Yugoslav National Army illustrated postal stationery, circa 1978

These are six illustrated envelopes produced by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) in the mid 1970s. I love this first one, portraying a cute red-capped blond temptress playfully hugging a tree while eying the soldier’s gun. All but one were sent to the same woman in Zagreb – I brushed …

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Tito on Stamps

In my world, May 4 will always be associated with two things. In 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on demonstrators at Kent State University not too far from where I grew up. And in 1980, Tito, the president of …

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Bette Davis Guise

What’s missing? With the slightly on edge smile, it’s fairly obvious. The US Postal Service photoshopped a cigarette out of this Bette Davis commemorative stamp issued last month, leaving her sexy gloved hand bereft of her ubiquitous little white stick. Writes film critic Roger Ebert on his Chicago Sun Times …

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Musee Olympique Philatelic Collection

LAUSANNE — For my fellow stamp collecting fetishists, here are a few stealth shots of the Olympic Museum’s Philatelic collection rooms, to give an idea of how they’re displayed. The museum owns copies of every Olympic stamp ever issued –donated by former IOC boss Juan Antonio Samaranch– and the vast majority …

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Food and war.

A couple of 90-year-old post marks I found the other day:

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and the winners are…

  Note to the curious: On Jan. 1, Slovenia issued it’s first euro value stamps, 18 in all, and all carefully licked, above.

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