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…]
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.
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).