Stamps, First Day Covers and Collectables

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Early Exhibitions

By Tony Buckingham EARLY EXHIBITIONS I thought I might share my early memories of learning the game. I was as many of you know a teacher by profession and like most stamp dealers started as a “kitchen table dealer” though in my case it was a box room described in...

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Flying Scotsman & Me

FLYING SCOTSMAN & ME By Sarah Griggs I think my real interest in trains started when I was nine years old and my parents took my brother and I to the Lake District one summer (it was the summer of 1976, but the end of the summer, as I recall...

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New Shakespeare First Day Covers

New set of 10 stamps produced by Royal Mail in line with the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare. By Sue Knox 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was a playwright, actor and English poet and is widely regarded as one of...

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Meeting my Waterloo

MEETING MY WATERLOO by Sarah Griggs I arrived at Waterloo East just before nine o’clock on a cold and damp Tuesday morning, having left Folkestone Central just after seven, and still feeling half-asleep (getting up at five thirty in the morning just doesn’t feel natural!!). Having found the check-in desk...

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A Visit to Stampex

So as a Cover Collector, how should you best spend your day at Stampex. You may say that the Business Design Centre is no Earls Court in size, but to try and get round all the cover trays in one day is pretty much impossible, so make sure you have...

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1911 First Official UK Aerial Post

1911 First Official UK Aerial Post By Craig Buggins We take for granted that we can post a letter and have it flown via airmail to arrive on the other side of the world in relatively quick fashion. The origins of airmail services in the UK go back over a...

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David Livingstone 150 Years on from Africa

The 28th January 2016 marks 150 years since legendary explorer David Livingstone first entered Zanzibar on his last expedition to Africa. Livingstone’s journey into Africa was his search for the source of the Nile and 28th January was the first entry of his last written journals. Below is his journal...

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Golden Arrow Locomotive Journey

My Journey on the Kent Coast Express By Sarah Griggs 27th January 2007, 9 years ago today! It started at Victoria Station on a bright, if somewhat chilly morning and I, along with other eager passengers, were waiting for the arrival of the Kent Coast Express. At this point, I...

The original television model, invented by the Scottish television pioneer John Logie Baird, (1888 - 1946).  It works as follows: A is the object to be televised; B is a rapidly-revolving disc with lenses through which the object is first reflected. C is a slotted disc which revolves at high speed, breaking down still further the light reflected from the object.  E is the light sensitive cell which receives many flashes, each consisting of minute squares of the image, and generates electrical impulses which are transmitted to the receiving apparatus.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 0

90 Years since John Logie Baird’s First TV Demonstration

Tuesday 26th January 1926 90 Years ago today, one man’s demonstration has shaped the way that many of us live our lives today! On the 26th January, Scotsman John Logie Baird provided the first demonstration of his Mechanical Television to 20 onlookers. Mostly made up of members from the Royal...