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Encyclopedia > Commemorative stamp
This 1998 stamp of the Faroe Islands marks the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This 1998 stamp of the Faroe Islands marks the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A commemorative stamp is a postage stamp issued to honor or commemorate a place, event or person. Most postal services of the world issue several of these each year, often holding first day of issue ceremonies at locations connected with the subjects. Commemorative stamps are usually used alongside ordinary or regular-issue stamps of the time, although in some cases their use has been obligatory. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... For other uses, see Mail (disambiguation). ... First Day Cover for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, issued 22nd July 1981. ...


There are several candidates for the title of first commemorative. The United States 15-cent black stamp of 1866 depicts Abraham Lincoln, and was the first stamp issued after his assassination in 1865, but it was not officially declared as a memorial to him. The U.S. issued stamped envelopes for the Centennial Exposition in 1876, although technically these are postal stationery and not stamps. The UK's Jubilee Issue of 1887 may be thought of as commemorative of the 50 years' reign, although there are no special inscriptions on the stamps, and they were intended as regular stamps. 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Postal stationery: Postcard of 1895 A piece of postal stationery is an envelope, letter sheet, or postal card with an amount of postage preprinted on it, at the postcard rate for postcards, and (usually) at the domestic first-class rate for letter sheets and envelopes. ... Opening day ceremonies at the Centennial Exhibition The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official worlds fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Postal stationery: Postcard of 1895 A piece of postal stationery is an envelope, letter sheet, or postal card with an amount of postage preprinted on it, at the postcard rate for postcards, and (usually) at the domestic first-class rate for letter sheets and envelopes. ... Categories: Stub | Postage stamps ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ...

1888 1d of New South Wales, one of the first commemoratives in the world.
1888 1d of New South Wales, one of the first commemoratives in the world.

The first undoubtedly commemorative stamps were issued by New South Wales in 1888 to mark its 100th anniversary; the six types all include the inscription "ONE HUNDRED YEARS". Commemoratives followed in 1891 for Hong Kong and Romania, then in 1892 and 1893 a half-dozen nations of America issued commemoratives for the 400th anniversary of the discovery by Christopher Columbus. Image File history File linksMetadata Stamp_New_South_Wales_1888_1p. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Stamp_New_South_Wales_1888_1p. ... “NSW” redirects here. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator and maritime explorer credited as the discoverer of the Americas. ...


The appearance of commemoratives caused a backlash among some stamp collectors, who balked at the prospect of laying out ever-larger sums to acquire the stamps of the world, and they formed the Society for the Suppression of Speculative Stamps around 1894 to blacklist what they deemed to be excessive stamps. However, it had very little effect, and today the early commemoratives are prized by collectors. Stamp collecting is the collecting of postage stamps and related objects, such as envelopes (cover)s. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A blacklist is a list or register of entities who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, or mobility. ...


Today, commemorative stamp collection remains one of the most popular collection hobbies in the world.[citation needed]

One of five All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains commemorative stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in August, 1999, this stamps honors the Super Chief but is not associated with any particular event or anniversary.
One of five All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains commemorative stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in August, 1999, this stamps honors the Super Chief but is not associated with any particular event or anniversary.

Image File history File links Superchiefstamp. ... Image File history File links Superchiefstamp. ... One of five All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains commemorative stamps issued by the USPS. Here, Santa Fe locomotive #6 (an EMD E1 unit) is seen painted in the Super Chiefs distinctive Warbonnet livery. ... USPS and Usps redirect here. ...

See also

A definitive postage stamp is a regular issue stamp that is part of a definitive issue or definitive series consisting of a range of denominations sufficient to cover all postal rates usefully. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This a list of philatelic bureaus across the world. ... Since 1840, when the Penny Black featured a profile of Queen Victoria, it has been a tradition worldwide for nations to honor individuals on their postage stamps. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Stanley Gibbons Ltd is a London, UK based company specialising in trading postage stamps and related products. ...

External links

  • Stanley Gibbons stamps shops homepage
  • All World Stamps

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Commemorative stamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (405 words)
The United States 15-cent fl stamp of 1866 depicts Abraham Lincoln, and was the first stamp issued after his assassination in 1865, but it was not officially declared as a memorial to him.
Commemoratives followed in 1891 for Hong Kong and Romania, then in 1892 and 1893 a half-dozen nations of America issued commemoratives for the 400th anniversary of the discovery by Christopher Columbus.
The appearance of commemoratives caused a backlash among some stamp collectors, who balked at the prospect of laying out ever-larger sums to acquire the stamps of the world, and they formed the Society for the Suppression of Speculative Stamps around 1894 to fllist what they deemed to be excessive stamps.
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