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Friday, June 26, 2009

Bob Hope Postage Stamps Part II Of II

In continuation from Wednesday…

Bob Hope is also known for his support of the United Service Organizations (USO). Hope’s USO support spanned 50 years and 60 tours! He first began performing for the troops in 1941 at March Field, in California. He continued to travel and entertain troops for the rest of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Hope always performed for the troops wearing Army fatigues as a show of support for our great service men and women.

Bob Hope lived an amazing life and received many awards and honors to his credit. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kennedy Center and The Freedom Award by Nancy Reagan. Hope was also appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bob Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003. To mark the event, 35 states declared the date “Bob Hope Day” and the famous intersection of Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Vine was named “Bob Hope Square”. Bob Hope died at home on July 27, 2003.

According to his official website “Bob Hope became the most recognized profile and talent in the world. And, in the entire history of show business, no individual traveled so far -- so often -- to entertain so many.”

Stop by Stamp Center to see the many different Bob Hope postage stamps available from around the globe.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bob Hope Postage Stamps Part I Of II

One of America’s most revered funny men will forever be remembered as the United States Postal Service released the Bob Hope postage stamp on May 29, 2009. The picture of Mr. Hope that is used on the commemorative stamp was taken on the flight deck of the USS Midway where Hope had entertained countless servicemen and women.

Leslie Townes Hope…otherwise known as Bob Hope, was one of five sons. He was born in London, England on May 29, 1903. His family imigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1908. Bob Hope was an entertainer from the young age of 12 when he began his career dancing and performing comedy on a local boardwalk. He eventually joined Hurley’s Jolly Follies in 1925 and played third billing to Siamese twins and trained seals.

Bob Hope appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. Hope celebrated 60 years working for NBC in 1996. He is famous for his Christmas specials where he usually performed a duet of “Silver Bells” for the audience. In the 1950’s Bob Hope was asked to appear on one of the most popular shows of the time…“I Love Lucy”. Without hesitation he accepted, but asked to do the show without a script. Showing his true comedic talent, Mr. Hope ad-libbed the entire episode, much to the delight of the viewers.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this post.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Postage Stamps – The Choices Are Endless Part I Of II

People have been collecting things most likely since the beginning of time. A quick internet search and you will find that what some people view as strange to collect; others are passionate about their favorite items. As diverse as people are, so are their collections. You can find people who collect mugs, buttons, cookie jars, toys, traffic signs, air sick bags, candy wrappers, and of course postage stamps, to name a few. Postage stamps are by far the most collected item around the world. They can show a bit of history and often times tell a story of their origin.
They are fun, easy to obtain, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on this hobby.

Unlike some collectibles, there are many choices available when it comes to stamp collecting. If you are new to stamp collecting, you might be wondering where to begin your collection. Should you pick stamps with flowers, presidents, animals, foreign releases, domestic releases, or would you like to dabble in a little bit of everything? Should I only buy cancelled stamps or would un-cancelled stamps be a better value? One of the greatest things about collecting postage stamps is that the possibilities are endless. You can buy stamps from Stamp Dealers, online, from postal authorities, or from other collectors.

Stamp collectors love to show their wonderful stamp finds. There are many stamp collectors clubs that get together to share information, buy or trade stamps, and see what other great finds their fellow collectors have found.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion to this post.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

What’s A Newbie To Do? Part II Of II

Continuing from Wednesday…

Paying for a stamp can be tricky endeavor when you are new to collecting. It is wise to check out the “Scott Catalogue” for the most up to date information about postage stamps and their values. The books are issued each year and depict interesting and valuable information about what each stamp is worth. In 2008, there were six large volumes of the book. You can also find it available in DVD and printable CD formats.

Old postage stamps can be found via internet websites, stamp shows, auction sites, other collectors and Stamp Dealers. When buying from someone you do not know, always remember to get information in writing as to what you are purchasing. Reputable Stamp Dealers are a great source to buy stamps from. They not only have a good supply of stamps to choose from, but they have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

New postage stamps that originate in the United States can be found at USPS.com. If a stamp is in high demand, you usually can find them available at a Stamp Dealer.

If you are lucky enough to have inherited a stamp collection from a relative, it would be a good idea to find out how much the collection is worth before you decide what you are going to do with it. An experienced Stamp Dealer will be able to accurately appraise the collection. Depending on what is in the collection, a Stamp Dealer may even want to purchase the collection themselves. Knowledge is power so you definitely want to know what you are dealing with before you decide to keep or sell the collection.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What’s A Newbie To Do? Part I Of II

The art of stamp collecting has been around basically since postage stamps were created. If you are new to stamp collecting, you might be asking yourself some of these questions…

"Which stamps should I collect?”

“How much should I pay for a stamp?”

“Where do I find old postage stamps?”

“Where can I buy new postage stamps?

“What do I do with Grandpa’s stamp collection now that he is gone?

Stamp collecting has evolved since the Great Britain released its first adhesive postage stamp in 1840. There are literally thousands of different stamps to choose from that are issued from almost every nation in the world. The good news is that most stamps are very reasonably priced for collectors. New stamp collectors can decide to keep their collecting focus on a particular type of stamp or a stamp that comes from a specific country or region. Perhaps you like stamps with the faces of world leaders or you prefer ones with pretty flowers instead. Maybe you want to focus your stamp collection on cartoons or stamps from specific regions of the world. The choices are endless and deciding what you want for your collection is such great fun! Beginners could decide to buy stamps in bulk to see what types of stamps they are actually interested in before they pick a specific type.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this post.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Barack Obama Stamps Have International Appeal

Stamp collectors may find these stamps interesting, no matter which side of the political spectrum you align yourself with.

Although you must wait a while for the United States postage stamps to be issued, we can usually count on the international community to supply certain stamps that would create great interest, to be released at a much faster rate. Stamp Center has several postage stamps available that honor President Barack Obama. These beautiful stamps have been issued by the following Nation’s:

Sierra Leone
St. Vincent/Canouan
St. Vincent/Union
St. Vincent/Bequia
St. Vincent – a couple of different ones to choose from
Grenada Grenadines
Some of the stamps issued include the White House or the Capitol as a backdrop and others feature the Presidential seal as a backdrop. All of the stamps feature Obama with his trademark friendly grin. The United States is represented well on many of these stamps as they showcase “Old Glory” waving in the background. All of the stamps feature Obama with his trademark friendly grin.

The stamps issued from Tanzania have one in the set that includes Michelle Obama, the Presidents wife. The stamp issued from St. Vincent/Union features a background of people holding signs from either the inauguration or perhaps an Obama rally. I wonder if those people even know that they are issued on an official postage stamp. Unless they are collectors and have looked, it is doubtful!

Please stop by Stamp Center and check out all of the Barack Obama postage stamps that are currently available.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2009 World Stamp Exhibition

First the actual Olympics and now the “Olympics of stamp collecting” is gracing the land of China. Beginning on April 10th and running through April 16, 2009, the 2009 World Stamp Exhibition is the place to be to see top philatelic issues from around the globe.

Over 110 countries and regions have brought together more than 3,200 valuable framed stamp collections to be viewed by the public. The entries will also be appraised by world class leaders of philately. More than sixty international stamp experts will review the entries and eight medals will be awarded before the end of the Exhibition. An unprecedented amount of attendees will have their chance on the bidding of rare stamps at the auction as well.

Of the 3,200 framed entries, 80 frames of world renowned stamps are on display. The British royal family has even sent their prized Penny Black which was issued in 1840. It was the first adhesive postage stamp to ever be issued in the world. Also on public display for the first time are stamps collected by the China National Post and Postage Stamp Museum.

There are 24 special Peony stamps issued from various nations to commemorate the Luoyang Peony Festival. China has released 60 commemorative envelopes especially designed for the Exhibition.

The World Stamp Exhibition travels to a new location each year. Expect to see the 2010 World Stamp Exhibition in South Africa.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Simpson’s On Postage Stamps

Kids (both young and old) are going to love this news! Hold back the State stamps and send in the Simpson’s! The United States Postal Service announced that they will be issuing postage stamps for the always dysfunctional animated Simpson family.

The stamps will be issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the television show which airs on the FOX network as well as around the world. To date, the Simpson’s is the longest running comedy in the United States. An interesting twist on these stamps is that they will be the first stamps ever issued to a current ongoing prime time show. The fact that it’s an animated show just makes it more fun.

This new set of stamps will feature each of the Simpson family members. There is Marge, the forever forgiving Mom; Homer, the dim-witted Dad; Bart, the wise cracking trouble maker; Lisa, the Saxophone playing smarty pants; and Maggie, the pacifier sucking baby. The stamps will appropriately be designed by the producer and creator of the show, Matt Groening.

The United States Postal service is asking for votes to determine who the public’s favorite Simpson’s character is. To cast your vote for favorite character, visit here. As of today, “Bart” is winning in the votes, but only by a smidge. Look for these fantastic postage stamps to become available to the public on May 7, 2009.

Be sure to visit Stamp Center for all your stamp collecting needs.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Silver Dart Takes Flight

February 23, 1909 was a spectacular day in Canadian aviation history. It was on this frosty day that The Silver Dart first took flight about thirty feet above the Canadian ice covered basin. This historical experiment marked the first controlled powered flight in Canada and the British Empire. On February 23, 2009, Canada celebrated this amazing accomplishment by issuing a postage stamp honoring The Silver Dart.

The Silver Dart, otherwise known as Aerodrome #4 was the brain child of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and his team at the Aerial Experiment Association. The Association team consisted of members from both the United States and Canada who were dedicated to developing aircraft. The Silver Dart was originally designed and built in New York. After successfully taking flight several times in New York, it was dismantled and shipped to Nova Scotia to mark the first
Canadian flight.

Despite it’s flying successes in the US and Canada, the Canadian Army was not impressed by the idea of aircraft being used in warfare. At the time, they thought that aircraft would never be a useful tool in combat. Eventually the Association was allowed onto a military base to showcase The Silver Dart. Unfortunately, the tiny two inch wheels on the aircraft performed very poorly on the sandy runway. Sadly, on only its fifth flight, The Silver Dart crashed on landing when one wheel struck a berm on the ground. This was the last flight ever for The Silver Dart.

Be sure to check out Stamp Center for great Canadian stamps.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Honest Abe On Sale Now

The new set of Abraham Lincoln postage stamps were released by the United States Postal Service on Monday. The release ceremony was held in Springfield, Illinois at the Old State Capitol building where Lincoln spent many days as a lawmaker. These postage stamps commemorate the 200th birthday of this amazing past President. In keeping with his continued connection with Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama and other invited guests attended a banquet in Springfield on Monday to help kick off the release. Another special ceremony was also held at Lincoln High School in Rhode Island in front of hundreds of students and dignitaries.

The first day sales of these new postage stamps have drawn huge crowds already. It was reported that within a short time, the line to receive a free limited edition “first day of issue” envelope stretched around the Old State Capital. The free envelope contained all four first class stamps that were officially cancelled with a special Lincoln stamp, by the USPS. These 42-cent stamps show Lincoln as a rail splitter, a lawyer, a politician and a president.

Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s most treasured presidents. He is a hero and he serves as an example to all of the greatness that is the United States.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Year Of The Ox

The second postage stamp of the New Year was issued on January 8, 2009 in New York City by the United States Postal Service. Welcome the Year of the Ox!

This Year of the Ox stamp is number two in the USPS series that will ultimately have 12 stamps issued. The Year of the Ox will begin on January 26, 2009 and run through February 13, 2010.

The 12 Chinese Animal Signs represent a cyclical concept of time that is based on the cycle of the moon. Western cultures embrace a linear concept of time based on the solar calendar. Unlike Western cultures, the Chinese New Year varies each year. It can start between late January and early February. Even though the Chinese adopted the Western calendar in 1911, the Chinese Zodiac calendar is celebrated each year with great fanfare. The Chinese animal signs also correspond to horoscopes, just like Western Zodiac signs. Most people who follow these horoscopes don’t take them seriously though.
In case you’re wondering what the positive traits of being born in The Year of the Ox, you will find that Ox people are: responsible, dependable, honest, caring, honorable, intelligent, industrious, and practical. The negative traits are: petty, inflexible, possessive, dogmatic, gullible, stubborn, critical, intolerant, and materialistic.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Things To Look Forward To In 2009

Well folks, it’s official. The United States Postal Service has released their list of commemorative stamps that will be available to patrons in 2009. The list includes a wide array of choices to be had next year. All of the stamps will be released at the 42 cent rate until the expected increase in stamp costs this coming May.

Here are the stamps (in no particular order) that I have found.

The Alaska Statehood

Lunar New Year – Year of the Ox

Oregon Statehood

Edgar Allan Poe

Abraham Lincoln – Rail Splitter, Lawyer, Politician and President

Miami University Stamped Card

Civil Rights Pioneers – Mary Church Terrell, Mary White Ovington, J.R. Clifford, Joel Elias Spingarn, Oswald Garrison Villard, Daisy Gatson Bates, Charles Hamilton Houson, Walter White, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, and Ruby Hurley.

Love: King and Queen of Hearts

Wedding Cake

Wedding Rings

Bob Hope

Anna Julia Cooper

Flags of Our Nation (Set 3 of 6) – Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and the Stars and Stripes.

Flags of Our Nation (Set 4 of 6) – Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and the Stars and Stripes.

Hawaii Statehood

Gulf Coast Lighthouses

American Treasures: Edward Hopper

Early TV Memories: Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Dinah Shore Show; Dragnet; Ed Sullivan Show; George Burns & Gracie Allen Show; Hopalong Cassidy; The Honeymooners; Howdy Doody; I Love Lucy; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; Lassie; The Lone Ranger; Perry Mason; Phil Silvers Show; Red Skelton; Texaco Star Theater; Tonight Show; Twilight Zone; and You Bet Your Life.

Richard Wright

Thanksgiving Day Parade – Four stamps in the series.

Legends of Hollywood - Gary Cooper

United States Supreme Court Justices - Joseph Story, Louis D. Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and William J. Brennan, Jr.

Nature of America – Kelp Forest

Christmas – Madonna and Sleeping Child

Winter Holidays - Reindeer, Snowman, Gingerbread Man and Toy Soldier.

Angel with Lute

Hanukkah – Menorah

Kwanzaa – Family

Happy collecting everyone!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Great Lakes Dunes Postage Stamps

The beautiful sand dunes that line portions of the five Great Lakes in the United States have been honored by the United States Postal Service. The stamps are the tenth installment by the USPS’s Nature of America educational series. Previous educational issues include the Sonoran Desert issued in 1999, the Pacific Coast Rain Forest in 2000, the Great Plains Prairie in 2001, the Longleaf Pine Forest in 2002, the Arctic Tundra in 2003, the Pacific Coral Reef in 2004, the Northeast Deciduous Forest in 2005, and the Southern Florida Wetlands in 2006 and Alpine Tundra issued in 2007. All of these stamps have shown just some of the amazing natural beauty that can be found in the United States.

One of the largest freshwater dune systems in the world can be found around all of our own Great Lakes. The bulk of the United States dunes can be found on the west Michigan shoreline. The dunes are a dynamic landscape that is formed when the shifting sand, wind and water work in perfect harmony. It is a playground for the young and old and should certainly be protected so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes in particular is showcased in this stamp collection. It receives its name by the site of the huge dune formation that resembles a sleeping bear. There are 27 different types of plant life, animals, birds and insects imbedded on the stamp sheet. The stamps show the diverse wildlife that effortlessly co-exists in the dunes.

The back of the stamp pane features a numbered key to the artwork with the corresponding list of both the scientific and common names for the 27 selected species. This makes a neat addition to any stamp collection. First day of issue postmarks are available for envelopes postmarked by December 3, 2008 from the USPS.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Alzheimer's Social Awareness Postage Stamp

Families who are currently dealing with or have dealt with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease; will attest to the difficult times they encounter on a day to day basis. Dealing with the emotional and financial challenges can cause devastation to even the tightest knit family.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, they predict that 10 million baby boomers will be stricken with the disease. Currently there is no cure and with one out of eight persons developing the disease, there is real concern about the future of our current health care system and their ability to keep up with the needs of patients.

The United States Postal Service would like to help people become more aware of the problems people endure with their unveiling of the Alzheimer’s Social Awareness Postage Stamp. The stamp was released on October 18, 2008. The stamp features a lovely side profile image of a grandmother with a hand resting on her shoulder. The hand represents all of the friends and family members who lend a hand and loving support to people afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Hopes are high that by raising awareness, funding will be given to help find a cure for this debilitating disease once and for all.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

United States Postal Service Honors Disney Once Again

In my opinion, Disneyland will always be “The Happiest Place on Earth”. On August 7, 2008, the United States Postal Service released a new set of Disney themed stamps that represent “Imagination”. The release of the stamps was appropriately held at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

There are 4 stamp designs in this collection. They feature an older version of Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie, the adorable Dalmatian Pongo and one of his little pups (101 Dalmatians), Princess Aurora and her helpers Flora, Fauna and Merryweather (Sleeping Beauty), and Baloo and Mowgli having a snuggle together (The Jungle Book).

These stamps follow previous Art of Disney issues released by the USPS. Wonderful Disney characters have been commemorated in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and now this year to boot. Previous themes were: Friendship, Celebrations, Romance and Magic, respectively.

Disney stamps continue to prove to be some of the best sellers among the young and young at heart. They bring forth delightful memories of the past and bright eyes of wonderment from younger collectors.

Click here to see other beautiful Disney stamps that have been issued from around the world.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Take Me Out To The Ball Game Stamp

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowds, buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks…..” This song is probably one of the most recognized songs in American history. It is traditionally sung at baseball games throughout the country during the 7th inning stretch.
It seems only fitting that the United States Postal Service has issued a postage stamp commemorating the song as well as the tradition of American baseball.

On July 26, 2008, a Digital Color Postmark Keepsake stamp, as well as a full pane of 20 stamps was released. The stamp celebrates the 100 year anniversary of this fantastic song.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game was composed by Jack Norworth in 1908. It was written on a piece of scrap paper while he rode the subway in New York City. Norworth was a successful vaudeville entertainer and songwriter who is famous for writing and performing “Shine On Harvest Moon”.

He wrote Take Me Out To The Ballgame in a mere 15 minutes. He quickly joined with Albert Von Tilzer who then wrote the music to the words of the song. The funny thing is that neither man had ever even attended a baseball game prior to writing the song.

An interesting fact about the song is that the part that we all sing at baseball games is only the chorus. There are also 2 verses (and two versions) that are not known and never sung at ball games. Another fun fact about the song is that if a baseball game reaches the 14th inning stretch, the song is sung again. It was even sung in the spring of 2008 at the 21st inning stretch at the Rockies vs. Padres game!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp Coming This Friday Part II Of II

In continuation to the post on Monday.

Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis on April 5, 1908. She was one of Hollywood’s leading actresses who never failed to mesmerize audiences with her ability to play characters that others stayed away from. Her range of acting skills covered all types of movie genres.

She began her life as a dancer but quickly realized how much acting was her true calling. Coming to Hollywood in the 1930’s, she did not hit it big until the 1940’s where she became one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses.

Bette Davis was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also the first woman to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Despite her tough outward persona, Davis believed hugely in supporting American soldiers. She was the co-founder of The Hollywood Canteen. The club offered food, dancing and entertainment to men and women serving in the military. All of the services were provided free of charge to all branches of the military, when they came dressed in uniform.

In her lifetime, this amazing actress wowed audiences in over 100 big screen, theater and television performances. In the 1980’s there was also a very popular song “Bette Davis Eyes” that was sung by Kim Carnes. Sadly, she died from Breast Cancer in October of 1989 while living in France.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp Coming This Friday Part I Of II

Get ready fans, the Bette Davis postage stamp is almost here. This coming Thursday, September 18th the new Bette Davis commemorative stamp will be released. The stamp marks the 100th anniversary year of Bette Davis’ birth.

The film diva is the 14th inductee into the wildly popular, Legends of Hollywood series; that has been released by the United States Postal Service. Bette Davis’ marvelous career spanned 60 years of performances. She won two Academy Awards and was the first female to receive ten Academy Award nominations for best actress.

There are several commemorative items available from the USPS. There is the First Day Cover Commemorative Stamp, Ceremony Program, Digital Color Postmark, Full Pane First Day Cover, and Cancellation Keepsake Digital Color Postmark available for collectors. First Day of Sale Postmarks will be available for 90 days at the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers posts offices in Florida.
First-day postmark requests should be mailed with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Customer Relations, 79 Mid Cape Terrace Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991. A postmark for Cape Coral or Fort Myers should be specified.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion to this post.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Canada's Lifesaving Society 1908-2008 Stamp

The wildly popular American television show, Baywatch, brought life guarding and life saving techniques into the mainstream. But lifeguarding is far more than beautiful tans and buffed bodies.

Canada is celebrating the centennial mark of Canada’s Lifesaving Society by issuing a new domestic rate postage stamp. Canada’s Lifesaving Society trains more than 500,000 young people to be lifeguards each year. This new postage stamp shows scenes of lifeguards in action.

Drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental death in Canada and the United States. Most deaths are preventable and occur by non-swimmers when no lifeguard is present.
Canada’s Lifesaving Society’s primary goal is to increase public awareness about water safety and prevent drowning and water related injuries. This new stamp recognizes the importance of lifeguards and was released during the National Drowning Awareness Week.

There are three pictures on this stamp. The woman in the foreground represents all of the Canadians trained in Lifesaving Society programs each year. There are two action photos as well. One is of a lifeguard plunging into open water to make a rescue and the other is of a lifeguard performing CPR on an accident victim.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Official Worldwide Postage Stamp Collection for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad

China has done an amazing job hosting the Olympics this year. There have been many creative and interesting programs put in place that will be hard to beat when the Summer Olympics roll around four years from now.

For the first time ever, for any Olympic Games, there is a special stamp collection available to collectors worldwide. This rare souvenir set is a complete collection of all the postage stamps made for the Olympic Games (prior to the games). The collection has been put together by the China National Philatelic Corporation with approval by International Olympic Committee, and Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

The stamp set is titled the “Official Worldwide Postage Stamp Collection for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad”. The stamp collection is a compilation of more than 120 countries’ postages stamps made especially to honor the Beijing Olympics Games. This joint stamp collection truly shows how countries can come together in good spirit and games.

This set is the only stamp set to ever experience this much international participation. There are only 30,000 sets that will be issued world wide. Each set comes in 4 volumes. The price is $4,257 and can be obtained in post offices around China. If you are interested in purchasing this collectors item, call (8610) 65103556 for more information.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

United States Beijing Olympic Stamp

The United States Postal Service released their Beijing Olympic postage stamp on June 19, 2008. The stamp was released during first day competition of the 2008 Olympic Team Gymnastic Trials.

The elegant stamp features a drawing of a female gymnast which is surrounded by ribbon design elements. The symbolic Olympic rings appear in the far left hand corner of the stamp with the denomination at the top right hand corner.

There are only three philatelic products available for this particular stamp issue. The First Day Cover is $.80. The Ceremony Program is $6.95 and the First Day Cover Keepsake is $9.20.

The deadline for issuing the First Day of Issue Postmark is TODAY, August 20, 2008. Stamps can either be purchased at www.usps.com/shop or by calling (800) STAMP-24. You can also purchase your new stamps at your local post office if you so choose. Stamps should be affixed to an addressed envelope of your choice and placed into a larger envelope. Those envelopes should be mailed to ASAP on postmarked today. The address to mail envelopes to is:

Olympic Games Stamp
Attn.: First-Day Cancellation – Olympic Games Stamp
3190 S. 70th Street Room 509
Philadelphia, PA 19153-9611

Once the USPS applies the first day of issue postmark, they will return your envelope to you through the mail. There is no additional charge for the postmark, but remember, the deadline is today, so don’t miss this one in a lifetime opportunity!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

More Olympic Stamps

China is loving being host of the Olympic Games! As of today, China is leading the world in Olympic gold medals. Philatelists are able to bring home the gold as well this year! China has been releasing new stamps to honor their Gold Medal winners. Stamps are being issued within 48 hours of each and every gold medal win. The first set of stamps has already been issued. Female weightlifter, Chen Xiexia, has been honored with the first gold medal stamp,
from China, which began selling on August 10th.

According to the stamps' publisher, the China National Philatelic Corporation, stamp folders and commemorative first day covers are also available for purchase. The company says the stamp folders include nine stamps for single and double players and five for team players.

Other countries are deciding to feature their gold medal winning athletes on postage stamps as well. Australian swimming great, Stephanie Rice, is the first to be honored with a postage stamp. She won the women’s 400 meter individual medley.

The Australia Post will also be releasing stamps for every Australian gold medalist from the Olympic Games in Beijing. All stamps will be available 2 days after the gold medal is won as well.Don’t you just love the Olympics? For more Beijing Olympic stamps, click here.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vintage Black Cinema Stamps

On July 16th, the United States Postal Service released stamps commemorating vintage black cinema. These stamps highlight the African-American cultural experience that was represented in early films.

Each 42 cent first class postage stamp depicts a movie poster from days gone by. There are 5 stamps in the set. The souvenir sheet includes 20 stamps in four rows with each type of stamp represented. Each stamp features an actual copy of the advertising poster for the movies they represent. Each souvenir sheet also includes selvage text.

The movies represented are The Sport of the Gods, Black and Tan, Caldonia, Princess Tam-Tam, and Hallelujah.

The Sport of the Gods was a silent film released in 1921. It is a story of a, innocent man who serves a prison sentence for a crime that was committed by his friend. Black and Tan was released in 1929 and featured Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra. The film was 19 minutes long and featured the 3 songs performed by Ellington and the orchestra.

Caldonia was an 18 minute short film that featured bandleader, saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan. There are 4 songs performed by Jordan and his band mates, who was a legend of the time. Princess Tam-Tam is a rare film that features Josephine Baker singing and dancing. Baker starred as a simple African woman presented to Paris society as royalty. The film was released in France in 1935. Hallelujah was one of the first films that featured an all black cast. It was released by MGM in 1929.

Each of these movies pays homage to African American culture that should not be forgotten.


Monday, June 16, 2008

New Stamps Out Of England

When you think of movies, usually you would think of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The year 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Carry On film, Carry on Sergeant and Hammer Film's, iconic Dracula. Both films were a staple of British cinema in the 1950’s. They defined English cinema at the time of their release. Great Britain deserves kudos with their new stamps that were issued on June 10, 2008. The Classic Carry On and Hammer Films stamps reminds the public of the fun movies that have been produced in England.

The Royal Mail has recently released a First Day Cover envelope that features all 6 stamps. Buyers have a choice of First Day Cover postmarks as well. The presentation pack is fully illustrated and written by cult film and television critic Kim Newman. There is also a set of six postcards available. You can even purchase these postcards with a brick background, that makes the cards look like the original move poster setting. A retail stamp book with six First Class Machins with a “Carry On” collecting advertisement is also available, if you prefer.

The movies that are featured on these stamps are: Carry on Sergeant, Dracula, Carry on Cleo, The Curse of Frankenstein, Carry On Screaming and The Mummy.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Flags Of Our Nation Stamps Coming Soon

From a very young age, Americans are taught to honor the flag. The United States Postal Service has always had flag stamps available, but their new stamp program called “The Flags Of Our Nation” will not only honor the American flag, but state flags as well. Appropriately planned, the new series will be released on June 14, 2008…..Flag Day.

This series is a multiyear set of 60 stamps which will include the five overseas territories and the District of Columbia. They are due to be released in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The stamps will be released in sets of 10. The sets will be alphabetical with Alabama being the first listed and Delaware being the last in this first set. Four of the six groups of ten stamps will depict a different American Flag. The first set will include the American Flag as well. The second set will represent the District of Columbia through Kansas.

In addition to the actual state flag, the artwork shows a tiny glimpse into an everyday scene in each particular state. Don’t expect commonplace scenes though.

Just like the release of the state coins, it will certainly be fun seeing and collecting these new stamps. What a great idea!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Canadian Braille Guide Dog Stamp

The new Canadian Braille Guide Dog stamp has been a huge selling success! There were 3.5 million copies that were sold across Canada in the first four days that they were available to the public. The bad news is that in Canada, once stamps are sold out, they are no longer available. They do not reprint stamps like they do in other countries. The pace of the stamp’s selling set record for the Canada Post. So now we have an instant collector’s item to search for.

The 52 cent stamp has the denomination in both Braille and print, which is a first for Canada. They were sold in booklets of 10. Opening sales began on April 21st to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Association for the Blind.

The dogs photographed came from the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training facility. Ten dogs were photographed with a total of 8 pictures used for the campaign. There were 100 images of each dog submitted for approval by the committee, which I am sure was no easy feat to accomplish.

An interesting bit of information is that the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind collects used postage stamps to raise funds for their organization. They collect special issues, foreign stamps and commemorative stamps. They do not collect regular every day stamps however. If you would like to donate any stamps to this worthy organization, send them to:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
National Office and Training Centre
PO Box 280
4120 Rideau Valley Drive N
Manotick, Ontario
K4M 1A3

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ol' Blue Eyes Stamp Part II Of II

In continuation to the post on Monday.

Sinatra helped play a major role in the desegregation of Nevada hotels and casinos in the 1960’s. He and the other “Rat Pack” members refused to patronize establishments that would not allow black singers to play live or black patrons to enter the building. He often played benefit shows for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

His talent seemed never ending. He recorded albums and performed with the likes of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones and Antonio Carlos Jobim. One of his most notable collaborations came from his work with Paul Anka. Anka wrote the song “My Way” with Sinatra in mind. Without a doubt “My Way” is the song that most identifies Frank Sinatra. His efforts were celebrated with many distinguished awards (Academy, Emmy, Peabody, Kennedy Center Honors and Grammy Trustees Award) throughout his lifetime.

Sinatra retired in 1971, only to return to the stage and television in 1973. He continued to perform until his last engagement in 1995. Sinatra died on May 14, 1998.

He was known for being “The Chairman of the Board”, “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, and a member of the “Rat Pack”. His career spanned decades. He is, and will always be, one of the most treasured American entertainment icons of the century and is certainly deserving of the great honor of receiving a stamp by the USPS.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Ol’ Blue Eyes Stamp Part I Of II

On May 13, 2008, the new Frank Sinatra commemorative stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service. It was released one day before the 10th anniversary of his death. There were ceremonies in Las Vegas, New York and Hoboken, NJ, where Sinatra was born. This stamp is the latest stamp released in the Legends of Hollywood series. The color stamp image was based on a photo of Sinatra originally taken in the 1950’s. It shows his trademark hat, smile and twinkling blue eyes.

Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. He was an extremely popular singer and actor who began his singing career in the 1930’s. Beginning in 1939, he spent two plus years singing with The Tommy Dorsey Band. In his first year, he recorded and released more than forty songs. Up until Frank Sinatra, most music was recorded mainly for adult listening. With his appeal to young teenage girls, the music audience was forever changed.

In 1945, Sinatra co-starred with Gene Kelly in the wildly popular film Anchors Aweigh. He went on to do two more films with Kelly, Take Me Out To The Ball Game and On The Town. Sinatra experienced a brief decline in his popularity throughout the remainder of the 1940’s. In 1953, his career was back in full swing after starring in From Here To Eternity. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film and was once again one of the top recording artists in the world.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion to this post.


Monday, May 12, 2008

British Cathedral Stamps – New Release

After facing criticism in 2006 about the lack of a Christian theme on its Christmas stamps, the Royal Mail will be releasing a fantastic set of stamps tomorrow, May 13, 2008. These new stamps feature ten amazingly detailed photographs of the most famous cathedrals throughout The United Kingdom. Each stamp depicts interior pictures in black and white and perfectly shows how grand these fine structures are. Buyers will experience a first hand view of the high alter in each of these great cathedrals.

The Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, Westminster, St David's and St Magnus Cathedrals are featured in this stamp series.

Lichfield Cathedral is the only English cathedral with three spires which are called “the Ladies of the Vale”. This Gothic cathedral was begun in 1195. The Belfast Cathedral, located in Northern Ireland, was built around a parish church. There is only one window left of the original structure. There is a 100 meter stainless steel spire that was added in 2007. The Gloucester Cathedral was built in the 11th century. There is a 14th century stained glass window with what is believed to be the earliest image of golf ever depicted. St. David’s Cathedral is located at the most westerly point in the British Isles. The Westminster Cathedral (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey) began being built in 1895 and opened its doors in 1903, but work on the interior mosaics still continues to this day. St. Magnus Cathedral is located in the Orkney Islands and begun in 1137.

There is a four stamp mini-sheet set that will also be issued to mark the 300th anniversary of the completion of the beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Viewing these stamps will take you back in history, hundreds of years ago. Simply spectacular!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Stamp

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the classic tale “The Yearling” has been honored with a new commemorative postage stamp. Ceremonies were held at her restored home, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historical State Park, in Florida.

Marjorie Kinnan was born on August 8, 1896, in Washington, DC. She began her writing career at the very early age of 6 years old. She attended the University of Wisconsin and received a degree in English. She married Charles Rawlings in 1919 and worked in various locations around the country as a writer.

After receiving a small inheritance from her mother, they moved to Florida and purchased an orange grove. She loved the area so much that she filled notebooks about her experiences as well as those of her neighbor’s lives. She soon began writing stories about the local area that she now loved. Her stories were met with mixed reviews. One mother recognized her son in a story and threatened to whip Rawlings to death for writing about him.

In 1933, she and her husband divorced. In 1938 she wrote the beloved book The Yearling; a bittersweet story about a Florida boy and his pet deer. In 1939 she won the Pulitzer Prize for this popular book. Later in 1946, she was made famous when her book was made into a movie. She went on to publish two more books that were well received by the public.

Marjorie Rawlings died on December 14, 1953 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Hong Kong Stamp - The "Year Of The Rat"

Say goodbye to the Year of the Pig, welcome the Year of the Rat! On January 26, 2008, the Hong Kong Post will be releasing a new stamp sheetlet set entitled the “Year of the Rat”.

This stamp set is issued in celebration of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. There are four stamps in the set. This is the ninth issue of the third Lunar New Year series. The rat’s personality is captured in each stamp with a beautiful background embellished with silver foliage. It features genuine 22K and 24 K gold as well as 99.9% silver. This exciting special edition will make a wonderful addition to your collection.

In Western cultures, the rat is considered a bottom-dwelling carrier of disease. It is not well liked by most. In Eastern culture, the rat is revered for its quick wits and clever skills. Rats are considered a symbol of wealth and good luck to all that encounter them.

People born in the Year of the Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 and 1996) are considered to be hard workers who can achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and most likely are perfectionists. They are usually successful and have big ambitions. Rat people can be easily angered and are known for their thriftiness. They are also known for their charm and attention from the opposite sex.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

San Marino Anti-Discrimination Stamp

The small country, San Marino is a landlocked enclave, completely surrounded by Italy in the Apennine Mountains. It is a democratic multiparty republic. Their total population is approximately 25,000 residents. Their principal economic revenues are from tourism, electronics, banking, farming and light manufacturing. Like all other countries, the government makes most of its revenue from taxes and customs. However, San Marino is known for selling their coins and postage stamps to collectors around the globe.

According to the United States Department of State, San Marino has taken measures to assure the public of their intentions of fairness and equality to all citizens and visitors to their county. This tiny country is fighting discrimination with the issue of a new stamp.

This beautiful stamp has a picture of a female which stands to represent the Republic of San Marino. On her head you will find the three towers with the three feathers. There are oak and laurel leaves on her clothing. You will find the woman holding a scale with a nude woman and a nude man on either side. This signifies the principle of equality between women and men. This stamp depicts that women and men are equal in all aspects of work, law, skin color, disability, religious choices and sexual preference.

San Marino is a member of the Small European Postal Administration Cooperation. Members must have a small market of more than 50% of its philatelic customers living outside of their respective country in order to maintain membership.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Frank Sinatra Commemorated On New Stamp

On December 5, 2007, it was announced by Postmaster General, John Potter, that there will be a new Frank Sinatra stamp released sometime in the spring of 2008. He will be honored posthumously to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

John Potter called Old Blue Eyes “an extraordinary entertainer whose life and work left an indelible impression on American culture.” He has won several Grammy awards, an Oscar and been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, by President Reagan. He was a wonderful entertainer and certainly one of America’s top artists. Sinatra toured internationally and was known for being part of the Rat Pack.

The stamp will most likely be released in May or June. The Postal Governing Board may be raising their price of first class stamps, so they are waiting until later to announce the price on the stamp. It is believed to be either 41 cents or 42 cents. If stamp costs are raised, they want this new stamp to bear the new price so that it does not have a short shelf life at post offices.
This is not the first time that Mr. Sinatra has been honored by the Postal Service. In 2002, in Sinatra's hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, the US Postal Service paid respects to Mr. Sinatra and renamed their post office after him.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Magical World of Witchcraft and Philately

Harry Potter has been a smash hit in just about any and every field of marketing. The series of books by J.K. Rowling has swept children of all backgrounds into a magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. The movies have enchanted both the children who crave their wizard friends, and the parents who are "dragged" along to see them, as well. Kids can take the magic home with them in just about any form, be it toys, posters, DVDs, or even video games. Now the magic can enter your stamp collection with classic scenes of Harry Potter’s heroic journey at the magical school of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 1997, and since then the seven book series has received tremendous popularity and has become a commercial giant worldwide. Almost every child had either read the books or seen the movies, and fell in love with the notion of a magical world that could bring to life their wildest dreams and was separate from the world they live in. The tragic story of Harry Potter has filled children and adults alike with hope for triumph over their own adversities, and will surely last in the heart of everyone who encounters Harry Potter.

This eight-stamp collection includes eight images from the story and the movies. These images include the Hogwarts Express, Hagrid, Hedwig, the evil Dementors, Buckbeak, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the Midnight Bus, all of which will bring back feelings of magic and wonderment when gazed upon until the end of time. Make Harry and his friends part of your collection today, and you’ll see that magic really does exist.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Canadian Stamps – A Portrait of Paradise

Picture, if you will, a place with vibrant green trees, clear, blue skies, fresh, pure air, crisp, clean lakes and waterfalls, and people with nothing other than cheery dispositions to offer. No, this isn’t Hawaii or the Mediterranean islands; I’m referring to the paradise that is Canada.

This land is one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s hard to walk the streets of British Columbia without a smile on one’s face and a spring in one’s step. Often, pictures of this gorgeous country, in many of its aspects, are depicted on its stamps. On them, one can find illustrations or photographs of the vast array of wildlife in the area, depictions of Canada’s ancient Native American culture, portraits of the breathtaking waterside scenery, or pictures of majestic mountains. Also, very frequently depcted on the stamps are portraits of the Queen of England, who is also the Queen of Canada.

When Canadians began using stamps in 1851, they were bought and sold with British money, costing anywhere from half a penny to twelve pence. In 1859, when Canada changed to dollars and cents, the stamp prices changed, accordingly. These days, the really old Canadian stamps are worth quite a bit more.

If you’re a collector who’s interested in stamps that can take you to beautiful, wholesome places that can’t help but make one feel good, Canadian stamps are a great place to start.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Paul is Dead – Hidden Clues in the Abbey Road Stamp

Almost any Beatles fan, be it the most devout adorer or one who simply enjoys singing along to "Come Together," has heard of the conspiracy that Paul McCartney, the lead singer, bassist, and most-loved pretty boy of The Beatles, is dead. The rumors began on October 12, 1969 when someone named "Tom" called into a radio station and announced that Paul was dead and requested that "Revolution 9" be played backwards. Upon doing this, the radio host claims to have heard the phrase "Turn me on, dead man."

According to legend, Paul, after having gotten into an argument, left the recording studio while the band was recording the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album on November 9, 1966, and, allegedly, ended up getting into a fatal car crash. In turn, he is said to have been replaced by William Shears Campbell, a sing- and look-alike. However, no actual proof that could back up this story has ever been found.

Since then, however, slaves to these rumors have been searching high and low through the music of The Beatles, hoping to find any sort of hidden message or hint that the supposedly dead Paul could be, in fact, lost to the world. For instance, "A Day in the Life," a song actually from the Sgt. Pepper’s album, is believed to be all about the death of Paul. One of the most major clues in the case of Paul is the cover of the Abbey Road album, which is riddled with hidden meaning. The cover depicts the four members of the band, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, walking in a line across the crosswalk outside of Abbey Road Recording Studio. John, dressed in an all-white suit leads the line, representing God. Ringo follows in a black suit and white collar, symbolizing a preacher. Next is Paul, wearing a regular suit, but, if one looks closely, it can be seen that he is bare-footed. This is the truly odd part. In England, it is customary to bury the dead without shoes. Paul is the only one of the band members in the picture not wearing shoes. Lastly, following Paul is George, dressed in very casual clothing, symbolizing a gravedigger. No one can be certain that any of this really means that the British rock legend is, in fact, deceased, but it does leave the mind a great deal to wonder.

The Abbey Road album cover is included in the Beatles Commemorative set of six stamps, depicting six different Beatles album covers, including With the Beatles, HELP!, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Let It Be. This legendary collection can be purchased here.


Monday, October 01, 2007

A Whole New World of Stamps

When Walt Disney created the characters who would make up his delightful fantasies, he created princes and princesses, evil witches and villains, genies, fairies, talking animals, and so many more fun friends that would accompany us through our childhoods and forever hold a warm place in our hearts, even as adults.

Disney’s first cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, was created and made his debut in his first audio cartoon, Steamboat Willie, in 1928. Ever since, Disney has been creating more and more characters to fill our imaginations with tales from mystical deserts, tall towers, and underwater kingdoms, each with his or her own message to spread to children and adults, alike. The 1941 animated feature film, Dumbo, showed us how to make our shortcomings into wings and soar. In 1953, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisked us away to Neverland and showed us that we never really have to grow up. In 1992, Aladdin rubbed a magic lamp and taught us about wishes, lies, and love. These classics have always taught us the most valuable of lessons that we will carry with us until we’re watching the same old favorites with our children and our grandchildren.

Revert back to the timeless magic of your childhood days with this gorgeous Disney Magic Set of 20 postage stamps. This commemorative package includes Mickey, Dumbo, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, and Aladdin and the Genie. These whimsical stamps are certain to sprinkle a little pixie dust on anyone’s collection!


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Stamps for All Pocketbooks

What is great about stamp collecting is that it is very inexpensive to get going and new stamps are fairly inexpensive to buy. We have many stamps that cost just a dollar or two and some as expensive as several hundreds of dollars. There is a wide enough range that just about anyone can participate in stamp collecting.

If you have more discriminating needs or are a more sophisticated collector we have items for you too. Periodically we have new collections, stamp groupings, and special offerings that can run up to $30,000 to $50,000 in value. We are more than a resource for inexpensive new issues, we are a world class sophisticated stamp dealer for the professional collector.

To check out our stamps on our website, here are a few tips to help you search and to stay abreast of our new collections. We list our new collection is categories. Look for the drop down box on the top left of every web page. This will give you an easy link to deep inside our store to the sorted collection page showing all the stamp selections in a special collection. We add new items all the time, so this is a great place to check each time you come to our site to see if we have added something new to our drop down list.

If you know what you are looking for by name or country, use our search box in the top right of our website. Also checkout the images and feature content on the home page. We keep this section updated at least once a month. On the home page we feature our newest issues. Speaking of new issues, make sure every month that you check out our links on the left side bar for new issues. We publish a PDF file every month listing all of our new issues with the country, item, and price. You can even print the PDF mark your selections and fax your order to us for fast processing.

We try to make finding new issues and quality stamps easy with our website, but if there is something that you do not see, let us know, our staff will contact you and provide responsive personal service to either search for your item within our dealer network or to help you find it on our own website. We are knowledgeable, friendly, eager to earn your business and your trust.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Finland Issues New Stamps

This just in, Finland is set to issue eight new stamps. They are so new we don't have them yet, but will let you know when they are available.

Finland is know for their unique and beautiful stamps and now they will be releasing a series of selections on raspberries, butterflies, the Finnish Olympic Committee, building art, and antique design styles.

The berry collection featuring raspberries will be available in a sheet of ten values, a first day cover and a berry stamp booklet. The butterfly collection will feature native Finnish butterflies that are sure to catch your eye. The Finnish Olympic Committee established in 1907 will be celebrating its 100th year and will have a special anniversary stamp grouping created. Finally unique stamps featuring building art and antique design styles featuring the designs of Leiviskä will be showcased in a 20 value sheet.

We are excited about these new offerings and will keep you posted as to when we have them available for purchase. Please click our blog post title to read more about these new issue stamps and to click in to the Finnish website to see the actual stamps.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

June New Issues Have Arrived at County Stamp Center

The June new issues have just arrived at County Stamp Center. Among my favorites is this 9-stamp parrots sheetlet from Surinam. Nine different parrots are stunningly portrayed in gorgeous full color and striking photographic detail. Our featured new item, you can add this exciting parrot sheetlet to your collection for just $12.67 at County Stamp Center -- and we'll pay the shipping. Click the post title to view all nine extraordinary issues and to order.

The arrival of each month's new issues is always an exciting time at County Stamp Center. It's like Christmas every month of the year! We're always anxious to get the newest stamps from around the world posted and out to you as soon as possible. If you sign up for County Stamp Center's email newsletter, each month we'll send you a link to the latest issues as well as information about special offers and prices. It's easy to sign up, just visit our website and enter your name and email address in the space on the right-hand column. Click here to preview this month's new issues.

County Stamp Center also offers new issue service so you won't miss a single stamp important to your collection. Let us know your special requirements and we will automatically reserve mint stamps and souvenir sheets for your collection. We can also fulfill special requests for booklets, inscription blocks, plate blocks, gutter pairs or any special stamp configuration you desire. If you have a special request, County Stamp Center will make every effort to meet your specific needs. For more information on our new issue services, click here.

Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs. County Stamp Center puts the stamp world at your fingertips.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

New May Issues Now Available at County Stamp Center

The May new issues are now available at County Stamp Center. Click the post title to view all 285 new stamps! There's tremendous variety in this newly issued batch. Among my favorites is this three-stamp series on shipwrecks from Australia. The drawings have the look of sailor's scrimshaw. In the early 1800s sailors used crude sailing needles to carve elaborate pictures into whale teeth or bone. Candle black, soot or tobacco juice were rubbed into the engravings to give them definition.

If you don't already get our newsletter, you could be missing out on some great specials and bargains. Sign up today. It's easy. Just go to the County Stamp Center website and enter your name and email address in the yellow boxes at the bottom of the right-hand column. Every month we'll send you an email newsletter with easy links to the newest issues, special offers, free shipping items and featured stamps.

You can also enter our monthly drawing. This month's prize is a new 32-page Lindner stock book, a $29 value. Click here to enter. Contest ends at midnight Eastern time on July 31, 2007.

You'll find everything you need for your stamp collecting hobby on the County Stamp Center website. We carry thousands of stamps from the newest issues to popular classics to oddities and rarities and everything in between! We also carry a nice selection supplies at excellent prices, including quality binders, books and albums. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Year of the Pig a Good Omen for Stamp Collectors

Children born in the Chinese Year of the Pig are thought to be happy and honest. To have a child in the Year of the Pig is considered a favorable omen in Chinese culture where the twelfth sign of the Earthly Branches, the Pig, is associated with fertility and virility.

The Chinese Year of the Pig has generated of whole host of commemorative stamps -- from the comic to the sublime. The People's Republic of China recently issued this colorful, comic souvenir booklet. It's available at County Stamp Center for just $2.66. Click the post title to order.

In Chinese culture there are five types of pigs, named after the five Chinese elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. On our website you'll find Year of the Pig stamps of every stripe and color. There are cartoon pigs, gingham pigs, rainbow pigs, fanciful pigs, realistic pigs, charming pigs, wild pigs, and ethereal stylized pigs. To portray the porkers, stamp artists have used block prints, silk screens, photographs, paintings, drawings, wood cuts, even gold foil. There is such great variety, you'll want to collect them all. Click here to view our complete collection of Year of the Pig stamps.

For the latest stamp issues, visit the County Stamp Center website. Come to us for all your philatelic needs. We carry quality collecting supplies as well as thousands of fascinating stamps.

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