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Antigua 1937 – Then and Now

A former British Crown Colony, at that time Antigua was administered by a Governor supported by a Secretariat. The Governor was responsible to the Colonial Office in London, which was controlled by the Secretary of State for the Colonies on behalf of the British Government. Following the death of King George V on 20 January 1936, and the abdication of his son, Edward, on 10 December 1936, Edward’s brother, Bertie, became King George VI. As the date of Edward’s Coronation had been set for 10 May 1937, there was no opportunity to change this ceremonial timetable for King George VI’s Coronation, which left little time for the preparation and printing of a new set of definitive stamps.

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Postal Fraud: A Historical Look

In the early days of the Penny Post, postal fraud was taken very seriously by the Post Office, with numerous measures taken to prevent, detect and punish the perpetrators of fraud. In the first instalment of a two-part article, we look at historical attempts to defraud Post Offices, particularly in Britain, from the pre-stamp period to the end of the 20th century.

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Harrison and Sons 1866 Revenue Stamps of Montserrat

It was commonly thought that Harrison & Sons had not tendered for a stamp printing contract before the 1911 definitive series of Great Britain, so when a fellow collector notified your author late last year of the existence of a Victorian sheet with a Harrison marginal imprint, it set him on the research trail. The ‘stamp’ is an 1866 Inland Revenue issue for Montserrat and not a postage stamp, but there is no difference between types, other than intended use; methods employed in pre-press, printing and finishing invariably follow identical procedures. Assuming that earlier issues do not exist, and there appears to be no evidence that they do, 2016 commemorated 150 years of Harrison first producing stamps.

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Captain Henry Hudson & The Quest for Asia

Very few people are aware of the impact of Captain Henry Hudson in American history. Even down to names of landmarks, the English navigator’s name holds weight: Henry Hudson trail, Henry Hudson route, Henry Hudson bridge and, perhaps more importantly, the 1991 Bruce Willis caper Hudson Hawk.

His claim to fame is in some sense a “failure”. But this failure was a significant reason for settlement of what is now considered “the greatest country in the world”.

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