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Top 10 Posts for June 2014 from Stamps of the World.

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| Sunday, July 6, 2014

1.- Aland issuing programme 2014.

Aland issuing programme 2014.

7.2 Postal label 2014, Old wooden decoys, Velvet scoter 7.2 Mariahamn Theatre Society 100 years 7.2 Passenger ferries: m/s Birka Princess, m/s Viking Grace 17.3 Nordic, Ships at Sea (miniature sheet) 11.4 Zero tolerance 8.5 Europa-Music instruments 8.5...

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Aland issuing programme 2014.

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| Sunday, June 15, 2014

7.2 Postal label 2014, Old wooden decoys, Velvet scoter


7.2 Mariahamn Theatre Society 100 years

Top 10 Posts for May 2014 from Stamps of the World.

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1.- Top 13 most valuable postage stamps in the world

Cape of Good Hope Stamp Cape of Good Hope Stamp Estimated value: US$40,000 Issued in 1853, the Cape of Good Hope stamp is the firs...

North Borneo Stamps: A Cover That Missed the Last Clipper Service

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| Friday, May 9, 2014

Pan-American Trans-Pacific Clipper Service (1935-1941)

I showed this cover to one of my non-philatelic friends one day and jokingly asked him if he would buy it for €50.

Although quite impressed with the heavy colourful frankings, like an innate reflex, he spontaneously asked me back"Fifty euros??! why would I buy this piece of crappy paper? I wouldn't even buy it for a tenner!!!".

I smiled. Of course he wouldn't buy it and I wouldn't sell it at the price either, but trust me it's always fun to tease your friend on the subject from time to time.

Anyway this is a censored cover sent from Lahad Datu to Berkeley California, USA. It is heavily franked with multiple North Borneo stamps (1939 issue) to a total rate of $2.05 - North Borneo Censored Lahad Datu 1A

North Borneo Stamps: British Military Administration (BMA).

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The BMA took charge of Brunei's postal service on 17 December 1945 and treated all four British Borneo teritories as one unit (as also had the Japanese). Sarawak stamps of the 1934-41 issue and North Borneo 1939 issue were overprinted "BMA".

None of the Brunei stamps were overprinted primarily because of insufficient stock from previous issue - this is likely because the little number of remaining 1924-37 Brunei stamps might have been used up for Japanese overprints. Also both North Borneo and Sarawak stamps were sufficient enough to provide for postal need in Brunei during the BMA administration.  The use of BMA stamps ceased with the reappearance of new Brunei issues on 2 January 1947.

Borneo Kuala Belait to London 1946

Top 10 Posts for April 2014 from Stamps of the World.

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1.- Stamp stories: The Canadian Stamp Collection

Stamp stories: The Canadian Stamp Collection

Is there anyone who hasn’t carefully torn off the corner of an envelope to save a particularly exotic stamp? Many of us collected stamps in childhood — some even developed a passion for philately, later building it into a career. The charm of postage stamps lies largely in the fact that they are...

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Stamp stories: The Canadian Stamp Collection

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| Monday, April 21, 2014

Is there anyone who hasn’t carefully torn off the corner of an envelope to save a particularly exotic stamp? Many of us collected stamps in childhood — some even developed a passion for philately, later building it into a career.

The charm of postage stamps lies largely in the fact that they are more than small, utilitarian objects: they transport us to the heart of the country that issued them, and share its stories. By the same token, the Canadian Museum of History’s impressive philatelic collection — which contains over 500,000 items — teaches us about various aspects of Canada’s history, while helping us get to know our fellow Canadians a little better.

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