First Book on Postage Stamps, Hologram Collection Published

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Postage stamps issued worldwide, souvenir sheets containing holograms graces Hans I. Bjelkhagen’s new book

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According to author and philatelist Hans I. Bjelkhagen, holograms on postage stamps have become a new topical subject in philately, and there has been a growing interest among philatelists in collecting such items for many years now. Up until 2014, holographic stamps have been issued in approximately 80 countries, and the total number of different postal items containing holograms is estimated at 450 pieces. In his book, “Holography and Philately” (published by Xlibris UK) Bjelkhagen provides information on stamps issued worldwide since 1988.

“Holography and Philately” places emphasis on different types of hologram stamps and images, their producers and the story behind the stamps. Bjelkhagen provides the details concerning the items described, such as size, identification numbers, denomination, perforation and edition at the end of the book. In addition, official and special first day covers (FDCs) with cachet holograms are presented and described.

As regards holographic images, quite a few of them are space-related, including planets, satellites, space crafts, space stations, gamma radiation and cosmonaut images. Some hologram images are two-channel or animated types of images. A few of the stamp images of the animated type are quite unique, but philatelists are often unaware of this quality, being also, unfortunately, unable to correctly view such stamps.

“Holography and Philately” is perfect for philatelists who are interested in topical postage stamps, companies producing security holograms and hologram collectors. In no other philatelic or holographic publication will the reader find such extensive information on hologram stamps, accompanied by an abundance of high-quality color illustrations throughout the book.

“Holography and Philately”
By Hans I. Bjelkhagen
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781493130504
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781493130498
E-Book | 362 pages | ISBN 9781493130511
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Hans I Bjelkhagen of Hansholo Consulting Ltd is a Professor Emeritus of Interferential Imaging Sciences, at Glyndŵr University, UK. Over the last 15 years, Bjelkhagen has received much international recognition for his work in the field of colour holography and holographic recording materials. In addition to scientific applications, Bjelkhagen is a well-known holographer who has recorded many holograms for 3D display purposes.

Xlibris Publishing UK, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving authors throughout the United Kingdom. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 0800 056 3182 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisUK on Twitter for the latest news.

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