International Stamps and Postal History

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...)

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...)

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