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One Borneo every minute!

One Borneo every minute!

The 1894 low values of British North Borneo broke the mould with eye-catching pictorial designs. But collectors learned to be wary of cancelled-to-order varieties

Britain's most spectacular commemoratives: Number 59

Britain's most spectacular commemoratives: Number 59

1992 Gilbert & Sullivan Operas 28p

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

Britain's most spectacular commemoratives, no 60

Britain's most spectacular commemoratives, no 60

Number 60 1984 College of Arms 16p

Falklands: From desolation to delight

In 1933 the Falkland Islands' splendid first pictorial issue gained rave reviews from local inhabitants and philatelists, but not from Argentinians and Darwinians

The Netherlands: The furry Queen

The Netherlands: The furry Queen

The first Queen Wilhelmina definitives of the Netherlands, known as the Fur Collar issue, endured a difficult development but enjoyed a 25-year lifespan

France: That sinking feeling

France: That sinking feeling

A sabre-rattling piece of French philatelic propaganda in 1939 backfired when a mighty battleship was misrepresented - and ended up in the service of the enemy

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Profusion of perforations

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Profusion of perforations

Bosnia & Herzegovina's 1906 Landscapes definitives combine beauty with beastly complexity, with almost 2,500 varieties to be found. Are you up for a challenge?

Jamaica's first issue: Curate's egg?

Jamaica's first issue: Curate's egg?

Critics were distinctly unimpressed by Jamaica's first postage stamps in 1860. But they have some unique redeeming features

Ceylon: Rubber stamped

Ceylon: Rubber stamped

Separated by less than three years, the George V and George VI pictorial issues of Ceylon were broadly similar. Until it came to rubber production...

Zanzibar: A sultan battery

Zanzibar: A sultan battery

Zanzibar's first two stamp issues in 1896 and 1899 were printed in an unusual mixture of recess and letterpress. Their other claim to fame is being interspersed by the shortest war in history

Austria: About face

Austria: About face

Austria's 'Emperor's Head' definitive series of 1890-1908 became increasingly complex as the authorities struggled to settle on the best way to combat fraud

Belgium: The soldier king

In the aftermath of World War I, Belgium's defiant definitives of 1919 portrayed King Albert I in a most unregal manner, wearing a tin hat instead of a crown

Turks & Caicos: A pinch of salt

The first issue of the Turks & Caicos Islands in 1900 neatly encapsulated the salty story of the two chains, in one of the finest examples of a colonial badge design

Ionian Islands: off the wall

When the British introduced stamps to the Ionian Islands it appeared a rushed job. But surely the design was handsome enough not end up being used as wallpaper?

Albania: All-time hero

Albania: All-time hero

In 1913, Albania's first definitives invoked the medieval warrior who defined the national identity. But copious overprints betrayed the new state's chronic instability

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

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