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The Rattlesnake Island Local Post

By |May 7th, 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...

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|

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.

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|

Published by kind permission of the Editor of Stamp News Australasia. * * * Whenever you see photos of Sichuan in the southwestern comer of China the stress is on beautiful lush scenery. Additionally there are numerous temples and other buildings of historical significance in a province which is home to the Yi, Tibetan, Qiang, Naxi and other national minorities with their colourful cultural traditions.

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|

This rare and very early article was first published in "The Stamp-Collector's Magazine" (1869). It was written by F. P. Hassen, of the Buenos Aires post-office. Above: Paraguay 1870 1r, 2r and 3r That much doubt and confusion should exist in Europe as to the postal affairs of the out-of-the-way republic of Paraguay, is a matter of small surprise, when we see the discussions to which have given and give rise, the stamps of the quondam Argentine Confederation, and of some of the states forming part thereof, although this country maintains extensive commercial relations with the Old World.

The Stamps of China (1908)

By |October 12th, 2014|

This excellent article was written by the noted philatelist Edward J. Nankivell and first published in The Postage Stamp, February 1908. * * * The Chinese Empire comprises what is termed China Proper, and the Dependencies of Manchuria, Mongolia, Eastern Turkestan, and Tibet. China Proper has an area of 1,532,420 square miles, and a population of 407,253,029. The Dependencies have an area of 2,744,750 square miles, and a population of 18,710.000. The Government is highly centralised, but there is a long-established popular government in local affairs.

Johore’s Playboy Sultan

By |September 2nd, 2014|

In the first half of the 20th century, Nils Strandell was probably the most famous philatelist in Sweden. In 1948, he published a most entertaining book called In the World of Philately in which he told about his early beginnings in the hobby and then went on to tell about interesting stamp issues and a variety of events in the hobby. Also there was a chapter devoted to a selection of famous people depicted on postage stamps.

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). Handling of mail from R.A.N. vessels Regulations required the mail to be censored on board the ship.

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.