Stamped

Postage stamps are lessons in history, politics, science, or geography packed onto a small piece of gummed paper. They’re also beautiful works of art. In Stamped we’re going coastal, with postal.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
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Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
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Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

Stars, Stripes, and Palm Trees
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How the humble postage stamp played a part in the Americanization of Hawai‘i.

Racism and the Race to the North Pole
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Once overlooked by white Americans, African American Arctic explorer Matthew Henson made an unforgettable impression on the Greenlandic Inuit.

Maggoty Meat Makes Mariners Mutiny
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Rancid rations rile Russians: revolutionary rehearsal results.

The Guardian Angel of Swimming Children
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Joe Fortes, Vancouver’s first official lifeguard, taught thousands of youngsters how to swim and saved more than 100 lives.

What Shall We Do With a Love Drunk Sailor?
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Heading out to sea after five months in paradise was a no-go for the infamous mutineers aboard HMS Bounty.

A Modern-Day Viking Voyage
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Celebrating the world’s longest-running parliament in style.

Māui and the Giant Fish
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Sibling rivalry spurred an adventure that defined New Zealand geography.

Krill Seekers
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How a tiny crustacean reinvigorated Antarctic research.

This Bridge Will Move You
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The 123-year-old Bizkaia Bridge is part bridge, part gondola, and a little bit ferry.

The 12 Days of Christmas … Island
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For the holiday season we bring you a gift—the history of an extraordinary place.

Under the Crab-Claw Sails
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When food was short, Pacific Island sailors loaded their boats with pottery and set off on long trading journeys in striking triple-hulled canoes...

What Happens When a Seal Woman Gets Angry?
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No sea is without its mythical creatures, and in the North Atlantic reside the seal people. They entice humans. Trouble ensues.

Cod Currency
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Before cold, hard cash became common in Newfoundland, salty fish served as the currency of choice.

The Little Post Office That Could
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When Britain dubbed Herm Island too tiny to merit a post office, the islanders found a way to get that problem licked. 

The Pirate Naturalist
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Talented navigator, diligent observer, and bad-boy buccaneer, William Dampier may be the most accomplished travel writer and naturalist you’ve...

Stefan Drzewiecki, Submarine Tsar
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The world’s first submarine fleet was pedal-powered and short-lived. But its design was a game changer for modern warfare.