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The Soviet Union amazed the world on Nov. 3, 1957, with the launch of the small satellite Sputnik 2. On board was a small dog, Laika, the first animal to actually orbit Earth. Unfortunately Laika was doomed to die...

In the Gutter

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From the Great Britain Royal Silver Wedding set of 1972 until the 1979 Christmas set, the printer Harrison & Sons Ltd. placed what have become known as "traffic lights" in the gutter margin of stamp sheets, giving rise to...
On May 13, 1970, two special stamps were issued in the German Democratic Republic (DDR) for the 25th anniversary of broadcasting in the GDR. The two stamps were printed as a pair. The 10 Pfg. has shortwave antennae in...
PostBeeld continues daily to add hundreds of new stamps to its vast stock, among some of the new additions is a great amount of British Commonwealth stamps. The first examples show the profile of Queen Victoria on stamps from...
Jack (Jackie) Roosevelt Robinson (b.1919 – d.1972) was a black American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in American Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the "baseball collar line" when he started a game at for the...

Lost at Sea

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Is the collection of stamps with the theme 'Shipwrecks' popular? There have been many issues worldwide on the subject over the years and this article features a small selection that may encourage interest for the collector looking for a...

Fishy Business

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Sharks have featured regularly on stamps of many countries and the first example shown here graphically illustrates why one would not want to be confronted with this particular species. Various British Commonwealth territories have issued stamps featuring sharks, possibly...

Mixed Issue

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Below you see a 4-value commemorative issue from Switzerland in 1959 was topic-mixed. The 5c stamp was issued to mark the opening in July of that year, of the new Transport Museum in Lucerne. Among other interesting examples of...
For Christmas 1983 and also to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Italian artist and architect Raphael (1483-1520), the postal administration of the British Crown Colony of Gibraltar issued a series in November 1983, consisting of...
Gibraltar produced stamps in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inaugural flight of the supersonic aircraft "Concorde". The Concorde was designed and built by four collaborating companies, two in the United Kingdom - British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce - and...
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