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Stamps of the Gambia: Queen Victoria Issues (1898)

By |October 16th, 2015|

This article was written by well-known philatelic writer Fred Melville (1882-1940): On the 31st January, 1898, the following notice was issued in reference to the postage stamps of the Colony:— "Withdrawal of Present Issue Of Gambia Postage Stamps. "On the 1st May, 1898, the present issue, if not previously exhausted, of all denominations of Postage Stamps in the Gambia that are then in the hands of the Government will be destroyed, and a complete new set of stamps will then be put in circulation. "Administrator's Office, Bathurst, Gambia, 31st January, 1898." [pg 46] After being faithful for nearly

War Tax Stamps – The British Empire’s Effort 1914-1920

By |August 29th, 2015|

There are many stamps issued during World War I, which reflect the momentous events of those years.

Air Mail Stamps: Made to Fly

By |August 22nd, 2015|

I rather like Air Mail stamps of the world, used on airmail covers (of course), which logically is why they were issued. The sight of the familiar blue and red bordered airmail envelope emits a subliminal message, evoking images of distant, beckoning, exotic places. For me, at least.

Who’s Who on the Stamps of Costa Rica: Jesús Jiménez Issue (1901)

By |August 17th, 2015|

stamp-costa-rica-1901-jesus-jimenez This article is the beginning of a series looking at important people featured on world stamps.

Stamps of the Island of Timor

By |June 27th, 2015|

The decline of the Portuguese Empire and the rise of Dutch and British mercantile interests in the East led to the isolation and neglect of Portuguese outposts, none more so than Timor.

The Post Office in the Straits Settlements (1921)

By |June 24th, 2015|

Mr. T. A. Melville, Acting Director of Posts and Telegraphs in the Federated Malay States, who was for many years in the Post Office Department of the Straits Settlements, has contributed a valuable history of the Straits Settlements Post Office to the voluminous centenary work, "One Hundred Years of Singapore".

The Politics of Printing in Stamp Design and Production

By |June 11th, 2015|

It is a truism that political considerations have affected every stamp issuing country, some more than others.

Airposts and their Stamps (1921)

By |June 6th, 2015|

This article is probably one of the first airmail articles, certainly of any length, to be published in a philatelic journal. It was first published in Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly (January, 1921) from a paper read by Major RS Archer, MC, as his Presidential Address before the Liverpool Junior Philatelic Society, October 11th, 1920.

Mussolini and the Vatican: Is Peace at Hand between Church and State in Italy? (1928)

By |June 3rd, 2015|

This article by Hiram Motherwell, was originally published in the American publication, "Harper’s Monthly Magazine" in July, 1928. It provides fascinating source material for both scholars and postal historians alike at a tumultuous period in Italian history…

Booklets Offer More

By |May 29th, 2015|

Travel the world on the magic carpets of philately. Stamp booklets take you back in time, reveal facts about historical events, shed light on cultural activities and help you learn about everyday living in distant lands. Booklets arouse your passion about current and past world activities, facts you might never have known but will enrich your life. The booklets start the journey.

The Principality of Bulgaria and its Stamps

By |May 26th, 2015|

On 1st January 2007 Bulgaria became a member of the European Union. The road to full membership has been far from easy. The country's economy could have been in a better shape and corruption at all levels in society is still a major problem. Hopefully, being a member of the EU will lead to progress and development in the country. 1879 5c stamp, 1879 1fr stamp and an 1881 3s stamp After World War II Bulgaria became one of states of the socialist bloc under the leadership of the Soviet Union.

Venezuela: The “Little Venice” of the Caribbean (1923)

By |May 25th, 2015|

Originally published in "Peoples of All Nations", by Educational Book Company, London 1923.

Hawaii: A Classic Bogus Issue

By |May 24th, 2015|

Fred Melville, the well-known English philatelist and writer, was undoubtedly the foremost early 20th century expert on bogus stamps. He collected all his discoveries of dubious or outright bogus stamp issues in a book suitably titled Phantom Philately. In most cases he was able to find out quite a lot about the people behind the many curious issues. However, there were cases which left him completely baffled and this is certainly true for a blue $5 stamp claimed to have been released by the Kingdom of Hawaii.

World War One: German Occupation of Belgium

By |May 13th, 2015|

Belgium was occupied by the Germans throughout World War One. They attacked Liege, which they captured on August 16, 1918, and August 18 the main advance began. Heavy fighting took place near Tirlemont and at other places, and despite a gallant defence the Belgian army was forced back. Brussels was surrendered on August 20, and two days later the 5th French Army was attacked at Charleroi, and the British at Mons on August 23.

The Rattlesnake Island Local Post

By |May 7th, 2015|

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