International Stamps and Postal History

Mummified cat, dinosaur on Royal Ontario Museum issue Mummified cat, dinosaur on Royal Ontario Museum issue
Canada Post honored the centennial of the Royal Ontario Museum April 14 with two new commemorative permanent-rate stamps issued in a booklet of 10, a souvenir sheet of two, and three international-rate picture postal cards. (Read more...)

Asia Philately: Ryukyu Islands stationery Special markings created Ryukyus provisional postal stationery
The United States administered Ryukyu Islands from the end of World War II until 1972. (Read more...)

Stamp Identifier: Orange River Colony Stamp Identifier: Orange River Colony
Orange Free State (Read more...)

Finland announces second half of its 2013 stamp program Finland announces second half of its 2014 stamp program
Finland announced the second half of its 2014 stamp program April 13, but of the seven sets of stamps to be issued, only one is receiving widespread publicity. (Read more...)

UNPA International Jazz Day stamps UNPA stamps to commemorate International Jazz Day, April 30
The United Nations Postal Administration will celebrate International Jazz Day on 36 stamps and a souvenir card to be issued April 30. (Read more...)

Covering the World: Kuwait cover Kuwait cover arrived on meeting date
On Aug. 2, 1990, the armed forces of Iraq invaded Kuwait, its neighbor to the south, and declared Kuwait to be a province of Iraq. Less than a month earlier, Kuwait had issued a set of definitive stamps depicting the head of a hawk. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: New Zealand and Prince George New Zealand celebrates Prince George’s overseas visit
New Zealand issued two stamps April 7 to commemorate the royal visit of Prince William, his wife Catherine and their son Prince George. This is the first overseas visit for the eight-month old prince. (Read more...)

Middle East Stamps: Overprinted Transjordan stamps Stamps of the Hejaz overprinted for use in Transjordan
The last Hejaz stamp set overprinted for use in Transjordan was issued Aug. 2, 1925 (Jordan Scott 122-129). The stamp set is relatively easy to assemble, but what makes this issue interesting is the different varieties. (Read more...)

Message in a German beer bottle delivered Message in a German beer bottle delivered after one century
The International Maritime Museum of Hamburg, Germany, reports the recent discovery of what it calls the oldest message in a bottle ever found. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Austrian stamp on porcelain Austrian stamp printed on porcelain; Dutch series features local ceramics
Austria issued the first stamp printed on porcelain March 20, but, according to Austrian Post, it is unbreakable. (Read more...)

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