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Jan 23

Postpakketverrekenzegels: What is this about?


Recently somebody asked me if I knew anything about two Dutch “te betalen / port” (postage (due) to be paid) stamps. The stamps in question are the 11 and 15 cent overprints shown below. Intuitively the first place to look for these stamps would be in a Dutch stamp catalogue…Read More

Jan 20

Louis Napoleon tête-bêche pair

20 cents tete beche France

This 1 Franc carmine tête-bêche pair is one of the great rarities of French philately and is part of the British Library’s incredible permanently-exhibited stamp collection. Louis Napoleon became Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 and his head appears on the stamps of the 1853-61 series. The pair shown here date…Read More

Jan 16

Breaking the Ice

Russia 1977, Antarctic research icebreaker ship

On August 17, 1977, at 4am Moscow time, the atomic icebreaker Arktika, having overcome the ice of the Central Polar Basin, became the first surface craft to reach the North Pole. The icebreaker covered 2,528 miles in 7 days.  5,248 total views,  8 views today

Jan 13

Latvijas Pasts releases first stamps denominated only in euros

Latvijas Pasts released first stamps denominated in euros

Latvijas Pasts (the Latvian postal service) has released the first stamps denominated only in euros. Six new additions were made to its ‘Flowers’ series, each with a different denomination.  6,213 total views,  4 views today

Jan 11


happy postcrossing Belarus stamp

The postal service of the Republic of Belarus recently issued a stamp entitled “Happy Postcrossing!”. Perhaps, like me, you haven’t heard the term before – if you have please ignore the following explanation.  6,625 total views,  3 views today

Jan 09

Canada Post to do away with home delivery

Canada Post is planning to change Canada’s postal system from home delivery to what are known as “community mailboxes” — metal, multi-slot structures already in use at the ends of many suburban streets. Under the plan, which Canada Post says it will implement over the next five years, everyone in…Read More

Jan 06

Edison’s final patent

wfp0398 - Thomas Edison

On this day in 1931, Thomas Edison submitted his last patent, a patent for a device with which you can hold an article to be electroplated. The first great invention developed by Edison in Menlo Park was the tin foil phonograph. While working to improve the efficiency of a telegraph…Read More

Jan 02

Japan issues 4th edition constellation set

Stampseries Japan Constellations IV

On the 4th of December 2013 Japan Post launched the fourth issue of Constellation series, which aims to promote both fields of letter culture and natural science. The stamps depict ten signs of constellation often seen in winter: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Orion, Auriga, Canis Major, Procyon, Lepus, Monoceros and Tsuzumiboshi…Read More

Dec 27



On December 27th, 1871, the World’s first official public Cat Show was held at the Crystal Palace exhibition centre in London. Unfortunately, the magnificent cast-iron and glass building  was destroyed by fire in 1936.  6,131 total views,  3 views today

Dec 18

King George V’s passion for stamps

King George V and his passion for stamps

A new biography of British King, George V, which focuses on his obsession with stamps, is the first book on a philatelic subject to be published on Kindle. The book, ‘George V’s Obsession – a king and his stamps’, contains new archival material and is the first new biography of…Read More

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