PainI plead ignorance! I love art in all its forms but confess that until I visited museums in what was previously known as The (Communist) Eastern Bloc, I was quite unaware of the many wonderful artists to be found in those countries.

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postcardCommonly recognised for having a particular sense of humour, one British institution – the ‘saucy postcard’ – was in 1994 celebrated by the issuance of a set of stamps by Royal Mail to commemorate 100 years of the genre. Guaranteed to be found at virtually every coastal resort in Britain, their popularity never seems to wane.

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Chaplin postage stampIt’s often said that it is good for your health to laugh. This article is dedicated to some of the most popular comedy talents that have entertained and amused people worldwide AND have been depicted on postage stamps.

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Arnold MachinIt may be that if you have any interest in stamps from Great Britain you will be familiar with the name ‘Machin’. Arnold Machin was the man who made the plaster cast used for the image of Queen Elizabeth II for definitive stamps issued by Great Britain from 1967 until the present day, and it has been reproduced more times than any other image in history, with more than 200 billion copies having been printed.

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Mascots on stampsWe know Olympic Games stamps are a popular theme for many stamp collectors and as our parent company, PostBeeld (postbeeld.com), has recently added many stamps on this subject to its stock thought this article about Olympic Games mascots might be of interest to some. The first Olympic mascot, though not official, was named “Schuss” and was born at the Grenoble Olympic Winter Games in 1968. Representing a little man on skis, half-way between an object and a person, it was the first manifestation of a long line of mascots which continue to this day.

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Hunchback Lady Di stampYou have possibly seen certain stamps and wondered: “Who gave the authority for these stamps to be released?” Stamps whose design or illustration is so poor that you think they might even make an amusingly-collectible topic.

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Paul PuvillandThere is a big chance that you’ve seen the work of the French Engraver/Comic Artist/ Stamp Designer Paul Puvilland, who has been responsible for a lot of stampdesigns over the years. We have contacted Paul to ask him some questions about stampdesign.

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