Royal Mail wants to know what you want to see on its future stamps

February 28, 2017 09:45 PM

Royal Mail is giving the public the chance to weigh in on what should be on the United Kingdom's commemorative stamps in 2019.


Born Feb. 28: Thomas Newcomen

February 28, 2017 03:30 AM

Thomas Newcomen's invention of the steam engine in the 18th century "changed the history of engineering," according to Royal Mail.


The legend of William Tell, as told on Switzerland’s stamps

February 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Switzerland is known as the land of William Tell. His story, historically accurate or not, is an important part of the Swiss heritage, even today.


In case you hadn’t noticed, Royal Mail updated several postal products in 2016

February 26, 2017 02:00 PM

Royal Mail decided to update several of its products to better reflect its corporate branding. What changed?


Stamps to look for from the South African Republic

February 25, 2017 07:00 PM

Stamps listed in the Scott catalogs under Transvaal, another name for the South African Republic, were issued by three different political entities.


How to collect Australia’s Kangaroo and Map issues

February 25, 2017 02:00 PM

On Jan. 2, 1913, stamps in 15 different denominations and colors, all depicting a Kangaroo and Map (a design also known as “Roo and Map”), were issued.


Longtime collector’s No. 1 tip to prospective stamp exhibitors: enjoy yourself

February 25, 2017 08:00 AM

Have you ever considered exhibiting your collection? If so, Donna Houseman has the book for you.


Born Feb. 25: Anthony Burgess

February 25, 2017 03:30 AM

British-born writer Anthony Burgess is best known for his 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, but he wrote dozens of other fiction and nonfiction books.


Born Feb. 23: George Frideric Handel

February 23, 2017 03:30 AM

German-born Baroque-era composer George Frideric Handel established his home in Great Britain, and has been honored on stamps worldwide.


Born Feb. 22: Frederic Chopin

February 22, 2017 04:00 AM

Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin found international, lasting acclaim after he moved to Paris, though he died at just 39 years of age.


Born Feb. 21: King Harald V

February 21, 2017 03:30 AM

Norway's King Harald V was born Feb. 21, 1937, near Oslo. He was named king in 1991 following the death of his father, King Olav V.


Taking a tour of Windsor Castle on new Royal Mail stamps

February 20, 2017 05:00 PM

A set of 10 stamps issued Feb. 15 by Great Britain’s Royal Mail takes a look at Windsor Castle from the inside and the outside.


Born Feb. 20: Vincent Massey

February 20, 2017 03:30 AM

Vincent Massey, born in Toronto on Feb. 20, 1887, was the first Canadian-born person chosen to serve as Canada's governor general.


Hillary Clinton is president on souvenir sheet for sale on eBay

February 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The firm selling them told Linn’s that it has 40 examples of the Clinton sheet, and said that it did not know if others existed.


Born Feb. 19: Sven Hedin

February 19, 2017 03:30 AM

As Sven Hedin traveled through uncharted areas of Asia, the Swedish explorer recorded his findings, and published them upon his return.


The different options for safely storing a stamp collection: Stamp Collecting Basics

February 17, 2017 05:00 PM

There are ways other than standard albums to keep your collection safe and enjoyable.


The website devoted to getting kids into stamp collecting

February 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Robert W. Martin is a stamp collector who runs the website


Be on the lookout for these beautiful bicolor stamps of French Congo

February 16, 2017 07:00 PM

French colonial issues are known for long sets of attractive bicolor pictorial stamps, and French Congo is no exception.


The 10 designs that make up Sudan’s 1962 definitive issue

February 16, 2017 05:00 PM

Many collectors and dealers suggest introducing youngsters to stamp collecting in order to promote the hobby. This set would be the perfect introduction.


Born Feb. 16: Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

February 16, 2017 03:30 AM

A pioneer in botanical research in the Americas, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin recorded his findings in scientific volumes published in Europe.


Dramatic Canadian Opera commemoratives have taken the stage

February 15, 2017 05:00 PM

Bold colors and dark tales mingle in a striking new five-design issue celebrating Canadian opera.


British postage labels showcase the history of mail carried by rail

February 15, 2017 04:45 PM

The postage labels are available from terminals in post office branches throughout the United Kingdom.


Royal Mail announces Christmas stamp design competition for children

February 13, 2017 05:00 PM

Like the 2013 contest, the new contest has the theme “What does the Christmas season mean to you?” The competition is open to schoolchildren in the United Kingdom from ages 4 to 11. Entries must be submitted by March 17.


A country with affordable yet challenging-to-find stamps

February 12, 2017 08:00 AM

Just because many sets have relatively low catalog value doesn’t mean that they are all that easy to find or not in demand.


Stamps that show the evolution of the Georgian flag

February 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Vexillology is what those with a tendency toward exotic words call the study of or an interest in flags. Georgia is an interesting study.


Born Feb. 11: Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

February 11, 2017 03:30 AM

A prominent scientific writer and longtime secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle was born Feb. 11, 1657, in Rouen.


The legendary figure on Canada’s newest Black History Month stamp

February 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp honors the earliest-known Canadian of African descent, about whom very little is known.


In peace or in victory, Barbados hailed the end of World War I

February 09, 2017 05:00 PM

Despite being some distance from the main action, Great Britain’s colonies, including Barbados, did not spend World War I on the sidelines.


Versailles Peace Congress that ended World War I commemorated on 1919 cancellation

February 08, 2017 07:00 PM

This cover reminds us that wise victors in war are merciful, not vindictive.


Austria has political drama, too, and a new stamp embodies it

February 08, 2017 05:15 PM

The designer of the stamp admits that his inspiration came from news headlines about Austria’s recent presidential election.


The Penny Black played a small role in a recent episode of ‘Victoria’

February 06, 2017 04:30 PM

“So everybody who wants to send a letter,” Victoria says when educated on the world's first self-adhesive postage stamp, “will have to lick my face?”


Queen Elizabeth’s historic milestone honored on new stamp

February 06, 2017 02:00 PM

The sapphire jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was marked Feb. 6 by a royal gun salute and a new postage stamp from Great Britain’s Royal Mail.


How stamps mark the long-term friendship between France and the United States

February 05, 2017 07:00 PM

The first stamps marking the friendship between France and the United States were issued Sept. 15, 1927. They were not the last.


Currency fluctuations affect cost of worldwide new stamp issues

February 05, 2017 02:00 PM

Scott new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz's annual cost analysis offers insights into how currency fluctuations affect our beloved hobby.


A stamp set to look for if you want to start collecting Chile

February 05, 2017 09:00 AM

A good set to look for is the 1895 set of 12 red on yellow paper Christopher Columbus postage due stamps.


Postal history that tells the story of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the atomic bomb fallout

February 04, 2017 07:00 PM

Ken Lawrence concludes his series on postal history of the atomic bomb, a rich and complex subject.


La Reunion: A brief history of its first postage stamps

February 04, 2017 08:00 AM

The island of La Reunion is a volcanic outcropping in the Indian Ocean, almost a twin of the island of Mauritius.


Then and now: How worldwide stamp collecting costs have changed

February 03, 2017 05:00 PM

It's time to look at the costs to obtain the new issues created for all of the various foreign stamp-issuing entities listed in the Scott catalogs.


139 years of Falkland Islands stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

February 02, 2017 07:00 PM

Over time, the Falkland Islands, an archipelago of some 778 islands in the South Atlantic, have been claimed by many nations.


Born Feb. 2: James Joyce

February 02, 2017 03:30 AM

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, has been celebrated on multiple stamps issued by his native Ireland.
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