From the category archives:

Stamp Collecting

When Stamp Collectors Grow Disgusted

February 1, 2015

The elusive good old days. We tend to look back on the nineteenth century as a genteel time of collecting, when every stamp which came off the presses immediately went to a post office and in turn found a home on a letter destined for legitimate use, unfettered by philatelic influence. But even in era […]

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The Stamp Of A Country That Lasted Just One Day

January 18, 2015

Surrounded by countries that measure their history in centuries was a country that existed for less than 24 hours. A wooden church in one of this country’s small towns appears on an interesting stamp, the last stamp released by Czechoslovakia five months before the onset of World War II. On March 15 1939, a stamp […]

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The Prince Who Kept A Watchful Eye On All His Country’s Stamps

January 5, 2015

Not many countries have a stamp museum quite like Monaco’s. There probably wouldn’t be a Museum of Stamps And Coins in Monaco if the late Prince Rainier III hadn’t been so passionate about stamps. He was constantly reviewing designs, weighing in on production issues, and retaining the services of distinguished engravers such as Czeslaw Slania. […]

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The Stamps Without A Home

December 29, 2014

During World War II, Poland’s Government in Exile was on the move. Following the Nazi invasion, it set up shop in Paris, and then in Angers, France, before moving to London.  By this time, three most of the Polish Navy destroyers and two submarines were in Great Britain. Between December, 1941 and February, 1945, Poland’s […]

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A Strange Appearance In 1906

December 22, 2014

A few days before Christmas in 1906, something showed up in post offices in the Netherlands that had never been seen before. An unusual set of three stamps, each of which depicts the four ways scientists of the era believed Tuberculosis was fought.  Light, water, air, and food. These were the first semi-postal stamps issued […]

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A Fondness In Lebanon For Airmail Stamps

December 14, 2014

For years, Lebanon had a special fondness for airmail stamps.  Between 1924 and 1981, more than 800 airmail issues were released, compared with less than 700 regular issues.   Curiously, the country’s focus on airmail stamps has not carried over into the actual safety and efficiency of air travel.  In recent years, the ICAO, The […]

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The Echantment Of Luxembourg Stamps

November 29, 2014

Since 1852, Luxembourg has been delighting collectors with great stamps.   The Grand Duchy’s first stamps were bewildering.  The lower value portrayed Grand Duke William III in three shades of black and the 1 sg issue produced in seven shades of red. These stamps were replaced with a coat of arms design in 1859. During […]

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The Country With 1 ATM and 900 Different Stamps

November 22, 2014

Collectors with a fondness for the French Colonies enjoy the stamps of Wallis and Futuna, a small group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific between Samoa and Fiji. The territory’s first stamps were released in 1920 and were on sale for eight years.  They were overprints of the long running New Caledonia stamps of […]

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Is This The World’s Most Beautiful Post Office?

November 15, 2014

The Post Office in Algiers, known as La Grande Poste d’Alger, is a stunning building. The post office was built in 1910 and was designed by a pair of French architects who blended Moorish, Algerian, and Andalusian styles. If you went into this post office to buy stamps when it first opened, you would have […]

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Horror Outside The Stamp Show

May 24, 2014

For three days in September of 1943, stamp collectors in Zagreb temporarily set aside their war torn lives and enjoyed Croatia’s Third Philatelic Exhibition. The event had been postponed for a week because of uncertainties in Zagreb triggered by the surrender of Italy, Croatia’s Axis ally, on September 8th.  But under the leadership of the […]

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