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Stamps of the Gambia: Queen Victoria Issues (1898)

By |May 5th, 2016|

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

Postal History: Entire from John Claudius Loudon, Botanist (1841)

By |April 21st, 2016|

This extremely rare entire bears a 1d. red was sent from the famous botanist and author John Claudius Loudon.

Stamps of Uruguay: The Eastern Republic (1866-94)

By |April 16th, 2016|

This article was written by C.A. Howes in 1911 and should prove useful to collectors of the following period. The "Eastern Republic of Uruguay," whose full name has generally appeared on its stamps, is the smallest of the South American republics but has nevertheless loomed large in the eyes of stamp collectors.

Stamps of Syria: Alexandretta (1938)

By |March 7th, 2016|

The Sandjak (district) of Alexandretta, formerly part of Syria, was detached in April 1938 and administered by the French, pending a decision on its future. Syrian stamps were overprinted 'Sandjak d'Alexandrette' and issued between April and December 1938. Following a decision of the League of Nations, Alexandrette was ceded to Turkey.

Stamps of Barbados: 5/- (1873)

By |February 16th, 2016|

There is something rather appealing about the classic issues of Barbados.This 5s. high value issue recess printed by De La Rue and Co. is no exception. Wmk. Small star. Perf 15½ x 15.

Stamps of Imperial China: Dragon Issues (1897)

By |February 15th, 2016|

I love the Dragon Issues! Is it because I like dragons or the fact I am fascinated by Imperial China? Probably a bit of both. The first new stamps, inscribed IMPERIAL CHINESE POST went on sale 16 August 1897. The twelve values, ranging from 1/2c to $5, were lithographed in Japan. The low values depicted a dragon, the middle values a carp, and the dollar values a wild goose.

Stamps of Malta: Queen Victoria 5s. Rose (1886)

By |October 12th, 2015|

This attractive Queen victoria 5s.

Stamps of Crete: Provisional Overprints (1900-1901)

By |September 26th, 2015|

These provisional overprints were overprinted in black or red on the 1900 Crete issue, which celebrated Prince George becoming the Governor of the island. They were on very fine paper. Perf 14.

Stamps of Luxembourg: Penny Black Anniversary (2015)

By |September 24th, 2015|

The first postage stamp was issued in 1840 in Great Britain and Ireland at the initiative of Rowland Hill as part of a reform of the postal system.

Stamps of Columbia: Tolima (1871)

By |September 6th, 2015|

Tolima is one of the 32 departments of Colombia, located in the Andean region, in the central west of the country.

Stamp News:Three Rare Stamps could fetch Half a Million Pounds!

By |August 25th, 2015|

Three rare stamps dating from the 19th century could fetch as much as half a million pounds at a show set to take place in Islington next month. The show, called Stampex, brings together collectables from dealers and specialists across Europe.

Stamps of Nejd: The First Issues (1925)

By |August 20th, 2015|

Nejd was a former sultanate in Central Arabia, which first issued its own stamps in 1925. Nejd's capital city Riyadh, later the capital of Saudi Arabia , was captured from the Turks in 1901 by the Prince Ibn Saud, who was to be responsible for founding a new Central Arabian kingdom. From his home in Nejd, Ibn Saud succeeded in expelling Turks from Central Arabia in 1904, and by 1914 had established himself as Amir of Nejd.

Stamps of New Zealand: Smiling Boys (1931)

By |August 8th, 2015|

This is the famous "Smiling Boys"1931 Health issue from New Zealand. Designed by L.C. Mitchell. Dies and plates, Perkins Bacon.

Stamps of Montenegro: The 1910 Coronation Issue

By |August 2nd, 2015|

This article was written by L. Harald Kjellstedt and first published in "Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News" Mar 4, 1911 Volume XXV, Number 9, Whole Issue Number 1053. As the first supply of this issue arrived in this country during the latter part of November many collectors have already had an opportunity of admiring the exceedingly handsome designs and the beautiful engraving which make these stamps an ornamentation to any album. In the Schweizer Briefmarken Zeitung Dr. O.

Stamps of Romania: Mail Coach Set (1903)

By |July 10th, 2015|

This set of six stamps were the low values for the issue celebrating the Opening of the New Post Office in Bucharest, Romania, two years previously in 1901. Engraved by M. Thévenin. Typo. French Government Printing Works, Paris Stamps bearing the the printmaker's watermark "JOHANNOT & Cie ANNONAY" are rare. No wmk. Pink-surfaced paper.