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2014
Jun 18

One-cent British Guyana sold for US$9.5 million

world's rarest stamp, British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp, expected to fetch $20m at auction

The one-cent magenta from British colonial Guyana, sold for a world record US$9.5 million at a New York auction on Tuesday. It took just two minutes for an anonymous collector on the phone to seal the deal after quick-fire bidding opened at US$4.5 million in a packed room at Sotheby’s…Read More

Jun 12

The world’s first postal stationery

Ireland-born artist William Mulready was the first person to illustrate postal stationery. Postal stationery is classed as a document on which the proof of advance payment is shown by the placing of a stamp or a postmark. The piece shown – a stamped, foldable letter card, appeared at the same…Read More

Jun 05

Engraver Extraordinaire

The Reading Magdalene by William Humphrys

(See also article published on May 5th ‘First African Stamps’) William Humphrys was born in Dublin in 1794. At an early age he moved to the United States. There he studied engraving techniques under the tutelage of a Mr. George Murray in Philadelphia. In 1815 he embarked on his career…Read More

Jun 03

Paterson’s Bush Ballads on Australian Stamps

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The Australian Post issued a set of four stamps in honour of writer Banjo Paterson. Poet, journalist, editor and solicitor, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson is arguably Australia’s master balladeer. The late 19th and early 20th centuries were the peak of this popular verse form in Australia.  11,306 total views,  4 views today

May 21

Great British Film Stamp Set

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Great Britain’s Royal Mail has very recently issued a stamp set in celebration of its home-grown film industry. It features six classic British films that have enjoyed worldwide success since the Second World War.  8,288 total views,  3 views today

May 19

Ich bin ein Berliner

J.F.Kennedy

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy of the United States made a speech in Berlin. One that became notable partly because of the few German words that Kennedy used during the speech: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). Kennedy’s speech was made from the Rathaus Schöneberg,…Read More

May 12

The Un-Inverted Jenny

Inverted Jenny congratsulations

On the 23rd of September 2013, USPS issued a stampsheet with the reprint of the famous 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp. The Postal Service has also printed 100 additional sheets of stamps of the recently issued $2 Inverted Jenny stamp but with the plane flying right-side up, creating an instant collector’s…Read More

May 08

From Postmaster to President

Satue of Abraham Lincoln

On February 12, 2014, the United States issued a stamp with a picture of the head of the former American President, Abraham Lincoln (b.1809-d.1865). This striking head belongs to the famous 6-metre-high marble statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  11,205 total views,  1 views today

May 06

70th D-Day Anniversary stamps issued by Isle of Man

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To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Isle of Man Stamps and Coins is pleased to present a striking set of six stamps, commemorative sheet and limited edition folder, produced in support of the Royal British Legion and The Normandy Veterans Association. This emotive issue is due for release on…Read More

May 05

First African Stamps

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The first postage stamps issued from the continent of Africa were released in September, 1853. The territory of ‘Cape of Good Hope’, then a British colony administered as the Cape Colony, was the issuer. It remained a British colony until being incorporated into the independent Union of South Africa in…Read More

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