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When a stamp collection saved lives in Nazi Germany

October 31, 2015 11:13 AM

Not often are stamps associated with a journey quite like the one Max Lichenheim and his Margaret went through.

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Set of four unissued Germany semipostal stamps realizes about $80,500 at Schlegel sale

October 31, 2015 06:47 AM

Schlegel Auctions held a sale in Berlin on Oct. 5-6. The standout item was an unissued set of four Germany semipostal stamps from 2001 depicting ordinary citizens engaged in amateur athletic activities.

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Values for stamps of Cuba rise significantly in 2016 Scott Classic Specialized catalog

October 30, 2015 11:02 AM

Values for stamps of Cuba have undergone a thorough review in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, with many values increasing substantially. The catalog will be available in mid-November.

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UK post offices prep for Star Wars stamp release

October 28, 2015 11:33 AM

The Trafalgar Square Post Office in London readies for the delivery of the highly sought after stamps. Stephen Abramsamadu, the office's branch manager, notes that this isn't your average stamp drop off. “The security officer arrived early this morning, came suited and booted with his helmet on, and said he had a very important package. I assumed the package was the stamps, and directed him to our secure location to deliver them.”

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World Stamp Show-NY 2016 president Saadi holds town hall at ASDA show in New York City

October 28, 2015 11:51 AM

Wade Saadi, president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, conducted a town hall meeting Oct. 23 at the American Stamp Dealers Association National Postage Stamp Show in New York City. World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the next decennial international show to be held in the United States, will open at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in seven months, May 28-June 4, 2016.

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British designer highlights the essence of Star Wars stamp production

October 26, 2015 11:22 AM

Malcolm Tween, the head illustrator for the popular Star Wars stamp collection, takes viewers through his overall process and inspiration behind his designs. He cites the magnitude of the film's overall production design, as well as the centrality of its characters.

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang on worldwide stamps

October 24, 2015 09:00 PM

It was wonderful to hear of the United States Postal Service’s announcement of A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps. These stamps were issued Oct. 1.

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Countries showcase their archaeological discoveries on new stamps

October 24, 2015 05:00 PM

Jewelry is featured on the second set of stamps in the Archaeological Finds in Liechtenstein series.

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Postmarks of Australia offer wide variety and great interest

October 23, 2015 11:17 AM

It’s fun to collect Australia stamps, with their widely varied designs representing the history and unique culture of the country.

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Great Britain tells the story of the Nativity on its Christmas stamps

October 23, 2015 09:14 AM

The story of the Nativity is illustrated on Great Britain’s Christmas stamps issued Nov. 3.

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Scandinavian Collectors Club to celebrate 80th anniversary at ASDA fall show in New York City

October 20, 2015 11:50 AM

This year's American Stamp Dealers Association Fall National Postage Stamp Show will carry a bit of extra weight when it opens its doors in New York City Oct. 23. The Scandinavian Collectors Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015, and will mark the occasion with collectors and dealers alike at the show.

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Great Britain’s Royal Mail rolling out the red carpet for ‘Star Wars’ saga, upcoming film with 18 stamps

October 20, 2015 11:34 AM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail will issue 18 face-different stamps and several varieties Oct. 20 to commemorate Star Wars and the upcoming release of the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh film in the Star War series and the first in the third trilogy, The Force Awakens was filmed at Pinewood Studios in London and on location at the Forest of Dean in Gloucester.

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Ten facts you should know about the U.S. Postal Service

October 19, 2015 11:24 AM

Mental Floss, the engaging and fun website that brings all kinds of obscure facts to light, presents 10 unusual facts about the United States Postal Service.

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Winter creatures, Wise Men star on Canada Christmas stamps

October 16, 2015 11:51 AM

Two trios — one ages-old from the New Testament, the other newcomers born in the fertile minds of a Montreal artist and design studio — make merry and memorable Canada Post’s 2015 Christmas stamps, to be released Nov. 2.

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Tip of the week: 2000 Ethiopia Menelik's Bushbuck set of 23

October 15, 2015 11:06 AM

On June 19, 2000, Ethiopia issued a set of 23 Menelik’s Bushbuck definitive stamps (Scott 1548A-1555). The stamps were not well-advertised to dealers or collectors, and it was several years after they were issued before the entire set was accounted for by catalog editors.

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Tip of the week: 1994 Ethiopia Simien Fox set of 20

October 15, 2015 11:05 AM

In 1994, Ethiopia was in a state of transition following the fall of the Marxist dictatorship that had gained power in the 1970s. On Oct. 18, 1994, a set of 20 Simien Fox stamps perforated gauge 14 (Scott 1393A-1393T) was issued.

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Tip of the week: 1972 Guinea Richard M. Nixon and Mao Tse-tung airmail stamp

October 15, 2015 11:05 AM

In 1972, Guinea issued a set of two se-tenant blocks of four airmail stamps and a single 1,200-franc airmail stamp (Scott C116-117 and C118) on gold-color metallic foil commemorating President Richard M. Nixon’s trip to China.

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Stamps issued in 1934 marked proclamation of the Syrian republic

October 15, 2015 11:00 AM

On Aug. 2, 1934, the Syrian government issued postage and airmail stamps commemorating the establishment of the republic. In this column, I will discuss the 19 stamps in the postage stamp set (Scott 232-250).

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Romania’s 1906 semipostals reflected queen’s interests

October 15, 2015 11:00 AM

The world’s first semipostal stamps, with a surcharge (beyond the cost of postage) that was designated for a charitable purpose, were issued in New South Wales and Victoria in 1897. Romania, however, was not too far behind, becoming the first European country to issue semipostals, in 1906.

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Philippines overprinted Espana 84 sheets in demand

October 15, 2015 11:00 AM

Souvenir sheets issued by the Philippines April 27, 1984, to commemorate the Espana 84 international exhibition in Spain were overprinted in black and in red.

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Making a clean sweep: collecting brooms on stamps

October 15, 2015 11:00 AM

Used for thousands of year to keep floors clean, brooms have been featured in folklore, in fiction, in art and on postage stamps showing witches, snowmen, the sport of curling and more.

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Poland wins St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp issued in 2014

October 15, 2015 11:49 AM

For the third time in recent years, Poland has won the St. Gabriel award for the best religious stamp. The award went to a souvenir sheet issued by Poland April 2, 2014, to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II (Scott 4114).

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Pitcairn, Luxembourg, and Switzerland honor stamp anniversaries

October 15, 2015 11:48 AM

New definitive stamps from Pitcairn Islands feature stamp-on-stamp designs of its first postage stamps. Pitcairn’s stamps debuted Oct. 15, 1940, and the new definitives were issued exactly 75 years later.

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Explore the printing process of the Star Wars stamps from Great Britain

October 15, 2015 11:23 AM

In the midst of releasing a variety of Star Wars stamps, Royal Mail has provided some behind-the-scenes videos that show how the exciting stamps were produced.

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1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition set is a good buy

October 15, 2015 10:39 AM

There is good demand for many Soviet issues of the 1930s and 1940s. Stamps in mint never-hinged condition are especially in demand. One set showing good demand is the 1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition overprints (Scott 487-488).

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BNAPS study groups foster philatelic comradery, knowledge

October 15, 2015 10:38 AM

In the last dozen years, the British North America Philatelic Society has published 150 titles, most of them in color, almost all of them available to members at an appealing 40 percent discount. I know of no other philatelic society that comes close to that impressive achievement.

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Keep an eye out for 1929-30 first airmail set of India

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

A good set to look for is India’s first airmail set (Scott C1-6) issued in 1929-30. The stamp design features an inset portrait of King George V, while the vignette depicts a DeHavilland Hercules biplane flying the mail above a lake with mountains in the background.

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International airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces bombed American military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack that suddenly thrust the United States into World War II. Letters that were in transit across the Pacific Ocean are tangible mementos of that fateful event.

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Hunt for Morocco local post stamps

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

There is strong demand for all Morocco local post stamps. Many of the stamps are quite colorful and feature exotic beasts such as camels and lions in the designs.

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Examining and identifying stamps found in a large accumulation

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

I recently received three large boxes of stamps. These stamps had been donated to a local charity that didn’t quite know what to do with them and passed them on to me for review and eventual disposition to a suitable organization.

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Dictators on stamps of the world: absolute power corrupts absolutely

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Dictator is defined as a ruler with total power over a country. We owe this term to the ancient Romans. In the Roman Republic (509-27 B.C.), a dictator was an extraordinary magistrate appointed by the senate in times of emergency.

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Canada’s early 19th-century Numeral cancels by the numbers

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Collecting Canada columnist Fred Baumann traces the early history of cancellations on Canada stamps, from the simple target cancels to the more descriptive numeral cancels, some of which are quite scarce today.

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Anthony Trollope and the introduction of pillar boxes in Great Britain

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Pillar boxes — the red, cast-iron mail receptacles on the streets and roadways of the United Kingdom — are as iconic to England as Big Ben and red double-decker buses. Pillar boxes were introduced to the British Isles in 1852. Their inspiration came from Europe.

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1617 letter from Bermuda, part of the Rich Papers, rediscovered after 45 years

October 14, 2015 11:45 AM

The earliest letter from Bermuda in private hands, written May 22, 1617, has just resurfaced after 45 years. It has never before been in philatelic hands.

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UNPA issues stamps Oct. 23 to mark the 70th anniversary of the U.N.

October 10, 2015 10:23 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration issued 15 stamps Oct. 23 to commemorate its 70th anniversary and to showcase the recently renovated U.N. headquarters in New York City.

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A moose, beaver and polar bear celebrate Christmas on new stamps from Canada

October 08, 2015 05:20 PM

Canada’s 2015 Christmas stamps will feature three animals and a Madonna and Child painting.

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Top and bottom: rugby jersey from New Zealand and lederhosen from Austria

October 08, 2015 11:50 AM

Stamps aren't just made from paper anymore. Recently issued stamps from New Zealand and Austria incorporate fabric, leather and crystals in their designs.

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A scientific approach to the Queen Victoria £5 orange

October 07, 2015 11:22 AM

"One of the most iconic of British stamps, the Queen Victoria £5 orange, formed the basis of the display and presentation by Dr John Horsey to The Royal Philatelic Society London on 1 October," reported the RPSL in a recent press release.

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Canada Post scores with NHL great goalies

October 05, 2015 11:45 AM

Canada’s latest stamps to honor the national sport of hockey feature six goalies. The issue includes a booklet, a pane of stamps and labels and large stamps that look like sports cards.

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Penrhyn Island stamps, upcoming U.S. stamps, Yankees meet the Netherlands: Week's Most Read

October 03, 2015 11:48 AM

Among the hot topics in this week's stamp news are: New York City, baseball, an 1847 Basel Dove cover, the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps, and the beautiful stamps of Penrhyn Island.

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UK artist puts impressive Queen Elizabeth II stamp art on display

October 02, 2015 11:25 AM

Anne-Marie Stijelja recently gained some notable recognition in the United Kingdom's art world. The Northhamptonshire Telegraph highlights a mosaic of Queen Elizabeth II that Stijelja created using used postage stamps. It was on display for just a few short days late last month.

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Linn’s editor traveled to London in September to attend Autumn Stampex

October 02, 2015 11:01 AM

In mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show.
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