Category: Stamps

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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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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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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...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 16)

Story of a Stamp DealerInternational Stamp Shows These were the last big shows at which Post Offices threw money to show how important they were. The receptions and food were amazing and it would have been better had our stand not been 20 miles from the entrance. Actually I’m exaggerating,...

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Stamp Collecting on Tin Can Island?

Tin Can Mail By Craig Buggins A small volcanic island, just 15km2 in size and with a population of under 1000 hardly sounds like a place with a fantastic philatelic history; but Niuafo’ou, or ‘Tin Can Island’ as it’s also known has just that. Niuafo’ou is located in the middle...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 14)

Story of a Stamp DealerHITTING THE BIG TIME As with everything we did, we did not believe we were ready for STAMPEX. We worked round the clock getting the stock ready, and booked ourselves into the St Ermines, which was the unofficial Stampex HQ. We hired the firemen (still use...

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Quiz Questions

As a member of the most confused quiz team in Folkestone (One Legged Donkey – we spend a lot of time thinking about the funniest answer rather than the correct one), last night, in a round about colours, we were asked ‘What was first issued on the 1st May 1840?’....

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Royal Snail

Royal Mail apologises after post eaten by snails! Article courtesy of; North Devon Journal She had been expecting the letter and noticed it was taking longer than usual to reach her. The Royal Mail have apologised to a mum of two after her post was munched on by snails. After...