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Postmarks that have caused offence

The British Post Office celebrates 100 years of the machine slogan postmark this year. This specialist area of postal history, often ignored by collectors, is rich in reflecting the social and political issues of the time. In doing so, the British Post Office has managed to upset, as well amuse, the public with a number of ill-conceived designs and ideas. David Pollard highlights UK slogans of a controversial nature up to 1960. … [Read More] “Postmarks that have caused offence”

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The Orchids and Birds Definitives of Malaysia 1965–70

On 15 November 1965, the seven state values of the new definitive series were issued for each of the 13 Malaysian states. The seven designs, depicting orchids, were identical for each state, apart from the state name, state crest and rulers portrait where applicable. A first day cover for Sarawak is illustrated in Figure 1, they exist for all states. … [Read More] “The Orchids and Birds Definitives of Malaysia 1965–70”

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The Monarchies of Malaya through their stamps

Within modern Malaysia, there are nine monarchs at any given time. Eight rule over the individual States. The ninth, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (‘He who is made Lord’) is an elective monarch, chosen from one of the eight by their peers for a period of five years, as Head of State for Malaysia.Malaysian issues of the States’ monarchies are infrequent and, ever since the Malayan ‘small heads’ issue of 1949–51, have mostly followed a common design (e.g. 1957–62 pictorials, 1965 Orchids, 1971 Butterflies, 1985–86 Agri-horticulture and 2007 Garden Flowers). The limited exception to this rule is for the installation (coronation) of a Sultan and Silver Jubilees, etc., of their rule. … [Read More] “The Monarchies of Malaya through their stamps”

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Postal Fraud in the Modern Era

Over the past 50 years or so the Post Office has gone through numerous developments in order to streamline the flow of mail and to cut costs. Unfortunately, as the Post Office developed new practices and embraced new technology, so too have those people eager to defraud it of valuable revenue.

Over the past few decades there have been several key changes in the way that the post office operated.

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Saint Lucia: The Provisional overprints of 1891 and 1892

Following the reduction of the postal rate to the UK and British Empire on 1 January 1891, demand for 1d. and ½d. stamps increased dramatically in the colonies. While waiting for new stocks to arrive from the Crown Agents, Saint Lucia found itself dangerously short of these values and so existing stamps were ordered to be overprinted locally to meet the shortfall. Alister Kinnon, a member of the British West Indies Study Circle, talks us through this provisional issue.

For such a small island there is a lot of interest to be had in Saint Lucia for a philatelist. The first stamps had no values shown, were printed by two different companies and in different colours, and later overprinted with face values before being replaced with the standard De La Rue key type, some of which were modified by overprinting, as outlined here. … [Read More] “Saint Lucia: The Provisional overprints of 1891 and 1892”

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