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Stamps of Italy: 17th Milan Fair (1936)

By |April 19th, 2016|

This set of four stamps celebrated the Milan Fair of 1936. Designed by M. Parrini.

Stamps of Italy: Guido D’Arezzo (1950)

By |February 12th, 2016|

This attractive issue celebrated the 900th Death Anniversary of Guido D'Arezzo (musician). Designed by R. Pierbattista and R. De Sanctis.

Stamps of Italy: Graf Zeppelin Issue (1933)

By |February 10th, 2016|

This attractive issue featured views with the "Graf Zeppelin" above. 3l. S. Paolo Gate and tomb of Consul Caius Caesius. 5l. Old Appian Way and tomb of Cecilia Metella 10l. Portion of Forum Mussolini 12l. Angelo Castle 15l. Forum Romanum 20l. Empire Way, Colosseum and Baths of Domitian Designed by C. Mezzana.

Stamps of Italy: Ferragamo Shoes (2015)

By |December 14th, 2015|

Stamps of Italy: Via Claudia Augusta (2014)

By |October 28th, 2015|

This stamp represents a Roman bridge, with a single arch, located near Lamon, one of the few remaining architectural remains of the Via Claudia Augusta.

Stamps of Italy: Electric Mail Train (1970)

By |October 27th, 2015|

This attractive 25 lire black stamp from Italy celebrated Stamp Day in 1970 and featured an electric Mail train. Engraved by E. Donnini.

Stamps of Italy: Art Exhibition (1949)

By |August 31st, 2015|

This issue celebrated the Twenty-fifth Biennial Art Exhibition in Venice. Designed by G. Cisari. Photo. Perf 14. Designs: 5l. Emblem of Venice 15l. Clock bell Ringers 20l. Emblem of Venice and Galley 50l. Winged Lion on St.

Stamps of Italy: Buenos Aires Flight (1934)

By |August 5th, 2015|

These Air stamps were surcharged and overprinted to celebrate the Rome-Buenos Aires Flight of 1934. The stamp was originally issued in 1930 and designed by N. Brunetti. Perf 14.

Stamps of Italy: Expo Milano (2015)

By |August 3rd, 2015|

Italian post issued a postage stamp featuring mascot of Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. The stamp depicts the logo of the event and the legend “EXPO MILANO 2015″ along with the eye catching mascot. Milan is hosting the exposition for the second time, the first being the Milan International of 1906. The theme chosen for Expo Milano 2015 is Feeding the planet, energy for life.

Stamps of Italy: International Railway Congress (1975)

By |July 4th, 2015|

This stamp commemorated the International Railway Congress in Bologna, Italy. It featured a Railway Steam Locomotive Driving Wheels. Designed by E. Vangelli.

Stamps of Italy: World Refugee Year (1960)

By |June 12th, 2015|

These two stamps were Italy's set for World Refugee Year in 1960. Given the refugees fleeing to Italy currently, this is a particularly poignant issue. They show "The Fire of Borgo" (after Raphael. Designed and engraved by V. Nicastro.

Stamps of San Marino: Good Neighbourhood with Italy Anniversary (2014)

By |June 10th, 2015|

On the 31st March 1939 Italy and San Marino stipulated the “Convention of Friendship and Good Neighbourhood”, formalizing the centuries-old relations between the two Countries characterized by a long tradition of exchanges and shared values. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, will visit San Marino on June, 5th in order to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and to consolidate the bilateral relations. On the occasion the Philatelic Offices of both Countries decided to make a joint issue.

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…

Map of Italian East Africa (1938-1941)

By |May 16th, 2015|

The biggest extension of Eritrea was reached during the Italian Empire (1936–1941), when northern parts of conquered Ethiopia were assigned to Eritrea by the Italians as a reward for the Eritrean "Ascaris'" help in the conquest of Ethiopia. A useful map for collectors and postal historians of Italy and Colonies...

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...