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Britain

2014 programme announced

2014 programme announced

World War I and Commonwealth Games marked.

Christmas stamp images released

Christmas stamp images released

Madonna & Child stamps to be issued on November 5.

Doctor Who early release?

Doctor Who early release?

Cover shows 1st class stamp weeks before issue.

New plan for postal museum sees London home

New plan for postal museum sees London home

The British Postal Museum and Archive will move to a larger home on the same street, in a £9 m...

Commonwealth

Natal: Last but not least

Natal: Last but not least

The stamps of Natal were not always inspired, but ended on a high note with the characterful 1902 po...

Australia: Victim of the paparazzi

Australia: Victim of the paparazzi

A chance encounter in the remote Australian outback produced an iconic stamp image. And the first ch...

Egypt: Stamps to die for?

Egypt: Stamps to die for?

If you thought speculation fever made for some tense scenes in English post office queues in 1966, t...

Sierra Leone: Mixed message

Sierra Leone: Mixed message

An attractive early example of multicoloured stamp printing by Sierra Leone was turned into a chimae...

Canada: The accidental forger

Canada: The accidental forger

A novice Canadian stamp dealer's remaindered stock was worth a small fortune, but his attempts to ma...

Europe

France: Seeds of an idea

France: Seeds of an idea

They were far from universally popular when they first appeared in 1903, but in a 35-year lifespan F...

France: Femme fatale?

France: Femme fatale?

Critics in France thought the 1900 'Mouchon' definitive design appeared to promise a liaison dangere...

The Italian Machin

The Italian Machin

The Siracusana series broke with tradition by offering Italians a single-design definitive range, an...

West Germany: Fresco fiasco

West Germany: Fresco fiasco

When West Germany showed a medieval fresco on a stamp, nobody realised that portions of it were badl...

France: Divine intervention

France: Divine intervention

When the winner of a prestigious French stamp design competition was found to be ineligible as a war...

World

Insuring your collection

Insuring your collection

If you haven't specifically insured your stamp collection, you should think about it now, say indust...

USA: Politically corrected

USA: Politically corrected

The cornerstone of Franklin D Roosevelt’s 'New Deal' for Depression-hit America was celebrated with ...

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 p...

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 po...

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