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Recalling Norway in World War II through its stamps

December 31, 2016 07:00 PM

When the war broke out in 1939, Norway never expected a German attack and the country’s defenses were rather limited.

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What are paquebot covers and how can they be collected?: Stamp Collecting Basics

December 31, 2016 02:00 PM

Have you ever acquired a cover that has a handstamp of “PAQUEBOT”? Do you know what it means?

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Syrian civil war increasing interest in Syrian stamps

December 30, 2016 07:00 PM

The ongoing tragedy in Syria seems to have heightened collector interest in its stamps.

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Scott new listings update: the cycle revisited

December 29, 2016 07:00 PM

Scott's Martin J. Frankevicz says it's time for a refresher course and once again describes his job as new-issues editor.

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Spain’s first stamp: A classic that attracts specialists with modest budgets

December 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Three years after Great Britain issued the world’s first adhesive postage stamps, the Spanish government began exploring a new postage system.

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A symposium where philately and science meet

December 28, 2016 01:00 PM

The organization that hosted the event is a group of researchers and managers who apply scientific methods and technical research to stamp collecting.

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What newly surfaced atomic bomb postal history teaches us

December 26, 2016 07:00 PM

New information about the history and the postal history of the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb have come to light.

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Marshall Islands honors U.S. national parks, announces 2017 program

December 26, 2016 02:00 PM

The Marshall Islands will continue its series of stamps featuring national parks of the United States in 2017.

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Liechtenstein, Hong Kong and Tonga top 2016 Year of the Monkey contest

December 25, 2016 07:00 PM

The 2016 contest included stamps from 55 countries or special administrative regions celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

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Year of Dialogue among Civilizations: an uncommon common-design issue

December 25, 2016 05:00 PM

The idea for a dialog among civilizations was proposed by President Mohammad Khatami of Iran in 1998.

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Folders artfully display Scandinavian common-theme stamps

December 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Postal administrations in Scandinavian countries and territories have a long tradition of issuing common cultural thematic stamps, dating back to 1956.

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Australia’s stamp booklets offer a bonanza of collecting opportunities

December 23, 2016 05:00 PM

Give Australian stamp booklets a good look the next time you are searching for some interesting stamps. You are sure to find something you will enjoy.

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How to find misidentified examples of this Newfoundland postage due stamp

December 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Although the values are not much different, there is a much more difficult to find version of Newfoundland's 1949 10¢ postage due stamp.

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The stamps produced when refugees fled to Syria, not from it: Tip of the Week

December 20, 2016 02:00 PM

In contrast to today's mass exodus from Syria, there was a time when tens of thousands of refugees were trying to get into Syria.

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A Liberian stamp set that came years late and full of unusual errors

December 20, 2016 09:00 AM

The Liberian Post Office issued a set of seven stamps in 1958 marking the president’s European tour, which took place in 1956.

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Brazilian stamps illustrate tattoo art, fossilized insects and butterflies

December 19, 2016 07:00 PM

The idea for stamps featuring tattoos came from Ademar Goncalves Rios, who participated in a program that asked for suggestions for stamp subjects.

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How to collect the intriguing stamps of Somalia: Stamp Collecting Basics

December 18, 2016 05:00 PM

Arranging the country’s stamps by date of issue is complicated by the fact that the political geography of the area changed so much over time.

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Youth soccer championship gets a boost on stamps from Saudi Arabia

December 18, 2016 09:00 AM

To celebrate the world youth soccer championship, the Saudi government issued a set of two commemorative stamps on Feb. 16, 1989. The denominations are 75 halalas and 150h (Scott 1094-1095).

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Mauritius philatelic treasures in an auction, stamps in a sardine can: Week’s Most Read

December 16, 2016 09:20 AM

Also this week, readers enjoyed posts about the first U.S. stamps set for 2017, and a court case centered around a stamp design critical of the Citizens United ruling.

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10 of Canada Post’s most outstanding stamps of the last 10 years

December 15, 2016 07:00 PM

Fred Baumann highlights one Canadian issue for each year of the past decade that is outstanding in one way or another — stamps that merit a look back.

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The United Nations will resume its Flag stamp series in 2017

December 15, 2016 01:00 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration’s New York office will continue its long-running Flag series after a two-year hiatus.

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Collecting James Bond: Stamps take collectors on location with agent 007

December 13, 2016 09:00 AM

Take a philatelic journey through some of the sites and sights featured in the James Bond films that have been produced for more than half a century.

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The 1934 Touchdown Mickey cachet, explained

December 12, 2016 07:00 PM

A cover decorated with the cachet sold as part of a large Walt Disney topical collection at an Oct. 11-15 Christoph Gaertner auction.

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Father Christmas stamps feature iconic Jersey landmarks

December 12, 2016 02:00 PM

Jersey Post issued a set of eight stamps Nov. 21 picturing Father Christmas, who is better known as Santa Claus in the United States.

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The U.N. stamps that were issued for the 33rd Asian stamp exhibition in China

December 11, 2016 07:00 PM

The designs feature the Monkey King, a main character in the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West.

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Santa seen sledding on Norway Christmas stamps

December 10, 2016 02:00 PM

Fredrik Skavlan, a noted book illustrator and cartoonist, designed the festive stamps.

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Who was Milan Stefanik and why is he on stamps of three nations?

December 09, 2016 05:00 PM

Today, Stefanik is revered as a patriot in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and France. Read his story.

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Christmas elves a popular 2016 holiday stamp subject in Europe

December 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Elves and pixies make an appearance on new Christmas stamps from Sweden, Aland, Denmark, and Latvia.

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Market hot for unrevised, unissued Papua New Guinea stamp set

December 08, 2016 05:00 PM

Some unissued Papua New Guinea Ceremonial Structures sets escaped destruction and found their way into the philatelic market.

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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 II 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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