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Map of the Denver Rio-Grande Railroad (1904)

By |March 13th, 2016|

United States Stamps: Sarah Vaughan Issue (2016)

By |March 6th, 2016|

United States Stamps: Grapes as the Earliest Fruit Culture (2016)

By |February 28th, 2016|

United States Post Offices: Auburn, Alabama (c.1935)

By |November 18th, 2015|


Spain: First Floating Trade Fair Stamp (1956)

By |October 10th, 2015|

This interesting stamp (SG 1254/Scott 848) was issued in 1956. The ship, CIUDAD DE TOLEDO, with a tonnage of 10, 123, was used to transport Spain’s first floating Trade Fair of national products around the world, was built by the Cia Euskalduna atBilbao for her owners, the Cia Tras Mediterranea. Ten thousand products of Spanish agriculture, industry and trade were shown at all the most important ports of the Spanish-American seaboard, including Buenos Aires, Bahia, Narranquilla, Colon, Vera Cruz, Tampico, New Orleans, Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Ciudad Trujillo and Puerto Rico (San Juan). Note: There was also a

United States Stamps: Paul Newman (2015)

By |September 11th, 2015|

The U.S. Postal Service is going to honor the award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman with a special stamp issue that is to be released on the 18th of September. The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman accompanied by text that reads “Actor/Philanthropist”. With his blue eyes and on-screen charisma, Newman enthralled American moviegoers for six decades. Over the course of his decorated movie career, he received 10 Academy Award nominations, including eight for best actor. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film “The Color of Money”.

Guam: The First Issue (1899)

By |August 25th, 2015|

The island of Guam, formerly administered as part of the Spanish Philippine Islands, was occupied by American troops in 1899 during the Spanish-American War.

United States Precancels (1911)

By |August 24th, 2015|

This article appeared in Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News - March 18, 1911 - Volume XXV, Number 11, W Number 1055 PRECANCEL PARAGRAPHS. By John A. Solomon. Precancelled stamp collecting has certainly taken a new lease of life. At present more interest is shown than for several years past. Nearly all stamp papers have paid some attention to precancel matters of late, and if frequent advertisements regarding these stamps count for anything, there is surely some demand for precancelled stamps. Many U. S.

Air Mail Stamps: Made to Fly

By |August 22nd, 2015|

I rather like Air Mail stamps of the world, used on airmail covers (of course), which logically is why they were issued. The sight of the familiar blue and red bordered airmail envelope emits a subliminal message, evoking images of distant, beckoning, exotic places. For me, at least.

United States Stamps: Space (2015)

By |July 26th, 2015|

A 1991 U.S. stamp featuring Pluto is headed to the dwarf planet on board NASA’s New Horizons robotic probe, which will soon render the phrase featured on the stamp, “Pluto: Not Yet Explored”. The phrase, which first appeared in 1991 along the bottom of a 29-cent U.S.

Stamps of Sweden & United States: Ingrid Bergman (2015)

By |July 21st, 2015|

U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden announced that award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman will be honoured as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series. The stamp will be issued jointly by the Postal Service and Sweden Post and go on sale Aug. 20. Special ceremonies will be held later. The stamp art features a circa 1940 image of Bergman taken by Laszlo Willinger, known for his portraits of celebrities. Artist Kristen Monthei digitally colorized the image. Monthei also colorized the selvage photograph, a still of Bergman from Casablanca.

Stamps of Spain: Juan Ponce de León (2014)

By |July 21st, 2015|

The 5th Centenary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival at the Florida coast is being commemorated by the issue of a stamp referring to the historical event.

United States Stamps: Summer Harvest (2015)

By |July 10th, 2015|

Every summer, some of America’s favourite foods are in season. The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates a few of those favorites-corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and watermelons-with four new stamps. Vintage produce advertising, including 19th- and early 20th-century crate labels, seed packets, and catalogs, inspired these stamp designs. Though not all produce was shipped in wooden crates, the stamp art is especially reminiscent of vintage crate labels. The four stylized labels are drawn in the same color palette of red, black, green, and yellow-orange. The produce names are in white lettering at the tops of the four stamps.

United States Mail Delivery (c. 1905)

By |June 30th, 2015|

This fine image was sent to us by one of our regular readers.

U.S. Post Offices: Columbus, New Mexico (1916)

By |June 20th, 2015|

This is an archival photograph of Columbus, New Mexico Post Office. It was taken shortly after the Pancho Villa Raid of the city (1916).