newsNetherlands semipostals featuring Little Golden Books raised $10 million
November 25, 2015 11:55 AMEach year, schoolchildren in the Netherlands sell postage stamps to raise money for the Foundation of Children’s Welfare Stamps (Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland), a charity that works to support the development of vulnerable children. This year’s semipostal stamps feature Little Golden Books, a series of books for children that were introduced in 1942.
newsGreat Britain’s Royal Mail issues Star Wars prestige booklet
November 25, 2015 11:03 AMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail has timed the issue of its Star Wars prestige booklet to coincide with the Dec. 17 opening of the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the United Kingdom. The film opens in the United States the next day, Dec. 18.
insightsColorful stamps showcase the culture and history of Polynesian islands
November 24, 2015 10:22 PMPolynesian culture throughout the Pacific has a rich and fascinating history. Until very recent times, scientists, archaeologists, linguists, oceanographers, anthropologists, and explorers were at odds with one another in the debate over the origin of Polynesians.
insightsThe Kingdom of Cod islands: stamps of St. Pierre & Miquelon to 1957
November 24, 2015 08:51 PMPostage stamps pay postal fees, but they also are intended to represent the country of their origin to the rest of the world. The stamps of St. Pierre & Miquelon vividly reflect that nation’s history and its setting.
insightsHave a second, closer look at that old stripped-down stamp album
November 24, 2015 10:45 AMIt’s easy to strip stamps out of an old album obtained from the latest stamp bourse or auction and pay no attention to the album itself. After all, it’s the stamps you’re after. But have a second look at that album: It might be just as fascinating and rewarding as the stamps themselves.
insightsBosnia and Herzegovina’s ethnic regions continue to issue their own stamps
November 24, 2015 10:45 AMLocated in southwestern Yugoslavia, the regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina were a hotbed of political strife for centuries. The provinces were ruled by the Ottoman Turkish Empire until 1878, when they were placed under Austria-Hungary control. Bosnia and Herzegovina issued its first stamps a year later, in 1879.
insightsTip of the week: Bhutan 1973 Phonograph Record set
November 23, 2015 10:39 AMOn April 15, 1973, Bhutan issued a set of seven (five postage and two airmail) Phonograph Record stamps (Scott 152-152F). These weren’t just stamps commemorating phonograph records. They were actual phonograph records that can be played on any standard record player.
insightsThe best and the worst of Great Britain’s Christmas stamp designs
November 23, 2015 10:39 AMSince issuing its first two Christmas stamps in 1966 (Scott 478-479), Great Britain has shown about 240 different designs on its Christmas stamps. These designs have varied in quality, but a few have been excellent and memorable.
newsGreat Britain to honor writers Shakespeare, Potter and Christie in 2016
November 20, 2015 11:54 AMIn early November, Great Britain’s Royal Mail announced the subjects for its 2016 commemorative stamps. The program will start Jan. 7 with an issue devoted to Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) and the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, of 1914-16.
insightsPromoting stamp collecting to a wider audience and new generations
November 16, 2015 10:38 AMIdeally, we must find ways to encourage more people to move from the stamp accumulator category to the enthusiast category. That being the case, two questions arise: How do we promote philately to a wider audiences and attract men, women, and children of all ages? How can we help ensure this great hobby continues in the digital age?
newsHungary pays tribute to Einstein’s equation for general theory of relativity
November 14, 2015 11:54 AMOn Nov. 25, 1915, Albert Einstein presented his paper The Field Equations of Gravitation to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. This paper contained the equations for his general theory of relativity. Hungary issued a stamp Sept. 7 commemorating the 100th anniversary of this presentation.
newsCopenhagen’s historic post office building sold, museum moving
November 11, 2015 11:53 AMThe historic postal building in Copenhagen, Denmark, which until this year housed the country’s oldest post office and its popular Post and Tele Museum, has been sold and is being converted into a complex of shops and offices.
insightsGabon 1999 Mushrooms souvenir sheet uncommon, hard to find
November 11, 2015 10:38 AMOn April 30, 1999, Gabon issued a set of four Mushroom stamps (Scott 951A-951D) and a souvenir sheet of four (951De). The stamp set is readily available and inexpensive, but the souvenir sheet is uncommon and difficult to find.
newsStamps from Japan, the Netherlands feature dramatic nighttime views
November 10, 2015 11:56 AMJapan will introduce a new series of stamps Nov. 27 featuring night views of cities and towns in that country. The first set in the series comprises 10 se-tenant (side-by-side) 80-yen stamps in a pane.
newsLinn’s to publish three daily newspapers at World Stamp Show-NY 2016
November 10, 2015 11:54 AMLinn’s Stamp News has been named the official show daily publisher for World Stamp Show-NY 2016. As the official show daily publisher, Linn’s will publish three daily newspapers at the show: on Monday, May 30; Tuesday, May 31; and Thursday, June 2.
newsTwo stamps from Monaco honor Princess Charlene
November 06, 2015 11:56 AMMonaco’s Office des Timbres will issue an engraved stamp featuring Princess Charlene Dec. 3. Designed by Stefanie Van Zyl and engraved by Elsa Catelin, the €1.60 stamp will show a portrait of the princess with a bouquet of proteas, the national flower of South Africa in the background.
newsTonga Year of the Monkey pane can be folded into a sedan chair
November 06, 2015 11:56 AMA stamp pane that can be folded into the shape of a Chinese wedding sedan chair is a newest creative issue from the Kingdom of Tonga. The sedan chair was a special transportation vehicle in ancient China, used especially to bring the bride to the groom’s home on the wedding day.
insightsUniform penny post of 1840 brought more than adhesive stamps in its wake
November 06, 2015 10:38 AMBy this time 175 years ago, Great Britain’s grand experiment in drastically changing its historic postal system was a reality, rather than just the dream of Rowland Hill, a teacher turned social reformer.
newsStory of life-saving stamp collection told, Scott Classic Specialized changes detailed: Week's Most Read
November 06, 2015 08:29 AMAlso this week, readers were interested in a set of four unissued Germany semipostal stamps that realized about $80,500 at Schlegel sale, and a United States 1851 1¢, type Ib, that realized $7,073 at a Sam Houston Philatelics September auction.
newsNew Great Britain ‘Winter Fur and Feathers’ labels show animals in winter
November 05, 2015 11:55 AMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail issued four new designs for computer-produced, self-adhesive postage labels Nov. 16. Titled Winter Fur and Feathers, the set of four pictures animals in the winter. Royal Mail calls such labels “post & go.”
insightsAn introduction to the stamps of the Nordic region and Scandinavia
November 05, 2015 08:00 AMThis new regular column on Nordic philately will cover the stamps and postal history of the entire Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Sometimes this area is labeled Scandinavia, but this is not entirely correct. Scandinavia comprises Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
insightsTip of the week: Hong Kong 1971 Domestic Pig stamps
November 04, 2015 10:38 AMIn 1971, Hong Kong issued a set of two Domestic Pig stamps (Scott 260-261) for the Lunar New Year astrological sign of the boar. We last tipped this set in the Dec. 28, 2009, Stamp Market Tips, but it is time to tip it again.
insightsThe color, excitement and pageantry of parades and processions on stamps
November 03, 2015 10:37 AMThe United States Postal Service issued its four Thanksgiving Day Parade stamps Sept. 9, 2009, in New York City in Macy’s Herald Square, home of one of the most popular parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. More than 8,000 people participate in it, 3.5 million watch in person, and as many as 50 million tune in on their television sets.
insightsOil Rivers Protectorate: an 1880s African outpost of the British Empire
November 03, 2015 10:37 AMStamps of the short-lived entity called the Oil Rivers Protectorate are found in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 under its successor’s name, Niger Coast Protectorate. Part of the colonial empire of superpower Great Britain, the Oil Rivers Protectorate was established in 1885 in a region now part of Nigeria, on the western coast of Africa. Stamps of the short-lived entity called the Oil Rivers Protectorate are found in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 under its successor’s name, Niger Coast Protectorate. Part of the colonial empire of superpower Great Britain, the Oil Rivers Protectorate was established in 1885 in a region now part of Nigeria, on the western coast of Africa.