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Feb 14

Focus on France 2023

There were so many great stamps issued by France last year I find it difficult to make a small selection for this article! Above and below: could these be the first postage stamps depicting electric bicycles? Please enlighten me if this is not the case. La Poste has partnered with…Read More

Feb 02

The Year of the Dragon

This year, 2024, is the Year of the Wood Dragon and the Chinese New Year, which begins on February 10th, will be celebrated in dozens of countries across the World. The dragon is considered to be one of the luckiest and most powerful animals in the Chinese 12-year zodiac cycle. There…Read More

Jan 25

Shirley Bassey Celebrated

In 2023 Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued various philatelic items to commemorate the remarkable 70-year career of the Welsh-born singer Dame Shirley Bassey. Shown above is the cover of a Royal Mail Prestige Stamp Book, an informative 24-page publication written by British music journalist and broadcaster Lucy O’Brien. The book…Read More

Dec 20

Christmas Stamps

Staff at Freestampmagazine and PostBeeld wish our readers and buying customers a very happy time over the Christmas and New Year period. Christmas (from the Anglo-Saxon: Cristesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is the annual festival that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious…Read More

Oct 19

Bird Stamps Recently Added to Stock

PostBeeld has, in the last few weeks, acquired an enormous amount of stamps from private collections and is in the process of adding the items to its already incredibly vast and varied stock. This will provide a great opportunity for PostBeeld’s customers to possibly find a stamp that fits their…Read More

Sep 05

Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz

The two Austrian stamps in this article feature the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria, considered the biggest of its kind in Central Europe, comprising nine buildings of historic interest available for its five million items in 20 collections. The Kunsthaus’s futuristic design has likened it to a baby hippo, sea slug,…Read More

Aug 29

United Nations Promotes Saving Endangered Species

In 2018 the United Nations Postal Administration issued a beautifully-illustrated set of stamps to celebrate 25 years of its Endangered Species series featuring 12 threatened flora and fauna species. The €0.80 U.N. Vienna stamps here above show the leafless fat-stemmed succulent plant Hoodia (Hoodia pilifera); a frog native to Madagascar,…Read More

Aug 24

Revisiting Old Articles – United States of America Unsafe Stamps

This article was originally published in December 2013: The United States Postal Service (USPS, which is heavily in debt) is destroying an entire run of stamps because the activities illustrated on three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series have been deemed unsafe by the Presidential Council for Fitness,…Read More

Aug 09

Stamps Recently Added to Stock

Here we have a very small selection of stamps recently added to PostBeeld’s vast stock. Please visit PostBeeld’s website for a more comprehensive view of newly-added items. We begin with a few examples taken from a sizeable addition of stamps from Laos. The stamps above, from 1961, feature the Pathet…Read More

Aug 02

Typically Dutch Update

This stamp set was issued by the Dutch postal service postnl in 2023 and entitled ‘Typically Dutch’. The images seen on the sheet show: a vase with tulips, a carrier pigeon with a letter, a carrier bicycle with plants, a coffee pot and cup with a half-eaten stroopwafel (very sweet…Read More


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