Born Jan. 31: Nolan Ryan

January 31, 2017 03:30 AM

Nolan Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout leader, turns 70 years old on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Ryan entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.


Machin trial-color panes surface 20 years after they were printed

January 30, 2017 02:00 PM

The discovery set of trial-color Machin panes will be on display at Spring Stampex 2017 in London.


Born Jan. 30: King Felipe VI

January 30, 2017 03:30 AM

The reigning king of Spain marks his 49th birthday on Jan. 30. Since ascending throne in 2014, King Felipe VI has been honored on several stamps.


Vatican City stamps will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

January 29, 2017 05:00 PM

The design for the Vatican stamp hasn’t been revealed yet, but the subject is listed on its 2017 stamp program.


Stamps that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night

January 29, 2017 08:00 AM

The dual-language condominium stamps continued up to the time of New Hebrides independence in 1980, when the newly independent nation was named Vanuatu.


Born Jan. 28: Arthur Rubinstein

January 28, 2017 03:45 AM

As a recording artist and performer, Polish-born classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein became one of the most famous musicians of the 20th century.


The man who proposed U.S. postage stamps seven years before they were first produced

January 27, 2017 07:00 PM

The devil is in the details. Such is the case with one man's forward-thinking, but failed, resolution for uniform and prepaid postage.


Majestic birds of prey, lovebirds and more take wing on new stamps

January 27, 2017 05:00 PM

Many stamps this year will depict roosters in conjunction with the year of the rooster. Many other types of birds will be shown as well.


Born Jan. 27: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

January 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Born in Salzburg, Austria, on Jan. 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is today considered one of classical music's greatest composers.


A set that stands out in the high-demand Latin American stamp market

January 26, 2017 01:00 PM

Collector interest in Latin America remains strong because it remains one of the more active segments of the stamp market.


David Bowie is being honored on new Royal Mail stamp set

January 25, 2017 01:00 PM

Six of the stamps show album covers. The other four feature photographs of Bowie performing and are se-tenant (side-by-side) in a souvenir sheet.


Boston 2026 officials express concern about Chicago 2021 show plans

January 24, 2017 09:00 PM

Although plans for a show in Chicago remain in the discussion phase, the conversation has been moving forward.


Born Jan. 24: John Belushi

January 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Chicago native John Belushi became a legendary comedian and actor, starring on TV's Saturday Night Live, and on film in Animal House and The Blues Brothers.


Born Jan. 23: Caroline, the Princess of Hanover

January 23, 2017 03:30 AM

Born Princess Caroline of Monaco on Jan. 23, 1957, the princess had been involved in several charities that provide help and services for children.


A suggested strategy for those interested in collecting Malaysia: Stamp Collecting Basics

January 22, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamps and postal history of Malaysia and its precursors can be quite confusing. Naturally, we have some advice to help your collecting.


What makes Swiss Pro Juventute stamps so special?

January 22, 2017 08:00 AM

For early photogravure printing before the advent of computer-controlled presses, the Swiss Pro Juventute stamps are right up there at the top in quality.


Born Jan. 22: U Thant

January 22, 2017 03:30 AM

Burmese educator and diplomat U Thant served as secretary general of the United Nations for 10 years following the death of Dag Hammarskjold.


A stamp set that is not valued in Scott catalog, but still sought after

January 21, 2017 05:00 PM

The lack of values in this case means that the Scott editors did not have enough sales data to establish values for this set.


How Britain’s regional stamps have changed over the years

January 21, 2017 08:00 AM

In response to public demand, in 1958, the British Post Office issued stamps for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man.


Canada’s final five UNESCO World Heritage Sites stamps: What’s on them?

January 20, 2017 01:00 PM

The UNESCO World Heritage sites are designated by the United Nations for preservation as places of outstanding cultural, natural, and historic importance.


There are stamps paying tribute to Donald Trump as president, but they’re not from the U.S.

January 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Even before the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, Donald Trump had already been honored on a handful of stamps.


Born Jan. 20: DeForest Kelley

January 20, 2017 03:30 AM

American actor DeForest Kelley found fame as chief medical officer Leonard McCoy on the TV series Star Trek, and in a series of Star Trek feature films.


Navigating the International Society of World Wide Stamp Collectors website

January 19, 2017 07:00 PM

The International Society of World Wide Stamp Collectors site has lots of free information, and also includes links to member-only benefits.


Ancient history on new stamps from Royal Mail

January 19, 2017 01:00 PM

The stamps “give a timeline across thousands of years of history, from a glimpse of Stone Age ritual of 11,000 years ago, to the Iron Age of some 300 BC.”


Canada hides sesquicentennial references in its Year of the Rooster stamps

January 17, 2017 02:00 PM

Canada Post is hiding references to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation in all of its 2017 stamp issues.


Aland’s sailing ship stamp series continues

January 16, 2017 05:00 PM

The barque Mariehamn is pictured on a nondenominated domestic-rate stamp.


How an unopened bundle of 1898 Philippines stamp sheets might have made its way to my stamp room

January 15, 2017 07:00 PM

Every once in a while, collectors come across something that is really cool. That happened to Don Peterson recently.


Pope Francis meets artist whose painting inspired a Vatican stamp

January 14, 2017 05:00 PM

A photographer captured the philatelic moment at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican.


The Mongolian stamps that are gaining popularity

January 14, 2017 08:00 AM

With virtually no immigration from Mongolia to the U.S. and little cross-cultural contact, there are not many U.S. collectors who specialize in Mongolia.


Born Jan. 14: Albert Schweitzer

January 14, 2017 03:30 AM

Honored on stamps from many countries, Albert Schweitzer is recognized as a humanitarian and a religious researcher and philosopher.


The British stamp legacy of the late Lord Snowdon

January 13, 2017 04:01 PM

The former brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and society photographer Lord Snowdon died Jan. 13 at age 86.


How United Nations stamps are celebrating the year of the rooster

January 13, 2017 01:00 PM

The latest issue in the United Nations Postal Administration’s Chinese Lunar Calendar series is due out soon.


Born Jan. 13: Orlando Bloom

January 13, 2017 03:30 AM

Orlando Bloom's film roles have taken him from Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings to the open seas in The Pirates of the Caribbean.


A great way to share your opinions on the stamp hobby

January 12, 2017 07:00 PM

By using Disqus to comment, readers can share their opinions and engage with other collectors.


Born Jan. 12: Tim Horton

January 12, 2017 03:30 AM

Known today for the popular restaurant chain that bears his name, Tim Horton was honored by Canada Post as a star of the National Hockey League.


The international celebrities who have made postal cameos in Cuba

January 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Babe Ruth, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon: Cuba has long put international celebrities on its stamps.


A quick look at new stamps from Spain, Netherlands, Lebanon, and Romania

January 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Spain’s post office, Correos, started the year with a new stamp series that highlights a different province each month.


Canada Post recently began a trial of computer-vended stamp labels

January 08, 2017 02:00 PM

Canada Post recently re-introduced the use of computer-vended stamp labels, after an unsuccessful and short-lived trial in 2012-13.


Born Jan. 8: David Bowie

January 08, 2017 03:30 AM

David Bowie's professional music career began in the 1960s, reaching international stardom with hits like Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel and Let's Dance.


How stamps mark the short, turbulent reign of one Prince of Albania

January 07, 2017 02:00 PM

Although he reigned for just a few months in 1914, Prince Wilhelm zu Wied left a lasting impression on Albanian stamps.


When Peru first experimented with coil stamps

January 07, 2017 07:00 AM

Peru’s first experiment with coil stamps in 1928 has left few examples. Just 20,000 of the 2c coil stamp were issued, and 50,000 of the 10c denomination.


The tiny country that is a prolific issuer of topical stamps

January 06, 2017 07:00 PM

The country is a virtual aviary of Bird topical stamps, and while some are pricey, most are easily obtainable.


Royal Mail announces its 2017 commemorative stamp program

January 05, 2017 06:00 PM

The first issue in the program focuses on ancient Britain, and the eight stamps are being issued in four se-tenant (side-by-side) pairs.


Taking the time to collect snails on stamps

January 03, 2017 07:00 PM

They may have a bad reputation as garden pests, but snails represent a wide variety of subjects on stamps from around the world.


Slew of United Nations stamps are now Scott official

January 03, 2017 05:45 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.


Israel’s International Year of Light stamp wins top design award

January 01, 2017 07:00 PM

Israel’s International Year of Light stamp recently received the Nexofil award for the most beautiful stamp of 2015.


Malta’s 1922 Melita issue: Fine art or poorly done stamps?

January 01, 2017 02:00 PM

For being such a small country, Malta carries a weighty history. And stamps are a big part of it.
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