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History of the Post: Mystery of the “Madagascar”


National Circular Delivery Company (1867)

The National Circular Delivery Company was a local post established by Robert Brydone about the middle of 1867 to provide a service for the bulk delivery of circulars between London and other cities or towns served by Brydone's circular delivery companies. Undoubtedly it was this obvious infringement over the Postmaster General's monopoly over mail carrying that led to Brydone's downfall. Stamps were issued in a design showing Britain's arms on a shield with the lion and unicorn supporters The inscriptions NATIONAL CIRCULAR DELIVERY CO.

Stamps of China: The Amoy Local Posts

After a very cold and windy walk on the Great Wall of China it was quite a change to arrive in the city of Xiamen a few days later. Located in the southern part of Fujian province, Xiamen enjoys a subtropical climate. However, a few weeks after my visit in late April Fujian was hit by a tropical hurricane which caused death and destruction in the coastal areas of South East China. When I discovered that my trip to China included a visit to Xiamen I was delighted.

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

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.

The Postage Stamps of Basutoland (Part One)

Basutoland received its first distinctive stamps in 1933, a series engraved and recess printed by Waterlow and Sons, being released on December 1.

Stamp Collecting Terms

Map of the Islands of the Western Indian Ocean (1954)

This 1954 map shows the position of island in the Western Indian Ocean. Mauritius and Seychelles collectors , please note..

Australia: Victoria and Tasmania Map (1935)

Map of Oceania (Pacific Ocean) 1897

This fine map shows Oceania (the Pacific Region) as it was in 1897. It should be a useful chart for postal historians and stamp collectors of the area, especially for locating German colonies and other outposts...

Map of Montenegro (1917)

This map shows Montenegro and surrounding areas as it was in 1917, towards the end of World War One.

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Going Postal

This comprehensive blog details the efforts of a young American Philatelic Society member who is photographing post offices across the United States.

The blog site of the renowned Stamp Magazine which is updated by Adrian Keppel every Friday. Each month Stamp Magazine brings a mix of the latest issues and stories behind classic stamps from the past and present.

Netherlands Philatelic Circle

The Netherlands Philatelic Circle brings together a wide range of people interested in the fascinating world of Dutch philately, living mostly in the UK, but also in the Netherlands and wider afield. As well as the Netherlands, they cover her former colonies (Netherlands East Indies, Netherlands New Guinea, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname) and Indonesia.

American Philatelic Society (APS)

With nearly 44,000+ members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, nonprofit society in the world for stamp collectors. Whether you are a beginning collector or have years of philatelic experience, the American Philatelic Society offers you a number of services and educational opportunities to broaden your personal collection and enhance your special collecting interests!