Christmas 2012 FDC

Postcards, stamps and life.

I really liked this year’s Christmas stamps. The cheaper stamp is a lovely triangle shaped Christmas tree stamp and the first class stamp is a beautiful candle lantern stamp. I really love the deep, dark colors of it. A lot. That’s why I bought a bunch of the stamps. Too bad I already spent most of them on postcards I sent today, haha. I can always get some more, though! 🙂 Also, the cancellation is extremely pretty on this FDC.


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GOING POSTAL: The Half-Eaten Mind’s virtual postage stamps

By Vijay Shah

With the advent of the Internet and a greater ease and speed of use in technology, it has become nearly effortless for anyone with the slightest technological prowess to produce personalised and tailor-made items, within a matter of minutes. Before the computer age, you would either have had to pay a lot of money to get something made especially for you or a loved one or go the free route and make good skilled use of a sharp instrument or pen. Either way, for the ordinary consumer, personalisation was a limited affair.

Now, with the help of a keyboard and mouse, anyone can dream up personalised items. Hundreds of retailers now market everything including personalised photo mugs, mouse mats, party banners etc, within which the client can pick their own choice of graphics, inscriptions and photos and come away with something just as good as the mass-produced…

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Commemorative stamp and medal – Palace of the Republic

The GDR Objectified

The completion of the Palace of the Republic in April 1976 marked the end of the largest prestige project in GDR history. The building costs were officially 485 million East Marks, though internal figures presented to the Minister of Construction increased the sum to 800 million. Other sources have put the total price tag closer to 1 billion Marks. Regardless of this, the money spent was considerable for a country the size of the GDR and the project had significant impact on the country’s finances. Its prioritization also created significant resentment in the “provinces” as many resources (incl. materials and construction crews) were redirected to the capital to ensure this job was completed on time.

For the Party, however, there was a feeling of a job well done. To mark the opening of the Palace, the GDR Post issued a stamp featuring the image of the finished Palace and a…

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“Filipinas 2 C. de Peso”

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Joel Reyes Noche

spanishMy friend Patrick and I used to collect stamps when we were young. He gave me the stamp shown on the left.  Based on what I’ve seen on the website The Philippine Philatelist, it seems to be a Philippine stamp issued during the reign of Alfonso XIII, King of Spain from 1886 to 1931, when the Philippines was a Spanish colony.  I’m trying to identify it.  Four candidates are shown below (from left to right):  a 2 centavos violet issued February 1, 1892, a 2 centavos dark brown issued January 1, 1894, a 2 centavos ultramarine issued January 1, 1896, and a 2 centavos gray brown issued January 1, 1896. (Click on the pictures to see where I got them.)  I think my stamp is a violet one.


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We have a Post & Go machine!

The British Postal Museum & Archive blog

We are delighted have a fully functioning Royal Mail Post & Go machine in our Archive Search Room foyer from today. After installation and testing last Friday the machine is now operational and available to visitors. This makes the BPMA the first place to get a permanent Royal Mail Hytech Post & Go machine outside an exhibition environment.

Post & Go machines produce self-adhesive stamps on demand and are usually located in Post Office branches. Post & Go stamps are proving to be very popular with collectors and we are expecting long queues in our Search Room foyer today.

Our Post & Go machine holds two different stamp designs, which will be changed 3-4 times a year. The first stamps will be the special Christmas Robin and the standard Machin designs. A unique overprint has been especially designed for the BPMA machine, reading “The B.P.M.A.”.

Please note that the machine…

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Mark Twain’s birthday!

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November 30, 1835, Mark Twain was born! Happy birthday Mark, wherever you are…

It’s really very hard to say just a few things about the life of this gigantic American writer. So we just write a tiny summary of his exciting life and we propose very few paper suggestions from the millions are in existence!portraits

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain,was an American writer and humorist. He is most noted for his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),the latter frequently called “the Great American Novel.”stamps

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later offer the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion’s newspaper. After working as a…

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Design error?

Joel Reyes Noche

(Originally posted at on September 13, 2012 3:18 AM)


I collected stamps when I was a child and as a result I have a lot of mint Philippine stamps from the late 1980s.  These include blocks, imperforates, and souvenir sheets.

Of special interest is the pair of stamps shown above.  It seems that they have Scott number 1919 and were issued on February 25, 1988.  But the one at the bottom seems to be a design error as it has the incorrect date 1938.

Note that the stamp at the bottom has slightly different colors, messier perforations, and blurrier printing.  If you have any information about this stamp, please leave a comment.  Thanks.

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Do You Know About Postcrossing?

USPS Stamp of Approval

If you’re at all tuned in to the stamp-loving and letter-writing communities across the web, chances are you’ve heard of Postcrossing. Launched in 2005 by people who delight in checking the mailbox (not the inbox) every day, this postal-based project connects people from all over the world through the exchange of postcards.

The premise is simple: Create a profile, request an address to which you’d like to mail a postcard, send it, and wait for one to come to you, all for (almost) free—you do have to pay for postage! (For the visually-minded, this video demonstrates the process, set to philatelic music.) The best part is, you never know what you’re going to find in your mailbox.

Because it’s an international exchange, users can receive a wide variety of stamps, postcards, and even mail art. Many Postcrossers upload images of their unique pieces to Postcrossing’s Flickr page as…

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Splashdown of Apollo 12


Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second mission to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida known as Cape Canaveral four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles “Pete” Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit waiting for the other guys to come back.

The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms in our moon. Unlike the first landing on Apollo 11, Conrad and Bean achieved a precise landing at the site of the Surveyor 3, which had landed on April 20, 1967. They carried the first color television camera to the lunar surface on an Apollo flight…

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1904 St. Louis 3rd Olympic games


The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States from July 1 to November 23, 1904, at what is now known as Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis organizers repeated the mistakes made at the 1900 Summer Olympics organized in Paris. Competitions were compacted to a side-show of the World’s Fair and were lost in the chaos of other, more popular cultural exhibits.

Officially, the games lasted for four and a half months; in fact, James Edward Sullivan tried to hold an event every day for the duration of the fair. The Olympic events were again mixed with other side sporting events, but Sullivan called all his sports events “Olympic.” The IOC later declared that only 94 of these events were…

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FDR was a philatelist – Stamps Comics #7, October 1952

Steve Lopez's Big Blog o'Fun

At the risk of sounding like Ray Liotta at the start of Goodfellas, as far back as I can remember I’ve been a history buff. When I was four or five years old, my parents gave me small action figures and toy soldiers from a variety of historical eras, and (when I wasn’t playing with them) I used to spend hours looking them up in the family encyclopedia and reading about them. History was always my favorite school subject; many of my elective courses were history classes. Much later I spent a couple of years working as a historian.

This blog allows me to share some of my favorite interests: writing, gaming, movies, comics, and (on a good day) I get to throw a little history into the mix. Today’s a good day.

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