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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector

August 2020

Stamp Collector gives you all the information, news, expert advice, market insight and inspiration you need to build your stamp collection and get the most from your hobby. Every issue features the latest prices, expert collecting advice, in-depth guides giving you the lowdown on classic stamp sets, new stamps, postal history, first-day covers and much more. Our stamp stories shed light on intriguing stamps and why they were produced, and our stamp sidelines pages provide an insight into postmarks, first-day covers, Cinderellas, Post & Go and Europa stamps.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to stamp collector

It’s here! After weeks of hard work and collaboration we’re so excited to launch the Summer of Stamps virtual festival over on our website. This is your chance to discover more about the hobby, add to your collection and have fun! It’s been so rewarding to work with festival partners including The Postal Museum, the Royal Philatelic Society London, the ABPS, Stamp Active and the American Philatelic Society, as we created our festival programme. As you can see in our special pull-out guide the programme is packed full of video guides, exhibits and articles, we’ve even got an exclusive film screening! And, as I write, we’re still not done! The response to the online stamp celebration has been so positive we’re still receiving society displays, articles, exhibits and competition entries. It’s heartening…

2 min.
stamp update

More stamps address Covid19 pandemic The United Nations, Taiwan, Oman, Monaco and the Czech Republic are the latest post offices to issue stamps on the subject of the global pandemic, following stamps from postal administrations including China, Switzerland, the Isle of Man, and Iran. Whilst the new stamps from Oman and Taiwan are similar in design to many others previously issued, showing key workers in action, the Czech Republic’s stamps reflect the ‘new normal’ the world’s population is coming to terms with, simply showing a range of face masks. Meanwhile the UN’s stamp sheet provides simple advice on how to beat the virus. The stamp from Oman, issued on 22 June, is set to raise money for a special government health fund, with 40% of the sales being donated. Abdulmalik Al Balushi, CEO…

2 min.
the postal museum invites lockdown letters, cards, parcels and packaging

The Postal Museum are searching for letters, envelopes, greetings cards and packaging from Lockdown – the latest chapter in the 500-year old story of postal services in the UK. The museum, which opened in 2017, explores British social and communications history as seen through the eyes of its iconic postal service. Now, they are seeking donations of items from across the UK, to add to the museum’s collection, telling the story of Lockdown through items sent and received in the post since March. Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, said: ‘Postal networks have long been a part of our social infrastructure, but the COVID-19 emergency has created new and different meanings to the purpose and value of the post. We want our museum collections to reflect how postal operations…

3 min.
in brief

The signing ceremony for the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP) has been postponed for a second time following the rescheduling of both the London 2020 and Autumn Stampex. The special ceremony is now set for 24 September 2021, during the 2021 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain in Harrogate. The 2021 ceremony will see signatories for both 2020 and 2021 sign the RDP. Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (commonly known globally as IGPC) have issued a set of stamps on behalf of the Marshall Islands that is designed to ‘highlight the novel Mi10 Crypto Stamps - an innovative way to collect cryptocurrency coins.’ Each of the six stamps is appended by identical QR (Quick Response) codes that will automatically ‘link to your crypto wallet and collect new cryptocurrency coins/tokens after being scanned by a…

1 min.
letter writing encouraged to beat loneliness

Most readers will know of the benefits of sending and receiving letters, but how many are aware that Britain has a Loneliness Minister? Baroness Barran MBE includes ‘loneliness’ in her range of ministerial responsibilities and is encouraging people to write letters to ensure those people isolating due to the coronavirus don’t feel forgotten. As part of the recent campaign, Royal Mail introduced a ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ postmark which was stamped on ‘most letters’ delivered during Loneliness Awareness Week (15 to 19 June), to raise awareness of loneliness and help tackle the stigma. Minister for Loneliness, Baroness Barran said: ‘The last few months have brought loneliness to the forefront of our minds. We all have a role in being kind and looking out for each other, and as some of us begin to…

1 min.
postcrossing update: stamps from around the world!

As listeners to the All About Stamps podcast will know, we recently signed up to the postcrossing.com website in a bid to receive more modern stamps from around the world, and we’ve been delighted with the results so far! Postcards have winged their way to Stamp Collector HQ from countries including Taiwan, Russia, the USA, Netherlands and France. All of the messages have included colourful stamps to add to our albums, and you can see a few of the recent arrivals here. You can sign up to postcrossing yourself. Just visit the website, and start sending and receiving postcard. To find out more listen to our podcast interview with the website organisers at: http://www.allaboutstamps.co.uk/news/all-about-stamps-podcast…