newsNorth American international stamp exhibitions, a personal odyssey: Washington 2006 and New York 2016
April 27, 2016 04:02 PMKen Lawrence continues his narrative about the past 30 years of international stamp shows held in North America as prelude to the New York 2016 pageant that opens at the end of May.
newsU.N. International Dance Day stamps show dances from around the world
April 21, 2016 11:46 AMSix dances from around the world are displayed on the United Nations Postal Administration’s International Dance Day stamps. The stamps are being issued April 29, International Dance Day, in panes of six.
newsOverprinted Qatar Satellite Telecommunications issue: Tip of the Week
April 20, 2016 12:54 AMYou will notice that values for many stamps of Qatar are given in italics in the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. This reflects the fact that the market for Qatari stamps has been in flux. Over the past several years, many of the sheikdom’s stamp issues were hot items. Some still are, but many are not.
newsGreat Britain souvenir sheet celebrates 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
April 20, 2016 10:33 AMRoyal Mail kept the four-generation souvenir sheet and photograph a secret until April 20, the day before the queen’s birthday. But after it was announced, the photograph was soon spreading over social media, including the British monarchy’s Instagram account.
newsGraphics Philately Association’s website includes articles, stamp gallery: Computers and Stamps
April 14, 2016 11:37 AMThe Graphics Philately Association, founded in 1975 by Robert M. Ritterband, a printer in California, and Mark H. Winnegrad, a librarian in New York, studies the history of books and printing on stamps.
newsThe assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia: Stamps of Eastern Europe
April 13, 2016 04:42 PMSome have said that King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was the only real Yugoslav who ever lived. Everyone else in the country was either Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Bosniak, Macedonian, or Albanian.
newsYemen 1952 Architecture set in demand: Stamp Market Tips
April 13, 2016 12:40 AMIn 1952, the Kingdom of Yemen issued a set of two regular stamps and two airmail stamps (Scott 78-79 and C10-C11) commemorating the architectural history of the country. The stamps were issued both perforated gauge 14½ and imperforate.
newsWhere collecting Cuba is concerned, some things (embargoes) haven’t changed
April 08, 2016 12:06 AMIn a recent letter to Linn’s, James Paton asks, “Do we have to wait for the recalcitrant U.S. Congress to act before I can sell my interesting Cuban covers that were sent through the mails over 70 years ago?” Paton wants to sell on the eBay Internet auction site a 1943 censored cover from Havana to the United States. The short answer is “Yes.” The embargo is still in effect, and eBay, like any other business, must abide by the embargo.
newsGreat Britain Offices in Turkish Empire: Tip of the Week
April 08, 2016 10:47 AMIf you love British definitive stamps of the 1880s through the 1920s but can’t afford them in unused hinged condition or mint never hinged condition, you can find many of them affordably priced overprinted and surcharged for use in British post offices in the Ottoman Empire. Great Britain was one of several countries given permission to operate its own post offices within the Sublime Porte.
newsSaudi Arabia honored new postal centers on 1982 stamps and sheets: Middle East Stamps
April 06, 2016 03:55 PMThe Saudi Ministry of Post, Telephone and Telegraph built three new postal centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, in accordance with modernizing its postal service, during the third Five-Year Development Plan (1981-1985). State-of-the-art for their time, they were equipped with mechanized sorting machines, private postal boxes, mosques, restaurants for the staff, and a training center.
newsDistinguished Paris post exhibit impresses at the Royal Philatelic Society London
April 05, 2016 11:34 AM‘A distinguished display of quite exceptional quality’ was how Peter Cockburn, Honorary Secretary of The Royal Philatelic Society London, described the material shown to the Society on 31 March.
newsShan Provinces of Burma occupation set in demand: Stamp Market Tips
April 05, 2016 11:14 AMOn Oct 1, 1943, Japan issued a set of seven occupation stamps for use only in the Shan provinces of Burma (Scott 2N51-2N57). This set is in demand from Burma specialists, British Empire collectors and collectors of Japan in both unused hinged condition and used condition.
newsCarroll’s stamp case joins Alice anniversary celebration
April 05, 2016 10:31 AMConsiderable attention was devoted during 2015 toward marking the 150th anniversary of perhaps the world’s best-known children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s ingenious tale of Alice’s fall down a rabbit hole and her resulting escapades in Wonderland has captivated the world since it first appeared in 1865, and subsequently was translated into as many as 175 languages. For its part, Britain’s Royal Mail commemorated the anniversary with a set of 10 stamps on Jan. 6, 2015.
newsMystic Stamp Co. transitions to employee ownership
April 04, 2016 04:32 PMMystic Stamp Co., based in Camden, N.Y., became an employee-owned company effective April 1 via the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Owners Donald and Chacea Sundman announced April 2 that they have sold all their Mystic stock to the ESOP. They will continue in their current roles with the company. Donald Sundman is president of Mystic Stamp Co., and Chacea Sundman is director of human resources. They will stay at Mystic and continue to manage the business.