International Stamps and Postal History

Story behind the painting on new Italian Christmas stamp The story behind the painting on new Italian Christmas stamp
Italy issued two stamps Dec. 1 reflecting the religious and secular aspects of Christmas. (Read more...)

The challenge of the fifth dimension Spotlight: The challenge of the fifth dimension
Nearly every experienced postal history collector develops a fondness for multicolor frankings, partly because a medley of colors has exceptional visual appeal, and partly because they are relatively uncommon. T (Read more...)

Ireland issues Christmas stamps, labels Ireland issues Christmas stamps, labels
A 3-year-old girl dressed as an angel is pictured on a Christmas stamp issued by Ireland’s An Post Nov. 2 (Read more...)

Pope Francis in 3D
The Philippines will issue stamps in January 2015 to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis. A contest was held to determine the stamp designs. Salvador Banares Bryan, Michael Bunag, Mark Leo Maac and Dave Arjay Tan created the four winning entries. (Read more...)

Classic Stamps of the World: First Latvian issues First Latvian issues made good use of German army castoffs
Recycling was a matter of practical necessity long before the word was coined and assumed its modern connotation of environmental good practice. A case in point is the first stamps of Latvia, issued Dec. 18, 1918 (Scott 1 and 2). (Read more...)

Great Britain Philately: Children’s toys on stamps Topical Great Britain: collecting children’s toys on stamps
With around 3,000 commemoratives issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain is a rich resource for stamps for topical and thematic collections. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Magic squares and optical illusions Stamps show magic squares, palindromes and optical illusions
New stamps from Macau and Belgium present challenges for the mind and the eye, respectively. (Read more...)

Stamps Down Under: Capt. James Cook Stamps chronicle Capt. James Cook’s Pacific adventures
Capt. James Cook was not the first European to set sail for the Pacific Ocean. (Read more...)

Withdrawn Ireland stamp found in kiloware Withdrawn Ireland stamp found in kiloware
A used example of a withdrawn Irish Citizen Army stamp has been discovered in kiloware. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Lithuania Stamps honor open-heart surgery, liver transplantation
New stamps from Lithuania and India honor heart and liver surgery, respectively. (Read more...)

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