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2014
Mar 31

Jimi Hendrix on postage stamp USA

Jimi Hendrix stamp USA

on March the 13th, the United States Postal Service released a new Forever stamp honoring the late ’60s rock guitarist as part of its Music Icons series.  Hendrix is considered to be one of the most influential guitarplayers who ever lived. He unleashed a revolution in guitarplaying by using new…Read More

Mar 28

What is a country?

A collection of stamps

I  once knew an eccentric philatelist who wanted something special: a collection of all the countries of the world, past and present, with a single postage stamp for each country. If the name of the country changed then that had to be taken into account, e.g. one stamp from Ceylon…Read More

Mar 26

Tony Benn

post office tower stampset

Earlier in March this year, British politician Tony Benn passed away, aged 88. Benn served as Postmaster General in the Labour Party government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1964-66) and was instrumental in establishing the National Postal Museum, which closed in 1998. This was the predecessor of what is now…Read More

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.  7,960 total views,  3 views today

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