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Stamp Collecting

Europa Stamps For Collectors

October 21, 2013

On September 15, 1956, Elvis Presley had just finished recording his second album. New York Yankees Pitcher Whitey Ford was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And in post offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, the very first Europa stamps were put on sale. In 1957, common design Europa stamps were […]

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Mauritania Stamps Go Looking For Foreign Aid

August 26, 2013

Stamps from Mauritania have always portrayed some controversial characters. In 1974, the Islamic Republic released this stamp commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Vladimir Lenin. This stamp is an imperf, issued without perforations.  Imperf, or imperforate stamps, are prized by many stamp collectors for their unique appearance.  This particular stamp comes from the […]

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The Nation’s Founder Who Vanished From Its Stamps

July 20, 2013

The complexion of a nation’s stamps can change in a hurry.  When governments fall and heroes are forgotten, or worse, stamps are fairly reliable beacons of who’s in favor and who’s not. The stamps of Czechoslovakia provide a perfect example of this. On August 18, 1945, the government issued a set of stamps depicting soldiers […]

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Liechtenstein Stamp Collecting

February 11, 2013

One of the pleasures of stamp collecting is how seductively our hobby leads us down roads we never thought we would take. Years ago, I became so fascinated with Liechtenstein stamps that I literally went down that road, visiting Liechtenstein twice. It is stunning beautiful. It is also intriguing, particularly when you consider how a […]

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A Ship Ahead of Its Time

December 2, 2012

1904. A French doctor is sailing through uncharted waters at the bottom of the earth. Jean Baptiste Charcot has been here before.  This time he is commanding an unassuming ship which doesn’t look like a historic vessel. Francais was built to withstand the unimaginable nautical rigors that an exploration of the west Coast of Graham […]

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The Year of the Tiger

June 10, 2012

The year of the Tiger was celebrated for stamp collectors with this dazzling souvenir sheet issued by Macao, or Macau, in 1998. The Year of the Tiger is celebrated every twelve years, most recently in 2010.  One of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger symbolizes unpredictable and daring behavior, vigor, and passion. Macau, […]

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The Last Stamps of an Exiled King

June 5, 2012

Romania stamps from the mid-1940s give us a riveting look at how stamps are turned into propaganda tools. The practice was perfected by the Hitler regime, particularly with semi-postal stamps.  But as the Second World War wound down, and the Soviets scrambled to install governments in their newly acquired puppet states of Eastern Europe, philatelic […]

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Memel Stamp Collecting

May 24, 2012

You may have a tough time identifying this stamp. Don’t feel badly,  because following World War I the Allied Powers had a tough time figuring out what to do with the country it comes from. The stamp is from Memel, originally part of Prussia but heavily Lithuanian.  Following the First World War, Memel was detached […]

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The Europa Stamp That’s Not From Europe

April 29, 2012

This interesting piece, issued by Gabon in 1968, is highly unusual. The Europa, or CEPT emblem, from 1967, appearss on this souvenir sheet, released to honor West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.  This emblem is rarely seen on stamps from countries which are not Europa members. When the first Europa stamps with a common design were […]

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Philippines Stamps Keep Stamp Collectors Guessing

April 1, 2012

It’s one of the charming curiosities, one of those quirks captured in the pages of the Scott Stamp Catalogue.  One stamp is assigned the number 657 and the next number is 804. Each stamp was released in 1959. So what happened to the 146 stamps in between? The country in question is a country that […]

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