International Stamps and Postal History

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...)

Ecuador’s first airmails could be used in more ways than one Ecuador’s first airmails could be used in more ways than one
In May 1929 Ecuador issued a series of eight airmail stamps (Scott C8-C15). Shown here is the second of the issues, a 5-centavo stamp depicting (as all the denominations do) an aircraft flying over the River Guayas. (Read more...)

Canada Post celebrates the year of the ram with stamps Canada Post celebrates the year of the ram with stamps
Canada celebrates the year of the ram in the seventh set of stamps in its current Lunar New Year series. Two stamps, souvenir sheets and a booklet were issued Jan. 8. (Read more...)

The Black Honduras and Red Honduras saga The Black Honduras and Red Honduras saga
The stamp known as the Black Honduras, believed to be unique, is the world’s rarest airmail stamp. The Red Honduras, with no more than seven available to collectors, is the second rarest. (Read more...)

Stamp to honor invention of the World Wide Web Stamp to honor invention of the World Wide Web
Great Britain will commemorate the invention of the World Wide Web on an Inventive Britain stamp to be issued in February, according to a Dec. 27 press release from Royal Mail. (Read more...)

United Nations announces 2015 program
The United Nations Postal Administration recently announced its 2015 program on its website, https://unstamps.org. (Read more...)

Italy to honor world expo, chocolatier in 2015 Italy to honor world expo, chocolatier, St. John Bosco in 2015
It seems hard to believe, but despite the recession plaguing southern Europe, Poste Italiane (Italy’s postal administration) recently reported increased philatelic sales and an unexpected surge in the number of new-issue subscribers. (Read more...)

Collect back-of-the-book stamps of New Zealand Stamps Down Under: Collect back-of-the-book stamps of New Zealand
New Zealand issued its first postage stamp in 1855, but in addition to postage stamps, there have been many other kinds of stamps that are equally as interesting and collectible. (Read more...)

Iceland switched from portraits to photographs for 1925 set Classic Stamps of the World: Iceland switched from portraits to photographs for 1925 set
In 1924 the congress of the Universal Postal Union (the international body of postal administrations) decreed that postal rates between its member nations should be reduced. (Read more...)

London fancy geometric postmarks experiment London fancy geometric postmarks experiment began in 1880
The cancellation on the 3-penny rose Queen Victoria stamp (Scott 61) shown here makes the stamp vastly more interesting and desirable to collectors. (Read more...)

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