Happy Spooky Halloween Dear Stamp Collectors! I love all scottish related so it is fun to recall that Halloween actually originates from Scotland. Back then it was called Samhain, a Gaelic and Pagan commemoration of the end of the harvest season. The belief was that the link between the living and those who had passed on was heightened, and that the ghosts of the deceased could mingle with the living. Samhain figured into the adventures of mythological celtic hero Fionn mac …Continue reading →
GB Historic Scotland Scottish Archeology Stamp Design Error I just published an article on our ‘Everything Scotland‘ blog about the Ring of Brodgar design error. Below is an excerpt: I was tidying up some philatelic files and came across this beautiful booklet of ten (10) postage stamps depicting Scottish archeological sites, issued by Great Britain, for exclusive sale by Historic Scotland. I don’t remember at which property I bought same as there are over 300 properties in the care of …Continue reading →
Three-Cent Stamp Philosophy in Fargo Film Earlier in the film, we see that Norm’s working on a painting of some mallard ducks as part of a competition to get a picture on a stamp. He doesn’t win the prize he wanted, however: he only gets his painting on the 3-cent stamp. Norm tells Marge at the end of the movie, as they watch TV in bed: “Hautman’s blue-winged teal got the twenty-nine cent. People don’t much use the three-cent.” But …Continue reading →
Collectable covers are a fascinating and important part of philately and postal history. Watch this exploration of different types of traditional and philatelic covers, as well as the interesting histories that they reveal. By the way…if never ever thought about using gloves, it seems like a good idea. 🙂 Enjoy!
On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the existence of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, commemorative postage stamps were released to celebrate its establishment. The issue, consisting of two postage stamps and a perforated souvenir sheet, brings to the attention of passionate stamp collectors’ novel aspects of the existence and activity of this fraternal society. Masonry as we know it today, has arrived in Romania at the beginning of 17th century, coming from Istanbul along with the ships …Continue reading →
The medical professionals fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country are featured on a commemorative postage stamp of Iran. We can read on National Iranian Postal Company that “the new stamp salutes the sacrifices of the country’s medical staff as front-line efforts to fight the coronavirus”. NATIONAL HEROES The stamp design includes symbolic images from electron micrographs of the coronavirus with three people from the medical profession wearing face masks and a soldier wearing a gas mask and …Continue reading →