What do we see when we look at the drawing on the stamp from Austria (1981) above? Several artists, notably the Dutch ‘master of optical illusion’ Maurits Escher, have incorporated into their designs certain impossible features that cannot exist in three-dimensional space. These include the ‘impossible cube’ on the stamp above, inspired by his designs and the ‘impossible triangle’ by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd, shown on the first of the three stamps from Sweden (1982) in the continuation of this article.

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For thematic stamp collectors the horse has always been a very popular subject. If you are interested in horse sports or a particular breed there is bound to be a stamp to satisfy your interest. The stamps shown below were issued by the German state of Saarland which, following the Second World War, from 1947 to 1956 was a French-occupied territory (the “Saar Protectorate”) separate from the rest of Germany. You may notice two values shown on each stamp. The reason being the postal tariffs were adapted to French postage rates – mail to France was to be franked at the domestic postage, mail to Allied-occupied Germany at the foreign tariff.

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While Orville and Wilbur Wright are generally considered to have been the first to complete a powered and controlled aircraft flight it is also generally accepted that the aeroplane was the invention of Sir George Cayley in 1799 at Brompton, near Scarborough in Yorkshire, England.

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The man in the photograph above features in the Guinness Book of Records more than once! He was responsible for producing the artwork for more than 1,000 stamps for many countries, an incredible amount considering the time and precision demanded for every single engraving.

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Now and then we focus on the incredible variety of subjects that can be found on postage stamps, some being very unusual. And today I came across some such stamps. Those in question feature a sport whose participants must not only have a considerable amount of stamina but also excellent navigational skills. The sport, orienteering, began in Sweden in the late 19th Century and involved the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass.

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PostBeeld is the largest stampshop with a wide variety of stamps in stock. Every day new stamps are added to PostBeeld’s stock. Here’s an example of some stamps that have recently been added.

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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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Baltex 2014BALTEX 2014 is a national stampexhibition that will be held in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city in the center of the vibrant Öresund region. The exhibition is open 29-31 August 2014.

Exhibition

The exhibition will feature a total of about 700 frames, and we expect about 20 dealers and takes place in Malmö Slagthus which is centrally located in the city and next to Malmö Central Station, receiving travelers by train from the whole country and from Denmark including Copenhagen Airport “Kastrup”. The frequency for the trains to Malmö is every 20 minutes (20 minutes from Copenhagen Airport).The walk from the Central Station to the exhibition is just a few minutes. The range of hotels, restaurants and shops in the area is very large.

zlatan ibrahimovic stamp SwedenHe is a hero in his home country and second-highest goalscorer for the national football team and now Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimović will be the face most postmen, mail senders and recipients will frequently see in his homeland.

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