Howard Koslow, a painter and illustrator who for more than four decades designed many of the most recognizable stamps issued by the United States Postal Service, including a 1994 series depicting famous blues and jazz musicians and 30 stamps depicting coastal lighthouses, died on Jan. 25 at his home in Toms River, N.J. He was 91.
The death was confirmed by his daughter Amy-Jo Willig.
While packing for a trip to Toronto in 1978, Irwin Weinberg sent his teenage son Jack to a military surplus store with instructions to buy a pair of handcuffs. On the plane, Mr. Weinberg quietly chained one of his own wrists to his briefcase.
The first 'Air Mail' stamp was issued on 10 November 1931 even though there was no regular airmail service at the time.
Pictures of the King or Queen have been on a number of New Zealand stamps over the years. When the King or Queen died, a new stamp showing the new King or Queen was usually issued. For example, when Queen Victoria died, a new King of New Zealand, King Edward VII, was crowned. New Zealand stamps with his picture were issued in 1909.
New Zealands first stamps were called the "Full Face Queens" because the picture on them was a front view of the head and shoulders of Queen Victoria. There were three stamps in the Full Face Queen set. They cost 1 penny (1d), 2 penny (2d), and 1 shilling (1s) and were printed in Britain.
The story of the mailbox has more than five centuries, although the exact date and time of the invention of such an important subject is hidden behind the veil of time.
New Zealands first war stamp was issued to mark the fighting of New Zealand troops in the Boer War in South Africa. This stamp was issued on 7 December 1900.
Stamp identification is crucial in knowing the value of old postage stamps. Look up your old stamps in a stamp catalogue.
For some people, phlilately is an ordinary hobby, and for someone it is true calling. In the history of collecting postage stamps were many eminent personalities. Many of them have become famous collectors. That such a man was Theodore Champion. Reputation of Theodore Champion.
History of philately holds many interesting stories, many of them can be called fantastic. Probably the most creative artist who was known for creating hand-painted postage stamps (artistamps) of fictional countries was the American philatelist XX century Donald Evans.