This page provides a reference for national postal operators and other online philatelic resources around the world.
It’s a work in progress; there are a lot of countries…
National postal operator: Hrvatska pošta. The web site provides detailed information about stamp issues and other philatelic items in both English and Croatian.
- Click here to access the stamp issue search page. Recent issues issues are listed, or you can choose a category or a year of issue.
National postal operator: Deutsche Post. The web site doesn’t seem to be offered in English at the moment, but I’ve selected a few handy links below.
National postal operator: Hongkong Post.
Hongkong Post has a great web site dedicated to stamps. The site is available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English (language options are available in the upper-right corner).
National postal operator: JP Post (in Japanese). Parts of the JP Post website are available in English (click here). But unfortunately the philately section is not. However, I have collected a few useful links here:
Click here for the latest issues. A list of new issues is displayed with the date of issue on the right:
Note that the year in Japan is denoted in “Japanese era” (the current year is 26). For example, the issue date might be shown as 平成26年4月1日, which is 1st April 2014. (See below for details.)
To view previous years, scroll down to the bottom of the latest issues page and follow these links:
Alternatively, for details of Japanese stamp issues in English, visit the Japan Philatelic Society Foundation.
Japanese Date System: the Japanese Era
Japan recognises and uses the Gregorian calendar (western calendar), but officially the year is counted according to the Japanese era system. An era begins with the reign of a new emperor. The current era is the Heisei period, and 2014 is the 26th year in this era (you’ll see years counted this way in the JP Post stamp catalogue links above).
- Click here for the Pos Malaysia Philately page. This page has a good table of contents down the left side.
- Click What’s Hot for new issues.
- A nice feature of the Pos Malaysia site is the stamp album, going back to the 1950s: Pos Malaysia stamp album.
National postal operator: SingPost.
- SingPost has a dedicated Philately page, which is where you’ll find the Stamp Shop.
- The Stamp Shop provides details about stamp issues: click here to see current issues from Singapore.
Taiwan (Republic of China)
At the top of the page is a news section, where you can find press releases about recent and forthcoming issues.
- Click here for new issues from Chunghwa Post.
- Click here for the upcoming issue schedule.
- Click here to search through the presumably complete collection of Taiwan stamps by type, theme, or year.
- This next link ranks as my current all-time favourite philately link: The Chunghwa Post Postal Museum. Enjoy a virtual reality tour of the museum. I love it.
Taiwanese Date System: the Minguo Calendar
The cancellations on covers from Taiwan show the year in the Minguo calendar: 102. The Minguo calendar started in 1912 (Gregorian). For details, check Wikipedia.
National postal operator: Thailand Post.
The Thailand Post website is available in English or Thai; select the language on the right. (Note: Not all sections are available in English.)
There is a stamp library available in English here, but to view details of stamps, you need to register on the site. Oops.
Independent Thai Stamp Links
- For a listing of all Thai issues since 1883, click here to visit the Siam Stamp Catalogue.
- To buy Thai stamps, click here to visit the Thai Stamp Shop. (Highly recommended, I buy my stamps from here. International delivery available.)
National postal operator: Royal Mail.
- Click here for the Royal Mail shop, which contains all philatelic items.
- Click here for the stamp section of the shop. From here you can select stamp products in more detail and view all current issues.
National postal operator: United States Postal Service (USPS).
- Click here for commemorative issues on the USPS website.
- There is also a dedicated page for FDCs.
- For more philatelic items, click here to go to the Collectibles page, and then select a category in the menu on the left.
If you are interested in US stamps, you can get a copy of the USA Philatelic Catalog free of charge from the USPS website. It is a quarterly magazine bringing highlights of upcoming issues. If you live in the US, you can order a paper copy, or if you are international (or prefer electronic docs), you can click to get an online copy as PDF. Go to the Collectibles page shown above (or click on the Shop link in the blue menu bar on the USPS web site), look for the catalog ($0.00) and go to the order page. Order the catalog for delivery or click on the “View USA Philatelic Content” link in the description box to get the PDF.