Well, 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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New stamps appear regularly with a variety of subjects. Below is a selection of recently-published stamps from around the globe.
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As long ago as 1966, Belgium issued a stamp with a dinosaur on it. Very revolutionary for the time. On May 28 of that year, a stamp was released with a picture of the skeleton of an Iguanodon.
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Although many previous attempts, some successful, have been made to transport mail by rocket, only one postal administration in the world has issued stamps to celebrate its country’s use of this strange method in the past.
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The first stamp on which an automobile was pictured is Michel #134 (Scott #296) of the United States from 1901. It was issued for the Pan-American World Exposition, held in Buffalo, New York. The automobile pictured is a so-called Electric Service Vehicle, something we would nowadays call a taxi.
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The souvenir sheet contains three stamps depicting the Hitachi 8-car 130 km/h tilting train. In 2008 the ROC government began electrifying the Hua-tung Railway in order to raise transportation efficiency so as to speed up economic development in Eastern Taiwan. To accommodate with this project, the government also graded it from a single track to double tracks at sections where there were bottlenecks and undertook to straighten its route. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
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Today is the 110th anniversary of the first distribution to medical practitioners of the drug Aspirin. The active ingredient of Aspirin was first discovered from the bark of the willow tree in 1763 by Edward Stone of Wadham College, Oxford University.
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Stamps are a great way to illustrate various historical events. The significance of some of these major events is often equalled by the amount of stamp issues related to it. Let’s have a look at some of the historical events that took place on the 14th of april.
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