hoisting the flagThe 50-stamp mint sheet we’re about to discuss, issued by the United States on February 23, 1976, includes the flag of each state on separate stamps. The flags are arranged in the order of the state’s admission to the union. Each stamp includes the inscription “Bicentennial Era 1776 – 1976” and the U.S. Bicentennial emblem.

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In 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 14.

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SperatiContinuing the story of Giovanni (Jean) de Sperati, Italy-born master forger of postage stamps. In this second, and final, instalment we move forward to the third decade of the 20th Century.

By 1930 Jean de Sperati was earning enough to become a full-time stamp forger. He was so good that he was acting as a dealer but producing and selling copies of rare stamps to unknowing reputable dealers in Europe.

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kopjeGreat Britain’s Royal Mail has issued commemorative stamps to mark 50 years of one of the world’s most popular bands, Pink Floyd. The set of 10 stamps features album covers and live performance photos to mark 1966 – the year the band went professional, having formed in 1965.

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