Formula One Legends Honoured by Canada Post

May 24, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Lewis Hamilton is among 5 Formula Racing Legends being commemorated by Canada Post this year.

With less than a month to go before the Grand Prix in Montreal, legendary Scottish racer Sir Jackie Stewart and the first lady of Canadian racing, Joann Villeneuve, helped to unveil stamps featuring five famous FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA winners.

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Churches of Brazil on Stamps

May 15, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Brazil offers a rich architectural history – not least the magnificent array of religious buildings that have been built since it was colonised by the Portuguese in the 1500’s. Many of these splendid buildings, some of which cannot be matched anywhere else in the world, have been shown on the stamps of Brazil and further afield. We explain what a thematic collection of Brazilian churches on stamps has to offer collectors.

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Humanitarian Honoured

April 24, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

An 85c. stamp, released by France on 27 February, honours Anne Morgan – the first woman to become Commander of the Legion of Honour due to her relief work during and after World War I. Anne Morgan (1873–1952), an American, was the daughter of John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J P Morgan – the financier and banker. During World War I, she was at the forefront of efforts to raise funds for wounded soldiers and later founded a major civilian relief organisation with her friend Anne Dike (1879–1929).

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The 1928 Airmail Overprints of Chile

April 19, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

With the growth of overseas airmail in 1928–29, the Chilean Post Office recognised the need for postage stamps specifically for the purpose of prepaying the airmail rate. As no international airmail stamps were available at the time, a provisional issue was created to meet demand. We discuss the production, known varieties and postal usage of the 1928 airmail overprints.

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GB Stamps Used in Morocco

April 12, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

It is well-known that from the late 1850s to the mid-1880s stamps of Great Britain were used in Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar – the key coaling stations on the Mediterranean, linking the United Kingdom with the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India.

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Southern Lights

April 02, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are familiar with the Northern Lights, the Southern Hemisphere has its own fantastic light show – the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. New Zealand, home to the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve, offers an excellent location to view this magnificent natural light show and a six stamp set was released by New Zealand Post on 8 February to celebrate this fact.

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Ascension Island: The 1975 Red Overprint

March 28, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Covering just 34 square miles, Ascension Island is a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic, about 1000 miles from the coast of Africa, and 1400 miles from the coast of Brazil. It is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Georgetown is the capital and the only town on the island. The island is named after the day of its recorded discovery, Ascension Day on 21 May 1503. It played a role as an important safe haven and coaling station to mariners, and for commercial airliners during the days of international air travel by flying boats. During World War II it was an important naval and air station, especially providing antisubmarine warfare bases in the Battle of the Atlantic.

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The First Stamps of Bahawalpur

March 21, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

A century ago, when the sun never set on the British Empire, India was its biggest and brightest jewel. Although vast areas were governed directly by the British Raj, there still remained hundreds of Indian states that were permitted to exercise some form of independence. A favoured few were even allowed to have standing armies, mint coins and print their own stamps. One such princely state was ruled by an Amir who quite literally embodied the adage that philately was ‘the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings’.

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Luther’s German Bible

March 15, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation marking the schism within the Roman Catholic Church which led to the formation of the Protestant faith. As part of the events planned for the anniversary, Germany issued a single stamp on the theme of Luther’s German Bible on 2 January. A German stamp to commemorate the Reformation itself is planned for later in the year, along with stamps from a number of other postal administrators such as Lithuania, Austria and the Vatican.

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