I guess most of us, if not all of us, have at least heard of the monarchs of Great Britain. Some will know more about their reign and the role they played in the History of Great Britain. Some will even be informed about less-known details. But today, it is about their doings and how they were related to philately.
Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901) / The Hanoverians
It’s really hard to describe everything related to stamps and philately that happened during the Victorian age. Before the invention of the first postage stamp, letters were franked with seals equivalent to postmarks. While Royal Mail was established in 1516, the first postage stamp – the Penny Black – and what will become the modern postal system, were introduced only in more than 3 centuries later in 1840.
This resulted from the need to avoid payments being collected from the recipient. Because also the recipient could refuse the mail and hence to pay for it. Moreover when accepted, handling money on the spot had a lot of disadvantages.
The contest was organized to get the best design, but none of the received had been used. Instead, the silhouette of Queen Victoria was used (based on a sketch provided by Henry Corbould, Charles Heath and his son Frederick engraved the portrait).
The Two Pence Blue was planned together with the Penny Black and was used to send letters with the weight of full ounce (Penny Black was used for letters up to half an ounce).
The following year, Penny Red was introduced as a replacement for Penny Black. The most important reason was that the cancellation mark on Penny Black was difficult to see.
Besides that, there were many other innovations in the Victorian age (source: Royal Mail):
- In 1852 the first pillar box was introduced (in green color).
- In September 1868, 3 cats worked on probation at the Money Order Office in London, with an allowance of one shilling a week. For extra snack they were supposed to catch mice.
- In 1870 state-owned post-operated telegraph service was formed.
- In 1874 pillar boxes were painted red and in 1879 their design changed to the one still used today.
King Edward VII (r. 1901-1910) / The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
King Edward VII ruled Great Britain from 1901 to 1910. His reign was brief from a postal aspect. There were no major post-related events during his reign. Maybe I would mention that starting from 1909 people could collect their pensions at local Post Offices.
King George V (r. 1910-1936) / The House of Windsor
‘Seahorses’ is the name used to refer to the United Kingdom high-value definitive postage stamps issued during the reign of King George V.
The stamps are notable for the quality of the engraving and the dramatic design which depicts Britannia on her chariot behind three writhing horses on a stormy sea. The stamps represent a collecting field in their own right for some philatelists due to the color variations and different printers. (wikipedia.org)
KIng George V ruled Great Britain during the period of World War I and this during this period two important things happened. While the boys were at war, girls were employed in Post Offices in huge numbers, ~20000. Besides surviving and food, letters from home and sent to home were very important for the morale of the troops.
During his reign following important philately/post-related events took place:
- As a part of the celebrations for his Coronation on 9th September 1911, the first scheduled airmail service from Hendon to Windsor began.
- In 1912, the Post Office took over the national telephone service.
- In 1919, the first public overseas airmail service began – flying between London and Paris.
- In 1930, some boxes were painted in bright blue to promote the Air Mail service.
- 1934 was a year for the rocket experiment. It wasn’t successful, so the whole idea had been abandoned.
King Edward VIII (r. 06/1936-12/1936) / The House of Windsor
King Edward VIII spent only a few months on the throne and during that period no major philately-related events happened.
King George VI (r. 1936-1952) / The House of Windsor
King George VI ruled Great Britain during World War II and that caused many problems in general. Postal service was not the exception and during the war, many installations were destroyed with most notably the Central Telegraph Office in St Martin’s-le-Grand.
There was one important innovation during his reign:
- In 1943, Colossus was designed at the Post Office Research Station in Dollis Hill. This was the world’s first electronic, digital and programmable computer.
Queen Elizabeth II (r. 1952-) / The House of Windsor
Queen Elizabeth II succeeded the throne on 6th February 1952, following the death of her father. She is the current monarch of Great Britain and during this (almost 70) years, a lot had happened in the World but also in philately. Some of the important events were:
- A lot had been invested in the automatization of sorting processes. Some improvements were made in the late 1950s and continued in the 1960s.
- “Arnold Machin created the plaster cast of Queen Elizabeth II for a new set of definitive postage stamps.” (Royal Mail); This motif is well-known from many GB stamps and I guess there is almost no stamp collector without at least 1 stamp with this motif.
- In 1968, the Post Office introduced current account banking.
- In 1974, (postal) coding of the whole country was finalized.
- In 1985, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) had been introduced. This enabled the computer to read addresses and sorting mail went to the whole new level.
- 2003 was the last year when the Mail Rail operated.
- In 2006 Online Postage was introduced. This is a set of online postal services, including downloading and printing stamps.
- 2016 was the 500th birthday of the Royal Mail.
Royal Mail started more than 500 years ago and first stamps were used almost 180 years ago. Of course, everything changed during that period, but the way we communicate changed maybe the most. In 1840 stamps were innovation and sending paper mail was pretty much of a hype. Most of the paper stuff we receive these days are utility bills or advertisement mail and most of the mails don’t have any stamps on them. Stamps are slowly but surely going into history. Still, that will add more value to them as they age (in case more people would be interested in philately).
- Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901): https://www.royal.uk/queen-victoria
- King Edward VII (r. 1901-1910): https://www.royal.uk/edward-vii
- King George V (r. 1910-1936): https://www.royal.uk/george-v
- King Edward VIII (r. 06/1936-12/1936): https://www.royal.uk/edward-viii
- King George VI (r. 1936-1952): https://www.royal.uk/george-vi
- Queen Elizabeth II (r. 1952-): https://www.royal.uk/her-majesty-the-queen
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of those European events well-known and very popular outside Europe. The Netherlands won the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, but the magic started more than 60 years ago on May 24, 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland. History shall remember that Lys Assia won the first contest on behalf of France, with the song “Refrain”.
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
While 2019 belongs completely to Duncan Laurence and the song “Arcade“, in this article we’ll try to cover a few more interesting facts related to the Eurovision Song Contest. For now, let’s stay in 2019. The contest was held in Tel Aviv, Israel thanks to Netta and her triumph in Lisbon in 2018, with the song “Toy”.
Fun Fact: The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was held in The Hague/The Netherlands. The 1979 winner came from Israel, Gali Atari and Milk and Honey with song “Hallelujah”
How does History repeats herself sometimes ?…
Being the biggest music show in the world also brings a lot of responsibility and this contest again succeeded in spreading the message of love and equality from the stage and in the audience. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see a number of rainbow flags in the audience. The Eurovision song contest contributed a lot to freedom of speech and love, probably starting in 1961 when Jean-Claude Pascal won with the song “Nous les amoureux“, continuing with the victory of a transsexual woman, Dana International in 1998 (Israel, song “Diva”) and going even further in 2014 when a drag queen Conchita Wurst won on behalf of Austria with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix“.
Winners by country
For the Netherlands, the 2019th edition was the 5th time the country won the Eurovision song contest title.
Still, during history, some countries performed much better. Ireland still holds the record with 7 Eurosong titles, followed by Sweden with 6 titles.
The 3rd place is shared by 4 countries: Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom and the Netherlands with 5 titles each. Israel won 4 times, while Denmark and Norway did the same 3 times.
Most famous contestants
Though it would be completely unfair to say some winners were better or more famous than the others, we cannot ignore that ABBA has also competed in the Eurosong. It’s interesting that while they tried to compete several times, they managed to participate only once and, of course, win (1974 in Brighton with song “Waterloo”). Still, there are some other famous names that took part in the contest.
Céline Dion won on behalf of Switzerland with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi“, in the 1988 contest, held in Dublin, on April 30. Julio Iglesias, was 4th for Spain, in the 1970 contest (held in Barcelona from February 12 to February 14) with the song “Gwendolyne“. Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Roger Webb), won 2nd place for the UK in the 1968 contest (song “Congratulations“) and 3rd place in the 1973 contest (song “Power To All Our Friends“).
Several other celebrities took part in the contest or national qualifications, like Enya (Ireland, 1973), Olivia Newton-John (UK, 1974), Michael Ball (UK, 1992), Katie Price (UK, 2005), and Kym Marsh (UK, 2006).
Multiple Eurosong winners
OK, the Nethelands, won the Eurosong title this year. We could list all winners during the years when the contest was held, but we won’t do that. Still, something unusual happened in 1969, the year of Apollo 11 mission.
In 1969, there was no rule for the tie on Eurosong, so 4 countries (France, the Netherlands, Spain, UK) with 18 points shared the victory.
Who wasn’t part of the show?
Even though the name would suggest the participants are (only) European counties, that is not the case. While some countries were admitted for political reasons, some got admitted for huge popularity Eurosong has in their countries – last example being Australia who first competed in 2015.
There are also some countries that expressed the interest to be the part of the show but never actually made it.
They are (in alphabetical order): Catalonia, China, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Qatar, Scotland, Soviet Union, Tunisia, Wales. Reasons were mostly political or the fact that some of them are actually not internationally recognized countries.
Eurovision Asia Song Contest 2019
As previously mentioned, the Eurovision Song Contest has outgrown Europe a long time ago. Not only that it’s extremely popular outside Europe, but there is a growing number of participating countries not located inside Europe. The growing popularity of Eurosong outside Europe resulted with a new musical project, the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
Starting in 2019, the Eurovision Asia Song Contest 2019 will take place for the first time. It will be held from November 30 to December 7, 2019, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia. The expected participants are: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam. Please notice that Australia is here too, even though they are also not located in Asia (like Europe – just saying 🙂 I just hope they use a different song 😀 Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
You may remain calm. No matter if Brexit actually happens or not, there won’t be Eurosong Brexit.
The Eurovision Song Contest is really something special. Taking into account how popular it is at the moment, and that its popularity is growing, we can expect to get a better show each year. And, of course, a lot of Eurosong-related stamps. To me, this sounds like a really nice topic for the collection
Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming very soon. The first episode shall be aired on April 14, 2019. While we wait to see who will rule the Iron Throne let’s remind ourselves of a two great Game of Thrones-related stamp series (and what happened in the season 7).
Game of Thrones – Tourism Ireland 2016
Before we start the story, I’ll tell a few words about these stamps. Northern Ireland served as a headquarters for shooting the series so it’s no wonder that the Tourism Ireland in collaboration with the Royal Mail issued Game of Thrones related stamp series. Each stamp is tied to one episode of the 6th season. It’s important to mention that these stamps were issued in very limited editions and their sale was mostly limited to Northern Ireland.
Game of Thrones – Season 7 Recap
Season 7 was very deadly. That’s not so unexpected if you look at what happened in previous seasons. George R.R. Martin proved to be really good at murdering characters as soon as you start to love or hate them. While this could be frustrating, it definitely adds the tempo to the whole story. Personally, I felt very surprised a few times. And just “normally” surprised a few more times 🙂
Season 7 – Deaths
With that said, the season 7 took many lives. Some had a major role in the whole story, while others had a smaller impact. George decided that season 7 will be the final season for House Frey, Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand, Tyene Sand, Olenna Tyrell, Randyll Tarly, Dickon Tarly, Thoros of Myr, Benjen Stark, Viserion (?), Lord Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger). Let’s now take a look what happened to those who survived the season 7.
Daenerys Targaryen & Jon Snow
So, Daenerys sailed to Westeros at the end of the season 6. It was just a matter of time when she would meet Jon Snow.
Daenerys (Dany, Daenerys Stormborn, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains) is mostly interested in reclaiming the throne that belonged to her father, Aerys II Targaryen, commonly called “the Mad King”.
On the other hand, Jon Snow is more concerned about the threat coming from the North and the Night King’s invasion. At the beginning, Dany and others don’t take that threat too seriously, but things change after the expedition captures a wight beyond the Wall and presents it in front of the others.
It all ends with an alliance between Jon and Daenerys. And the alliance was sealed with a kiss. While we know the nature of a family relation between Jon and Daenerys, they still need to find that out. Of course, the most interesting part here will be how they will react and how that will affect their current relationship. And all that, of course, if they survive.
Starks & Littlefinger
The other major event is the reunification of the Stark kids. Sansa Stark is now the Lady of Winterfell and Brann is Three-Eyed Raven. Arya Stark, after a few seasons, finally found her way to Winterfell. While Littlefinger did his best to turn Arya and Sansa against each other, in the end he was the one who was manipulated and ended up executed.
Game of Thrones – Royal Mail 2018
And this is how the Royal Mail explained the motivation to issue these stamps:
“The Game of Thrones production involves a very significant British contribution. Principal filming of the series is at Titanic Studios in Belfast, at the Linen Hill Film Studio in Banbridge and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, with additional filming in Scotland and European locations including Malta, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, and Spain.
Additionally, the acclaimed cast is predominantly British and Irish, and British expertise is to the fore in many areas of the production, including award-winning costume design and prosthetic special effects.”
The Night King
While houses south of the Wall fought for supremacy and the Iron Throne, the Night King, slowly but steadily gathered his army and is finally ready to move south to conquer the whole of Westeros. Killing Viserion, one of Daenerys’ dragons, and resurrecting him, turned his army even stronger and we saw them crossing the Wall. While in previous seasons he was more of a myth, now he’s here and almost nobody has any doubts if he really exists. Still, one important question needs to be answered and that is who he really is and how he’s related to other characters.
Cersei Lannister & Euron Greyjoy
Cersei is ready the exploit the current situation and is relying on Euron to bring her more troops and help her stay on the Iron Throne. She simply wants to be aside while other armies crush each other and to deal with what is left on the battlefield afterwards. That is not a bad tactic at all. You could use it in many multiplayer strategy games, either board or computer games. But that’s not the topic here. Besides that, we know that Cersei is pregnant.
Samwell Tarly, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister
There are a lot of “smaller” threads that could play an important role in the history of Westeros. Maybe the most important one is the story of Samwell Tarly. He did some great things from the first time we met him and I somehow have a feeling that he’ll play a very important role in the last 6 episodes of season 8.
Putting Tyrion and Jaime after everyone previously mentioned is maybe not fair because they have really complex stories and will have a crucial impact on the whole story. While we can expect that Tyrion will pull one more trick, it will be interesting to see what is Jaime’s destiny.
There are numerous theories on how it will all end and I don’t want to go into that. To be completely honest, I’ve watched a number of videos with different theories and I simply don’t want to know. I want to be surprised and I believe that will happen. No matter what happens, these stamps give us the ability to store the part of this Westeros history in our albums.
Author: E. Drkušić / https://stamp.ninja
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel movie is in cinemas from March 8, 2019. Royal Mail issued 15 stamps related to Marvel Comics on March 14, 2019. It’s (no) coincidence that the year 2019 is Marvel’s 80th birthday. So, let’s take a look at the stamps, facts and the (hi)story behind these Marvel superheroes.
Spider-Man is, according to many lists you can find online, the most popular Marvel superhero of all times. It’s pretty hard to list all comic books, movies and other forms where he starred. He started his career in August 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15 and, of course, Stan Lee had his fingers involved.
His “real name” is Peter Parker and he started as a sidekick to other protagonists. During the time his popularity grew. This was mostly because his problems as a teen superhero were close to the problems of the majority of his readers (at the time). It’s easier to feel a connection to a superhero who is human and has school, family and love-related issues, than with godlike heroes or billionaires. Although there’s no doubt that godlike superheroes and billionaires could also be a great role model 🙂 As it usually goes with everything, from music to comic books characters (in this example), Peter grew together with his audience and got himself a job and a family and new kinds of problems. Still, he always had some time to save the world.
Captain Marvel is not 1, not 2, not 3, but 7 different superheroes from the Marvel Universe. It all started with Mar-Vell in December 1967 (Marvel Super-Heroes #12). The six Captains which followed were: Monica Rambeau (1982, The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16), Genis-Vell (1993, Silver Surfer Annual #6), Noh-Varr (2000, Marvel Boy #1), Phyla-Vell (2004, Captain Marvel (vol. 5) #16), Khn’nr (2007, Civil War: The Return) and Carol Danvers (1968, Marvel Super-Heroes #13).
Carol was intentionally mentioned the last because she’s the main character of the 2019 movie, Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury and Jude Law stars as Yon-Rogg etc.
Terry Gene Bollea. Most of us, including myself, wouldn’t know who is he. Let’s now try using his stage name – Hulk Hogan. It’s the 1980s and pro wrestling, WWF, WrestleMania and Mr. T are all the rage. It is an easy guess that Hogan’s stage name originates from similarity to this famous Marvel superhero.
Hulk first appeared in 1962 in The Incredible Hulk #1. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner had been accidentally exposed to gamma rays which lead to his transformation into Hulk. Stan Lee himself said that the inspiration came from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Doctor Strange had also been created during the Silver Age of Comic Books. He first appeared in the Strange Tales #110 in July 1963. As it often goes with superheroes, his superpower abilities also came as a result of an accident, but this time the accident itself was just a catalyst.
After losing his arms, which is always a very bad thing, especially if you’re a surgeon, he decided to travel and find a “replacement”. He found more than what he expected and became the protector of the Earth against “dark magic”. The stamp motif depicts this in a very good way.
Before he became Captain Britain, we knew him as Brian Braddock. His story also includes an accident, and this time it was related to nuclear power. After an accident and the acquisition of the Amulet of Right, he became Captain Britain as we know him today. His main task was, as you could expect, to protect Britain, and he started doing that from October 1976 when he appeared in Captain Britain Weekly #1.
This comic book was also the first original content produced by Marvel UK (an imprint of Marvel Comics formed in 1972). This is also the first exclusively British superhero in this stamp series.
She loved adventure ever since she was a child. Her story continues as a code breaker of the British Royal Military and a special agent and a French Resistance fighter. Later she joins Captain America on several operations.
As a character, she was introduced for the first time in Tales of Suspense #75, May 1966.
The battle for the second place in Marvel superheroes popularity list is very tight. Still, I would say that Iron Man leads, with Captain America, Thor and Daredevil lagging not far behind. Maybe just one good blockbuster to boost their popularity. Meanwhile… Iron Man.
In the Marvel Universe, Iron Man is actually Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark. And no, he’s not related to the Starks from Game of Thrones in any way 🙂 (But we will have a GoT article also very soon.) OK, so he was a billionaire who got kidnapped and injured and that was his catalyst. In order to save himself, he created an armor, which he would later improve and use in his everyday actions.
His debut happened in March 1963 in Tales of Suspense #39 and 5 years later he got his own title – Iron Man #1.
He is T’Challa, king of Wakanda, a fictional country in Sub-Saharan Africa. His superhero status comes from the combination of science, training and a little help from herbs used in ancient Wakandan rituals.
He appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966 and was the first black superhero in a major comic book. Obviously, his appearance was extremely important and popular media played an important role in the struggle for equality once again.
James Montgomery Falsworth or Union Jack was created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbin with his first appearance in Invaders #7 on July 1976.
In total, 3 men wore the mantle of Union Jack. Besides James (during World War I), other two were his son Brian Falsworth (during World War II) and Joseph Chapman, a working-class man to whom Joseph offered this position.
Thor is another character from the Silver Age of Comic Books. His first appearance was in Journey into Mystery #83 in August 1962.
His character was based on Norse mythology, or to be more precise on Asgardian god of Thunder with the same name. He has a super heavy hammer and the ability to control the weather. Maybe the most important weather manipulation he liked to performed was his famous thunder.
Thanos and the Battle Plan
For those who are not that into Marvel comics, Thanos is a supervillain and as such he’s not the one who could be easily defeated. Luckily, we have a bunch of superheroes at our disposal and they just need to agree on the right tactics.
This is what these last 5 stamps (the 5 with values) are all about. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that everything is getting ready for a battle with Thanos.
When you think of stamp collecting, probably the first analogy would be an older guy, sitting alone somewhere in his room and looking at his 19th-century stamps. While that could be true, today we also have some new and very interesting stamps, like these issues by the Royal Mail, just waiting for you to add them to your collection. And with technology at our disposal as well as many means to swap stamps I can’t think of a reason not to!
Author: E. Drkušić / https://stamp.ninja
Pin collecting is a fun past-time, yet it may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when it comes to collecting.
Stamps, coins, bank notes, tickets… These are things you think about the moment hear the words “collector” or “philately”, pins probably don’t come to mind.
However, pin collecting is a hobby that is very popular amongst both young and old. Some choose to wear the pins while others cherish them and keep them in albums.
Does pin collecting sound like something for you? – Then you’ve come to the right place!
The first question you should ask yourself is: What kind of pins should I collect?
Some people go for art pins, others who are big fans of history and the story objects can tell, go for the vintage pins. Do you love the story behind the items or the way they look? Is there something in particular you love?
Some people collect Disney pins for example, others will collect everything and anything they can get their hands on!
Check out this fantastic article on everything you need to know about pin collecting if you want to learn more!
There’s no right or wrong when it comes to pin collecting, so this is something you can fill in for yourself!
Now, there are a few things you still need before you can start this hobby and that’s an album, and the pins themselves!
We have a few different choices for you when it comes to albums. On our pin collecting albums page you can have a look and see what your options are.
Keeping your pins in albums will allow you to sort them better and keep them in a much better condition.
Where you’ll find your pins depends on the type of collection you want to set up. A quick google search will provide you with a plethora of sites that sell new trendy pins. Another great place to find both new and vintage pins is eBay.
Etsy is another fantastic place to look for new pins to add to your collection. They will even have pins made by up and coming artists which may be a great addition to your collection depending on what you are collecting.
All in all, pin collecting is a fantastic and extremely dynamic hobby. Whether you will be wearing your collection one by one, or will enjoy them all within your album, there’s a lot of fun to be had.
This is hobby is less well known than some of the other collecting hobbies, but it does have a surprisingly divers range of collectables. Beer coaster collecting, also called tegestology, has a strong following, and is quite a popular collecting hobby all around the world.
The history of beer coasters
The beer coaster as we know it today, was patented in 1892 in Germany, to deal with the foam that often spilled over the glass when pouring a beer. These paper-pulp coasters were first designed to be thrown away, like stamps, tickets and most other collectables…
After they were invented, beer coasters became a great advertising method for breweries and thousands of variations soon appeared. It’s extremely hard to imagine how many different coasters there have been since, and this makes it a great item for collectors.
How to get into beer coaster collecting
Beer coaster collecting is an extremely easy hobby to get into, but finding and buying the rarer models isn’t as easy as it looks. This hobby greatly depends on the category you are looking to collect.
Some people may only collect coasters from a particular region, brewery or country, while other may collect them for the pictures they have on them. It all depends what suits your fancy!
A great resource to check out is Beer Coaster Mania! They have an overview of all things beer-coasters and have a wonderful site for anyone looking to get into the hobby.
What do you need to start collecting beer coasters?
Nothing is mandatory when it comes to beer coaster collecting as it’s all a matter of preference. However, a beautiful beer coaster collecting album <link) can make the hobby even more rewarding!
When storing your beer coasters make sure you store them in a cool and dry place, as this will ensure they stay in their best condition.
Beer coaster collecting
As you can see, beer coaster collecting is a great hobby to get into as a collector. Once your collection grows it’s extremely rewarding to browse through your albums and to watch your collecting grow!
Although drinking champagne is a fun past-time, collecting champagne caps is another way of enjoying this delicacy.
In this article, we are going to dive into the hobby of champagne cap collecting!
The history of the champagne cap
When champagne, otherwise called sparkling wine was invented, there was one problem with the drink. If the cork loosened or didn’t seal the bottle properly, then the champagne was left without the sparkling taste people so loved.
So, in 1844 the champagne cap was invented to ensure the cork stayed in place and couldn’t let any air through. Since then there have been a plethora of caps that have come onto the market, so there’s a lot to collect!
Variations in champagne caps
Since they have been around for so long, the variation in champagne caps is huge. Some caps are silver or gold, while others are hand painted or just very old. Some people collect caps from a specific region, while others go all out and try to collect as much as they can.
Rarity can make some caps extremely valuable and the history and story that some of these caps tell make it an ideal object for collectors.
Champagne cap collecting
Collecting champagne caps is a very rewarding hobby and it’s becoming ever more popular among avid collectors. It’s also a very easy hobby to get into, all you need is a good place to store them and you’re ready to start collecting!
Storing your champagne caps
It may be tempting to just find a plastic container and then start collecting, but there are a few things you should consider before you start putting them all in a jar or container.
The first, and most important thing you should take into account is that when you store them all in one container, the caps will get scratched and damage. This will not only deplete the value of your collection immensely, it will also make the caps less fun to look at.
That brings us to the second thing you should think about, and that’s your ability to view your collection.
It’s no fun to have a collection you cannot look at and appreciate. That’s another reason why a container isn’t ideal. Not only will it make it difficult for you to view your caps, if you do decide to take them out, you will damage your champagne caps even further!
How can you solve this issue?
An album especially designed for champagne cap collecting will work wonders. Not only are your caps completely save from any damage, you can also very easily view your caps when you want to enjoy your collection. Check out some champagne cap collecting albums, and see which one will suit you best.
Another great option is a champagne cap collecting display frame. This frame lets you display your champagne caps, so you can view your collection whenever you feel like it!
In our local region there are a lot of events that are almost mandatory as a philatelist of any sort. Having a hobby is one thing but being able to meet likeminded people and share a hobby-oriented experience is a truly fantastic thing to witness first hand.
So, in this post, we would like to list some of the upcoming philately-events, so you don’t have to miss out! Make sure you keep an eye on our blog and social media pages because we will be listing new events as time progresses!
Now, without further ado, let’s get into the list shall we!
Postex 2018 Apeldoorn <https://www.postex.nl/ >
This year is the 20th edition of Postex, and it will be held on the 19th till the 21st of October, in Apeldorn. If you are located near the Netherlands and are interested in stamps and stamp collecting, this is a superb event for you to attend.
Internationale Briefmarken-Börse Sindelfingen < www.briefmarken-messe.de >
This stamp extravaganza takes place on the 25th of October, until the 27th, in the south of Germany. It’s a large event with a great selection of some of the best stamps around!
Maastricht International Fair 2018 – MIF 2018 <http://mifevents.com/en/>
This exhibition boasts a floor space of over 3000m2 and is one of the largest events for coins and bank notes.
There will be a huge selection for you to browse through at this event. If you are looking for a great time, an opportunity to meet new people and a chance to view a vast collection of coins and notes then make sure you are there! Maastricht International Fair is from the 9th till the 11th of November.
Earlier events you missed this month
PaperMoneyFairs Maastricht <http://www.papermoney-maastricht.nl/ > (28-29/09/2018)
This event is for all paper money collectors who are looking to share their collections and meet their money-collecting peers. With 177 bookings to date, this fair will be a true spectacle for all paper money collectors! This event took place from the 28th of September to the 30th.
Antwerpfila 2018 <http://www.antwerpfila.be/> (5-6/10/2018)
The largest international stamp and coin fair in Belgium is set to be a wonderful event ! With over 3000m2 of philately, this is a fair you absolutely must attend if you like anything stamp or coin oriented. This event will be a busy one so make sure you are there!
Stampa 2018 < http://stampa.ie/ > (5-6-7/10/2018)
The Irish national stamp exhibition is the one for you if you are in love with Irish Philately. Ireland has a rich history, and a lot of it is sure to be on display at this wonderful event that’s held in Dublin.
Any damage or minor alterations to your stamps condition can make the difference between an extremely valuable stamp, and one you may as well lick and stick on a postcard. Most of the time, you will be able to add your stamps to an album, which in turn will protect the stamp from any damage.
Sometimes however, you can’t…
If your album is full, or you are waiting for new releases, the temptation to stick them in a paper envelope becomes ever greater. However, what if they get stuck to each other, fold, or even tear by the perforations?
It’s for exactly these reasons that stock cards are around.
Stock cards are small cards with multiple rows on them which you can use to keep your stamps in. Us stamp collectors are ever so careful when it comes to keeping our stamps safe, and maybe even more so when it comes to sorting our stamps.
By using stock cards, we can easily sort even the largest quantities of stamps, without us being forced to put them somewhere out of place. Along with this, if you want to show people your collection, you don’t risk damage either.
If you don’t have all your stamps in stock cards, or albums, then showing someone your collection can spell disaster, may there be, for example, a drop of Coca-Cola on the table. Let alone the risk of people picking your stamps up with greasy fingers, or even worse, ripping your stamps accidently when looking at them.
When you use stock cards, you never run this risk.
People can always see your stamps without them having to touch them. So, not only will you be in a much better position to organise your stamps, your stamps will also be protected much better.
So, what were the advantages of stock cards again?
- Easy sorting of your stamps so you always have a well-organized collection.
- Extra protection for your stamps, so they can’t get as easily damaged by greasy fingers or tearing.
Are you a stamp collector, and don’t you have stock cards yet? Or have you run out?
Buy some stock cards and protect your postage stamps!
The upcoming topic after the Davos Forum in the beginning of 2018 is Winter Olympics! Attention & tension will get higher the more we get closer to the opening ceremony of the next Winter Games in Korea on February 9th. The PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, XXIII Olympic Winter Games, will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018.
Korea Post issued on Oct 31 2017, exactly 100 days before the start of the games, 1.4 million stamps in the format of 2 miniature sheets of 10 stamps each to commemorate the event (1). The stamp designs include the official mascot, Soohorang illustrated as an olympic athlete in a number of winter sports. Stamps are portrayed along the post, scroll down to discover them all 🙂
But How Do I get to Olympic Philately ?
Lately, Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, the publishing house of Michel catalogs, has enriched significantly its offer on Topic catalogs. Each catalog is made of 1’000’s of pictures, giving you ideas to collect a specific areas: for example there are more than 33’000 fish species listed on Fishbase but you may be interested only in fish on the list of endangered species. For every topic catalog, we like to see how the web and social media can boost your collection: we look for links, websites, create pinterest boards on collectibles we find and that is how I discovered Olympic Philately !
Timing or not ;-), Michel released just after last Christmas, the 2nd edition of its stamp catalog dedicated to the Olympic Games. The 1st Edition was launch just before the Summer Games in Brazil, the Rio 2016 Olympics.
You never know what you will find when you have to blog about a topic. A feeling I get a lot when dealing with with stamps or catalogs. Stamp catalogs are a tremendous source of information for the philatelist. Besides pricing, stamp catalogs offer tons of information on stamps: technical like the face value, perforations, dimensions, counterfeiting protections, printing quantity, printing method, colors, watermarking but also the artist, the engraver, the date of issue, the first day cover cancel and much more. There are several sorts of catalogs, organized by country, continent (Europe, Africa, Asia,…), part of the world (French colonies, British Empire, German colonies, …) , or by topic, specialized or handbooks.
Doing some research on Olympic Games on Stamps led me to discover some interesting resources that will extend the scope of your collection.
International Association of Olympic Collectors
The mission of the International Association of Olympic Collectors or Association International des Collectionneurs Olympique (AICO) is to promote Olympic collecting related to the cultural and historic aspects of the Olympic movement. Olympic collecting includes Olympic philately, Olympic numismatics and Olympic memorabilia. Olympic philately is a category of collecting in which the images or subjects on the postal products are related to the Olympic Games or the Olympic movement (2) Olympic philately was born on 25 March 1896, the day the first set of Olympic stamps was issued in Greece to commemorate (and help finance) the 1st Modern Olympic Games in Athens. The Philatelic Database lists in its blog post Stamps of Greece: The First Olympic Stamps (1896) the twelve stamps of the serie (3).
The Olympic World Library
The Olympic World Library is simultaneously a library catalogue, an information portal and a search engine for Olympic knowledge. Via this portal you can access the unique collections of The Olympic Studies Centre, with all the official Olympic publications, and also find books, articles and selected dissertations produced by academics and professionals from all around the world. E-books collection is also available for loans (renewable every 28 days): https://library.olympic.org/
The Poster stamps and labels of the Olympic Games
This website is an important source of information for fans of paraphilately. If you collect Cinderella Stamps, Vignettes or Posters related to Olympism and the Olympic Games, you will not be able to ignore this page: http://www.alphabetilately.org/Oly/index.html
See you at the ceremony ?