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The Centenary of the Baghdad Provisional Stamps

Spring Stampex 2017 featured a special display devoted to the stamps of the Ottoman Empire and the countries emerging from it after the end of World War I. The display had a special emphasis on Iraq to mark the centenary of country’s first stamps, which were issued in Baghdad in September 1917, following the occupation of the region by British and Indian troops in March of that year.

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2017: A Machin milestone I (HM The Queen Sapphire Jubilee)

2017 brings with it two very notable and celebratory occasions and with them are bound to be some stamp issues of interest to readers of this column. The first of the two is imminent, and is the 65th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Princess Elizabeth (which occurred when His Majesty King George VI died unexpectedly on 6 February 1952).

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War Bonds Slogan Postmarks of World War I

During World War I, the Post Office was reluctant to use slogan postmarks on its mail in order help with the war effort, despite being in the unique position of being able to get a message to almost every address in the county. It wasn’t until 10 December 1917 that the first ‘War Bonds’ slogans appeared on mail in London, with roll-out across the country coming soon afterwards. We look at the different types of slogans produced and highlight a few rarities to look out for.

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The French Territory of the Afars and Issas

There may come a time when dwindling finances, leisure, enthusiasm or even health bring our main collections to a halt, even if only temporarily. We may then look around for something simple to collect by way of light relief.

Might the French Territory of the Afars and Issas, whose issues spanned only around ten years and whose catalogue listings seem to pose no difficulties, fill the bill?

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Guernsey: Year of the Rooster 2017

Guernsey Post’s first stamp issue for the year, issued on 18 January, draws inspiration from the animals of the Chinese zodiac, an ancient system based on the Chinese Lunar calendar which dates back almost 4000 years. Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations including Hong Kong, Indonesia and Mainland China.

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