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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.

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

Dec 17

Story behind the red flags of Zanzibar

Zanzibar stamp

The history behind today’s item is fascinating and too involved to post the whole story here. Briefly, this stamp from Zanzibar was first issued in 1896, some months after the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Hamed-bin-Thwain, whose portrait appears on the stamp, had died.

Dec 13

Charles Darwin on stamps

Darwin stamp block

Charles Robert Darwin, British naturalist and author of Origin of Species, died on April 19th, 1882 at the age of 73.  His five-year scientific research voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author.

Dec 12

1934 soccer world cup stamp

soccer stamps 1934 World cup Italy

In 1934, Italy hosted – and were eventual winners – the Football World Cup. They defeated Czechoslovakia in the final after extra time was played. Four years later they again won the final of the competition, this time held in France, beating Hungary 4-2.

Dec 12

Famous women on stamps

Famous women on stamps

Many countries issue stamps annually featuring famous people. This is a very popular topic for many philatelists.

Dec 12

Unsafe stamps USA

The United States Postal Service (USPS, which is heavily in debt) is destroying an entire run of stamps because the activities illustrated on three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series have been deemed unsafe by the Presidential Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The stamps were made to…Read More

Dec 11

Sir Peter Markham Scott stamp sheet

Sit Peter Scott stamp sheet

Sir Peter Markham Scott (born 14 September 1909, died 29 August 1989) was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer and sportsman.Scott was awarded a knighthood in 1973 for his contribution to the conservation of wild animals.

Dec 08

John Lennon on stamps

John Lennon op postzegels

On December the 8th, 1980, I was driving home from my office in London when the newscaster on the BBC radio station I was listening too made an announcement that so shocked me that I drove through a red light at a very busy road junction – and with great…Read More

Nov 08

Norman Rockwell on stamps

Rockwell stampsheet

On November 8th, 1978, American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell died aged 84. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine…Read More


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