International Stamps and Postal History

Ghana was first with a Maya Angelou stamp, issued in 1998 Ghana was first with a Maya Angelou stamp, issued in 1998
The United States Postal Service announced Feb. 23 that it would issue a forever stamp for Maya Angelou (1928-2014) (Read more...)

'Strange Stamp Squad' returns, Canadian flag turns 50: Week's Most Read
It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. (Read more...)

Classic Stamps of the World: Large numeral issues brought fine printing to Uruguay’s stamps Classic Stamps of the World: Large numeral issues brought fine printing to Uruguay’s stamps
As is often the case in stamp-issuing practice, a change in postal rates prompted a new set of stamps in 1866 in Uruguay, a very small nation in southeastern South America. (Read more...)

Pansies blossom as Canada’s Spring Flowers March 2 Pansies blossom as Canada’s Spring Flowers March 2
Spring comes early at Canada Post, which on March 2 issued nondenominated (85¢) domestic letter-rate Pansies “P” permanent stamps with two designs in self-adhesive booklets of 10, coil rolls of 50, and two-stamp souvenir sheets (Read more...)

James Berry: New Zealand’s multitalented stamp designer created miniature works of art James Berry: New Zealand’s multitalented stamp designer created miniature works of art
Stamps are miniature works of art. (Read more...)

British postal strike mail presents opportunities for discoveries British postal strike mail presents opportunities for discoveries
My dad, who was in the hotel business, was transferred by his company from New York to London in the late 1960s (Read more...)

Great Britain Philately: Great Britain’s semipostal stamps make for a short list Great Britain Philately: Britain’s semipostal stamps make for a short list
Like the United States, which has issued only four semipostal stamps, Great Britain has produced only a few semipostal stamps. (Read more...)

Flowers of the Empire Flowers of the Empire: flowers on British North American stamps have a long history
Although popular today, floral decoration on Canadian stamps dates back only to the 1960s. However, flowers as symbols of the lands that make up what we now call the United Kingdom are prominent on a number of the first postage stamps of British North America (Read more...)

Isle of Man to give away Penny Black Isle of Man to give away Penny Black
The Isle of Man Post Office is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the world's first postage stamp by giving away an example of that stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black issued May 6, 1840 (Scott 1) (Read more...)

British Honduras World War I stamps with moire overprints British Honduras World War I stamps with moire overprints
The colony of British Honduras (now the nation of Belize) in Central America was very distant from the shell-torn battlefields of Western Europe during the Great War (1914-18), but the effects of the war reached across the seas to create an unusual set of stamps for the colony (Read more...)

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