Ship Of State
Recess-printed, lithographed, typographed and overprinted, the attractive Lakatoi issues of British New Guinea and Papua are a complex series with myriad varieties
Day Of Reckoning
However painstakingly compiled, your collection is destined to be broken up and recycled. It’s not a question of if, but when, and how?
‘Oh Help! Oh No! It's A Gruffalo!'
A Royal Mail stamp issue on October 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Gruffalo, the popular children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Man Of Peace
Karl bickel not only transformed and rejuvenated Swiss stamp design in the mid-20th century but also built a monument to peace in his spare time
The first stamp issue for Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika in 1935 might have united three postal administrations, but its design and printing were far from uniform
The Finest Cuts For This Year's Christmas Fare
Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, released on November 5, take a religious approach this year, featuring classy biblical scenes created by paper-cut artists Hari & Deepti.
Beasts Of Burden
Animals harnessed for postal purposes have come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the choices and some of the scenarios might surprise you
King And Kaiser
Johann Kaiser engraved only three stamp designs, but they were the first issues of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies, so his place in philatelic history is secure
Whisper Of Wilberforce
A centenary with particular resonance for Sierra Leone inspired one of the finest colonial issues of the 1930s, even if the key protagonist was barely acknowledged
Try, Try Again
With the rugby World Cup currently underway in Japan, what better time to investigate the growing potential for a rugby union thematic collection?
If The Cap Fits... Now
75 years old, the proud and defiant marianne definitives of France have been through 17 contrasting incarnations. They make great collectables, as stamps or postal history
Produced for use by an occupying army which was already in full retreat, Thessaly’s one and only issue comprised the world’s first octagonal stamps
The elegant first issue of St Christopher in 1870 can lay claim to being an inspiration behind De La Rue’s later key-type designs
Delivering The Goods
From street furniture to sorting office, from transport to technology, postal services have long been a recurring theme on british stamps
Beep, Beep, Beep
The sound of the first artificial satellite orbiting the Earth shook the world in October 1957. You couldn’t miss the philatelic echo either, as Sputnik was lavishly celebrated by stamps from the Soviet Union and its allies
India’s definitives issued to celebrate the coronation Durbar of 1911 were the first to portray a King-Emperor in full regalia, and a personal triumph for the new Viceroy.
Some of Britain’s proposed stamp issues for 2017 look a little desperate. Will September’s set praise or parody Ladybird Books?
Despite comprising only two stamps, the EFTa issue of 1967 is one of Great Britain’s most collectable commemorative sets, with multiple missing colour errors and more besides
House of Windsor's Home in Windsor
A set of six stamps and a miniature sheet to be issued on February 15 will feature one of Britain’s most recognisable and historic landmarks, Windsor Castle.