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2014
Mar 23

Bird of the year – Common Kingfisher

Kingfisher stamp issued by Estonia

Each year the Estonian Post (Eesti Post) issues a birdstamp entitled ‘Bird of the year’. The partridge, the plover, the shrike, the yellow wagtail, and the elk were the subject in previous issues in this series. This year, on the 20th of March they came up with a beautiful stamp…Read More

Mar 21

Philately facts

Rarest stamp

Once, long ago, I purchased a book: The Guinness Book of Stamps, Facts & Feats. It stood a little lost in a corner of a bookcase. I noticed it again when I was looking for another book, that’s how it often goes. Needless to say, the book contains many fascinating…Read More

Mar 17

19th century stamp shop window (II)

Senf album

Just inside the entrance of PostBeeld’s shop in Haarlem is a recreation of a 19th century stamp shop window display. It contains a collection of old philatelic literature and accessories. It is also the private collection of PostBeeld owner Rob Smit. In a series of short articles Rob takes an…Read More

Mar 15

Forgeries

NVPH 81

I bought a fake. No, I ‘m not being ripped off, I knew that the stamps were not right, but I bought them anyway. I wanted them because I wanted to study the forgeries more closely myself. There are many different methods and types of counterfeiting. It is no exaggeration…Read More

Mar 13

New Michel North Africa catalogue

Michel North Africa 2014 edition

This week German stampcatalogue publisher Michel issued the 39th edition of number four of their Overseas catalogue which contains North Africa. Due to it’s size it’s been split up in two separate parts. This issue is part one. It was about time, since the last edition of this catalogue dates…Read More

Mar 12

Gibraltar issues stampset Europa 2014 Music

Jersey Europa Stamp 2014 Musical instruments - Banjo

Situated fourteen miles from the coast of France and measuring only 45 square miles, the Island of Jersey is fast becoming a major venue for music performances and festivals. Local artists have plenty of opportunity to showcase their talent as they join star-studded line-ups throughout the year; audiences made up…Read More

Mar 10

19th century stamp shop window

Just inside the entrance of PostBeeld’s shop in Haarlem is a recreation of a 19th century stamp shop window display. It contains a collection of old philatelic literature and accessories. It is also the private collection of PostBeeld owner Rob Smit.  7,220 total views,  3 views today

Mar 07

Top 10 famous stamp collectors

Freddie-Mercury-collected-stamps

On 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:  41,709 total views,  12 views today

Mar 03

Pitcairn Islands issues albatross minisheet

Pitcairn albatross stamp 2014

On February the 27th, Pitcairn issued a minisheet containing 3 stamps entitled “Albatross Giants of the sky”. These magnificent “giants of the sky” roam the southern oceans and Pitcairners are fortunateto experience the thrill of seeing these magnificent birds, mostly out at sea.  6,333 total views,  7 views today

Feb 26

Ireland issues commemorative stamp Saint Patrick’s Day

Ireland Saint Patricks Day stamp 2014

On February 20, 2014, An Post has once again issued a stamp to mark Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the world’s best-known national holidays. Everybody knows about Saint Patrick’s Day, which is named after our patron saint, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). It is celebrated every year, on 17 March,…Read More

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