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Joint efforts.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Sometimes countries issue stamps for the same subject, with similar or even identical
designs, on the same date, to show a shared interest or solidarity. These are called
"Joint Issues."

While most joint issues involve only two countries, sometimes more are included.

The United States has done this in the past, such as with Canada in 1959 when the Saint
Lawrence Seaway opened or with France in 1986 on the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Recently, Canada and France had a joint issue for the World War One Battle of Vimy Ridge…
and Israel and Portugal had one that celebrated both 40 years of full diplomatic
relations and dolphin research.

The U-S hasn't done many joint issues recently. One reason may be the cost of travel to
the other countries… but the U-S Postal Service has also had some disappointing
experiences with with other postal services.

Collectors love them, though, and they're probably good for diplomatic relations, so
we're likely to see more.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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