newsRugby World Cup is honored with 8-stamp set from Great Britain
September 30, 2015 11:21 AM
newsNetherlands stamps reflect Dutch connections with the U.S. and New York City
September 27, 2015 11:37 AMA red, white and blue hot dog and a baseball jersey are pictured on new stamps from the Netherlands. These stamps are part of an annual series highlighting connections between the Netherlands and another country, in this case the United States.
newsCanada’s latest children’s semipostal stamp has charm to spare
September 24, 2015 11:33 AMOn Sept. 28, Canada Post issued a new semipostal stamp to raise funds for the Canada Post Community Foundation. Canada Post describes this design as depicting “the power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend.”
newsBritish Guiana 1¢ Magenta to be displayed at World Stamp Show – NY 2016
September 24, 2015 11:33 AMThe Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announced Sept. 22 a special showing of the world’s most famous and valuable stamp — the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta — at World Stamp Show – NY 2016. The special showing will take place May 28–June 3, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City. Admission is free throughout all eight days of the show.
newsWelcome to Stamp Collecting Pavilion at NY 2016 show geared to youth, adult beginners
September 22, 2015 11:43 AMWhen World Stamp Show — NY 2016 opens in the cavernous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City May 28, 2016, fully 5,000 square feet of show space will be devoted to bringing the joys, wonders and excitement of stamp collecting to young and old alike.
newsMore ghostly tales told in pictures on new Haunted Canada stamps
September 18, 2015 11:37 AMOn Sept. 14, Canada Post unveiled its second of three sets of Haunted Canada stamps. Recalling popular Canadian ghost stories, this series shines a spectral light on dark tales from throughout the land. Each of the five stamps focuses on a supernatural site, with images made extra eerie through the use of holographic foil.
newsLondon will host major stamp exhibition in 2020
September 17, 2015 11:21 AMThe show intends on being one of the larger ones in the world. Competitive exhibits in traditional, postal history, thematic, revenue, postal stationery, aerophilately, open, literature, and youth classes will all be available for show-goers to enjoy.
newsStamps for long reign of Elizabeth, labels for Victoria’s diamond jubilee
September 15, 2015 10:49 AMWhen Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British sovereign at 63 years, 217 days on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Royal Mail changed the color of its most-used stamp, the nondenominated first-class Machin-head definitive, from red to amethyst purple.
insightsStamp market tip of the week: Colombia Red Cross local postal tax stamp
September 15, 2015 10:49 AMPostal tax stamps are similar to semipostal stamps in that some or all of the proceeds from their sale goes to a charitable cause. They differ from semipostals stamps in that their use is mandatory for stated classes of mail for a set period.
insightsThe story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one
September 15, 2015 10:49 AMThe British colony of Montserrat in the Leeward Islands was never very prosperous, and an 1890 postal policy decreeing uniform stamp designs in the Leewards reduced the islands’ philatelic income. A 1903 set marked a return to distinctive stamp designs for the colony’s postal issues.
newsIt’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on 10 new U.S. stamps
September 15, 2015 11:36 AMFor the second consecutive Christmas season, the United States Postal Service is drawing from an animated television special for the subject of its holiday forever stamps. This year, Americans will see 10 different stamps commemorating A Charlie Brown Christmas, the popular family program that was first televised 50 years ago.
insightsVictoria revenue stamps exceed expectations at David Feldman sale in Geneva
September 15, 2015 12:15 AMIn Geneva, the firm of David Feldman held its summer auction June 22-25. The big surprise was the result obtained for a series of 19th-century revenue stamps from the Australian state of Victoria.
insightsPRC 'entire nation is red' block sells for $445,000 at Interasia sale in Hong Kong
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMInterasia in Hong Kong held an auction of China and Asian stamps and postal history on July 18-20. Modern rarities from the People’s Republic of China were well-represented in the Interasia July sale.
insightsParaguay’s 1939-40 University stamps honor founders, offer varieties
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMIn 1939, Paraguay issued 12 stamps of similar design but for different postal purposes (Scott 351-54, C122-C123 and O99-O104) to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. Paraguay’s oldest university was established in 1889 during the presidency of Patricio Escobar.
insightsLook for 1993 Mauritania Presidential Election stamp
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMMost collector interest in Mauritania is a holdover from its status as a former French colony. In 1993, Mauritania issued a two-stamp set to commemorate the first anniversary of the first multi-party presidential election.
insightsIngenious and eye-popping overprints, surcharges can be fun to collect
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMSimply defined, a stamp with an overprint is one that has any printing added over the original completed design of the stamp. Surcharges generally occur when there has been a rate change requiring different denominations than are available on the current stamp issues.
insightsAmerican Topical Association has study units for more than 50 topics
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMThe American Topical Association, with almost 3,000 members worldwide, is the largest philatelic society devoted specifically to topical collecting. It provides many benefits to its members, including a checklist database with more than 400,000 stamps, and its journal Topical Time, published six times per year.
insightsStamps from a little-known Polynesian paradise: Wallis and Futuna
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMWallis and Futuna might be the least-known islands in all of the South Pacific. Well off the beaten track, remote Wallis and Futuna’s nearest neighbors are Fiji (346 miles southwest) and Samoa (405 miles west). Wallis (also known as Uvea) Island and Futuna Island are about 100 miles apart. There are 23 islands within Wallis and Futuna, all but three of them uninhabited.
insightsNovelty stamps have that little something extra added to their designs
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMNovelty stamps have something unusual about them that makes them distinct from normal postage stamps. It might be their shape or some gimmick, a substance other than ink that releases a fragrance, or some way to give texture or to imitate motion.
insightsDo some armchair traveling with Wallis and Futuna stamps
September 15, 2015 12:00 AMIn the late 1950s, the stamps became more colorful. Stamp designs began to focus on the people, the flora and fauna, and the history of the islands. This stamp era is where armchair travel kicks into high gear.
newsUpcoming Star Wars stamps from Great Britain getting mainstream coverage
September 14, 2015 04:21 PMWith the highly-anticipated release of the The Force Awakens in December, the Royal Mail will release 18 total stamps celebrating the news. All of the bases will be covered, as characters, spaceships, and other vehicles will all be depicted in the sheet that releases on Oct. 20.
newsStamps from the Netherlands, Switzerland promote letter writing
September 11, 2015 11:41 AMTo encourage the writing of letters, the Netherlands issued a pane of 10 stamps Aug. 17 featuring famous people known for their personal letters. The Royal Library helped the Netherlands’ postal administration, PostNL, in the selection of these letter writers: artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh; poet Leo Vroman; mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens; and priest, philosopher and humanist Desiderius Erasmus.
newsPostcrossing celebrated on Czech Republic definitive stamp
September 11, 2015 11:38 AMA new stamp from the Czech Republic celebrates an innovative method for international communication. Issued Sept. 2, this nondenominated, self-adhesive definitive stamp honors Postcrossing, an international project in which people from around the world send each other postcards.
newsCanada, Australia, Jersey stamps celebrate record reign of Queen Elizabeth II
September 11, 2015 11:33 AMQueen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom on Sept. 9, exceeding her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days. Canada, Australia and Jersey marked the historic milestone with new stamps.
newsNicholas Winton, 'Britain's Schindler,' now has stamp in Czech Republic
September 08, 2015 05:02 PMNot long after the UK's Royal Mail announced it would honor 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, a Czech Post stamp honoring him is out.
newsNew Zealand's All Blacks rugby team honored with special stamps
September 03, 2015 04:10 PMNew Zealand's All Blacks, one of the more storied and recognizable rugby organizations in the world, is being honored with a one-of-a-kind stamp from New Zealand Post, one made with real fabric from the team's Adidas jerseys.