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Stamps for a cause: Canadian kids benefit from new semipostals

September 25, 2016 02:00 PM

Funds raised through semipostal stamp sales, along with donations from Canada Post customers and employees, allowed the foundation to grant $6 million to 369 community projects since 2012.

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USPS not the only postal administration issuing fruit stamps in 2016

September 24, 2016 02:00 PM

The United States Postal Service has issued definitive stamps this year picturing pears, grapes, and apples. Other postal administrations also have featured these fruits on recent stamps.

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Why so many New Zealand stamps feature lighthouses

September 24, 2016 09:00 AM

Lighthouses serve as important symbols on New Zealand stamps that were made for a particular government department.

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Stamp to look for from 51 years’ worth of Spanish Sahara issues: Tip of the Week

September 23, 2016 05:00 PM

Although they were never as widely collected as British and French colonial issues, Spanish colonies have an active and dedicated following.

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Canada Post unveils stamps honoring six NHL forwards

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM

Canada Post on Sept. 23 unveiled six stamps and a souvenir sheet honoring six great Canadian hockey forwards.

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Revisiting the splendid philatelic sites in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei

September 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Wayne Chen recently returned to his birthplace in Taiwan and revisited some of his favorite philatelic destinations in the capital city of Taipei. He discovered some new places as well.

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Born Sept. 22: Michael Faraday

September 22, 2016 03:30 AM

A pioneer in the field of electromagnetic field theory, English scientist Michael Faraday was commemorated on a British stamp in 1991 to mark his birth bicentennial.

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Born Sept. 20: Guy Lafleur

September 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Sept. 20, 2016, is the 65th birthday of Quebec-born hockey legend Guy Lafleur, who has been honored twice on postage stamps of Canada.

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Finding Carinthia and the reasons for its 1920 semipostal stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

September 18, 2016 09:00 AM

As you perform regular collection maintenance, you might rediscover some forgotten but interesting stamps in your collection.

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Canada Post announces 2017 commemorative stamp program

September 17, 2016 07:00 PM

“Dear Collectors, 2017 is going to be a big year,” Canada Post’s stamp services director recently wrote.

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How new British stamps help solve Agatha Christie’s mysteries

September 16, 2016 07:00 PM

Known as the “Queen of Crime” and the “bestselling novelist of all time,” Christie wrote her first crime novel 100 years ago.

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Big history, small cost: Burma Military Administration stamps

September 14, 2016 07:00 PM

With a set from when Britain controlled Burma after World War II, you can own a great deal of history for very little money.

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Perusing the online Crawford philatelic library

September 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Anyone interested in older philatelic literary information will love the Crawford philatelic library.

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Cartor announced as new printer for Swedish, Danish stamps

September 13, 2016 02:14 PM

Postnord has signed an agreement with Cartor Security Printing for the production of Swedish and Danish stamps.

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One last spooky set: Which spine-tingling sites are on the final five Haunted Canada stamps?

September 12, 2016 05:00 PM

Each stamp focuses on a single supernatural site, with images made extra eerie through the use of holographic foil.

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Costa Rica issue has something to offer different types of collectors

September 12, 2016 01:00 PM

Jesus Jimenez Zamora issue offers color proofs, perforation errors, imperforate stamps, overprints, and double perforations.

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Olympic Gymnast sheet is bellwether for Russia market: Tip of the Week

September 12, 2016 08:00 AM

The market for Russian stamps in some ways resembles the Chinese market in that some items are attractive to investors who aren’t necessarily collectors.

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Born Sept. 12: Anselm Feuerbach

September 12, 2016 03:30 AM

A German artist whose style grew from his admiration of the Italian masters, Anselm Feuerbach lived in Rome for many years, and taught in Vienna.

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New British stamps portray Great Fire of London using graphic-novel style

September 10, 2016 07:00 PM

New Royal Mail stamps illustrate the start, spread, and end of the Great Fire of London like a comic book would.

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Stamps celebrate canonization of Mother Teresa

September 10, 2016 08:00 AM

Three postal administrations closely associated with Mother Teresa issued stamps to commemorate her recent canonization.

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Australia Post’s first stamps for Norfolk Island feature seabirds

September 09, 2016 07:00 PM

Australia Post is issuing its first stamps with the “Norfolk Island” inscription Sept. 23. The stamps feature seabirds, and the inscription on the stamps matches the colors of their bills.

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Hunting for colorful autumn foliage on postage stamps: Topics on Stamps

September 05, 2016 05:00 PM

You can always open a stamp catalog to discover fall foliage on postage stamps. In addition, you can look through the Scott New Listings Update section of the monthly issue of Linn’s Stamp News to find new stamps that display the colorful topic of autumn leaves.

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What are those unusual wavy lines on your stamps?: Stamp Collecting Basics

September 05, 2016 01:00 PM

This Stamp Collecting Basics gives readers a look into why stamps depict certain images, lines, and designs.

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Born Sept. 5: Freddie Mercury

September 05, 2016 03:30 AM

A commemorative stamp from Great Britain's Millennium series honors the rock group Queen and pictures lead singer Freddie Mercury.

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North Borneo 1894 stamps: Legitimately scorned or real works of art?

September 03, 2016 04:00 PM

The 1894 pictorial stamps of North Borneo often are cited as prime examples of efforts to swindle collectors.

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Poster stamps celebrate National Day and Swedish Flag Day: Nordic Stamp Scene

September 03, 2016 09:00 AM

In 1916, Sweden released its very first Flag Day poster stamp, which then became a more or less annual issue until they were discontinued in 2005.

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Almost 5,900 value changes recorded in latest 2017 Scott catalog volume

September 02, 2016 12:00 AM

Vol. 6 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue spans countries of the world that begin San-Z.

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Glass stamp issued, ‘Million Dollar Duck’ film coming to Animal Planet: Week’s Most Read

September 02, 2016 07:00 AM

Also this week, Animal Planet announced when 'The Million Dollar Duck' will debut, and a notable back-of-the-book stamp was profiled.

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1954 Tunisia Mohammed VIII set popular, affordable: Stamp Market Tips

September 01, 2016 01:00 PM

The set is in demand and selling for full 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue value or perhaps a bit more.

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Examining the Half-Length stamps of Victoria

September 01, 2016 09:00 AM

An exploding population, due in part to the potential for gold mining, contributed to the need for postage stamps in the British colony.

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Hitting the road with new stamps of Ireland, Romania and Portugal

August 29, 2016 03:00 PM

Four Irish stamps highlight some of the activities found along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world.

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New specialized catalog details obscure collecting area

August 29, 2016 07:00 AM

During the past few years, a number of specialty catalogs have been published for some outside-the-norm collecting areas.

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Samoa’s 1921 Hut and Flag stamps offer perforation and paper varieties

August 28, 2016 02:00 PM

Collecting the Hut and Flag stamps starts off being interesting and quite inexpensive, but complications arise the deeper you delve into them.

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The two events that inspired Royal Mail’s gold Machin stamps

August 26, 2016 05:00 PM

Gold is an unusual color for a stamp, but Great Britain’s Royal Mail used it twice for its Queen Elizabeth II Machin definitive stamps to celebrate two golden occasions.

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Crete stamps offer wide range of collecting opportunities: Tip of the Week

August 26, 2016 01:00 PM

Collectors of Greek stamps, dead country and classic stamps, and topical mythology stamps should all take a look at Crete.

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Political conflict leads to Taiwan stamp show boycotts

August 26, 2016 07:00 AM

Postal companies in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam will not be attending the PhilaTaipei World Stamp Championship Exhibition.

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Small Queens of Canada: How one sale showcased the stamps’ many usages

August 25, 2016 07:00 PM

“The issue has much to fascinate the serious collector: the great range of collectible varieties, the different printing periods, various perforation measurements, colours and papers.”

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Jordan overprints undergo reorganization in upcoming 2017 Scott Classic catalog: Editor’s Insights

August 25, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors will notice that several stamp sets throughout the catalog have been reorganized to allow for more expanded listings.

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Austria’s dirndl silhouette dress and the world of embroidered stamps

August 25, 2016 01:00 PM

Wayne Chen explores some of the beautiful embroidered stamps from around the world. Switzerland issued the world's first embroidered stamp in 2000.

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Austria Post has issued stamp made of glass

August 24, 2016 03:00 PM

The stamp is a great example of how Austria Post is a pioneer when it comes to innovative stamp material and printing methods.

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World Heritage sites on United Nations-Czech Republic joint issue

August 21, 2016 08:00 PM

As part of its long-running World Heritage series, the United Nations Postal Administration is participating in a joint-issue with the Czech Republic’s Ceska Posta. The stamps depict sites in the Czech Republic that have been inscribed on the World Heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO.

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‘Downton Abbey’ setting included in new Royal Mail issue honoring landscape designer Capability Brown

August 21, 2016 08:00 AM

One of the stamps in Great Britain’s new Landscape series is inscribed “Highclere Castle,” but you might know it by another name.

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The sights of Copenhagen you might already have seen on Denmark stamps

August 20, 2016 08:00 PM

Wayne Chen hit all of Copenhagen's notable spots, but the highlight of his visit was the philatelic experience.

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Off to the races: the Brown Ribbon semipostal stamps of Germany

August 20, 2016 02:00 PM

During the Third Reich era in Germany, a semipostal stamp was issued each year to support an annual horse race.

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Clinton and Trump are featured on a set of new stamps, but not in the U.S.

August 19, 2016 05:00 PM

Called Race to the White House, these stamps and souvenir sheets feature photographs of the candidates and their spouses.

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Taking a second look at Scott’s online catalogs: 2017 Australia eCatalogue

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

One advantage of online catalogs is that there is no shipping charge. Another is that you get immediate access to the catalog after purchase.

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Eye-catching French colonial series selling below Scott values: Stamp Market Tips

August 17, 2016 04:00 PM

Being exotic and colorful with intricate designs, French colonial stamps are very popular with collectors of classic stamps.

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Born Aug. 17: Robert Thirsk

August 17, 2016 03:30 AM

Robert Thirsk is one of eight Canadian astronauts honored on stamps in 2003. Thirsk holds the Canadian record for the most time logged in space.

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Four countries come together for Jan Jessenius joint issue: New Stamps of the World

August 16, 2016 01:00 PM

The Polish-born physician, politician and philosopher performed the first public autopsy in what is now the Czech Republic in 1600.

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Royal Mail wins hobby’s Oscar equivalent for best stamp issue of 2015

August 15, 2016 01:00 PM

Considered the Oscars of the stamp-design field, the Asiago awards are presented annually in Asiago, Italy. The ceremony for the 46th Asiago awards took place July 3. In addition to Great Britain, stamps of Portugal, Spain, Poland and San Marino received awards.
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