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The stamp Denmark issued to mark 150 years without serfdom

December 04, 2016 09:00 AM

The Danish postal administration had been soliciting new stamp designs through competitions throughout the 1930s, and announced a contest for the intended Abolition of Villenage issue in January 1938.

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The quads, crosses and costs of the first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia stamps

December 03, 2016 07:00 PM

Sergio Sismondo concludes his series with the quads, crosses and costs of those first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia stamps.

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A set of classic stamps that will make you feel young again: Tip of the Week

December 03, 2016 05:00 PM

Collecting classics has increased in popularity recently, as collectors have tried to recapture the joy of their youth.

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What France’s special Sinking Fund stamps raised money for

December 03, 2016 09:00 AM

The heading “Sinking Fund Issues” appears in Scott’s France semipostal listings. These three words introduce 18 stamps with an unusual story.

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Why was this 1970 cover from Rhodesia rejected?

December 02, 2016 07:00 PM

Rhodesia’s postage was not recognized as internationally valid in the 1970s because of the government’s political maneuvering.

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The story of Switzerland’s World War I Peace commemoratives

December 02, 2016 05:00 PM

The set seems well suited to this time of year when so many of us give thanks and pause to consider the value of human harmony and cooperation.

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Explore stamps from the world’s largest island: Stamp Collecting Basics

December 02, 2016 03:00 PM

Getting to know something about almost every country that has ever existed is one of the benefits of collecting stamps from around the world.

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Why the recent FIP election is stirring up strong dissent among the APS and others

November 28, 2016 09:00 AM

The United States and Great Britain were unexpectedly shut out from philately’s worldwide organizing body.

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New Luxembourg semipostal shows Ford Model T

November 27, 2016 07:00 PM

A 1924 green Model T assembled by Ford France in Bordeaux is pictured on a semipostal in the Cars of Yesteryear series.

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Views of a minimalist Christmas: keeping the stamp designs simple

November 27, 2016 09:00 AM

For this year’s Christmas stamps, several postal administrations appear to have taken a minimalist approach in design.

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The market for a Black Swan stamp from Down Under

November 26, 2016 05:00 PM

Stamps of Australia and Australian states have long been popular with American collectors, because the two countries share a similar history and frontier culture.

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Visit remote Pitcairn Islands through their stamps, both old and new

November 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Don’t be surprised that Pitcairn relies on revenue from postage stamps; many of the world’s small, poorer countries do.

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Taking things at face value can be confusing with Cuba’s dual currency

November 22, 2016 09:00 AM

Although the stamps of Cuba offer an attractive mix of topical issues, often featuring flora, fauna, and transport, as well as political subjects, the ramifications of the dual currency system might cause some collectors to rethink the feasibility of collecting Cuba.

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Britain shows animals’ hibernation in winter on new postage labels

November 21, 2016 09:00 AM

Royal Mail calls these labels “post & go.” The denominations or service inscriptions are printed at the time of purchase.

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Vatican City stamp celebrates Pope Francis’ 80th birthday

November 20, 2016 05:00 PM

The Lowe-Martin Group of Canada printed the stamp in panes of four. The selvage shows a view of the Vatican and the papal coat of arms.

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The supermoon that was in the sky is also on stamps

November 20, 2016 09:00 AM

The Nov. 14 supermoon represented the closest the moon has been to Earth since 1948, and closest it will be until 2034.

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The Royal Philatelic Society London needs a new home

November 19, 2016 05:00 PM

The society said that it “has been based at 41 Devonshire Place in London since 1925: this is a wonderful ‘heritage’ building that dates from the 1790s. However, as the Society grows, so the need has arisen to find more suitable premises.”

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More on the stamps of Muscat and Oman: Tip of the Week

November 18, 2016 05:00 PM

Last week, we tipped readers off to the values of 15 King George VI stamps overprinted in Arabic. Now we look at Officials.

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Three airmail covers that tell the story of Pearl Harbor

November 17, 2016 07:00 PM

The attack abruptly severed airmail communication that had transported urgent mail to and from the Far East since 1935.

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How postage due stamps can spice up a worldwide collection: Stamp Collecting Basics

November 17, 2016 05:00 PM

Letters and parcels have always entered the mailstream with insufficient postage affixed. That's where postage due stamps come in.

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Thailand Post giving away 9,999,999 postcards honoring late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

November 16, 2016 11:30 AM

Amidst a period of mourning in Thailand, their post office has offered a free postcard with a stamp depicting their longtime King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on October 13 at the age of 88.

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Bulgarian stamps tell the story of the failed 1923 September Uprising

November 15, 2016 02:00 PM

In post-World War II communist historiography, the September Uprising became a titanically heroic struggle. But was it?

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The stamps that tied for best religious stamp of 2015

November 14, 2016 09:00 AM

Stamps honoring Christmas and Easter split the 2016 St. Gabriel award for the best religious stamp issued in 2015.

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Born Nov. 14: Astrid Lindgren

November 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Astrid Lindgren is the Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking and many other beloved children's books. She was born Nov. 14, 1907.

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Breaking down Royal Mail’s 2016 Christmas stamps

November 13, 2016 07:00 PM

The paper-cut sculptures that appear on the stamps took their designer 18 months to complete.

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How El Salvador stamps commemorated the Central American Sports Games in 1935

November 13, 2016 09:00 AM

Over the years, El Salvador has issued a great many stamps in the small quantities appropriate to postal needs.

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Born Nov. 13: Robert Louis Stevenson

November 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Scottish-born Robert Louis Stevenson, was the author of Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and many other novels and stories.

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U.N. honors 20-year-old nuclear treaty on new stamps

November 12, 2016 07:00 PM

The United Nations issued a pane of 10 stamps Sept. 24 picturing the logo of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

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Interpreting the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 attendance figures

November 12, 2016 05:00 PM

For months, we have patiently awaited the final attendance results, and we commend the honest approach to reporting them.

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Summit on the Future of Philately considers concerns and ways to take action

November 12, 2016 02:00 PM

The participants enthusiastically discussed many topics, including growing the hobby, the future of stamp shows, and dealers and philatelic partnerships.

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The strong market for overprints for Muscat and Oman

November 11, 2016 01:00 PM

Muscat and Oman was a sultanate located on the southeastern end of the Arabian Peninsula with coasts on the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.

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How many people attended World Stamp Show-NY 2016?

November 10, 2016 07:00 PM

Officials at this year’s show took a new approach to counting attendees, one that they feel is the most accurate ever employed.

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Thematica souvenir sheets feature unused designs of prolific stamp artist

November 10, 2016 05:00 PM

A series of show souvenir sheets distributed at Britain’s Thematica stamp exhibitions from 2002 to 2009 displayed examples of unused designs by designer Jeffery Matthews.

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Born Nov. 10: Sir John Sparrow David Thompson

November 10, 2016 03:30 AM

Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, born Nov. 10, 1845, was the fourth prime minister of Canada, and the first Catholic to hold the position.

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Born Nov. 8: Edmond Halley

November 08, 2016 03:30 AM

British astronomer Edmond Halley predicted the 1758 return of the comet that now bears his name, and his calculations proved to be correct.

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How stamps helped fund a Swedish explorer’s Central Asia expedition

November 06, 2016 02:00 PM

In 1932, China released a set of four rather exceptional stamps in support of the Northwest Scientific Expedition, and the arrangement was rather peculiar to say the least.

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The active market for stamps issued in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur province: Tip of the Week

November 05, 2016 07:00 PM

The market for stamps of Bahawalpur and those of Pakistan issued up to about 1955 has become quite active.

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What to do with ‘stamps’ that might not be stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

November 05, 2016 09:00 AM

Perhaps while examining your collection you notice an item that resembles a stamp, but doesn’t have quite “the right look.”

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New section of Venezuelan stamps added to Scott Classic Specialized catalog

November 04, 2016 07:00 PM

Postal fiscal stamps cause collectors to scratch their heads and ask whether they are postage stamps or revenue stamps.

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Doors open to new American Philatelic Research Library

November 04, 2016 03:00 PM

The American Philatelic Research Library is a resource like no other for stamp collectors and postal historians. And now it has a new home.

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Learning more about the Austria and Lombardy-Venetia stamps

November 04, 2016 01:00 PM

Covering the papers, imperfections of typographical impressions, offset prints, and watermarks of the classic stamps.

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The engaging story of the Swiss Landscapes definitive stamps

November 03, 2016 05:00 PM

"Superbly engraved, highlighting some of the great scenic vistas of the country coupled with a long life spanning World War II, it offers philatelic variety as well as a view into an interesting era of modern postal history.”

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Paris ‘knew nothing,’ so Reunion made its own stamps in 1852

November 02, 2016 07:00 PM

The home country announced the imminent arrival of the current French stamps in some colonies in 1851, but Reunion Island authorities were not impressed.

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The 2017 Scott Classic Specialized catalog is now available

November 02, 2016 05:00 PM

Now in its 23rd year, the Scott Classic Specialized catalog is widely recognized as the best single-volume catalog for the classic-era stamps of the world.

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What is on Canada’s 2016 Christmas stamps?

November 02, 2016 01:00 PM

The post office of Canada issued the world’s first Christmas stamps on Dec. 7, 1898. What is on their 2016 holiday stamps?

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New Dutch semipostal stamps feature children’s book characters

November 01, 2016 08:00 AM

The stamps celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Sophia Maria Westendorp, known as “Fiep,” who illustrated books written by Annie M.G. Schmidt.

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Celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence on stamps

October 31, 2016 02:00 PM

Finland declared its independence from Russia Dec. 6, 1917, and the kick-off for the year-long centennial will be on New Year’s Eve.

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New Swiss definitive stamps honor railway stations and aerophilately

October 30, 2016 07:00 PM

The aerophilately stamp pictures planes from different eras and airmail covers, complete with stamp-on-stamp designs.

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Real rocks adorn new stamps honoring world’s longest traffic tunnel

October 30, 2016 02:00 PM

Two recent stamps from Switzerland not only commemorate the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, they also contain actual rock dust from the tunnel’s construction.

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The amazing falls that thrill visitors and stamp collectors

October 29, 2016 02:00 PM

Imagine a land of lush tropical forest, where the background sound is rushing water, there are constant rainbows in the mists, and hordes of butterflies land on you if you keep still.
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