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Christmas stamps 2018 are a nostalgic reminder to send a message of goodwill

Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps for 2018 provide a master class in reminding us of the traditions that matter – and in this case it is posting Christmas cards. The evocative snowy scenes conjure up a nostalgic wistfulness for this simple pleasure that stands for family, friendship and community. The Christmas stamps depict children posting their [...]

What is the most expensive stamp ever sold?

It is what stamp collector’s dreams are made of – finding yourself in the possession of an ultra rare and ultra valuable stamp. Clearly this is not the sort of luck most people enjoy every day, but such gems are certainly out there. The Penny Black is very often talked about as the most valuable [...]

Birthday stamps offer a fascinating glimpse into the past

Nostalgia gifts are always popular as we look to mementos of the past to understand decades gone by and stamps present an excellent snapshot in time. Reflecting the interests and designs of the time, stamps focus on popular themes owing to the widespread nature of their use. An example of this is the use of [...]

Famous Stamp Collectors

Stamps are renowned for featuring the great and the good. But history tells us that a fair number of those self-same great and good have doubled up as collectors. “Beatling” through youth Take John Lennon as an example. Before he found fame and fortune as a Beatle, like many a child in the Fifties he [...]

When pop stars share billing with the Queen

If there’s a single song that sums up the summer of 2018, it would have to be The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun. The Beatles are cultural icons on whom the sun will never set. And yet, the Royal Mail and popular culture haven’t always been the most natural match. In recent times, Royal Mail [...]