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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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