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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
This antique map shows Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the West indies in 1844. Postal historians may find this one interesting...
This image shows a Souvenir Telegram form from the British Empire Exhibition, well known to collectors of British stamps.
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.
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.