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The Language of Stamps

Back when people sent a lot of letters and postcards through the mail, the position of a stamp could send a message of its own. The “code” became popular around 1890, after it was written up in a Hungarian newspaper. It was printed on postcards in several European languages so a correspondent could clue in [...]

How to Get Your Face on a Postage Stamp

Follow these five surefire steps and you’ll be stuck to the corner of envelopes in no time! Step #1: KICK THE BUCKET This is the hard part. According to the U.S. Postal Service, no living person can appear on an official stamp. No exceptions! (Clearly, the Postal Service is in the Elvis-is-dead camp). Step #2: BE PATIENT Don’t expect [...]

Statue of Liberty Stamp Actually Shows The Las Vegas Version

File this one under “oops.” A new stamp intended to commemorate the Statue of Liberty actually featured the Las Vegas replica instead: You might think that the post office would have just gone with the original, the one off the tip of Lower Manhattan that for 125 years has welcomed millions of New York’s huddled masses [...]

Why Are Coupons Worth 1/100th of a Cent?

The next time a coupon shows up in your mail, take a look at the fine print. There’s a pretty good chance it will read something to the effect of “Cash Value 1/100th of a cent.” Why in the world is that writing on there? And are 10,000 copies of this coupon really worth a [...]

The Quick 8: Eight Monetary Misprints

You may have heard that a batch of new $100 bills was recently misprinted (and if you haven’t, check out #1). It may be the latest monetary mishap, but it’s certainly not the only one – here are a pocketful of other misprints that may be lurking in your wallet, including a couple of stamps. 1. [...]

Artist Alphabetizes Newspaper

Artist Kim Rugg specializes in re-arranging shapes and text on paper. We’ve previously posted about her discovery that Royal Mail stamp reading machines would take any shaped stamp, so as long as they had the correct colors. Rugg responded by making her own usable stamps. More recently, she rearranged the letters in the lines of [...]

Phony Philatelists: Four Stories of Stamp Forgers

Ever since the first postage stamp was issued by Great Britain in 1840, there have been stamp collectors. And for almost as long, there have been stamp forgers. Some create counterfeit stamps to get around paying the fee for mail delivery, while others sell their replicas to unsuspecting collectors for quite a bit of cash. [...]

Wallace and Gromit on Christmas Stamps

Wallace and Gromit will feature on this year’s Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps. On sale from November 2, the stamps feature the nation’s favourite animated characters going about their festive duties with the 1st class stamp showing the pair posting their Christmas cards.Wallace and Gromit go carol singing on the 2nd class stamp and dress the [...]