National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

I am intrigued by the process of printing, whatever medium it may be reproduced upon, but my favorite method has always been images created from steel (or line) engraving and printed by intaglio (or recess) printing. This, of course, is the combination that produced so many of our classic postage stamps and is also seen on currency and prints or illustrations, mainly from the 19th … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

National Stamp Collecting Month: Hinges, Mounts & the Faroese Overland Postman

In the earliest stamp albums introduced in the 1860s, stamps were adhered to the pages using either their own gum (as if put on an envelope) or glue. Stamp hinges — small, folded, transparent, rectangular pieces of paper coated with a mild gum — were introduced soon after, allowing stamps to be removed without major damage to either the stamp or the album page. In the second … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Hinges, Mounts & the Faroese Overland Postman

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Pillar Box

Earlier this month, A Stamp A Day examined the history and use of post boxes and letter boxes for sending and receiving mail. Today, we look at the type of free-standing post box known as the pillar box. They are found in the United Kingdom and in most former nations of the British Empire, members of the Commonwealth of Nations and British overseas territories, such as Australia, Cyprus, … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Pillar Box

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Before we can get to stamps, we should have a brief look at the final steps that brought about the world’s first postage stamp, the famed Penny Black. I have but one in my collection — a three-margined copy with a cut angle on the lower left corner but with my initials (“MJ“) as the control numbers. That stamp was featured on A Stamp A Day in December … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Sweden #749 (1971)

Sweden #749 (1971)

The Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige in Swedish) is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its north-east. It has maritime borders … Continue reading Sweden #749 (1971)