It’s that time of year again and history tells us that the often-repeated message churned out during the Christmas holiday period, wishing for ‘Peace on Earth’, will never happen. My negativity was aroused when searching for appropriate stamps for this article, whereby I thought I’d take a look back at some of the earlier Christmas stamps. I came across the two Spanish stamp sheets seen above which were issued in 1941 to commemorate the second anniversary of the liberation of Barcelona by General Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War.

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February 16 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and with it a plethora of related postage stamp issues from countries around the world.

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christmas stampThe management and staff at PostBeeld would like to thank all customers and visitors to our various websites during 2015. We extend festive greetings and hope that 2016 is a happy and healthy year for you all.

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christmas stamp Great Britain 2014Issued in November, this festive miniature stamp sheet issued by Great Britain features stamps on a snowy background, illustrated by Andrew Bannecker. Notably, this is the first miniature sheet to feature a tear-off barcode strip, which you can either retain or easily remove.

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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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Christmas Stamp 2014 GibraltarThis year’s Gibraltar Christmas stamps are artworks extracted from a magnificent Christmas collage created by 33 artists at the St.Bernadette Resource Centre in Gibraltar to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability in December.

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Award winning stampJuries of professionals have recognized three Finnish stamp designs with awards in international design competitions in September and October 2014. The awards were given to Sanna Mander’s kantele stamp design for National Instruments and to Christmas Hug and Orchid, both designed by Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu.

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