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Occupation Octagonals

Occupation Octagonals

Produced for use by an occupying army which was already in full retreat, Thessaly’s one and only issue comprised the world’s first octagonal stamps

Sputnik: Beep, beep, beep

Sputnik: Beep, beep, beep

The sound of the first artificial satellite orbiting the Earth shook the world in October 1957. You couldn’t miss the philatelic echo either, as Sputnik was lavishly celebrated by stamps from the Soviet Union and its allies

Propaganda for Palestine

Propaganda for Palestine

Some of the least subtle but most powerful propaganda stamps and covers in philatelic history have drawn attention to the plight of the stateless Palestinians

Transatlantic Flight - Eyes on the prize

Transatlantic Flight - Eyes on the prize

A substantial cash prize focused the minds of early 20th-century aviators on the daunting challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Their rich legacy includes rare overprints, evocative fl own covers and modern commemoratives

World athletics championships - Feeling on top of the worlds

World athletics championships - Feeling on top of the worlds

The World Athletics Championships, which comes to London in August, is among the biggest sporting events on the planet. Over the course of 35 years, stamps and postmarks from host cities have built into a great collectable

Stars in our eyes

Stars in our eyes

The USA’s Legends of Hollywood series has been celebrating many of the world’s most famous film actors since 1995. It’s a star-studded portrait gallery.

Judge Obock by its covers!

Judge Obock by its covers!

The small French colony of Obock produced a surfeit of provisional overprints in 1892-94, but also some genuinely interesting philately and postal history

Conquer & Divide

Conquer & Divide

The partition of Germany in the aftermath of World War II is reflected in some fascinating postal history

Insuring your collection

Insuring your collection

If you haven't specifically insured your stamp collection, you should think about it now, say industry bloggers Samantha Alexander and Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley

USA: Politically corrected

USA: Politically corrected

The cornerstone of Franklin D Roosevelt’s 'New Deal' for Depression-hit America was celebrated with a curious stamp depicting the President in a false moustache!

China: Good money after bad

China: Good money after bad

Strange issues of old China looked the part in 19th-century stamp albums. This one is still highly prized today, almost 130 years after being revealed as bogus!

Nicaragua: No smoke without fire

Nicaragua: No smoke without fire

The Panama Canal is one of the engineering marvels of the world, yet its course was diverted by a postage stamp. Otherwise, it might have been the Nicaragua Canal

Nicaragua: No man's land?

Nicaragua: No man's land?

Two central American nations almost went to war in 1937, over the usual points of conflict. You know: national pride, disputed territory, postage stamps...

Korea change

Korea change

On the day that turbulent 19th-century Korea tried to set up a very civilised modern postal system, all it got was murder and arson

Abraham Lincoln on stamps

Abraham Lincoln on stamps

President during the Civil War and emancipator of the slaves, Abraham Lincoln was shot dead just after the end of the War. Countless stamps have paid tribute.

How the Netherlands Indies' stamps transformed into Indonesian ones

How the Netherlands Indies' stamps transformed into Indonesian ones

The metamorphosis of the Netherlands Indies into Indonesia was traumatic, with invasion followed by revolution. So there's an engrossing range of stamps to collect

Top 5 World

Nicaragua: No man's land?

Two central American nations almost went to war in 1937, over the usual points of conflict. You know: national pride, disputed territory, postage stamps...

Nicaragua: No smoke without fire

The Panama Canal is one of the engineering marvels of the world, yet its course was diverted by a postage stamp. Otherwise, it might have been the Nicaragua Canal

China: Good money after bad

Strange issues of old China looked the part in 19th-century stamp albums. This one is still highly prized today, almost 130 years after being revealed as bogus!

USA: Politically corrected

The cornerstone of Franklin D Roosevelt’s 'New Deal' for Depression-hit America was celebrated with a curious stamp depicting the President in a false moustache!

Index of Stamp Magazine articles 2000-2014

Compiled by Jeff Dugdale.

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