There comes a moment in every collector’s life when one’s mortality must be faced. That brings a day of reckoning most of us would rather avoid: the time we have to come clean on just how much we have spent on our hobby.
After all, we wouldn’t want to leave our family a collection which has been lovingly put together at considerable expense but which they imagine to be a load of worthless junk, and promptly hand over to a charity shop.
These are the conversations when pigeons come home to roost. Those dinners out and weekends away that you canceled because you were ‘feeling a little broke’, neglecting to tell anyone that you’d just spent several hundred pounds on a stamp.
Those furtive conversations with your dealer, trying to arrange for a Royal Mail special delivery to arrive when no-one but you is in so that it goes under the radar.
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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?