New Zealand Mail from the UK in the 1880s

By |October 22nd, 2013|

In the 1880s, postal communication between New Zealand and United Kingdom was principally by way of San Francisco, using the U.S.S. Co. steamers, and the direct route using the New Zealand Shipping Co., and Shaw Savill and Albion Royal Mail steamers.

Victoria Land (1913)

By |October 21st, 2013|

The Philately of the Edwardian Era as shown in its Literature

By |October 20th, 2013|

The Stamps of China (1908)

By |October 19th, 2013|

Concerning the Stamps of Paraguay (1869)

By |October 12th, 2013|

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.

Late Fee Cancels of Australia (1963)

By |October 9th, 2013|

Andorra: A Shopping Mall Country

By |October 1st, 2013|

In the 1970s I spent most of my summer holidays in the south of France. At that time Radio Andorra was a major radio station in that part of the world dishing out a variety of popular music with a distinctly Spanish flavour. I tuned in on a daily basis but never realized my dream of visiting the tiny principality nestled high up in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France...

Sichuan: China’s Panda Province

By |September 24th, 2013|

Sichuan-Chinas-Panda-Province-thumb 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.

The Rattlesnake Island Local Post

By |September 14th, 2013|


The Story of the SS Ancon

By |September 14th, 2013|

In 1939 the Panama Line, an adjunct to the Railway Co., renewed its fleet of merchant vessels. The second of three to be commissioned was the ANCON. Her Maiden Voyage, originally scheduled to begin on 6 July, actually began on 22 June 1939.

Stamps of China: The Amoy Local Posts

By |September 11th, 2013|


Stamps of the Island of Timor

By |August 29th, 2013|

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.