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Russian Cosmonaut Day 2020 April 12 - Russian Cosmonaut Day is Celebrated every April 12, and I figured I would use this to feature Russia's 1980 souvenir sheet issued to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the first-ever spacewalk. This took place on… Continue reading Russian Cosmonaut Day
The Stations of the Cross 2020 April 10 - On this Good Friday, I find it appropriate to add a quick post on Paraguay's 1970 issue on the Stations of the Cross.  The Stations of the Cross are a series of 14 images that… Continue reading The Stations of the Cross
Law 1 – The Field of Play 2019 December 14 - According to the Laws of the Game for Association Football (Soccer), Law 1 deals with the field of play.   Field Surface FIFA and the IFAB specify that the field of play must be a natural,… Continue reading Law 1 – The Field of Play
INS Taragiri 2019 December 14 -  The INS Taragiri  was a Nigiri class frigate in the Indian Navy. Commissioned on May 16, 1980,  she is named for a range of hills located in the Himalayas. She was constructed by Mazagon Dock… Continue reading INS Taragiri
Fedor A. Vasilev 2019 February 28 - Portrait of Vasilev by Kramskoi Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasilev was a Russian landscape painter who was born on February 22, 1850, in Gatchina, Russia. His dad was a low ranking government official. Having to work from… Continue reading Fedor A. Vasilev
Ivan Kramskoi 2019 February 27 - Souvenir Sheet featuring a self portrait of Ivan Kramskoi Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi was a Russian painter and art critic. He was born on the 27th of May in Ostrogozhsk in the Russian Empire to a… Continue reading Ivan Kramskoi
Scouting through Norman Rockwell’s Eyes 2019 February 12 - Norman Rockwell, Image from Wikipedia One of my favourite stamp sets is Liberia's 1979 set on Scouting through the eyes of Norman Rockwell. The set of 50 Stamps issued on September 1, depicts various paintings… Continue reading Scouting through Norman Rockwell’s Eyes
The SS Zambezia 2019 February 3 - the SS Zambezia The SS Zambezia was constructed in 1903 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. of Middlesbrough for Empreza Nacional de Nav a Vap of Lisbon as a cargo-passenger liner. Her tonnage was 1174… Continue reading The SS Zambezia
The MS Jutlandia 2019 January 12 - Originally published September 2, 2017. The MS Jutlandia was built for the East Asiatic Company (EAC) by the EAC at the Nakskov Shipyard in 1934. She was 461 feet long with a beam of 61 feet and a draught of 36 feet.… Continue reading The MS Jutlandia
The MV MacDhui 2019 January 12 - Originally published August 20, 2017. The MV MacDhui was built by Barclay, Curie and Co., Ltd. of Glasgow in 1931 for Burns Philp on their New Guinea service. She displaced 4,561 gross tons with a length of 341… Continue reading The MV MacDhui
The Edwin Fox 2019 January 12 - Originally published June 14, 2017. Built by William Henry Forster in 1853 the Edwin Fox is the world’s second oldest surviving merchant ship and the only remaining example of a ship that transported convicts to… Continue reading The Edwin Fox
The Black Star Line 2019 January 12 - Originally published June 10, 2017. The Ghanan Postal authority issued a set of 3 stamps in 1957 to commemorate the formation of the Black Star Line, Ghana’s national shipping company. Intended to carry cargoes of… Continue reading The Black Star Line
MV Victoria 2019 January 12 - Originally published May 6, 2017. Issued in 1981 as one in a set of 4 commemorating Norwegian lake shipping the Motor Vessel (MV) Victoria is featured on the 1k.30 value. Built in 1882 as a Steam Ship… Continue reading MV Victoria
MF Storegut 2019 January 12 - Originally published May 6, 2017. Issued in 1981 as one in a set of 4 commemorating Norwegian lake shipping the Motor Ferry (MF) Storegut is featured on the 2k.30 value. The MF Storegut was constructed as a railway ferry to… Continue reading MF Storegut
PS Skibladner 2019 January 12 - Originally published May 5, 2017. Issued in 1981 as one in a set of 4 commemorating Norwegian lake shipping the Paddle Steamer (PS) Skibladneris featured on the 1k.10 value. The PS Skibladner is the only paddle steamer operating in… Continue reading PS Skibladner
MS Fæmund II 2019 January 12 - Originally published May 5, 2017. Issued in 1981 as one in a set of 4 commemorating Norwegian lake shipping the Motor Ship (MS) Fæmund is featured on the 1k.50 value. The MS Fæmund is a historic passenger ferry that originally… Continue reading MS Fæmund II
Canadian Corvettes 2019 January 12 - Originally published May 2, 2017. On July 1st, 1942, the Canadian government issued a series of stamps to celebrate Canada and Canadianscontributions to the war effort. The 20¢ value was titled Corvette Ready for Launching and was designed… Continue reading Canadian Corvettes
Solidarity 2019 January 12 - Originally published February 21, 2017. Solidarity was an independent Polish Trade Union that was founded on the 17th of September 1980, under the leadership of Lech Walęsa at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. Solidarity was the… Continue reading Solidarity
The Sombrero Galaxy 2019 January 12 - Originally published October 12, 2016. Discovered in 1871, the Sombrero Galaxy is located in the constellation of Virgo a mere 28 million light years from Earth. It is 30% the size of the Milky Way… Continue reading The Sombrero Galaxy
The Ships of the Russian Weapons of Victory Series 2019 January 11 - Originally published October 10, 2016. Four ship stamps were issued in 2013 by the Russian Postal Authority to commemorate weapons that helped contribute to the "Russian" victory in WWII. The first stamp in the set… Continue reading The Ships of the Russian Weapons of Victory Series
Celebrating Peacekeeping 2019 January 11 - Originally published October 4, 2016. Peacekeeping is the maintenance of peace by an armed force. This is usually done in the context of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. It is an honourable task and in… Continue reading Celebrating Peacekeeping
The Austrian State Opera and Theatre House 2019 January 11 - Originally published October 4, 2016. Issued by Austria in 2005 the country of Austria celebrated the 50th Anniversaries of the reopening of their national opera and theatre houses. The Opera House Construction on the state… Continue reading The Austrian State Opera and Theatre House
Law 2 – The Ball 2019 January 11 - Originally published October 4, 2016. When I was younger and much more in shape I was a soccer (football) referee.  On top of being great exercise and fun, there was the memorization of the 17… Continue reading Law 2 – The Ball
The Battle of Shaykan 2019 January 11 - Originally published September 12, 2016. Commemorated by Sudan in 1984 the Battle of Saykan was fought between the forces of Egypt and Sudan and was part of the Mahdist War.   Also referred to as… Continue reading The Battle of Shaykan
György Dózsa 2019 January 11 - Originally published September 4, 2016. György Dózsa was a Székely man-at-arms from Transylvania who led a peasants uprising against the Kingdom of Hungary’s Nobility in the 1500s. He was born in 1470 during Hungary’s war with… Continue reading György Dózsa
The Battle of the Saintes 2019 January 11 - Originally published August 15, 2016. In 1975 the postal authority of the island of Barbuda issued a set of four stamps commemorating the Battle of the Saintes. The stamps were issued on the 30th of May,… Continue reading The Battle of the Saintes
Samuel Gompers 2018 September 16 - Originally published August 6, 2016. Samuel Gompers was born in London, England in 1850.  At the age of 10, he was sent to work as a cigar maker apprentice to help out his impoverished family.… Continue reading Samuel Gompers
Allied Nations Day 2018 September 16 - Originally published December 29, 2015. On the 30th of May 1944, according to Scott, Russia issued a set of two stamps to commemorate the "Day of Nations United Against Germany" which was June 14, 1944.… Continue reading Allied Nations Day
The Botswana National Museum Turns 40 2018 September 16 - Originally published September 7, 2015. In 2008 the postal authority of Botswana issued a set of 5 stamps to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their national museum and art gallery. The museum was established by… Continue reading The Botswana National Museum Turns 40
Celebrating Cape Verde’s Merchant Fleet 2018 September 16 - Originally published September 7, 2015. On November 30, 1980, the island nation of Cape Verde issued 5 ship themed stamps.  The stamps were printed using lithography and were perforated 12.5 x 12. Inscribed "Flota Mercante"… Continue reading Celebrating Cape Verde’s Merchant Fleet
Christmas Exhibit 2018 September 16 - Originally published December 10, 2014. It is time for another exhibit at http://www.stampbears.net, for December I went with a more traditional theme.  So please see below for what I came up with.   Continue reading Christmas Exhibit
An Interesting Acquisition 2018 September 16 - Originally published November 29, 2014. Here is an interesting item that I acquired recently in a Box lot I received. It is the first cover I have that is from Buckingham Palace and I was… Continue reading An Interesting Acquisition
The MS Sirdhana 2018 September 16 - Originally published November 29, 2014. The 60h stamp issued by the Emirate of Dubai to commemorate 60 years of postal service depicts the motor ship Sirdhana. The Sirdhana was built in 1947 by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson… Continue reading The MS Sirdhana
Motor Ship Selandia 2018 August 31 - On June 14, 1962, Denmark issued a stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Motor Ship Selandia. The Selandia is often referred to as the worlds first diesel-powered ship. Constructed by Burmeister & Wain in Copenhagen the Selandia was… Continue reading Motor Ship Selandia
Robertson Davies 2018 August 31 - Originally published March 10, 2014. On August 28, 2013, Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate the celebrated Canadian author Robertson Davies.  Davies was also a playwright, journalist, critic and professor. Davies was born on August… Continue reading Robertson Davies
First Polar Flight 2018 August 31 - Originally published March 5, 2014. On April 10, 1938, the USSR issued a set of 4 stamps to commemorate the first transpolar flight that was completed between the 18th and 20th of June 1937. The… Continue reading First Polar Flight
HMS Barbados 2018 August 31 - Originally published April 4, 2013. The Barbados issued the 35 cent HMS Barbados stamp on August 16th, 1994 as one of a set of fourteen ships stamps issued. Originally ordered as a patrol gunboat by the US… Continue reading HMS Barbados
HMAS Australia 2018 August 31 - Originally published March 3, 2014. An Indefatigable class battle cruiser, HMAS Australia, was commissioned June 21, 1913, and became the flagship of the Australian Navy. Laid down on the 26th of June 1910 at John Brown and… Continue reading HMAS Australia
My Latest 1 Page Exhibit 2018 August 31 - Originally published October 1, 2013. It is time for another exhibit at Stampbears (new home www.stampbears.net). This time it is a one-pager where stamps are used to illustrate the poem. Below is my entry:  … Continue reading My Latest 1 Page Exhibit
Poland Goes Luna “16” 2018 August 31 - Originally published January 28, 2013. On November 20th, 1970 Poland issued a sheet of 8, 2.50 zloty, stamps to commemorate the Russian Luna 16 unmanned moon mission. Luna 16 was the first robotic probe to… Continue reading Poland Goes Luna “16”
The October Revolution 2018 August 30 - Originally published January 19, 2013. Here is a brief exhibit I put together for a competition at Stamp Bears, which is one of the best philatelic forums out there.  You can visit the exhibit on… Continue reading The October Revolution
C/O CJOB – Radio Mail 2018 August 30 - Originally published November 4, 2012. Many of us have heard a radio announcer say "Send your name and address to ..."  The below covers were sent to Winnipeg radio station CJOB in 1962 after hearing… Continue reading C/O CJOB – Radio Mail
The Grey Cup – The Game 2018 August 30 - Originally published August 28, 2012. Following my post last week on the Grey Cup Trophy, today I will detail some of the histories on the Game. The first Grey Cup Game was played on December 4,… Continue reading The Grey Cup – The Game
The Grey Cup – The Trophy 2018 August 26 - Originally published August 21, 2012. In 1909 Earl Grey, the Governor General of Canada donated the Grey Cup for Canada's National Football Championship. 2012 sees the 100th Grey Cup game (no games were held between 1916-1919)… Continue reading The Grey Cup – The Trophy
Trying to Get Kids Interested 2018 August 26 - Originally published August 21, 2012. Much is said in the philatelic media about our hobby dying and the lack of youth involvement in stamp collecting.  As collectors/philatelists, it is our job to try to entice… Continue reading Trying to Get Kids Interested
Classic Aircraft on US Airmails 2018 August 26 - Originally published July 30, 2012 One of my favourite stamp sets is the American Airmail stamps issued in the summer of 1947.  The 3 value set features prominent aircraft and landmarks of the time.   The stamps were… Continue reading Classic Aircraft on US Airmails
Ras Al Khaima Celebrates Napoleon Bonaparte 2018 August 26 - Originally published June 6, 2012. A set of 4 stamps issued by Ras Al Khaima in 1969 features Napoleon Bonaparte as presented on 4 different portraits.  The 75 Dirham stamp is based on the chalk… Continue reading Ras Al Khaima Celebrates Napoleon Bonaparte
The Titanic – Canada’s Commemoratives 2018 August 26 - Originally published April 7, 2012. Issued on April 5th. 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic are among some of the best stamp designs Canada Post has used in years. Sheet of… Continue reading The Titanic – Canada’s Commemoratives
Russian Fishing Ships 2018 August 4 - Originally published March 16, 2012. Issued on February 28, 1967, was a set of 5 stamps depicting various ships from the Soviet fishing fleet along with various type of sea life.  All are denominated 6… Continue reading Russian Fishing Ships
Tok Islands on North Korea 2018 August 4 - Originally published February 27, 2012. My previous blarticle on a set of North Korean stamps, raised an issue of finding genuinely used stamps from North Korea.  It got me thinking that I have a ton… Continue reading Tok Islands on North Korea
Togo Goes Hunting 2018 August 4 - Originally published on February 24, 2012. On May 25, 1975, the Republic of Togo issued a set of 4 stamps (2 regular, 2 airmail) depicting hunting scenes and are inscribed "CHASSE AU TOGO" (Hunting in Togo). This… Continue reading Togo Goes Hunting
The Battle of Trafalgar 200th Anniversary 2018 August 4 - Originally published February 10, 2012. One of the most defining naval actions in history, the Battle of Trafalgar asserted the Royal Navy's and Great Britain's dominance of the seas.  Fought on the 21st of October 1805,… Continue reading The Battle of Trafalgar 200th Anniversary
International Quiet Sun Year 2018 August 4 - Originally published January 27, 2012. The International Quiet Sun Year (IQSY) was a cooperative international effort to study the effects of the sun during the quiet period of the 11-year solar activity cycle (Dec.  1964 –… Continue reading International Quiet Sun Year
Online Philatelic Research Sources 2018 July 22 - Originally published January 20, 2012. In the internet age, researching your collection, or just performing basic research is made much easier.  With the click of a button, you can have access to many resources on… Continue reading Online Philatelic Research Sources
Custom Album Pages 2018 July 22 - Originally published January 19, 2012 Here are a couple of customized album pages I designed using Scribus.  If you would like a copy in either .pdf or the Scribus source file send me an email… Continue reading Custom Album Pages
The Battle of Aspern-Essling 2018 July 22 - Originally published December 31, 2011. On June 4, 2009, Austria issued a stamp commemorating the battle of Aspern-Essling.  The Stamp is based on a painting of Johann Peter Kraft and was completed circa 1809. June… Continue reading The Battle of Aspern-Essling
A Couple of Penny Reds 2018 July 22 - Originally published December 30, 2011. When it comes to postage stamps one of the finest issues is the Penny Red.  It has a very nice design and is, in my honest opinion, one of the… Continue reading A Couple of Penny Reds
North Korean Ships 2018 July 22 - Originally published December 29, 2011. On May 5, 1978, North Korea issued 5 stamps to commemorate their maritime heritage.  The stamps depict 5 ships and various aircraft and other modes of transportation (A very topical… Continue reading North Korean Ships
Conferences for Confederation 2018 July 22 - Originally published December 18, 2011. Prior to July 1, 1967, British North America was composed of separate colonies of Great Britain. These included the Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Rupert’s Land, North-Western Territories,… Continue reading Conferences for Confederation
The Canadian Fort Series 2018 July 22 - Originally published December 17, 2011. On June 30, 1983, Canada Post issued a set of 10 stamps depicting Canadian forts for Canada Day. The “Forts Across Canada Series” continued in 1985 when on June 28,… Continue reading The Canadian Fort Series
Love and Sweethearts 2018 July 22 - Originally published February 28, 2011. I have written articles for my son and daughters (well one was whether it would be another daughter or son), but have yet to ‘pen’ one for the love of… Continue reading Love and Sweethearts
Ships that Served Grenada 2018 July 22 - Originally published October 23, 2010. Issued on November 3, 1976, Grenada commemorated ships that were connected to the development of the island nation.  The seven stamps were printed by lithography and perforated 14½.  Depicted on… Continue reading Ships that Served Grenada
The 4 Indian Kings 2018 July 22 - Originally published June 15, 2018   Issued on April 19, 2010, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the portraits representing the 4 Indian Kings from the Iroquoian Confederacy who travelled to London, UK to meet… Continue reading The 4 Indian Kings
The Confederation Bridge 2018 July 22 - Originally published March 15, 2010.   The Confederation Bridge connects the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. At 12.9 kilometres, it is the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water. Connecting… Continue reading The Confederation Bridge
Using The News … 2018 July 18 - Originally published March 15, 2010. There are many different ways to collect, and as philatelists and collectors, we all know the “Right Way is my Way” so this is just a suggestion to maybe kick-start… Continue reading Using The News …
RBC Bahamas 100th Anniversary 2018 July 6 - originally published November 19, 2009 On September 22, 2008, the Bahamas Postal Administration issued a set of 5 stamps to celebrate the Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) 100-year presence in the Bahamas. Printed by BDT… Continue reading RBC Bahamas 100th Anniversary
Gonna be a … 2018 July 6 - Originally published August 6, 2009     It’s going to be a Girl. Wow, this has to be the best year (Well 365 day period) in my life. I married my sweetheart and best friend (she… Continue reading Gonna be a …
A Smattering of Sports on Canadian Stamps 2018 July 2 - Originally published March 24, 2009. This article is dedicated to my (step) son Garrett. Last fall I bought the Garmeister a "Stamp Quest Kit" from Canada Post. He loved it and was intrigued by the… Continue reading A Smattering of Sports on Canadian Stamps
The Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic Mascots Philatelic Unveiling 2018 July 2 - Originally published March 14, 2009. This article is dedicated to my daughter (technically step) Lizzie, (Elizabeth really but I wouldn’t try to call her that). My Lizzie just loves plush toys and has a real… Continue reading The Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic Mascots Philatelic Unveiling
Airliners on Cambodian Stamps 2018 July 2 - Originally published on March 07, 2009. In 1991 Cambodia issued a set of 7 stamps celebrating some of the worlds most popular airliners. Although no airline is specifically detailed on any of the stamps, these Airliners… Continue reading Airliners on Cambodian Stamps
Famous British Ocean Liners 2018 June 23 - Originally published February 6, 2009. On April 13, 2004, Great Britain issued a set of stamps commemorating six British built Ocean Liners. The stamps were designed by John Gibbs, printed by De La Rue in… Continue reading Famous British Ocean Liners
Paintings by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz 2018 June 22 - Originally published January 18, 2009 On December 6, 1985, Poland issued a 5 stamp set of Paintings by the Polish artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. Witkiewicz was born in Warsaw on February 24, 1885. He was… Continue reading Paintings by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Paintings From Canada’s Centennial Issue 2018 June 21 - originally published January 17, 2009 Canada Post’s Centennial Issue series of stamps were issued between 1967 and 1971. This series included 7 stamps based on works by famous Canadian artists. All 7 stamps were issued… Continue reading Paintings From Canada’s Centennial Issue
40th Anniversary of Czechoslovak Airlines 2018 June 21 - originally published January 21, 2007 On May 25th 1963, Czechoslovakia issued two stamps to honour the 40th anniversary of Czechoslovakian Airlines (CSA). The two stamps issued represent the Soviet influence on the countries airline operations.… Continue reading 40th Anniversary of Czechoslovak Airlines
Working on the New Stamps Section 2018 June 20 - Good evening all, This is where I will eventually move all my stamp collecting postings so I don't have to maintain multiple sites.  My goal is to have a seamless site that looks the same throughout… Continue reading Working on the New Stamps Section
Welcome to my new site 2018 June 19 - Hello and welcome to my new home on the web.  I decided to move to a new web hosting service as I was getting a little unhappy with the old hosting provider and decided that… Continue reading Welcome to my new site