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Fantastic Finland 2024 – oh wait, I’ve used that title

Fantastic Finland 2024 – oh wait, I’ve used that title

Yes, I've recycled the title for the Finland 2024 stamp program. The hardest part of writing is coming up with a title that doesn't utterly stink for each article. Who knew that would be the biggest issue?  No matter how bad the titles I inflict on you, rest assured,...

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The history of Canadian airmail – introducing Katherine Stinson

The history of Canadian airmail (and aviation) picks up a few weeks after Peck and Mather’s June 24, 1918 flight. 1918 was a wonderful year for Canada’s fledgling ventures into the brave new world of airmail delivery

Experimenting with Greenland’s 2024 stamp program

Experimenting with Greenland’s 2024 stamp program

Greenland's 2024 stamp program has a few changes in store for you. I've been dabbling with a few ideas over the last year, hoping to make the articles a little more fun and informative. Each article represents a huge amount of information to digest, and I've been...

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Japan Post 2024 returns with a few old friends

Japan Post 2024 returns with a few old friends

Japan Post 2024 has brought along a few old philatelic friends, as well as a surprise this year. Their annual Greetings stamps once again celebrate spring and summer with the usual bright, cheerful flowers and bunnies.  But, more importantly, we have another cat!    I...

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Oh la la France’s 2024 stamps!

Oh la la France’s 2024 stamps!

The "ol la la France's 2024 stamps" too much? I've been waiting years to use it and I won't apologise. France, as expected, has a beautiful portfolio of stamps to chase down.  The year is filled with so many stories. Normally, I start the year as soon as La Poste...

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