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Confederate Stamps

Friday, January 19, 2018

Confederate States philately has always enjoyed enormous popularity. The stamps are interestingly printed, served a real postal purpose, and the story behind the stamps has real philatelic appeal- large nation, rent by discord, one section withdraws ...
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Size Matters

Thursday, January 18, 2018

There are four tiny European states that maintained independence into modern times, more as an historic quirk than for any other reason. As Europe progressed through the centuries, hundreds of principalities and smaller sovereign units that had exist...

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Specialized Modern United States

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

One of the more ironic things about specialized philately is that collectors are far more likely to collect older issues in a highly specialized degree than they are to collect more modern stamps in the same degree of detail. Penny Blacks are special...
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Revenue Stamped Paper

Monday, January 15, 2018

The specialty area of United States Revenues may be the most fertile collecting specialty for collectors. Scott lists the general issue revenues which are interesting enough. But it is in the field of the specialty revenues where collectors have had ...
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Great Britain's Departmental Stamps

Friday, January 12, 2018

The first country to issue Official stamps was Great Britain. It did so at the same time that it issued the first stamp, the Penny Black. But Great Britain was scooped in one major aspect of Official stamps by the United States Post Office, and that ...
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Herman Herst Jr

Thursday, January 11, 2018

 
Image result for herman herst jrEvery field has its basic reading list, and people who have spent an enormous time in a particular field are apt to forget sometimes just how good some of the basics are. I have been rereading many of the philatelic works that I read as a young phil...
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Booklets vs Booklet Panes

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Related imageThe original format in which stamps were issued was full sheets. As time went on, postal authorities began to produce stamps for sale in more convenient formats for postal users. In the era before postage meters (and now, pre-printed postage indices)...
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National Symbols

Monday, January 8, 2018


Stamp design and messaging has changed over the course of the last one hundred years. For most of the  nineteenth century, stamp design was simple and rarely changed. New issues were uncommon and Commemoratives unheard of. Design was meant to identif...
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Stamp Design And Historical Record

Friday, January 5, 2018

Image result for antinous coinHistorians of the ancient world often have few sources to go on and much of our understanding of what happened before the last few centuries, for which written documents are common, is by inference. Thus we know of Phoenician settlements throughout t...
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Original Gum On 19th Century Stamps

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Readers of this blog are aware by now of how fashions change in philately. Used stamps were comparatively more popular fifty years ago than they are today. Covers and postal history were essentially uncollected until about 1920, had their peak around...
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