For years, postage stamps have been the center of fascination for many people.
Philately is the practice of studying, collecting or contributing to the world of postage stamps.
This hobby has been enjoyed by thousands of people, including some famous names such as King George V of the United Kingdom, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.
Postage stamps around the world
When you visit different countries, you’ll notice the different postage stamps which are available.
Avid stamp collectors will buy stamps when they travel, even if they have no intention of using them.
Others with an interest in postage stamps may not travel often, but will be sure to cut out any foreign stamps to add to their collections!
Why are there different sizes of postage stamps?
There is no real reason why postage stamps around the world are different sizes.
Even within the same country, stamps might change throughout the year, such as larger limited edition Christmas postage stamps, or stamps to commemorate a political or royal occasion.
The size of a postage stamp just makes it more interesting and more unique, and along with the shape and design, is one of the main features.
What’s the largest postage stamp in the world?
If you want to find the largest postage stamp in the world (as of 2017), you’ll have to visit the United Arab Emirates.
On March 21, 2013, a postage stamp was released to commemorate Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, the widow of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder and previous ruler of the U.A.E.
The stamp was released on March 21st because this is the day that Mother’s Day is celebrated in the U.A.E.
It was considered a thank-you gift to Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi from the women of the U.A.E., in appreciation of her efforts to promote women’s rights across the country.
What does the largest postage stamp look like?
Aptly named “The Mother of Emirates”, the postage stamp features the “Mother of the Nation” logo.
This name has been given to Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, and the logo is heavily associated with her personality, work and achievements.
A solid pink color, the postage stamp is clearly reflective of women and women’s rights across the country and the world.
What are the measurements of the “Mother of Emirates” postage stamp?
The original postage stamp entered the Guinness World Records after being measured at 1.36 x 1.77 meters. Technically, it’s actually listed as the largest “special” postage stamp, because it can’t actually be used as a postage stamp.
Since it was so large, it was able to draw more attention to itself, thus promoting further the lifelong work of Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi.
Whether you’re a philatelist or not, there’s no denying the beauty and significance of certain stamps from around the globe.
Even if you don’t feel inspired to start collecting them yourself, maybe you’ll think twice when you next see a foreign (or local!) postage stamp.