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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.

Four Horsepower

Four Horsepower

From the 1780s until the 1840s, horse-drawn mail coaches were the fastest way to transport mail between British towns and cities. Romanticised in retrospect, in reality they were fraught with discomfort and danger

50 not out!

50 not out!

The Machin definitive is 50 years old this month. What are the qualities that has allowed this series to enrapture so many enthusiasts, and how might you go about starting a collection?

Boer necessity

Boer necessity

The newly conquered Boer republic of the Transvaal required stamps portraying the British monarch in 1902. Bicoloured printing helped to give them a touch of elegance

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

Stamps in Nazi-Occupied Britain

Stamps in Nazi-Occupied Britain

What would the postage stamps of Nazi-occupied Britain have looked like?

Ships ahoy!

Ships ahoy!

British stamps have commemorated a wide range of seagoing vessels, from warships to cruise liners. They add up to an extremely impressive fleet

Conquer & Divide

Conquer & Divide

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

The Machin Definitive

The Machin Definitive

Birthday celebrations for a very familiar face

Time Stood Still

Time Stood Still

Much has changed in 50 years. Why has the Queen’s portrait defied the passage of time?

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

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 1: 1980 International Stamp Exhibition 50p

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 1: 1980 International Stamp Exhibition 50p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 2: 1929 Postal Union Congress £1

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 2: 1929 Postal Union Congress £1

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemorative, no 4: 1999 Scientist's Tale 64p

Most spectacular commemorative, no 4: 1999 Scientist's Tale 64p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 3: 1948 Royal Silver Wedding £1

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 3: 1948 Royal Silver Wedding £1

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemorative, no 5: 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation 10½p

Most spectacular commemorative, no 5: 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation 10½p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemorative, no 6: 1995 Christmas 19p

Most spectacular commemorative, no 6: 1995 Christmas 19p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 8: 1964 Shakespeare Festival 2s 6d

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 8: 1964 Shakespeare Festival 2s 6d

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we selected the top 75, and our countdown continues here

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