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American Topical Association launches stamp checklist database
The American Topical Association has launched a new database for its popular topical checklists.
Costa Rica’s first airmail stamp arrived before regular airmail service
Costa Rica’s first airmail stamp was issued in happy anticipation of a service that did not come to pass — at least not right away.
Film in Canada honored with five stamps issued May 2
On May 2, Canada Post issued nondenominated (85¢) National Film Board of Canada permanent stamps with five different designs. T
Jersey Poppy stamps can be planted
On May 6, Jersey issued six stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring poppies and commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. One of the stamps is shown nearby.
Second plate number assigned to new 34¢ Hummingbird coil
Just months after its Feb. 7 issue date, the United States 34¢ Hummingbird coil stamp (Scott 4858) has been found with a new plate number of P22222.
Tools can help you determine if your stamp is worth expertizing
I promised in the last expertizing column (
, April 28, page 6) that this installment would focus on the tools that expertizers use.
United States plate proofs printed on India paper and cardboard
Plate proofs are the result of “proving” the finished plate. Just as die proofs were used to check the accuracy of a finished die, plate proofs were used to check the accuracy of the finished plate before it went into production.
Finding guide helps researchers track down Liberia material
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum recently published an online finding guide to its extensive collections of Liberian philately.
Discover the latest in the expertizing world with Vol. 17 of ‘Fakes Forgeries Experts’
The weekend’s mail brought a pleasant surprise to my in basket: Vol. 17 of the popular
Fakes Forgeries Experts
series that gives the reader an insider’s view of the fascinating world of expertizing.
Vatican honors Charlie Chaplin on stamp
In addition to commemorating popes and saints, stamps from Vatican City honor artists in many fields, including painting, music and literature.
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