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Stamps of the Island of Timor

By |June 27th, 2015|

The decline of the Portuguese Empire and the rise of Dutch and British mercantile interests in the East led to the isolation and neglect of Portuguese outposts, none more so than Timor.

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

By |June 24th, 2015|

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

The Post Office in the Straits Settlements (1921)

By |June 24th, 2015|

Mr. T. A. Melville, Acting Director of Posts and Telegraphs in the Federated Malay States, who was for many years in the Post Office Department of the Straits Settlements, has contributed a valuable history of the Straits Settlements Post Office to the voluminous centenary work, "One Hundred Years of Singapore".

The Politics of Printing in Stamp Design and Production

By |June 11th, 2015|

It is a truism that political considerations have affected every stamp issuing country, some more than others.

Airposts and their Stamps (1921)

By |June 6th, 2015|

This article is probably one of the first airmail articles, certainly of any length, to be published in a philatelic journal. It was first published in Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly (January, 1921) from a paper read by Major RS Archer, MC, as his Presidential Address before the Liverpool Junior Philatelic Society, October 11th, 1920.

Mussolini and the Vatican: Is Peace at Hand between Church and State in Italy? (1928)

By |June 3rd, 2015|

This article by Hiram Motherwell, was originally published in the American publication, "Harper’s Monthly Magazine" in July, 1928. It provides fascinating source material for both scholars and postal historians alike at a tumultuous period in Italian history…

Booklets Offer More

By |May 29th, 2015|

Travel the world on the magic carpets of philately. Stamp booklets take you back in time, reveal facts about historical events, shed light on cultural activities and help you learn about everyday living in distant lands. Booklets arouse your passion about current and past world activities, facts you might never have known but will enrich your life. The booklets start the journey.

The Principality of Bulgaria and its Stamps

By |May 26th, 2015|

Venezuela: The “Little Venice” of the Caribbean (1923)

By |May 25th, 2015|

Originally published in "Peoples of All Nations", by Educational Book Company, London 1923.

Hawaii: A Classic Bogus Issue

By |May 24th, 2015|

World War One: German Occupation of Belgium

By |May 13th, 2015|

The Rattlesnake Island Local Post

By |May 7th, 2015|


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...

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.

Railway Newspaper and Parcel Stamps (1899)

By |March 2nd, 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