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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

Burma: feathering the nest

Striking design and crisp printing ensured that Burma's first stamps made a big impact in 1938. But was that a subliminal imperial message in the peacock motif?

Shakespeare becomes first commoner on GB stamps

The Shakespeare Festival set of 1964 broke new ground with its portrait of a commoner, and with its presentation pack, postmarks and aerogrammes

National mourning

The 1965 Churchill Commemoration issue made the formidable parliamentarian, war leader and author the first ever recipient of mourning stamps in Britain

St Vincent's first high value

St Vincent's first high value design in 1880 eschewed Queen Victoria's profile in favour of the arms of the colony. Its classic beauty would make it a recurring theme for the island's stamps

Abraham Lincoln on stamps

Abraham Lincoln on stamps

President during the Civil War and emancipator of the slaves, Abraham Lincoln was shot dead just after the end of the War. Countless stamps have paid tribute.

How the Netherlands Indies' stamps transformed into Indonesian ones

How the Netherlands Indies' stamps transformed into Indonesian ones

The metamorphosis of the Netherlands Indies into Indonesia was traumatic, with invasion followed by revolution. So there's an engrossing range of stamps to collect

Germania mania

A snap decision by a distracted Kaiser instigated Germany's most celebrated definitive issue, which would produce many fascinating varieties

British Guiana: the rarest stamp in the world?

The 1856 British Guiana 1c black on magenta is unique. With only one example universally accepted as genuine, it has become a philatelic legend

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