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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 …

Toronto

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 …

Logistics

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 …

London Stock Exchange

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 …

Humanities

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 …

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> …

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 …

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 …

GIBRALTAR 1933 SG102,113a Cover

£450.00<p>£120.00<p>£1,500.00<p>£375.00<p>£225.00<p>£160.00<p>£1,100.00<p>£650.00<p>£75.00<p>£160.00<p>£50.00<p>£275.00<p>£325.00<p>£95.00<p>£32.00<p>£50.00<p>£45.00<p>£95.00<p>£225.00<p>£24.00<p>£750.00<p>£295.00<p>…

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> …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Become a patron - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Support Bitter Grounds Magazine by becoming a patron.<p>With over <b>260 285 articles written and 12100+ 135,900 +views</b>, it's time to launch …

Canadian #philately - 1859 5c beaver stamp & some not so tortured Canadian history - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>July 1859 – pre-Confederation 5 cent Canadian beaver stamp<p>Cat #15 Scott’s & Unitrade Specialized Canadian and SG #31 (listed under …

Canada

Quercus suber stamps – magnficent cork stamps from Portugal - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>How much time do you spend thinking about the little stopper in wine bottles? Most of us don’t think about it, beyond the fact it’s …

BC Airways semi-official stamp & Canada’s first passenger plane crash - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Buckle up stamp fans, time for another foray into my favourite area - Canadian history and airmail.<p>If you are an airmail collector, you …

Toronto's first post office & a little Upper Canada history - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Trivia time: Where is the first post office in Toronto located?<p>260 Adelaide Street East. It’s a small, lovingly restored building across …