July 22, 2016 05:00 PMStamps tell story of Tonga, the South Pacific’s last monarchy: Stamps Down Under Little islands in the South Pacific don’t get much attention. Tonga is certainly one of the lesser known of these islands, but historically it is pretty interesting, especially when you realize that it has the only remaining monarchy in an ocean full of former monarchies.
July 22, 2016 01:00 PMCovers tell the story of Great Britain’s Decimal Day, Feb. 15, 1971 Finally. It had taken more than a century of discussion to have reached this point, but following many studies and committee reports, the announcement from the British chancellor of the exchequer came in March 1966 that the United Kingdom would decimalize the pound.
July 22, 2016 08:32 AMIsland issues its last stamps, USPS Pets stamp release on the way: Week’s Most Read Also this week, a stamp that flew past Pluto entered the Guinness Book of World Records, Norfolk Island's last stamps were the topic of the Monday Morning Brief, and WWI German war crime propaganda labels were profiled.
July 22, 2016 09:00 AMWhat is the truck driver thinking about on this stamp?: U.S. Stamp Notes This is one of a long line of U.S. stamps that were based on living models. The original photo shows Ben Winterberger behind the wheel, though by the time the final design was approved, his image had been modified into that of an anonymous truck driver.
July 21, 2016 07:00 PMLick-and-stick Dark Side of the Moon stamps issued with Pink Floyd set Great Britain’s Royal Mail has issued two versions of one of the stamps in its Pink Floyd set. The set, released July 7 to commemorate Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary, includes six self-adhesive stamps showing album cover art and four moisture-activated stamps picturing live performances.
July 21, 2016 01:00 PMPostal card sent after deadly tornadoes makes history come alive: U.S. Stamp Notes From birth to death, the lives of ordinary Americans in the 1870s to 1950s can be read on the back of penny postal cards. The 1¢ postal card rate lasted from May 1, 1873, to Jan. 1, 1952, although it was increased to 2¢ from Nov. 2, 1917, to July 1, 1919, to raise revenue to help pay for the United States’ participation in World War I.
July 21, 2016 09:00 AMWhen your U.S. collection stalls, look for Canal Zone stamps: Tip of the week The Canal Zone was a strip of territory about 552 square miles in area roughly paralleling the Panama Canal. The canal across the Isthmus of Panama was engineered, constructed and operated by the United States.
July 20, 2016 03:00 PMBahrain 1950 King George VI overprint variety valuable and in demand: Stamp Market Tips A mint never-hinged example recently sold in an online auction for the equivalent of about $260. The normal stamp is valued in mint never-hinged condition in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 at just $27.
July 18, 2016 03:44 PMThe stamp that flew past Pluto is entering the Guinness Book of World Records A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp has been credited with setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by one stamp and will take its place in Guinness Book history during a ceremony Tuesday morning that anyone with a Facebook account can watch live.