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Recently somebody asked me if I knew anything about two Dutch "te betalen / port" (postage (due) to be paid) stamps. The stamps in question are the 11 and 15 cent overprints shown below. Intuitively the first place to look...
This 1 Franc carmine tête-bêche pair is one of the great rarities of French philately and is part of the British Library's incredible permanently-exhibited stamp collection. Louis Napoleon became Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 and his head appears on the...
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Breaking the Ice

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On August 17, 1977, at 4am Moscow time, the atomic icebreaker Arktika, having overcome the ice of the Central Polar Basin, became the first surface craft to reach the North Pole. The icebreaker covered 2,528 miles in 7 days. The...
Latvijas Pasts (the Latvian postal service) has released the first stamps denominated only in euros. Six new additions were made to its 'Flowers' series, each with a different denomination. Stamps depicting flowers The designer of the Flowers series stamps is artist...
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Postcrossing?

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The postal service of the Republic of Belarus recently issued a stamp entitled “Happy Postcrossing!”. Perhaps, like me, you haven't heard the term before - if you have please ignore the following explanation. What is postcrossing? Postcrossing is an online project...
Canada Post is planning to change Canada's postal system from home delivery to what are known as "community mailboxes" — metal, multi-slot structures already in use at the ends of many suburban streets. Under the plan, which Canada Post...
On this day in 1931, Thomas Edison submitted his last patent, a patent for a device with which you can hold an article to be electroplated. The first great invention developed by Edison in Menlo Park was the tin foil...
On the 4th of December 2013 Japan Post launched the fourth issue of Constellation series, which aims to promote both fields of letter culture and natural science. The stamps depict ten signs of constellation often seen in winter: Aries, Taurus,...
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Catstamps

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On December 27th, 1871, the World's first official public Cat Show was held at the Crystal Palace exhibition centre in London. Unfortunately, the magnificent cast-iron and glass building  was destroyed by fire in 1936. Have a look at all the...
A new biography of British King, George V, which focuses on his obsession with stamps, is the first book on a philatelic subject to be published on Kindle. The book, 'George V’s Obsession – a king and his stamps',...
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