Stamps evoke Czech freedom: Classic Stamps of the World

March 31, 2016 08:45 PM

Czechoslovakia’s final stamp issues of 1938, Scott 253-254, celebrated the nation’s 20th anniversary of independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire.


Finding stamps for a whole year of rainy days: Topics on Stamps

March 31, 2016 04:31 PM

In many parts of the world, early spring is associated with rain. According to an old English folk rhyme, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.” When it comes to postage stamps, though, you can find rain year-round.


France 1849: The first stamp issue, Part II

March 31, 2016 12:23 AM

After that grueling day in the legislature, Aug. 24, 1848, with the authorizing law for postal reform fully in place and with the approval of the stamp design by the cabinet, France’s Postmaster General Etienne Arago set out to work assiduously towards dissemination of new postal regulations and the production of the necessary stamps.


Born March 31: Joseph Haydn

March 31, 2016 03:30 AM

An important figure in the development of classical music, Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria, in 1732, and became renowned throughout Europe during his lifetime.


Born March 30: Vincent van Gogh

March 30, 2016 03:30 AM

His paintings have appeared on stamps all over the world, but during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh was little known, struggling with physical and mental illness as he created what are today celebrated as masterpieces.


There was no shortage of die proofs at the Royal Philatelic Society London

March 29, 2016 03:07 PM

“I have never before seen so many die proofs in one go.” So commented Frank Walton, President of The Royal Philatelic Society London, when introducing to the Society the display of The Dutch Antilles in The West Indies.


Born March 28: Thomas Clarkson

March 28, 2016 03:30 AM

The son of an Anglican priest, Thomas Clarkson devoted his life to abolishing slavery and the slave trade in the British Empire and throughout the world.


Stamps document the complex political evolution of New Guinea: Stamps Down Under

March 25, 2016 04:51 PM

It is fascinating for most people to learn how nations evolve, and even more so for stamp collectors, who can document a nation’s changes through its postal issues. New Guinea is a good example.


Better never than late? Bulgaria’s post-WWI set caused quite a furor

March 24, 2016 11:50 AM

A set of five Bulgaria stamps with the printed dates of 1915-1916 was not issued until 1921. One might call them error stamps, although they reflected errors of politics rather than printing. Exhausted by defeat in the Second Balkan War in 1913, Bulgaria’s czar, Ferdinand I, at first avoided involvement in World War I. But in 1915, Ferdinand decided to join the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey). His reward was to be the land of Macedonia, which was then divided between two Allied countries: Greece and Serbia.


Sailing Ships set tops Aland’s 2015 stamp popularity poll

March 23, 2016 05:18 PM

Two stamps featuring sailing vessels were voted as Aland’s most beautiful stamp issue of 2015. These stamps were issued Feb. 2, 2015, the first set in a planned six-year Sailing Ships of Aland series.


Exciting opportunities await visitors to World Stamp Show-NY 2016

March 23, 2016 04:51 PM

A vintage Jenny biplane nearly identical to that shown on the 1918 United States 24¢ Jenny airmail stamp (Scott C3) and its world-famous variety, the Inverted Jenny (C3a), will be on display at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. WSS-NY 2016 will take place May 28-June 4 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center located on 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets in Manhattan.


RPSL celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stamps

March 23, 2016 12:25 AM

St Patrick’s Day proved to be the perfect occasion for members of The Royal Philatelic Society London to enjoy four fine displays on the theme of Ireland.


Canada’s squared circle postmarks reward attentive collectors

March 23, 2016 11:11 AM

Squared circle postmarks originated in Great Britain in 1879 as an improvement upon duplex handstamps. In a duplex device, one part canceled the stamp, while the other recorded the date and post office. Unfortunately, duplex cancels could be awkward to ink, to apply, and to maintain.


Machin news includes security overprint, new denomination, color error: Great Britain Philately

March 22, 2016 05:09 PM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail has introduced yet another security feature for its definitive stamps: an overprint on the backing paper. The overprint reads “ROYAL MAIL” in all capital letters in two sizes and is printed in a diagonal pattern across the backing paper of self-adhesive stamps. The overprint is showing on the backing paper on the right of the nondenominated second-class blue stamp pictured nearby.


Watermarked Mexico 1977 Nuclear Power stamp: Tip of the Week

March 22, 2016 03:27 PM

On Feb. 14, 1977, Mexico issued a 1.60-peso Mankind Destroyed by Nuclear Power airmail stamp (Scott C533). The stamp commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Agreement of Tlatelolco banning nuclear weapons in Latin America. The striking stamp design features Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man shown as a skeleton against the background of a nuclear explosion.


The Penny Red stamp now has its own coin: Linn’s Buzz

March 21, 2016 12:21 AM

The Pobjoy Mint is celebrating the stamp design by issuing a red colored coin, part of a series of colorful coins honoring famous stamp designs, like the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue stamp.


Royal celebrations: European monarchs and their families on stamps

March 18, 2016 02:16 PM

Ever since Great Britain pictured Queen Victoria on the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840, royalty has been a popular topic for postal commemoration. Several recent stamps honor European royalty.


Born March 18: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

March 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, renowned as a composer and music teacher, created Scheherazade and The Flight of the Bumblebee, which are considered among the greatest Russian classical works.


Book showcases award-winning collections of Arthur K.M. Woo

March 17, 2016 06:01 PM

I recently had the opportunity to explore a fascinating book titled Extracts from the Dr. Arthur K.M. Woo Collections. Edited and published by dealer Brian Moorhouse, the book was printed in a very limited edition of just 50 copies. As the title suggests, the book presents highlights from a number of Woo’s collections, many of which contain world-class rarities and other choice gems.


Italian bill would ban sale of fascist-themed stamps: Linn’s Buzz

March 17, 2016 01:12 PM

Sixty-four members of Italian Parliament have thrown their support behind a bill that would eliminate the trade, sale, and overall circulation of postcards, stamps, coins, or medals that depict any fascist or Nazi symbolism, mottos, faces, or swastikas, according to an article in the Spring 2016 issue of Fil-Italia.


American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibiting changes considered

March 17, 2016 12:43 AM

Proposed changes to the American Philatelic Society’s guidelines for judging philatelic exhibits at APS World Series of Philately national shows have been under discussion by the APS Committee on Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges (CANEJ). Among the changes proposed would be a focus on exhibit classes rather than divisions by type or purpose, and an increase in the number of medal levels available for awarding, from five to eight.


Canadian Photography series continues with seven new designs

March 17, 2016 10:23 AM

Canada Post will continue its series of commemorative stamps honoring Canadian photography April 13 with seven new designs on stamps in booklets, in souvenir sheets and on international-rate postal cards. Now in its fourth year, the five-part series continues Canada Post’s stated goal “to showcase the best Canadian photographers and photography of the past 150 years, as chosen by leading curators and gallery owners.”


Look for Angola African Wildlife set: Stamp Market Tips

March 17, 2016 08:02 AM

In 1953, Angola issued one of collecting’s most attractive and popular African Wildlife sets (Scott 362-381). The animals featured on the stamps include elephant, lion, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, and hippopotamus. The sole reptile is the African crocodile.


Another two-night stay during WSS-NY 2016 is being given away: Linn’s Buzz

March 16, 2016 04:04 PM

The American Stamp Dealers Association is giving away yet another two-night stay in New York City duringWorld Stamp Show-NY 2016 at its show this weekend in the Chicago area.


Born March 16: Ray Hnatyshyn

March 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Canada's 24th governor general, Ray Hnatyshyn, held that position from 1990 to 1995 after having served in the country's House of Commons for 14 years.


Born March 15: Alan Bean

March 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, has also created paintings documenting American space travel. His artwork appeared on several stamps in 2009.


Pair of Northern Cyprus stamps honor Euro Cup hosted by France

March 14, 2016 07:57 PM

The upcoming Euro Cup soccer championship in Paris is honored on a pair of stamps from Northern Cyprus.


Extremely rare Penny Red stamp sells for £495,000: Linn's Buzz

March 14, 2016 02:00 PM

This example of the Plate 77 Penny Red stamp is one of five used examples known to philatelists, and is highly regarded as one of the most valuable stamps in the UK.


Born March 13: Charles Grey

March 13, 2016 03:30 AM

As prime minister of the United Kingdom, Charles Grey oversaw the 1832 reforms that included the abolition of slavery.


Born March 12: Sir John J.C. Abbott

March 12, 2016 03:30 AM

A successful attorney and a member of the House of Commons, John Abbott was chosen as Canada's prime minister following the death of John A. Macdonald.


Suvalkija, the first set in Lithuania Ethnographic Regions series: Stamps of Eastern Europe

March 11, 2016 02:41 PM

In 1992, shortly after regaining its independence after 50 years of captivity in the Soviet Union, Lithuania began a series of stamp issues celebrating traditional 19th-century dress in the country’s five ethnographic regions.


Liechtenstein offering panoramic panes of personalized stamps

March 11, 2016 01:41 PM

In its announcement of the panorama pane, Philately Liechtenstein pictured two examples, one of a photograph of a large group of people and the other showing an assortment of pastries.


John Lennon’s stamp collection heads to U.S., iconic Hawaii issue crossing block: Week’s Most Read

March 11, 2016 08:51 AM

Also popular this week on were stories about the small supply of Sarah Vaughan press sheets that will be made available by the USPS, and an in-depth history of the Stone Mountain Memorial and its commemorative stamp.


Born March 11: Harold Wilson

March 11, 2016 03:30 AM

Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was a Labour Party leader who first became prime minister in 1964. He was born March 11, 1916.


Easter greeting stamps picture rabbits, bobbin lace, and stained glass

March 10, 2016 04:02 PM

Rabbits, eggs, and religious artwork are featured on Easter stamps issued this year. A photograph of a lop-eared rabbit with a basket filled with pastel-colored eggs is pictured on Finland’s Easter stamp. This nondenominated first-class self-adhesive stamp was issued Feb. 26. The designer, Anna-Mari West, put a bow on her own pet rabbit, Eli, and took his photograph for the stamp’s design.


Born March 10: Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex

March 10, 2016 03:30 AM

The Earl of Wessex was born March 10, 1964, at Buckingham Palace. He is the father of two children with his wife, the Countess of Wessex, and is involved in activities supporting Queen Elizabeth II.


Argentina’s attractive Seated Liberty issue offers full collecting range: Stamps of Latin America

March 09, 2016 04:50 PM

Argentina’s Seated Liberty stamps of 1899-1903 offer an inviting field for specialization. First, and most important, the stamps are attractive, depicting an allegorical female figure of Liberty sitting with her left arm resting on a shield that displays the coat of arms of Argentina, with the sun rising over the ocean behind her.


Burkina Faso 1996 UNICEF 50th Anniversary set: Tip of the Week

March 09, 2016 03:37 PM

Burkina Faso has occasionally issued stamps without prior warning. Such stamps often come to light only when they begin to show up in kiloware mixtures. One such set is the 1996 50th Anniversary of UNICEF set of four stamps (Scott 1086A-1086D).


Born March 9: Amerigo Vespucci

March 09, 2016 03:30 AM

Italian-born navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci sailed westward to South America in 1497. On his voyages he discovered that the lands he encountered were previously unknown to Europeans.


Born March 8: Kenneth Grahame

March 08, 2016 03:30 AM

British stamps have been issued showing characters from The Wind in the Willows, a popular children's book written by Kenneth Grahame and published in 1908.


Canada honors women’s suffrage centennial on stamp issued March 8

March 05, 2016 05:58 AM

On March 8, International Women's Day, Canada Post issued a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada.


Pair of essays linked to Riel rebellions top $1,800 in Eastern auction

March 04, 2016 04:53 PM

A couple of mysterious essays for a stamp inscribed “Republique Canadienne – Canadian Republic” were said to date from the time of Louis Riel’s rebellions in 1869 and 1885.


Three examples of iconic St. Lawrence Seaway invert error sell at Brigham auction

March 04, 2016 04:33 PM

Brigham Auctions continued its multi-part sale of the Brigham collection of Canada with a session on Jan. 23 near Toronto, offering material from the reigns of King Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II.


Gems from Mizuhara collection shine at Spink sale in Hong Kong

March 04, 2016 03:55 PM

The international award-winning exhibit of Chinese Customs Posts put together by the late Meiso Mizuhara was last shown competitively in London in 1990.


On eve of independence, Finland gave thought to stamps

March 03, 2016 02:23 PM

Time was short to produce new stamps and put them on sale, so Finland’s greatest architect of the era sketched a version of the venerable Finnish lion as the design of the 1917-30 set.


Lebanon Conference of Emigrants sheet in demand: Stamp Market Tips

March 03, 2016 12:40 AM

On Aug. 8, 1950, Lebanon issued a set of two postage stamps and four airmail stamps (Scott 243-244 and C150-C153) to commemorate the Conference of Emigrants. In addition to the stamps, an imperforate souvenir sheet of six on chamois paper (Scott C153a) was also issued.


John Lennon's stamp collection headed to World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn's Buzz

March 03, 2016 11:52 AM

According to Rolling Stone, the extensive collection of the late John Lennon, legendary singer and songwriter who helped turn The Beatles into one of the most popular musical groups in the history of entertainment, will be on display during the May 28-June 4 show.


Postal reform in France met with intense opposition: Unveiling Classic Stamps

March 03, 2016 09:11 AM

Critics resisted postal reform in 19th-century France because they were convinced that reducing postal rates would subsidize the rich. The arguments for and against reduced rates were politically charged.


Channel Islands Specialists’ Society opens 2016 with competition meeting

March 02, 2016 09:57 AM

The C.I.S.S. commenced its 2016 program with its Competitions Meeting held at the Royal Philatelic Society's headquarters in London on Feb. 20.


Volunteers needed for World Stamp Show-NY 2016

March 02, 2016 09:38 AM

More than 125 people have signed up to serve as volunteers at World Stamp Show-NY 2016, but many more are needed, according to Mark Butterline, the show’s volunteer chairman. WSS-NY 2016 will take place May 28-June 4 in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. (at 12th Avenue).
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