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A new stamp store opens in Portland, Oregon: Stamp Dealer Vignettes

July 30, 2016 09:00 AM

Uptown Stamp Show caters to a wide range of collectors, dealers, and resellers. From true philatelic rarities stored in an impressive, purpose-built safe to 10¢ pick books, the shop’s stock is diverse, deep, and constantly changing.

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Born July 30: Emily Bronte

July 30, 2016 03:30 AM

The author of Wuthering Heights and a member of the literary Bronte family, Emily Bronte was born July 30, 1818, the second youngest of five children

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In Chinese stamp market, early Taiwan issues strong: Tip of the Week

July 29, 2016 01:00 PM

Current markets for Chinese stamps are generally not as active as they have been in the recent and not-so-recent past. But as in previous years, there are still pockets of great strength, with strong demand for select issues.

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When France honored 27 heroes of the World War II Resistance on stamps

July 28, 2016 08:00 PM

From 1957 through 1961, France issued four sets of stamps honoring 27 heroes of the resistance, all but one of whom were killed during the war.

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Sydney Views: the world’s first pictorial postage stamps, part II

July 28, 2016 01:00 PM

Under the leadership of James Raymond, postmaster general of New South Wales from 1829 to 1851, the postal service progressed from a largely improvised service organized and funded under a temporary act to a fully organized service with 79 permanent post offices serving a population of 150,000 persons dispersed over an area of more than 310,000 square miles, and growing rapidly.

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Born July 28: Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other beloved children's stories, was born 150 years ago on July 28, 1866. Royal Mail is issuing a new stamp set to honor her.

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The story behind the airmail collection of one of the hobby’s leading ladies

July 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Recent Inverted Jenny developments, widely reported in major media outside hobby circles, reminded me of another Inverted Jenny once owned by a leading lady of our hobby that deserves to become better known.

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Swiss stamp honors round-the-world flight of solar-powered aircraft

July 27, 2016 04:19 PM

The two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, began the journey of more than 26,000 miles on March 9, 2015, taking off from Abu Dhabi. With 16 stopovers along the way, including six in the United States, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi July 26.

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More than 9,100 changes recorded for Vol. 5 of 2017 Scott Standard catalog

July 27, 2016 01:00 PM

Nicaragua and Portugal are among the countries in Vol. 5 whose values reflect increases. Almost 360 value changes for the Central American country of Nicaragua reflect a healthy upward movement for these stamps.

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New UN souvenir sheet first to contain stamps in three different currencies

July 25, 2016 01:00 PM

In Fascination, philatelic bulletin 119, UNPA chief Thanawat Amnajanan reports that the first such sheet will be issued Aug. 10 for the 32nd Asian international stamp exhibition. This show will take place Aug. 10-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Rio 2016 Games celebrated on stamps all over the globe: New Stamps of the World

July 24, 2016 01:00 PM

Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics, began issuing stamps promoting these Games in March 2015 and of course will continue issuing Rio 2016 Olympics stamps right up until the opening day, Aug. 5, but several other countries have or will issue stamps commemorating their participation in Rio 2016.

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Born July 23: Pope Clement XI

July 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Pope Clement XI was born into a noble family with Albanian ancestral ties. He was honored on stamps from Vatican City in 2002, and Albania in 2007.

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Stamps tell story of Tonga, the South Pacific’s last monarchy: Stamps Down Under

July 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Little islands in the South Pacific don’t get much attention. Tonga is certainly one of the lesser known of these islands, but historically it is pretty interesting, especially when you realize that it has the only remaining monarchy in an ocean full of former monarchies.

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Covers tell the story of Great Britain’s Decimal Day, Feb. 15, 1971

July 22, 2016 01:00 PM

Finally. It had taken more than a century of discussion to have reached this point, but following many studies and committee reports, the announcement from the British chancellor of the exchequer came in March 1966 that the United Kingdom would decimalize the pound.

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Island issues its last stamps, USPS Pets stamp release on the way: Week’s Most Read

July 22, 2016 08:32 AM

Also this week, a stamp that flew past Pluto entered the Guinness Book of World Records, Norfolk Island's last stamps were the topic of the Monday Morning Brief, and WWI German war crime propaganda labels were profiled.

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Lick-and-stick Dark Side of the Moon stamps issued with Pink Floyd set

July 21, 2016 06:00 PM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail has issued two versions of one of the stamps in its Pink Floyd set. The set, released July 7 to commemorate Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary, includes six self-adhesive stamps showing album cover art and four moisture-activated stamps picturing live performances.

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Asian cuisine, from shrimp tempura to bubble tea, becoming a common stamp theme

July 21, 2016 05:00 PM

In recent years, local and international cuisine have been making more appearances on postage stamps. Asian cuisine is no exception.

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Born July 21: Marshall McLuhan

July 21, 2016 03:30 AM

In the 1950s, Marshall McLuhan emerged as a prominent authority in the study of mass communications, media and how people make use of it. McLuhan was born July 21, 1911.

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Bahrain 1950 King George VI overprint variety valuable and in demand: Stamp Market Tips

July 20, 2016 03:00 PM

A mint never-hinged example recently sold in an online auction for the equivalent of about $260. The normal stamp is valued in mint never-hinged condition in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 at just $27.

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Born July 20: Sir Edmund Hillary

July 20, 2016 03:30 AM

In 1953, New Zealand adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest.

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Born July 19: Edgar Degas

July 19, 2016 03:30 AM

The works of French impressionist artist Edgar Degas have been featured on stamps of France and other countries.

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Mystery and intrigue surround the Virgin Islands’ most famous rarity: Editor’s Insights

July 16, 2016 08:00 PM

The stamp is described in Vol. 2 of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 as “central figure omitted,” but stamp collectors know it better by its nickname, “Missing Virgin.”

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Owls pictured on stamps across the globe: New Stamps of the World

July 16, 2016 02:00 PM

A handful of postal administrations have featured owls on recent stamps. Four of the nine species of owls found in Australia are depicted on the Owls: Guardians of the Night stamps issued July 5.

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When American history and culture are featured on world stamps: U.S. Stamp Notes

July 15, 2016 01:00 PM

American history and culture have a worldwide reach, and it is no surprise that they are featured on stamps and other postal products of many countries. While no doubt some of these stamps were issued with the objective of raking in long green from American collectors, that isn’t true of all.

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New United Nations stamps promote the contribution of sport to peace

July 14, 2016 07:00 PM

The UN Sport for Peace stamps are being issued one week before the start of the Olympic truce period before the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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End of an era: Norfolk Island has issued its final postage stamp

July 14, 2016 05:25 PM

On July 1, Norfolk Island became a regional council of the Australian state of New South Wales, and thus ceased having its own postal service and postage stamps. Australian stamps are now valid on the island, and Australia Post will issue separate stamps with a “Norfolk Island, Australia” inscription, similar to its stamps for the Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

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Among the many stamps celebrating queen’s 90th birthday, New Zealand’s stand out

July 14, 2016 05:00 PM

The New Zealand stamps are notable because they move! Each one contains three different images, made possible by using a special technique called lenticular motion printing.

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International Federation of Philately jury system needs a clean sweep: Stamp Hobby Views

July 14, 2016 03:00 PM

If proof were needed that the International Federation of Philately (FIP) jury system is broken, one has to look no further than last month’s results from the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 philatelic extravaganza in New York City. Some aspects beg for closer examination in bright sunlight.

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WWI German war crimes focus of appealing propaganda labels: Tip of the Week

July 14, 2016 11:00 AM

One hundred years ago, the world was engulfed in war. Although the United States would not enter the war until April 6, 1917, the major European countries and their imperial and colonial holdings had been busily killing each other since August 1914. Propaganda was integral to the war effort, and it was the heyday of the propaganda label. Many fascinating and attractive sets were produced.

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Staying connected with other collectors through social media: Computers and Stamps

July 14, 2016 09:00 AM

There’s no stamp club anywhere near you? Stamp shows are too far away from your home? Those are not problems if you use the Internet for social networking.

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Isle of Man stamps honor Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking

July 09, 2016 02:00 PM

New stamps from the Isle of Man pay tribute to Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Croatia also honors Einstein with a new stamp.

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Living in the past: old names inscribed on new postage stamps

July 09, 2016 09:00 AM

Due to various circumstances, some postage stamps have continued to bear the former name of their country for a period after a name change.

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Shopping online for stamps offers both learning and buying opportunities: Stamps of Latin America

July 08, 2016 05:00 PM

You have to be careful when trolling online auction and commerce websites. Ill-described and mispriced items abound, but in the process you might learn something.

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Wealth of information found in Linn’s digital archive: Editor’s Insights

July 08, 2016 03:29 PM

As a bonus to subscribers to Linn’s Stamp News, a few months ago Linn’s restored the digital archive of the weekly and monthly issues.

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The fight against tuberculosis on Republika Srpska postal tax stamps: Stamps of Eastern Europe

July 07, 2016 10:16 AM

Since its formation in 1992, Republika Srpska has been one of the most prolific modern issuers of postal tax stamps.

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Stamp with solid value remembers Irish WWI participation, even if you don’t: Stamp Market Tips

July 07, 2016 07:00 AM

Events such as the Easter Rebellion and establishment of the Irish Free State tend to overshadow Irish participation in WWI.

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Born July 7: Ringo Starr

July 07, 2016 03:30 AM

The genial drummer from the Beatles celebrates his 76th birthday on June 7. Ringo Starr has released 18 solo studio albums and has twice been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Stamps, and the volcanoes and hot springs they portray, part of Iceland’s appeal

July 06, 2016 12:34 AM

Wayne Chen recently visited Iceland and had a wonderful time touring some of his most memorable spots, including philatelic places.

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Royal Philatelic Society London elects officers, awards medals at annual meeting

July 05, 2016 03:49 PM

At the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society London on 30 June, Frank Walton was elected president for his second year in office.

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Prices for Jules Verne stamps often fluctuate wildly: Tip of the week

July 02, 2016 09:00 AM

Quite a few countries have issued stamps and sets commemorating Verne. These stamps are popular with several different groups of topical collectors, including not a few who specialize just in Jules Verne.
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