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Royal Mail wants to know what you want to see on its future stamps

February 28, 2017 09:45 PM

Royal Mail is giving the public the chance to weigh in on what should be on the United Kingdom's commemorative stamps in 2019.

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Born Feb. 28: Thomas Newcomen

February 28, 2017 03:30 AM

Thomas Newcomen's invention of the steam engine in the 18th century "changed the history of engineering," according to Royal Mail.

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The legend of William Tell, as told on Switzerland’s stamps

February 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Switzerland is known as the land of William Tell. His story, historically accurate or not, is an important part of the Swiss heritage, even today.

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Royal Mail updated several postal products in 2016

February 26, 2017 02:00 PM

Royal Mail decided to update several of its products to better reflect its corporate branding. What changed?

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Stamps to look for from the South African Republic

February 25, 2017 07:00 PM

Stamps listed in the Scott catalogs under Transvaal, another name for the South African Republic, were issued by three different political entities.

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How to collect Australia’s Kangaroo and Map issues

February 25, 2017 02:00 PM

On Jan. 2, 1913, stamps in 15 different denominations and colors, all depicting a Kangaroo and Map (a design also known as “Roo and Map”), were issued.

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Longtime collector’s No. 1 tip to prospective stamp exhibitors: enjoy yourself

February 25, 2017 08:00 AM

Have you ever considered exhibiting your collection? If so, Donna Houseman has the book for you.

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Born Feb. 25: Anthony Burgess

February 25, 2017 03:30 AM

British-born writer Anthony Burgess is best known for his 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, but he wrote dozens of other fiction and nonfiction books.

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Born Feb. 23: George Frideric Handel

February 23, 2017 03:30 AM

German-born Baroque-era composer George Frideric Handel established his home in Great Britain, and has been honored on stamps worldwide.

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Born Feb. 22: Frederic Chopin

February 22, 2017 04:00 AM

Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin found international, lasting acclaim after he moved to Paris, though he died at just 39 years of age.

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Born Feb. 21: King Harald V

February 21, 2017 03:30 AM

Norway's King Harald V was born Feb. 21, 1937, near Oslo. He was named king in 1991 following the death of his father, King Olav V.

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Taking a tour of Windsor Castle on new Royal Mail stamps

February 20, 2017 05:00 PM

A set of 10 stamps issued Feb. 15 by Great Britain’s Royal Mail takes a look at Windsor Castle from the inside and the outside.

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Born Feb. 20: Vincent Massey

February 20, 2017 03:30 AM

Vincent Massey, born in Toronto on Feb. 20, 1887, was the first Canadian-born person chosen to serve as Canada's governor general.

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Hillary Clinton is president on souvenir sheet for sale on eBay

February 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The firm selling them told Linn’s that it has 40 examples of the Clinton sheet, and said that it did not know if others existed.

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Born Feb. 19: Sven Hedin

February 19, 2017 03:30 AM

As Sven Hedin traveled through uncharted areas of Asia, the Swedish explorer recorded his findings, and published them upon his return.

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The website devoted to getting kids into stamp collecting

February 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Robert W. Martin is a stamp collector who runs the website StampCollectingClubsForKids.org.

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Be on the lookout for these beautiful bicolor stamps of French Congo

February 16, 2017 07:00 PM

French colonial issues are known for long sets of attractive bicolor pictorial stamps, and French Congo is no exception.

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The 10 designs that make up Sudan’s 1962 definitive issue

February 16, 2017 05:00 PM

Many collectors and dealers suggest introducing youngsters to stamp collecting in order to promote the hobby. This set would be the perfect introduction.

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Born Feb. 16: Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

February 16, 2017 03:30 AM

A pioneer in botanical research in the Americas, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin recorded his findings in scientific volumes published in Europe.

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Dramatic Canadian Opera commemoratives have taken the stage

February 15, 2017 05:00 PM

Bold colors and dark tales mingle in a striking new five-design issue celebrating Canadian opera.

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British postage labels showcase the history of mail carried by rail

February 15, 2017 04:45 PM

The postage labels are available from terminals in post office branches throughout the United Kingdom.

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The different options for safely storing a stamp collection: Stamp Collecting Basics

February 15, 2017 03:05 PM

There are ways other than standard albums to keep your collection safe and enjoyable.

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Royal Mail announces Christmas stamp design competition for children

February 13, 2017 05:00 PM

Like the 2013 contest, the new contest has the theme “What does the Christmas season mean to you?” The competition is open to schoolchildren in the United Kingdom from ages 4 to 11. Entries must be submitted by March 17.

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A country with affordable yet challenging-to-find stamps

February 12, 2017 08:00 AM

Just because many sets have relatively low catalog value doesn’t mean that they are all that easy to find or not in demand.

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Stamps that show the evolution of the Georgian flag

February 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Vexillology is what those with a tendency toward exotic words call the study of or an interest in flags. Georgia is an interesting study.

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Born Feb. 11: Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

February 11, 2017 03:30 AM

A prominent scientific writer and longtime secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle was born Feb. 11, 1657, in Rouen.

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The legendary figure on Canada’s newest Black History Month stamp

February 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp honors the earliest-known Canadian of African descent, about whom very little is known.

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In peace or in victory, Barbados hailed the end of World War I

February 09, 2017 05:00 PM

Despite being some distance from the main action, Great Britain’s colonies, including Barbados, did not spend World War I on the sidelines.

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Versailles Peace Congress that ended World War I commemorated on 1919 cancellation

February 08, 2017 07:00 PM

This cover reminds us that wise victors in war are merciful, not vindictive.

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Austria has political drama, too, and a new stamp embodies it

February 08, 2017 05:15 PM

The designer of the stamp admits that his inspiration came from news headlines about Austria’s recent presidential election.

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The Penny Black played a small role in a recent episode of ‘Victoria’

February 06, 2017 04:30 PM

“So everybody who wants to send a letter,” Victoria says when educated on the world's first self-adhesive postage stamp, “will have to lick my face?”

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Queen Elizabeth’s historic milestone honored on new stamp

February 06, 2017 02:00 PM

The sapphire jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was marked Feb. 6 by a royal gun salute and a new postage stamp from Great Britain’s Royal Mail.

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How stamps mark the long-term friendship between France and the United States

February 05, 2017 07:00 PM

The first stamps marking the friendship between France and the United States were issued Sept. 15, 1927. They were not the last.

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Currency fluctuations affect cost of worldwide new stamp issues

February 05, 2017 02:00 PM

Scott new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz's annual cost analysis offers insights into how currency fluctuations affect our beloved hobby.

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A stamp set to look for if you want to start collecting Chile

February 05, 2017 09:00 AM

A good set to look for is the 1895 set of 12 red on yellow paper Christopher Columbus postage due stamps.

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Postal history that tells the story of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the atomic bomb fallout

February 04, 2017 07:00 PM

Ken Lawrence concludes his series on postal history of the atomic bomb, a rich and complex subject.

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La Reunion: A brief history of its first postage stamps

February 04, 2017 08:00 AM

The island of La Reunion is a volcanic outcropping in the Indian Ocean, almost a twin of the island of Mauritius.

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Then and now: How worldwide stamp collecting costs have changed

February 03, 2017 05:00 PM

It's time to look at the costs to obtain the new issues created for all of the various foreign stamp-issuing entities listed in the Scott catalogs.

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139 years of Falkland Islands stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

February 02, 2017 07:00 PM

Over time, the Falkland Islands, an archipelago of some 778 islands in the South Atlantic, have been claimed by many nations.

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Born Feb. 2: James Joyce

February 02, 2017 03:30 AM

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, has been celebrated on multiple stamps issued by his native Ireland.
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