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Cover mailed after 1979 Islamic revolution reflects seismic changes

April 30, 2017 07:00 PM

The franking on the June 1, 1979, registered airmail cover from Tehran to Ibiza, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, reflects the turbulence of the transition from a secular monarchy to an Islamic theocracy.

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France’s ‘Ace of Aces’ buoyed public morale in World War I

April 30, 2017 08:00 AM

The Guynemer stamp was printed by engraving in sheets of 25, in ultramarine ink color, and perforated gauge 13. It apparently was much in demand, because several France specialized stamp catalogs list it as reprinted six times between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 17, 1941, for a total quantity of 937,500.

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1845 Basel Dove stamp recognized for many philatelic firsts

April 28, 2017 03:00 PM

Basel, Switzerland, issued its first postage stamp July 1, 1845. The stamp, featuring a dove, was Basel’s first and only stamp.

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Isle of Man’s hidden logo, plus U.S. stamps on U.N. mail: Week’s Most Read

April 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Also this week, the May U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon caption contest has a nautical theme.

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Vols. 2A and 2B of 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue available

April 27, 2017 07:00 PM

What’s new for the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue? The recently published set of Vols. 2A and 2B offers almost 12,000 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.

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ATA executive director Vera Felts named 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

April 25, 2017 05:00 PM

In other areas of the hobby, Felts founded a youth stamp club at the Science Center in Carbondale, Ill., in 1999. She has edited the newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for the last 15 years, and cofounded the club’s Sirpex local show. A life member of the American Philatelic Society, she coordinated its newsletter exchange for eight years.

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Canadian celebrities to reveal stamps in new ‘Canada 150’ set

April 25, 2017 04:00 PM

Ten new stamps from Canada Post will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by commemorating moments from the past 50 years of the country’s history.

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Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet in demand

April 24, 2017 07:00 PM

The mint Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet (Scott 54) is valued at $40. Both values are italicized, which means the Scott editors do not have sufficient market data to establish firm retail values.

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Isle of Man hides logo, other information in Freemasonry stamps

April 23, 2017 07:00 PM

The Isle of Man Post Office has added a hidden logo to its set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of English Freemasonry’s first Grand Lodge.

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Rosenblum launches series to celebrate Britain’s Machin stamps’ 50th anniversary

April 22, 2017 07:00 PM

The definitives, one of the longest-running series of regular stamp issues, feature British artist Arnold Machin’s sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Finlandia 2017 souvenir sheet celebrates philatelist jeweler Agathon Faberge

April 22, 2017 02:00 PM

Collectors from more than 40 countries will participate in this exhibition, being held under Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) patronage and with International Federation of Philately (FIP) recognition.

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The United Nations World Heritage Sites booklet worth pursuing

April 22, 2017 08:00 AM

Modern U.N. booklets all have the World Heritage Sites theme. They are beautiful, and the stamps inside can only be acquired by buying the booklets.

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United Nations continues long-running Endangered Species series

April 21, 2017 07:00 PM

The U.N. stamps will be issued in panes of 16, each with four se-tenant (side-by-side) designs. There is a separate pane for each U.N. post office.

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Machins retain consistency over 50 years amid continual change

April 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Why has the Machin design endured and thrived for five decades? There are several reasons.

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French, Spanish and Manx stamps depict different styles of dancing

April 15, 2017 11:00 AM

The French aren't alone when it comes to celebrations. The Spanish and Celtic nations are honoring their respective national gatherings on new issues, as well.

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Believe it or not, gimmicks have been used on stamps for quite some time

April 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Gimmicky stamps are alive and well today. Some collectors like them, but many don’t have much use for them.

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Liechtenstein honors trades and crafts on new stamps

April 12, 2017 01:00 PM

Among the tools shown are hammers, chisels, scissors, measuring tape, a thimble, a sewing machine, pliers, and a screw clamp.

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Great Britain honors eight legends of horse racing on new stamps

April 11, 2017 07:00 PM

One stamp of each denomination shows a flat-racing legend, and the other depicts a national hunt legend.

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The post-World War I Schleswig plebiscite and the stamps that honored it, explained

April 11, 2017 02:00 PM

One objective of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was to make it possible for areas of mixed ethnicity to choose their affiliation.

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The Russian labels that make for an interesting aviation topical collection

April 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics issued some of the most attractive and diverse aviation cinderella stamps.

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U.N. sheet for Melbourne exhibition features Australian animals

April 09, 2017 08:00 AM

The UNPA issued this event souvenir sheet March 30, the opening day of the Melbourne 2017 FIAP stamp exhibition.

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Why this Spanish Morocco Justice set is a hot one

April 08, 2017 07:00 PM

Spanish colonial issues aren’t super popular with American collectors, but they do have a following among classic stamp collectors.

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A tour of the bridges on Chinese stamps

April 07, 2017 05:00 PM

Throughout most of China’s recorded history, the Yangtze River has acted as a virtual barrier to commerce and trade from the north.

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Of course Swiss Post embossed a new stamp honoring glass blowing with UV gloss varnish

April 07, 2017 01:00 PM

Swiss Post is dedicating a special stamp to the only remaining glassworks in Switzerland, where glass is still produced by hand.

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An Italian colony’s fascinating issues, plus a confederate cover garners $31,860: Week’s Most Read

April 07, 2017 10:45 AM

Also this week, the first two volumes of the 2018 Scott catalog were published, and a slew of value changes were made. Did you notice them?

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The case of Saudi Arabia Scott L66B: 50 overprinted stamps or 100?

April 06, 2017 01:00 PM

No records were kept when printing Saudi Arabian overprints. But because rarity so often affects value, it's important to figure it out.

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Scott kicks off 2018 season with two-volume catalog set

April 05, 2017 07:00 PM

The 2018 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Scott catalogs.

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The worldwide stamp legacy of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

April 05, 2017 05:00 PM

Royal Mail celebrated the author's 150th birthday in 2016 by issuing a set of 10 stamps. Potter and Peter Rabbit are on numerous other stamps, too.

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Basque Country independence championed on 1930s envelope

April 04, 2017 07:00 PM

The envelope probably was printed in the mid-1930s when the Spanish Republic granted home rule to Basque provinces in Spain.

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The appeal of collecting little bitty stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

April 04, 2017 02:00 PM

Have you ever heard the phrase, “about the size of a postage stamp”? In reality, postage stamps can be very little or startlingly big. Let’s have a look.

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You might not have heard of Eritrea, but you might like its stamps

April 03, 2017 05:00 PM

On Jan. 1, 1890, Eritrea became Italy’s first formal colony, and in 1892 it began using stamps of Italy overprinted “Colonia Eritrea.”

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First 2018 Scott Standard catalog out: What has changed?

April 03, 2017 09:17 AM

The recently published set of Vols. 1A and 1B offers more than 13,600 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.

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The tiny African nation with a big stamp footprint

April 02, 2017 07:00 PM

In the 1980s, the small land-locked African country issued several series of Bird stamps with great appeal to topical collectors.
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