Happy landings await collectors of airmail stamps and covers

September 30, 2016 07:00 PM

In 1917, Italy issued the world's first airmail stamp. Since then, many other countries have produced creative stamps to move mail through the air.


Born Sept. 30: Arnold Machin

September 30, 2016 03:30 AM

The artist who created the most widely reproduced portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in history, Arnold Machin, was honored on a British stamp in 2007.


Sarawak set honoring English explorer C.V. Brooke a good buy

September 29, 2016 05:00 PM

This long, inexpensive set honoring the English explorer is popular with collectors of British Empire and classic stamps.


The first-issue stamps of Austria that set the standard for Europe

September 28, 2016 05:00 PM

Stamps were simple in the Austro-Hungarian Empire even though the empire housed 11 ethnic groups and 18 principal languages.


Stamps for a cause: Canadian kids benefit from new semipostals

September 25, 2016 02:00 PM

Funds raised through semipostal stamp sales, along with donations from Canada Post customers and employees, allowed the foundation to grant $6 million to 369 community projects since 2012.


USPS not the only postal administration issuing fruit stamps in 2016

September 24, 2016 02:00 PM

The United States Postal Service has issued definitive stamps this year picturing pears, grapes, and apples. Other postal administrations also have featured these fruits on recent stamps.


Why so many New Zealand stamps feature lighthouses

September 24, 2016 09:00 AM

Lighthouses serve as important symbols on New Zealand stamps that were made for a particular government department.


Stamp to look for from 51 years’ worth of Spanish Sahara issues: Tip of the Week

September 23, 2016 05:00 PM

Although they were never as widely collected as British and French colonial issues, Spanish colonies have an active and dedicated following.


Canada Post unveils stamps honoring six NHL forwards

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM

Canada Post on Sept. 23 unveiled six stamps and a souvenir sheet honoring six great Canadian hockey forwards.


Revisiting the splendid philatelic sites in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei

September 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Wayne Chen recently returned to his birthplace in Taiwan and revisited some of his favorite philatelic destinations in the capital city of Taipei. He discovered some new places as well.


Born Sept. 22: Michael Faraday

September 22, 2016 03:30 AM

A pioneer in the field of electromagnetic field theory, English scientist Michael Faraday was commemorated on a British stamp in 1991 to mark his birth bicentennial.


Born Sept. 20: Guy Lafleur

September 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Sept. 20, 2016, is the 65th birthday of Quebec-born hockey legend Guy Lafleur, who has been honored twice on postage stamps of Canada.


Finding Carinthia and the reasons for its 1920 semipostal stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

September 18, 2016 08:00 AM

As you perform regular collection maintenance, you might rediscover some forgotten but interesting stamps in your collection.


Canada Post announces 2017 commemorative stamp program

September 17, 2016 07:00 PM

“Dear Collectors, 2017 is going to be a big year,” Canada Post’s stamp services director recently wrote.


How new British stamps help solve Agatha Christie’s mysteries

September 16, 2016 06:00 PM

Known as the “Queen of Crime” and the “bestselling novelist of all time,” Christie wrote her first crime novel 100 years ago.


Big history, small cost: Burma Military Administration stamps

September 14, 2016 07:00 PM

With a set from when Britain controlled Burma after World War II, you can own a great deal of history for very little money.


Perusing the online Crawford philatelic library

September 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Anyone interested in older philatelic literary information will love the Crawford philatelic library.


Cartor announced as new printer for Swedish, Danish stamps

September 13, 2016 02:14 PM

Postnord has signed an agreement with Cartor Security Printing for the production of Swedish and Danish stamps.


One last spooky set: Which spine-tingling sites are on the final five Haunted Canada stamps?

September 12, 2016 05:00 PM

Each stamp focuses on a single supernatural site, with images made extra eerie through the use of holographic foil.


Costa Rica issue has something to offer different types of collectors

September 12, 2016 01:00 PM

Jesus Jimenez Zamora issue offers color proofs, perforation errors, imperforate stamps, overprints, and double perforations.


Olympic Gymnast sheet is bellwether for Russia market: Tip of the Week

September 12, 2016 08:00 AM

The market for Russian stamps in some ways resembles the Chinese market in that some items are attractive to investors who aren’t necessarily collectors.


Born Sept. 12: Anselm Feuerbach

September 12, 2016 03:30 AM

A German artist whose style grew from his admiration of the Italian masters, Anselm Feuerbach lived in Rome for many years, and taught in Vienna.


New British stamps portray Great Fire of London using graphic-novel style

September 10, 2016 07:00 PM

New Royal Mail stamps illustrate the start, spread, and end of the Great Fire of London like a comic book would.


Stamps celebrate canonization of Mother Teresa

September 10, 2016 08:00 AM

Three postal administrations closely associated with Mother Teresa issued stamps to commemorate her recent canonization.


Australia Post’s first stamps for Norfolk Island feature seabirds

September 09, 2016 07:00 PM

Australia Post is issuing its first stamps with the “Norfolk Island” inscription Sept. 23. The stamps feature seabirds, and the inscription on the stamps matches the colors of their bills.


Hunting for colorful autumn foliage on postage stamps: Topics on Stamps

September 05, 2016 05:00 PM

You can always open a stamp catalog to discover fall foliage on postage stamps. In addition, you can look through the Scott New Listings Update section of the monthly issue of Linn’s Stamp News to find new stamps that display the colorful topic of autumn leaves.


What are those unusual wavy lines on your stamps?: Stamp Collecting Basics

September 05, 2016 01:00 PM

This Stamp Collecting Basics gives readers a look into why stamps depict certain images, lines, and designs.


Born Sept. 5: Freddie Mercury

September 05, 2016 03:30 AM

A commemorative stamp from Great Britain's Millennium series honors the rock group Queen and pictures lead singer Freddie Mercury.


North Borneo 1894 stamps: Legitimately scorned or real works of art?

September 03, 2016 04:00 PM

The 1894 pictorial stamps of North Borneo often are cited as prime examples of efforts to swindle collectors.


Poster stamps celebrate National Day and Swedish Flag Day: Nordic Stamp Scene

September 03, 2016 09:00 AM

In 1916, Sweden released its very first Flag Day poster stamp, which then became a more or less annual issue until they were discontinued in 2005.


Almost 5,900 value changes recorded in latest 2017 Scott catalog volume

September 02, 2016 12:00 AM

Vol. 6 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue spans countries of the world that begin San-Z.


Glass stamp issued, ‘Million Dollar Duck’ film coming to Animal Planet: Week’s Most Read

September 02, 2016 07:00 AM

Also this week, Animal Planet announced when 'The Million Dollar Duck' will debut, and a notable back-of-the-book stamp was profiled.


1954 Tunisia Mohammed VIII set popular, affordable: Stamp Market Tips

September 01, 2016 01:00 PM

The set is in demand and selling for full 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue value or perhaps a bit more.


Examining the Half-Length stamps of Victoria

September 01, 2016 09:00 AM

An exploding population, due in part to the potential for gold mining, contributed to the need for postage stamps in the British colony.
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