April 28, 2017 03:00 PM

1845 Basel Dove stamp recognized for many philatelic firsts

Basel, Switzerland, issued its first postage stamp July 1, 1845. The stamp, featuring a dove, was Basel’s first and only stamp.

April 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Isle of Man’s hidden logo, plus U.S. stamps on U.N. mail: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the May U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon caption contest has a nautical theme.

April 27, 2017 07:00 PM

Vols. 2A and 2B of 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue available

What’s new for the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue? The recently published set of Vols. 2A and 2B offers almost 12,000 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.

April 25, 2017 05:00 PM

ATA executive director Vera Felts named 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

In other areas of the hobby, Felts founded a youth stamp club at the Science Center in Carbondale, Ill., in 1999. She has edited the newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for the last 15 years, and cofounded the club’s Sirpex local show. A life member of the American Philatelic Society, she coordinated its newsletter exchange for eight years.

April 25, 2017 04:00 PM

Canadian celebrities to reveal stamps in new ‘Canada 150’ set

Ten new stamps from Canada Post will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by commemorating moments from the past 50 years of the country’s history.

April 24, 2017 07:00 PM

Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet in demand

The mint Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet (Scott 54) is valued at $40. Both values are italicized, which means the Scott editors do not have sufficient market data to establish firm retail values.

April 23, 2017 07:00 PM

Isle of Man hides logo, other information in Freemasonry stamps

The Isle of Man Post Office has added a hidden logo to its set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of English Freemasonry’s first Grand Lodge.

April 22, 2017 07:00 PM

Rosenblum launches series to celebrate Britain’s Machin stamps’ 50th anniversary

The definitives, one of the longest-running series of regular stamp issues, feature British artist Arnold Machin’s sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

April 22, 2017 02:00 PM

Finlandia 2017 souvenir sheet celebrates philatelist jeweler Agathon Faberge

Collectors from more than 40 countries will participate in this exhibition, being held under Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) patronage and with International Federation of Philately (FIP) recognition.

April 22, 2017 09:00 AM

The United Nations World Heritage Sites booklet worth pursuing

Modern U.N. booklets all have the World Heritage Sites theme. They are beautiful, and the stamps inside can only be acquired by buying the booklets.

April 21, 2017 07:00 PM

United Nations continues long-running Endangered Species series

The U.N. stamps will be issued in panes of 16, each with four se-tenant (side-by-side) designs. There is a separate pane for each U.N. post office.

April 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Machins retain consistency over 50 years amid continual change

Why has the Machin design endured and thrived for five decades? There are several reasons.

April 15, 2017 03:00 PM

French, Spanish and Manx stamps depict different styles of dancing

The French aren't alone when it comes to celebrations. The Spanish and Celtic nations are honoring their respective national gatherings on new issues, as well.

April 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Believe it or not, gimmicks have been used on stamps for quite some time

Gimmicky stamps are alive and well today. Some collectors like them, but many don’t have much use for them.

April 12, 2017 01:00 PM

Liechtenstein honors trades and crafts on new stamps

Among the tools shown are hammers, chisels, scissors, measuring tape, a thimble, a sewing machine, pliers, and a screw clamp.

April 11, 2017 07:00 PM

Great Britain honors eight legends of horse racing on new stamps

One stamp of each denomination shows a flat-racing legend, and the other depicts a national hunt legend.

April 11, 2017 02:00 PM

The post-World War I Schleswig plebiscite and the stamps that honored it, explained

One objective of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was to make it possible for areas of mixed ethnicity to choose their affiliation.

April 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The Russian labels that make for an interesting aviation topical collection

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics issued some of the most attractive and diverse aviation cinderella stamps.

April 09, 2017 08:00 AM

U.N. sheet for Melbourne exhibition features Australian animals

The UNPA issued this event souvenir sheet March 30, the opening day of the Melbourne 2017 FIAP stamp exhibition.

April 08, 2017 07:00 PM

Why this Spanish Morocco Justice set is a hot one

Spanish colonial issues aren’t super popular with American collectors, but they do have a following among classic stamp collectors.