Thematic postage stamps

Welcome to the Penny Black 1840 Thematic postage stamps blog looking at the stories behind postage stamps and taking a wide look at philately and stamp collecting around the world.

Whilst leafing through some old stamp albums from childhood recently I suddenly felt a renewed interest in some of the postage stamps that I had long ago dismissed as a merely juvenile collection of jumbled commemorative issues from around the world, in favour of my adult interest in Victorian line engraved stamps. With a jolt I realised that most of these stamps had been issued in the late 1960s and early 1970s and that I’d hardly looked at them in last thirty years! Although none of them were particularly rare some them of them were actually rather interesting…

I’m now in the process of scanning and researching the stories, anniversaries and events behind the postage stamps in my collection and will post them here regularly.

When England Won the World Cup in 1966

Commemorative
England World Cup

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off today in Brazil, and England’s first game – against Italy – fast […]

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The 1948 Olympic Games

Commemorative
London Olympic Games 1948

Whilst the world’s attention is firmly fixed on the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I thought this would be an […]

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The First Flight of Concorde

Commemorative
First Flight of Concorde

The Sunday Stamps meme over at Viridian’s Postcard Blog this week is taking a look at flag stamps or patriotic […]

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Greenland Mountains by Lawren Stewart Harris on 1967 Canadian Stamp

Landscape
Greenland Mountains by Lawren Stewart Harris

One of the great things about the Sunday Stamps meme over at Viridian’s Postcard Blog is that when I occasionally […]

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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Famous People
Charles Dickens Stamps

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the most well-loved storytellers of all time – Charles […]

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Romanian Vegetables by Aida Tasgian-Constantinescu

Thematic postage stamps
Romanian Vegetables

If any stamp collecting bloggers are looking for inspiration I can highly recommend heading over to  Viridian’s Postcard Blog over […]

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Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Famous People
Bob Dylan Gambia postage stamps

‘His Bobness’ turns 70 today so to mark this landmark birthday I thought it might be fun to take a […]

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100th Anniversary Kansas Statehood

Flowers
100th Anniversary Kansas Statehood

Over at Virdian’s Postcard Blog the theme for this week’s Sunday Stamps meme is “flowers” and she has posted a […]

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British Spring Flowers

Flowers
British Flowers 1979

The clocks went forward one hour in Europe in the early hours of the morning today and the March equinox […]

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Lockheed Constellation over New York Skyline

Thematic postage stamps
Lockheed Constellation over New York Skyline

Viridian’s Postcard Blog is hosting a great new blog meme – Sunday Stamps – and this week’s theme in honour […]

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