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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

Delivering The Goods

Delivering The Goods

From street furniture to sorting office, from transport to technology, postal services have long been a recurring theme on British 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

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 had a huge influence on generations of British children.

On Home Turf

On Home Turf

If Britain is a nation of gardeners, you might expect plenty of British stamps on the theme. Horticulture, landscaping, wildlife and literature all play their part

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

GB Designs by Trickett & Webb - Dynamic Duo

GB Designs by Trickett & Webb - Dynamic Duo

The British stamps designed by Trickett & Webb between 1984 and 2003 exuded clarity and class. We asked them for an insight into the creative process

Photo opportunity

Photo opportunity

Tasmania’s pictorial series of 1899 proved a perfect showcase for the colony’s scenery, even if its recess-printed heyday was all too brief

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

What’s on the telly?

What’s on the telly?

Television programmes have been a regular theme of populist stamp issues in recent years. Are they intended to appeal to children, or grown-ups?

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

Champlain celebration

Champlain celebration

1908 was a champagne moment in Canada’s history, and the Tercentenary of Quebec was celebrated by a fine recess-printed set of portrait and pictorial stamps

Flight of fancy

Flight of fancy

The concept of issuing dedicated airmail stamps never took off in Britain. It was, however, given serious consideration in the 1920s

Television animations to stir childhood memories

Television animations to stir childhood memories

A look back at a 2014 special issue that celebrated much-loved animated characters

British Eccentricities

British Eccentricities

Folk customs and traditions make only rare appearances on Britain’s stamps, but generate some attractive and eye-opening designs when they do.

1937 CORONATION ISSUE: Brownie Points

1937 CORONATION ISSUE: Brownie Points

It’s a single stamp, and you might think it’s rather dull, but the postal history of the 1937 Coronation 1½d can make for a lively collection. Here are some exhibition pieces to look for..

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?

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