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2022
May 17

A Starring Role – Observatories

The iconic stamp shown here, issued by the United States of America in 1948, features Palomar Observatory, located atop Palomar Mountain in north San Diego County, California. Conceived of nearly 100 years ago, the observatory has been in continuous scientific operation since the mid-1930s, and remains productive and relevant today.…Read More

May 03

Joint Issues

India has made many interesting collaborations with other countries regarding joint issues. In 2003 a joint issue with South Korea featured the Cheomseongdae Observatory, built during the reign of Queen Seondeok (632-647), a great landmark in Gyeongju, capital of the region of Silla. Constructed using 365 stones, symbolizing the number…Read More

Apr 07

Stamp Errors Part 18 – Vultures of Malawi

In 2018, Malawi produced a miniature stamp sheet with a major error, resulting in the withdrawal of the sheet from sale. Featuring a Vulture, and part of an issue entitled ‘Vultures of Malawi’ (see stamps below), it was missing the value and the bird’s name.  1,415 total views,  1 views today

Mar 29

Railway Stamps

100 years of Bulgaria’s Rhodope narrow-gauge railway was commemorated with this stamp sheet. The railway has been under threat for many years due to lack of investment but there is hope that as a tourist attraction the line will survive. Stamps were issued by Norway in 2021 to celebrate 100…Read More

Mar 22

Recently Added to Stock

Some great additions to stock this week include many fine fauna and flora stamps from Albania. Illustrated beautifully, these Albania bird stamps show a European Crested Tit, an Atlantic Canary, a Common Linnet, a Rock Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Eurasian Blue Tit. Hundreds of other items have been added…Read More

Mar 08

Black Heritage – Part 13

The USPS Black Heritage stamp series issue for 2010 featured Oscar Micheaux. He was an author, film director, screenwriter, and producer who between 1919 and 1948 wrote, produced, directed, and distributed more than 45 films for African-American audiences. He would hire black writers and actors for his films so that…Read More

Mar 01

Andorra

The Principality of Andorra is the only country in the world with two foreign postal organisations in the same country – the French and Spanish postal services. Andorra is a tiny independent country, situated in the Pyrennees, bordered by Spain and France. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest-altitude capital…Read More

Feb 22

Switzerland – Pro Juventute

The charitable foundation Pro Juventute was set up in Switzerland in 1912. It is dedicated to supporting the rights and needs of Swiss children and youth. Since 1912 (with the exception of 1914, the year the First World War began), the Swiss postal authority has produced stamps annually to support the work…Read More

Feb 15

Year of the Tiger

This commemorative miniature sheet features an illustration by Chinese artist Wang Huming. The miniature sheet seen here, issued by Jersey Post, shows two tiger cubs playing with their mother. The Chinese hanzi (written character) for Tiger is featured in the background at the bottom right of the stamp. The narrative…Read More

Feb 08

Stamp Errors Part 17 – Bill and Ben

First issued by the US postal Service in December 1993, the Legends of the West stamps shown here promised to be a very popular set. But one incorrect image made it one of the most infamous errors in American postal history. The stamp within the four pointers honoured Bill Pickett,…Read More

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