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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|

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

By |July 22nd, 2015|

British Empire Exhibition Souvenir Telegram (1925)

By |July 1st, 2015|

United States Mail Delivery (c. 1905)

By |June 30th, 2015|

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.

Postal History: Charles Dana Gibson Illustrator 1868-1944

By |June 14th, 2015|

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.

The Principality of Bulgaria and its Stamps

By |May 26th, 2015|

Map of Italian East Africa (1938-1941)

By |May 16th, 2015|

United States Maps: North Carolina (1925)

By |May 3rd, 2015|

Stamps of Egypt: Railway Congress (1933)

By |April 28th, 2015|

New Zealand: A Sad Story Behind a Cover

By |April 14th, 2015|

Published by kind permission of the author.

Before telling the story behind the fascinating cover illustrated, a description is necessary...