Railway subjects of any kind form, perhaps, one of the largest areas of thematic collecting in philately. This article attempts to trace stamps from any country in the world that show Japanese steam engines.
Having introduced or re-introduced certain aspects of Philippe von Ferrary’s personality to readers in my article in the March issue of GSM, let’s now turn to a little-known aspect of the collections of the ‘King of Stamps’. It is widely-known that the French authorities sequestrated the collections which were found at Ferrary’s Paris residence – the Hotel Matignon. This huge haul was sold over 14 sales between June 1921 and November 1925, and it featured some of the most famous stamps in the philatelic world.
Brazil offers a rich architectural history – not least the magnificent array of religious buildings that have been built since it was colonised by the Portuguese in the 1500’s. Many of these splendid buildings, some of which cannot be matched anywhere else in the world, have been shown on the stamps of Brazil and further afield. We explain what a thematic collection of Brazilian churches on stamps has to offer collectors.
An 85c. stamp, released by France on 27 February, honours Anne Morgan – the first woman to become Commander of the Legion of Honour due to her relief work during and after World War I. Anne Morgan (1873–1952), an American, was the daughter of John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J P Morgan – the financier and banker. During World War I, she was at the forefront of efforts to raise funds for wounded soldiers and later founded a major civilian relief organisation with her friend Anne Dike (1879–1929).
With the growth of overseas airmail in 1928–29, the Chilean Post Office recognised the need for postage stamps specifically for the purpose of prepaying the airmail rate. As no international airmail stamps were available at the time, a provisional issue was created to meet demand. We discuss the production, known varieties and postal usage of the 1928 airmail overprints.
It is well-known that from the late 1850s to the mid-1880s stamps of Great Britain were used in Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar – the key coaling stations on the Mediterranean, linking the United Kingdom with the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India.
While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are familiar with the Northern Lights, the Southern Hemisphere has its own fantastic light show – the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. New Zealand, home to the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve, offers an excellent location to view this magnificent natural light show and a six stamp set was released by New Zealand Post on 8 February to celebrate this fact.