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Ships on Stamps: Newfoundland (1887)

By |May 2nd, 2016|

This fine 10c.ship stamp from Newfundland was designed and printed by the American Bank Note Company in Montreal. Released in 1887 it is an accurate description of an Atlantic brigantine. It is symbolic of Newfoundland's seaborne trade and probably represents a ship built at one of the British North American yards. This is typical of the type of private sailing ship, which carried much of the trans-Atlantic mail as private ship-letters, from Newfoundland during the first three decades of the 19th century.

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.

Stamps of Greece: Union with Crete (1913)

By |April 6th, 2016|

Stamps of Greece: Aspioti-Elka, Printers

By |March 29th, 2016|

Aspioti-Elka are Greek security printers who first began operating in 1911. The company produced the Iris and Hermes series, recess printed from dies engraved by Thomas Macdonald in London. Their subsidiary in Corfu released general issues of Epirus in 1914, depicting soldier and flag designs. Most of the Greek stamps produced since 1933 have been printed by Aspioti-Elka and all but one of the Cyprus issues released from 1962 onwards have been lithographed by them in Athens.

Stamps of Aden: George VI Definitives (1939-48)

By |February 25th, 2016|

The King George VI definitives of Aden featured scenes of the area, dhows and even camels. Recess printed by Waterlow & Sons. Wmk. Mult.

Stamps of Barbados: 5/- (1873)

By |February 16th, 2016|

There is something rather appealing about the classic issues of Barbados.This 5s. high value issue recess printed by De La Rue and Co. is no exception. Wmk. Small star. Perf 15½ x 15.

Stamps of Hong Kong: Migratory Birds Issue (1997)

By |February 2nd, 2016|

This migratory birds issue from Hong Kong was designed by Shek Tak-sheun and printed by Enschede.

Stamps of Norway: Birds II (2015)

By |October 30th, 2015|

Technical Details Issue Date: 03.10.2015 Designer: Viggo Ree, Enzo Finger (arr.) Printer: Joh.

Stamps of Malta: Queen Victoria 5s. Rose (1886)

By |October 12th, 2015|

This attractive Queen victoria 5s.

Stamps of Colombia: Orchids Issue (1947)

By |August 19th, 2015|

This attractive set of six stamps featured Colombian Orchids: 1c. Masdevallia nicterina 2c. Miltonia vexillaria 5c. Cattleya dowiana aurea 5c. Cattleya chocoensis 5c. Odontoglossum crispum 10c. Cattleya labiata trianae Frames recess.

Stamps of Switzerland: Glider Air Issue (1949)

By |August 12th, 2015|

This Special AIR stamp celebrated the La Chaux-de-Fonds, St. gallen Lugano flights. Designed by H. erni and engraved by A. Yersin Design recess.

Stamps of Antigua: Martello Tower Definitives (1953)

By |August 10th, 2015|

The British Caribbean dollar had been adopted in Antigua in 1951, but King george VI had died before a decimal definive series ould be prepared. The same designs were used for a series portraying Queen Elizabeth, issued in November 1953. A design showing a Martello tower was added to the range, for the 8 and 48c.

Stamps of Switzerland: Farm Animals Issue (2013)

By |August 7th, 2015|

Technical Details Issue Date: 05.09.2013 Designer: Judith Brennwald, Flond (GR) Printer: Offset, 4-colour; Joh.

Stamps of Iceland: National Life-Saving Association (1978)

By |July 25th, 2015|

This issue celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National-Life-Saving Association of Iceland. It showed Winching a Survivor ashore. Designed by T. Magnusson. Engraved by E. Lacaque. Recess.

Stamps of Gibraltar: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday (2000)

By |July 25th, 2015|

This issue celebrated Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday. It consisted of four stamps: 30p. Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Signing Book 42p. Duke and Duchess of York 54p. Queen Mother with bouquet 66p. Queen Mother in orange coat and hat Designed S. Perera.