Sunlight, the curse of classical stamps of January 1877  the Norwegian Postal Department issued a new value of 25 øre, in a new series of posthorn stamps. This stamp was intended for single weight letters sent to far off countries, and is today usually found on covers sent to America (United States). The emigration to the United States started in the countryside, especially in inner fjords in western Norway and upper…


Double print in 1876

Occasionally you find a stamp issue more fascinating than most, and the Swedish 20-on-20 øre issue strikes me as such a stamp. An event forgotten and rediscovered decades later, and a story that gives the taste of the problems facing the printing of stamps in the 1870s. The cut-out stamps to the left shows a pair sent from Malmø 23.10 1875, with a very pale 20…


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