Classic First Stamps

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

The world's total stamp output has now reached such levels that most collectors must concentrate on more limited areas. In this month's column I'll introduce a collecting speciality which is quite popular in the USA but perhaps not in Australasia (there is even a US dealer who specialises in this speciality)...


Swiss U.P.U. (1900) and a Youthful Memory

By | September 17th, 2016|

When I was twelve or thirteen years old I received my very first circuit sheets in the post from a philatelic society, which I had recently joined. On the first page was this U.P.U. 25th

Paraguay’s Philatelic Oddities (1944-1945)

By | September 16th, 2016|

You sometimes encounter stamps which really look like postage stamps. They are beautifully printed and have designs which closely relate to the history, culture and progress in different areas in the country whose name they

Temple of Heaven: the Stamps of China

By | September 13th, 2016|

Some twenty years ago there was still a fairly large number of stamp shops in Stockholm, the Swedish capital. In one of the shops I discovered a set of three Chinese stamps (Scott # 131-3)

An Unusual WWI Postcard to a Soldier in Egypt

By | September 12th, 2016|

This home-made postcard was made from cut-outs of red Australian KGV heads and postage due stamps pasted to the front of a blank "Graphic" post card that was sent, presumably under cover (as there were

Fish Stamps of Cape Verde (1980)

By | September 11th, 2016|

From Wikipedia comes this list of fish on stamps of Cape Verde. Year Date Species Species author Value Stamps catalogues Taxonomy Scott Yvert Mitchell Sta. & Gib. Order Family 1980 (11.11) Thunnus alalunga (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Rural Stamps of the Russian Empire (1910)

By | September 9th, 2016|

The following article concerning the rural stamps of Russia was originally published in "Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly" (September 1910) and written by Fred W. Edwards, FRPSL, FCS. In an elementary introduction to the Rural Stamps of

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Map Archive

Anegada, British Virgin Islands Map (1832)

September 30th, 2016|1 Comment

British West Indies: Map of Antigua (1888)

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Balkan States Map (1921)

August 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Map of India & South East Asia (1877)

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American Philatelic Society (APS)

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Rhodesian Study Circle

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Belgian Congo Study Circle

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Netherlands Postal Van

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