International Stamps and Postal History

Classic Stamps of the World: Semipostals raised funds to keep Dutch art in homeland Classic Stamps of the World: Semipostals raised funds to keep Dutch art in homeland
After much quarreling between the United States Postal Service and Congress, U.S. semipostal stamps (stamps sold at a price greater than the postal value, with the surtax used for a special purpose, usually charitable) emerged only relatively recently, in 1998, with a stamp supporting breast cancer research (Read more...)

Stamps Down Under: Original art makes covers from Down Under ‘keepers’ Stamps Down Under: Original art makes covers from Down Under ‘keepers’
One of stamp collecting’s many offshoots is the creation of beautiful designs known as “cachets” (ka-shays) on envelopes. (Read more...)

First Canadian prime minister honored on new stamp First Canadian prime minister honored on new stamp
Canada Post issued a stamp Jan. 11 to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald. (Read more...)

Paddington Bear stars in new movie, on British stamps Paddington Bear stars in new movie and on British stamps
Children’s book character Paddington Bear makes his big-screen movie debut in theaters across the United States Jan. 16. (Read more...)

Royal symbols and rodents shared Canada’s first stamps Royal symbols and rodents shared Canada’s first stamps
When the need to create postage stamps for Canada became urgent, James Morris, Canada’s first postmaster general, turned to another Scottish emigrant like himself, the young surveyor Sandford Fleming (Read more...)

Mistakes found on map stamps of the British Virgin Islands Mistakes found on map stamps of the British Virgin Islands
Philatelically speaking, the British Virgin Islands are well known for a major error of the Victorian era nicknamed “The Missing Virgin” (Scott 8c) (Read more...)

Stamp Identifier: Curacao Stamp Identifier: Curacao
Netherlands Antilles 1873-1949 (Read more...)

Britain’s Smilers stamps feature eight new designs Britain’s Smilers stamps feature eight new designs
Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued eight new Smilers stamps Jan. 20. (Read more...)

What is your favorite British commemorative? What is your favorite British commemorative?
Great Britain’s Royal Mail launched a website Jan. 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its commemorative stamp program. (Read more...)

Sheep, goats pictured on stamps for the year of ram Sheep and goats pictured on stamps for the year of the ram
Many recent and upcoming stamps feature sheep or goats in conjunction with the year of the ram, which will begin Feb. 19. (Read more...)

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