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Nov 25

Recently Added to Stock

Some very fine examples of stamps from China, Estonia, United States of America, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago and Sarawak recently added to PostBeeld’s vast stock: The first stamps here commemorate the 50th anniversary of China’s People’s Liberation Army, the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China, founded in 1927.…Read More

Nov 16

Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees

The front cover of this recently issued Isle of Man presentation pack shows singer, songwriter and producer Sir Barry Gibb at the Glastonbury Festival, England (June 25, 2017) photographed by Samir Hussein/Redferns. With more than five decades at the top of the music industry, from the Bee Gees in the 1960s…Read More

Nov 10

Advertising Belgium

In the period beweeen the two World Wars, particularly during the reign of King Albert I, Belgium produced many stamp pairs that included an advertisement (“Timbres-Publicitie”). Here at PostBeeld we have some great examples and also a large stock of very interesting stamps from Belgium. The pairs seen above advertise…Read More

Oct 26

Stamp Errors Part 16 – Wrong Flag of Italy

A series of 42 stamps featuring flags of 21 countries was issued in 1951 by Korea. They were produced to recognise assistance provided by those 21 countries during the three-year Korean War. Armed forces were sent from 16 United Nations countries, including a large contingent from the United States. Five…Read More

Oct 20

Black Heritage – Part 11

Part 11 in this series of Black Heritage stamp articles begins in the year 2002 with poet, journalist and author Langston Hughes (1902-1967). He was just eighteen years old when he composed his first – and best known – poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” Hughes was an important figure in…Read More

Oct 11

Sturgeons and Caviar – Wildlife and Highlife Under Threat?

The fish depicted on the stamp shown, issued in 1965 by Mongolia, is the Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser Baeri). Sturgeons are among the largest fish on Earth, can grow up to eight metres long and weigh as much as 1,360 kilograms. They take up to 15 years to mature and can…Read More

Sep 28

Horatio Nelson – A Chip Off the Old Block

In June 1803 Admiral Horatio Nelson embarked on HMS Victory as Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean. This was the first year of the Napoleonic Wars and in the period leading up to the decisive 1805 Battle of Trafalgar he had been either blockading or chasing the French and Spanish…Read More

Sep 14

Malawi via Nyasaland etc.

One of the most popular British heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian period was the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873). On one of his expeditions he traversed the country we today know as Malawi. Blantyre, Malawi’s second city, is named after Livingstone’s birthplace in Scotland. In 1973 Malawi…Read More

Sep 07

Recently Added to Stock

Some examples of items recently added to PostBeeld’s stock – beginning with a fine stamp sheet from the Isle of Man issued in 1991 to mark the 80th anniversary of the island’s annual Tourist Trophy motorcycle races (see also articles https://freestampmagazine.com/2019/02/12/manx-and-the-speed-kings-part-one/ & https://freestampmagazine.com/2019/04/01/manx-and-the-speed-kings-part-two-irish-winners/) Europe in Space was the theme for…Read More

Aug 21

Olympic Wonders

Estonia became independent from Russia in 1918 and first competed as a nation at the VII Olympiad, the 1920 Summer Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2020 Estonia issued a special pure silver stamp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first gold medal win for Estonia by Alfred Neuland in…Read More

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