The Sun Never Sets on the Stamps of the British Empire

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The 30-cent Phoenix Rising From Flames stamp was issued August 29, 1946.

Virtual Exhibit
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The 1-penny Queen Victoria "Penny Black" stamp, the world's first postage stamp was issued in 1840.


Stamp collecting has always been a worldwide hobby, with many collectors choosing to specialize in countries other than their own. Stamp Magazine congratulates the National Postal Museum on doing such a great job of introducing people through its website to thousands of fascinating postage stamp and postal operations stories from around the world.

Guy Thomas
Editor, Stamp Magazine



Created by Editor Guy Thomas, Assistant Editor Julia Lee, and the writers of Stamp Magazine, UK, and Alexander T. Haimann, Collections Specialist, Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Published in the UK, Stamp Magazine has been informing and entertaining philatelists around the world since 1934. And as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations we are delighted to have collaborate with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on this virtual exhibition of British and British Empire stamps.