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How long have World Cup football stamps been a thing?

It all began in 1934 when the Italian postal service issued a set of stamps to commemorate the country’s staging of the football World Cup. Some 84 years on, and with just a few weeks to the big kick off, this year’s host nation Russia is doing exactly the same. And, of course, they’re not [...]

Any sign of Donald Trump on a postage stamp?

Politicians and postage stamps There’s an old joke about sticking politicians’ faces on postage stamps – the problem is it can encourage people to spit on the wrong side. Not only that, there’s a reasonable chance that for every person who is happy to see the face of a particular party leader drop through their [...]

Celebrity Stamps

All life is presented on a stamp… Jimi Hendrix, Abbott and Costello, The Beatles, Mother Teresa, Otis Redding – when it comes to the famous and stamps it might be easier to compile a list of those celebrities who haven’t featured. No form of public art has so routinely celebrated the great and good of [...]

What can we do with all the stamps at Christmas?

While email and text may now dominate our daily communications, Christmas is a time when the good old-fashioned mail comes back to the fore. Millions upon millions of Christmas cards arrive on our doormats, both from the UK and all over the world, and each will be accompanied by a stamp. But what to do [...]

Stamp collecting – is the Internet friend or foe?

It seems the ultimate anachronism – collecting stamps in the Internet age. These are times, after all, when the most traditional and perhaps emotionally poignant, method of communication, the letter, has been branded ‘snail-mail’ thanks to the rise of email and social media. But, of course, it isn’t an anachronism at all. Truth is, thousands [...]