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How Postage Stamps are Made

How Postage Stamps are Made

The process of how postage stamps are made has come along way since the mid 1800’s.  Today, over 50 million stamps can be printed and readied for distribution in a single day.  Technological advances have made the production of postage stamps faster, cheaper, and safer from potential forgery. Some designs and elements of a given […]

Historic Bridges on US Stamps

The Bridges Between Stamps and History

Recently, we’ve posted a few blog topics focusing on the connections between stamp art and politics, stamps and diverse cultures, as well as great people and their service to the World.  One of the most fascinating elements of stamp collecting is the connection between postage stamps and the people, places, and events they depict.  If […]

Great People on Worldwide Stamps

Speak up for Service Day

October 30 is National Speak up for Service Day.  This the day we recognize the importance of good deeds and kind acts that otherwise go unnoticed.  With the constant flow of daily information and the onslaught of what the media calls “news”, it is quite difficult to stay informed about all the little things that matter […]

Semi-Postal Breast Cancer Awareness Stamps

Semi-Postals and Breast Cancer Awareness Postage Stamps

Since 1897 stamp issuing nations around the World have been issuing semi-postal stamps. What are Semi-Postal stamps?  Sometimes referred to as Charity Stamps, semi-postals are valid postage that actually cost more than their face value.  The additional surcharge these stamps carry is used to fund a recognized charity or cause.  For example, St. Vincent and […]

World Post Day

On October 9, 1874, the Universal Postal Union was formed in Bern, Switzerland where it is headquartered today.  The UPU is the governing body responsible for regulations and standards regarding the passage of mail among member nations and states.  The UPU currently has 192 members. Before the Universal Postal Union, specific agreements between nations were […]

October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

October is National Stamp Collecting Month

“The collecting of stamps brings untold millions of people of all nations into greater understandings of their world neighbours.” – Francis Cardinal Spellman National Stamp Collecting Month was started by the Council of Philatelic Organizations and the USPS. Beginning in 1981, October has been designated as the month to promote and enjoy one of America’s […]

Politics on stamps - Political stamp collecting

Politics of Postage Stamp Designs

Discernment of the politics on Worldwide stamps depends a great deal upon when and where you see them… “The postage stamp […] has an ideological density per square centimetre that is probably more concentrated than any other medium of cultural expression.” – David Scott (expert in Textual and Visual Studies) Looking at the collectible postage […]

United We Stand Stamp Collection

Stamps are Little Pieces of Art

Every year postal authorities around the World accept and approve of artwork to be used as postage stamp designs.  In the United States, the first 50 years of stamp artwork was mostly the portraits of great American leaders.  Since these early days many a topic, landmark, and public awareness theme have adorned U.S. stamps.  Talented artists […]

back to school stamps featuring Disney characters

That Back to School Feeling

One of my favorite times of the year, back when I was young and later as a parent, was Back to School time.  Sometimes I still get a hint of that feeling when perusing office supplies.  For me, it was the planning and organization of it all that I found exciting.  I’m guessing many a […]