sujperlatives on stampsStamps have proven to be a wonderful outlet to celebrate the spectacular nature existing in the World. Here we have a selection of stamps that not only feature people and discoveries, but also things that were the largest, fastest or most valuable at their time of issue.

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Hyena on StampYou probably know by now that Freestampmagazine comes under the umbrella of PostBeeld, along with our other freely-offered service for stamp collectors, Freestampcatalogue. Accordingly, now and then we like to inform our readers of items recently added to PostBeeld’s already enormous and extremely varied stock.

Among recent additions is a large collection of first day covers and prestige booklets from The Netherlands.

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pss great easternWell, it’s only 2,500 miles!! It is now almost 158 years ago that one man’s dedication and perseverance bore fruit. Cyrus W. Field, a retired American paper merchant, formed a company in 1854 with the intention of improving and speeding up communication between North America and Britain. The idea was to transmit telecommunication signals between those lands.

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Penny BlackThis year was the 175th anniversary of the first issue by Breat Britain of the now-famous Penny Black postage stamp. This is the second part of an article previously published that looks back to 1990, the 150th annniversary, and some stamps issued that year in commemoration.

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Penny Black stampsThis year, 2015, is the 175th anniversary of the first issue of Great Britain’s ‘Penny Black’ postage stamp. Looking back to 1990, the stamp’s 150th anniversary, we feature some of the stamps released that year to mark that first issue.

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New stamps 2015New stamps appear regularly with a variety of subjects. Below is a selection of recently-published stamps from around the globe.

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New issued stampsDay 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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new crown stamp Willem AlexanderIn 2014, The Netherlands issued stamps featuring its newly-crowned king, Willem-Alexander.  But something didn’t quite fit on the stamps – and I’m not talking about the size of the new king’s head.

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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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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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