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By Catpaw | A bit of philately and a lot of history ...

The 1st postal stamp of Independent India was issued today in 1947. It was issued for foreign correspondence #JaiHind https://t.co/56eV7W5VZG

Ottoman-era handmade postage stamp is now Turkey’s most valuable

Duloz Takse, an Ottoman era postage stamp dating back to 1867 is now worth 80,000 Turkish liras ($20,570) and is considered the most expensive …

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In Paris, Passion Battles the Decline of Stamp Collecting

PARIS — There is a rundown shop in my neighborhood near the Rue des Martyrs that never seems to close. When I peer through the window late at night, I usually see a small group of older men bent over a long table, picking up and moving around thousands of tiny bits of colored paper with their tiny …

Paris

$500,000 in rare coins and bills stolen in Mississauga

Police are investigating after a British Columbia man had around $500,000 worth of rare coins and bills stolen from his vehicle while it was parked …

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North Korea’s America-hating postage stamps are mini masterpieces of anti-imperialist propaganda

In North Korea, June 25 is the start of “Struggle Against US Imperialism Month.” To celebrate, the pariah state released two striking postage stamps …

Stamp Collecting Isn’t Dead

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>In “Stamped Out” (Op-Ed, Sept. 30), Eugene L. Meyer presents a disappointingly myopic view of the stamp-collecting hobby. In fact, philately (as serious adherents call it) is dizzyingly active, involving millions worldwide.<p>Though the exact number can’t be known, large numbers of …

San Mateo County

Managing my stamp collection in a computer age - not what you expect - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I look at computer based programs offered for stamp collectors and give them a whirl now and then. I'll go through a passionate period …

New Brunswick ship stamp picks up steam, Hepburn stamp tops $175,000: Week's Most Read

<b>By Colin Sallee</b><p>It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.<p><i>Linn’s Stamp News</i> is looking back at its five …

New Brunswick

I was getting worried - Talman Stamp auction - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>One of my favourite places for stamp auctions has been AWOL for months and I was getting very worried. John H. Talman stamps, in …

RMS Nascopie salvaged mail - Vance Auctions offering - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I look forward to ogling the latest auction catalogue from Vance Auctions. Their Aug 23, 2017 offering is now online and hosts the usual …

Well Hell - I live in the wrong country! Sandafayre Stamps - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Doing an internet whip around the various auction houses to see what's happening and spotted this:<p>Well, Hell. I guess Toronto is a bit …

Air India was 1st Asian Airline to induct jet aircraft in its fleet. Today in 1960, Bombay-New York service was inaugurated https://t.co/vJSfE3mD6v

The lost genius of the Post Office

For almost two centuries, the humble-seeming mail was a hotbed of new ideas. What happened?<p>In 1897, a year when mail was still largely delivered by horse and wagon, construction began on an innovative scheme beneath the streets of Philadelphia. Using an intricate network of compressors and metal …

The possible sale of an icon - Stanley Gibbons on the auction block? - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>A BBC article passed by my desk yesterday afternoon that raised my eyebrows a bit - World's oldest stamp business Stanley Gibbons up for …

Dr Bernhardt Assmus: Britain’s First Convicted Stamp Forger

On 8 February 1892, Dr Bernhardt Burghardt Assmus was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court, London, for unlawfully obtaining money by false …

United Kingdom

Humger Free Font by Graphic Pear - looking at new fonts - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Looking around for some interesting fonts to play with and found a grunge font that appeals to me. I want to redo the site logo and not …

Typography

Fire! The Hindenburg Disaster

• Home<br>• > Exhibit<br>• > Fire! The <i>Hindenburg</i> Disaster<p>At 6:25 p.m. EST on May 6, 1937, while approaching Lakehurst Naval Station’s mooring mast between storms,</i> …

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A Canadian stamp that collectors dream of having - rare stamp emerged for auction - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Canadian stamp collectors had a rare chance to see the first British Columbia & Vancouver Island stamp go to auction last week. Daniel …

Auctions

Nifty present for stamp collectors - mail them a balsa plane - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Have any airmail stamp collectors on your Christmas list? I've been lurking on the Suck UK website again and found the ultimate …

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The curious tale of Bhutan's playable record postage stamps

<b>Made of plastic and embossed with a melody, these tiny record stamps are among the strangest, most enchanting bits of vinyl out there. Chris May</b> …

Vinyl Records

Stamp collectors make Swindon their home in annual extravaganza

MORE than 500 stamp collectors packed into St Joseph’s College on Saturday for the Swindon Philatelic Society’s 27th Annual Swinpex.<p>Around 48 dealers …

The Arts

Before there were drones .... oat driven parcel post - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>We read, almost daily, about plans to deliver everything from pizzas to parcels via drones. Forecasters see the skies filled with drones …

Drones

Canada's 1969 sad little stamp commemorating first nonstop transAtlantic flight - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Canadian stamp: First Transatlantic flight celebration 1919 issued June 13 1969<p>.15c Scotts #494 / SG #636 #494i (dull florescent …

Aviation

Become a patron - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Support Bitter Grounds Magazine by becoming a patron.<p>Choose either a one time donation using the Paypal button below or a monthly …

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