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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Stamps Celebrate Soccer's World Cup


Ready to drop kick, this colorful stamp from Vanuatu celebrates the 2006 World Cup and its 32 participating nations. In a heart-stopping penalty shoot-out in Germany this summer, Italy narrowly beat France to be crowned 2006 World Cup champion.

Whether you call it football or soccer, the international men's competition has played out every four years since 1930, with a break during WWII. (The Women's World Cup has been held on a similar 4-year schedule since 1991.) The World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, according to an article posted on Wikipedia, with more than a billion fans watching.

County Stamp Center carries a large selection of stamps commemorating the World Cup and the sport of soccer. Visit our website and use our unique search feature to find just the stamp you're looking for. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

United Nations Celebrates 60 Years


With visions of the apocalypse fresh in their minds, post World War II nations joined together to form the United Nations in the hopes of ensuring world peace.

From its founding in 1945, the United Nations has grown to include 192 member nations, virtually all of the planet's internationally recognized independent nations, according to Wikipedia. Its mission is international cooperation in the pursuit of law, security, economic development, and social equality for all nations.

It is fitting that this beautiful stamp celebrating the UN's 60th anniversary is issued by the Yemen Arab Republic. In a part of the world now torn by war and strife, where UN forces are being deployed to keep the peace, it is important that the peaceful mission of the UN be celebrated.

Visit County Stamp Center's website to view this stamp and many others honoring the UN on it's 60th anniversary. Use our easy search engine to find stamps by category, key word or Scott's number. Visit County Stamp Center today for all your philatelic needs.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before ...


Star Trek changed the world. Metallic data disks sparked the invention of the CD. Communicators gave scientists the idea for mobile phones. Tricorders led to the PDA. Even those red doors that whisked open on Captain Kirk's approach led to technology evident every time you enter a store.

Beyond the exciting technology, Star Trek intrigued us with its vision of an altruistic universe of harmony and equality. An interracial and interspecies cast exhibited tolerance and acceptance. Women were equal, holding positions of power and respect. For generations we watched and were inspired by a future in which humanity had banded together to overcome its frailties.

When Star Trek first hit the airwaves in 1966, no one could have predicted the success, popularity, longevity, or profitability of Gene Roddenberry's futuristic universe. County Stamp Center is pleased to offer a gorgeous Australian sheetlet of 10 sets commemorating Star Trek The Next Generation. (Click the post title for more information.) Stunning portrayals of the series' main characters make this stamp a must have issue for collectors and trekkies alike. Beam yourself up to County Stamp Center's website for a look at this and other issues celetrating the Trek universe.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Stamps Feature 5 Illustrations from "The Little Prince"

County Stamp Center is honored to offer two exquisite color trial proof sheets commemorating The Little Prince. Issued in 1998, the stamps depict five original illustrations from the famous novel by Saint-Exupery. (Click the post title for more information.)

Published in 1943 and widely translated since, the French author's most famous novel was written in New York City as a children's story. In it Saint-Exupery imagines himself stranded in the Sahara where he meets a young extra-terrestrial prince. The story explores human life and relations seen from a child's view of the world. Though written for children, it's simple truths struck a chord with many adults. Perhaps the book's most important lesson is contained in the famous line: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

Visit County Stamp Center to view The Little Prince sheetlets, as well as hundreds of other issues and specials. Our website allows you to search by category, keyword or Scott catalog number. Our buyer can assist you with special orders. We also carry a full line of philatelic supplies. Visit County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Danish Stamp Celebrates Norse Mythology


Born of fire and ice, Norse mythology depicts a harsh world ruled by strong forces. It was a world of heroic deeds and fierce battles in which order struggled against chaos. Norse gods represented order in a world constantly being pushed toward chaos by giants and monsters. This beautiful souvenir sheet from Denmark illustrates the strong forces that shaped Norse mythology (click the post title to see this intricately designed stamp in closer detail).

Living in a world often at the mercy of nature, Norse storytellers gave life to those forces in the form of gods, elves, giants, and monsters. The earth was represented as a flat disc situated in the branches of the world tree, according to an article posted on wikipedia.org. The gods lived in Asgard at the center of the disc and could only be reached by walking across the rainbow. To the north lay cold, dark Niflheim, the dwelling place of the dead, ruled by Loki's daughter Hel. To the south, the fiery realm of Muspell, home of the fire giants. In between was the world of men, or Midgard (middle-earth).

Our knowledge of Norse mythology comes largely from the Eddas and other medieval texts in which Christian scribes translated the oral epic poems through which Norse mythology was handed down. Its influence is evident in today's modern fantasy novel, often populated by elves, dwarves, frost giants, and other Norse creatures. In writing The Lord of the Rings, author J.R.R. Tolkien was heavily influenced by Norse mythology, setting his heroic tale in a Middle Earth populated by Hobbits, ogres, elves, and monsters.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

JOHN DENVER- PHILATELIC TRIBUTES


America and numerous other countries have honored the King of Rock, Elvis Presley on their postage. It seems curious that one of America's most famous folk singers, movie personalities, and political activists has not been honored by his home country, but only on foreign postage.

John Denver, American folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician who was one of the top selling artists of the 1970's, has been pictured on a Nevis Island postage sheet. The Grammy and Country Music Award Winner, has his portrait featured on four postage stamps along with a large margin photo of a concert appearance. The African nation of Tanzania produced a 2003 issue not only features an artistic portraits of the artist on four postage stamps, but a margin painting with a detailed biography. Tanzania's accompaning souvenir sheet features of portrait of Denver with guitar and Rocky Mountains in the background.

These stamps are not just of interest to the thousands of fans who made him one of the most popular entertainers of the 1970's and 80's, but also to those who remember Denver for his efforts on behalf of world peace, championship of environmental issues, and humanitarian relief efforts.

It is close to nine years since Denver's tragic death and one can only wonder how long it will be before the U.S. Post Office honors his memory with a commemorative issue.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Beautiful Butterfly Stamps


You see them flitting about, alighting gently on garden flowers, fluttering lazily in summer skies, their rainbow-hued wings glinting in the sunlight. Watching butterflies dance through the garden is one of the pure joys of summer. A beautiful 6-stamp set (shown at right) has been issued by the Netherlands Antilles in celebration of this ephemeral summer wonder (click the post title for a closer look).
There are 15,000 to 20,000 different species of butterfly worldwide. Belonging to the order Lepidoptera, the minute colored scales on a butterfly's wings provide camouflage from predators.

The word butterfly is derived from the Old English word butterfleoge which means to steal milk. Dutch and German derivations share the same meaning. In medieval times, butterflies were thought to steal the milk from cows.

County Stamp Center carries more than 300 different butterfly stamps. Visit our website to view these beautiful stamps and check out hundreds of other issues of all kinds. County Stamp Center is your first and best source for all your philatelic needs.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Enter Our Monthly Contest to Win Free Prizes

Sign up at County Stamp Center today for a chance to win a free Lindner 32-page stock book, a $24 value! Don't delay, the contest ends at midnight on Saturday, September 23, 2006. Click the post title for your chance to win this excellent stock book from County Stamp Center.

It's easy to enter our monthly contests and there's nothing to buy. All you have to do is register to become a StampCenter.com member. Membership makes it even easier for you to check out our latest issues, buy stamps and supplies online or consult with our buyer for specialized purchases. From our website, you can sign up to receive notification of new issues, share our site with a friend, review stamps for other customers, register to have new issues reserved for you, and more. We pride ourselves on our extensive inventory and superlative customer service. Visit County Stamp Center today for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

First Airmail Attempt Deflating

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet may keep your postman from his appointed rounds, but uncooperative winds kept the first airmail letter from going anywhere.

On August 17, 1859, the postmaster of Lafayette, Indiana handed balloon pilot John Wise a locked bag of 123 letters bound for New York City on what was to have been the first airmail delivery. Although Lafayette lay in the path of the prevailing westerlies, still air in the 90-degree heat that day forced Wise to ascend to 14,000 feet to find wind. The vagaries of nature being what they are, the 5-hour flight carried the balloon 30 miles south, not 500 miles east as intended. So ended America's first airmail flight, according to a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine. In case you're wondering, the mail did arrive, though by train!

Stamps commemorate this and other interesting events in postal history. County Stamp Center offers thousands of stamps on every subject imaginable, for beginners and expert collectors alike. Visit our website, enter your topic in our unique search engine, and see what we have to offer. Can't find exactly what you're looking for? Just let our buyer know and we'll find it for you. We pride ourselves on our selection and superior customer service. Visit County Stamp Center today for all your philatelic needs.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Stamp Collecting Makes Great Hobby

Stamp collecting is an enjoyable hobby for young and old. Collecting engages your passion and is limited only by your imagination and vision.

My neighbor collects stamps of vintage cars. They bring back memories of vehicles he has owned and the travels he took in them, but they also allow him to dream about models he could never afford but would have loved to drive. Some might think his stamp collection is a poor substitute for owning the shiny, chrome-studded real thing, but not my neighbor. He can own a whole fleet of circa 1950 Chevies without the expense of maintenance, insurance or gas!

How do you start collecting? Be selective, advises Dick Sine, author of Stamp Collecting for Dummies. "Pick something you like and collect around it." For example, you can build a stamp collection around a favorite sport, places you have visited, a period of history, or, like my neighbor, an object of your desire. Sine recommends collecting for fun, not profit. Set an amount you can afford to spend on your hobby every month and build your collection slowly over time.

County Stamp Center can help you get started on your new hobby. We offer a nice selection of albums and supplies for novice to expert collectors. You'll find thousands of stamps on our website to match every interest, from frogs to martial arts to historical figures to vintage cars. Our unique search feature enables searches by category, key word or Scott number, making it easy to find stamps issued on your favorite subject. Visit County Stamp Center today to start your collection.