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Britain

Educational Reading For Generations Of Kids

Educational Reading For Generations Of Kids

On September 14 Royal Mail will issue a set of eight stamps celebrating Ladybird books, which have h...

50 not out!

50 not out!

The Machin definitive is 50 years old this month. What are the qualities that has allowed this serie...

The Machin Definitive

The Machin Definitive

Birthday celebrations for a very familiar face

Royal Mail 2016 Special Stamp Programme

Royal Mail 2016 Special Stamp Programme

Literary and historical anniversaries to dominate 2016 stamp issues

Royal Mail 2015 special stamp programme

Royal Mail 2015 special stamp programme

Historic events to dominate 2015 stamp issues

Commonwealth

Champlain celebration

Champlain celebration

1908 was a champagne moment in Canada’s history, and the Tercentenary of Quebec was celebrated by a ...

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...

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

Occupation Octagonals

Occupation Octagonals

Produced for use by an occupying army which was already in full retreat, Thessaly’s one and only iss...

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...

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