International Stamps and Postal History

New Stamps of the World: ‘The Hobbit’ personalized stamps New Zealand issues ‘The Hobbit’ personalized stamps
You can transform yourself into a dwarf from The Hobbit films using New Zealand Post’s personalized stamp service. (Read more...)

Italy’s Pope Francis stamp wins Italian magazine poll Italy’s Pope Francis stamp wins Italian magazine poll
An Italian stamp featuring Pope Francis received an award for the best stamp issued by Italy, San Marino and the Vatican City in the year 2013. (Read more...)

Slovakia wins St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp Slovakia wins St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp
The 32nd edition of the St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp of 2013 has been awarded to Slovakia for a souvenir sheet honoring saints Cyril and Methodius. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Pitcairn ‘Bounty’ films stamps Pitcairn stamps feature five ‘Bounty’ films
The Pitcairn Islands celebrated the 250th birth anniversary of Fletcher Christian by issuing five stamps Sept. 25 featuring actors who portrayed him in film versions of the tale of the mutiny on the HMS Bounty. (Read more...)

Classic Stamps of the World: 1921 Bulgarian stamp set Curious 1921 Bulgarian stamp set worth acquiring for its story
Why did Bulgaria honor an Irish-born correspondent for a British newspaper with not just one but nine stamps (Scott 171-79) on Dec. 31, 1921? (Read more...)

Video game icons appear on Irish stamps New Stamps of the World: Video game icons appear on Irish stamps issued Oct. 16
Four new stamps from Ireland feature “four of the most recognizable game icons in modern international culture,” according to Ireland’s An Post. (Read more...)

The scarce Welsh Road Repair Fund halfpenny surcharge The scarce Welsh Road Repair Fund halfpenny surcharge
To the keen eye of a collector of British postal history, the postage charge of “1/3½” (1 shilling, 3 and a halfpence) marked at upper left on the front of the folded wrapper shown nearby begs for further investigation. (Read more...)

Australia’s conversion to decimal currency triggered new stamps Stamps Down Under: Australia’s conversion to decimal currency triggered new stamps
On Feb. 14, 1966, Australia joined most of the rest of the world by converting its national currency from pounds, shillings and pence to decimal currency consisting of 100 cents to the dollar. (Read more...)

Three versions of Santa, Madonna and Child on Canada’s four new Christmas stamps Three versions of Santa, Madonna and Child on Canada’s four new Christmas stamps
Canada Post is celebrating Christmas this year with three whimsical Santa stamps and a single Madonna and Child stamp. (Read more...)

Fish featured on 22nd set in U.N. Endangered Species series Fish featured on 22nd set in U.N. Endangered Species series
A dozen species of fish are pictured on the United Nations Postal Administration’s Endangered Species stamps issued Oct. 23. (Read more...)

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