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Mail via the Belgian Congo: In Transit

By |January 22nd, 2016|

This article looks at a small part of Belgian Congo philately and concerns letters that are not from or to the Congo but have been routed via the Congo on the way to their final destination.

RMS Oroya (c.1892)

By |December 22nd, 2015|

Delivering the Mail on the Omeo-Bruthen road at Ensay, Victoria (1900)

By |November 10th, 2015|


Railway Map of Cornwall, England (1936)

By |November 9th, 2015|


History of the Post: Mystery of the “Madagascar”

By |November 8th, 2015|


An Early Piece of Postal History (1628)

By |October 14th, 2015|

The image shows a pre-stamp 1628 lettersheet opened up showing folds, address and seal, with letter being written on the obverse. A fine example of an early piece of Postal History.

Who Committed the greatest Philatelic Crime?

By |September 20th, 2015|

Do you hear about the greatest philatelic crime? No? Then this article will be extremely interesting for you to read to learn the story that happened in 1872-1873, when the Great Stock Exchange Forgery occurred in London. In 1870, the telegraph system of the United Kingdom was nationalized and run by the Post Office.

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.

South Africa to England Ocean Mail Services (1876-1934)

By |August 16th, 2015|

This information has been extracted from the "Official Year Book of the Union of South Africa and of Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate, and Swaziland" (1933-4).

Railway Map of Bohemia (1883)

By |August 3rd, 2015|

This very detailed map shows the rail network of Bohemia in or shortly before 1883. A must for postmark and TPO collectors of the area...

Map of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & West Indies (1844)

By |July 22nd, 2015|

This antique map shows Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the West indies in 1844. Postal historians may find this one interesting...

British Empire Exhibition Souvenir Telegram (1925)

By |July 1st, 2015|

This image shows a Souvenir Telegram form from the British Empire Exhibition, well known to collectors of British stamps.

United States Mail Delivery (c. 1905)

By |June 30th, 2015|

This fine image was sent to us by one of our regular readers.

Zeppelin Mail

By |June 28th, 2015|

From time to time, auction houses offer Zeppelin covers from the Belgian Congo. The price paid for such items is generally far higher than similar covers from the Netherlands or even Belgium - the reason being that between 1932 and 1939 only 15 flights carried mail originating from the Congo.

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.