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Stamps of Estonia: Deadly Firecap Mushrooms (2014)

By |February 7th, 2016|

The deadly fibrecap (Inocybe erubescens) is very poisonous, containing muscarine. The poison does not disappear even after scalding or drying. Quite soon after eating the mushroom signs of poisoning appear: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abundant perspiration, flow of spit and tears, often narrowing of the pupils and vision disorders. First aid must certainly be given after the first poisoning symptoms, as later help need no longer save the affected person. In Western Europe the deadly fibrecap causes numerous poisonings every year, including deaths.

Stamps of Romania: Botanical Gardens Flowers (2015)

By |February 4th, 2016|

Roman Post has released a set of four stamps depicting gorgeous flowers. This postage stamp issue presents rare flower species found in the patrimony of four botanical gardens in Romania. The stamps were unveiled and put into circulation on the circulation on the 3d of July. The role of botanical gardens has changed over time, from being, in the beginning, medicinal gardens for the study and cultivation of plants with healing properties, to becoming in time open green spaces for people’s relaxation and leisure.

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 Austria: Stefan Zweig Issue (1981)

By |January 31st, 2016|

Stamps of Taiwan: Corals Issue (2015)

By |January 23rd, 2016|

Chunghwa Post, Having previously issued “Corals of Taiwan” on January 8, 2014, Chunghwa Post is now following up with new four stamps that are scheduled to be put into circulation on the 10th of September. The designs follow: 1. Montipora foliosa (NT$3.5): This stony coral grows in colonies shaped like thin leaves. These “leaves” often lay on top of each other or are arranged in a spiral shape to form a large colony. The coloration of this coral ranges from yellowish brown to greenish brown. They can be found in reefs throughout Taiwan’s waters. 2.

Stamps of Ascension: Pictorial Series (1956)

By |January 15th, 2016|

Bradbury Wilkinson recess-printed a pictorial series for Ascension released in November 1956. The stamps depicted the scenery and wildlife of the island. A map of the island appeared on the 1d. denomination while a map of the south Atlantic showing Ascension's position in regard to the international cable network was depicted on the 2d.

Stamps of Great Britain: Shackleton Issue and 2016 Preview

By |January 10th, 2016|

Stamps of Portuguese India: Father José Vaz Tercentenary (1951)

By |January 5th, 2016|

Stamps of France: Alfred de Musset (1951)

By |December 16th, 2015|

Stamps of the Czech Republic: The Art of Piranesi (2013)

By |December 15th, 2015|

Giovanni Battista (also Giambattista) Piranesi (4 October 1720, Mogliano, Venice – 9 November 1778, Rome) was a major Italian artist famous for his engravings of ancient remains and fantastic vedute (views) from the series “Prisons” (Carceri d’invenzione or “Imaginary Prisons”).

Stamps of Italy: Ferragamo Shoes (2015)

By |December 14th, 2015|

Stamps of Czechoslovakia: Death of President Beneš (1948)

By |December 9th, 2015|

This 5k. black issue commemorated the death of Dr Beneš, President of Czechoslovakia. Design after K. Svolinsky. Engraved J. A. Svengsbir. Recess Perf 12½. Released September 28, 1948 This would make an attractive andinexpensive addition to a Presidents on Stamps topical collection. Dr. Edvard Beneš, (born May 28, 1884, Kozlany, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary—died Sept.

Stamps of Austria: Robert Musil (1980)

By |December 5th, 2015|

This issue celebrated the Birth Centenary of the writer Robert Musil. Designed by S. Buchner. Engraved by A. Nefe. Perf 14 x 13 1⁄2. Released November 6, 1980. Austrian novelist Robert Musil (1880-1942) was the author of Der Mann Eigenschaften (1930-43; English: The Man Without Qualities), an unfinished novel in three volumes.

Stamps of the Philippines: Wildlife Issue (2015)

By |December 2nd, 2015|


Giants of Russian Literature: Dostoyevsky on Stamps

By |November 29th, 2015|

Dostoyevsky is a major figure in world literature on account of his exploration of characters’ psychology across four monumental novels.