In the first edition of the German magazine ‘Das Magazin für Briefmarken-Sammler’ from May 1863, there was an advertisement which announced the appearance of the “Briefmarken-Polka für das Pianoforte” (The Postage Stamp Polka for the Pianoforte) by J. V. Hamm, with images of 42 colourful stamps, published by C.F.W. Siegel in Leipzig.

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The next instalment of Great Britain’s Royal Mail Music Giants Special Stamp series – a tribute to David Bowie, one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time – was released on 14 March 2017. Alongside the Special Stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Pack, this exciting issue features several limited edition David Bowie souvenirs.

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Freddie MercuryUndoubtedly there will be some Queen fans today who commemorate singer Freddie Mercury today because he would have turned 70 this day. Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on 5 september 1946 in Stonetown in what was then Zanzibar.

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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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Day after day new postage stamps are issued depicting a variety of topics. Here are some examples of recently-issued stamps featuring a variety of topics.

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Abba Stamp SwedenIn 1974 the first Swedish group to achieve worldwide success, ABBA, rose to fame after their song Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest. The band went on to become the second best-selling music group of all time with more than 380 million albums and singles sold over the world.

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