July 29, 1986 |
Sixteen million postage stamps with a face value of $400,000 are being destroyed in Kampala because they inaccurately depict some of Uganda's fish.
July 5, 2005 |
A group representing about 50,000 black people on Mexico's Pacific coast demanded that President Vicente Fox apologize for a set of postage stamps featuring a black comic book figure that U.S. civil rights groups have called racist. In a letter, the group said that the character "Memin Pinguin rewards, celebrates, typifies and cements the distorted, mocking, stereotypical and limited vision of black people in general."
September 30, 2004 |
Stamps.com Inc., which sells postage stamps over the Internet, said the U.S. Postal Service had asked it to suspend its trial PhotoStamps program for evaluation. Stamps.com will stop taking orders Friday for PhotoStamps, which allow customers to turn their photographs into postage stamps, the Santa Monica-based company said. The Postal Service will decide within 90 days whether to allow the program to continue, the company said. Trading was halted before the announcement.
November 7, 1989 |
A block of "penny black" postage stamps, issued in 1840, were sold at auction today for about $442,680, an auction house said. The 36 stamps, depicting the young Queen Victoria and originally selling for one pence each, were bought by the Royale Stamp Co. for a private collector who was not identified. When the set last changed hands in 1934, it sold for about $2,400, said Ray Haffner of the Harmers auction house. The "penny black" and the "two-penny blue" were the first British postage stamps.
October 30, 1996 |
More than a dozen dinosaurs, a pair of swans and an ox will appear on U.S. postage stamps next year, the Postal Service announced Tuesday. The 1997 offerings will also feature this country's first triangular stamps, classic dolls, airplanes, composers, coaches and the African American holiday Kwanzaa.
March 1, 1994 |
Five watercolors by Prince Charles go on display today throughout Britain on a new set of postage stamps. The stamps, depicting landscapes of the kingdom, mark the 25th anniversary of Charles' investiture as the Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969.