Top 10 Posts for August 2013 from Stamps of the World.

1.- Railway Letter and Parcel Stamps.

Railway Letter and Parcel Stamps.Railway Letter Stamps.
In 1891 the Railway Letter Act became law and new adhesive stamps, Railway Letter Stamps, were issued by those Railway Companies who were signatories to the Act.   The Act laid down the colour and design of the Railway Letter Stamps and Regulations for the Conveyance of Railway Letters. The colour of the railway letter stamp was to be green and the design as shown by the Cambrian Railways stamp shown here.

The railway letter fee was fixed at twice the postage and a postage stamp had to be affixed as well to comply with the Post Office’s monopoly for the carriage of letters. When, following the Great War, the postage rate rose to 1½d and then to 2d the Railway Letter Fee rose to 3d and then 4d to comply with the Act.

2.- Unusual Stamps from Around the World (Part 2).

peculiar stamps2"Pass me a magnifying glass, would you?"

Stamp collecting and philately are very specialized areas and it is not the purpose of this article to conduct a definitive study of postage stamps, in terms of their rarity, financial value and so on.

Rather, this is an examination of some of the more unusual and curious postage stamp designs from around the world. A Singapore souvenir set of $5 stamps from 2008 was covered in beads on a sheet shaped like a handbag:

3.- Unusual Stamps from Around the World (Part 1).

peculiar stamps1"Pass me a magnifying glass, would you?"
Stamp collecting and philately are very specialized areas and it is not the purpose of this article to conduct a definitive study of postage stamps, in terms of their rarity, financial value and so on. Rather, this is an examination of some of the more unusual and curious postage stamp designs from around the world.

This postcard from 1905 uses stamps to indicate the "love language" (pre-smileys and emoticons, you know). Some options include: "I miss you", "My Heart Is Free", "Do You Think About Me?" Very sweet... especially since you have to use your tongue to glue the stamps in the proper spot, so it is literally tongue-spoken from the heart:

4.- India, stamp issues in 2012 (September-December).

india faro

23rd December 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

LIGHT HOUSES OF INDIA
ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA) LIGHTHOUSE

Denomination
INR 05.00

23rd December 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

LIGHT HOUSES OF INDIA
MAHABALIPURAM (MAMALLAPURAM) LIGHTHOUSE

5.- India, stamp issues in 2012 (September-December).

india husain ahmad madani

29th August 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

HUSAIN AHMAD MADANI

Denomination
INR 05.00

04th August 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

ARMED FORCES MEDICAL COLLEGE, PUNE

Denomination
INR 05.00

6.- India, stamp issues in 2012 (January-April).

india s venkataraman

18th April 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

R VENKATARAMAN

Denomination
INR 05.00

17th April 2012: A commemorative postage stamp on

GODIJI TEMPLE, MUMBAI

Denomination
INR 05.00

7.- The Aland Post

Åland Post Stamps now presents some big news! The very first auction arranged by Åland Auctions is planned to be held in November.
Åland Auctions is a website auction house, and we plan to have three or four auctions every year. Initially, all objects will be older philatelic material, stamps, covers, cards, et cetera. You have the possibility of creating your own personalized Åland stamps! You choose* the motif, so take the chance and choose one of your favourite photos for your own unique stamp! Here, we present some of the possibilities for My Stamps; however, your fantasy sets the limit.

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

Cape of Good Hope Stamp

Cape of Good Hope Stamp, one of the 'top 13 most valuable postage stamps in the world' by China.org.cn.

Cape of Good Hope Stamp

Estimated value: US$40,000

Issued in 1853, the Cape of Good Hope stamp is the first postage stamp in the Cape of Good Hope, and even in the whole of Africa. It firstly came out in the forms of 1- and 4-pennies, and the stamp with two other face values was issued two years later.

The stamp sports a triangular shape, so that even the illiterate could tell that it was not a stamp from another country, although many other countries have issued triangular stamps since then. Its design is a female figure sitting on top of an anchor, which is resting on top of a rock, symbolizing the Cape. The stamp was designed by Surveyor General Charles Bell and printed by Messrs. Perkins, Bacon & Co., a famous printer of books, bank notes and postage stamps.

9.- Old Steam Locomotives in South Africa.

South Africa has thousands of kilometres of railway. Most of it is "Cape Gauge" (1067 mm) with a few narrow gauge lines (610 mm) and one standard gauge line (1435 mm). Only a relatively small part of the extensive rail network is open to passenger services - the rest is used for freight only or has been closed to all traffic. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), formed in 2009, controls most scheduled passenger trains in the country. It owns MetroRail, Shosholoza Meyl and Premier Classe, as well as Intersite (who manage train stations) and AutoPax (a long-distance bus company). Many tourist train services are privately owned and run, often by unpaid volunteers. Detailed information on getting around South Africa by train can be found at The Man in Seat 61, a thorough and comprehensive site dedicated to worldwide train travel.

10.- Bird stamps from Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia and a small part of Silesia. The Czech state, formerly known as Bohemia, was formed in the late 9th century as a small duchy around Prague, at that time under the dominance of the powerful Great Moravian Empire. After the fall of the Empire in 907, the centre of power was transferred from Moravia to Bohemia, under the Přemyslids. Since 1002 it was formally recognized as part of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1212 the duchy was raised to a kingdom and during the rule of Přemyslid dukes/kings and their successors, the Luxembourgs, the country reached its greatest territorial extent (13th–14th century).

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