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The Politics of Printing in Stamp Design and Production

By |April 24th, 2016|

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

Map of Oceania (Pacific Ocean) 1897

By |April 9th, 2016|

This fine map shows Oceania (the Pacific Region) as it was in 1897. It should be a useful chart for postal historians and stamp collectors of the area, especially for locating German colonies and other outposts...

Stamps of Pitcairn Islands: Botanica (2014)

By |March 10th, 2016|

The flora of the Pitcairn Islands consists of 81 species, of which 10 are endemic. IUCN Red List threat categories show that over 60% of the indigenous flora is threatened within the Island, and over 20% is threatened globally. The main threats affecting the flora and vegetation are posed by habitat clearance, spread of invasive species such as the Rose Apple Syzygium jumbos, small population sizes or restricted distribution, erosion, and lack of fruit-eating birds.

Map of Australasia (1923)

By |December 6th, 2015|

This map published by Shepherd shows Australasia, as it was in 1923.

New Zealand Advertisement Stamps (1882-97)

By |November 19th, 2015|

Extracted from Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News - March 18, 1911 - Volume XXV, Number 11, Whole Issue Number 1055, Page 89 NEW ZEALAND ADVERTISEMENT STAMPS. By BERTRAM W. H. POOLE. PRIZE OFFER After reading Mr. Poole’s article we invite our subscribers under 20 years of age to send in lists showing the different kinds of advertisements and naming the different values upon which they can be found. For best list we offer a bound volume of the WEEKLY for 1907 and for second best list 500 all different stamps. Replies must be in by April 15.

Stamps of New Zealand: Christmas Issue featuring Stained-Glass Windows (2015)

By |October 18th, 2015|

New Zealand is home to some truly beautiful stained-glass windows, which add character and charm to churches and buildings throughout the country. These real masterpieces of art appeared on a new Christmas 2015 stamps that feature five vibrant stained-glass windows, ranging in design from the traditional to the contemporary. StampNews.com invites our readers to feel the Christmas atmosphere with these festive stamps. Let‘s celebrate Christmas right now! Stained-glass windows date back to ancient times, with some existing in Britain possibly as early as the 7th century.

Stamps of New Zealand: Smiling Boys (1931)

By |August 8th, 2015|

This is the famous "Smiling Boys"1931 Health issue from New Zealand. Designed by L.C. Mitchell. Dies and plates, Perkins Bacon.

Stamps of New Zealand, Australia & Singapore: Stamp Exhibition (2015)

By |August 4th, 2015|

New Zealand Post will be taking part in the exhibition and will be issuing unique exhibition collectables. These products are in the form of a joint stamp issue between New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. As 2015 marks Singapore’s 50th year of independence and the 150th year of Wellington being New Zealand’s capital city, this issue features all three countries’ parliament buildings.

Stamps of New Zealand: UNESCO World Heritage (2005)

By |July 19th, 2015|

http://www.philatelicdatabase.com/stamp-designers/stamps-of-france-stamp-day-1972/ A new stamp set by New Zealand Post that depicts gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Sites

New Zealand Map (1949)

By |May 3rd, 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...

Bananas and Earthquakes in Jamaica

By |May 6th, 2014|

jamaica-1925-postcard-front Given the cost of bananas in Australia at present, I was fascinated by this recently acquired Jamaican postcard. It was written in early 1925 and addressed to a young man in New Zealand. It bears an interesting slogan: COME TO JAMAICA: THE IDEAL TOURIST RESORT.

Stamps of New Zealand: Royal Visit (2014)

By |April 15th, 2014|

To celebrate the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George to New Zealand, the Royal Visit 2014 stamp issue was released by New Zealand Post. The first royal tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a married couple is an exciting event for the Commonwealth.

Philately in the Doldrums? (1947)

By |January 29th, 2014|

Stamps of New Zealand: Seaweeds (2014)

By |January 19th, 2014|

New Zealand’s unique marine environment is home to nearly 900 species of native seaweed, a third of which occur nowhere else in the world. Five of these native seaweeds are celebrated in this unique stamp issue. Seaweeds are an essential part of New Zealand’s marine ecosystem, providing food, habitats and shelter to a wide variety of marine life. The New Zealand Native Seaweeds stamp issue reflects New Zealand’s remarkable marine biodiversity, and the five unique seaweeds portrayed are Hormosira banksii, Landsburgia quercifolia, Caulerpa brownii, Marginariella boryana and Pterocladia lucida.