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Born Jan. 31: Nolan Ryan

January 31, 2017 03:30 AM

Nolan Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout leader, turns 70 years old on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Ryan entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Machin trial-color panes surface 20 years after they were printed

January 30, 2017 02:00 PM

The discovery set of trial-color Machin panes will be on display at Spring Stampex 2017 in London.

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Born Jan. 30: King Felipe VI

January 30, 2017 03:30 AM

The reigning king of Spain marks his 49th birthday on Jan. 30. Since ascending throne in 2014, King Felipe VI has been honored on several stamps.

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Vatican City stamps will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

January 29, 2017 05:00 PM

The design for the Vatican stamp hasn’t been revealed yet, but the subject is listed on its 2017 stamp program.

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Stamps that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night

January 29, 2017 08:00 AM

The dual-language condominium stamps continued up to the time of New Hebrides independence in 1980, when the newly independent nation was named Vanuatu.

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Born Jan. 28: Arthur Rubinstein

January 28, 2017 03:45 AM

As a recording artist and performer, Polish-born classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein became one of the most famous musicians of the 20th century.

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The man who proposed U.S. postage stamps seven years before they were first produced

January 27, 2017 07:00 PM

The devil is in the details. Such is the case with one man's forward-thinking, but failed, resolution for uniform and prepaid postage.

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A look around the world at the newest bird stamps

January 27, 2017 05:00 PM

Many stamps this year will depict roosters in conjunction with the year of the rooster. Many other types of birds will be shown as well.

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Born Jan. 27: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

January 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Born in Salzburg, Austria, on Jan. 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is today considered one of classical music's greatest composers.

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A set that stands out in the high-demand Latin American stamp market

January 26, 2017 01:00 PM

Collector interest in Latin America remains strong because it remains one of the more active segments of the stamp market.

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David Bowie is being honored on new Royal Mail stamp set

January 25, 2017 01:00 PM

Six of the stamps show album covers. The other four feature photographs of Bowie performing and are se-tenant (side-by-side) in a souvenir sheet.

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Boston 2026 officials express concern about Chicago 2021 show plans

January 24, 2017 09:00 PM

Although plans for a show in Chicago remain in the discussion phase, the conversation has been moving forward.

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Born Jan. 24: John Belushi

January 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Chicago native John Belushi became a legendary comedian and actor, starring on TV's Saturday Night Live, and on film in Animal House and The Blues Brothers.

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Born Jan. 23: Caroline, the Princess of Hanover

January 23, 2017 03:30 AM

Born Princess Caroline of Monaco on Jan. 23, 1957, the princess had been involved in several charities that provide help and services for children.

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A suggested strategy for those interested in collecting Malaysia: Stamp Collecting Basics

January 22, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamps and postal history of Malaysia and its precursors can be quite confusing. Naturally, we have some advice to help your collecting.

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What makes Swiss Pro Juventute stamps so special?

January 22, 2017 08:00 AM

For early photogravure printing before the advent of computer-controlled presses, the Swiss Pro Juventute stamps are right up there at the top in quality.

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Born Jan. 22: U Thant

January 22, 2017 03:30 AM

Burmese educator and diplomat U Thant served as secretary general of the United Nations for 10 years following the death of Dag Hammarskjold.

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A stamp set that is not valued in Scott catalogs, but still sought after

January 21, 2017 05:00 PM

The lack of values in this case means that the Scott editors did not have enough sales data to establish values for this set.

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How Britain’s regional stamps have changed over the years

January 21, 2017 08:00 AM

In response to public demand, in 1958, the British Post Office issued stamps for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man.

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Canada’s final five UNESCO World Heritage Sites stamps: What’s on them?

January 20, 2017 01:00 PM

The UNESCO World Heritage sites are designated by the United Nations for preservation as places of outstanding cultural, natural, and historic importance.

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There are stamps paying tribute to Donald Trump as president, but they’re not from the U.S.

January 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Even before the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, Donald Trump had already been honored on a handful of stamps.

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Born Jan. 20: DeForest Kelley

January 20, 2017 03:30 AM

American actor DeForest Kelley found fame as chief medical officer Leonard McCoy on the TV series Star Trek, and in a series of Star Trek feature films.

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Navigating the International Society of World Wide Stamp Collectors website

January 19, 2017 07:00 PM

The International Society of World Wide Stamp Collectors site has lots of free information, and also includes links to member-only benefits.

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Ancient history on new stamps from Royal Mail

January 19, 2017 01:00 PM

The stamps “give a timeline across thousands of years of history, from a glimpse of Stone Age ritual of 11,000 years ago, to the Iron Age of some 300 BC.”

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Canada hides sesquicentennial references in its Year of the Rooster stamps

January 17, 2017 02:00 PM

Canada Post is hiding references to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation in all of its 2017 stamp issues.

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Aland’s sailing ship stamp series continues

January 16, 2017 05:00 PM

The barque Mariehamn is pictured on a nondenominated domestic-rate stamp.

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How an unopened bundle of 1898 Philippines stamp sheets might have made its way to my stamp room

January 15, 2017 07:00 PM

Every once in a while, collectors come across something that is really cool. That happened to Don Peterson recently.

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Pope Francis meets artist whose painting inspired a Vatican stamp

January 14, 2017 05:00 PM

A photographer captured the philatelic moment at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican.

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The Mongolian stamps that are gaining popularity

January 14, 2017 08:00 AM

With virtually no immigration from Mongolia to the U.S. and little cross-cultural contact, there are not many U.S. collectors who specialize in Mongolia.

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Born Jan. 14: Albert Schweitzer

January 14, 2017 03:30 AM

Honored on stamps from many countries, Albert Schweitzer is recognized as a humanitarian and a religious researcher and philosopher

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The British stamp legacy of the late Lord Snowdon

January 13, 2017 04:01 PM

The former brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and society photographer Lord Snowdon died Jan. 13 at age 86.

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How United Nations stamps are celebrating the year of the rooster

January 13, 2017 01:00 PM

The latest issue in the United Nations Postal Administration’s Chinese Lunar Calendar series is due out soon.

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Born Jan. 13: Orlando Bloom

January 13, 2017 03:30 AM

Orlando Bloom's film roles have taken him from Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings to the open seas in The Pirates of the Caribbean.

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A great way to share your opinions on the stamp hobby

January 12, 2017 07:00 PM

By using Disqus to comment, readers can share their opinions and engage with other collectors.

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Born Jan. 12: Tim Horton

January 12, 2017 03:30 AM

Known today for the popular restaurant chain that bears his name, Tim Horton was honored by Canada Post as a star of the National Hockey League.

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The international celebrities who have made postal cameos in Cuba

January 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Babe Ruth, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon: Cuba has long put international celebrities on its stamps.

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A quick look at new stamps from Spain, Netherlands, Lebanon, and Romania

January 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Spain’s post office, Correos, started the year with a new stamp series that highlights a different province each month.

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Canada Post recently began a trial of computer-vended stamp labels

January 08, 2017 02:00 PM

Canada Post recently re-introduced the use of computer-vended stamp labels, after an unsuccessful and short-lived trial in 2012-13.

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Born Jan. 8: David Bowie

January 08, 2017 03:30 AM

David Bowie's professional music career began in the 1960s, reaching international stardom with hits like Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel and Let's Dance.

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How stamps mark the short, turbulent reign of one Prince of Albania

January 07, 2017 02:00 PM

Although he reigned for just a few months in 1914, Prince Wilhelm zu Wied left a lasting impression on Albanian stamps.

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When Peru first experimented with coil stamps

January 07, 2017 07:00 AM

Peru’s first experiment with coil stamps in 1928 has left few examples. Just 20,000 of the 2c coil stamp were issued, and 50,000 of the 10c denomination.

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The tiny country that is a prolific issuer of topical stamps

January 06, 2017 07:00 PM

The country is a virtual aviary of Bird topical stamps, and while some are pricey, most are easily obtainable.

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Royal Mail announces its 2017 commemorative stamp program

January 05, 2017 06:00 PM

The first issue in the program focuses on ancient Britain, and the eight stamps are being issued in four se-tenant (side-by-side) pairs.

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Taking the time to collect snails on stamps

January 03, 2017 07:00 PM

They may have a bad reputation as garden pests, but snails represent a wide variety of subjects on stamps from around the world.

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Slew of United Nations stamps are now Scott official

January 03, 2017 05:45 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.

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Israel’s International Year of Light stamp wins top design award

January 01, 2017 07:00 PM

Israel’s International Year of Light stamp recently received the Nexofil award for the most beautiful stamp of 2015.

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Malta’s 1922 Melita issue: Fine art or poorly done stamps?

January 01, 2017 02:00 PM

For being such a small country, Malta carries a weighty history. And stamps are a big part of it.
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