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Born April 30: David Thompson

April 30, 2016 03:30 AM

Surveyor, cartographer and explorer, David Thompson documented the wilderness of North America in the early years of the 19th century and created the important first maps of the vast lands.

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Angry Birds featured on recent U.N. stamps

April 29, 2016 01:58 PM

After being appointed an honorary UN ambassador in March, Red, the Angry Bird, is now depicted on a new stamp pane.

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Britain’s wartime Airgraph anniversary: Covering the World

April 29, 2016 02:36 PM

It was difficult to transport messages between soldiers and their loved ones, so the British government introduced Airgraphs.

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Malagasy Republic FAO anniversary set is scarce: Stamp Market Tips

April 29, 2016 01:54 PM

One issue that was not widely advertised was a set of two 1995 airmail stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations (Scott C200B-C200C).

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Strip of 10¢ Small Queens sells for $29,600 in Brigham auction in Toronto

April 29, 2016 11:55 AM

Brigham Auctions held another of its continuing series of sales to disperse the extensive Canada collection of its owner, Ron Brigham.

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Scarce, used Double Geneva highlights Schwarzenbach Auktion Zurich sale

April 29, 2016 11:45 AM

Zurich, Geneva, and Basel all briefly had their own stamp issues, all of which are now considered philatelic classics.

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South Atlantic 1821 letters bring $37,650 in Argyll Etkin sale in London

April 29, 2016 11:41 AM

Argyll Etkin held an auction of stamps and postal history featuring material from a specialized collection of the Portuguese colony of Nyassa.

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Finding America’s natural treasures on foreign stamps

April 28, 2016 04:43 PM

Collecting U.S. national parks on stamps does not need to be limited to U.S. issues. Other countries have featured them, too.

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More than 5,800 value changes recorded for Canada in 2017 Scott Vol. 2

April 28, 2016 03:42 PM

More than 20,000 value changes appear in Vol. 2 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. A weak Canadian dollar results in a downward trend in values for stamps of Canada.

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Bavaria’s first stamp surprised post office patrons: Unveiling Classic Stamps

April 28, 2016 08:48 AM

The German state of Bavaria introduced postal reform on Nov. 1, 1849. On that date, a 1-kreuzer black was issued. The stamp is known as “Der Schwarze Einser” (“the black singleton”).

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North American international stamp exhibitions, a personal odyssey: Washington 2006 and New York 2016

April 27, 2016 04:02 PM

Ken Lawrence continues his narrative about the past 30 years of international stamp shows held in North America as prelude to the New York 2016 pageant that opens at the end of May.

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Portugal’s 1924 Camoens set of 31 stamps failed as a fundraiser: Classic Stamps of the World

April 27, 2016 12:30 AM

Disdaining ordinary semipostals, the Portugal postal administration and the Red Cross hatched a complex scheme in 1924 intended to fund an endowment for the latter organization.

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Danish West Indies’ first postage dues found with different types: Nordic Stamp Scene

April 27, 2016 12:11 AM

The simple 1902 postage due set of four stamps becomes more complicated for the collector checking minute design variations. Known forgeries of the four stamps add another challenge.

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Dr. McCoy joins Canada’s Star Trek crew

April 26, 2016 11:33 AM

A stamp honoring DeForest Kelly as Dr. Leonard McCoy will be included in Canada Post's upcoming Star Trek set. Other characters shown on the stamps revealed so far are Kirk, Spock and Scotty.

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Star Trek stamp for ‘Scotty’ actor James Doohan

April 25, 2016 11:10 AM

The fourth stamp revealed in Canada Post's planned Star Trek set honors actor James Doohan as chief engineer Montgomery Scott. Earlier stamps revealed feature the characters Kirk and Spock, and the starship Enterprise.

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Photographs of Finland’s barns on stamps

April 22, 2016 12:08 AM

Finland’s post office, Posti, reports that more than 4,300 photographs were submitted for the design contest, which ran from May to July 2015.

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Post office posters promote World Stamp Show

April 22, 2016 11:43 AM

The United States Postal Service is promoting World Stamp Show-NY 2016 in all post offices nationwide with a new full-color poster.

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Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with stamps

April 22, 2016 11:26 AM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail is issuing 10 stamps April 21 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Newfoundland’s Balbo surcharge recalls famous fascist flight in 1933: Collecting Canada

April 22, 2016 08:24 AM

Eastern Newfoundland became the take-off and landing site for many early attempts at transatlantic flight.

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Royal Family unites as Prince George makes his stamp debut: Linn’s Buzz

April 21, 2016 03:42 PM

Prince George of Cambridge has appeared on his first stamp, as the Royal Family celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with a 10-stamp set.

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Stamps document going for the gold in Australia in the 1850s: Stamps Down Under

April 21, 2016 03:10 PM

In many ways, Australia and the United States share a similar history, including gold rushes that helped to promote improvements in transportation.

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U.N. International Dance Day stamps show dances from around the world

April 21, 2016 11:46 AM

Six dances from around the world are displayed on the United Nations Postal Administration’s International Dance Day stamps. The stamps are being issued April 29, International Dance Day, in panes of six.

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Born April 21: Queen Elizabeth II

April 21, 2016 03:30 AM

April 21 is the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952. The queen's birthday is celebrated in Great Britain with special festivities in June.

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Overprinted Qatar Satellite Telecommunications issue: Tip of the Week

April 20, 2016 12:54 AM

You will notice that values for many stamps of Qatar are given in italics in the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. This reflects the fact that the market for Qatari stamps has been in flux. Over the past several years, many of the sheikdom’s stamp issues were hot items. Some still are, but many are not.

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Great Britain souvenir sheet celebrates 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

April 20, 2016 10:33 AM

Royal Mail kept the four-generation souvenir sheet and photograph a secret until April 20, the day before the queen’s birthday. But after it was announced, the photograph was soon spreading over social media, including the British monarchy’s Instagram account.

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Stamp pane from Britain pictures New York scenes

April 19, 2016 10:04 AM

Foreign postal administrations ranging alphabetically from Aland to the UN will be at WSS-NY 2016 selling various new issues and related products.

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Born April 19: Dudley Moore

April 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Gifted with remarkable skill in both comedy and music, Dudley Moore's career included a long partnership with fellow comedian Peter Cook, and a very successful film career.

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Born April 18: Franz von Suppe

April 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Composer Franz von Suppe (1819-95) was born in Dalmatia and found fame in Vienna as a conductor and composer of light opera and other works.

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Born April 17: Karen Blixen

April 17, 2016 03:30 AM

Danish author Karen Blixen drew upon her experiences in Kenya to write Out of Africa, originally published under her pen name, Isak Dinesen.

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Additional Europa designs display variations on ‘Think Green’ theme: New Stamps of the World

April 14, 2016 02:55 PM

To honor the 60th anniversary of Europa stamps, PostEurop will release various stamps featuring the “Think Green” theme.

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Graphics Philately Association’s website includes articles, stamp gallery: Computers and Stamps

April 14, 2016 11:37 AM

The Graphics Philately Association, founded in 1975 by Robert M. Ritterband, a printer in California, and Mark H. Winnegrad, a librarian in New York, studies the history of books and printing on stamps.

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The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia: Stamps of Eastern Europe

April 13, 2016 04:42 PM

Some have said that King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was the only real Yugoslav who ever lived. Everyone else in the country was either Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Bosniak, Macedonian, or Albanian.

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Yemen 1952 Architecture set in demand: Stamp Market Tips

April 13, 2016 12:40 AM

In 1952, the Kingdom of Yemen issued a set of two regular stamps and two airmail stamps (Scott 78-79 and C10-C11) commemorating the architectural history of the country. The stamps were issued both perforated gauge 14½ and imperforate.

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Wreck & Crash Mail Society displays at NY 2016

April 13, 2016 08:08 AM

The Wreck & Crash Mail Society is devoted to the collecting and study of all aspects of delayed and/or damaged mail and interrupted mail services.

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John Lennon's childhood stamp album on display

April 13, 2016 07:54 AM

Like many youngsters in England during the 1940s and 1950s, young John Lennon collected stamps.

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London 1980: my first international stamp show

April 12, 2016 04:16 PM

Stamps will take you places. Even if your journey is taken while sitting in your favorite chair and placing stamps from faraway countries into your albums.

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Leonard Nimoy on planned Spock stamp from Canada

April 11, 2016 09:10 AM

Canada Post continues to reveal new stamps with a Star Trek theme. The latest permanent-rate stamp shown pictures actor Leonard Nimoy in his role as first officer Spock.

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Where collecting Cuba is concerned, some things (embargoes) haven’t changed

April 08, 2016 12:06 AM

In a recent letter to Linn’s, James Paton asks, “Do we have to wait for the recalcitrant U.S. Congress to act before I can sell my interesting Cuban covers that were sent through the mails over 70 years ago?” Paton wants to sell on the eBay Internet auction site a 1943 censored cover from Havana to the United States. The short answer is “Yes.” The embargo is still in effect, and eBay, like any other business, must abide by the embargo.

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Great Britain Offices in Turkish Empire: Tip of the Week

April 08, 2016 10:47 AM

If you love British definitive stamps of the 1880s through the 1920s but can’t afford them in unused hinged condition or mint never hinged condition, you can find many of them affordably priced overprinted and surcharged for use in British post offices in the Ottoman Empire. Great Britain was one of several countries given permission to operate its own post offices within the Sublime Porte.

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Stamp sets issued in March feature both historic and modern bridges

April 07, 2016 03:34 PM

Australia, Turkey, and Sweden all issued stamps depicting historic and modern bridges during the month of March.

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Great Britain’s latest Shakespeare issue features quotes from the Bard

April 07, 2016 02:36 PM

The Royal Mail honors the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with stamps featuring a variety of classic quotes from his work.

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There’s a new Canada duck stamp for sale: Linn’s Buzz

April 07, 2016 10:51 AM

The duck stamps of Canada welcome a new piece to the series, as Surf Scoters grace this newly released stamp.

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Kirk and Enterprise on Canada's Star Trek stamps

April 07, 2016 08:40 AM

Canada Post revealed images of two stamps with a Star Trek theme. The two permanent-rate stamps show William Shatner as Captain Kirk, and the Starship Enterprise.

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Born April 7: William Wordsworth

April 07, 2016 03:30 AM

Renowned British poet William Wordsworth was a key figure in the founding of the Romantic movement of poetry. The stamp honoring him shows a scene from Britain's Lake District.

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Saudi Arabia honored new postal centers on 1982 stamps and sheets: Middle East Stamps

April 06, 2016 03:55 PM

The Saudi Ministry of Post, Telephone and Telegraph built three new postal centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, in accordance with modernizing its postal service, during the third Five-Year Development Plan (1981-1985). State-of-the-art for their time, they were equipped with mechanized sorting machines, private postal boxes, mosques, restaurants for the staff, and a training center.

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Distinguished Paris post exhibit impresses at the Royal Philatelic Society London

April 05, 2016 11:34 AM

‘A distinguished display of quite exceptional quality’ was how Peter Cockburn, Honorary Secretary of The Royal Philatelic Society London, described the material shown to the Society on 31 March.

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Shan Provinces of Burma occupation set in demand: Stamp Market Tips

April 05, 2016 11:14 AM

On Oct 1, 1943, Japan issued a set of seven occupation stamps for use only in the Shan provinces of Burma (Scott 2N51-2N57). This set is in demand from Burma specialists, British Empire collectors and collectors of Japan in both unused hinged condition and used condition.

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Carroll’s stamp case joins Alice anniversary celebration

April 05, 2016 10:31 AM

Considerable attention was devoted during 2015 toward marking the 150th anniversary of perhaps the world’s best-known children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s ingenious tale of Alice’s fall down a rabbit hole and her resulting escapades in Wonderland has captivated the world since it first appeared in 1865, and subsequently was translated into as many as 175 languages. For its part, Britain’s Royal Mail commemorated the anniversary with a set of 10 stamps on Jan. 6, 2015.

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Kiddle cinderella collection shines at Grosvenor sale

April 05, 2016 08:45 AM

Grosvenor’s Feb. 24 sale in London offered a worldwide assortment of cinderellas from the collection of brothers Francis and Charles Kiddle.

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Mystic Stamp Co. transitions to employee ownership

April 04, 2016 04:32 PM

Mystic Stamp Co., based in Camden, N.Y., became an employee-owned company effective April 1 via the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Owners Donald and Chacea Sundman announced April 2 that they have sold all their Mystic stock to the ESOP. They will continue in their current roles with the company. Donald Sundman is president of Mystic Stamp Co., and Chacea Sundman is director of human resources. They will stay at Mystic and continue to manage the business.
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