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Mail via the Belgian Congo: In Transit

This article looks at a small part of Belgian Congo philately and concerns letters that are not from or to the Congo but have been routed via the Congo on the way to their final destination.

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Stamps of Tristan da Cunha: Ships and Explorers (2014)

The new set of four stamps from the Tristan da Cunha Post Office depicts Arctic and Antarctic Explorers and Personalities who have journeyed in Tristan waters. Each stamp depicts an image of one of these seafarers together with the ship most closely associated with them and Tristan da Cunha. 35p – James Weddell and “Jane” Born in 1787 and although initially a member of the Royal Navy (1796–1815) where he rose to the rank of Master, he left and became a Merchant Mariner.

Stamps of Estonia: Deadly Firecap Mushrooms (2014)

The deadly fibrecap (Inocybe erubescens) is very poisonous, containing muscarine. The poison does not disappear even after scalding or drying. Quite soon after eating the mushroom signs of poisoning appear: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abundant perspiration, flow of spit and tears, often narrowing of the pupils and vision disorders. First aid must certainly be given after the first poisoning symptoms, as later help need no longer save the affected person. In Western Europe the deadly fibrecap causes numerous poisonings every year, including deaths.

Stamps of Romania: Botanical Gardens Flowers (2015)

Roman Post has released a set of four stamps depicting gorgeous flowers. This postage stamp issue presents rare flower species found in the patrimony of four botanical gardens in Romania. The stamps were unveiled and put into circulation on the circulation on the 3d of July. The role of botanical gardens has changed over time, from being, in the beginning, medicinal gardens for the study and cultivation of plants with healing properties, to becoming in time open green spaces for people’s relaxation and leisure.

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Rhodesian Study Circle

The Rhodesian Study Circle was formed in 1948 following advertisements in the philatelic press in England and South Africa by Wilfrid Nodder, inviting "collectors of the stamps of Southern and Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland" to join in forming a study circle. The aims were to encourage interest in the stamp issues, circulate information about varieties, flaws and postmarks and to write a handbook. A detailed history by A Drysdall and C M Hoffman to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the RSC is available free to members. Meetings and Events Regular meetings are held in: London, Manchester and Scotland. U.S.A.

Belgian Congo Study Circle


American Topical Association (ATA)

The American Topical Association (ATA) serves members in 65 countries. It is the largest philatelic society devoted to this specific area of stamp collecting. Organized in 1949, the ATA has over 56 years of service to its members.

Austria Philatelic Society (US) (AUSPS)