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Tariff Change
Tariff change, or to give it the real meaning ‘price increase’, came early this year – January instead of March – and we saw the price of a collector strip rise to £13.84, this time last year it was £8.18, writes Stuart Leigh. Of course, the levels o
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To England With The Returning No.534
It had been a long time in the making, as the phrase goes. So long due to the early 1930s worldwide economic depression which caused large scale building projects to come to a halt, with no guarantee of resumption. Working men were ‘laid off ’ from t
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A Desert Empire
This stamp tells four stories. One is of its era. It was issued in 1961, at a time when African nations were breaking free from their former imperial masters. After bruising attempts to hold on to Vietnam and Algeria in the 1950s, France decided to b
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A Surface-printed 1880s 3d-on-3d Lilac Or 6d-on-6d Lilac?
In the early 1880s a number of developments in postage stamp usage and production brought about changes in the appearance of issues purchased at post-office counters. The first occurred as a result of continuing attempts by fraudsters to remove cance
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Stamp Collector
Publisher: Collette Lloyd Associate Publisher: Matt Hill Editor: Matt Hill Contributors: Brian Austin, David Bailey, Christer Brünstrom, Nicola Davies, Charles Epting, Ed Fletcher, David Gwynn, Paula Hammond, Devlan Kruck,
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Exhibition News
Luxembourg Philatelic Federation (FSPL) is pressing ahead with its annual Maximaphily and Postcard exhibition. This year it will be held in Echternach on 24 to 25 July and international exhibitors are warmly invited to participate. The deadline for a
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Make A Move For Muscat
Today’s Sultanate of Oman was once known as Muscat, an independent state ruled by the Al-Busaid dynasty. Located in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Muscat’s postal services were handled by the Indian Post Office from 1864 until 194
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The Incriminating Cover
Surely keeping the compromising envelope wouldn’t do any good, would it? And hiding it in a sewing box doesn’t sound very sensible. However, that’s exactly what Janette Brown, the recipient of our featured cover did when she received it from James Ho
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Mtzamboro, Mayotte
This month I am using this cover to show how trying to obtain a postmark often results in an interesting item, writes David Gwynn. One way of getting a postmark is to send a cover ‘Poste Restante’ to the appropriate post office, hoping it will be pos
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Latest Internet Sales
Faroe Islands, Danish stamps 5ö green Christian X overprinted ‘2 öre’ 1919 MNH (with cert.) SOLD FOR £1,200 China, Stage Art of Mei Lan-fang 1962 issue MNH SOLD FOR £1,140 Great Britain, 10d brown QV (SG57) 1847-54 embossed issue used SOLD FOR £311 S
Stamp Collector2 min lettiPolitics
Devoted To Your Service
To mark the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday, the Isle of Man Post Office will issue six commemorative stamps entitled Devoted to Your Service. Produced in collaboration with ten other postal administrations, the stamps depict some o
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Chronicles of NOELLA BRAY
CHAPTER ONE THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE LONDON GANG It’s the 1890s, the Victorian era is in meticulous motion, and 22-year-old Elizabeth Connolly has left her home village of Escrick, just outside the medieval city of York, with the dream of becoming a w
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This is How The Stamp Trade Works
1▶If You want to learnhow the stamp trade works, please read on… When I was 15, I did. I wondered if there was some secret source of supply? So, I bought my 1st stamp mixture, (wholesale I thought), broke it into 50 smaller units, advertised it in St
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Planning Begins For London 2022
Planning has now resumed for London to host an international stamp exhibition in 2022. Originally to be London 2020, the event should have been held last May. Now it will be known as London 2022, and will take place on 19 to 26 February next year. Th
Stamp Collector7 min lettiScience & Mathematics
To Philately… And Beyond
My life-long interest in astronomy was sparked when I saw Saturn and its rings clearly through the eye piece of my father’s telescope at a young age and since then my interest has taken me on a fantastic writing journey and in recent years, indulging
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Winner Of Latest All About Stamps Competition Revealed
The votes for the latest All About Stamps Competition have been collated, the three finalists confirmed, and the winner has now been decided. Congratulations to Wayne Cox for his winning entry on ‘The other side of GB stamps’! The latest one-page com
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Selling Your Stamp Collection?
We will provide a free, professional valuation of your collection, without obligation on your part to proceed. Either we will make you a fair, binding private treaty offer, or we will recommend inclusion of your property in our next public auction. W
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TREASURES AT THE ROYAL The first President
Sir Daniel Cooper, Bart. GCMG (1821-1902) was born at Bolton le Moors, UK before the family moved to Sydney, New South Wales. He was educated in England but returned to Australia to pursue a successful business and political career. In 1856, he becam
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Society Update
The winners of the annual competitions of the Great Britain Philatelic Society were recently announced. The R.A.G. Lee Cup, for the best General Philately exhibit, went to Maurice Buxton for an exhibit on ‘QV ½d Pink Stamped to Order Postcards’. The
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As I write, we are just bringing our second Collectors’ Conference to a close, after some fantastic webinars, articles and activities over on our website, all with the theme of modern stamps. Our webinars featured Agnieszka Trzaskowska and Emile Espe
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National Treasures
Back in the 1950s school children were often given 6d to buy a National Savings Stamp, and were promptly handed a stamp featuring a portrait of the cute curly haired Princess Anne. Half a crown would buy a stamp with the nearly as cute portrait of Pr
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Guernsey Amongst Year Of Rat Winners
Guernsey Post’s Year of the Rat stamps were recently awarded seventh place in a global competition organised by The Chinese Shengxiao (Zodiac) Philatelic Society, with Hong Kong coming first in the annual event. Now in its eleventh year, the competit
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Conference Highlights Now Online
Between 22 and 24 February we celebrated the subject of new stamps and the work of stamp designers and philatelic bureaus around the world, with special articles, videos, and webinars. Highlights included webinars on Europa Stamps and with stamp engr
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Collecting For Beginners
Stamp collectors are rarely portrayed in popular culture as winners. But the third series of television hit Fargo tells the tale of twin brothers, who are given an inheritance after the sudden death of their father. He leaves behind two items: a red
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Test Your Stamp Knowledge!
1 What was the colour of the embossed GB QV 1854 6d stamp? 2 In which year was Great Britain’s first ½d stamp issued? 3 Name the values of the two stamps in the Channel Islands 3rd Anniversary of Liberation set issued in 1948. 4 In which year did Aus
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The Land of Hope
In 1946, writes Richard Stenlake, an exhibition entitled ‘Britain Can Make It’, advertised throughout Britain by a slogan postmark, ran for fourteen weeks at the V&A focusing on modern British industrial design and how that was key to economic renewa
Stamp Collector3 min lettiCrime & Violence
Stamps To Steal The Show!
Most now contentious people who are celebrated on stamps were considered perfectly respectable when the stamp was issued! So, the idea of any nation purposefully celebrating robbers and thieves seems curious, but it does happen, and these make for a
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Exhibition Celebrates The British Postcard
The Postal Museum have revealed details of a new exhibition planned to open on 1 April, celebrating the role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. The ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibition was originally scheduled
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Award-winning Beauties
Guernsey Post has announced the launch of Clematis Gold, a new miniature sheet series depicting award-winning clematis, which have been cultivated by world renowned nurseryman and Guernsey grower, Raymond Evison OBE. Each of the clematis depicted on
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Meeting Friends… Old And New
My name is Charles Epting, and alongside Michael Cortese, I co-host the podcast Conversations with Philatelists. Stamp Collector has kindly granted us the opportunity to review a full month’s worth of episodes in each issue. Michael and I kicked offo
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