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Franco Bollo Postale. These stamps were from independent Italian states before the unification of Italy through the 1860s and 70s (Italy actually fought three wars of independence). These are specifically fro m Roman States, which started issuing their own stamps in 1852, and discontinued in 1870, when they joined the unified Italy and started using Italian stamps. The problem? There are A LOT of forgeries of Roman States stamps out there. I bet these are forgeries but we'll see.

Roster of Sixth Regiment European Brigade (Italian Guards Battalion), Militia - a Confederate unit of Italian immigrants who fled to New Orleans, following the conquest of various independent Italian states in the Wars of Italian Unification.

A museum in Civitella del Tronto, Italy details Italian participation with the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Following the Italian Wars of Unification, where the independent southern Italian states were conquered, thousands of Italians fled to the American South. Entire regiments were made up of these Italian immigrants/refugees and many were veterans of the wars that saw their previous homelands conquered, only for the same thing to happen to them on another continent.

In 1865, The United States issued newspaper stamps that could be used to bulk mail newspapers and periodicals within the United States. This was discontinued in 1898. Here are six newspaper stamps that I picked up recently in New York City. While they may appear quite plain, what is hard to see here is that they are engraved with intricate and small details designed to prevent forgeries.

This stamp is from the Russian Army of the Northwest under General Yudenich. After the overthrow of the Czar in 1917, General Yudenich fled with 17,000 troops to the northwest, where he joined a "Provisional All-Russian Government" to oppose the Bolsheviks. By 1919, he'd pushed the Bolsheviks out, but with no outside support, his army could not sustain, and it disbanded in 1920. General Yudenich settled in exile in France in 1933. This stamp has an inverted overprint, written in Cyrillic.

Currently home to the 14th Coast Guard District Commander, Diamond Head Lighthouse is the last occupied light station in Hawaii. This stamp is one of five Pacific Lighthouses stamps issued in 2007.

This stamp is from the French colony of Diego Suarez. Diego-Squarez is a city on the northern tip of Madagascar. It was a french colony until being returned to Madagascar in 1896. This stamp was issued in 1895, using a standard French Colonies stamp with the red "Diego Suarez" over print at the bottom.