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Feb 10

Thailand stamp issue Prince Nares Varariddhi

memorial stamp for H.R.H. Prince Nares Varariddhi Thailand

Thailand issued a special memorial stamp for H.R.H. Prince Nares Varariddhi, or formly known as Phra-ong-chao Krisdapinihan, was the 17th child or the 8th son of His Majesty King Mongkut (Rama IV) and Chao Chom Manda Klin. H.R.H. Prince Nares Varariddhi was born on 7th May 1855 and was the…Read More

Feb 08

Joint issue Malta/Israël

Joint stamp issue Malta Israel 2014

MaltaPost has released a stamp in a joint issue with Israel. The subject of the stamp features “The Knights Hospitaller Halls” as a theme common to both countries. The two countries share a common connection as, at some stage, the Sovereign Military Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and…Read More

Feb 06

New “Black Heritage” issue USA – Shirley Chisolm

Black heritage stamp USA Shirley Chisholm

“Unbought and Unbossed.” That was the slogan of maverick politician Shirley Chisholm, who shattered barriers, spoke her mind, stood up for the disadvantaged, and in 1968 became the first black woman ever elected to Congress. The Shirley Chisolm Stamp is the 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series features a…Read More

Feb 03

The day the music died

The day the music died

Today, 55 years ago, was the day of the fatal plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash took the life of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, the pilot Roger Peterson and The Big Bopper. Buddy Holly set the template for the standard rock and roll band: two guitars, bass,…Read More

Jan 30

Classic children’s TV shows featuring on stamps.

Classic Children's TV Stamp Set

Peppa Pig, the Wombles and the Magic roundabout are just a few of the TV shows coming to life this year with the Royal Mail classic children’s TV stamps. 12 Mint Stamps , each one featuring original images from our chosen TV programmes. Made even more charming and collectable by…Read More

Jan 28

Hong Kong issues stamp set of 6 Dinosaurs stamps

Dinosaurs Souvenir Sheet

China has as many as 140 recorded dinosaur species, representing one-sixth of the world’s total, and is recognised as a major dinosaur region. This stamp issue features six Chinese dinosaurs: Daxiatitan binglingi, Microraptor gui, Lufengosaurus magnus, Tuojiangosaurus multispinus, Protoceratops andrewsi and Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis.  8,033 total views,  2 views today

Jan 24

Our ‘Stamping Ground’


Stamps and PostBeeld belong together. More than 25 people work here every day dealing with everything concerning stamps. The accompanying photo report gives a peek behind the scenes of the PostBeeld office in Haarlem.  8,893 total views,  3 views today

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.  5,657 total views,  2 views today

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