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  1. Cape of Good Hope pair of triangles

    Cape of Good Hope Postal History

    A look at the Cape of Good Hope's postal history, the post office stones, the famous Cape Triangular stamp and its connection with the birth of Stanley Gibbons as a stamp dealer
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  2. Madame Joseph Forged Cancellations

    Madam Joseph - The Philatelic Forger

    'Madam Joseph' first became known for forging superb cancellations in England during the first half of the 20th century. Her historical character and origin have remained a much-debated enigma amongst philatelists to this day. So little known is known for certain about her true identity or indeed her personal life that, over the years, a host of theories have been put forward, none of which has ever been successfully proven.
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  3. Imperium Proof Example

    Imperium Proofs: What Are They and How Much Are They Worth?

    Stamps don’t pluck themselves out of thin air. Before being issued and distributed for postage, they first have to be designed and proofed. This means that a printer has to create a trial run of prints as an example of what the final stamp will look like, so that they can be given the final go-ahead.
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  4. Glossary of Philatelic Terms Explained

    Glossary of Philatelic Terms Explained

    Philatelic terminology can be daunting for the beginner or less experienced stamp collector. However, as with most jargon, philatelic terms are pretty straightforward once you know what they actually mean. So to help you make sense of the occasionally obscure language stamp dealers’ use, here’s our glossary of the most common philatelic terms.

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  5. The Worlds First International Virtual Stamp Exhibition

    The Worlds First International Virtual Stamp Exhibition

    The Philatelic Traders Society, responsible for hosting Stampex International, the largest philatelic event in Europe, is taking its biannual expo online with a new, exciting modern-day digital version.

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  6. Printing Errors Found by Empire Philatelists

    Printing Errors Found by Empire Philatelists

    One thing philatelists learn quickly on the job is that no stamp is perfect. Not only do the individual stamps we handle come in varying conditions, but most stamps issued throughout history have variations involving printing errors. These errors are what makes philately so interesting, and also what can make certain stamps so valuable.

     

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  7. Rocket Mail: The Postage Revolution That Never Was

    Rocket Mail: The Postage Revolution That Never Was

    Rocket mail. No, this isn’t the name of a fancy new email service. Rather, ‘rocket mail’ is the term used to describe any attempt to deliver mail via a rocket or projectile.

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  8. Stamp Collecting: How to get started

    Stamp Collecting: How to get started

    Stamp collecting is easier than it looks. Yes, to newcomers it may seem daunting, particularly when collectible stamps have a history going back almost two hundred years. But it’s surprisingly easy to begin collecting stamps, since all you need to know is where to buy them.

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  9. How to Determine the Value of your Stamps

    How to Determine the Value of your Stamps

    Have a stamp collection you're planning to sell, but you're not sure if it’s worth much?

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  10. Printing Processes of Postage Stamps

    Printing Processes of Postage Stamps

    Eggs are eggs, as the old saying goes. However, you can’t really say the same thing for stamps. Because while stamps all serve to pay for postage, they vary in many, many ways. And one of the subtler ways in which stamps differ is through the printing processes and techniques used to produce them.

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