Machin stamps produced in different formats over a half century

May 27, 2017 07:00 PM

Security against forgery and reuse has concerned the British Post Office since 1840. Features have been added to Machin stamps to increase security.


Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope run by once more on Canada 150 stamp

May 26, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.


King Harald stamp tops Norwegian poll for the most beautiful stamp of 2016

May 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Coming in second place in the poll was the 21kr stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the central bank, Norges Bank.


Machin 50th anniversary, the Brunswick Circus Girl, and the end of U.S. postage due stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

May 26, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the June 12 isssue of Linn’s, The Odd Lot columnist Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating origins of the Brunswick Circus Girl cinderella stamp.


Stamp featuring Capt. Cook at Poverty Bay a bright spot in New Zealand market

May 26, 2017 01:00 PM

Captain Cook is a popular stamp-collecting topic. In 1935, New Zealand issued a 2-shilling Captain Cook Landing at Poverty Bay stamp (Scott 197). In 1937, the stamp received a vertical “Official” overprint to become an Official stamp (Scott O71).


Jersey issues wooden souvenir sheet honoring Charles Darwin

May 25, 2017 01:00 PM

Jersey Post is honoring organizations associated with naturalists Gerald Durrell and Charles Darwin on seven stamps to be issued June 14.


Spain marks 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars’ with Darth Vader stamp

May 25, 2017 09:30 AM

Spain's Star Wars souvenir sheet features a €5 Darth Vader stamp and shows other characters on labels.


Eid stamp from Canada includes elements from Islamic architecture

May 24, 2017 05:00 PM

The nondenominated, “P” domestic-rate (85¢) stamp was issued May 24 to recognize “Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide,” according to Canada Post. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. This year Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of June 25 and ends June 26.


U.N. World Environment Day stamps highlight the beauty of Canada

May 24, 2017 03:00 PM

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ “principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.”


Five international legends of Canadian Grand Prix take victory lap on new stamps

May 23, 2017 09:00 AM

The Canadian Grand Prix stamps were issued May 16. They mark the 50th anniversary of professional, open-wheel automotive racing in Canada.


Canada 150 stamp honors the highway that connects the country

May 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Although the Canada 150 Trans-Canada Highway stamp was unveiled in Saskatchewan, the design depicts a scene of Alberta with a green and white highway sign marked “Trans Canada” “1” “Alberta” and “West” in the foreground, and a forest and the Rocky Mountains in the background.


Are gimmicks on stamps a good thing if they capture positive attention?

May 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Stamp collectors sometimes frown at gimmicky formats for stamps, but two stamp issues scheduled for release this year made Linn's editor Donna Houseman smile.


‘By Morck’: the sumptuous new book all about stamp designer Martin Morck

May 20, 2017 05:00 PM

By Morck is a biography of the Swedish-born artist Martin Morck, who has completed engraved illustrations for more than 830 stamps.


A penny for your thoughts will no longer pay the postage on your letter

May 19, 2017 03:00 PM

From 1932 to 1958, a 1-ounce letter could be mailed within the United States for 3¢. Most of us who are baby boomers can remember back to our childhood, when our parents would put a 3¢ stamp on an envelope and hand it to us so that we would take it to the mailbox up the street.


Boston 2026 World Expo: new name, new logo

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Previously called Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, the new name is Boston 2026 World Expo. The new logo features an early design of the United States flag.


Well-designed website provides information about Britain’s stamps from 1840 to 2017

May 18, 2017 01:00 PM

CollectGBStamps is a user-friendly website that provides a slew of information on British stamps issued from 1840-2017.


Switzerland’s recent Baby Animals stamp depicts the wrong otter

May 15, 2017 01:00 PM

The stamp will not be withdrawn from sale, according to the May 8 newspaper report by Marco Lussi.


Celebrating the half-century evolution of Machin stamp production

May 13, 2017 07:00 AM

Larry Rosenblum continues his celebration of the Machin definitive series with an in-depth look at a variety of designs from the last 50 years.


Entertaining 1856 1¢ Magenta history illuminates famous ‘Stamp World’ personalities

May 12, 2017 07:00 PM

James Barron’s new book about the 1856 1¢ Magenta provides delightful vignettes of the colorful characters who have owned the world’s most expensive stamp.


Set of three Peru Llama stamps an attractive addition to any collection

May 11, 2017 01:00 PM

Llamas are camelids native to the Andean region of South America, and these classic stamps are also popular with fauna topical collectors.


Expo 67 stamp is the first of 10 to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary

May 10, 2017 01:00 PM

Unveiled live and on social media April 27, a Canadian stamp commemorating Expo 67, the world’s fair that opened a half-century ago, will be the first of 10 stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian nationhood.


Fourth stamp in Canada’s 150 series honors 2005 Civil Marriage Act

May 10, 2017 11:45 AM

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.


Finger doodles add charm to International Family Day stamp

May 10, 2017 10:00 AM

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serb administration) will issue a whimsical stamp May 15 to celebrate International Family Day.


Space Shuttle Canadarm, constitution patriation grab Canada 150 spotlight

May 08, 2017 08:00 PM

Unveiled live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and on the Internet May 3 and 4, stamps recalling important innovations in 1982 and 1981, respectively, became the second and third stamp designs revealed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian nationhood.


Philatelic Foundation to move into Collectors Club town house in December

May 08, 2017 07:00 PM

The Philatelic Foundation is returning home to the Collectors Club’s recently renovated town house at 22 E. 35th St. in New York City.


1927 six-pointed star overprints hint at Bolivia’s political past

May 08, 2017 09:00 AM

In 1927, beginning with Scott 165, Waterlow began printing the Coat-of-Arms stamps using the lithographic process; the earlier issues had engraved designs printed using the intaglio process.


Stamps from three countries display the beauty of the northern and southern lights

May 07, 2017 02:00 PM

According to information from Korea Post, its 10 Stories of the Mysterious Universe stamps depict the winning entries in an astronomical photography contest.


This India ‘UNEF’ military stamp is worth the hunt

May 05, 2017 05:00 PM

Dealers have been buying stocks of Indian stamps in Europe and the United States for sale in India.


Canada Post issues 2017 sequels to 2016 Star Trek stamp series

May 04, 2017 07:00 PM

This year, what Canada Post is calling Star Trek Year 2 chiefly depicts the commanders, their vessels, and their arch-nemeses of the best-known film adaptation of the original series and four of its TV spin-offs.


Ten songbirds of Great Britain illustrated on stamps issued May 4

May 04, 2017 05:00 PM

Royal Mail’s other products for the Songbirds set include first-day covers, 10 postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack with mint examples of the stamps and text by Simon Barnes, a journalist who writes about sports and wildlife.


Scarce 1994 Eritrea stamp set a valuable addition to a Flag topical collection

May 03, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamps of independent Eritrea do not enjoy a huge following in the United States. However, most of its earliest issues from 1991 to about 1995 are very difficult to find in the stamp market.


Be on the lookout for the unusual in your cover collections

May 03, 2017 01:00 PM

Janet Klug recently spent some time going through a big box of covers that had been stashed away for quite some time. It was as much fun as pawing through dealers’ covers at a stamp show, she explains.


In letter to FIP, APS requests changes

May 02, 2017 03:45 PM

Concerns expressed in the letter approved by the APS board May 2 address FIP operations and the structure and rules that govern the federation.


Cover mailed after 1979 Islamic revolution reflects seismic changes

April 30, 2017 07:00 PM

The franking on the June 1, 1979, registered airmail cover from Tehran to Ibiza, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, reflects the turbulence of the transition from a secular monarchy to an Islamic theocracy.


France’s ‘Ace of Aces’ buoyed public morale in World War I

April 30, 2017 08:00 AM

The Guynemer stamp was printed by engraving in sheets of 25, in ultramarine ink color, and perforated gauge 13. It apparently was much in demand, because several France specialized stamp catalogs list it as reprinted six times between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 17, 1941, for a total quantity of 937,500.


1845 Basel Dove stamp recognized for many philatelic firsts

April 28, 2017 03:00 PM

Basel, Switzerland, issued its first postage stamp July 1, 1845. The stamp, featuring a dove, was Basel’s first and only stamp.


Isle of Man’s hidden logo, plus U.S. stamps on U.N. mail: Week’s Most Read

April 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Also this week, the May U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon caption contest has a nautical theme.


Vols. 2A and 2B of 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue available

April 27, 2017 07:00 PM

What’s new for the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue? The recently published set of Vols. 2A and 2B offers almost 12,000 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.


ATA executive director Vera Felts named 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

April 25, 2017 05:00 PM

In other areas of the hobby, Felts founded a youth stamp club at the Science Center in Carbondale, Ill., in 1999. She has edited the newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for the last 15 years, and cofounded the club’s Sirpex local show. A life member of the American Philatelic Society, she coordinated its newsletter exchange for eight years.


Canadian celebrities to reveal stamps in new ‘Canada 150’ set

April 25, 2017 04:00 PM

Ten new stamps from Canada Post will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by commemorating moments from the past 50 years of the country’s history.


Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet in demand

April 24, 2017 07:00 PM

The mint Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet (Scott 54) is valued at $40. Both values are italicized, which means the Scott editors do not have sufficient market data to establish firm retail values.


Isle of Man hides logo, other information in Freemasonry stamps

April 23, 2017 07:00 PM

The Isle of Man Post Office has added a hidden logo to its set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of English Freemasonry’s first Grand Lodge.


Rosenblum launches series to celebrate Britain’s Machin stamps’ 50th anniversary

April 22, 2017 07:00 PM

The definitives, one of the longest-running series of regular stamp issues, feature British artist Arnold Machin’s sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.


Finlandia 2017 souvenir sheet celebrates philatelist jeweler Agathon Faberge

April 22, 2017 02:00 PM

Collectors from more than 40 countries will participate in this exhibition, being held under Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) patronage and with International Federation of Philately (FIP) recognition.


The United Nations World Heritage Sites booklet worth pursuing

April 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Modern U.N. booklets all have the World Heritage Sites theme. They are beautiful, and the stamps inside can only be acquired by buying the booklets.


United Nations continues long-running Endangered Species series

April 21, 2017 07:00 PM

The U.N. stamps will be issued in panes of 16, each with four se-tenant (side-by-side) designs. There is a separate pane for each U.N. post office.


Machins retain consistency over 50 years amid continual change

April 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Why has the Machin design endured and thrived for five decades? There are several reasons.


French, Spanish and Manx stamps depict different styles of dancing

April 15, 2017 03:00 PM

The French aren't alone when it comes to celebrations. The Spanish and Celtic nations are honoring their respective national gatherings on new issues, as well.


Believe it or not, gimmicks have been used on stamps for quite some time

April 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Gimmicky stamps are alive and well today. Some collectors like them, but many don’t have much use for them.


Liechtenstein honors trades and crafts on new stamps

April 12, 2017 01:00 PM

Among the tools shown are hammers, chisels, scissors, measuring tape, a thimble, a sewing machine, pliers, and a screw clamp.
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