Small selection of stamps recently added to PostBeeld’s stock:

Austria 2018, woven textile stamp with Tyrolean hat.

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The 1970s was a prominent period of large scale socio-political change and counterculture during which people felt increasingly at-ease to express themselves through music, fashion and leisure pursuits and this was no different in the Channel Island, Jersey.

The six-stamp souvenir sheet above, recently issued by the island, explore aspects of 1970s popular culture, including language, music, fashion, events, food and leisure. In addition the sheet has a timeline, showing significant events of the 1970s including the year the first email was sent, the year of the first test tube baby and, perhaps controversially, the year Margaret Thatcher became UK Prime Minister.

The miniature sheet (above) accompanying the stamps was created by fashion illustrator, Caroline Smith – who also illustrated the flared trousers for the 76p fashion stamp on the souvenir sheet. It features a colourful and vibrant representation of Jersey’s main shopping street using colours, styles and typical shop-fronts of the 1970s high street.

 

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An extremely popular event is held each year in the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in The Netherlands. A radio station, NPO Radio 2, hosts a week-long programme playing what listeners vote to be the best 2,000 songs of all time. The following article was written by one of the contributors to our Dutch-language ‘Postzegelblog’ website, Randy Koo:

The polling stations are closed. And for the 16th year the six-minute and six-second mini rock opera song Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) by the band Queen is number 1 in the TOP2000. Meanwhile, a film (biopic) with the same title has recently appeared in the cinema. How did Queen come into being and why is Freddie Mercury so important to the music world?

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Freddie MercuryUndoubtedly there will be some Queen fans today who commemorate singer Freddie Mercury today because he would have turned 70 this day. Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on 5 september 1946 in Stonetown in what was then Zanzibar.

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kopjeGreat Britain’s Royal Mail has issued commemorative stamps to mark 50 years of one of the world’s most popular bands, Pink Floyd. The set of 10 stamps features album covers and live performance photos to mark 1966 – the year the band went professional, having formed in 1965.

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Abba Stamp SwedenIn 1974 the first Swedish group to achieve worldwide success, ABBA, rose to fame after their song Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest. The band went on to become the second best-selling music group of all time with more than 380 million albums and singles sold over the world.

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Jimi Hendrix stamp USAon March the 13th, the United States Postal Service released a new Forever stamp honoring the late ’60s rock guitarist as part of its Music Icons series.  Hendrix is considered to be one of the most influential guitarplayers who ever lived. He unleashed a revolution in guitarplaying by using new chords, feedback and different new recordingtechniques.

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famous stampcollectorsOn our forum we received a good question from a reader, who asked for information about famous people known to be stamp collectors. This gave us the idea of producing a ‘Top Ten’ of famous collectors . After some research I came up with the following:

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Buddy Holly stamp The day the music diedToday, 55 years ago, was the day of the fatal plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash took the life of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, the pilot Roger Peterson and The Big Bopper. Buddy Holly set the template for the standard rock and roll band: two guitars, bass, and drums. He was one of the first in the genre to write, produce, and perform his own songs.

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