The post-independence general revenue stamps of Swaziland

Having been a member of the South African Philatelist magazine for many years I was really surprised to find this article of the author in the February 2005 issue filling four pages with these revenue stamps. Since their Independence in 1968, stamps were printed for postage and revenue but perhaps for it’s simplicity they decided […]

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“From the cradle to the grave, only forms, forms”

Saarland stamped papers, so-called state stamp sheets, to be used for whole high and only handwritten stamp duty values. These documents that had very high stamp amounts in the Saar area, and businesses that had also been put under control, were made on specially made for this purpose security stamp paper, similar to the then […]

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The transport of the post and persons in Persia

In “The Persian Post and Postage Stamps of Persia and Bukhara” Friedrich Schüller wrote in 1893: Prior to the establishment of the present postal system, the provincial governors sent their respective reports by their own mounted messengers, who were authorized wherever they needed horses, without further ado requisition. The embassies sent their own couriers, as […]

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“Furat chi de su mare venit” (Sardinian revenue stamps)

If you would take a closer look at the history of one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea then don’t blame the people for it. The past 2 millennia they were occupied and exploited by the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabians and so on and now the tourists are coming to the island.

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