Jersey stamps remember WWI

August 31, 2015 11:01 AM

On June 28, 1914, by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip with the squeeze of a trigger sparked would become to be known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.”


Lightning McQueen, WALL-E, others shine on Disney-Pixar stamps

August 25, 2015 04:07 PM

In June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.


Australia, Austria, U.S. stamps feature Disney-Pixar characters

August 25, 2015 03:32 PM

One of Australia’s souvenir stamp sheet series, in 2006, used a Cars/cars theme, depicting Cars characters in the labels and selvage borders of the sheet that includes stamps depicting classic cars.


Uganda issued first stamps depicting Disney-Pixar characters

August 25, 2015 01:22 PM

The first Disney/Pixar stamps were issued by Uganda in 1997, consisting of one souvenir sheet of six stamps (Scott 1479a-f), two souvenir sheets of nine stamps each (1480a-i and 1481a-i), and a set of three souvenir sheets (1482-84), all showing scenes from Toy Story.


Jewish News: Royal Mail will indeed release a Sir Nicholas Winton stamp

August 24, 2015 03:50 PM

The Jewish News reports the petition it started earlier this summer to have the UK's Royal Mail issue a commemorative stamp for Sir Nicholas Winton, who is commonly referred to as "Britain's Schindler" for his actions to protect hundreds of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia during World War II, is a success.


Born Aug. 24: Duke Kahanamoku

August 24, 2015 03:30 AM

The original "father of surfing," Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, was also an Olympic champion swimmer. He popularized the sport of surfing during his international travels.


Australia honors Britain’s Princess Charlotte on stamp to be issued Aug. 25

August 22, 2015 02:00 PM

Australia Post will celebrate the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, fourth in line to the British throne, by issuing a 70¢ domestic-rate stamp Aug. 25. The stamp shows a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also called Prince William and Catherine (or Kate) Middleton, leaving St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, with their newborn daughter.


Canada issues replacement for wrong Dinosaur Provincial Park design

August 22, 2015 11:10 AM

Canada Post issued a replacement stamp Aug. 21 featuring Dinosaur Provincial Park as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The new stamp was created with the assistance of the park’s officials.


Scott Canada eCatalogue is good, but additions could make it great

August 22, 2015 10:00 AM

In August 2014, Scott unveiled its first “stamp eCatalogues,” an unwieldy term for an agile concept: to make available, accessible and affordable in digital form popular subsections of Scott’s massive annual six-volume print juggernaut.


Mediterranean-area countries issue Euromed stamps featuring boats

August 21, 2015 10:53 AM

Several postal administrations issued stamps July 9 showing boats of the Mediterranean. These stamps continue the Euromed series that began in 2014. Euromed, a regional postal union of countries in the Mediterranean area, was established in 2011.


Stamps honoring good science may sometimes display bad design

August 20, 2015 07:00 AM

Microbiology is a dynamic and highly diverse science. It includes the study of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and certain algae.


Look for 1930 Plane over Mexico City Official airmail stamps

August 18, 2015 04:49 PM

Our neighbor to the south has issued a host of very attractive stamps and enjoys a strong following among United States collectors. However, the market for most Mexico issues has been flat for a fairly long time. There are some notable exceptions.


Mediterranean diet, other healthy foods illustrated on new stamps

August 18, 2015 03:46 PM

Portugal and Spain issued stamps in July featuring the Mediterranean diet, not necessarily as a means to lose weight, but as part of their cultural heritage. In 2010, the Mediterranean diet was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for the countries of Greece, Italy, Morocco and Spain. Portugal, Croatia and Cyprus were added to this list in 2013.


Queen Elizabeth II honored as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch

August 18, 2015 11:34 AM

On Sept. 9, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.


World Stamp Exhibition 2015 in Singapore well underway

August 17, 2015 02:09 PM

The World Stamp Exhibition began Friday in Singapore, which last hosted the event in 1995. The country is celebrating its 50th Year of Independence in conjunction with the event.


Liechtenstein receives Asiago stamp art award for Crystallography issue

August 14, 2015 04:25 PM

Liechtenstein won the Asiago international award for philatelic art for the best stamp issue of 2014 for its International Year of Crystallography. stamps. The Asiago awards, considered the Oscars of the stamp-design field, are presented annually in Asiago, Italy.


Try expanding your collecting horizons with airmail semipostal stamps

August 14, 2015 02:41 PM

Most stamp collectors are familiar with semipostal stamps. You can find them listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue after the regular postage stamps, with catalog numbers that have a “B” prefix. Semipostals usually have two denominations, often with a plus sign between them.


UNPA to issue new Greetings from Geneva pane of stamps and labels

August 14, 2015 01:07 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration will issue a new Greetings from Geneva pane of 10 stamps and labels Sept. 21. The 1.40-franc stamps show different images associated with the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the home of the U.N. office in Geneva.


Germany honors Great Britain’s Penny Black for 175th anniversary

August 14, 2015 12:06 AM

Germany is commemorating 175 years of postage stamps by showcasing the world’s first: Great Britain’s 1840 Penny Black. Germany’s E0.62+E0.30 Day of Stamps semipostal will be issued Sept. 1 in panes of 10, with two special pictorial cancellations from Bonn and Berlin.


Cinderellas are a roller-coaster ride

August 12, 2015 01:25 PM

Collecting cinderella stamps — broadly defined as stamplike labels that are not postage stamps — is not for everyone. If you like things neat and orderly, with the rules spelled out and comprehensive cataloging with no surprises, you should probably stick to postage stamps.


Latest batch of commemorative stamps for the Rio 2016 Olympics released

August 10, 2015 03:33 PM

The stamps, which were launched as the 500 countdown to the start of the games next year, feature a number of sports. Golf, handball, taekwondo, table tennis and triathlon – just to name a few.


Russian stamps, Joseph Stalin and the Sergei Kirov assassination

August 10, 2015 01:15 PM

All countries use their postage stamps to promote the message of who they are and what they stand for to their own population and to the rest of the world. But the Soviet Union (1923-1991) was unusual in that many of the people honored on its stamps were actually condemned and executed by the regime.


Britain honors Rugby World Cup on stamps to be issued Sept. 18

August 10, 2015 10:58 AM

England will host the eighth Rugby World Cup Sept. 18 through Oct. 31, and Royal Mail will issue eight stamps for the event on the opening day.


Fairy tale wolf used to illustrate a serious subject on new U.N. stamps

August 10, 2015 10:32 AM

Six new stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration promote a UNICEF initiative to end violence against children and adolescents.


A theory on the numerous varieties of the Jeddah issues of Saudi Arabia

August 07, 2015 11:24 AM

The Jeddah issues of Saudi Arabia philately are provisional stamps riddled with overprint, surcharge and handstamp errors. A few collectors of this area believe that such varieties were intentionally created to sell to collectors.


New British labels picture Statue of Liberty, other foreign ports

August 06, 2015 03:36 PM

An American icon is pictured on British computer-produced self-adhesive postage labels to be issued Sept. 16, the opening day of the Autumn Stampex show in London. The design depicts the Statue of Liberty with the New York skyline behind it, as seen from the deck of a ship.


Lundy’s curious philatelic past: Puffins, pirates and local post stamps

August 06, 2015 02:07 PM

Collectors frequently have deja-vu experiences when visiting foreign countries, when they recognize buildings or scenery from their stamp albums. This is exactly what happened to me when I spent a week on the island of Lundy in early 2014.


Stamp quest for travelers: visiting Beijing’s stamp museum, market

August 06, 2015 12:37 AM

Beijing has been an important city since antiquity. It was the capital of China in the last three dynasties of Yuan (Mongol), Ming and Qing, and also is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. My connection to this city began when my family moved there in 1992.


Stamps from France focus on animal’s eyes

August 06, 2015 09:56 AM

New stamps from France feature animal’s eyes and are appropriately called “Les animaux nous regardent,” which translates to “the animals are watching.” France’s La Poste issued the 12 self-adhesive stamps July 31 in a single booklet. Each design focuses on the animal’s pupil. If you look closely, you can see the name of the animal inscribed on each eye.


Late Holocaust hero Nicholas Winton could get a Royal Mail stamp

August 05, 2015 02:59 PM

A campaign oranized by Jewish News lobbying for the portrait of British Holocaust hero Nicholas Winton to be put on a Royal Mail stamp just might realize its goal. BBC News reports, "Royal Mail said Sir Nicholas, from Berkshire, was 'definitely among the subjects for future consideration.'"


Danish West Indies 1915 King Christian X set is good buy

August 05, 2015 12:33 AM

Danish West Indies issued its first stamps in 1856. Its stamp output totaled fewer than 60 postage stamps and eight postage due stamps. The last set, comprising eight King Christian X definitive stamps (Scott 51-58) issued in 1915, is surprisingly difficult to find in grades of very fine or better.


Look for 1983 Germany Beer Pureness Law stamp

August 03, 2015 11:50 AM

Quite a few beer stamps have been issued by countries around the world, especially those countries noted for brewing. In 1983, Germany issued an 80-pfennig stamp (Scott 1396) to commemorate the 450th anniversary of its brewing purity laws. The design shows brewers from a 1677 engraving.


New Scott numbers for United Nations

August 03, 2015 09:45 AM

New Scott catalog numbers have been assigned to recent issues from the United Nations. The most recent United States federal duck stamps also received Scott numbers.


Toys on Europa stamps represent many topics

August 02, 2015 02:49 PM

Even if you don’t collect Europa as a topic, you may want to take a look at these stamps for the many other topics found on them. Starting in 1974, each participating country selected its own Europa stamp designs based on a common theme for the year, including famous people, the arts, history, local landmarks and much more. The theme for 2015 is old toys, and, as with the Europa topic, you can find many more topics other than toys in the designs.
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