Topical Stamp Collecting: Chocolate Flavored Postage Stamps

Chocolate flavored stamps to be issued by Belgium Post

” Belgium is planning to issue Willy Wonka-style postage stamps that taste and smell of chocolate to celebrate the country’s national delicacy next year.

In the wacky spirit of Road Dahl’s eccentric candy-maker, the Belgian Post Office will play tribute to Belgium’s chocolatiers with special stamps that will taste of chocolate when licked.

Recipients of the specially hallmarked letters or post cards will be able to enjoy the aroma of the candy celebrated on the postage stamps.

“With such stamps we prove our sense of modernity and innovation,” said Johnny Thijs, the CEO of Bpost.

The post office is also planning a range of stamps on the theme of road safety that will be printed with “glow in the dark” ink.

In 2013, Belgium’s Royal Meteorological Institute celebrates its 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion, Bpost will issue five stamps printed with heat-sensitive ink.

Belgium 2013 chocolate flavored postage stamps

© Bpost

When touched, an ink layer activated by the warmth of human fingers will show a pattern hidden in the background.

But philatelists have not expressed enthusiasm at adding tasty, chocolate flavoured stamps to their stamp collections.

“The Bpost CEO states that they are staying abreast of the latest technologies. That may be so, but, it is still another ‘gimmick’ product that seems to be produced more and more by the post office entities of today,” posted Bujutsu, a contributor to the message boards on the website

“I’m just glad that they aren’t issuing stamps promoting wildlife and showing a skunk.”


Further reading

Reminds me of the article I had previously written about => Canada Post Specialty Cover Commemorating 100th Anniv of Purdy’s Chocolates.




Historic Postal Stamps & Stamp Collecting Films on DVD

Old USPS Picture Stamps US Postage Stamp Collection (1957)

In this video, you’ll hear about the market value of the “Inverted Jenny” being 4,000$….Nowadays it has reached a market value of very close to 1,000,000$. Yep, no typo here, one million dollar. 🙂



The Story Behind Stamps (1957) DVD Edition


An episode from a TV series titled World Through Stamps: The
Stories Behind Postage Stamps
which aired in the 1950s.

Narrated by well-known CBS newsman Robert Trout, this 13-minute program
starts off talking about early attempts at long distance flights before
World War I.

It then goes into about how the U.S. government was only one that would
bankroll airplanes and developed the first airmail routes in 1918. They
also show an example of the first airmail stamp, along with the
infamous “upside down Jenny” stamp, which they quote as being worth
$4000. The story moves to the barnstormers who bought up surplus Jennys.

This and more than 60,000 other “ephemeral” (advertising, educational,
industrial, and amateur) films were archived by Rick Prelinger in New
York City beginning in 1993.  In 2002, the film collection was
acquired by the Library
of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division

To visit the Prelinger Archive, click here.

Source: The Stamp Collecting Round Up

Product Details

This rare piece of history is a great documentation of aviation history as told through stamps. Terrific historical documentation of older stamps. This is a one-of-a-kind educational compilation.


Odd, but interesting. Great moments in aviation history as told through postage stamps.

Source: Philatelic Database

The History of Aviation Told Through Postage Stamps (1953)

The film was produced in 1953, apparently as part of a series, and features broadcast reporter Robert Trout as a host (and Groucho Marx lookalike). He explains that Lindbergh’s historic flight radically shifted the public perception of aviation. Before it, airplanes were considered to be “fit only for freight — and fools.”

History Of Aviation Through Stamps

This whimsical short film combines historic postage stamps and amazing archival footage to tell the story of early aviation, culminating in Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh began his career as a U.S. Air Mail pilot, flying a route between Chicago and St. Louis. When he completed his transatlantic flight, countries around the world printed stamps in celebration.

Source: The Atlantic


1. Reviewer: Spuzz

5.00 out of 5 stars

September 25, 2005

Subject: Yay Lindbergh!

Totally fun overview of the history of airplanes, told, yes, through stamps! My God! What a great idea! I LOVED this film! The film uses both archival clips and the stamps to weave our way through history. The narrator seems to love this idea too. Its quite obvious that this was a series, and I would like to see more of this pleaaaaaaaaase!! (Hint Hint Rick!) This is a MUST see on this site!

2. Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf

3.00 out of 5 stars

July 29, 2005

Subject: Extreme stamp collecting!

This film appears to be a syndicated 15 minute TV show from 1953 about the stories on stamps. This episode is called “New Horizons For Old” and covers primarily Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

The piece starts off talking about early attempts at long distance flights before World War I. It also talks about how the US government was only one that would bankroll airplanes and developed the first airmail routes in 1918. They also show an example of the first airmail stamp, along with the infamous “upside down Jenny” stamp, which they quote as being worth $4000 (and now worth several million). The story moves to the barnstormers who bought up surplus Jennys. This ties back into Lindberg, who got his start on this circuit before finally flying mail.

The piece is illustrated with many examples of period newsreels of planes. There is also discussion of the other people that attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1926 and why Lindbergh called his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”.

Overall, a decent overview of the historic flight and some good footage of early airplanes. However, it’s fairly average in the end.


The History of Aviation Told Through Postage Stamps


Pan over CUs of various airmail stamps:

CU 1949 airmail stamp commemorating 45th anniversary of Wright Brothers flight
French stamp commorating July 25, 1908 Bleriot flight across English channel
VS old Bleriot plane taking off
VS old World War I-vintage planes, not clearly identified
VS World War I combat in air and anti-aircraft fire from ground
May 16, 1919: US Navy seaplane taking off from Newfoundland (NC4); one lands at Azores; two lost
CU New York Times page about trip
VS New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street ca. 1919
CU first airmail stamp Ð 24 cents of Curtiss Jenny in flight
CU inverted center stamp
VS Jenny flying, air-to-air
Spectators on ground looking up to sky, ostensibly watching air show
VS airshow activities
CU finger pointing at book, looking for specific passage; then specific passage outlined in The Spirit of St. Louis, by Charles A. Lindbergh
CU Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd
Noel Davis
Capt. Charles Nungesser
Clarence Chamberlin and Bert AcostaÕs plane
VS CUs other aviators
LS ByrdÕs plane crashing at Teterboro airport
Wreck of DavisÕs plane
NY Times headlines about loss of Nungesser and Coli
CU Charles Lindbergh in helmet, goggles and leather flying jacket
Spirit of St. Louis being rolled to airport
Lindbergh suiting up for flight, does final interviews
Lindbergh gets into Spirit of St. Louis
Lindbergh takes off from New York, very heavily loaded; finally wheels up (May 20, 1927)
Aerial over Rhode Island and Cape Cod
LS ocean waves (VS)
Coast of Nova Scotia
Wing against sky, over ocean
Rocky coast of Newfoundland
Clouds; fog enters frame from right
Night sky illuminated by moon
Lightning in night sky
Clouds seen from above
Flyby fishing boats on ocean
Coast of Ireland from air
Flying over England, buildings on coast
Night shot of Place de la Concorde
Night shot, people milling around airfield and running to plane
Nighttime mob (good)
Running figures on field
CU smiling Lindbergh in Paris
VS commemorative stamps honoring Lindbergh, issued by various nations



Famous Quotes From Mark Twain aka Samuel L Clemens in Stamp Collecting

Mark Twain on Worldwide Postage Stamps -  Topical stamp Collecting

Mark Twain on Worldwide Postage Stamps | Source:

It was Mark Twain who said,

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream and discover.”

That’s not something we do in the future. It’s something we do in the now. So, today — Explore. Dream. Discover.

To a Day of Discovery,

Mary Morrissey

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens
November 30, 1835
Florida, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Pen name Mark Twain
Occupation Writer, lecturer
Nationality American
Genres Fiction, historical fiction, children’s literature, non-fiction, travel literature, satire, essay, philosophical literature, social commentary, literary criticism
Notable work(s) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Spouse(s) Olivia Langdon Clemens (m. 1870–1904)
Children Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean

Signature                                                                          Source: Wikipedia


USA-Samuel L Clemens-1940-Mark-Twain-Sc863

USA Samuel L Clemens 1940 Mark Twain Scott #863

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - Postage Stamps

USA -Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - Postage Stamps -Scott 2787

Russia  Mark Twain Scott# 2403 Postage Stamp

Russia 1960 Mark Twain Scott# 2403 Postage Stamp

USA 1972 Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain | Scott # 1470

USA 1972 Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain | Scott # 1470


Mark Twain Famous Quotes On Posters & Canvas Print

    Mark Twain Famous Quote on Posters & Canvas prints
    (Available at – Click on the image)

Happy collecting!

Talk soon,


Your Topical Stamp Collecting Queen 😉