Stamps, First Day Covers and Collectables

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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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Concorde Celebrates Commercial Anniversary

Concorde Celebrates Commercial Anniversary On 21st January 1976 the mercurial Concorde embarked on it’s first commercial flight from Heathrow Airport. 40 years on and even more remarkably, 12 years since its retirement, the supersonic aircraft still remains a focal point of engineering history. Since 1969 when the Anglo-French plane was...

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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 15)

Story of Stamp Dealer Going Dutch The obvious next step was the International Exhibitions; we visited Hafnia in Copenhagen in 1976. I remember tipping the taxi driver and then realising from his grin as he drove off that I had got the currency wrong. I had given him the equivalent...

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Nashville, Stamps & Elvis

Nashville, Stamps & Elvis By Mark Newbrook Various covers over the years have featured Elvis Presley and other stars of popular music.  I myself am a fan of classic rock, folk-rock and folk.  My beloved is a big fan of the contemporary country music scene, and I have now caught...

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Trip Down Memory Track

My Trip Down Memory Track By Sarah Griggs Sarah works for Buckingham Covers and is the resident trains guru!  In her own words; “The great news about this is I get to research railway anniversaries and carry covers on trains!” So if you know of any big anniversaries coming up...

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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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Signed Lord of The Rings

Signed Peter Jackson LOTR Covers, take 12 years to arrive and 12 hours to sell out! An unexpected letter, some sharp quick interest and a few hours later everything is finished! Here’s to hoping the next signatory request letter is just around the corner. Below is the letter receive from...

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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?’....