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2021 Great American Stamp Show: Coming Soon?

2021 Great American Stamp Show: Coming Soon?

14-01-2021 News

If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “building the plane while it’s flying,” then you understand can appreciate the challenges of planning for the 2021 Great American Stamp Show. There is good news to celebrate with vaccines' approval to inoculate against COVID-19, but distribution will be slower than we'd like. The...

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175th Anniversary of the Basel Dove

175th Anniversary of the Basel Dove

15-12-2020 News

The Basel Dove celebrated its 175th anniversary on July 1st this year. An exhibition in Basel planned to celebrate this momentous occasion in Swiss and indeed World philately earlier this month, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the developing Covid-19 situation in Switzerland. It was momentous not just...

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Serbia Issued Stamp on 250 th Anniversary of the Birth of Ludwig van Beethoven

Serbia Issued Stamp on 250 th Anniversary of the Birth of Ludwig van Beethoven

08-12-2020 News

Ludwig van Beethoven (Bonn, 1770 – Vienna, 1827) was a German composer, one of the greatest composers of all time. His impressive music opus includes, among other, nine symphonies, 16 pieces for string quartets, 32 piano sonatas, one opera, two masses, five piano and one violin concertos. Particularly striking are...

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The 2020 Challenge Continues: Win a FREE APS Life Membership!

The 2020 Challenge Continues: Win a FREE APS Life Membership!

05-12-2020 News

The 2020 Challenge continues! The American Philatelic Society’s goal for 2020 is to sign up at least 2,020 first time members – and we need your help to achieve and exceed our goal! For every new member recommended by an APS member, your name will be entered into a drawing to win...

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Ireland Released Stamps on 44 Year’s of U2 Band

Ireland Released Stamps on 44 Year’s of U2 Band

01-12-2020 News

These Irish stamps pay tribute to four albums – 1987’s The Joshua Tree, 1991’s Achtung Baby, 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and 2017’s Songs of Experience. There are four stamps in all – two for use within the Irish Republic, and two for international mail. A booklet of four stamps...

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The Black Empress

The Black Empress

29-11-2020 News

Just a few sentimental weeks ago we were reminiscing about Sean Connery’s role in the Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’, where we marvelled at the seemingly mystical, gravitational pull there is towards Geneva, and certainly back then our Prussian Blue cover fitted our assertion. However, today our featured World Rarity, ‘The Black...

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Mayflower at 400: History through stamps

Mayflower at 400: History through stamps

26-11-2020 News

As the spouse of a 13th generation descendant of Mayflower passengers William and Mary Brewster, I receive regular doses of Pilgrim history through the efforts of our state “colony” of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants. With excitement building around the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s transatlantic journey, I began...

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Year of the Rat on FDC from China

Year of the Rat on FDC from China

25-11-2020 News

An interesting Chinese legend about the ranking of the Rat goes that the Chinese supreme deity Jade Emperor held a birthday party and would decide the order of the zodiac animals according to their arrival times. Originally, the hardworking Ox departed early and should be the first one to reach. However, the...

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Mauritius 1895, A “Great Experiment” opens the Aapravasi Ghat

Mauritius 1895, A “Great Experiment” opens the Aapravasi Ghat

24-11-2020 News

Keeping sugar cane plantations operating post slavery often proved difficult. To solve the issue, the British attempted an experiment to see if poor Indians would be willing to work far and wide throughout the empire. Many indeed signed the contracts and for many that meant passage on a coolie ship...

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Slovakia and Swiss stamps celebrate stamp art

Slovakia and Swiss stamps celebrate stamp art

22-11-2020 News

Slovakia highlights the work of artist and stamp designer Vladimir Machaj on its Stamp Day commemorative to be issued Dec. 4. Details of some of his designs are shown on the stamp and the se-tenant label. Slovakia will salute Postage Stamp Day and stamp designer Vladimir Machaj on an €0.80 stamp...

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Crypto Stamp

Crypto Stamp

21-11-2020 News

  To commemorate Croatian Stamp Day, Croatian Post has issued it's first Crytpo Stamp in cooperation with the Croatian blockchain community gathered around the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association. The stamp has been issued in five categories, with five different motifs depicting various means of transport: a van (60,000 stamps), a train...

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Austrian National Exhibition (ÖVEBRIA) held successfully in St. Pölten

Austrian National Exhibition (ÖVEBRIA) held successfully in St. Pölten

19-11-2020 News

Congratulations to the Austrian Federation (VÖPh) which has succeeded – in the face of all the current restrictions – in holding ÖVEBRIA 2020, its national exhibition with international participation, live in Sankt Pölten from 2nd – 4th October 2020. The local authority agreed to allow the exhibition to take place as...

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Romania 1964, Valeri Bykovsky spends 5 days alone in space, a record still unbroken

Romania 1964, Valeri Bykovsky spends 5 days alone in space, a record still unbroken

18-11-2020 News

When we think about how on the razors edge the early space flights were, we begin to get a sense of why the Cosmonauts and Astronauts were so revered, with so many stamps from so many places. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip...

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Our Lady of Guápulo - An Abundance of Holiday Stamps

Our Lady of Guápulo - An Abundance of Holiday Stamps

17-11-2020 News

A masterpiece created by an unknown Peruvian painter in the 1700s graces this year’s religious Christmas postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp features a detail from a large oil on canvas painting titled Our Lady of Guápulo. The original painting is more than 5 feet high and 3...

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Great Britain Stamp Issue programmes 2021. and 2022.

Great Britain Stamp Issue programmes 2021. and 2022.

16-11-2020 News

We are expecting that, even with the first stamp issue of 2021 coming in mid-January, we don't expect Royal Mail to make any announcement about the year until after Christmas. This post was going to be about an almost certain stamp issue for 2022 but a comment was proposed on the...

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Cleaning Stamps

Cleaning Stamps

15-11-2020 News

Hello and welcome to Part VII of my series, Caveat emptor. In previous articles I have generally talked about the images we see listed to help describe a stamp or group of stamps. I have tried to give some insights into what to think about when looking at the images...

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Schnitz-canned! How Austria trolled Brexit Britain

Schnitz-canned! How Austria trolled Brexit Britain

14-11-2020 News

When online images of this stamp surfaced in early 2020, some collectors were sceptical that it was genuine. There was good reason to think it wasn’t. As if German-speaking Austria would write its name on its stamps in English! (‘Österreich’ is the standard inscription.) And as if a serious, modern nation...

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