A First for the Faeroe Islands

Fish Skin Stamp

On September 26, 2016, the Faeroe Islands Postal Service issued a stamp featuring a small piece of Atlantic cod fish skin attached to it.  The stamps were produced in France using skins from cod that had been caught in Faeroese waters and then tanned in Iceland.  The stamps have a face value of 50 DKK (Danish Krone) and no two stamps will be identical due to the variations in the scales patterns of any fish. Atlantic cod can grow to 2 metres in length and can weigh up to almost 100 kilos.  Although tanning of fish skin has not been…

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Bluenose stamp

Bluenose was a celebrated fishing and racing schooner built in 1921 in Nova Scotia, Canada. it features on the 1929 50c which many consider to be the most beautiful stamp in the world. Bluenose is Canada #158 VFNH 1929 50c Thank you All Nations Stamp and Coin for image This stamp is in the Noon Saturday auction on 6th August 2016

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The World’s First Christmas Stamp

Canada issued the world’s first Christmas stamp in 1898. It features a map with the British Empire in red and the words “We hold a vaster Empire than has been”. This a line from an ode written by welsh William Morriss for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee called “A Song of Empire” It was to be 66 years before Canada issued another Christmas stamp in 1964. Thank you All Nations Stamp & Coin for the image.

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Stamps: Canada’s War Issue 1942 – 1943

Canada’s War Issue 1942 – 1943 On July 1 1942, a new series of definitive stamps was issued showing Canada’s contribution to the war effort of the Allied Nations. The Post Office Department issued stamps portraying King George as head of the Armed Forces in naval, military and air force uniforms. Subjects depicting Canada’s munitions, war supplies, shipbuilding, agriculture, her importance as a great air-training centre, and as a source of food were chosen for the pictorial stamps. The low value definitives with George VI in military uniforms were in use until 1949, while the War Issue pictorials were replaced by…

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