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New Zealand: A Sad Story Behind a Cover

By |April 14th, 2015|

Published by kind permission of the author.

Before telling the story behind the fascinating cover illustrated, a description is necessary...

Railway Newspaper and Parcel Stamps (1899)

By |March 30th, 2015|

Railway stamps may be divided into three classes, namely, Newspaper, Parcels, and Letter. The newspaper stamps were the first to make their appearance, for as far back as July, 1855, five companies adopted the use of these labels

Stamps of Czechoslovakia: The Allegory of the Chainbreaker

By |March 19th, 2015|

Highly-informative article by W. L. Russell on the popular “Chainbreaker” issues of Czechoslovakia. It gives detailed lists of the amounts printed and finally issued. There is even a useful list of the plate flaws.

Post-Offices on Wheels (1929)

By |February 8th, 2015|

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Air Mail Stamps: Made to Fly

By |January 6th, 2015|

I rather like Air Mail stamps of the world, used on airmail covers (of course), which logically is why they were issued. The sight of the familiar blue and red bordered airmail envelope emits a subliminal message, evoking images of distant, beckoning, exotic places. For me, at least.

Stamps of China: The Amoy Local Posts

By |January 2nd, 2015|

Who’s Who on the Stamps of Costa Rica: Juan Rafael Mora Issue (1901)

By |January 1st, 2015|

stamp_costa_rica_1903_juan_rafael_mora Juan Rafael Mora was born in San José, Costa Rica on February 8, 1814. His primary education in that locality ended with his fifteenth year when his father provided him with employment.

Sichuan: China’s Panda Province

By |January 1st, 2015|

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Stamps of Laos: Land of a Million Elephants

By |December 23rd, 2014|

What the Dickens: Charles Dickens on Stamps

By |December 14th, 2014|

Christer Brunström reminisces on his Christmas trip to London and the resulting visit to the Charles Dickens museum.

Concerning the Stamps of Paraguay (1869)

By |December 8th, 2014|

The Stamps of China (1908)

By |October 12th, 2014|

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Johore’s Playboy Sultan

By |September 2nd, 2014|

Additional Information on HMAS Sydney

By |August 16th, 2014|

Prompted by Tony Lyon’s interesting article on this subject I decided to comment on several points raised and add information about other Sydney mail known to me.

The navy has always been security conscious in times of war and generally it is impossible to identify the ship from which the mail was sent. Nevertheless sufficient items exist for an interesting study and I am currently working on a postal history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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War Tax Stamps – The British Empire’s Effort 1914-1920

By |July 1st, 2014|

There are many stamps issued during World War I, which reflect the momentous events of those years.