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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...

Stamps of Czechoslovakia: The Allegory of the Chainbreaker

By |March 19th, 2015|

Highly-informative article by W. L. Russell on the popular “Chainbreaker” issues of Czechoslovakia. It gives detailed lists of the amounts printed and finally issued. There is even a useful list of the plate flaws.

Railway Newspaper and Parcel Stamps (1899)

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Railway stamps may be divided into three classes, namely, Newspaper, Parcels, and Letter. The newspaper stamps were the first to make their appearance, for as far back as July, 1855, five companies adopted the use of these labels

Post-Offices on Wheels (1929)

By |February 8th, 2015|


Stamps of China: The Amoy Local Posts

By |January 2nd, 2015|

Who’s Who on the Stamps of Costa Rica: Juan Rafael Mora Issue (1901)

By |January 1st, 2015|

stamp_costa_rica_1903_juan_rafael_mora Juan Rafael Mora was born in San José, Costa Rica on February 8, 1814. His primary education in that locality ended with his fifteenth year when his father provided him with employment.

Sichuan: China’s Panda Province

By |January 1st, 2015|


Stamps of Laos: Land of a Million Elephants

By |December 23rd, 2014|

What the Dickens: Charles Dickens on Stamps

By |December 14th, 2014|

Christer Brunström reminisces on his Christmas trip to London and the resulting visit to the Charles Dickens museum.

Concerning the Stamps of Paraguay (1869)

By |December 8th, 2014|

The Stamps of China (1908)

By |October 12th, 2014|


Johore’s Playboy Sultan

By |September 2nd, 2014|

Additional Information on HMAS Sydney

By |August 16th, 2014|

Prompted by Tony Lyon’s interesting article on this subject I decided to comment on several points raised and add information about other Sydney mail known to me.

The navy has always been security conscious in times of war and generally it is impossible to identify the ship from which the mail was sent. Nevertheless sufficient items exist for an interesting study and I am currently working on a postal history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).


The New York City Post Office: 1600s – 1870s

By |November 6th, 2013|

A history of the New York City Post Office from the 1600s until the 1870s. Traces the evolution of mail transport from the early days of ‘coffee-house delivery’ through the founding of a post office up to the 1870s.

Norwegian Shipping (1937)

By |October 30th, 2013|

Norwegian Motor-Driven Fruit Ship C. 1937 Here is a fascinating article concerning Norwegian Shipping between the two world wars. Originally published in Shipping Wonders of the World in 1937, it will be of much interest to shipping enthusiasts and Scandinavian postal historians.