Postage Stamps of:

abstract art agriculture air mail aircraft Alfonso XIII architecture army art art nouveau astrophilately athletics baroque beneficence birds boats booklet Botticelli Boucher Braque bridges Bronzino Brueghel bullfighting Cassatt castles cathedrals catholic kings cats ceramics Cervantes Cezanne Chagall Chardin chess childhood christmas cinema circus civil war cloisonnism coat of arms Columbus comic Correggio costumes Cranach cross of lorraine cubism cycling Da Vinci Dalí dance Degas Delacroix dogs Don Quixote doves Dürer early renaissance easter El Greco elephants error europa-cept expo express expressionism fauna fauvism FDC felines Fernando II first flight fishes flags flora flowers flute Franco Frans Hals frescoes Gainsborough gastronomy Gauguin Gioconda gold gothic Goya Greuze Guernica guitar guns harlequins health high-renaissance Holbein horses human rights Hundertwasser hunting impressionism Ingres insects inventors Isabel I IYC J.L.David Jesus Christ joint issue Juan Carlos I judaica Klimt landscapes lions literature madonna Magritte mammals Manet mannerism maps marcophily maternity Matisse maximaphily medicine Memling Miró Modigliani monasteries Monet monkeys monuments mosaics Murillo museums music musical instruments musicians mythology naive neoclassicism nobel prize North Korea northern renaissance nudes olympics oriental art overprint painting peace piano Picasso Pissarro poetry pointillism politics pope post-impressionism postal history postal stationery postman primitivism proofs railways Raphael realism red cross religion Rembrandt renaissance Renoir Ribera rococó romanticism Rousseau royalty Rubens sailboats sculpture sea life self-portraits Seurat ships Sisley Slania soccer specimen sports stained-glass stamp on stamp still-life summer sunflowers surrealism symbolism Tàpies Titian Toulouse-Lautrec toys UNICEF uniforms UNO UPU US bicentennial Van der Weyden Van Dyck Van Eyck Van Gogh variety Vasarely Velázquez Venus Vermeer war Watteau writers youth Zurbarán

How to search in Stamps & Collections

As unfortunately we do not have the Google search engine to find items of your interest in our shop, we will give you some useful tips when doing searches to return the desired results.

At first, it may seem obvious, we have to say you must be aware about the language you are on the page. We found a search for the words "tarjeta máxima" being in the english page so it will not return any results. We have also found the words "premier jour" and, as the page is not in french, it will not return any results.

 It is also important to tell our way of writing the names and numbers of catalog. The most usual in our page are Edifil and Michel but you can also find a lot of references to Yvert & Tellier, Scott and Stanley Gibbons. We sometimes mention other minor or national catalogs but given the shortage of references to them we will not pay attention. If you look for references to Yvert & Tellier catalog don’t write the complete name, only Yvert. The word Tellier has been omitted. About Stanley Gibbons, you can search by Stanley, by Gibbons or by Stanley Gibbons because we wrote the complete name in all the descriptions that have this reference.

If you search a number of a concrete catalog write the name of the country and the number of catalog, for instance, if you write "France Yvert 2205" it will show the available stock of articles (stamps, first day covers, proofs, errors, specimen…) for that catalog number. Not all the articles are referenced in every catalog.

If you are searching a complete set with several catalog numbers this is the way we express it: if the first and the last number are in the same ten, for example Michel 1852 to 1857, we write the first number, a division bar "/" and the last digit of the final number of the set you are searching, namely Michel 1852/7. If the first and the last number of the set you are searching belong to different ten, for instance Michel 1721 to 1731, you have to express Michel 1721/31. If the hundred changes, you have to write Michel 1698/705 for the case of a set that begins in 1698 and ends in 1705. Finally, if the thousand changes the first and the last numbers will always appear, in every case with the division bar as separation, that is Michel 1998 to 2007 should be searched as “Michel 1998/2007”. This is valid for every catalog you use in your searches.

In the case you are looking for varieties of the catalog numeration that incorporates a letter to the number you should better skip the letter, it will return the result of that number including varieties. We don’t have so many ítems of the same number and country that it should return excessive result. Still if you search for varieties, include the tag “variety” in the search range: "France 2205 Yvert variety" will return all varieties of that ítem.

You must omit articles, conjunctions and prepositions in your searches. We found searching by "post stamp maldives" that do not return results or they are very low. Never use the word “post stamp” or “postage stamps” because this is a page of stamp collecting and so you must omit the word “stamps”, it is redundant. Neither do the search by gentilic  but by the name of the country. This is, look for “Australia” instead of “Australian”.

 The combination of words included as tags on the page with countries or years restricts the results very much. For example if you search for proofs of any type of Picasso issued in 1981, the ideal search would be "Picasso proofs 1981". The union of one country, one year and one or more tags restricts even more the results to be shown. For example, searching for a proof (tag: proofs) in which there is a dove (tag: doves) painted by Pablo Picasso (tag: Picasso) in 1981 do the search in this way: "Picasso doves proofs 1981" and these words may be written in any order.

 If you click in the tag “postal stationery” the system will return all the postal stationery of every year in all the world, but if you attach one country, for example “Spain postal stationery”, it will only return the postal stationery issued by Spain although, in case of having been circulated, it would show the ones issued by other countries that have had Spain as destination.

As this is a page about painting and we often mention the painters, if you want to obtain the desired results with a concrete painter you have to omit the first name of the artist, that is, don’t search by Albrecht Durer, Peter Paul Rubens, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci, just search by Durer, Rubens, Van Gogh or Gogh, Picasso, da Vinci or Vinci. This search without the name will return all the philatelic material available of any of these painters. The surnames of the painters are tags of the page. We can say the same about painting  styles that use to have their own tag with the suffix –ism (cubism, romanticism, neoclassicism, fauvism, cloisonnism, mannerism, etc) If you look for cubist painting do it by “cubism painting”, this last word in singular. Do not search by “cubist painting”  because it will return lower results. If you want to combine a tag with other word in the search field write the tag exactly as it is written in the tag list that appears in the left side of the screen. Some of them are in singular and others in plural, that is why it is necessary to consult the list of tags and see how it is written in each case.

 We need to mention the “maximaphily” tag that includes all the maximum cards or maxicards. Don’t look for maximum cards nor in singular neither in plural, just look for “maximaphily”. And if you search all the maximum cards of a particular painter add the painter’s surname to the word maximaphily. The search for "Van Gogh" or "Gogh" plus “maximaphily” give as result all the maximum cards of Van Gogh.

 If you are looking for stamps mint never hinged from a particular country, for instance Germany, search by “Germany MNH”. If you are looking for first day covers from France you have to search by “FDC France”.  MH (Mint Hinged), MLH (Mint Lightly Hinged) and MNG (Mint No Gum) are other abbreviations used in this page. If you are looking for used stamps from a concrete country add the word USED to the name of the territory.

There is an error in the searches by words contained in others such as astronomy and gastronomy.  We had to remove the tag astronomy because the search included all the gastronomy. Everything about astronomy and space are grouped in “Astrophilately “ tag.

As we said in the beginning we do not have the google search engine so it is not recommended to search, for instance, “the stamps issued in Picasso’s birth centenary” because it would’t return any result; the correct way to search is “Picasso centenary”. This is a page devoted to the stamp collecting and that is why we repeat that it is not necessary to use the word stamps in your searches.

We hope these advises help you to find the desired items when you are searching in our website.