applesThen these stamps from Australia are for you!! Recently issued by Australia Post, they feature labels that were placed on fruit boxes from the 1920s until the 1970s. The attractive,colourful paper labels displayed information on the produce and its associated growers, shippers and exporters and were pasted onto the ends of wooden fruit cases as a means of identification and promotion.

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pluto-stampThe US Postal Service has made history after a stamp which they placed on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft travelled a mind-boggling 5,250,843,896 km (3,262,723,132 miles) – all the way to the planet Pluto.

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stamp collectors handbookIn the late 1970s a fascinating series of articles written by Mr. K. Kouwenberg about the history of Stamp Collecting, appeared in the Dutch magazine Philatelie. This series has been the source of inspiration for PostBeeld owner Rob Smit to rewrite the history of stamp collecting in instalments. This is Part 13 – Edward Pemberton.

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Michel catalogue Every year, at different times, new stamp catalogues are issued. Not only from Michel but also Yvert, the latter with new geographical classification. Besides these big world catalogues, appearing this year are the Facit (featuring Nordic countries) and Sakura (Japan-specific) catalogues. This year Michel also publishes its Overseas catalogues (published every few years). You are assured of many new additions. Michel’s annual Europe catalogues have naturally incorporated all new issues. Additionally, Michel has also this year a variety of Motif catalogues.

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