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World's oldest post office set to close In business for more than three centuries, the world's oldest post office - opened in Sanquhar, Scotland, in 1712 - now faces uncertainty. Set to retire, current owner and collector Manzoor Alam, who's only the post office's 16th postmaster, recently put the business and its accompanying three-bedroom cottage on the market.

OTD: First national declaration of Black History Month in Canada On today's date in 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month after a motion was introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Jean Augustine, who was MP for the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore from 1993-2006.

Irish Post Offices: Connacht This is a list of post offices in Connacht. County Galway is listed separately. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Irish Post Offices: County Galway This is a list of post offices in County Galway. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

OTD: Les Canadiens de Montréal celebrate 100th anniversary On today's date in 2009, Mike Cammalleri scored a second-period hat trick as the Montreal Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary with a 5-1 victory against the Boston Bruins.

Irish Post Offices: Ulster This is a list of the post offices in Ulster. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it. So County Donegal.

Royal Mail's December Postal Slogans, Universal machine usage & other oddities As expected Royal Mail has got off to an early start in December 2019 with the first Christmas slogan appearing on Monday 2nd December, This post will include all reported December slogans, any usage of Universal machines anywhere on any date,, and any other oddities you find, so please send them to the usual email address.

Irish Post Offices: West Munster This is a list of the post offices in West Munster, west and north west of County Cork. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Irish Post Offices: East Munster This is a list of the post offices in East Munster, east and north east of County Cork. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Irish Post Offices: County Cork This is a list of the 125 Post Offices in County Cork. This includes Cork City. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Re-entries group developing database, seeking new editor Members of the Re-entries and Constant Varieties Study Group of the British North America Philatelic Society recently announced they are developing a searchable database for flaws and re-entries of Canada's 1859 five-cent beaver stamps.

OTD: Murray's 'Good News' tops Billboard country chart On today's date in 1983, Anne Murray's single A Little Good News reached No. 1 on Billboard's country chart for the week of Dec. A Little Good News was released in September 1983 as the lead single from Murray's 20th album, which shares the same name.

Irish Post Offices: South Leinster The four counties in the province of Leinster which are south and south west of Dublin. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Irish Post Offices: Mid Leinster The three counties in the province of Leinster which are west of Dublin. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. The word "PHOTO" indicates that I have been to the Post Office and photographed it.

Irish Post Offices: North Leinster The four counties in the province of Leinster which are north and north-west of Dublin. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office. It will be noticed that some post offices.

Irish Post Offices: County Dublin This is a list of the 151 Post Offices in County Dublin. I have sorted it by the post codes in the city and by town and village in the county. Where possible, I have included the unique 4-digit code that is printed on every SOAR stamp issued in the post office.

Baby It's Cold Outside Painted Ladies at Bransfield House, Port Lockroy??? Read on……. Port Lockroy is a sheltered harbour off the coast of Wiencke Island on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Located at the meeting point of three seaways, it offers dramatic mountain and glacier views.

OTD: Ti-Cats lose by one point in famed 'Fog Bowl' On today's date in 1962, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by one point in the 50th Grey Cup, which became known as the "Fog Bowl." The game began the previous day, on Dec. 1, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, a multi-purpose venue that formerly stood at Exhibition Place.

Holocaust stamp project finds home at APS More than 11 million cancelled stamps collected by students at Foxborough Regional Charter School in Massachusetts have found a permanent home at the American Philatelic Society's headquarters in Pennsylvania. The school's "Holocaust Stamps Project" began in 2009 and exceeded 11 million stamps in September 2017 with donations from across the U.S.

1553. 🇸🇭 Tristan Da Cunha Features Whaling Ships. 🇸🇭 Tristan Da Cunha Features Whaling Ships. 🇦🇺 Australia Post includes in its Christmas issue self-adhesive versions with attached labels for personalisation. The stamps are sold in sheets of 20, the 65c versions being sold for $26 and the $2.20c versions being sold for $57.

Irish Post Offices: Update I have spent most of this week updating my Post Office / Stamps on a Roll spread sheets. An Post has an excellent website which advises customers of the location of all post offices in Ireland. In September 2018, An Post announced that 149 post offices would close.

Canada-U.S. 'First Issues' cover brings $300K US Described by auctioneers as "one of the most desirable covers in all of classic worldwide philately," an 1851 folded letter franked with the first issues of both Canada and the U.S. realized $300,000 US during the third part of the sale of the William Gross Collection.

Innovations opening door to 'new face of philately' Believe it or not, proponents say postage stamps have seen increased visibility and interest with the advent of the Internet and e-commerce. But while it's difficult to align philately's increased visibility with technology's otherwise damaging impact on lettermail, there's at least one thing for which the Internet has been greatly beneficial.

1552. 🇸🇿 Small Mammals Feature On 2018 Eswatini Set. 🇸🇿 Small Mammals Feature On 2018 Eswatini Set. 🇸🇿 Depicted below are 2 sets of stamps with accompanying miniature sheets issued by the postal service of Eswatini during 2018. As yet, there does not appear to have been any new stamps issued by the Eswatini postal service during 2019.

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