Stamps

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First penny black stamp could fetch up to £6m at auction
Launched in 1840, Sotheby’s says the stamp ‘is the most important piece of philatelic history to exist’

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture corresponent

26, Oct, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Spain’s postal service accused of racism over flesh-toned stamps
Collection was supposed to highlight inequalities, but anti-racism campaigners say it has backfired

Sam Jones in Madrid

28, May, 2021 @5:05 PM

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Paul McCartney to be honoured with a set of postage stamps
Eight images from post-Beatles albums and four recording studio shots will adorn Royal Mail stamps on sale later this month

Laura Snapes

06, May, 2021 @11:04 AM

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The Guardian view on the world’s rarest stamp: obsession conquers all | Editorial
Editorial: The appeal of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta may seem inexplicable, but it tells a very human story

Editorial

30, Apr, 2021 @4:49 PM

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World’s most valuable stamp expected to sell for up $15m in New York
British Guiana One-Cent Magenta was created in 1856 and is currently on display in London

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

28, Apr, 2021 @12:59 PM

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Swedish postage stamp celebrates work of Greta Thunberg
Illustration of activist is part of a series highlighting government’s environmental quality goals

Jon Henley

13, Jan, 2021 @4:02 PM

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'It should be about the duck': ire as new US nature stamps feature hunting gear
US artists, hunters and conservationists concerned stamps promote the idea that conservation always involves hunting

Rasha Aridi

08, Oct, 2020 @5:06 PM

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'It's up to people to change the system': the artists using stamps as resistance
A timely new project sees 50 artists and institutions designing stamps to make a statement in a crucial year for US politics

Nadja Sayej

30, Sep, 2020 @6:34 AM

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'That's mad, Ted': stamps launched for Father Ted's 25th anniversary
Stamps feature phrases from award-winning comedy set on fictional Craggy Island

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

27, Aug, 2020 @5:10 PM

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Queen – not that one – to appear on postage stamps
Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jun, 2020 @8:50 AM

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'Ken! Do something!': Coronation Street double acts reunited on Royal Mail stamps
Special-issue set celebrates 60th anniversary of world’s longest-running soap opera

Caroline Davies

11, May, 2020 @11:01 PM

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Nostalgia for the beautiful world outside has made a collector of me | Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

03, May, 2020 @6:00 AM

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