insightsLightning McQueen, WALL-E, others shine on Disney-Pixar stamps
August 25, 2015 04:07 PMIn June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.
insightsUganda issued first stamps depicting Disney-Pixar characters
August 25, 2015 01:22 PMThe first Disney/Pixar stamps were issued by Uganda in 1997, consisting of one souvenir sheet of six stamps (Scott 1479a-f), two souvenir sheets of nine stamps each (1480a-i and 1481a-i), and a set of three souvenir sheets (1482-84), all showing scenes from Toy Story.
newsJewish News: Royal Mail will indeed release a Sir Nicholas Winton stamp
August 24, 2015 03:50 PMThe Jewish News reports the petition it started earlier this summer to have the UK's Royal Mail issue a commemorative stamp for Sir Nicholas Winton, who is commonly referred to as "Britain's Schindler" for his actions to protect hundreds of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia during World War II, is a success.
newsAustralia honors Britain’s Princess Charlotte on stamp to be issued Aug. 25
August 22, 2015 02:00 PMAustralia Post will celebrate the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, fourth in line to the British throne, by issuing a 70¢ domestic-rate stamp Aug. 25. The stamp shows a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also called Prince William and Catherine (or Kate) Middleton, leaving St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, with their newborn daughter.
insightsScott Canada eCatalogue is good, but additions could make it great
August 22, 2015 10:00 AMIn August 2014, Scott unveiled its first “stamp eCatalogues,” an unwieldy term for an agile concept: to make available, accessible and affordable in digital form popular subsections of Scott’s massive annual six-volume print juggernaut.
newsMediterranean-area countries issue Euromed stamps featuring boats
August 21, 2015 10:53 AMSeveral postal administrations issued stamps July 9 showing boats of the Mediterranean. These stamps continue the Euromed series that began in 2014. Euromed, a regional postal union of countries in the Mediterranean area, was established in 2011.
insightsLook for 1930 Plane over Mexico City Official airmail stamps
August 18, 2015 04:49 PMOur neighbor to the south has issued a host of very attractive stamps and enjoys a strong following among United States collectors. However, the market for most Mexico issues has been flat for a fairly long time. There are some notable exceptions.
newsMediterranean diet, other healthy foods illustrated on new stamps
August 18, 2015 03:46 PMPortugal and Spain issued stamps in July featuring the Mediterranean diet, not necessarily as a means to lose weight, but as part of their cultural heritage. In 2010, the Mediterranean diet was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for the countries of Greece, Italy, Morocco and Spain. Portugal, Croatia and Cyprus were added to this list in 2013.
newsLiechtenstein receives Asiago stamp art award for Crystallography issue
August 14, 2015 04:25 PMLiechtenstein won the Asiago international award for philatelic art for the best stamp issue of 2014 for its International Year of Crystallography. stamps. The Asiago awards, considered the Oscars of the stamp-design field, are presented annually in Asiago, Italy.
insightsTry expanding your collecting horizons with airmail semipostal stamps
August 14, 2015 02:41 PMMost stamp collectors are familiar with semipostal stamps. You can find them listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue after the regular postage stamps, with catalog numbers that have a “B” prefix. Semipostals usually have two denominations, often with a plus sign between them.
newsUNPA to issue new Greetings from Geneva pane of stamps and labels
August 14, 2015 01:07 PMThe United Nations Postal Administration will issue a new Greetings from Geneva pane of 10 stamps and labels Sept. 21. The 1.40-franc stamps show different images associated with the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the home of the U.N. office in Geneva.
newsGermany honors Great Britain’s Penny Black for 175th anniversary
August 14, 2015 12:06 AMGermany is commemorating 175 years of postage stamps by showcasing the world’s first: Great Britain’s 1840 Penny Black. Germany’s E0.62+E0.30 Day of Stamps semipostal will be issued Sept. 1 in panes of 10, with two special pictorial cancellations from Bonn and Berlin.
insightsCinderellas are a roller-coaster ride
August 12, 2015 01:25 PMCollecting cinderella stamps — broadly defined as stamplike labels that are not postage stamps — is not for everyone. If you like things neat and orderly, with the rules spelled out and comprehensive cataloging with no surprises, you should probably stick to postage stamps.
insightsRussian stamps, Joseph Stalin and the Sergei Kirov assassination
August 10, 2015 01:15 PMAll countries use their postage stamps to promote the message of who they are and what they stand for to their own population and to the rest of the world. But the Soviet Union (1923-1991) was unusual in that many of the people honored on its stamps were actually condemned and executed by the regime.
insightsA theory on the numerous varieties of the Jeddah issues of Saudi Arabia
August 07, 2015 11:24 AMThe Jeddah issues of Saudi Arabia philately are provisional stamps riddled with overprint, surcharge and handstamp errors. A few collectors of this area believe that such varieties were intentionally created to sell to collectors.
newsNew British labels picture Statue of Liberty, other foreign ports
August 06, 2015 03:36 PMAn American icon is pictured on British computer-produced self-adhesive postage labels to be issued Sept. 16, the opening day of the Autumn Stampex show in London. The design depicts the Statue of Liberty with the New York skyline behind it, as seen from the deck of a ship.
insightsLundy’s curious philatelic past: Puffins, pirates and local post stamps
August 06, 2015 02:07 PMCollectors frequently have deja-vu experiences when visiting foreign countries, when they recognize buildings or scenery from their stamp albums. This is exactly what happened to me when I spent a week on the island of Lundy in early 2014.
insightsStamp quest for travelers: visiting Beijing’s stamp museum, market
August 06, 2015 12:37 AMBeijing has been an important city since antiquity. It was the capital of China in the last three dynasties of Yuan (Mongol), Ming and Qing, and also is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. My connection to this city began when my family moved there in 1992.
newsStamps from France focus on animal’s eyes
August 06, 2015 09:56 AMNew stamps from France feature animal’s eyes and are appropriately called “Les animaux nous regardent,” which translates to “the animals are watching.” France’s La Poste issued the 12 self-adhesive stamps July 31 in a single booklet. Each design focuses on the animal’s pupil. If you look closely, you can see the name of the animal inscribed on each eye.
newsLate Holocaust hero Nicholas Winton could get a Royal Mail stamp
August 05, 2015 02:59 PMA campaign oranized by Jewish News lobbying for the portrait of British Holocaust hero Nicholas Winton to be put on a Royal Mail stamp just might realize its goal. BBC News reports, "Royal Mail said Sir Nicholas, from Berkshire, was 'definitely among the subjects for future consideration.'"
insightsDanish West Indies 1915 King Christian X set is good buy
August 05, 2015 12:33 AMDanish West Indies issued its first stamps in 1856. Its stamp output totaled fewer than 60 postage stamps and eight postage due stamps. The last set, comprising eight King Christian X definitive stamps (Scott 51-58) issued in 1915, is surprisingly difficult to find in grades of very fine or better.
insightsLook for 1983 Germany Beer Pureness Law stamp
August 03, 2015 11:50 AMQuite a few beer stamps have been issued by countries around the world, especially those countries noted for brewing. In 1983, Germany issued an 80-pfennig stamp (Scott 1396) to commemorate the 450th anniversary of its brewing purity laws. The design shows brewers from a 1677 engraving.
insightsToys on Europa stamps represent many topics
August 02, 2015 02:49 PMEven if you don’t collect Europa as a topic, you may want to take a look at these stamps for the many other topics found on them. Starting in 1974, each participating country selected its own Europa stamp designs based on a common theme for the year, including famous people, the arts, history, local landmarks and much more. The theme for 2015 is old toys, and, as with the Europa topic, you can find many more topics other than toys in the designs.