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Philatelic Friday: Chad Insects & Spiders

1972 Republic of Chad I found this complete set of five Chadian stamps in one of many glassine envelopes that I apparently acquired in the 80's from the Jamestown Stamp Company. The spiders are the most striking, with their stylized colored webs, although the almost psychedelic background of the rhino beetle holds its own.

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Philatelic Friday: Vietnam Unified

So yeah, it's been quite a while since my last Philatelic Friday post, but what's a year here or there? I was spurred on by finding an old binder (a Mead Organizer with a puppy and kitten on it--total 80's style) full of more stamps (it's funny how I don't even remember having collected so many). I have several sheets with stamps from different countries and this Vietnamese stamp caught my interest with its rather contemporary design and great color scheme. 1976 Vietnam It didn't occur to me how difficult it would be to pin down some information on the stamp. Searching the text brought up lots of Vietnamese language pages which wasn't too helpful. Finally I pinned down this...

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Philatelic Friday: Magpie Moth

1970 New Zealand (overprinted 1971 or 1973) This seemingly simple stamp from my shoebox led me down a bit of a rabbit hole. I picked it out because of its bright colors and appealing design of a Magpie Moth and I figured the price change didn't get in the way too much. So the original stamp comes from this lovely set of pictorials from 1970 and was designed by Eileen Mayo, but like all printed matter that goes through multiple passes, errors can occur, which you can see documented here. When the rate increased in 1971, there was no longer a use for 2½¢ stamps so they decided to overprint the stamp with a surcharge (which still kind of blows...

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Philatelic Friday Plus: Lin Zexu

This installment of stamps from my shoebox gets an extra family/travelogue spin. stamp 1985 China; portrait and my brother George at a memorial in Humen, China I vaguely remember receiving these stamps when I was younger and being told that we're related to the subject, Lin Zexu, who started the first Opium War. In truth, he is related to our grandma's cousin, so our claim on him is a bit tenuous, but I always thought it was cool that a distant relative was stamp-worthy. As it turns out, he has not only been commemorated on stamps (these were to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth), but there are several memorials and statues of him and he is celebrated as...

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Philatelic Friday: Christmas in July

I'm still not totally sure how the whole "Christmas in July" thing seeped into our consciousness, but Wikipedia does give the history a go. I'm just taking it as an opportunity to show off some of the myriad of Christmas stamps from my box. Seems like the majority are from Canada so here's a gander at what our friends to the north have offered in Christmases past!

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