for philatelists, who do not limit their collection to only postage stamps.
The website has three types of catalogs:
• Geographic catalog (by country);
• Chronological catalogs (by years);
• Thematic catalog with separate headings.
A horse theme is represented in all the variety of subjects: horse breeds and equestrian sports, picturesque paintings and sculptures, military themes, horses in agriculture and much more. The catalog includes even small horse plots, which are insignificant elements of the picture of the postage stamp, as well as stylizations and schematic depictions of horses (including chess horses).
The catalog includes mythological and fantastic horses: pegasus, unicorns and others (except centaurs).
In some cases, the catalog was also included by stamps with items directly related to horses (equestrian ammunition, horseshoes, saddles, clamps, etc.), as well as people closely connected with horses (primarily jockeys), even if the stamps do not have a horse image.
The catalog doesn’t include the postage stamps which depict the images of donkeys and mules. Including the identification of the animal in the catalog remains at the discretion of the author.
The complete set of postage stamps is given in accordance with the catalog Michel, which was taken as a basis.
First of all the website is aimed at the popularization of philately and is intended for a wide audience. The catalog will be useful for beginning philatelists and amateurs, although perhaps experienced philatelists will also find here something interesting for themselves.
I tried to collect as much information as possible about the stamps, envelopes and cards (output data, technical specifications, catalog numbers), and about the equestrian subjects depicted on them on the pages of this website.
As far as possible, I give brief information about events and objects imprinted on stamps, whether it would be equestrian competitions or battle scenes, equestrian monuments or illustrations to literary works, and much more.
Information for the website is taken from general catalogs (Michel, Scott, Yvert), as well as from national catalogs and from official websites of postal administrations of different countries. A complete bibliography you can find on the corresponding page.
Work on the website continues. The catalog is regularly updated with both new and old issues of postage stamps, and other materials, information and descriptions of plots, etc. If you have any interesting materials and information about stamps, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be grateful for any help.
Currently, both versions of the website "Horses on stamps" are available to visitors:
The old version includes more than 2 thousand issues of postage stamps from around the world and more than 300 envelopes. Time period: from the 1930s to the 2008/2010-ies. Sections about PSE, PC, stamps and cancelations, as well as articles, publications, newsletters, news archives and other sections remain on the old version of the website.
The novelties of 2017 and the issues of postage stamps of recent years are presented on the new website. Gradually, stamps and other information will be transferred to a new site. But because of the large amount of material, it will take quite a lot of time.
Many thanks to all who took part in the development of the site.
Special thanks to Grigory and Alexander, who took care of all the technical issues on the development of the website and the database.
Thanks to Nastya Sergeyeva, who has been pushing me in the right direction for the last couple of years and has not given up the project and philately in general. Thanks to Sergey Vasilenko for his readiness to discuss all my site building and cataloging questions.
Thanks to Forum users Faunist, Romantics, Tigre Polosatovich, Pash-u, Andriano, Sedom, Russian, Huron and many others, all those who shared information and scans, and took an active part in the discussion of my topic.
Special thanks to Belyakova E. for help with translation into English.
Thanks to all the creators of websites devoted to philately, where you can learn something new and interesting, and thanks to the creators of wonderful websites dedicated to horses, for the love to these amazing animals.
And thanks to all the visitors of my website and a double one to those who did not hesitate to make a record in the guest book.