POSTEUROP has announced that Armenia and Slovenia issued the Most Beautiful Europa Bird stamps in 2019. The public online vote, which polled a record 25,000-plus votes, selected the Armenia stamp as the most beautiful, followed by Turkey, and Finland. The jury vote however, comprising six philatelic experts, preferred the stamp from Slovenia, with secondly Liechtenstein, and Finland again third. This year’s Europa stamp theme is … Continue reading Last year’s most beautiful bird stamps in Europe are from Armenia and Slovenia
With London 2020 postponed, Stanley Gibbons decided to launch an online, single-sheet philatelic competition aimed at bringing the philatelic community together during the current crisis. Titled the Stanley Gibbons Blue competition, the competition took its inspiration from prestigious institutions who award ‘Blues’ to those individuals who represent the highest level of excellence in their field. In the competition, a Stanley Gibbons Blue was awarded to … Continue reading Stanley Gibbons sings the Blues
Star lot of the Robert A Siegel auction on March 3-5 in New York, was a well-centred example of the most famous of all US errors, the 1918 24c Inverted Jenny. From position 95 of the original sheet of 100 stamps, it sold for $230,000. Siegel described the stamp (pictured) as having rich colours and with better centring than many in the sheet. It has … Continue reading Position 95 Inverted Jenny sold for $230,000
Five years ago, on April 21 2015, Croatia issued a set of three Kn3.10 values honouring personalities. Mi 1175/SG 1247 is dedicated to the composer Luka Sorkočević (Luca Antonio di Sorgo, 1734-1789). The issued version shows his Italian name and details of his handwritten sheet music. What a surprise then, when an example of this value appeared with a different design at an auction in … Continue reading Croatia 2015: President Jefferson – Composer?
Although the picture postcard didn’t become widely popular until the final decade of the 19th century, events and personalities from earlier times still frequently appear on them. So it’s no surprise that devotees of the prolific and iconic Charles Dickens, the 19th century novelist, can build up a huge collection of images based on his life and work. In Edwardian days, postcard publishers couldn’t wait … Continue reading What the Dickens!
The international stamp community has come to the fore and, as I write, has already donated about A$12,500 to the Australian bush fi re disaster appeal fund – can you add to that? – tinyurl.com/FiresOz. Australians can now assist disaster donations by simply walking into their Post Offices and buying a sheet (or sheets) of the new Australia Post $1.10 booklet panes of five different … Continue reading Australia Post issues ‘Disaster Relief’ stamps
It’s been a well-known fact for several decades that the number of bricks-and-mortar stamp stores in the United States has been dwindling. At one point during the 1950s, according to Herman ‘Pat’ Herst, in his book, Nassau Street, there were almost 250 stamp stores on that fabled street alone; but the rising cost of rent, easy access to mail order and, later, use of the … Continue reading Just how many stamp stores?
On January 1 1860, the Kingdom of Poland, which belonged to Russia after the Congress of Vienna, was granted its first postage stamp… Continue reading The Polish Kingdom’s first and only issue
On Tuesday November 26, Her Majesty the Queen visited 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW, to open officially the new headquarters of The Royal Philatelic Society London. Her Majesty was greeted by The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell as Lord Lieutenant, who presented Richard Stock FRPSL, President of the Society, to Her Majesty together with Peter Cockburn FRPSL and Mike Roberts FRPSL, Vice-Presidents, and Patrick … Continue reading The Queen opens new RPSL headquarters