Alice in Wonderland stampsOne hundred and fifty years ago Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. To celebrate this fact Royal Mail will issue on January 6 a ten-stamp sheet depicting the adventures of Alice re-animated by illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith.

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christmas stamp Great Britain 2014Issued in November, this festive miniature stamp sheet issued by Great Britain features stamps on a snowy background, illustrated by Andrew Bannecker. Notably, this is the first miniature sheet to feature a tear-off barcode strip, which you can either retain or easily remove.

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First Cristmas StampOn December 7, 1898, Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate the uniform postage rate that would be valid throughout the British Empire. A beautiful stamp displaying in red on a world map all areas belonging to the Empire. An Empire where the sun never set.

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busparcel stampBus parcel stamps were introduced in Finland on January 1st, 1949. They were issued by the Finnish Post Office for use on parcels carried on motor coach services (including private companies).

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Danish Red Cross stampIssued in 1966 by Denmark as Red Cross and Red Crescent charity stamps, they have the title in Latin “PER HUMANITATEM AD PACEM” (Through Humanity Towards Peace), the motto of the organisation, which was founded in 1919. Nowadays the slogan “Protecting Human Dignity” has been adopted and is more commonly used.

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The Nicaraguan Mt Momotombo 5c blueOkay, it doesn’t yet exist. But had the Nicaraguan Post not made a mistake in issuing a certain stamp, it may well have been in place for a hundred years! Although building is due to start shortly on a new canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, if the Nicaraguan Postal authorities hadn’t produced a graphically-exaggerated stamp in 1900, the canal might have already been in existence for a hundred years.

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Stamp goofsWherever people work, mistakes will be made. The business of postage stamp design is no exception. Many stamps have been issued with design flaws or flaws of a different nature. And these are of great interest to many collectors. Below we illustrate where some stamp designers have used what might be called ‘artistic licence’.

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Christmas Stamp 2014 GibraltarThis year’s Gibraltar Christmas stamps are artworks extracted from a magnificent Christmas collage created by 33 artists at the St.Bernadette Resource Centre in Gibraltar to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability in December.

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