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Rugby World Cup is honored with 8-stamp set from Great Britain

September 30, 2015 11:21 AM

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Celebrating the Stamp Princess of Thailand

September 30, 2015 11:21 AM

Gibbons Stamp Monthly sat down with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand in mid-September to discuss her life, and, of course, her stamps.

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Refugee crisis prompts Nordia 2015 venue change

September 29, 2015 10:10 AM

The original show hotel near Stockholm is now accommodating asylum seekers; show organizers plan to hold the event in a new location to be announced.

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United Nations issues special pane of stamps for the pope’s visit

September 29, 2015 08:30 AM

The visit of Pope Francis to the United Nations was commemorated on a pane of stamps and labels. The stamp also marks the United Nations 70th anniversary.

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Netherlands stamps reflect Dutch connections with the U.S. and New York City

September 27, 2015 11:37 AM

A 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.

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Canada’s latest children’s semipostal stamp has charm to spare

September 24, 2015 11:33 AM

On 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.”

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British Guiana 1¢ Magenta to be displayed at World Stamp Show – NY 2016

September 24, 2015 11:33 AM

The 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.

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Stamps honor Pope Francis and his journeys

September 23, 2015 03:45 AM

As Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States, the eyes of the media and much of the world are on him. Many postage stamps have been issued honoring the pontiff.

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Welcome to Stamp Collecting Pavilion at NY 2016 show geared to youth, adult beginners

September 22, 2015 11:43 AM

When 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.

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More ghostly tales told in pictures on new Haunted Canada stamps

September 18, 2015 11:37 AM

On 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.

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London will host major stamp exhibition in 2020

September 17, 2015 11:21 AM

The 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.

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'Sense'-ational stamps issued Sept. 10 by An Post

September 16, 2015 05:29 PM

Each stamp has its own means of demonstrating the sense, from flavoring, to texture, to changinging colors. Designed by Zinc Design of Dublin, the stamps are available in sheets of 16.

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Stamps for long reign of Elizabeth, labels for Victoria’s diamond jubilee

September 15, 2015 10:49 AM

When 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.

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Stamp market tip of the week: Colombia Red Cross local postal tax stamp

September 15, 2015 10:49 AM

Postal 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.

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The story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one

September 15, 2015 10:49 AM

The 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.

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It’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on 10 new U.S. stamps

September 15, 2015 11:36 AM

For 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.

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Victoria revenue stamps exceed expectations at David Feldman sale in Geneva

September 15, 2015 12:15 AM

In 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.

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Withdrawn Guatemala airmail stamp is in demand

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

On Dec. 6, 2001, Guatemala issued a 10-centavo airmail stamp commemorating the 1993 census. The controversial stamp was withdrawn from sale less than a week later, on Dec. 11.

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Remote Penrhyn Island and its intriguing postage stamps

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Penrhyn is the northernmost and largest of the 15 islands within the Cook Islands range. In common with the other islands in the Cook group, Penrhyn’s small population is primarily of Polynesian heritage.

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PRC 'entire nation is red' block sells for $445,000 at Interasia sale in Hong Kong

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Interasia 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.

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Paraguay’s 1939-40 University stamps honor founders, offer varieties

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

In 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.

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Look for 1993 Mauritania Presidential Election stamp

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Most 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.

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Ingenious and eye-popping overprints, surcharges can be fun to collect

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Simply 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.

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Free program allows creation of customized stamp database

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Sesame Database Manager isn’t a new program; it’s been around since 2003. Previously priced at $79, the program is now available free for personal use.

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Canada has issued 95 stamps to hail its 89-year-old monarch

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Queen Elizabeth II has spent far more of her life on British North America postage stamps than any other member of the royal family: 83 years (1932-2015), versus only 51 for Queen Victoria (1851-1902).

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American Topical Association has study units for more than 50 topics

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

The 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.

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Ajman-to-Kuwait cover gets the respect it deserves

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

The envelope, mailed in 1972 to an American diplomat in Kuwait, is franked with two stamps that were rejected and disdained by national and international stamp hobby organizations.

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Stamps from a little-known Polynesian paradise: Wallis and Futuna

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Wallis 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.

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Novelty stamps have that little something extra added to their designs

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Novelty 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.

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Do some armchair traveling with Wallis and Futuna stamps

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

In 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.

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Quote from U.S. Bill of Rights on new British stamp

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Words from the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution are inscribed on a stamp to be issued June 2 by Great Britain’s Royal Mail.

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Upcoming Star Wars stamps from Great Britain getting mainstream coverage

September 14, 2015 04:21 PM

With 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.

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Great Britain announces 18 Star Wars stamps

September 12, 2015 06:45 AM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail will issue 18 stamps Oct. 20 to commemorate Star Wars and the upcoming release of the new film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Stamps from the Netherlands, Switzerland promote letter writing

September 11, 2015 11:41 AM

To 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.

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Postcrossing celebrated on Czech Republic definitive stamp

September 11, 2015 11:38 AM

A 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.

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Canada, Australia, Jersey stamps celebrate record reign of Queen Elizabeth II

September 11, 2015 11:33 AM

Queen 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.

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Stamps celebrate the queen as Britain's longest reigning monarch

September 09, 2015 09:33 AM

Great Britain issued a souvenir sheet Sept. 9 honoring Queen Elizabeth II as its longest reigning monarch. One stamp will serve as a definitive for the next year.

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Nicholas Winton, 'Britain's Schindler,' now has stamp in Czech Republic

September 08, 2015 05:02 PM

Not 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.

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World Toilet Day: potty humor or a serious topic?

September 04, 2015 05:00 PM

When I saw a listing for World Toilet Day stamps, I thought this must be a joke. But it is a real day, bringing attention to a need for sanitation systems.

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New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team honored with special stamps

September 03, 2015 04:10 PM

New 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.

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Canada’s King George V Medallions weathered the Depression

September 02, 2015 11:27 AM

Issued late in 1932, Canada’s George V Medallion definitives were used until mid-1935, a short span during the hardest years of the century for many Canadians.
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